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  • Update on COMPASS Bonus Criteria

    Singapore – More Details on COMPASS Bonus Criteria Released

    The Singapore Ministry of Manpower (MOM) released additional details on the two bonus criteria that form part of the Complementarity Assessment (COMPASS) framework which will apply to new Employment Pass (EP) applications staring September this year. The two bonus criteria that will help supplement the COMPASS score of EP candidates are: Criterion 5 (C5): Skills… Read More

  • Educational Qualifications

    The Singapore Ministry of Manpower announced that a mandatory verification of educational qualifications (diploma level and above) should be completed by companies intending to hire Employment Pass (EP) holders from September 1st 2023 onwards. This change will require hiring companies to work with third-party government-certified screening agencies and submit a verification proof for EP candidates’… Read More


    The Singapore authorities announced that eligible companies may apply for a temporary increase in their S Pass and Work Permit quota with the launch of the Manpower for Strategic Economic Priorities (M-SEP) Scheme. Under this scheme, companies may be eligible to apply through the Ministry of Manpower’s (MOM) website if they can meet the qualifying… Read More

  • Hong Kong

    The Hong Kong authorities announced on November 29th that all visa applications can now be filed electronically with immediate effect. With this update, applications for all visa types (visit, employment, training, investment, study, residence, etc.) will no longer require applicants or authorized representatives to submit the visa application in person. The entire process of submission,… Read More

  • Malaysia Introduces ePass Renewal Option

    Starting from 01 December 2022, Malaysia will roll out a new electronic pass option for renewal applications. Companies registered with the Expatriate Services Division (ESD) can apply for renewals of eligible Employment Pass (EP) and related Dependent Pass (DP) holders via the ePass feature instead of submitting applications manually. The ePass option via the ESD… Read More

  • China Eases up on COVID-19 Entry Requirements

    In a bid to further optimize the country’s response to the evolving COVID-19 situation, the government of China released a circular on November 11, 2022 outlining new requirements for travelers planning to enter the country. Summary of Changes: The duration of quarantine required for inbound travelers has now been reduced to five (5) days at… Read More

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