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Singapore makes it easier for companies to check foreign staff's employment status

Nayela Deeba | Sept. 7, 2017
Employers can scan the QR code on the new Work Pass cards to get the most updated work status of the foreign employee.

Singapore's ministry of manpower old vs new work passes
Comparison of the old and new work passes. Credit: Singapore's Ministry of Manpower.

Singapore's Ministry of Manpower (MOM) will launch a new Work Pass (WP) card that aims to make it easier for employers to check the work status of their foreign employees.

The new work passes will be equipped with a QR code, which can be scanned using an app known as SGWorkPass. This allows employers and stakeholders to conveniently check the most updated status and verify variable information such as date of expiry and occupation.     

"[Generally], service providers, site premise owners and stakeholders rely on the date of expiry printed on the card as proof of status before entering into a contract with the pass holder, or allowing entry into premise. But a foreigner's employment could be revoked or terminated before his work pass expires. Hence the date of expiry printed on the work pass may not reflect the most updated work status of the foreigner [and SGWorkPass hopes to counter this issue]," said MOM.

The new WP cards will be issued in phases, starting from 15 September 2017. They will first be issued to WP holders in Marine Shipyard and Construction sector, and gradually to other WP holders.

Since the app provides information on the updated pass status, MOM said they will discontinue printing variable information such as date of expiry on the work pass card.

For now, those without smartphones can still check work pass information use existing services which are available on MOM's website.

Also, existing work pass cards will remain valid and pass holders will only receive their new cards when they renew their work passes again.


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