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The Singapore  Immigration and Registration (SIR) has issued a statement saying that visitors who hold passports from Iran, Sudan, Saudi Arabia, Egypt and Pakistan will need visas to enter Singapore. They can apply for one from any of the Singapore missions abroad. The requirement takes effect from 12 Oct 2001. With the five additions, the number of countries whose citizens need a visa to enter Singapore is 33. (H7)

     Employment Pass:   Tel: (65) 6391 6100

     Work Permit:   Tel: (65) 6538 3033

     Student Pass: (65) 6391 6100

     Social Visit Pass: (65) 6391 6100

     Vehicle Entry Permit: (65) 6269 0279

     Conversion of foreign driving licence

     Registry of Vehicles: (65) 6459 4222

     Registry of Companies & Businesses: company Tel:(65) 6325 3733

                                                                    business Tel:(65) 6325 3729

     Under Singapore Immigration Regulations, any foreigner who is not a Singapore permanent resident and wishes to engage in any business, profession, occupation or any paid employment in Singapore with a monthly income of more than S$2000 is required to apply for an employment pass.

     All applications for employment passes should be sent to:

     Employment Pass Department

     Ministry of Manpower

     10 Kallang Road Singapore 208718

     Work permit allocations for the construction industry will be cut further on 1 Apr 2000 to reduce its reliance on unskilled and semi-skilled foreign workers.

MINISTRY OF HEALTH
EMPLOYMENT PASS DEPARTMENT (MINISTRY OF MANPOWER)
SINGAPORE IMMIGRATION & REGISTRATION (MINISTRY OF HOME AFFAIRS)

JOINT PRESS RELEASE - 17 Feb 2000

MEDICAL EXAMINATION FOR SUCCESSFUL APPLICANTS OF EMPLOYMENT PASS, LONG-TERM IMMIGRATION PASS AND PERMANENT RESIDENCE

     Currently, applicants for work permit or for renewal of work permits are required to undergo a medical examination, which includes a general physical medical examination, a chest x-ray and a test for the AIDS-causing Human Immunodeficiency Virus (HIV).

     With effect from 1 March 2000, the medical examination requirement will be extended to foreigners who applied and obtained in-principle approval for employment passes of six months’ duration or more, long-term immigration passes1 and Permanent Residence (PR).

     Those who are found to have active Tuberculosis or HIV infection will not be granted employment passes, long-term immigration passes or PR. This health requirement will further strengthen the control of communicable diseases like HIV infection and Tuberculosis in Singapore.

     All applicants who have been granted in-principle approval will be informed and given a copy of the medical examination form. They are required to bring along the medical examination forms when they visit a registered general practitioner in Singapore for the medical examination.

     Subsequently, upon receipt of the medical report from the general practitioner, the applicant should submit in person to Employment Pass Department (EPD) or Singapore Immigration & Registration (SIR) the original medical report together with the in-principle approval letter. Issuance of the employment pass, immigration passes or PR will be subject to the outcome of the medical report.

     For enquiries on the procedures for applying for employment passes, or PR and long term immigration passes, please contact EPD at tel no: 2975443, or SIR at tel no: 3916100, respectively.

     For enquiries related to health matters, please contact the Ministry of Health at Tel no: 2254122.

1 Long-term immigration passes refer to the Professional Visit Pass, Dependant’s Pass, Student’s Pass and Long-Term Social Visit Pass of six months’ duration or more.

 

     NEWS SNIPPETS

     2007

 

About 200,000 new Singapore PRs in the next 5 years

"From 2001-2004, an average of 35,250 new permanent residents (PR) and 7,130 new Singapore citizens (SC) were granted per annum. In 2005, about 52,300 new PRs and 12,900 new SCs were granted.
"The average numbers of new PRs and SCs are 38,700 and 8,300 respectively, for the period 2001-2005.
"We could expect to add about 200,000 new PRs and 40,000 new SCs in the next 5 years if we get the same numbers of new PRs and SCs as in the last 5 years..."

More.....

 

Secondhand Goods Dealers Bill 2007 passed

"The current Act does not cover dealers operating without a shop. We recognise that many secondhand goods dealers today actually carry on their business via other means, such as on the Internet, or in an open-air setting like Sungei Road. This is unacceptable, as thieves and robbers will simply get rid of their loot through these other dealers who do not have a shop-front...
"MHA is hence widening the coverage of the law to include those dealers who do not operate within a shop. However, in keeping with the emphasis on a sharper regulatory focus, only dealers who trade in secondhand goods that are listed in the Schedule will come under the ambit of the Act..."

More.....

 

Easing of Visa Requirements

With effect from 1 January 2007, citizens of the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia holding Diplomatic passports will not need a visa to visit Singapore.
All other types of passport holder are still required to obtain the appropriate visas for entry into Singapore.
The changes to the visa requirements are part of the Immigration & Checkpoints Authority's on-going review to facilitate the entry and stay of bona fide visitors.

END OF NEWS RELEASE

Immigration & Checkpoints Authority 29 December 2006

Source: www.ica.gov.sg News Release 29 Dec 2006

     - MDA launches new licence framework for IPTV

     2006

 

Revision of hospital subsidy for foreigners

"From October 2007, PRs will continue to be subsidised for hospital services, but at 5 percentage-points less than Singapore citizens.
"From October 2008, another 5 percentage-point reduction will be applied. This way, Singapore citizens will enjoy greater subsidy than PRs, by a total of 10 percentage- points.
"As for the other foreigners, there will be no more healthcare subsidy from October 2007. ..."

More.....

     - Record 15,000 household products registered with SAFETY mark

     - AVA to implement grading scheme for pet shops

 

Option for foreign maids to have salary paid into their bank account

"To ensure prompt salary payment, FDWs can ask for their salaries to be paid into their bank accounts in Singapore.

"Effective 1 November 2006, MOM will introduce this as a new work permit condition for employers to comply..."

More.....

 

New personalised employment pass not tied to any employer

The Ministry of Manpower will introduce a Personalised Employment Pass (PEP) from 1 January 2007 to help us better attract and retain global talent...

The PEP allows the holder to remain in Singapore for up to six months in between jobs to evaluate new employment opportunities. This helps us to retain selected global talent who would otherwise have to leave Singapore...

The PEP will be issued only once with a validity of 5 years. It will be nonrenewable. A PEP holder will retain the dependant privileges of his original EP type and the minimum annual basic salary requirement of S$30,000 will continue to apply throughout the 5-year duration...

More.....

 

Subutex a Class A Controlled Drug from 14 Aug 2006

"From 14 August 2006, doctors will not be permitted to prescribe and dispense any take-home dosages for existing patients.

"All patients who require Subutex will have to consume their medication under direct visual observation of the pharmacist, doctor and/or his treatment team on a daily basis1 ."

More.....

     - No outdoor demonstrations and processions during IMF/WB meetings

     - Number of recognised foreign medical schools increased to 120

 

Foreign domestic maids get one-day off in new standard contract

"This contract is designed to help smoothen employer/employee relationships from the onset, by minimising any ambiguities on the employment terms.

"For example, the contract will include the stipulation of the minimum of one day-off entitlement for the Foreign Domestic Workers (FDWs). However, if the day-off is not taken, the employer will have to compensate the FDW in cash..."

More.....

     - Expat survey shows Singapore best place in the world for Asians to live

 

Amended Enlistment Act requires males 13 years & older to get exit permits

MINDEF will require pre-enlistees aged 13 to 16½ to apply for Exit Permits if they intend to be away from Singapore for 3 months or more.

Those who require Exit Permits of 2 years or more will be required to furnish a bond...

The penalty regime for Exit Permit offences for those aged 13 to 16½ will be only a fine of up to $2,000, with no custodial sentences...

We will thus be introducing a new offence in the Enlistment Act under which parents and guardians can be made liable for the Exit Permit offences of their children or wards of ages 13 to 16½ so that the penalty can be imposed on their parents or guardians when the circumstances warrant it. The penalty regime for the offence will also be a fine of up to $2,000...

More.....

 

     - ICA raid in 2 HDB blocks nets 33 immigration offenders

     - Workplace Safety and Health Act replaces Factories Act

     - Food items individual travellers may bring into Singapore

     - Singapore and US begin testing of e-Passports

     2005

     - 52 illegal foreign workers nabbed in raids at 13 coffee shops

     - Update, renew & terminate 45 different licences online

 

Study Mum Situation in Singapore

"As at end Jul 05, there were about 6,800 study mothers in Singapore of whom some two-thirds were from the PRC...

"As at end Jun 05, less than 1,000 study mothers were holding Work Permits..."

More.....

     - 58 foreign workers arrested for having no work permits

     - New 10 VEP-free days scheme & shorter VEP operating hours

     - Ministry of Manpower fine tunes foreign worker policy

     - Singapore Labour Market 2004 Report

     2004

     - Government launches Unclaimed Monies Web site    

     - One-stop business licensing service launched

     - Student Protection Scheme for international students

     - Extension of detention orders for 17 JI and MILF members

     - Minimum age for maids to go up to 23 in 2005

     - Automatic registration of societies from 1 Sep 2004

     - Procedures simplified for work permit transactions from May 2004

     2002

 

  Ministry of Foreign Affairs statement: India & Pakistan agencies

  Last year, 384 unskilled foreign workers were caught for passing themselves off as professionals and executives. This was a 55-per-cent increase over 247 in 2000. They were found during an audit of 152 firms, said the Manpower Ministry yesterday. (Straits Times 29 May 2002) (H2)

  More than 73,000 visitors who came here in 2000 engaged in arts and entertainment, almost double the 41,000 who did so in 1999. (Straits Times 28 May 2002) (4)

  Nearly half of over 1,000 China workers allegedly fleeced by their remittance agent, the now-defunct Wen Long Moneychanger, have won court orders to get S$4.7 million out of its partners, LAM Chen Fong, 29, and Madam HO Sook Tin, 75. The amount represents more than half the S$8.8 million which LAM Chen Fong allegedly pocketed from the workers in December 2001 and January 2002. (Straits Times 3 May 2002) (3)

  More than 20 Chinese students have fallen prey to a Singaporean woman who offered them choice accommodation at cheap rates. They had paid up to 18 months' rent in advance, but later found out that she had not paid the landlords, who were then forced to evict them. A Chinese Embassy official said he had received 12 similar complaints since September last year about the same woman. The students, who were aged about 17 to 18, lost about S$35,000. (Straits Times 19 Mar 2002) (6)

  In the first ten weeks of this year, 11 of the 16 bogus monks and nuns arrested for asking for alms were foreigners, said the Community Development and Sports Ministry. That is equal to the total picked up for begging last year. Some have lots of money on them. One woman had more than S$3,000 on her, while another was carrying more than S$1,000. All were referred to the Singapore Immigration and Registration (SIR) authorities. A Singapore Buddhist Federation spokesman said, "These fakes claim to be from Thailand, Myanmar, Malaysia and China, and offer to perform religious rites to ward off bad luck, and tell fortunes as well." "As Buddhists, we do not perform these rites at all, and people get taken in because they do not know," he added. People who meet such imposters should contact the federation at (65) 6744 4635. (Straits Times 17 Mar 2002) (27)

  New curbs on unskilled foreign workers from countries other than Malaysia will be in place from June 1, the Manpower Ministry (MOM) said yesterday. MOM's target is for Singapore's reliance on foreign labour to reach 70 per cent of the 1999 foreign-worker levels by 2005; and 50 per cent by 2010. (Straits Times 14 Mar 2002) (H4)

  Home Affairs Minister WONG Kan Seng yesterday said that the Chinese workers who staged a small demonstration on Saturday should abide by the law and not stir up more trouble by holding a street protest. Said Mr WONG, "I sympathise with the workers. But it is not easy to completely, fully investigate the 1,000 cases in the short time they expect." (Straits Times 4 Mar 2002) (H2)

  In a scene rarely seen in Singapore, riot police were deployed outside Parliament House yesterday to break up a protest staged by a group of Chinese nationals. The workers were there to express their unhappiness over the speed of investigations into 29-year-old remittance agent LAM Chen Fong, who allegedly pocketed S$7 million belonging to more than 1,000 Chinese nationals here while working as a partner in Wen Long Money Changer. (Straits Times 3 Mar 2002) (3)

  Police have arrested two Thai women clad in Buddhist nuns' clothes for begging. They were caught soliciting for alms at about 5.45pm on Tuesday near the Clementi MRT station. The women, aged 30 and 34, had arrived here last Saturday on 14-day social visit passes. (Straits Times 28 feb 2002) (H6)

  A Sri Lankan con-artist who pretended to be a Singapore police officer and immigration officer tricked four tourists of US$17,000 (S$31,195) by saying he could help them clear immigration. Mohamed Nuwair Mohamed Shakir Hussain, 25, preyed on three of his countrymen and a Pakistani at Changi Airport last month, almost immediately after they had arrived in the country. Yesterday, he was jailed for 45 months after he pleaded guilty to four charges of cheating. (Straits Times 15 Feb 2002) (H2)

     2001

    "Foreigners with acceptable degrees, professional qualifications or specialist skills generally work in Singapore on an employment pass. The Government will raise the minimum salary to qualify for an employment pass from $2,000 to $2,500 with effect from 1 December 2001. $2,500 will be comparable with current starting salaries of local graduates. This higher salary cutoff will apply to new employment pass applications, and employment pass holders who change employers on or after 1 December 2001. Those who continue to work with the same employer will be allowed to renew their employment passes," said DPM LEE Hsien Loong in Parliament on 12 Oct 2001.

Employers will have to make do with fewer foreign construction workers from June 2001. All building, upgrading and civil-engineering projects will be affected by the ruling unless the number of foreign workers needed for these projects have already been approved. The number of foreign workers permitted for the construction industry has been tightened by 5%, compared to last year. (Straits Times 5 Apr 2001)

     2000

  The government will review the levy on foreign workers and domestic maids in 2001 when the economic climate becomes clearer. Manpower Minister LEE Boon Yang told reporters on 10 Dec 2000 the government would see whether the levies set during the economic downturn continued to be relevant, or if they should be adjusted to reflect the change in the economic environment. (Straits Times 11 Dec 2000)

  The government intends to slash the processing time for employment- pass applications from the current two weeks to just three days, and wants suggestions on how it can cut more red tape, especially for new-economy businesses. Public feedback and suggestions can be given at www.mti.gov.sg/public/ viewsNsuggest/pro-enterprise.cfm. (Straits Times 28 Nov 2000)