Changes to Work Visa Eligibility

New Regulation or Official Guidance

Ministry of Manpower will be raising the qualifying salary and introducing a points-based Complementarity Assessment Framework (COMPASS) for a kind of work visa Employment Pass (EP) applications. COMPASS evaluates EP applications based on a holistic set of individual and firm-related attributes.

A new EP application will be scored on four foundational criteria - Salary, Qualifications, Diversity and Support for Local Employment. There are additional bonus criteria: skills bonus for candidate in job where skills shortages exist and strategic economic priorities bonus for partnership with government on ambitious innovation or internationalization activities. These are substantial changes to Employment Pass application process and will apply progressively from September 1, 2022.