The Ministry of Manpower (MOM) in Singapore has introduced a new requirement for employers in the construction, marine shipyard, and process sectors. Starting from September 19, 2023, employers must provide proof of acceptable accommodation for new non-Malaysian work permit holders before they can enter Singapore. This requirement is in addition to the work permit approval process.
- Employers need to submit documents such as tenancy agreements or contracts with accommodation providers to the MOM.
- Approval for housing workers in purpose-built dormitories, construction temporary quarters, or temporary occupation license quarters will take about a week. However, employers housing workers in private residential properties, hotels, or hostels should expect the approval process to take around six weeks or longer due to additional checks.
- Employers who fail to provide proof of accommodation may face suspension of their work pass privileges.
- The need for this requirement has arisen because the number of work permit holders in these sectors has increased by 19% compared to pre-COVID-19 levels, and there is a need to ensure workers have acceptable accommodation.
- The government has been working to increase dormitory bed supply but is encouraging employers to contribute by building their own accommodation, which can expedite approval for their workers.
This measure aims to regulate accommodation for foreign workers and ensure their well-being while contributing to the effective management of labor resources in these key sectors.
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