13 Dec '11, 12am

Foreigners, firms gearing up for stricter Employment Pass qualifying criteria

Foreigners, firms gearing up for stricter Employment Pass qualifying criteria

The Employment Pass Services Centre, where newly arrived foreigners can collect their passes and register with the Ministry of Manpower. -- PHOTO: MINISTRY OF MANPOWER By Lin Wenjian With less than three weeks before stricter qualifying criteria for the Employment Pass (EP) kick in, some foreign job-seekers are prepared to settle for lower-level permits which come with less pay. Some current EP holders are also feeling jittery about their chances of renewing their passes when they expire. Some recruitment agencies have noticed a dip in approval rates for renewals before the new requirements take effect. Background story Changes to framework from Jan 1 Q1 PASS: Applicants will have to earn a minimum monthly salary of $3,000, up from $2,800 To qualify, young graduates must be from good institutions and earn at least $3,000, among other conditions. Older applicants will have ...

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