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March 3, 2023

Singapore implements stricter verification requirements for Employment Pass applicants under the COMPASS framework

On March 1, the Singapore Ministry of Manpower (MOM) announced it will implement stricter verification requirements for certain Employment Pass (EP) applicants under the new Complementarity Assessment (COMPASS) framework, starting on September 1. Under COMPASS, an applicant must score at least 40 points on four foundational criteria (i.e., salary, qualifications, diversity and support for local employment) and two bonus criteria (i.e., skills and strategic economic priorities). In general, the maximum score is 20 per criterion, except for strategic economic priorities, where the maximum score is 10.

A Tax Alert prepared by EY's People Advisory Services group, and attached below, provides additional details.


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