What is the change? The Ministry of Manpower has removed the requirement that employers endorse forms with a company seal.

What does the change mean? Employers sponsoring foreign workers for all types of work passes can ignore the “company stamp” field on MOM forms (such as in-principle approvals, local sponsor forms, amendments of personal particulars, and others) while the agency updates its forms to remove the field.

  • Implementation time frame: Immediate. Notification of the change was sent to EP Online users Sept. 10.
  • Visas/permits affected: All passes issued by the MOM.
  • Business impact: The removal of the requirement is intended to streamline procedures and reduce compliance costs.

Analysis & Comments: Companies sponsoring foreign workers have one less step in the endorsement process, thus reducing overall administrative completion time. Employers should note that signatures from an authorized signatory are still required on MOM forms.

Source: Deloitte LLP. Deloitte LLP is a limited liability partnership registered in England and Wales with registered number OC303675 and its registered office at 1 New Street Square, London EC4A 3HQ, United Kingdom.