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What is the change? Singapore has launched Tech@SG, a program designed to help tech startups recruit and retain high-skilled foreign talent.
What does the change mean? Under the program, qualifying companies will be able to secure up to 10 Employment Passes to hire foreign nationals as core members of their companies. The Ministry of Manpower will ensure the first renewal of each of the Employment Passes, with each renewal valid for up to three years.
Additional information: Singapore’s Economic Development Board (EDB) and Enterprise Singapore announced plans for Tech@SG this past summer, and officials have now implemented it. The program will be open to companies that:
Companies with at least 30% local shareholding should not apply under Tech@SG but should instead submit applications under Startup SG, which is a separate Enterprise Singapore program.
Analysis & Comments: The implementation of Tech@SG is a major policy development for Singapore. While the program is not geared toward more established companies, it could help a number of tech startups meet workforce needs and remain globally competitive.
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