27 January 2021

On 17 December 2020, the Ministry of Manpower (“MOM”) issued an advisory requiring work pass holders to update MOM on their new residential address or mobile number within five days of any change.

From 23 December 2020, all work pass holders, save for foreign domestic workers (“FDWs”), must comply with this requirement, as part of their work pass conditions under the Employment of Foreign Manpower (Work Passes) Regulations 2012.

The MOM advises that the accuracy of residential address or mobile number is critical in facilitating communications to work pass holders and contact tracing by the authorities when necessary. Employers should inform their foreign employees that they are to update MOM of their new details via the following channels:

Work pass type


Work Permit


S Pass


Employment Pass

EP Online

Employers of Work Permit holders (excluding FDWs) are also required to update any change in their Work Permit holders’ residential address or mobile number via the Online Foreign Worker Address Service (OFWAS).

Penalties for non-compliance may include the revocation of work passes and suspension of work pass privileges.

Reference materials

The following materials are available from the MOM website www.mom.gov.sg and Singapore Statutes Online sso.agc.gov.sg: