Singapore Government Press Release

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MINISTRY OF HEALTH, EMPLOYMENT PASS DEPARTMENT (MINISTRY OF MANPOWER), SINGAPORE IMMIGRATION & REGISTRATION (MINISTRY OF HOME AFFAIRS) JOINT PRESS RELEASE: MEDICAL EXAMINATION FOR SUCCESSFUL APPLICANTS OF EMPLOYMENT PASS, LONG-TERM IMMIGRATION PASS AND PERMANENT RESIDENCE

 

Currently, applicants for work permit or for renewal of work permits are required to undergo a medical examination, which includes a general physical medical examination, a chest x-ray and a test for the AIDS-causing Human Immunodeficiency Virus (HIV).

 

With effect from 1 March 2000, the medical examination requirement will be extended to foreigners who applied and obtained in-principle approval for employment passes of six months� duration or more, long-term immigration passes (Long-term immigration passes refer to the Professional Visit Pass, Dependant�s Pass, Student�s Pass and Long-Term Social Visit Pass of six months� duration or more.) and Permanent Residence (PR).

 

Those who are found to have active Tuberculosis or HIV infection will not be granted employment passes, long-term immigration passes or PR. This health requirement will further strengthen the control of communicable diseases like HIV infection and Tuberculosis in Singapore.

 

All applicants who have been granted in-principle approval will be informed and given a copy of the medical examination form. They are required to bring along the medical examination forms when they visit a registered general practitioner in Singapore for the medical examination.

 

Subsequently, upon receipt of the medical report from the general practitioner, the applicant should submit in person to Employment Pass Department (EPD) or Singapore Immigration & Registration (SIR) the original medical report together with the in-principle approval letter. Issuance of the employment pass, immigration passes or PR will be subject to the outcome of the medical report.

 

For enquiries on the procedures for applying for employment passes, or PR and long term immigration passes, please contact EPD at tel no: 2975443, or SIR at tel no: 3916100, respectively.

 

For enquiries related to health matters, please contact the Ministry of Health at tel no: 2254122.

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MINISTRY OF HEALTH

EMPLOYMENT PASS DEPARTMENT (MINISTRY OF MANPOWER)

SINGAPORE IMMIGRATION AND REGISTRATION (MINISTRY OF HOME AFFAIRS

17 FEBRUARY 2000