Change In The Procedure To Apply COE With No Consent For Process Sector WPHs

08 Nov 2021

Ref No: 081121 (2)
UEN: S97SS0046G

As you are aware from the recent Press Release on 29 October 2021 on “New Measures to Support Retention of WPHs in CMP sectors”, ASPRI is currently working with the Ministry of Manpower (MOM) to implement the extension of retention scheme adjustment for the Change of Employer (COE) without consent period for WPHs in the Process sectors to alleviate poaching challenges faced by our members.

While we prepare for the implementation of these changes, MOM will first de-activate the COE with no consent section for Process sectors in WPOL from 08 November 2021. However, prospective employers may still continue to hire the WPHs without the original employer’s consent in the 21 to 40 days period before expiry of the work permit, by following the temporary new procedures listed in MOM website until further notices.

What is the New Procedure to Apply COE with no consent for the Process Sector WPH from 08 Nov 2021?

To apply for COE with no consent for a Process Sector WPH under the new procedure, the prospective employers will need to seek pre-approval from MOM on such worker they wish to hire under COE with no consent. Employers can seek pre-approval from MOM by completing the following online form:

MOM – Apply for pre-approval to hire an existing worker whose Work Permit is expiring in 21 to 40 days (

Upon receiving the pre-approval request, MOM will process the request. If the request is successful, MOM will email the outcome to the company within 3 working days from the date of submission. Thereafter, company may proceed to apply for his Work Permit using WP Online.

The application will be assessed according to prevailing criteria. For more information on the interim measure, company may refer to MOM website Work Permit: hiring an existing process worker (

Our Warmest Regards,

ASPRI Secretariat