Singapore restricts visa for IT pros

Q.  Which country has refused to allow foreign professionals in the IT sector based on Economic Needs Test?
- Published on 04 Apr 17

a. US
b. Australia
c. Singapore
d. UK

ANSWER: Singapore
Singapore restricts visa for IT prosWhile the focus has been on the US, visas for IT professionals to work in Singapore have dropped “to a trickle.”

This has forced the government to put on hold the review of the Comprehensive Economic Cooperation Agreement (CECA) citing violation of the trade pact.

With Indian companies being advised to hire local talent, they are looking at relocating some of their operations to other countries in the region.

From HCL and TCS, which were the early movers to Singapore, the list has expanded to include Infosys, Wipro, Cognizant and L&T Infotech.

Singapore authorities were insisting on what is called “economic needs test” (ENT), which requires compliance with certain economic criteria, to deny access to Indian professionals.

Singapore: Know More
  • Code: +65
  • Currency: Singapore dollar
  • Official scripts: Roman (Latin); Simplified Chinese; Tamil
  • Island state off Southern Malaysia.

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