Written Replies to Parliamentary Questions

Written Reply to Parliamentary Question on the Number of Visit or Employment Passes of Myanmar Nationals in Singapore that have Expired or Will Be Expiring by December 2021, by Mr K Shanmugam, Minister for Home Affairs and Minister for Law

Published: 14 September 2021


Ms Rachel Ong: To ask the Minister for Home Affairs (a) how many visit or employment passes of Myanmar nationals in Singapore have expired or will be expiring by December 2021; and (b) whether the Ministry provides options for these Myanmar nationals to extend their stay in Singapore on compassionate grounds given the ongoing political situation in Myanmar.


1.    All requests by foreigners for extension of stay will be assessed based on the prevailing guidelines, which take into account COVID-related border restrictions.

2.    Singapore has an established and long-standing policy on refugees. As a small, densely populated country with limited land, Singapore is not in a position to accept any persons seeking political asylum or refugee status.