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FAQs for MYE Refunds for Firms Scheme

From 1 Dec 2020

Q1. How is the expanded MYE refund scheme different from the existing one which was implemented from 01 Apr 2020?

Under the expanded MYE refund scheme, eligible firms will be refunded MYE arising from work stoppages due to the Circuit Breaker and Construction Phased Restart from 01 Apr 2020 to 31 Aug 2020. Eligible firms need not apply for the refund and will receive emails from BCA with instructions on how to go about claiming for the refund.

Q2. How is the amount of MYE refund being computed?

The amount of MYE refund for a firm is computed by summing up the total period of WP holders hired by the firm (i.e. holding on to LIVE work permits) using MYEs between 1 Apr 2020 – 31 Aug 2020. The aggregated refund will be rounded to a whole number (i.e. If the aggregated amount is 9 months or more, it will be rounded up to 1 MYE)

For firms which have previously obtained MYE refund, the amount given earlier will be deducted from the total amount to be given this round.

Q3. How can I claim for the MYE refund?

Eligible firms will receive an email from BCA in the month of December with instructions on the procedures to claim. Please be patient and wait for the email if you have not received it. If you believe that you are eligible for MYE refund and did not receive any email from BCA by Jan 2021, you can get in touch with BCA at BCA_MYE_Refund@bca.gov.sg

Q4. Will the Main Contractor be informed of my firm’s MYE refund?

The refund will be allocated directly into your firm’s Construction CSN* account. It will not go through your Main Contractor. Your firm can choose to inform your Main Contractor on this refund, if you wish to.*CSN: CPF Submission Number

Q5. I have previously applied and obtained MYE refund for COVID-19 disruptions due to supply chain disruption or for my workers on home leave and unable to return to Singapore. Am I still eligible to claim for the expanded MYE refund scheme due to work stoppages arising from Circuit Breaker and Construction Phased Restart?

Your firm will still be eligible for the MYE refund if you have workers who were employed using MYE between 01 Apr 2020 to 31 Aug 2020. However, the amount granted earlier will be deducted from the amount to be given this round. If the final amount (after the deduction) is more than 1, your firm will receive an email from BCA in the month of December.

Q6. What will happen to the original MYE refund scheme?

The expanded MYE refund scheme for Circuit Breaker and Phased Restart disruption will supersede the original scheme.

Existing applications submitted before the launch of the expanded scheme will still be processed based on the original eligibility criteria of the scheme implemented from 1 Apr 2020.

Q7. My workers were issued Quarantine Orders (QOs) even after the dormitory is cleared. Is the QO period included into the computation for MYE refund?

No, workers who were issued QOs after 31 Aug 2020 are not considered for the MYE refund.

Q8. When will BCA/MOM stop accepting applications for the MYE refund?

We encourage firms to apply for the MYE refund as soon as you have received the eligibility email from BCA. You must submit your acknowledgement via the FormSG link provided in the invitation email before 31 Jan 2021.

Q9. The number of MYE refunded does not match the number of my workers whom were applied via MYE. Was there a mistake?

The amount of MYE refund for a firm is computed by summing up the total period of WP holders hired by the firm (i.e. holding on to LIVE work permits) using MYEs between 1 Apr 2020 – 31 Aug 2020. The aggregated refund will be rounded to a whole number (i.e. If the aggregated amount is 9 months or more, it will be rounded up to 1 MYE)

For firms which have previously obtained MYE refund, the amount given earlier will be deducted from the total amount to be given this round.

Q10. My company had received the email invite to claim for MYE refund but is subsequently debarred from hiring foreign workers. Can we still claim for the refund?

Your company must not be debarred from renewing foreign workers to be eligible to claim for the MYE refund. If you are able to resolve the debarment matters with the relevant agencies, you can submit the claim via the FormSG link provided in the invitation email from BCA, before the scheme closes on 31 Jan 2021.

Q11. My company currently does not have sufficient quota to use all the refunded MYE stated in the email. Will we still be able to claim all of them?

The refunded MYE is valid for one year for firms to utilise. As long as your firm has sufficient quota at the point when you renew or apply for a new work permit, you will be able to use the refunded MYE.

Q12. The MYE refund is given in the form of a renewal Prior Approval (PA). Can I change the PA to a different type?

Except for New PA, you can submit a request to change the refunded PA to all other PA types through the Work Permit Online (WPOL).

For New PA, you should submit this request via this link. Only unutilised PA can be changed.

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