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Singapore offers tech visas to talent that earns $15,000 monthly

But city-state tightens requirements on lower-tiered foreign workers

Singapore initially will admit 500 foreigners through its Tech.Pass visa program. (Photo by Takashi Nakano)

SINGAPORE -- Singapore has debuted a work visa designed to attract top talent in technology fields, as the city-state reshapes its foreign workforce in hopes of developing into a tech hub.

Applicants for the new Tech.Pass program must fulfill two out of three requirements to qualify, including providing proof of earning a monthly salary of at least 20,000 Singapore dollars ($15,145) over the past year. The visas last for two years before they need to be renewed.

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