Guide For Work Permit For Foreign Worker

Work Permit for Foreign Worker

The Work Permit (WP) allows semi-skilled foreign workers from approved source countries to work in certain sectors.


Key facts on Work Permit for foreign worker

Get an overview and key facts about the Work Permit for foreign workers.

Pass facts

Key facts about the Work Permit (WP) for foreign workers:

Who it is for Foreign workers from approved source countries working in the construction, manufacturing, marine shipyard, process or services sector. Find out the eligibility criteria.
Who can apply An employer or appointed employment agent needs to apply for the permit.
Qualifying salary No minimum required.
What is the duration Up to 2 years, depending on the validity of the worker’s passport, security bond and employment period.
Is it renewable Yes.
Passes for family Not available.
Quota and levy Yes. Employers are limited by a quota for their industry and have to pay a monthly levy for each worker. Find out the quota and levy requirements.
Medical insurance Employers must provide medical insurance
Relevant legislation Conditions of Work Pass
Employment of Foreign Manpower Act

 Stages of Pass

Before Applying:
  • Know Work Permit requirements by sector
  • Know your quota and levy
  • Declare business activity (For first-time employers)
  • Apply for Man-Year Entitlement (MYE) (For Construction and Process sectors)
  • Apply for prior approval (For Construction, Process, Marine Shipyard)
  • Apply for in-principle support (For Process maintenance)
Before Arrival in Singapore:
  • Apply for Work Permit
  • Buy Security Bond
  • Buy Medical Insurance and submit details
  • Register the worker for Settling-In Programme (SIP)
Upon Arrival in Singapore:
  • Send the worker to attend Settling-In Programme (SIP)
  • Register worker’s accommodation address
  • Send the worker for medical exam
  • Get the Work Permit issued
  • Register fingerprints and photo
  • Receive the Work Permit card
  • Pay the Foreign Worker Levy
As and when required:
  • Notify MOM of any changes
  • Apply for levy waiver
  • Renew the Work Permit
  • Replace the Work Permit
  • Cancel the Work Permit

Settling-in Programme (SIP) for Work Permit holders in construction sector

All first-time non-Malaysian foreign workers in the construction sector must attend the SIP to learn about their employment rights and responsibilities, and other useful information.

At a glance
Who must attend All foreign workers who:

  • Are first time working in Singapore.
  • Are non-Malaysians.
  • Will work in construction sector.
  • Applied for Work Permit on or after 1 October 2018.
When to attend Within 14 days of foreign worker’s arrival in Singapore.
Duration 1 day.
Is it mandatory Yes.
Foreign workers must attend SIP before Work Permit can be issued.
Cost $75 (including GST), borne by the foreign worker’s employer.
Languages English, Bengali, Burmese, Mandarin, Tamil or Thai.
What is it

The SIP is a 1-day orientation programme to educate foreign workers on Singapore’s social norms, their employment rights and responsibilities, Singapore laws and where and how to seek assistance.

The topics include:

  • Understanding Singapore
  • Local practices and social norms
  • Employment laws
  • Employment and work injury compensation rights
  • SGSecure and other key laws
Register for SIP
  • To ensure that your foreign worker gets a training slot within the first 14 days of arrival in Singapore, you should register for the SIP early.
  • You can register as soon as you know their arrival date.
  • The Migrant Workers’ Centre (MWC) will conduct the SIP on behalf of MOM.


ACHI Biz is one of the licensed Employment Agencies in Singapore. We will assist your work pass related applications and appeals at our level best with the regulatory authority Ministry Of Manpower (MOM) for successful outcome.
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