Passes For Skilled & Semi-Skilled

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All foreigners who intend to work in Singapore must have a valid pass (commonly known as a work visa) before they start work. If any employer is engaging the foreigners to work in Singapore, then the employer must ensure that the foreigners hold a valid work pass.
There are many types of work passes available in Singapore with their own features and stipulated terms and conditions by the regulatory authority Ministry Of Manpower (MOM).

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Singapore Passes available for Skilled And Semi-Skilled Workers
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Comparison of All Skilled And Semi-Skilled Work Passes And Work Permits In Singapore


Manpower for Strategic Economic Priorities Scheme (M-SEP)

The M-SEP scheme supports the growth of businesses that contribute to Singapore’s strategic economic priorities through ambitious investment, innovation, or internationalisation activities.

What is called Manpower for Strategic Economic Priorities Scheme (M-SEP)?

The M-SEP scheme gives firms some flexibility to temporarily hire S Pass and Work Permit holders above their existing Dependency Ratio Ceiling (DRC) and S Pass sub-DRC. Eligible firms can obtain additional S Pass and Work Permit quota up to 5% of their base workforce headcount, subject to a cap of 50 workers per firm and fulfilment of the commitments listed below.


Condition 1: Participate in one of the following key economic priorities:

  • Promote investments which support Singapore’s hub strategy
  • Promote innovation or Research & Development (R&D)
  • Support internationalization

Note: The list of initiatives and specified economic criteria will be updated from time to time.


Condition 2: Commit to hiring or training locals

  • Renewal thereafter is conditional on firms’ continuous fulfilment of the eligibility criteria.


Click here to learn more about M-SEP


List of passes for pass category

Pass type

Who is it for

S Pass
  • Fixed monthly salary of at least $2,500/- (w.e.f. 01-October-2020)
  • Older and more experienced S Pass candidates need to earn higher than the qualifying salary
Work Permit for Foreign Worker (FW)
  • For semi-skilled foreign workers in the construction, manufacturing, marine shipyard, process or services sector.
Work Permit for Foreign Domestic Worker (FDW)
  • For foreign domestic workers (FDWs) to work in Singapore.
Work Permit for Confinement Nanny (CN)
  • For Malaysian confinement nannies to work in Singapore for up to 16 weeks starting from the birth of the employer’s child.
Work Permit for Performing Artiste (PA)
  • For foreign performers working in public entertainment outlets such as bars, hotels and nightclubs.

Source of Information:
For all types of Work Passes with their related matters is from the Ministry Of Manpower (MOM), Singapore &/or Immigration And Checkpoints Authority (ICA), Singapore accordingly.
For all other matters are from the relevant Authorities or Agencies of Government of Singapore.

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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