Singapore Work Permit For Foreign Worker (FW)

Guide For Singapore Work Permit For Foreign Worker (FW)

Singapore Work Permit for Foreign Worker (FW)


The Work Permit (WP) allows semi-skilled foreign workers from approved source countries to work in certain sectors such as Construction, Manufacturing, Marine Shipyard, Process or Services with sector-specific requirements. Employers are limited by a quota for their industry and have to pay a monthly levy for each worker.


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Key facts on Singapore 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
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


Sector-specific Requirements

There are Sector-Specific requirements for all five sectors for recruiting Foreign Work Permit holders.
(click on the below type of Sector for specific requirements or image for general functions):
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Types of Sectors with Sector-Specific Requirements For Work Permit (FW)
Construction Sector
Manufacturing Sector
Marine Shipyard Sector
Process Construction & Maintenance Sector
(Sample: Import-Export)
Services Sector

Click here to learn more about Work Permit Conditions For Work Permit (For Foreign Workers)

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
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.
  • 1 day.
Is it mandatory
  • Yes.
  • Foreign workers must attend SIP before Work Permit can be issued.
  • $75 (including GST), borne by the foreign worker’s employer.
  • 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.


Work Permit quota and levy requirements

The number of Work Permit holders you can hire is limited by a quota. You must also pay a monthly levy for these workers.

Learn more about Work Permit quota and levy requirements


Levy Waiver For Foreign Worker

You can get a waiver for your foreign worker levy payments only in certain specific situations. These include overseas leave and hospitalisation leave.

Learn more about Levy Waiver For Foreign Worker


Conversion or Upgrading of a Work Permit to an S Pass:

If you hold a Work Permit and wish to apply for an S Pass, first ensure that you are eligible for the S Pass by using the S Pass self-assessment tool at MOM website at:

If you meet the requirements, your employer can then apply for an S Pass for you.

Note: Your employer should apply for the S Pass early.

You can remain in Singapore while the application is being made, as long as your Work Permit is valid. Your employer doesn’t have to cancel the Work Permit before the S Pass is approved.

If your Work Permit is expiring before you get the S Pass application outcome, your employer can request to extend your Work Permit using WPOL e-services. The extension is subject to MOM’s approval.


Please refer to MOM website at or for more detailed information and up-to-date guidelines with regulations.


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