Renewal of Work Permit (Foreign Worker)

Construction Workers working on roadRenewal of Work Permit for Foreign Worker

You can renew a Work Permit online 6 to 8 weeks before it expires. Before renewing, you also need to complete certain steps, such as checking your quota and extending the worker’s security bond and medical insurance.

At a glance

When to renew
  • Six to eight weeks before the permit expires. You can go to WP Online to view the list of workers eligible for renewal
Who can renew
  • Employer or appointed employment agent (EA)
How much it costs
  • $35 per renewal
How long it takes
  • The outcome is immediate
  • You can make an appeal if your worker is not eligible to get a renewal. However, your appeal is unlikely to be successful unless you provide new information when you appeal.

When to renew

You should renew the work permit 6 to 8 weeks before it expires.
If your worker plans to travel overseas just before the Work Permit expiry date, you should renew the Work Permit before he leaves Singapore.


You can go to WP Online to:

  • View the list of workers eligible for renewal.
  • Print a copy of the renewal letter if you didn’t receive it.

Late renewals

If you renew the Work Permit late, you’re still liable for the levy after it expires. Levy penalties or overstaying fine, if applicable, may also be imposed.


  • You can request for an extension if you’re unable to renew the Work Permit on time.

Documents required

You will need the following documents and information for renewal:

Documents and information


Scanned copy of the personal particulars page of the worker’s passport (including pages that have amendments)
  • Check that the worker’s passport has enough validity to cover the intended period of employment. To get a 2-year Work Permit, the passport needs to be valid for at least 25 months.
Security bond (for non-Malaysian workers)  
  • Get a new security bond and complete the Security Bond Form.
  • The bank or insurance company must send MOM with the new security bond details before you renew the permit.
  • The effective date of the security bond can be post-dated up to 1 day after the expiry date of the existing Work Permit.
Medical insurance 
  • Extend your worker’s existing medical insurance or get a new policy.
  • You can buy the medical insurance from the same bank or insurance company where you buy the security bond.
Work Permit renewal notice and application form
  • Print this form in WP Online.
Details for card delivery (only if the notification letter states that the worker will be getting a new card)        

You will need:

  • An address (home or office) where the card will be delivered.
  • The names, NRIC, FIN or passport numbers, mobile numbers and email addresses of up to 3 authorised recipients to receive the card.

How to renew

Processing time
  • Immediate
Where to renew
  • You can renew the Work Permit online
To renew the permit
  • Register the worker’s residential address and mobile number using the Online Foreign Workers Address Service (OFWAS) – at least an hour before renewing the pass online.
  • Log in to WP Online to submit the application and upload the required documents.
  • You may be asked to upload more or fewer documents during online renewal depending on what you have entered.
  • Print and refer to the renewal notice and application form in WP Online under the “Renew” function for specific instructions.
  • Pay $35 for each renewal. You can pay by GIRO, VISA, Master Card or eNETS debit.

After the Work Permit is renewed

After the Work Permit is renewed, print and check the notification letter to see:

If notification letter states

The existing card

Getting a new card
  • Must be returned according to instruction given in the notification letter.
Continue using the existing card
  • Must be kept by the worker.
  • Note: If you return it when you don’t need to, you have to pay $60 to replace the pass.

The notification letter

  • Is valid for 1 month from the date of issue. Request to extend the validity if you have a change of travel plans.
  • Should be given to the worker.
  • It allows the worker to travel in and out of Singapore while waiting for the Work Permit card.

Return the old Work Permit card

To Return the card
  • If you need to return the old card to MOM, you or your employment agency can post it to Work Pass Division, Ministry of Manpower, 18 Havelock Road, Singapore 059764.
  • You can use the “card return” function on WP Online to:
  • Check if MOM has received the card.
  • Tell MOM why you are unable to return the card.
When returning the work pass card


  • Do not deface, cut up or punch holes into it.
  • Do not tape the card onto a letter.
  • Do not glue or tape multiple cards together.

Duration of renewal

The Work Permit is usually valid for 2 years. However, it may be shorter depending on:

  • The expiry of the worker’s passport. If it expires in less than 2 years, the duration will be until 1 month before the expiry date.
  • The validity of the security bond. If it is less than 26 months, the duration until 2 months before the security bond expires.
  • The validity of the prior approval (if applicable).
  • The maximum employment period of your workers (see your sector’s Work Permit requirements).
  • Note: To get the full 2-year duration, you should renew your worker’s passport and security bond before you renew the Work Permit. Embassies may impose requirements on the renewal of passports.

Please refer to MOM website at www.mom.gov.sg or www.cpf.gov.sg for more detailed information and up-to-date guidelines with regulations.

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