Singapore Work Permit Application Services Include:

  1. Pre-application information and advising on Singapore Work Permit
  2. WP Online filing of (Work Permit Application)
  3. Tracking Work Permit application status while under processing
  4. Liaising with Direct MOM officer in charge, if required
  5. Responding to MOM’s requests for additional information, if any
  6. Arranging for issuance of Work Permit upon in-principle approval (IPA)
  7. Filing of unlimited appeal in case of rejection of Work Permit application

Apply Work Permit

Foreign workers from approved source countries working in the construction, manufacturing, marine shipyard, process, or services sector.

An employer or appointed employment agent needs to apply for the permit

No minimum required

Up to 2 years, depending on the validity of the worker’s passport, security bond and employment period

Yes. Find out how to renew work permit

Not available

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

Employers must provide medical insurance

Work Permit Process In Singapore

The Work Permit allows semi-skilled foreign workers from approved source countries to work in certain sectors. Find out your sector’s requirements, foreign worker levy and quota, and how to (apply for a work permit).

The Work Permit (WP) is issued to basic-skilled workers who want to work in Singapore’s in-demand sectors and are from approved source countries. The duration of a WP is two years, subject to the validity of the worker’s passport, the Banker’s/Insurance Guarantee, and the worker’s employment period, whichever is shorter. The worker is only allowed to work for an employer and in the specified occupation. The qualifying salary must be S$2,000 or less.

Services include reviewing your candidacy, acting as a liaison with MOM, applying for work permit, processing renewals, appealing, and tracking your application.

Before, During, And After You Apply For Work Permit

Before applying for work permit

  • Know Work Permit requirements by sector
  • Know your quota and levy (First-time employers)
  • Declare business activity (Construction and process)
  • Apply for man-year entitlement (Construction, process, marine shipyard)
  • Apply for prior approval (Process maintenance) Apply for in-principle support

Before arrival

  • Apply for Work Permit Buy security bond
  • Buy medical insurance and submit details (First-time, construction)
  • Register the worker for SIP

Upon arrival

  • (First-time, construction) Send the worker to attend SIP Register worker’s address
  • Send the worker for a medical exam
  • Get the Work Permit issued Register fingerprints and photo
  • Receive the Work Permit card

Monthly

  • Pay the foreign worker levy
  • As and when required
  • Notify MOM of changes Apply for levy waiver Renew Work Permit Replace a Work Permit card Cancel Work Permit

Work Permit Application For Foreign Workers

You can apply for their Work Permits online and check the status of your application online. You also need to take certain steps before the pass is issued.

Already know the process? 

Go directly to WP Online to apply.

Employers are urged to defer bringing foreigners into Singapore during this period until further notice. Approvals for any new applications will be limited. You may continue to apply for passes for foreigners who are already in Singapore.


Who can apply:

  • Employer or appointed employment agency (EA).

How much it costs:

  • When you submit the application: MOM Costs $35 for each pass.
  • When you get the pass issued: MOM Cost $35 for each pass.

How long it takes:

  • Within 1 week, unless more information is required.

Our Services:

  • WP Online – apply and get the pass issued
  • Check application status via WP Online
  • Check application status by SMS
  • Check card delivery status
  • Make an appointment

More MOM forms

A non-Malaysian worker must not be in Singapore at the time of the work permit application.

Note:

  • If this is the first time you are applying for a Work Permit, you need to declare your business activity. You should also refer to the requirements for Work Permit.
  • The duration of the Work Permit is usually 2 years, but it may be shorter depending on:
    • The validity of the worker’s passport: validity will be 1 month before the passport expires.
    • Duration of the security bond: validity will be 2 months before the security bond expires.

These are the steps for applying:

StepWho does thisResult
Submit an applicationEmployer or EAIn-principle approval or rejection letter
Prepare for workers’ arrivalEmployer or EASecurity bond, insurance, etc.
Get the permit issuedEmployer or EANotification letter
Register fingerprints and photo (if required)CandidateAcknowledgment of card delivery
Receive the cardEmployer or authorised recipientsWork Permit card

Processing time: within 1 week. Some cases will take more time.

To submit a Work Permit application:

  1. Get a written consent from the foreign worker to apply for Work Permit.
  2. Log in to WP Online to fill out the application.
  3. Pay MOM Cost $35 for each application. You can pay by GIRO, VISA, MasterCard, or eNets debit.
  4. Check the status of your application after 1 week.
    It takes around 1 week to process the application. It may take longer if additional information is required.
  5. View the outcome online. If your application is approved, you need to log in to WP Online to print:
    • In-principle approval (IPA) letter
    • Work Permit application form
Make sure the worker’s IPA particulars match their passport details. If you made an error, such as wrong spelling of name, you need to correct the error, or the worker will be denied entry into Singapore.

You need to complete these steps to prepare for your workers’ arrival in Singapore.

Before your workers arrive

  1. You need to buy a security bond for non-Malaysian workers.
    • Ensure that your insurer sends us the security bond details. It takes up to 3 working days.
    • The security bond must take effect when they arrive. Otherwise, they will be refused entry into Singapore and you will have to pay to send them home immediately.
  2. Buy medical insurance for them.

When your workers arrive

  1. Within 2 weeks of arrival, send them for medical examination by a Singapore-registered doctor.
  2. Print and complete the Security Bond form.
    • For sole proprietorships and partnerships, the form should be signed by the sole proprietor or partner.
    • For private limited companies, it should be signed by directors who are registered with ACRA. If the director wishes to appoint an employee to sign the form, he must provide written authorisation to MOM.

Processing time: Immediate

You need to get the Work Permit issued within this timeframe:

Get the Work Permit issued

A Malaysian

  • After entering Singapore.
  • Before the short-term visit pass (i.e. immigration white card) expires.
  • Before the due date stated on the in-principle approval (IPA) letter.
  • If you can’t get the Work Permit issued on time
  • Log in to WP Online to extend the IPA letter. You need to do this before the due date stated on the IPA letter.

A non-Malaysian

  • After entering Singapore.
  • Within 14 days after arriving in Singapore.
  • If you can’t get the Work Permit issued on time
  • Log in to WP Online to request a Special Pass. The IPA will be automatically extended.

Changing to a new employer

  • Before the current Work Permit expires.
  • Before the due date stated on the IPA letter.
  • If you can’t get the Work Permit issued on time
  • Log in to WP Online to extend the IPA letter. You need to do this before the due date stated on the IPA letter.

To get the Work Permit issued:

  • Register the worker’s residential address and mobile number using OFWAS.
  • You must wait for at least an hour before logging in to WP Online to request for Work Permit to be issued.
  • Log in to WP Online to request for Work Permit to be issued.

Make sure you print the IPA letter and the Work Permit application form before you get the pass issued.

  • Provide an address (home or office) where the card will be delivered.
  • Nominate up to 3 authorised recipients to receive the card, and provide their NRIC, FIN, or passport number, mobile numbers, and email address.
  • Pay $35 for each Work Permit issued. You can pay by GIRO, VISA, MasterCard, or eNETS debit.
  • After the Work Permit is issued, print the notification letter.

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 foreign worker. It allows them to travel in and out of Singapore while waiting for the Work Permit card.
  • States if the worker needs to report to MOM Services Centre – Hall C to register fingerprints and photo.

When: Within 1 week after the pass is issued (if required)

Check the notification letter for whether the worker needs to register at MOM Services Centre – Hall C.

If it is required, the worker needs to register within 1 week of issuing the Work Permit.

You must make an appointment for the worker to register.

For the appointment, the worker should bring:

  • Original passport
  • Appointment letter
  • Notification letter
  • Documents listed in the notification letter

When: 4 working days after registration

We will deliver the Work Permit card to the given address 4 working days after the worker registers and gets documents verified.

For workers who do not need to register, we will deliver the card 4 working days after verifying their documents.

The authorised recipients will get an SMS or email with the delivery details at least 1 working day before delivery.

You can also check the card delivery details in WP Online.

Download SGWorkPass to scan QR code on your new card to check status, expiry date, and more.

If card delivery fails

After unsuccessful deliveries, you’ll have to collect the card at the service desk of MOM Services Centre – Hall C.

You or an authorised person can collect the card 3 working days after the second attempted delivery. You don’t need an appointment for collection.

Bring along these documents for card collection:

  • Candidate’s original passport.
  • Notification letter.

If you authorise someone to collect it on your behalf, make sure they bring these along:

  • An authorisation letter from the employer.
  • NRIC or passport for verification.