Work Permit Application Services

WorkPass Pte Ltd is a full-service work permit consultancy firm specializing in Work Permit Application in Singapore. As a local firm based in Singapore, we are familiar with all the rules, regulations, quotas and levy. Committed to helping you apply work permit and complete it in a timely fashion and with the high level of expertise and professionalism for which we have become known.

Our company was created with the purpose of helping multinational companies and businesses with obtaining their Singapore work permits. As a foreign citizen who is unskilled/skilled in the area of foreign employee work permit applications, We understand that sometimes it can be difficult to navigate through all the regulations to obtain your own employment working permit. Our aim here is to ease those burdens by assisting you in knowing how to go about getting the proper work permit for your employees.

Work Permit Application Fee

Malaysian / Non-Malaysian
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  • Inclusive of MOM cost
  • Inclusive security bond and $15,000 medical insurance cost - Non-Malaysian
  • WP Online filing of Work Permit application
  • Tracking application status while under processing
  • Liaising with direct MOM officer in charge, if required
  • Responding to MOM’s requests for additional information, if any
  • Arranging for issuance pass upon in-principle approval (IPA)

How To Apply Work Permit (WP) In Singapore

Are you planning to employ foreign workers in Singapore for work? If so, then you will need to apply for a work permit (WP). The process of applying for a work permit can be complicated and time-consuming, but it is essential to follow all the necessary steps to ensure that your application is successful.

On this page, we will provide you with a step-by-step guide on how we assist employers to apply for a work permit in Singapore.

We will also offer some helpful tips and advice on what you can do to increase your chances of success. So, if you are planning to hire foreign workers in Singapore for work, read on to find out everything you need to know about the work permit application process!

WHO IS IT FORThe Work Permit for semi-skilled foreign workers in the services, manufacturing, construction, marine shipyard or process sector.
APPLY WPWorkPass Pte Ltd – Your appointed MOM licensed employment agency – EA, WP Online
DURATIONUp to 2 years, depending on the validity of the worker’s passport, security bond and employment period.
IS IT RENEWALYes. Work Permit is renewable

Malaysia, People’s Republic of China (PRC) China

North Asian sources (NAS):

  • Hong Kong (HKSAR passport), Macau, South Korea, Taiwan

Non-traditional sources (NTS):

  • India, Sri Lanka, Thailand, Bangladesh, Myanmar, Philippines
LEVY AND QUOTAYes. foreign worker levy or quota is required.

Higher Approval Rate, Faster Processing Time!


Steps To Apply Work Permit

Steps → Who does this → How long it takes

Submit Work Permit Application  WorkPass Pte Ltd  Application status outcome: Within 1 week. Some cases will take more time.

Arrange For Worker’s Arrival Security bond (Non-Malaysian), insurance, etc. 

Issue Work Permit  WorkPass Pte Ltd  Immediate processing

Card Registration  Foreigner Not applicable

Receive Work Permit Card  Authorised recipients or the foreigner  Receive within 5 working days after fingerprint and photo registration, or document verification

How much is the MOM fee?

  • When submitting the WP application: MOM cost: $35 fee for each pass
  • When getting the pass issued: MOM cost $35 fee for each pass


  • Non-Malaysian workers cannot be in Singapore during the Work Permit application.
  • If this is the first time your company is applying for a Work Permit, we’ll assist you to declare your business activity.

Submit Application

Submitting Work Permit application

  1. Authorised WORKPASS to submit work permit application on your behalf
  2. Written consent to apply for work permit from the worker
  3. Documents and information reviewed and submit online to MOM 
  4. Application status within 1 week. It may take longer if additional information is required.
  5. After the application is approved, We will forward you the documents:
  • In-principle approval (IPA) letter
  • Work Permit application form

Arrange For Worker's Arrival

Complete these steps to prepare for your workers’ arrival in Singapore.

Before your workers arrive (Non-Malaysian)

  • For non-Malaysian CMP Work Permit holders on IPA – Book a slot at the Onboard centre at least 4 days before your workers arrive. Ensure you get an onboarding slot before confirming their flight arrangements.
  • Primary Care Plan (for those staying in dormitories or work in CMP sectors) for them. You must declare that you have bought the Primary Care Plan on WP Online, before the Work Permit can be issued.
  1. Security bond for workers.
  • Ensure the insurer sends MOM the security bond details. It takes up to 3 working days.
  • The security bond must take effect when the workers arrive. Otherwise, they will be refused entry into Singapore and you will have to pay to send them home immediately.
  1. Foreign worker medical insurance

When your workers arrive

  1. Within 2 weeks of arrival, send them for medical examination by either a
  • Singapore-registered doctor or
  • MOM -appointed Anchor Operators for workers eligible for the Primary Care Plan.

You may also need to send them for the Settling-in Programme, if applicable.

  1. 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 a directors who is registered with ACRA. If the director wishes to appoint an employee to sign the form, he must provide a written authorisation to MOM.
All non-Malaysian male Work Permit holders on IPA in the CMP sectors entering Singapore will complete a residential onboarding programme at the Onboard centre for up to 4 days.

Issue Pass

Request for issuance of pass

Processing time: Immediate

Work Permit issued within this timeframe:

Newly-arrived Malaysian

  • After the worker enters Singapore.
  • Before the due date stated on the in-principle approval (IPA) letter.

Newly-arrived non-Malaysian

  • After the worker enters Singapore.
  • Within 14 days from arrival.

Changing to a new employer

  • Before the current Work Permit expires.
  • Before the due date stated on the IPA letter.

To get the Work Permit issued:

Register the worker’s residential address and mobile number

  • Make sure you print the IPA letter and the Work Permit application form before you get the pass issued.
  • [For new workers in the construction sector who passed their SEC(K) test overseas]

Before you get the pass issued, you must make an appointment with BCA to get your worker’s identity verified and IPA endorsed within 4 months of the SEC(K) test.

  1. Provide us with the address (home or office) where the card will be delivered.
  2. Nominate up to 3 authorised recipients to receive the card, and provide their NRIC, FIN or passport number, mobile numbers and email address.
  3. After the Work Permit is issued, we will send you 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 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 taking.

Card Registration

Thumbprint and photo taking for Work Permit card

We’ll make an appointment for the worker to register. (If applicable)

  • When: Within 1 week after pass is issued

Place: MOM Services Centre – Hall C

For the appointment, the worker should bring:

  • Original passport
  • Appointment letter
  • Notification letter

Receiving Card

Work Permit card delivery 

When: Within 5 working days after registration or document verification

MOM will deliver the Work Permit card to the given address within 5 working days after the worker registers and gets documents verified.

For workers who do not need to register, we will deliver the card within 5 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.

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:

  • Worker’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


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

There is no minimum requirement

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

Not available

Yes. Employers are limited by a quota for their industry and have to pay a monthly levy for each worker

Security bond requirements for migrant worker

  • Assist in purchasing a $5,000 security bond for each non-Malaysian work permit worker you employ.

What is a security bond?

  • A security bond is a binding pledge to pay the government if either you or your worker breaks the law, Work Permit conditions or security bond conditions. The bond is in the form of a banker’s or insurer’s guarantee.

Medical insurance requirements for foreign worker

Assist in purchasing medical insurance plans for each migrant worker you employ.

What it should cover

As an employer, you must maintain medical insurance coverage of at least $15,000 per year for each Work Permit holder.

You do not need medical insurance if the Work Permit holder is also holding a Dependant’s Pass and already has a medical insurance plan that meets the minimum mandatory coverage of $15,000 per year.
The insurance plan has to cover the full period of the Work Permit validity.

The insurance should cover inpatient care and day surgery, including hospital bills for conditions that may not be work related.