TThe Singapore Work Permit (WP) is a work pass granted to semi-skilled and unskilled foreign individuals seeking to work in the construction, manufacturing, marine, process, and services sector. The WP is issued with a maximum validity of 2 years subject to the validity of the worker’s passport and security bond, whichever is shorter. However, companies have to comply with its industry’s Dependency Ratio Ceiling (DRC). It refers to the maximum ratio of foreign employees a company is permitted to hire based on its total workforce. In addition, the companies are required to employ foreign workers from approved source countries for their respective sector.

You may apply for a Work Permit if

  • You are a Singapore-based company who has a Work Permit quota and wish to hire a foreign worker from approved source countries.

Approved Source Countries By Sector

Construction

  • Malaysia, PRC, India, Sri Lanka, Thailand, Bangladesh, Myanmar, Philippines, Hong Kong, Macau, South Korea, Taiwan
  • You can employ 7 WP holders for every full-time local employee under this sector

Manufacturing

  • Malaysia, PRC, Hong Kong, Macau, South Korea, Taiwan

Marine

  • Malaysia, PRC, India, Sri Lanka, Thailand, Bangladesh, Myanmar, Philippines, Hong Kong, Macau, South Korea, Taiwan
  • You can employ 5 WP holders for every full-time local employee under this sector

Process

  • Malaysia, PRC, India, Sri Lanka, Thailand, Bangladesh, Myanmar, Philippines, Hong Kong, Macau, South Korea, Taiwan
  • You can employ 7 WP holders for every full-time local employee under this sector

Services

  • Malaysia, PRC, Hong Kong, Macau, South Korea, Taiwan

How to Apply

WP applications can be submitted online or manually. To apply online, the employing company must have a registered access to the portal or WPOL. Otherwise, they may engage our service to apply for a WP on their behalf.

Processing Time

MOM assesses all WP applications for one working day. It could take longer when additional information is required or when there is a high volume of applications being processed.

Foreign workers who wish to apply for WP are required to be overseas while their applications are being processed. You can come to Singapore only when the outcome of the application is successful and the employer has purchased the Security Bond and Medical Insurance upon approval.

For Malaysian nationals, WP applications can be submitted while the foreign worker is currently working or staying in Singapore and the employer is not required to purchase the Security Bond.

Both the employers and foreign workers must comply with the conditions of the WP as stipulated on the Security Bond.

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