Who Is It For?

Only Employers Can Apply for Singapore Work Permit issued by MOM Singapore to hire lower skilled or unskilled foreign manpower employed in blue collar job positions in various industries within the Singapore economy. Only foreign nationals from approved source countries are eligible for this work permit category. For foreign professional staff, they can apply for other types of passes such as Singapore Employment Pass or S Pass.

The approved foreign nationals and approved source countries varies according to the industry category namely construction, marine, service, process and domestic work. The work pass category are generally subjected to a strict quota for each company and substantial monthly levies are payable by the employer to discourage the number of such work passes being issued.

Key Features of Singapore Work Permit

  • This work pass category doesn’t have a minimum salary requirement;
  • Each defined industry in Singapore can hire a certain percentage of approved foreigners from specific countries.
  • Only Employer Can Apply and is required to sponsor each applicant and be responsible for their well-being and stay in Singapore;
  • This pass is usually issued for a period of up to 2 years subject to the duration of the passport;
  • Singapore work permit can be renewed every 2 years;
  • Work pass holders cannot bring their spouses and children to live with them in Singapore;
  • The Singapore work permit pass is subject to quota which means that only specific percentage of foreign manpower can be hired by one employer;

  • Singapore Work Permit is subject to payment of monthly levies;
  • Employers are obliged to buy a medical / healthcare insurance for every working pass holder.
  • Malaysian nationals are given a preference for this work pass category in terms of available quota and the range of industry categories that can hire them and the higher allowable number. The security bond requirement for Malaysians is also waived;
  • A security bond of SGD 5,000 must be paid by the employers for foreign work pass holders from the following source c

Eligibility Criteria and Requirements

  • Applicants for Singapore Work Permit must be aged at least 18. The age limit for the Malaysians is 58 years while for non-Malaysians it is only 50;
  • Educational or Trade Certifications is required upon the submission of application to classify the applicant as “skilled” or “unskilled” workers. This will determine the monthly levies payable as “skilled” foreign workers enjoy a lower levy amount compared to “unskilled” foreign workers;
  • Employers are required to cover all foreign workers with work injury insurance;
  • Employers has to note and bear a higher responsibility as the foreign workers are covered by the Employment Act which regulate all employment terms and conditions for blue collar workers;
  • Employers have to ensure and provide acceptable housing to all their foreign workers;
  • Employers is responsible for the costs of repatriation of the foreign workers upon the expiry of the work permit duration.

Due to the COVID-19 pandemic and travel restrictions, successful applicants for Singapore Work Permit need to apply for entry approval from MOM first before arriving in Singapore.  The employer is also responsible to comply with all the government advisory and guidelines. For example, upon arrivals, successful applicants would need to be quarantined for 14 days first, go for a swab test and obtain a health clearance before proceeding with pass activation and work.

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1. Who is this for?

This pass is targeted at low-skilled blue-collar workers with no minimum salary requirement.

There is also an eligibility nationality constraint assigned to the various sectors.

This pass is valid for 2 years and it’s renewable subject to the availability of quota of the employer.

Yes. An employer sponsor is required and in some cases security bond is also required.

Depending on the industry sectors, the employer must hire a minimum number of local employees in order to be eligible for a quota to hire work permit holders. The employers must also pay monthly levies for each of the foreign worker hired.