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An employer or an appointed Employment agent can apply for the permit. No qualifying monthly salary is specified for the foreign workers in specified sectors.
The validity of Singapore work permit for foreigners is two years and tied to the validity of the worker’s passport, security bond and employment duration. No family passes are allowed.
Employers are limited by a quota depending on the industry type and must pay a monthly levy for each worker. Employers must also provide medical insurance to all foreign workers. Singapore legislation for Employment of Foreign Manpower Act, S 569/2012 is applicable for Singapore work permit for foreigners.
Sourcing, application and receiving work permits are allowed only for some certain foreign nationals subject to complying with work permit requirements such as medical insurance, security bond, quota and levy.
While employing foreign workers for any company, a set of work permit conditions must be complied with during the employment.
For the employment of foreign workers, you can apply for their Work Permits online. You can also check the status of your application online and need to follow certain steps before the pass is issued.
Singapore is progressively re-opening its borders and approvals for any new applications are still limited. Application for Singapore work permit for foreigners can be done for persons are already in Singapore. The applicable fees for each Pass are SGD 35 when an application is submitted and SGD 35 when the pass is issued. The Singapore work permit for foreigners is usually issued in a week unless more information is needed.
Application and status checking can be done online by logging in to the official website WP Online. The delivery status including fixing an appointment can be done online. A non-Malaysian worker must not be in Singapore at the time of a work permit application. For the first time application of 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:
Singapore work permit for foreigners can be renewed online 6 to 8 weeks before it expires after making payment of SGD 35 renewal fee and submitting necessary documents. The renewal is valid for two years and tied to the validity of a passport. Before renewing, certain steps need to be completed such as checking quota and extending the worker’s security bond and medical insurance. The Work Permit renewal notice and application form will indicate whether your workers are required to do a medical examination for you to get their Work Permits renewed.
For workers who are currently on Stay-Home Notice or Quarantine Order and cannot do their medical examinations, you can request for time to get the Work Permit renewed. You can also submit this request if your workers are waiting for a new passport. For workers who are unable to return to Singapore to have their Work Permits renewed, please cancel the Work Permits and re-apply for them when the COVID-19 situation has stabilised.
A company is limited by a quota for specific industry and must pay the monthly foreign worker levy for each Work Permit holder employed. Sector-specific quota and levy requirements can be obtained from MOM.
Conditions of Work Pass and Employment of Foreign Manpower Act are the two legislations relevant to Singapore work permit for foreigners.
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