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Work Permit - Before you apply

Work Pass Conditions & Requirements for Manufacturing Sector

Types of business activities

Companies in the manufacturing sector manufacture or produce goods from raw materials on a large scale in an industrial setting. They should have a valid factory notification/license. Examples are:

  • Manufacturing of electronics components
  • Manufacturing of pharmaceuticals and biological products
  • Manufacturing of basic industrial acids and alkalis
  • Mechanical engineering works
  • Manufacturing of oil/gas field machinery
  • Manufacturing of waxes, polishes and deodorants
  • Electroplating, hot-tip galvanising, die-casting and heat treatment
  • Semiconductor wafer fabrication plants
  • Food processing (must have an AVA licence).

The following illustrates a company that is not in a manufacturing sector:

Operates in an industrial setting/premises Produces goods from raw materials Examples
Yes No Laundry, packing or dishwashing services in a factory
No Yes Bakeries operating in housing estates or shopping centres

Manufacturing companies should not deploy their Work Permit holders and S Pass holders to work in retail or food and beverage setting/outlets. They should be employed under a separate services account. Companies can write to the Work Pass Division using the iSubmit to apply for a services account.

Approved source countries/territories

Companies in the manufacturing sector can recruit workers from the following countries/territories:

  • Malaysia
  • People's Republic of China (PRC)
  • North Asian Sources (NAS): Hong Kong*, Macau, South Korea and Taiwan.

* Note: The foreigner must be holding a Hong Kong Special Administrative Region (HKSAR) Passport.

Dependency ceiling/quota

Refer to the pdfGuidelines on the Calculation of Quota and Levy Bill for the Dependency Ceiling and quota applicable to the manufacturing sector.

Foreign Worker Levy

The levy rate for Foreign Workers varies across different sectors. Find out more about the levy rates for Foreign Workers in the manufacturing sector.

Last updated on 25 November 2013 06:38:53