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Work Permit (Foreign Worker) - Application Process

If you have never applied for Work Permit (WP) or S Passes before, you are required to declare your organisation's business activity, before submitting any WP or S Pass applications.

You may submit your applications online or manually.


Online Application

Step 1: Submission of application

  • Work Permit applications can be made online through WP Online - an online portal for selected work pass transactions. A SingPass and CPF Submission Number (CSN) are required for the registration of a WP Online account.
  • A $30 administrative fee will be charged for each Work Permit application submitted and payment can be made online using Visa/MasterCard or eNets Debit.

Step 2: Assessment and approval

Step 3: Getting the card

Find out what needs to be done before getting the Work Permit card.



Manual Application

Step 1: Submission of application

  • Submit the completed Work Permit application form in person at any SingPost post office (MOM-appointed collecting agent).
  • A $30 administrative fee will be charged for each Work Permit application submitted and payment can be made at SingPost using cash, NETS or CashCard.
  • Download pdfApplication Form for Work Permit.

Step 2: Assessment and approval

  • It takes seven working days to process the Work Permit application. The outcome will be mailed to the employer.
  • There are certain conditions an applicant needs to fulfill upon approval of the Work Permit application.
  • The Work Permit issuance forms will be mailed to the employer.
  • Register Work Permit Holder’s address with MOM.

Step 3: Getting the card

Find out what needs to be done before getting the Work Permit card.



Acknowledgment/Processing Time

Processing times for Work Permit applications vary depending on the mode of submission of the application, as shown in the tables below.

Mode of Application Processing Time Application Outcome
Online Next working day Can be printed online
pdfManual 7 working days Will be mailed to you
Last updated on 06 January 2014 03:10:33