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Employment of foreign students

Students of foreign nationality are not allowed to work in Singapore during term time or vacation time unless they are granted Work Pass exemption under the Employment of Foreign Manpower (Work Pass Exemptions) Notification.

Foreign students and trainees coming to Singapore under training attachment programmes can consider the Training Work Permit, the Training Employment Pass or the Work Holiday Programme. Foreign students will be prosecuted under the Employment of Foreign Manpower Act (EFMA) if they are found working in Singapore without a valid work pass.


Foreign students on vacation

A work pass is not required for a foreign student who is a full-time matriculated or registered student in one of the following institutions if he/she is:

  • 14 years of age or above; and
  • On vacation.
  1. Australian International School
  2. Canadian International School
  3. Chatsworth International School
  4. Digipen
  5. EDHEC Risk Institute-Asia
  6. ESSEC Business School (Singapore)
  7. German European School Singapore
  8. GIST-TUM Asia
  9. Government Junior Colleges
  10. Government Secondary Schools
  11. Government-aided Junior Colleges
  12. Government-aided Secondary Schools
  13. Hollandse School
  14. INSEAD, Singapore
  15. Institute of Technical Education, Singapore
  16. International Community School
  17. ISS International School
  18. Japanese School (Secondary School)
  19. LaSalle College of the Arts
  20. Lycee Francais De Singapour
  21. Nanyang Academy of Fine Arts
  22. Nanyang Polytechnic
  23. Nanyang Technological University
  24. National University of Singapore
  25. New York University Tisch School of the Arts, Asia
  26. Nexus International School
  27. Ngee Ann Polytechnic
  28. Overseas Family School
  29. Republic Polytechnic
  30. S P Jain School of Global Management Singapore
  31. Sekolah Indonesia
  32. SIM University
  33. Singapore American School
  34. Singapore Institute of Technology
  35. Singapore Management University
  36. Singapore Polytechnic
  37. Singapore University of Technology and Design
  38. Swiss School
  39. Tanglin Trust School
  40. Temasek Polytechnic
  41. The American College
  42. United World College of South East Asia
  43. University of Chicago Graduate School of Business in Singapore
  44. University of Nevada, Las Vegas (Singapore)
  45. Waseda Shibuya Senior High School

Note: Foreign students from the above-listed schools/institutions who are waiting for their final examinations results or convocation are also granted work pass exemption if the period of waiting falls within the vacation period as stipulated by their academic calendar. However, once they have completed their studies, and their student pass expires, they will no longer be exempted from work pass requirements.

Employers who wish to hire foreigners who have completed their studies with their respective schools/institutions, should apply for appropriate work passes on their behalf. Each application will be accessed on its merits, subject to the prevailing work pass criteria and approval by the Controller of Work Passes.

Student Pass holders studying in institutions other than those listed above are not allowed to work during vacation while holding Student Passes in Singapore.


Part-time employment of foreign students

A work pass is not required for a foreign student who is a full-time matriculated or registered student in one of the following institutions if he/she:

  • Works a maximum of 16 hours a week; or
  • Is under an industrial attachment programme conducted by his university or educational institution. The industrial attachment must either be a compulsory or elective programme which should contribute towards the students’ graduation from the course.
  1. Digipen
  2. EDHEC Risk Institute-Asia
  3. ESSEC Business School (Singapore)
  4. GIST-TUM Asia
  5. INSEAD, Singapore
  6. LaSalle College of the Arts
  7. Nanyang Academy of Fine Arts
  8. Nanyang Polytechnic
  9. Nanyang Technological University
  10. National University of Singapore
  11. New York University Tisch School of the Arts, Asia
  12. Ngee Ann Polytechnic
  13. Republic Polytechnic
  14. S P Jain School of Global Management Singapore
  15. SIM University
  16. Singapore Institute of Technology
  17. Singapore Management University
  18. Singapore Polytechnic
  19. Singapore University of Technology and Design
  20. Temasek Polytechnic
  21. University of Chicago Graduate School of Business in Singapore
  22. University of Nevada, Las Vegas (Singapore)

Note: Foreign students who wish to apply for Leave of Absence (LOA) during non-vacation period to do additional industrial attachments that do not contribute towards their graduation, will have to apply for a suitable work pass.

Student Pass holders studying in institutions other than those listed above are not allowed to work part-time while holding Student Passes in Singapore.

Last updated on 10 October 2012 06:46:49