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Apply for a Work Holiday Pass

You can apply for a Work Holiday Pass by submitting the required documents through the online application portal. It takes around 3 weeks to process an application.

At a glance

Who can apply Candidate
How much it costs When the pass is issued:
How long it takes Around 3 weeks
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These are the steps for applying:

Step Who does this Result
Submit an application Candidate In-principle approval letter or rejection letter
Get the pass issued Appointed employment agency or candidate
Notification letter
Register fingerprints and photo (if required) Candidate Acknowledgment of card delivery
Receive the Work Holiday Pass card Authorised recipients or candidate Work Holiday Pass card


  • If you have held a Work Holiday Pass before, you can only reapply for another Work Holiday Pass after 12 months from the day you last held the pass.
  • If you are planning to submit your application early, make sure it is not more than 3 months from your intended travel date.

Submit an applicationShow

Processing time: Around 3 weeks

To submit an application for a Work Holiday Pass under the Work Holiday Programme:

  1. Submit the application online.
  2. Attach soft copies of the following required documents:
    • A letter from the university stating your matriculation, name, nationality and date of birth.
    • A copy of the personal particulars page of your passport.
    • (For graduates) A copy of the degree certificate or transcripts.
    • (For undergraduates) A copy of the student card issued by the university.
    • (For international students at the university) A copy of your student visa.

We may ask for other documents when we review your application.

  • If the documents from your university are not in English, submit a copy of the original document and an official English translation certified by the university.
  • Documents must be in PDF or JPEG format.
  • Each document’s file size should not be more than 2MB.

It takes around 3 weeks to process the application.

If your application is approved, you will get an in-principle approval (IPA) letter by email.

The Work Holiday Pass is valid for 6 months. You must get the pass issued within 3 months of the date of the IPA letter.

Get the pass issuedShow

When: Within 3 months of in-principle approval

You or your appointed employment agent can ask for the pass to be issued. You need to be in Singapore when the request is made.

There are two ways to get the pass issued:

  • Using EP Online (use this if you have an employment agent or if you have a SingPass)
  • Over the counter

Using EP Online

You (if you have SingPass) or your employment agent can apply to have the pass issued using EP Online. To get the pass issued:

  1. Log in to EP Online to make the request and submit the supporting documents (see what you’ll need).
  2. Pay the fees using GIRO, or eNETS credit or debit:
  3. When the pass is issued, print the notification letter.

The notification letter:

  • Allows you to travel in and out of Singapore while waiting for the pass card.
  • States if you need to register to have your fingerprints and photo taken.

Over the counter

If you are the candidate and you don’t have SingPass, you can have your Work Holiday Pass issued over the counter at the Employment Pass Services Centre.

You must make an appointment for the pass to be issued.

Bring these documents for your visit:

What you'll need

You will need the following for the pass to be issued:

  • Candidate’s passport details.
  • Details of the candidate’s current Short Term Visit Pass or immigration pass.
  • Candidate’s residential address in Singapore.
  • A local address where we can deliver the card.
  • Contact details of at least one authorised recipient to receive an SMS or email alert with delivery details.

You may also need copies of these documents:

  • Disembarkation/Embarkation card (IMM27).
  • Completed declaration form attached with the candidate’s in-principle approval letter.
  • Proof of return in the form of air, rail or ferry ticket showing that the candidate will leave Singapore by end of the 6-month validity.

Register fingerprints and photoShow

When: Within 2 weeks after pass is issued (if required)

Check the notification letter for whether you need to register your fingerprints and photo. First-time candidates or those whose last registration was more than 5 years ago will need to register.

For registration, you or your employment agent must make an appointment for you to visit EPSC. You need to register within 2 weeks after the pass is issued.

Bring along these documents for the appointment:

  • Original passport.
  • Appointment letter.
  • Notification letter.
  • Documents listed in the IPA letter and notification letter.

Receive the Work Holiday Pass cardShow

When: 4 working days after registration or document verification

We will deliver the card to the given address 4 working days after you register and get your documents verified at EPSC.

If you don’t need to register, we will deliver the card 4 working days after checking your documents.

The authorised recipients will get an SMS or email with the delivery details at least 1 day before the delivery.

If card delivery fails

After two unsuccessful deliveries, you’ll have to collect the card at EPSC.

You or an authorised person can collect it 3 working days after the second attempted delivery. You don’t need an appointment.

Bring along these documents for the visit:

Last Updated: 17 January 2018

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