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Key facts on Work Permit for foreign worker

Get an overview and key facts about the Work Permit for foreign workers.

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Key facts about the Work Permit (WP) for foreign workers:

Who it is for Foreign workers from approved source countries working in the construction, manufacturing, marine-shipyard, process or services sector. Find out the eligibility criteria.
Who can apply An employer or appointed employment agent needs to apply for the permit.
Qualifying salary No minimum required.
What is the duration Up to 2 years, depending on the validity of the worker's passport, security bond and employment period.
Is it renewable Yes. Find out how to renew.
Passes for family Not available.
Quota and levy Yes. Employers are limited by a quota for their industry and have to pay a monthly levy for each worker. Find out the quota and levy requirements.
Medical insurance Employers must provide medical insurance
Relevant legislation Conditions of Work Pass
Employment of Foreign Manpower Act
Related eServices and forms Access online services and forms for Work Permit.

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Last Updated: 21 February 2017