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Prior approval (PA) for marine shipyard sector

If your company is a non-sponsoring shipyard or common contractor, it needs prior approval (PA) to employ workers from non-traditional source (NTS) countries and China. You will need to get PA before applying for their Work Permits.

How to apply

Submit your application using WP Online. You will find a “Prior Approval (Marine)” tab in the left-hand menu.

The processing time for an application is as follows:

If you are a We aim to give you an outcome
Shipyard applying for your own prior approval Within 2 working days
Shipyard applying prior approval for your common contractor Within 2 working days
Common contractor applying for your own prior approval After your shipyard has reviewed your application

Sometimes, we may ask for more information to review your application. Below are some of the common documents we may ask from you:

  • A copy of contracts, invoices or purchase orders of the jobs declared in your application.
  • A summary list of the jobs you completed in the past 12 months.
  • Financial information of your company like bank statements and financial statements.

Check status

You can also check the status of your application in WP Online. If your application status is “Pending MOM Review” or “Document Verification”, you should receive an outcome within 3 weeks.