A Work Permit (WP) is generally issued to foreign unskilled and semi-skilled workers.
The duration of a Work Permit is generally 2 years, subject to the validity of the worker’s passport, the security bond and the worker’s employment period, whichever is shorter.
The worker is only allowed to work for the employer and in the specified occupation.
Work Permit conditions
Employers and Work Permit holders must comply with the Conditions of Work Permits.
As an employer of foreign workers, you must meet the following requirements:
- Only employ foreign workers who have a valid work pass.
- Pay your workers the fixed monthly salary you declare to us.
- Pay workers their salaries and the cost of their upkeep and maintenance, including the cost of medical treatment.
- Ensure foreign workers have acceptable accommodation.
- Buy and maintain medical insurance for each worker to cover in-patient care and surgery costs.
- Send your workers for a medical examination by a Singapore-registered doctor. If they are certified medically unfit, their Work Permit will be revoked.
- Pay the monthly foreign worker levy for each worker.
- Buy a security bond for each non-Malaysian worker.
- Not demand or receive any sum or other benefit from an employment agency or any other person in connection with the employment or change in employment of a foreign worker.
Foreign workers must comply with the following:
- Work only in the occupation and for the employer specified in the Work Permit card.
- Not take part in any other business or start their own business.
- Reside only at the address set by the employer at the start of employment. They must inform you if they are to change their address.
- Carry their original Work Permit at all times and produce it for inspection on demand by any public officer.
- Not marry a Singapore citizen or permanent resident in or outside Singapore without approval from MOM. This applies even after their Work Permit is expired, cancelled or revoked.
- Not get pregnant or deliver a child in Singapore during the validity of their Work Permit unless they are already married to a Singapore citizen or permanent resident with the approval of MOM. This applies even after their Work Permit is expired, cancelled or revoked.
When employment ends
If the employment is completed or terminated, or if the worker resigns, you must:
- Cancel the work permit within 7 days of termination of employment.
- Bear the cost of repatriation, including buying an air ticket with check-in luggage allowance.
- Clear all outstanding salaries or payments.