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Can an employer hold on to a foreign worker's Work Permit card?

No. A Work Permit card is issued to the foreign worker, and not to the employer or any other third party. It belongs to the worker and should be held by the worker at all times for proper identification.

Under the Conditions of Work Permit, an employer cannot retain a worker's original Work Permit or Visit Pass and must allow the worker to keep these.

Employers who breach the Conditions of Work Permit may be barred from employing new foreign workers. They may also be fine not up to $5,000, or to jailed up to 6 months, or both.