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Apply for a Work Holiday Pass

Under the Work and Holiday Visa Programme, you can get a Work Holiday Pass that lets you live and work in Singapore for 12 months. It takes around 4 weeks to process an application.

At a glance

Who can apply Candidate
How much it costs When you get the pass issued:
How long it takes Around 4 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 agent 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

Note: 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 4 weeks

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

  1. Prepare the following required documents:
    If you are You need
    Graduate
    • A copy of the personal particulars page of your passport.
    • A copy of the degree certificate or transcripts.
    Undergraduate
    • A copy of the personal particulars page of your passport.
    • A letter from the university stating your matriculation, name, nationality, date of birth and year of study. The letter must not be dated more than 3 months before the date of application.
    • A copy of your university student card.
  2. Submit the application with the required documents.
  • 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 must not be more than 2MB.

It takes around 4 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 under the Work and Holiday Visa Programme is valid for 12 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 must be in Singapore to get your pass issued. This can be done using either of these options:

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

Use EP Online

To get the pass issued:

  1. Log in to EP Online and provide the required information and documents.
  2. Pay the fees using GIRO, eNETS credit or debit:
  3. When the pass is issued, print the notification letter.

Over the counter

Use this option if you don’t have a SingPass to use EP Online.

  1. Make an appointment to have your pass issued at our Employment Pass Services Centre.
  2. Bring the supporting documents for your appointment.
  3. Pay the fees using VISA, MasterCard, NETS or CashCard: 
  4. You will be issued a notification letter.
If your credit or debit card was not issued in Singapore, please ensure it has been activated for overseas use.

The notification letter:

  • Allows the candidate to start work and travel in and out of Singapore while waiting for the pass card.
  • States if the candidate needs to have their fingerprints and photo taken for the card registration.
  • Is valid for 1 month from the date of issue. If the candidate needs more time to complete the card registration procedures, you can request to extend the validity of the notification letter.

What you'll need

You will need the following information to get the pass issued using EP Online:

  • Candidate’s passport details
  • Candidate’s Singapore contact details 
  • Candidate’s current Short-Term Visit Pass or immigration pass details
  • Candidate’s Singapore residential address, which must meet the housing requirements for you to get the pass issued.
  • Singapore residential or office address to receive the candidate’s card
  • Details of up to 3 authorised recipients to receive the card (their mobile number, email address and NRIC number / FIN / passport number) 

You may also need to submit copies of these documents:

  • Candidate’s passport page showing the date of arrival in Singapore 
  • Completed medical examination form
  • Completed declaration form (attached to the candidate's in-principle approval letter)

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.

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:

  • 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 working day before the delivery.

You can also check the card delivery details in EP Online.

Download SGWorkPass to scan QR code on your new card to check status, expiry date and more.

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 card collection:

  • Candidate’s original passport
  • Notification letter

If you authorise someone to collect it on your behalf, make sure they bring these along:

  • An authorisation letter from the pass holder
  • NRIC or passport for verification