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Key facts on Work Permit for migrant worker

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

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

Who it is for 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
Primary Care Plan

Employers must buy the Primary Care Plan for Work Permit holders who stay in dormitories or work in the CMP sectors either:

  • After receiving the in-principle approval or renewal letter.
    Or
  • Within 30 days after the Work Permit is issued or renewed.
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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Note: Pass holders may be required to pay income tax.