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Work Permit: hiring an existing marine shipyard worker

You can hire existing workers without them having to leave Singapore first. Find out the requirements and how to apply.

On 29 October 2021, MOM announced that the Change of Employer without consent period for marine shipyard Work Permit holders will be temporarily shifted to the end of contract. More details, including the effective date, will be released in due course.

At a glance

Types of transfer How to apply
With current employer’s agreement

To hire a worker from the marine shipyard sector, you need to

  1. Make sure that the worker's current Work Permit is valid.
  2. Submit a new Work Permit application on WP Online for the worker at least 21 days before it expires.
  3. For workers with remaining work permit validity of more than 40 days, an SMS or email will be sent to the existing employer. The existing employer need to log in to WP Online to agree or reject the transfer, within 7 working days.

    If consent is not given by the existing employer, the Work Permit application submitted will be automatically rejected.

For non-Malaysians, their current work permit will be automatically cancelled when the new one is issued.

From 40 to 21 days before Work Permit expiry, no agreement needed Apply for pre-approval with MOM to hire non-Malaysian Work Permit holders from the marine shipyard sector. (Temporary scheme effective till 28 February 2022.)

You can register your interest with the Associations of Singapore Marine Industries (ASMI) at, or visit the ASMI’s website for more information.

If you require prior approval (PA) for the Work Permit application, please choose PA type as “New” when you apply through WP Online.

Employers who have paid for Stay-Home Notice (SHN) and related COVID-19 tests costs for their Work Permit holders and who agree to transfer the worker to another employer can share such costs with the new employer. To do so, they must follow MOM’s Criteria and Guidelines for Sharing of Stay-Home Notice and Related COVID-19 Tests Costs between Employers of transfer non-domestic Work Permits holders