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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.

At a glance

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

Submit a new Work Permit application on WP Online to hire from marine shipyard sector.

Register your interest with the Singapore Business Federation (SBF) at manpowerconnect@sbf.org.sg to hire non-Malaysian Work Permit holders from all sectors. (Temporary scheme effective till 31 August 2020.)

Within 40 days of Work Permit expiry, no agreement needed Apply for pre-approval with MOM online to hire non-Malaysian Work Permit holders from all sectors. (Temporary scheme effective till 31 August 2020.)

To hire a marine shipyard worker who is already working in Singapore, you need to:

  • Get the current employer’s written agreement.
  • Make sure their current Work Permit is valid, and apply for new Work Permit at least 21 days before it expires.

For non-Malaysians, their current work permit will be automatically cancelled when the new one is issued. The copy of the written agreement must be produced for document verification.

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

A temporary scheme is introduced to help companies manage manpower disruptions due to COVID-19. The scheme will be effective till 31 August 2020, subject to further review by MOM.

From 1 April 2020, you can hire existing non-Malaysian work permit holders from other sectors, if you:

  1. Get the current employer’s written agreement.
  2. Submit your request to SBF at manpowerconnect@sbf.org.sg.

You can also visit their website for more information.

In addition, you can hire existing Work Permit holders from all sectors if their Work Permits are within 40 days of expiry. You do not need agreement from the current employer. You can submit your request online to hire such Work Permit holders.

The normal work permit criteria will apply for hiring a new worker in your sector.

Find out more about the scheme