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Settling-in Programme (SIP) for Work Permit holders

All first-time non-Malaysian Work Permit holders in the construction sectors must attend the SIP to learn about their employment rights and other useful information. From 1 December 2019, it’ll be extended to manufacturing, marine shipyard and process sectors.

At a glance

Who must attend

All work permit holders who:

  • Are non-Malaysians. 
  • Are first time working in Singapore.
Which sectors Construction.
Note: From 1 December 2019, first-time non-Malaysian Work Permit holders in the manufacturing, marine shipyard and process sectors will need to attend SIP.


When to attend Within 14 days of foreign worker’s arrival in Singapore.
Duration 1 day.
Is it mandatory Yes. Foreign workers must attend SIP before Work Permit can be issued.
Cost $75 (including GST), borne by the foreign worker’s employer.

Conducted in foreign worker’s native language:

  • English
  • Bengali
  • Burmese
  • Mandarin
  • Tamil
  • Thai
Documents required

Your foreign worker must bring the following documents to the SIP training centre:

  • IPA letter - full set, employee's opy
  • Foreign worker’s passport

What is it

The SIP is a 1-day orientation programme to educate foreign workers on Singapore’s social norms, their employment rights and responsibilities, Singapore laws and where and how to seek assistance.

The topics include:

  • Understanding Singapore
  • Local practices and social norms
  • Employment laws
  • Employment and work injury compensation rights
  • SGSecure and other key laws

Register for SIP

To ensure that your foreign worker gets a training slot within the first 14 days of arrival in Singapore, you should register for the SIP early.

You can register as soon as you know their arrival date.

The Migrant Workers’ Centre (MWC) will conduct the SIP on behalf of MOM.

For more info, visit the MWC website.