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The Work Permit allows semi-skilled foreign workers from approved source countries to work in certain sectors. Find out your sector’s requirements, the foreign worker levy and quota, and how to apply.
The Work Permit is an official name of the working pass given to unskilled foreign manpower that seeks for employment in various niches of Singaporean economy (construction, babysitting, services, housekeeping, marine and so on). Only employees from approved sources are eligible for this working permit provided that they meet certain criteria while their employers are ready to pay a levy and the security bond, meet the quota criterion, and provide the worker with a healthcare insurance.
This work pass doesn’t have a salary requirement; though basically, the salary of work pass holders is usually lower than 2,200 SGD.
Only an employer or an authorised agency can initiate processing of this work pass.
The working permit is usually issued for a period of up to 2 years; however, this term depends on the passport validity of the working permit holder, term of employment, security bond, and other details.
This working pass is renewable under certain conditions.
No passes for families are available for such work pass holders.
Key facts about the Work Permit (WP) for foreign workers:
|Who||Foreign workers from approved source countries working in the construction, manufacturing, marine, process or services sector. Find out the eligibility criteria.|
|Who can process||An employer or appointed employment agent (Toss-ex) needs to apply for the permit.|
|Qualifying salary||Not applicable.|
|Duration||Up to 2 years, depending on the validity of the worker’s passport, security bond and employment period.|
|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.|
|Medical insurance||Employers must provide medical insurance|
|Legislation||Conditions of Work PassEmployment of Foreign Manpower Act|
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