Work Visa Information: Employers

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Visa InformationWho can apply: Employer or appointed employment agent (EA).

How much: $35/pass when you submit, $35/pass when pass is issued

How long: WIthin one week

  • Duration of work permit is usually 2 years, can be shorter depending onL
    • Validity of the worker’s passport: 1 month before passport expires
    • Duration of the security bond: 2 months before bond expires
Step Details Who does this Result
Submit an application Processing time: within one week

  1. Get written consent from foreign worker to apply for Work Permit.
  2. Log in to WP Online to fill app.
  3. Pay $35/app by VISA, Mastercard, etc.
  4. Check app. status after one week.
Employer In-principle approval or rejection letter
Prepare for worker’s arrival Before worker arrives:

  1. Buy a security bond (for non-Malaysian workers)
  2. Buy medical insurance for worker.

Upon arrival:

  1. Send worker to registered doctor for a medical examination within 2 weeks.
  2. Print and complete the Security Bond form (found on MoM website).
Employer Security bond, insurance, etc.
Get permit issued For Malaysian workers:

  • Permit must be issued after entering Singapore, before the short-term visit pass expires, and before the due date stated on the approval letter.

For non-Malaysian workers:

  • Permit must be issued within 14 after entering Singapore.

Changing to a new employer:

  • Permit must be issued before the current Work Permit expires and before the due date on the approval letter.

How to issue a permit:

  1. Register worker’s details (address and mobile number) using OFWAS.
  2. Must wait at least an hour before logging into WP online to request to issue a Work Permit.
  3. Log into WP Online and request to issue a Work Permit.
  4. Provide delivery address for the Work Permit card.
  5. Nominate up to 3 authorised recipients to receive the card (provide NRIC, FIN or passport num., with mobile number and e-mail for each recipient).
  6. Pay $35 for each Work Permit issued
  7. After issuance, print the notification letter.
    1. Notification letter is valid for 1 month
    2. Letter should be given to worker as it allows them to travel in and out of Singapore while waiting.
    3. States if worker needs to report to MOM Services Centre – Hall C to register fingerprints and photo
Employer Notification letter
Register photo and fingerprints (if required) Within one week after pass is issued (if required):

If required by notification letter:

  • The worker needs to register within 1 week of issuing the Work Permit.
  • Employer must make the appointment for the worker.

To the appointment, worker must bring:

  • Original passport
  • Appointment letter
  • Notification letter
  • Documents listed in notification letter
Candidate Acknowledgement of card delivery
Receive the card 4 days after registration:

  • Work Permit Card will be delivered
  • Authorised recipients will be notified via SMS or e-mail at least 1 day before delivery.

If delivery fails:

  • You must collect the card at the service desk of MOM Services Centre – Hall C
  • Employer or authorised recipient can collect the card 3 working days after second attempted delivery. No appointment necessary.
  • Bring candidate’s original passport and notification letter for card collection.
  • Authorised recipients must also bring their NRIC and authorisation letter form employer.
Employer or authorised recipients Work permit card
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