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Work in Singapore


Singapore has a highly developed free-market economy and the Global Competitiveness Report in 2015 named it as the world's second most prospering economy. With high salaries, great job opportunities, and a great tax system, Singapore attracts a substantial number of foreigners who apply for a Singapore work visa.

According to Singapore's Ministry of Manpower (MOM), there were over 1.3 million foreign workers in Singapore's workforce in 2018 - that's over 20% of the country's overall population (5.6 million).

Work visas in Singapore

The types of Singapore work Pass (work visa) you can get if you are a professional worker are:

  • Employment Pass - available to foreign managers, executives, and professionals. You will have to make at least S$3,600 a month.
  • Personalized Employment Pass - available if you are a high-earning foreigner or current Employment Pass holder. The PEP offers more flexibility than other work Passes.
  • EntrePass - available to investors or entrepreneurs who want to start a business in Singapore.

If you are a skilled or semi-skilled worker, you can apply for one of the following Singapore work visas:

  • S Pass - available to mid-level skilled workers who will receive a monthly salary of at least $2,300. Foreign worker quotas and levy apply.
  • Work Permit for Foreign Workers - this is available only to foreign workers from certain countries and allows work only in certain sectors (construction, manufacturing, marine shipyard, process or services sector.) Foreign worker quotas and levy apply.
  • Work Permit for Foreign Domestic Workers (FDW) - available only to workers between the ages of 23 and 50 from certain countries, such as Bangladesh, Cambodia, Hong Kong, India, Indonesia, Macau, Malaysia etc.
  • Work Permit for confinement nanny - available to Malaysian nannies who can work in Singapore for 16 weeks, beginning from the time a baby is born. The employer has to pay a foreign worker Levy.
  • Work Permit for performing artists - available to performing artists who will be working in eligible public entertainment outlets, like bars, nightclubs, or hotels. Foreign worker quotas and levy apply.

The Singapore work visas that are available for foreign students or trainees are:

  • Training Employment Pass - available to foreign nationals who want to undergo training in Singapore that does not exceed three months. There's no foreign worker levy or quota.
  • Work Holiday Pass - available to foreign nationals who are under the Working Holiday Programme with Singapore (Australia, France, Germany, Hong Kong, Japan, New Zealand, Switzerland, the United Kingdom or the United States). It is available only to nationals aged 18-25 (18-30 for Australians) and valid for up to six months (1 year for Australians). It is non-renewable and the holder can only receive it once.
  • Training Work Permit - available to unskilled or semi-skilled foreign students/trainees who will undergo a practical training in Singapore that only lasts up to six months.

How to Apply for a Singapore Work Visa?

You will first need to find a job in Singapore before you can apply for a work visa. That's because it is your employer (or an Employment Agency) who is in charge of handling your Singapore work visa application.

Your employer or an Employment Agency can apply to get your Singapore work visa issued via EP Online, the online application service found on the website of the Ministry of Manpower (MOM).

The application process for a work visa for Singapore is as follows:

  • Find a job in Singapore.
  • While you are still in your home country, your employer or an Employment Agency (EA) will submit a work visa application via EP Online. They will have to pay a processing fee.
    • If the application is accepted, your employer will receive an In-Principle Approval (IPA) letter, which you can use to enter Singapore.
    • If the application is rejected, your employer will receive an In-Principle Rejection letter instead. You won't receive a work visa.
  • Using your IPA letter, you can travel to Singapore.
  • Once you are there, your employer or an EA applies via EP Online to get your Singapore work visa issued. Again, they will have to pay another fee, this time for the work Pass itself.
  • If your work Pass is issued, you will receive a notification letter. This letter holds information about whether you need to get your photo and fingerprints taken. It also allows you to start working and leave and enter Singapore until you get your Employment Card.
  • Within two weeks after your Pass is issued, you must register at the Employment Pass Services Centre (EPSC).
  • After registering, you will get your Pass Card - usually within 4 working days.

How Oasis Resource Management Can Help?

We can help you with document checklist, application process, assist in filling the application with the embassy and follow-ups. Treat your visa petition as an investment for the future - yours and your children. Apply for it now with Oasis Resource Management, watch it mature later. Avail of the benefits of our services and attain your life goals.

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