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It has come to our attention that there are a lot of people who only know they need a valid work pass to work in Singapore but do not know what an IPA is.

In this post we will tell you the full procedure from when you get hired for a job to when you finally start your first day of work in Singapore.

What is In-Principle Approval (IPA) letter?

When you get your offer from a company, and you accept it, the company will apply for an In-Principle Approval (IPA) letter from the Ministry of Manpower (MOM). This letter indicates that MOM has approved the request that you will be working under this company and this company only.

Work Permit, SPass, EPass holders are all required to have an approved IPA before they are deemed as officially enrolled for the job position.

What's next after receiving IPA letter?

Upon receiving the IPA, you should look at Page 2 and go through what you must do before you are allowed to officially start work. This often includes going for medical checkups and courses required by MOM. You must complete all the steps otherwise your company will not be able to issue work pass and you may not start work.

Once all the steps have been completed and your company has issued your work pass, they will make an appointment for you at the MOM services center to register your thumbprint and take a photo so they can print your card and mail it to your company address within 1 to 4 weeks. Bring along your passport, Notification Letter, Appointment Letter to the MOM appointment.

After completing the above, you are now ready to start work!

Please do not hesitate to contact us if you have any further enquiries,

Yuanyii Agency is here to help!