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All foreigners who intend to work in Singapore must have a valid work pass (work visa) before they start work. The 3 most common types of work passes are the Work Permit (WP), S Pass (SP) and Employment Pass (EP).

3 Common Types of Work Pass in Singapore WORK PERMIT (WP)

Who is it for? Workers from Malaysia, China or NAS countries working in all sectors. Some sectors allow workers from NTS countries to take WP too.
Who can apply?
An employer or appointed employment agent needs to apply for the permit.
Qualifying Salary
No minimum required.
Duration of pass
Up to 2 years, depending on the validity of the worker’s passport, security bond and employment period.
Is it renewable?
Yes
Passes for family
Not available.
Quota & Levy
Employers are limited by a quota for their sector and have to pay a monthly levy for each worker. Different sectors have different quota and different companies have different levy amount.
Medical Insurance
Employers must provide medical insurance for their employees.
Primary Care Plan
Employers must buy the Primary Care Plan (PCP) for their WP employees if they:
– Stay in dormitories
OR
– Working in the construction, marine shipyard or process (CMP) sectors.

S Pass (SP)

Who is it for? Mid-level skilled workers
Who can apply?
An employer or appointed employment agent needs to apply for the pass.
Qualifying Salary
Minimum of $3,000 (and increases progressively with age, up to $4,500 for those in mid-40s).
Duration of pass
Up to 2 years.
Is it renewable?
Yes
Passes for family
LTVP and DP is available.
Quota & Levy
Employers are limited by a quota for their sector and have to pay a monthly levy for each worker. Different sectors have different quota and different companies have different levy amount.
Medical Insurance
Employers must provide medical insurance for their employees.
Primary Care Plan
Employers must buy the Primary Care Plan (PCP) for their WP employees if they:
– Stay in dormitories
OR
– Working in the construction, marine shipyard or process (CMP) sectors.

EMPLOYMENT PASS (EP)

Who is it for? Foreign professionals, managers and executives with a job offer in Singapore.
Who can apply?
An employer or appointed employment agent needs to apply for the pass.
Qualifying Salary
Minimum of $5,000 (and increases progressively with age, up to $10,500 for those in the mid-40s.)
Duration of pass
The duration of the pass is as follows:
First-time candidates: up to 2 years
Renewals: up to 3 years

Experienced tech professionals with skills in shortage may be eligible for a longer 5-year duration pass.
Is it renewable?
Yes
Passes for family
LTVP and DP is available.
Quota & Levy
No foreign worker levy or quota required.
Medical Insurance
Employers can choose whether to provide medical insurance for EP holders.

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