What Are Work Passes And Permits

Application for a foreign workers medical insurance can be made by the employer for the non-residential employee who also needs a work pass and permit to prove that he is working in that country by the approval of the government. The work permit for the semi-skilled labor working in the service sector, marine, construction, process sector or manufacturing sector allows them to work without any problems. The employer must apply for the permit of his employee. An appointed employment agency can also apply. These passes are exclusively for the foreign employee and cannot be used for his family members.


Work passes and permits are usable up to 2 years or valid till the worker’s passport or employment period ends. After which, renewal is mandatory.


As a foreign worker, documentation must be up-to-date. The employers of these workers do not have to make a monthly payment towards Central Provident Fund (CPT) Contributions. Instead, they pay a monthly levy. This levy is to keep a check on the number on foreign workers in Singapore. When the work permit expires, the monthly levy need not be paid. There is no salary qualification to apply for the work permit. It is mandatory for all. Since the forms and payment procedures can be done online, it is time saving and simple.


The only aspect to be cautious about is to fill in the right form which is specific to your job description. Each permit and pass is made to cater to a particular job profile. Managers, executives, foreign entrepreneurs, nannies from Malaysia and training programs for foreign students, all require a pass as per their job.


The Ministry of Manpower is the ministry that lays down the terms for receiving a permit and pass. All queries and issues can be raised at the Ministry of Manpower. Even in the case of a foreign worker medical insurance claim, if there is any objective it can be raised in the Ministry of Manpower. Application, renewal, appeal and cancellation of work permit are all available online. Reducing manpower for such jobs and relying on technology not only speeds the process for the government but is also an eco-friendly approach.


These work passes and permits are well-designed to cater to the protection of the well-being of the foreign worker through the formulation of Employment of Foreign Manpower Act (EFMA). Those employees who are covered by this Act are to receive a salary, annual leave, public holidays and sick leave.


If the employer fails to provide a work permit for his foreign employee or if he tries malpractices, a heavy penalty would be levied and he may have to face imprisonment too.