How to Get a Work Permit or Visa for Singapore

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Singapore at night. (Image: Singapore image by Roy L. from Fotolia.com)

Singapore, a small island nation in Southeast Asia, is one of the smallest countries in the world. For those entering Singapore for business or employment, Singapore offers long-term visitor visas and either employment passes or work permits, depending on your expected monthly salary. If your expected monthly salary is less than 2,500 Singapore dollars, you qualify for a work permit. Those with salaries over 2,500 Singapore dollars require an employment pass. The application process is nearly the same for both.

Things You'll Need

  • Long-term visitor pass:
  • Form 14
  • Form V39I
  • Disembarkation/Embarkation card
  • Passport with 6 months validity
  • Photocopy of information page or passport
  • Original degree and photocopy
  • Passport photo
  • Local sponsor
  • Employment pass or work permit:
  • 4 copies completed Form 8
  • 2 passport photos
  • Corporate sponsorship letter or security deposit
  • Application fee

Long-term Visitor Pass

Complete the application forms for a long-term visitor visa (Form 14 and Form V39I) upon arrival in Singapore and have them signed by a Singaporean sponsor.

Bring the completed forms along with your Disembarkation/Embarkation card, passport with photocopy of information page, original degree and photocopy and a passport photo to the Visitor Services Center in Singapore. Your local sponsor must accompany you and bring his identity card with a photocopy.

Submit your materials along with the required application fee. Your local sponsor should receive a letter of approval in about 4 weeks. Make an appointment for a medical checkup once your application is approved.

Make an appointment to receive your long-term visitor pass. Go to the Visitor Service Center and take a queue ticket and collect your long-term visitor pass.

Employment Pass or Work Permit

Complete and sign the Form 8 application for an employment pass or work permit for Singapore.

Gather the 4 copies of your Form 8, 2 passport photos and your corporate sponsorship letter or security deposit and bring them to Singapore Immigration and Registration Office.

Submit your documents along with the required application fee. Call ahead of time to determine the amount owed, as this fee may change.

Your application will be processed within six weeks. Return to the Singapore Immigration & Registration with your completed medical checkup to pick up your employment pass or work permit.

Tips & Warnings

  • Do not begin working until you have picked up your work permit or employment pass.

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