Every employer who wants to employ a foreigner is first required to obtain a Work Permit by applying to The Controller of Work Passes. The foreigner should be from one of the approved sources, namely:
- North Asian Sources (NAC) – Hong Kong, Macau, South Korea and Taiwan
- Non-Traditional Sources (NTS) – India, Sri Lanka, Thailand, Bangladesh, The Republic of the Union of Myanmar and Philippines
- People Republic of China
Employers are not permitted to apply for a Work Permit for a person who is within Singapore, except in case of those from Malaysia.
Foreign workers can be brought in only after the employer has obtained an In-Principle Approval (IPA) and furnished a security bond of $5,000 for each worker. In addition to the general conditions applicable for employing foreign workers, employers are also required to meet conditions that are specific to certain business sectors, notably –
- Process Construction & Maintenance
The Ministry of Manpower also requires that the employer should generally ensure foreign workers’ welfare and interest.
Conditions & Requirements
- Construction Sector
- Marine Sector
- Manufacturing Sector
- Process construction Maintenance (PCM) sector
- Service Sector