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A Guide to Renewal for Singapore Work Permit

Overview: What is a Singapore Work Permit?

The Work Permit allows unskilled foreign labor force from Asia to seek employment in Singapore's promising and booming niches like services, construction, manufacturing, and marine. The entry requirements for the Work Permit are lower than for other work passes.

This means that there is a higher demand and some restrictions for hiring firms, such as levies and quotas. A bond and adequate health coverage for all WP holders. This is done to protect the local labor market for low-skilled workers in Singapore. Continue reading to find out more about Singapore Work Permit.

Singapore work permit renewal

You are allowed to renew your Work Permit 6 – 8 weeks prior to the existing wp expiry. However, before you renew your WP, you need to ensure that the following:

  • Your company has the existing quota for the work permit renewal. You may use this work permit calculator tool.
  • You have extended the security bond and medical insurance;
  • The applicant’s medical test is still current or the applicant must go to do a new medical check-up at any local clinic in Singapore.

Documents required for WP Renewal

A scan of the applicant's most recent passport bio-data, with at least two years validity.

Non-Malaysian workers require a security bond

Extension of existing Medical Insurance for the applicant

You can download the WP online notice for renewal of your work permit

Details about the delivery of the Work Permit Card: Name, NRIC, Fin, or Passport numbers, and contact details for authorized recipients to receive it


Information on How to Renew a Singapore’s Work Permit

The most common name for your Employment Authorization Document is “Work permit”. It is issued by Citizenship Immigration Services. You will need to learn about renewing work permit if your permit is nearing expiration to remain employed in Singapore.

Citizenship immigration services will require you to renew your Employment Authorization Card if your work permit is expired. You can do this using Form I-765. It can take up to 90 days for the CIS to process your application. You can also apply for your work permit renewal online.

How often do work permits expire?

Your current status and the type of visa that you have will determine the length of your work permit. Most work permits expire within one year of being issued. However, no individual will be granted an EAD card for longer than they are allowed to stay in the country.

Check the expiration date on your EAD card to verify if your permit is still valid. You should keep track of the expiration date on your EAD. If it expires you could lose your job or get deported. It’s best to apply as soon as possible for EAD renewal, although the immigration services recommend┬áthat you wait no more than 180 days prior to the expiration date of your original EAD.