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Work Permit

Foreign workers from approved source countries working in the construction, manufacturing, marine shipyard, process or services sector. A Work Permit (WP) is generally issued to foreign unskilled and semi-skilled workers.

The duration of a Work Permit is generally 2 years, subject to the validity of the worker’s passport, the security bond and the worker’s employment period, whichever is shorter.

The worker is only allowed to work for the employer and in the specified occupation. There is no minimum salary or education qualification required.


To employ foreign workers for the Service Sector, you need to hire foreign workers from these countries or regions:

  • Malaysia
  • People’s Republic of China (PRC)
  • North Asian sources (NAS):
    • Hong Kong (HKSAR passport)
    • Macau
    • South Korea
    • Taiwan

Additional requirement for hotel, retail and F&B industries:

  • To qualify as higher skilled workers, non-Malaysian Work Permit holders working in the hotel, retail and F&B industries must also obtain level 4 of the Workplace Literacy (WPL) listening and speaking assessments administered by Workforce Singapore (WSG). The WSG will then inform us automatically. You do not need to apply to MOM for conversion to higher skilled worker levy.

To employ foreign workers for the Construction Sector, you need to hire foreign workers from these countries or regions:

  • Malaysia
  • People’s Republic of China (PRC)
  • Non-traditional sources (NTS):
    • India
    • Sri Lanka
    • Thailand
    • Bangladesh
    • Myanmar
    • Philippines
  • North Asian sources (NAS):
    • Hong Kong (HKSAR passport)
    • Macau
    • South Korea
    • Taiwan

Foreign workers in the construction industry must take one of the following safety courses before their Work Permits can be issued.

  • Construction Safety Orientation Course (CSOC)
  • Apply Workplace Safety and Health in Construction Sites

To employ foreign workers for the Manufacturing Sector, you need to hire foreign workers from these countries or regions:

  • Malaysia
  • People’s Republic of China (PRC)
  • North Asian sources (NAS):
    • Hong Kong (HKSAR passport)
    • Macau
    • South Korea
    • Taiwan

Foreign workers who handle metals and machinery in the metalworking industry must take one of the following safety courses before their Work Permits can be issued:

  • Metalworking Safety Orientation Course (MSOC)
  • Apply Workplace Safety and Health in Metal Work

To employ foreign workers for the Marine Shipyard Sector, you need to hire foreign workers from these countries or regions:

  • Malaysia
  • People’s Republic of China (PRC)
  • Non-Traditional sources (NTS):
    • India
    • Sri Lanka
    • Thailand
    • Bangladesh
    • Myanmar
    • Philippines
  • North Asian sources (NAS):
    • Hong Kong (HKSAR passport)
    • Macau
    • South Korea
    • Taiwan

Foreign workers in the marine shipyard sector must take one of the following safety courses before they can get their Work Permits:

  • Shipyard Safety Instruction Course (SSIC)
  • Apply Workplace Safety and Health in Marine Work

The minimum age for all non-domestic foreign workers is 18 years old.

When applying for a Work Permit:

  • Malaysians must be below 58 years old.
  • Non-Malaysians must be below 50 years old.

Our Fees:

We provide Work Permit Application services at $300.00 - $500.00 /applicant.  Our fees exclude Ministry of Manpower Charges and may vary on a Case-by-Case Basis.

In the event of your application being unsuccessful due to a Ministry of Manpower decision, we will refund 30% of the fees paid to us.


Complete the form below to arrange for our Work Pass specialist to assist you.


Form ID:1160