The Work Permit is a employment visa that allows foreign unskilled labor force from approved Asian countries to pursue employment in Singapore’s booming and promising niches such as services, construction, manufacturing, marine, process and so on. Due to this visa’s low qualification criterion for foreigners, it implies higher demands and certain restrictions for hiring firms such as levies, quotas, a bond, and appropriate health coverage for every WP holder.
The inrush of unskilled foreign manpower from Asian countries is terrific, and to hold back it, the government came up with strict criteria and restrictions that ought to make the local manpower more appealing for Singaporean companies. Employers who prefer to hire foreign employees on the Work Permit face tough demands that make rejections quite frequent. The reasons are many. For example, the MOM wouldn’t give approval if the employer exceeds the quota or a firm was spotted in violations of the local employees. If the firm is new and the government knows nothing about its activity, it can also cause rejection. Other reasons can be foreigner’s origin that doesn’t fit the scope of approved countries or bad educational qualifications (the employee hasn’t finished school, for example).
The rejection doesn’t mean the end as a well-considered appeal can save the situation. To strike a target, it is crucial to follow advisory the MOM gives in the rejection letter. The applicant must diligently consider the issues described and try to address them in an effective way. The authorities warn that if the applicant isn’t capable of addressing the problem, such appeal won’t be effective.
3 months the government gives for appeal are usually enough to fix the issue and prepare documents that reflect the change. If submitted in time, the appeal will be in processing during 3 weeks. If you have doubts that you are able to sort the issues out and do the appropriate paperwork, it’s essential to involve professional visa help for the timely and effective appeal.
Only online application is possible for the working permit. The employer or the visa agent that acts in the firm’s behalf should apply for this work visa using the firm’s account on WP Online service. Your request will be processed in 1 working day provided that no issues with documents occur.
If the outcome of the application is positive, the approval letter allows the foreigner to arrive in Singapore. Before the worker arrives, the hiring firm must pay the security bond (Malaysians workers do not need it) and buy an insurance for the worker. Upon foreigner’s arrival, a medical and visa registration must be passed.
After the visa is issued, it will be valid a maximum of 2 years. Your real term will be 1 month shorter than the passport validity or 2 months shorter than the security bond, but no longer than 24 months.
Like for any other working visa, for working permit, it is important that the foreigner and the hiring firm is represented from the most winning sides. If the firm is new and applies for the work visa for the first time, the authorities must get exhaustive information about the firm’s business model and employment policy (activity in creating jobs for locals). This requires an elaborate profile-building and meticulous paperwork. It’s crucial to learn your WP eligibility before lodging an application as new firms must meet lots of special criteria to become eligible to hire foreigners.
Even seasoned employers who already know the procedure sometimes lack professional backup in complex situations. Please bring your doubts to us and try our free assessment tool to find out your profile’s weaknesses that must be pulled up for getting a guaranteed WP approval.
If the visa is going to expire and an employer still needs a foreigner on the staff, the working permit can be extended for another 24 months. But to get it, the foreigner’s passport must be at least 1 month longer (25 months). The option of renewal is activated on WP Online approximately 8 weeks before the visa expires.
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If you have any issues on any stage of this procedure, we are ready to assist you in getting necessary extensions and strategizing a winning appeal.
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