Know and be aware of the Employment of Foreign Manpower Act in Singapore and avoid the risk of non-compliance.


As employers, are we preparing for the future in the midst of significant changes to Singapore’s Employment of Foreign Manpower Act?

The pandemic over the past few years has created tremendous challenges as many foreign workers experience difficulties in returning to Singapore to work when they leave our island.  When Singapore recovers from Covid19, will we continue to depend on this pool of foreign labour to help build Singapore’s economy?

Singapore government is making significant changes to the Employment of Foreign Manpower Act, not just generally across all industries but also specifically in sectors such as construction, process, etc

As employers, are we aware of all applicable regulations in hiring the foreign employees and the restrictions imposed on the scope and number of foreign employees we hire?  How can we improve our chances of successfully bringing in workers from foreign countries?  Will our workers be allowed to work off-site?

It is vital that we are well acquainted with the Employment of Foreign Manpower Act (EFMA) and Employment of Foreign Manpower (Levy Order) to manage the hiring of foreign employees and reduce potential conflicts between employers and employees. On top of that, it is critical that our practices are fully compliant with the legal requirements to avoid any imposition of fines or curtailment of the Work Pass and hiring privileges.

"Trainer will be covering the latest changes as announced by the Government"

Course Details: 


1. Understanding of the Employment of Foreign Manpower Act and its applications

2. List out the legal requirements for Work Pass, Work Permit, S Pass and Employment Pass.  Complementarity Assessment Framework (COMPASS) – understand its implications for applying Employment Pass

3. Learn who is an Intra Corporate Transferee

4. Discuss about current legislation governing Family Pass and Dependent Pass

5. Describe application processes for Work Permit and Employment Pass

6. Understand the levy for Foreign Employee or self-employed foreigner

7. Understand other types of Work Visa – Training Work Permit, Training Employment Pass, Work Holiday Pass, Work Pass Exempt Activities, Letter of Consent

8. Acquaint with vital information and procedures to terminate the Employment of Foreign Employee

9. Understand differences between Offences vs Infringements

Who should attend

• HR personnel.

• Line managers.

• Supervisors.

• Those who are involved in people management, counseling, change processes and managing interpersonal relationships within their organization.


Part I : Employment of Foreign Manpower Act

  • Interpretation
  • Objective

Part II : Work Pass

  • Identify the various types of Work Pass and its requirements
  • Self-employed Foreigner to apply for Work Pass
  • Levy in for Foreign Employee or self-employed foreigner
  • Extent of validity of Work Pass
  • Custody of Work Pass
  • Loss of Work Pass

Part III : Application for Work Permit

  • Define Work Permit Process Application
  • Eligibility for Work Permit
  • State the maximum period of Employment
  • State the Quota and Levy for Work Permit
  • Levy and Bond for WP for various industries
  • FAQs for Work Permit
  • Work Permit Conditions

Part IV : S Pass

  • Key Facts on S Pass
  • Eligibility for S Pass
  • State the Quota and Levy
  • Pass for family members
  • Marriage for S Pass
  • FAQs on S Pass
  • Levy Rate


Part V : Employment Pass

  • Key facts for Employment Pass
  • Application for Employment Pass
  • Changes for qualifying salary for Employment Pass

Part VI : Application for Dependent Pass and Family Pass

  • Application for Family Pass
  • Application for Dependent Pass
  • Application for Dependent Pass for new born baby

Part VII : Termination and Self-Employed Foreigners

  • Termination of Employment of Foreign Employee
  • Self-employed Foreigner to apply for Work Pass

Part VII : Levy

  • Levy Rates
  • Levy in for Foreign Employee or self-employed foreigner
  • Burden of Proof
  • Penalty

Part IX : Safety Courses and Security Bond

  • Safety Courses
  • Security Bond
  • Timeframe to apply for Security Bond
  • Discharge and forfeiture of Security Bond

Part X: Offences vs Infringements


Elsie Low is a HR Practitioner with over 25 years of experience. She has specific experience and strength in talent acquisition, human resource development, compensation and benefits development, payroll administration and management, talent management, employee communication and relations. She is a visionary and performance focused professional. Coupled with that, she has excellent business acumen with strong work ethics.

Elsie has worked in various multi-national and local SMEs and in different sectors such as manufacturing, electronics, construction, engineering and oil & gas. Her span of responsibility and experience are spent in various regional and leadership roles across different regions in ASEAN, Australia, China and Middle East.

Elsie graduated with a Bachelor Degree in Human Resource and a MBA in Finance. She also possesses the Certificate in Workplace Basics from Fairwork Commission Australia and an Advanced Certificate of Training and Assessment (ACTA).

She is currently one of the trainers for HRSINGAPORE's HR Certification Courses.

Administrative Details:

Scheduled Dates

• 19 July 2024  (Face-to-Face)  (25th Run)

Duration / Venue

• One day

• 9 am to 5:30 pm

• Hotel seminar room


A Certificate of Attendance will be awarded at the end of the course.



• S$ 675.80 w/GST (S$620.00) for Community/Corporate

• S$ 708.50 w/GST (S$650.00) for Non-Subscriber


Grants/Subsidies/SkillsFuture Credit are not applicable.


• Coffee & tea with snacks during the morning and afternoon breaks

• Lunch will be provided

Past Participants:

Past Participants' Comments

• "Elsie (Trainer) had made the program lively!" - Josephine Kuah, Strategic Public Relations Pte Ltd

• "All parts of this course are extensively covered and I have learnt a lot from this course, thank you Elsie!" - Josephine Sng, OEMServices Asia Pte Ltd

• "It was good and knowledgeable to learn what I wanted to know" - Susan Lim

• "Perfect!" - Raihana, Jamiyah Singapore

• "Very well Pls delivered and highly informative. Kudos to Elsie (Trainer) who is very knowledgeable and able to deliver the topic in the most practical and understandable way" - Jessica Lim, Bank Pictet

Past Participant Organisations

• Asahi Kasei Synthetic Rubber Singapore Pte Ltd, Aryzta Singapore Pte Ltd, Acushnet Singapore Pte Ltd, ASP Rope Access Pte Ltd

• Basler & Hofmann Singapore Pte Ltd, Be Mitey Clean, Brunel International S.E.A. Pte Ltd

• China Railway 11 Bureau Group Corporation (Singapore Branch), CGW Construction & Engineering (S) Pte Ltd, CWT Pte Limited, CapAllianz Holdings Limited

• DRW Singapore Pte Ltd, Doka Formwork Pte Ltd

• Escher Asia Pacific Pte Ltd, Ed. Zublin AG (Singapore Branch), Electrolux S.E.A Pte Ltd, ES Recruitment Pte Ltd, Ed. Zublin AG , Singapore Branch

• First National Company for Operation & Maintenance, Fuji Oil (Singapore) Pte Ltd

• GBS (Singapore) Pte Ltd, Guthrie Engineering (S) Pte Ltd

• Heitkamp Und Thumann (Singapore) Pte Ltd, Highway International Private Limited, Hard Rock Cafe Pte Ltd, Homehelpy Singapore Pte Ltd, Hwa Chong International School, Hexacon Construction Pte Ltd

• Interoffshore Pte Ltd, IINO Singapore Pte Ltd, International French School (Singapore)

• Jamiyah Singapore

• Kok Tong Construction Pte Ltd, Kwong Wai Shiu Hospital

• Lions Home For The Elders

• Mum Sophia Agency Pte Ltd, Metta Welfare Association, Menicon Singapore Pte Ltd, Murata Electronics Singapore (Pte) Ltd, Metropolitan YMCA Singapore, MOL (Asia Oceania) Pte Ltd, Ministry of Education

• Neste Jacobs, Nanyang Technological University, Node Real Pte Ltd, Nikon Singapore Pte Ltd, National Cancer Centre Singapore, National University Health System Pte Ltd

• OEMServices Asia Pte Ltd, OneConnect Singapore

• Pictet Holding LLP, Pearl Marine Logistics Pte Ltd

• Starwood Customer Contact Centre (AP) Pte Ltd, SparkCleanz Pte Ltd, Singapore Red Cross Society, Space Scope Pte Ltd, Singapore Bible College Limited, S-One Engineering Pte Ltd, SECOM (Singapore) Pte Ltd, Society for the Aged Sick, Spencer Ogden Pte Ltd, Semco Maritime Pte Ltd, Singapore Engineering Services Pte Ltd, Strategic Public Relations Pte Ltd

• Technip Singapore Pte Ltd, True Yoga Pte Ltd, Tristars Engineering And Services Pte Ltd, The Conference Board (S) Ltd, Terasaki Electric Co. (F.E.) Pte Ltd, Toyota Tsusho Asia Pacific Pte Ltd, The Hair Secrets Beaute Care Private Limited, Toyota Motor Asia Pacific Pte Ltd, Tanaka Electronics Singapore (Pte) Ltd, Tata NYK Shipping Pte Ltd

• United World College of South East Asia

• WIKA Instrumentation Pte Ltd, Whitford Pte Ltd

• YGP Pte Ltd