Can Indian professionals work in Singapore without valid work passes?
No. Like all foreign nationals, Indian citizens need work passes to work here.
31 Aug 2015
There is a rumour circulating online that the Comprehensive Economic Cooperation Agreement (CECA) allows Indian professionals to work in Singapore without a valid work pass.
This is not true.
Indian nationals planning to work in Singapore have to meet work pass qualifying criteria before they are permitted to work in Singapore.
What is CECA?
CECA is a comprehensive agreement with India to encourage bilateral cooperation and economic integration between our countries. Signed on 29 Jun 2005, it was the first comprehensive economic pact signed between Singapore and a South Asian country.
It allows for the movement of four types of business people between Singapore and India:
- Professionals who are employed in 127 specific occupations are allowed entry and can stay for up to a year;
- Intra-corporate transferees will be permitted entry and can work for up to 2 years. This can be extended to a total term of not more than 8 years;
- Business visitors who hold five-year multiple journey visas will be permitted entry for business purposes for up to 2 months, with an option to extend by an additional month; and
- Short-term service suppliers will be allowed entry to service their contracts for an initial period of 90 days.
Existing regulations on citizenship, residence and employment will still apply.
This means that Indian nationals planning to work in Singapore will have to meet work pass qualifying criteria before they are permitted to work in Singapore.
Source: CECA Media Info-Kit