The Singapore Goverment Ministry of Manpower is specific about the conditions under which foreign students may work and, during the school term, those 16 hours must be part of your school's program requirements.
If you are holding a Student Pass in Singapore, you are only allowed to work if you meet specific requirements.
Not allowed to work
You are not allowed to work if:
- You are not studying in any of the approved institutions listed [see full list on linked site].
- You are an exchange student doing study modules in Singapore.
Working during vacation
You can work during your vacation without a work pass if you are:
- A full-time matriculated or registered student in one of the approved institutions.
- Holding a Student Pass issued by the Immigration and Checkpoints Authority (ICA).
- Aged 14 years and above.
Working during school term
You can work during the school term without a work pass if you meet all of the following criteria:
- You are a full-time matriculated or registered student in one of the approved institutions.
- You hold a Student Pass issued by the Immigration and Checkpoints Authority (ICA).
Additionally, your work needs to meet one of these requirements:
- It is for a maximum of 16 hours a week.
- It is under an industrial attachment programme conducted by your university or educational institution. The industrial attachment can be either compulsory or elective but it must contribute towards your graduation requirements.