Agritech Work Permit Scheme

AVS-licensed farms qualify for the Agritech Work Permit Scheme. Foreign workers employed under this scheme are employed to carry out farming-related works only. Farms on this scheme must adhere to the Ministry of Manpower’s (MOM) work permit conditions.

To employ foreign workers under this scheme, the farm needs to:

Source countries

Under MOM’s Agritech Work Permit Scheme, farms can employ foreign workers from the following source countries

Type of source Country 

Traditional Source (TS)


North Asian Sources (NAS)

South Korea, Hong Kong, Macau, Taiwan

Non-Traditional Sources (NTS)

Bangladesh, India, The Republic of the Union of Myanmar, Philippines, People's Republic of China (PRC), Sri Lanka, Thailand

Employment period

The maximum employment period of foreign workers allowed in Singapore are as follows

Type of foreign worker Maximum employment period 

Unskilled (R2)

14 years

Skilled (R1)*

22 years

*In accordance with the Market-Based Skills Recognition Framework, MOM defines an R1 skilled worker as a work permit holder who has worked in Singapore for at least four years, and has a fixed monthly salary of at least S$1,600. An R1 skilled worker incurs a lower levy, and can be employed for a maximum of 22 years.

For enquiries on the Agritech Work Permit Scheme, kindly e-mail to: