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Domestic Help in Singapore

Basic Requirements

• A foreigner who is on social visit such as on holiday or short term visit to Singapore is not allowed to apply for a Work Permit.
• A Foreign Domestic Worker (FDW) must be at least 18 and below 50 years old at the time of the Work Permit application. The Foreign Domestic Worker is allowed to work in Singapore up to 60 years old provided that she is medically fit for employment and she has not contravened any of the Work Permit Conditions.
• An employer who wishes to employ a Foreign Domestic Worker must apply for a Work Permit. A Foreign Domestic Worker can come into Singapore only after the employer has obtained an In-Principle Approval (IPA) letter from the Work Permit Department (WPD) and furnished a security deposit of S$5,000 in Cash, Banker's or Insurance Guarantee together with a Personal Accident Insurance of minimum sum S$10,000.

• Within 14 days of the worker's arrival, the FDW must undergo a medical examination and be certified fit by a Singapore registered doctor. During the validity of the worker's Work Permit, the worker is required to undergo compulsory six-monthly medical examinations. Any Foreign Domestic Worker who fails the medical examination will be immediately repatriated.
• A Work Permit is usually valid for two years subject to the validity of the Foreign Domestic Worker's passport.
• The Work Permit can be renewed on a 2-year basis. The renewal letter will be sent to the employer approximately 6 weeks before the expiry of the worker's Work Permit.
• The employer is required to pay a Foreign Domestic Worker levy of S$345 per month. The levy is adjusted from time to time as a means of moderating the demand for such workers. The charges for levy begin one day after the Foreign Domestic Worker's arrival in Singapore. It is compulsory to pay the Foreign Domestic Worker levy via GIRO deduction. We will cancel the worker's Work Permit if the employer fails to maintain a valid GIRO facility with a bank. The employer is not required to contribute Central Provident Fund (CPF) for the worker.

Guidelines can be download here





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