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Work Permit (Foreign Domestic Worker) – Before you apply

Foreign Domestic Worker Requirements

A Foreign Domestic Worker (FDW) must meet the following requirements:

  • Female
  • From an approved source country/territory. These countries/territories include Bangladesh, Hong Kong, India, Indonesia, Macau, Malaysia, The Republic of the Union of Myanmar, Philippines, South Korea, Sri Lanka, Taiwan, and Thailand
  • Aged 23 years or above, and below 50 years old at the time of the Work Permit application
  • Have a minimum eight years of formal education and possesses the necessary educational certificates as documentary proof of her education
  • Attend the Settling-in Programme (SIP) - if she is a first-time FDW in Singapore - within three working days of her arrival, excluding the day of arrival, and before the issuance of her Work Permit
  • Be employed at her employer’s residential address as stated on her employer’s Identity Card (NRIC)
  • Not be related to her employer
  • Not be in Singapore before an In-Principle Approval is given and a $5,000 Security Bond is furnished by the employer (applicable to non-Malaysian workers). This does not apply to a current Work Permit holder making a Work Permit application under a new employer in Singapore

First-time Foreign Domestic Workers

A first-time FDW is one who has:

  • no employment record with MOM’s Work Pass Division; or
  • Work Permit records with MOM, but did not collect her Work Permit card previously. This includes those who have worked in Singapore for brief periods in the past, or who have applied for Work Permits but did not eventually work in Singapore.
Last updated on 22 July 2013 11:51:11