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Apply for a Work Permit for confinement nanny

You can apply for a Work Permit for a foreign confinement nanny either on your own or through an employment agency.

At a glance

When to apply

You can apply from 4 weeks before the expected date of delivery, up to 16 weeks after the birth of the child.

Beyond that, you should apply for a Work Permit for foreign domestic worker instead.

Who can apply Employer or appointed employment agent (EA).
How much it costs $30 to apply.
How long it takes If you apply online: within 1 week, unless more information is required.
If you apply manually: within 3 weeks for most cases.
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Note:

  • Confinement nannies will get a Work Permit letter instead of a Work Permit card since the work duration is short.
  • The maximum validity of the Work Permit is 16 weeks starting from your child’s date of birth. If you apply after your child is born, the validity will be shorter.
  • At Singapore immigration, the nanny will be given a visit pass stamped on her passport. This allows her to stay in Singapore. If you are employing her beyond the expiry date of the visit pass, you need to extend her stay.

Submit an application

You can submit an application:

Submit online

Processing time: within 1 week. Some cases will take more time.

To submit an application online:

  1. Get a written consent to apply for Work Permit from the confinement nanny.
  2. Log in to fill out the application.
  3. If you need the nanny to start work quickly, request for the Work Permit and indicate the duration of employment in the application form.
  4. Pay $30 for each application. You can pay by Visa, MasterCard or eNets Debit.
  5. After 1 week, log in again to check the outcome.

Note: You need to request for the Work Permit before your nanny can start work. If you didn’t do so during application, you can make the request in the new eService after approval.

Submit manually

Processing time: within 3 weeks. Some cases will take more time.

To submit an application manually:

  1. Get a written consent to apply for Work Permit from the confinement nanny.
  2. Download and complete the Application Form for a Confinement Nanny.
  3. Submit the completed application along with the supporting documents over the counter at any SingPost branch.
  4. Pay the $30 fee for each application. You can pay by cash, NETS or CashCard. Keep the payment advice slip given to you as proof of your submission.
  5. Upon approval, you will get an in-principle approval (IPA) letter in the mail. The IPA is valid for 1 month.
  6. Log in to request for a Work Permit.

Note: You need to request for a Work Permit before your nanny can start work.