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Work Permit for FDW: apply under a special scheme

The employer's income is one of the main ways we judge an application for a Work Permit for foreign domestic worker. Married couples can combine their incomes in the application. Alternatively, you can apply under the Joint Income or Sponsorship Scheme.

Joint Income Scheme

Under the Joint Income Scheme, you can combine your income with that of a working family member who is living with you, other than your spouse. Only 1 extra income can be included.

To qualify for the Joint Income Scheme, you must:

  • Be a Singapore citizen or permanent resident.
  • Be 21 years old and above.
  • Not be an undischarged bankrupt.
  • Combine your income with an immediate family member (who is not your spouse) living at the same address - this could be a sibling, relative, parent or child.
  • Be the one receiving a higher salary.
  • Have the mental capacity to fully understand and discharge your responsibility as an employer.

    Note: You should not be diagnosed with any medical condition that would impair your ability to exercise supervision and control over the well-being of the FDW. Examples of such medical conditions include Alzheimer, dementia and schizophrenia which can cause symptoms such as severe memory lapses, confusion, emotional instability, progressive loss of mental ability, paranoia, etc.

Sponsorship Scheme

If you are a senior citizen, the Sponsorship Scheme lets you apply for a Work Permit based on the income of up to 2 sponsors.

To qualify for the Sponsorship Scheme, you must:

  • Be a Singapore citizen or permanent resident.
  • Be 60 years old and above.
  • Not be earning an income.
  • Not be staying with any working adults.
  • Have the mental capacity to fully understand and discharge your responsibility as an employer.

    Note: You should not be diagnosed with any medical condition that would impair your ability to exercise supervision and control over the well-being of the FDW. Examples of such medical conditions include Alzheimer, dementia and schizophrenia which can cause symptoms such as severe memory lapses, confusion, emotional instability, progressive loss of mental ability, paranoia, etc.

Your sponsor may be:

  • Your children or children’s spouse.
  • Your grandchildren or grandchildren’s spouse.
  • Your siblings.

Your application will be assessed based on the total income of your sponsors.

Understand your responsibilities

As a sponsor or joint applicant, your role is similar to that of the FDW’s employer:

  • You are responsible for the upkeep and well-being of the helper.
  • You must ensure that the monthly foreign worker levy is paid on time.

How to apply

You can either:

Find out more about the application process for a Work Permit.