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Cancel a Work Permit for a foreign domestic worker

You need to cancel your helper's Work Permit if she no longer works for you or when the Work Permit expires. You also need to return the cancelled Work Permit card.

At a glance

When to cancel

You need to cancel a Work Permit:

  • Within 1 week after the helper’s employment ends.
  • When it expires.
Who can cancel Employer or appointed employment agent (EA).
How long it takes Cancellation is immediate.
When levy stops 1 day before cancellation.

Before cancelling

You need to:

  1. Agree on the last day of work with your helper.
  2. Settle all outstanding employment issues, such as paying of salary.
  3. Buy an air ticket to send your helper to the international airport in her home country, nearest to her hometown. Her departure date must be within 2 weeks after the cancellation.

When to cancel

You must cancel your helper’s Work Permit within 1 week after her last day of employment or when her Work Permit expires.

If your helper’s last day of work is 1 August, you should cancel her Work Permit on 2 August so that levy will only be charged until 1 August.

You must make arrangements for her to leave Singapore by 16 August.

How to cancel

To cancel a Work Permit:

  1. Log in to cancel the Work Permit.
  2. Print the Special Pass. The Special Pass allows your helper to legally stay in Singapore before she leaves.
  3. Give the Special Pass to your helper. She must give it to the immigration officer when leaving Singapore.
If you need your helper to work only for a short period beyond the Work Permit expiry date, you can request for a short extension of her permit.

You must ensure your helper leaves Singapore as scheduled. The security bond (if applicable) will usually be discharged 1 week after your helper’s departure, and other conditions are met.

After cancelling

Once the Work Permit is cancelled, your helper cannot work, even while waiting to leave Singapore.

Levy will be charged until 1 day before the cancellation.

Return the card

You must return the original Work Permit card within 1 week of the cancellation by posting it to Work Pass Division, Ministry of Manpower, 18 Havelock Road, Singapore 059764. You can use WP Online’s “card return” function to:

  • Check if we have received the card.
  • Tell us why you are unable to return the card.
Last Updated: 17 January 2018