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.
You need to:
- Agree on the last day of work with your helper.
- Ensure that your helper has a valid passport.
- 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.
- Settle all outstanding employment issues, such as paying of salary.
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:
- Log in to cancel the Work Permit.
- Print the Special Pass. The Special Pass allows your helper to legally stay in Singapore before she leaves.
- Give the Special Pass to your helper. She must give it to the immigration officer when leaving Singapore.
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.
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.