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Foreign domestic worker eligibility

A foreign domestic worker (FDW) needs to meet age, nationality and education requirements to get a Work Permit.

Who is eligible

The foreign domestic worker you hire needs to meet these requirements:

Gender Female.
Age
  • From 23 to 50 years old at the time of application.
  • FDWs above 50 years old can only renew their work permits until they reach 60 years old.
Source country/region From an approved source country or region, including Bangladesh, Cambodia, Hong Kong, India, Indonesia, Macau, Malaysia, Myanmar, Philippines, South Korea, Sri Lanka, Taiwan, Thailand.
Education Minimum 8 years of formal education with a recognised certificate.

In addition, the FDW needs to:

  • Be employed at your home address as stated on your NRIC.
  • Attend the Settling-In Programme if she is a first-time FDW. We will inform the employer if an FDW needs to attend SIP in the approval letter.
  • Not be related to the employer.
  • Not be in Singapore during the application for the Work Permit. She should only arrive after you receive the in-principle approval and buy a $5,000 security bond.
    Note: This does not apply to Malaysian workers.

Criteria for first-time FDWs

A first-time FDW is one who has never worked in Singapore as an FDW before. This includes an FDW who:

  • Doesn’t have an FDW employment record with MOM’s Work Pass Division.
  • Has an FDW employment record with MOM but eventually did not work in Singapore.