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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.
Nationality From an approved source country or territory, 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.