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Renew a Work Permit for a foreign domestic worker

You must renew your helper’s Work Permit before it expires. Before renewing, you also need to complete certain steps, such as getting your helper's insurance package (security bond, medical and personal accident insurance).

At a glance

When to renew After you receive the renewal letter, you can renew your helper’s Work Permit online. You should receive the letter from MOM 5 weeks before the Work Permit expires.
Who can renew Employer or authorised employment agency (EA).
How much it costs $30 per renewal.
What is the duration of the renewed permit Up to 2 years. It may be shorter in these situations.
How long it takes The outcome is immediate.
You can make an appeal if your helper is not eligible for renewal. However, any appeal is unlikely to be successful unless you provide new information in the appeal.

When to renew

You should receive the renewal letter from MOM 5 weeks before your helper’s Work Permit expires.

After you receive the renewal letter, you can renew her Work Permit online.

If your helper plans to travel overseas just before the expiry date, you should renew the Work Permit before she leaves Singapore.

If you didn’t receive the renewal letter, you can print a copy.

Late renewals

If you renew a Work Permit late, you are still liable for levy after it expires. Levy penalties or overstaying fine, if applicable, may also be imposed.

You can request for an extension if you’re unable to renew the Work Permit on time.

Documents required

You will need the following documents and information for renewal:

Documents and information Instructions
Scanned copy of the personal particulars page of the helper’s passport (including pages that have amendments) MOM must have a record of your helper’s current passport and it must not have expired. You should make sure her passport is always valid when she is in Singapore.
Security bond (for non-Malaysian helper)

Get a new security bond.

The bank or insurance company must send us the new security bond details before you renew the permit.

The effective date of the security bond can be post-dated up to 1 day after the expiry date of the existing Work Permit.

If you are renewing through an employment agency, they should get you to complete the Renewal Declaration Form.

Personal accident insurance Extend your helper’s existing personal accident insurance or get a new policy. You can buy the PAI from the same bank or insurance company where you place the security bond.
Medical insurance

Extend your helper’s existing medical insurance or get a new policy.

You can buy the medical insurance from the same bank or insurance company where you place the security bond.

Details for a secure card delivery

MOM will ask you for:

  • An address (home or office) where the card will be delivered.
  • The names and mobile numbers of up to 3 authorised recipients to sign for the card.

How to renew

Processing time: Immediate

To renew the permit:

  1. Log in to submit the application and upload the required documents. Refer to the renewal letter for specific instructions.
  2. Pay $30 for each renewal. You can pay by Visa, Master Card or direct debit.

Receive the card

When: 4 working days after documents are verified

We will deliver the new card to the given address within 4 working days after we have verified your documents.

The authorised recipients will get an SMS or email with the delivery details at least 1 day before the delivery.

You can also check the card delivery details in WP Online.

If card delivery fails

After unsuccessful deliveries, you'll have to collect the card at the service desk of MOM Services Centre – Hall C.

You or an authorised person can collect the card 3 working days after the second attempted delivery. You don't need an appointment for collection.

Bring along these documents:

Return the old pass card

When you receive the new card, you or your employment agency need to mail the old card to:

Work Pass Division
Ministry of Manpower
18 Havelock Road
Singapore 059764

You can use the “card return” function on WP Online to:

  • Check if we have received the card.
  • Tell us why you are unable to return the card.

Duration of renewal

The Work Permit is usually valid for 2 years. However, it may be shorter in these situations:

In this situation The duration will be until
The validity of the insurance package is less than 26 months 2 months before the insurance package expires
The helper is approaching 60 years old The day the helper turns 60 years old

The duration of the renewed pass is not affected by the length of validity of the passport.

You should make sure your helper’s passport is valid at the time of renewal or if she is travelling out of Singapore. Embassies may impose requirements on the renewal of passports.
Last Updated: 19 December 2016