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Cancel a Work Permit

You need to cancel a Work Permit if your worker 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 if:

  • The worker's employment ends.
  • The Work Permit expires.

Remember, once the work permit is cancelled, the worker cannot work, even if he is waiting to leave Singapore.

Who can cancel Employer or appointed employment agent (EA).
How long it takes Within 3 working days.

Follow these steps:

  1. Buy a travel ticket for worker to go home. For non-Malaysians, ensure that the scheduled departure date is within 1 week after employment ends.
  2. Cancel the Work Permit after the worker's last day of work. See how to cancel.
    Note: If worker's last day of work falls on weekend or public holiday, you should cancel on the next working day.
  3. We will continue to charge levy until one day before the Work Permit is cancelled.
  4. Settle all outstanding employment issues, such as paying of wages.
  5. Ensure the worker leaves as scheduled. For non-Malaysians, the security bond will be discharged only after we have verified that the worker has left Singapore, and that other conditions are met.

How to cancel

To cancel a Work Permit:

  1. Log in to WP Online and cancel the Work Permit.
  2. Print the acknowledgement letter and Special Pass. The Special Pass allows the worker to legally stay in Singapore before departing.
  3. Give the acknowledgement letter and Special Pass to the worker. The worker must give the Special Pass to the immigration officer when leaving Singapore.
  4. Return the original pass card within 1 week of cancellation by posting it to Ministry of Manpower, 18 Havelock Road, Singapore 059764. You can use the “card return” function on WP Online to check if we have received it.
  5. If you are unable to return the card, you can use that same “card return” function to tell us why.
If you need the worker to work only for a short period beyond the Work Permit expiry date, you can request for a short extension of the permit.
Last Updated: 15 September 2016