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Cancel a Work Permit for confinement nanny

You must cancel your confinement nanny's Work Permit if she no longer works for you or when her Work Permit expires.

At a glance

When to cancel the Work Permit

Within 1 week after the last day of work.

You do not need to cancel the pass if it has expired. 

As long as the pass holder is still in Singapore, you need to request for a Special Pass to give them a valid stay in the meantime. Otherwise, an overstaying fine will be imposed.

Who can cancel

Employer or employment agent

Additional step for employment agencies: You need to get the employer’s authorisation using our FDW eService before you can perform any transactions for them. For more details, refer to our FAQs and infographic.

How long it takes Cancellation is immediate
When levy stops 1 day before cancellation


  • Your nanny must leave Singapore before her visit pass expires.
  • If your nanny has left Singapore permanently, you must cancel the Work Permit within 1 week from her departure date.

Before cancelling

As an employer, you need to:

  1. Give your nanny reasonable notice on their upcoming repatriation.
  2. Settle all outstanding employment issues that your nanny may raise, including salary payments.
  3. Ensure your nanny has a valid passport.
  4. Discuss with your nanny the transit arrangements (such as connecting flights and layover hours)  as well as the allowance needed to sustain your worker during the transit.
  5. Buy an air ticket with check-in luggage and pay for all connecting transport costs to the international port of entry in your worker’s home country or the region nearest to their hometown. The departure date must be within 2 weeks from the Work Permit cancellation.

Before booking the flight, please check:

  • Whether the airline has any requirements (such as health or visa) for boarding and ensure your worker complies with them. Otherwise, they may not be allowed to board.
  • The home country's or region's embassy website for entry requirements. Alternatively, you may refer to MFA’s travel guides.

How to cancel

  1. Log in to our FDW eService to cancel the Work Permit.
  2. Print the acknowledgement letter and give it to your nanny.
  1. Log in to our FDW eService to cancel the Work Permit.
  2. Select “My helper or I wish to end this employment or she has gone home and will not be returning” as the cancellation reason from the drop-down list.

After cancelling

Once the Work Permit is cancelled, your nanny cannot work, even while waiting to leave Singapore. Your nanny’s levy will be charged until 1 day before the cancellation.

Note: Once the Work Permit is cancelled, please cut the card in half and discard it to prevent misuse.

Consequences of overstaying

If your nanny is still in Singapore, please ensure that she has a valid legal stay throughout. Otherwise, an overstaying fine will be imposed. 

It is also a criminal offence for: 

  • Foreigners to remain beyond the expiry date of a visa
  • Employers to employ foreigners without a valid work pass