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Cancel a Work Permit for a foreign domestic worker

You must cancel your helper's Work Permit if she no longer works for you or when her Work Permit expires. You must also return the cancelled Work Permit card.

At a glance

When to cancel

Depending on which comes first, you must cancel the Work Permit:

  • Within 1 week after the last day of work.
    OR
  • 1 day after the Work Permit expires.
Who can cancel Employer or appointed employment agent (EA).
How long it takes Cancellation is immediate.
When levy stops 1 day before cancellation.

Before cancelling

You must:

  1. Agree on the last day of work with your helper.
  2. Ensure that your helper has a valid passport.
  3. Buy an air ticket to send your helper to the international airport in her home country, nearest to her hometown. Her departure date must be within 2 weeks from the cancellation.
  4. Settle all outstanding employment issues, such as paying of salary.

When to cancel

Depending on which comes first, you must cancel the Work Permit:

  • Within 1 week after her last day of work.
    OR
  • 1 day after her Work Permit expires.

How to cancel

To cancel a Work Permit:

  1. Log in to cancel the Work Permit.
  2. Print the Special Pass. The Special Pass allows your helper to legally stay in Singapore before she leaves.
  3. Give the Special Pass to your helper. She must give it to the immigration officer when leaving Singapore.
If you need your helper to work only for a short period beyond the Work Permit expiry date, you can request for a short extension of her permit.

You must ensure your helper leaves Singapore as scheduled. The security bond (if applicable) will usually be discharged 1 week after your helper’s departure, and other conditions are met.

After cancelling

Once the Work Permit is cancelled, your helper cannot work, even while waiting to leave Singapore.

Levy will be charged until 1 day before the cancellation.

Return the card

You must return the original Work Permit card within 1 week from the cancellation by posting it to Work Pass Division, Ministry of Manpower, 18 Havelock Road, Singapore 059764. You can use WP Online’s “card return” function to tell us why you are unable to return the card.

When returning the Work Permit card, do not:

  • Deface, cut up or punch holes into it.
  • Glue or tape multiple cards together.
Last Updated: 2 November 2018