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Levy concession for a foreign domestic worker

Levy concession is part of the package to support Singaporeans needing care. FDW employers can get a concessionary rate of $60 per month if they are eligible under one of the levy concession schemes.

Who is eligible

FDW employers can qualify for levy concession under any of these schemes:

  • Young child or grandchild scheme
  • Aged person scheme
  • Persons with disabilities scheme

Young child or grandchild schemeShow

If you have a Singapore citizen child or grandchild living with you, you can qualify for a levy concession under these schemes.

Young child scheme

You are eligible if your child is:

  • Below 16 years old.
  • A Singaporean citizen.
  • Living at the same address.

You don't need to apply for the concession if your child is registered as a Singapore citizen. This includes a Singaporean child who is born overseas. The concession will apply automatically from the 1st of the month after the child's birth.

Young grandchild scheme

You are eligible if your grandchild is:

  • Below 16 years old.
  • A Singaporean citizen.
  • Living at the same address.

If the grandchild's parents also employ an FDW, the grandchild’s eligibility must not already be used to grant levy concession to that FDW.

You don't need to apply for the concession if you had provided us your grandchild's particulars in your FDW application.

Aged person schemeShow

If you are aged 65 or above, or live with an elderly family member, you can qualify for a concession under these schemes.

Aged person scheme (FDW employer or spouse)

You are eligible if you or your spouse is:

  • A Singapore citizen.
  • Aged 65 years or above.
  • Living at the same NRIC-registered address as the employer.

You are also eligible if one of you is a Singapore citizen and the other is a Singapore permanent resident aged 65 years or above, and both of you are living at the same NRIC-registered address.

You will receive the concession automatically. No application is needed.

The concession will apply from the 1st of the month after the aged person's 65th birthday.

Aged person scheme (parent or grandparent)

You are eligible if you or your spouse has a parent, parent-in-law, grandparent or grandparent-in-law who is:

  • A Singapore citizen.
  • Aged 65 years or above.
  • Living at the same NRIC-registered address as yourself.

You are also eligible if you or your spouse is a Singapore citizen, and the aged person is a Singapore permanent resident aged 65 years or above, who is living at the same NRIC-registered address as yourself.

You need to apply if you did not give the aged person's information when you applied for an FDW.

From 1 April 2019, the qualifying age for the aged person scheme will be raised from 65 to 67. This is in light of improving life expectancy and health of Singaporeans.

However, all households with persons aged 65 and 66, which are enjoying or have enjoyed the levy concession under the aged person scheme before 1 April 2019, will continue to pay the monthly concessionary rate of $60.

For more information, refer to the FAQs on changes to the FDW levy framework.

Persons with disabilities schemeShow

If you have a person with a medical condition who needs help with at least 1 activity of daily living (ADL) in your household, you can apply for the following:

Persons With Disabilities (PWD) scheme

If you or a family member has a medical condition, you can apply to AIC's Singapore Silver Pages (SSP) for a levy concession under the PWD scheme.

You or your family member must be certified by an authorised healthcare professional as someone who needs permanent help in at least 1 ADL, e.g. showering, feeding, dressing or toileting.

Foreign domestic worker grant

If you hire an FDW to care for a family member who requires permanent assistance with 3 or more ADLs, you may qualify for a monthly grant of $120.

For more information on the grant criteria and how to apply, you can:

How to apply

You can apply for the concession online.

It will take 4 weeks to process, and the outcome will be posted to you.

  • The levy concession for 1 FDW is granted based on 1 eligible person in the household.
  • You can apply for the concession for up to 2 FDWs (for 2 eligible persons in the household).

When does it take effect

If you are automatically eligible for concession, it will start from 1st of the month after the child's birth, or when the aged person turns 65 years old.

If you need to apply for levy concession, it will start from the 1st of the month after you submitted your application.

You submitted your application on 28 May 2018 and it was approved on 2 July 2018. You will enjoy concession from 1 June 2018.

  

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