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Key facts on Work Permit for MDW

Get an overview and key facts about the Work Permit for a migrant domestic worker (MDW).

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Who it is for Foreigners employed as domestic helpers in Singapore. Both employers and helpers must meet the eligibility criteria.
Who can apply Employer, sponsor or authorised employment agent needs to apply for the Work Permit.
Qualifying salary No minimum required.
What is the duration Up to 2 years, depending on the validity of the security bond.
Is it renewable Yes. Find out how to renew.
Foreign worker levy Yes. Employers must pay a monthly levy.
Medical insurance Employers must provide medical and personal accident insurance.
Relevant legislation Conditions of Work Pass
Employment of Foreign Manpower Act
Related eServices and forms Access online services and forms for helpers.

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Get an idea of what you need to do before, during and after you apply for a Work Permit.

Before applying

Before MDW's arrival

Upon MDW's arrival

  • Before permit can be issued

    • Send the MDW to attend the SIP within 7 days of their arrival in Singapore, excluding Sunday and public holidays.

      For first-time MDWs

    • Send the MDW for a medical examination by a Singapore-registered doctor within 2 weeks of arrival.

  • Get the Work Permit issued


As and when required