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Get an overview and key facts about the Work Permit for a migrant domestic worker (MDW).
Find out key facts about the Work Permit for helpers:
Get an idea of what you need to do before, during and after you apply for a Work Permit.
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Know the eligibility and requirements to apply.
Understand the guidelines to help create a good working relationship with your MDW.
Register for the Employers' Orientation Programme.
For first-time employers
Know the eligibility to apply under the Joint-Income or Sponsorship schemes.
Lower-income employers or senior citizens may be eligible
Apply for the Work Permit. Once approved, you will get an in-principle approval to bring the MDW into Singapore.
Buy a security bond.
For non-Malaysian MDW
Buy medical and personal accident insurance for the MDW and submit the insurance details online.
Register the MDW for the Settling-in Programme (SIP) once you know their arrival date.
For first-time MDWs
Send the MDW to attend the SIP within 7 working days of their arrival in Singapore.
Send the MDW for a medical examination by a Singapore-registered doctor within 2 weeks of arrival.
When the worker arrives, you can get the permit issued and you will get a Temporary Work Permit stating whether registration is required.
If required, make an appointment for the MDW to register their fingerprints and photo.
Receive the Work Permit card at the address provided.
Pay the MDW levy by GIRO.
Send the MDW for a medical examination every 6 months.
Notify MOM if you or your MDW's information changes.
You can apply for levy waiver in certain situations.
Renew the Work Permit before it expires.
Apply for a replacement if the permit card is lost, stolen or damaged.
Cancel the permit if the MDW no longer works for you.
Eligibility and requirements