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Renew a Work Permit for a foreign domestic worker

You must renew your helper’s Work Permit before it expires. Before renewing, you also need to complete certain steps, such as getting your helper's insurance package (security bond, medical and personal accident insurance).

Employers are strongly urged to keep their existing FDWs and renew Work Permits, instead of hiring new FDWs from overseas. This is because employers or agencies must obtain MOM’s entry approval before FDWs arriving from overseas can enter Singapore. Upon entry, the FDWs will have to serve a 14-day Stay-Home Notice before they can work.

Please also discourage your FDW from going on home leave as any worker who leaves Singapore from 27 March 2020 will be given lower priority in the grant of entry approval. Thus, there could be significant delays before she is allowed to return to Singapore.

If you no longer need your FDW, please consider transferring her to another employer.

At a glance

When to renew After you receive the renewal letter, you can renew your helper’s Work Permit online. You should receive the letter from MOM about 8 weeks before the Work Permit expires.
Who can renew Employer, sponsor or authorised employment agency (EA)
How much it costs

$35 per renewal

Note: From 1 April 2019, we adjusted the application and issuance / renewal fees for Employment Pass, S Pass, Work Permit and other passes.

What is the duration of the renewed permit Up to 2 years. It may be shorter in these situations.
How long it takes The outcome is immediate
You can make an appeal if your helper is not eligible for renewal. However, any appeal is unlikely to be successful unless you provide new information in the appeal.

When to renew

You should receive the renewal letter from MOM about 8 weeks before your helper’s Work Permit expires.

After you receive the renewal letter, you can renew her Work Permit online.

If your helper plans to travel overseas just before the expiry date, you should renew the Work Permit before she leaves Singapore.

If you didn’t receive the renewal letter, you can print a copy.

Late renewals

If you renew a Work Permit late, you are still liable for levy after it expires. Levy penalties or overstaying fine, if applicable, may also be imposed.

You can request for an extension if you’re unable to renew the Work Permit on time.

Documents required

You will need the following documents and information for renewal:

Documents and information Instructions
Scanned copy of the personal particulars page of the helper’s passport (including amendments) MOM must have a record of your helper’s most updated passport if it has been renewed.
Security bond (for non-Malaysian helper)

Get a new security bond.

The bank or insurance company must send us the new security bond details before you renew the permit.

The effective date of the security bond can be post-dated up to 1 day after the expiry date of the existing Work Permit.

If you are renewing through an employment agency, they should get you to complete the Renewal Declaration Form.

Personal accident insurance Extend your helper’s existing personal accident insurance or get a new policy. You can buy the PAI from the same bank or insurance company where you place the security bond.
Medical insurance

Extend your helper’s existing medical insurance or get a new policy.

You can buy the medical insurance from the same bank or insurance company where you place the security bond.

Details for a secure card delivery (only if the temporary work permit states that your helper will be getting a new card)

MOM will ask you for:

  • An address (home or office) where the card will be delivered.
  • The names and mobile numbers of up to 3 authorised recipients to sign for the card.

How to renew

Processing time: Immediate

To renew the permit:

  1. Log in to submit the application and upload the required documents. Refer to the renewal letter for specific instructions.
  2. Pay $35 for each renewal. You can pay by VISA, Master Card or direct debit.

After the Work Permit is renewed

After the Work Permit is renewed, print and check the temporary work permit to see:

If temporary work permit states The existing card
Getting a new card. Must be returned according to instruction given in the notification letter.
Continue using the existing card.

Must be kept by the helper.

Note: If you return it when you don’t need to, you have to pay $60 to replace the pass.

Return the old pass card

If you need to return the old card, you or your employment agency can post it to Work Pass Division, Ministry of Manpower, 18 Havelock Road, Singapore 059764.

You can use the "card return" function on WP Online to:

  • Check if we have received the card.
  • 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.
  • Do not tape the card onto a letter.
  • Do not glue or tape multiple cards together.

Duration of renewal

The Work Permit is usually valid for 2 years. However, it may be shorter in these situations:

In this situation The duration will be until
The validity of the insurance package is less than 26 months 2 months before the insurance package expires
The helper is approaching 60 years old The day the helper turns 60 years old

The duration of the renewed pass is not affected by the length of validity of the passport.

You should make sure your helper’s passport is valid if she is travelling out of Singapore. Embassies may impose requirements on the renewal of passports.

Before entering Singapore

If your helper is currently overseas, you need to request for MOM’s approval before she can enter Singapore.