Skip to main content

Renew a Work Permit for a migrant domestic worker (MDW)

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

  • Helpers are not subject to a vaccination requirement to be considered for a Work Permit renewal. However, they are encouraged to be vaccinated to protect themselves against the disease and minimise the risk of transmission.
  • If you no longer need your helper, you can consider transferring her to another employer.
  • For helpers who are unable to return to Singapore to have their Work Permits renewed, please cancel the Work Permits and re-apply for them when the COVID-19 situation has stabilised. 
  • Additional step for employment agencies: Please get the employer’s authorisation using our FDW eService before you can perform any transactions for them. For more details, you can refer to our FAQs and infographic.

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
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 for our consideration. Alternatively, you can consider part-time help with household chores.

When to renew

You should receive the renewal letter from MOM about 8 weeks before your helper’s Work Permit expires. Otherwise, an overstaying fine will be imposed.

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.

Ask your bank or insurance company to send us the new security bond details before you renew the permit. This will take up to 3 working days. 

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
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.

Getting a new card.

Note: Newly issued Work Permit cards for helpers will no longer state the name and address of employers.

Must be cut in half and discarded to prevent misuse. 

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 helper’s passport is no longer tied to her Work Permit duration. Thus, you can renew her Work Permit even if her passport has expired or has a validity of less than 2 years.

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.