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Transfer a migrant domestic worker (MDW) directly to a new employer

To transfer an MDW directly, both the new and current employers must carry out certain steps.

If you are the current employer

You need to:

  1. Send the helper for her 6-monthly medical examination if you have not done so.
  2. Log in to our FDW eService to approve the transfer request from the new employer. Please wait for the request which will be emailed to you before you log in to approve it.
  3. Pay levy up till the date the new employer issues the Work Permit. 

    Once the new Work Permit is issued, the current one will be automatically cancelled and your levy billing will stop. 
  4. Cut the cancelled Work Permit card in half and discard it to prevent misuse.

We will discharge the security bond 1 week after the helper starts working for the new employer. We will inform you of the discharge by post.

If you are the new employer

You need to carry out these steps in sequence.

Note: The first 2 steps must be completed 30 days before the helper’s Work Permit expires.

Step When to do it Result

Before you submit an application

Check with the current employer that the helper has gone for her 6-monthly medical examination.

At least 30 days before the helper’s Work Permit expires

Ensure the helper

  • Has completed her 6-monthly medical examination.
  • Has a Work Permit that is valid for more than 30 days. If her pass is expiring, the current employer can submit a request to extend her Work Permit. 

Submit an application 

Log in to our FDW eService to request for the current employer’s consent for the transfer. 

Once consent is given, you can proceed to apply for the helper’s Work Permit

At least 30 days before the helper’s Work Permit expires

Receive outcome within 1 week.

If the application is approved, we will email you the in-principle approval (IPA). Employers can also log in to our FDW eService to download the IPA and declaration form. 

Prepare for helper's transfer

Complete the steps on the IPA.

Log in to our FDW eService to print the Declaration form.

Both you and the helper need to sign it.

When you receive the IPA

You will need to:

  • Buy a security bond.
  • Buy a medical and personal accident insurance.
  • Ensure that the declaration form is signed by you and the helper.

Get the permit issued

Contact the current employer to arrange the date for the helper’s transfer. 

On the agreed transfer date, use our FDW eService to do the following:

  1. Get the new Work Permit issued.
  2. Upload the Declaration form.
  3. Print the Temporary Work Permit.
Agreed transfer date Give the Temporary Work Permit to the helper so that she can start working for you.

Her current Work Permit will be automatically cancelled.

The due date to get the new Work Permit issued is one of the following dates, whichever is earlier:

  • 21 days from Work Permit approval
  • Current Work Permit expiry date 

Change the transfer date

Processing time: Immediate

As the new employer, you can request to change the transfer date if both you and the current employer agree to it.

You can delay the transfer date by:

  1. Extending the IPA expiry date using our FDW eService.  
  2. Print the updated IPA letter which will show the new due date for the Work Permit issuance. 

An employer who had paid for the costs of his/her MDW’s stay at a dedicated Stay-Home Notice (SHN) facility and related COVID-19 tests, and who is transferring his/her MDW to a new employer can share such costs with the new employer. To do so, they must follow MOM’s Criteria and Guidelines for Sharing of Stay-Home Notice and Related COVID-19 Tests Costs.