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Cancel a Work Permit

You must cancel a Work Permit if your worker no longer works for you or when the Work Permit expires. You must also return the cancelled Work Permit card.

At a glance

When to cancel

Depending on which comes first, you must cancel the Work Permit:

Who can cancel Employer or appointed employment agent (EA).
How long it takes Within 3 working days.
When levy stops 1 day before cancellation.

Before cancelling

You need to:

  1. Seek tax clearance from the Inland Revenue Authority of Singapore (IRAS).
  2. Settle all outstanding employment issues, such as paying of salary.
  3. Buy an air ticket to send the worker to the international airport in the home country, nearest to the hometown. The worker's departure date must be within 1 week from the cancellation.

When to cancel

Depending on which comes first, you must cancel the Work Permit:

How to cancel

To cancel a Work Permit:

  1. Log in to WP Online and cancel the Work Permit.
  2. Print the acknowledgement letter and Special Pass. The Special Pass allows the worker to legally stay in Singapore before leaving.
  3. Give the acknowledgement letter and Special Pass to the worker. The worker must give the Special Pass to the immigration officer when leaving Singapore.
If you need the worker to work only for a short period beyond the Work Permit expiry date, you can request for a short extension of the permit.

You must ensure the worker leaves as scheduled. For non-Malaysians, the security bond will usually be discharged 1 week after the worker’s departure, and other conditions are met.

After cancelling

Once the Work Permit is cancelled, the worker cannot work, even while waiting to leave Singapore.

Levy will be charged until 1 day before the cancellation.

Return the card

You must return the original Work Permit card within 1 week from the cancellation by posting it to Work Pass Division, Ministry of Manpower, 18 Havelock Road, Singapore 059764. You can use WP Online’s “card return” function to 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.
  • Glue or tape multiple cards together.
Last Updated: 2 November 2018