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Cancel a Work Permit for performing artiste

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.

Note: If your worker has left Singapore and will not return to work for you, you must cancel the Work Permit within 1 week from the departure date.

Before cancelling

You need to:

  1. Settle all outstanding employment issues, such as paying of salary.
  2. Ensure that your worker has a valid passport.
  3. Buy a direct air ticket to the international airport in the worker’s home country, nearest to the hometown:
    • You must pay for the air ticket and it must include check-in luggage.
    • The departure date must be within 2 weeks from the cancellation.

If there are no direct flights, you and your worker should discuss and agree on the following, before buying the air ticket:

  • The transit arrangement, such as connecting flights and layover hours.
  • The amount of allowance to sustain your worker during the transit.

When to cancel

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

How to cancel

To cancel the 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 show 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.

To cancel the Work Permit:

  1. Log in to WP Online and cancel the Work Permit.
  2. Choose the cancellation reason "Worker has already left Singapore".

The security bond will be discharged within 2 weeks after we have verified that the worker has left Singapore.

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.
  • Tape the card onto a letter.
  • Glue or tape multiple cards together.
Last Updated: 10 September 2019