How to sponsor / bring Nanny / Maid to Singapore?

How to apply/requirement for a maid in Singapore?

To be eligible for a Work Permit or visa Maid in Singapore must meet age, nationality, and education requirements. An employment agency can help you apply for a Work Permit on your own, or you can do it yourself.

  • Applicants for a Work Permit must be between the ages of 23 and under 50 at the time of application.
  • The Work Permits of workers over the age of 50 can only be renewed until they are 60.
  • A recognized certificate of completion of a minimum of eight years of formal education.
  • Has no prior history of working as a helper for MOM’s Work Pass Division.
  • Has worked for MOM as a helper in the past, but decided not to return to Singapore to work.
  • Must be from the below countries:
  • Bangladesh
  • Cambodia
  • Hong Kong
  • India
  • Indonesia
  • Macau
  • Malaysia
  • Myanmar
  • Philippines
  • South Korea
  • Sri Lanka
  • Taiwan
  • Thailand

Who can apply?

Employer, sponsor, or authorized employment agent needs to apply for the Work Permit.

How to apply and obtain a Work Permit (WP) in Singapore?: Eligibility, Procedure, Documents required, Cost, Validity

Procedure to hire a maid/nanny by employer

Before you can hire a migrant domestic worker, you must first meet the requirements set forth by the government.

Eligibility as an employer

  • Be 21 years old and above.
  • Not be an undischarged bankrupt.
  • As an employer, you must have the mental capacity to fully comprehend and carry out your duties.
  • Must attend the EOP
  • The Settling-In Program certification is required if this is her first time applying to be a domestic worker in Singapore.
  • The next step is to apply for a Work Permit for the maid in Singapore via the website.
  • The employer is required to obtain medical insurance for their foreign domestic workers that include the following coverages.
  • While she is in Singapore, she should expect to spend at least $15,000. Surgery, hospitalization, and other forms of medical intervention.
  • Personal Accident Insurance (PAI) with a minimum of S$60,000.
  • A Singapore-registered doctor must conduct a medical examination on the foreign domestic worker within two weeks of her arrival in Singapore.
  • Employers must purchase security bonds for every foreign domestic worker they employ unless the worker is a Malaysian citizen by nationality.
  • If an employer violates the rules for hiring a foreign helper, they must pay a fine of up to S$5,000 to the government. That’s why the security bond exists.
  • Employers who employ foreign domestic workers are required to pay a levy each month.

Documents required by the employer

  • Copy of their Singaporean ID card.
  • Copy of their LTVP Pass
  • Documents proving both the employer’s and their spouse’s income.
  • Copy of the FDW’s passport.
  • A copy of the employer’s parents’ or parents-in-identification law’s cards.

What is the cost to sponsor a maid?

Types of fees Fees
Maid Agency Fees Between $100 and $2,000
Work Permit Application $35
Settling in (for first-time helpers) $75
Monthly Maid Levy $300 (1st FDW)

$450 (Subsequent FDWs)

Security Deposit $5,000
Maid Insurance $238
Salary $600
Loan $1,000 to $3,500

How much is the housemaid salary in Singapore?

The average salary is approximately $600

How to apply online?

  • FDW agrees to work for the company in writing, via a letter of consent.
  • Using the Ministry of Manpower’s Online Application Tool, the employer completes the necessary sections of the application.
  • Attach all the documents
  • Pay the application processing fees by the employer. You can pay by VISA, MasterCard or eNets Debit.
  • It is their responsibility to provide the FDW with an in-principle approval (IPA) letter or another form of written notification. She is allowed to enter Singapore thanks to the letter.

Terms and conditions to bring maid in Singapore

Hiring an FDW is a risky business for the employer because the FDW:

  • A valid Work Permit is required.
  • Can only work for one company at a time.
  • Performs only domestic duties.
  • Requires sharing a residence with the employer
  • Doesn’t even have the option of working part-time.
  • He or she is entitled to one paid day off per week for rest.


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