Please ensure that the foreign domestic worker (FDW) carries a clear copy of the In-Principle Approval letter or "Letter of Notification to bring the FDW into Singapore". Upon arrival in Singapore, the letter should be presented for immigration clearance.
A first-time FDW needs to attend the SIP before starting work. A first-time FDW is one who:
- Has no employment record with MOM's Work Pass Division; or
- Has Work Permit records with MOM but did not collect her Work Permit cards previously. This includes foreign domestic workers who have worked in Singapore for brief periods in the past, or who have applied for Work Permits but did not eventually work in Singapore.
With effect from 1 May 2012, all first-time foreign domestic workers (FDWs) will attend the one day Settling-In Programme (SIP) conducted in English or in the FDWs' native languages. The SIP aims to better orientate and equip FDWs with basic knowledge about living and working safely in Singapore. The SIP will replace the English Entry Test for FDWs. The current 4-hour Safety Awareness Course (SAC) will also be subsumed under the SIP.
Registering for the Course
A FDW should be registered for the course before arrival. These documents are required for registration:
- Letter of Notification to bring FDW into Singapore
- The FDW's passport
- A copy of the FDW's educational certificate
Duration : 1 day
Training Centre - Grace Management & Consultancy Services Pte Ltd
|Venue||198 Geylang Road
|Operating Hours||9.00am - 6.00pm (Monday to Saturday)
Excluding Public Holidays
Responsibilities of Employment Agencies
Employment agencies should only place foreign domestic workers for employment after they have attended the Settling-In Programme.
The agency is also responsible for the FDW's upkeep and maintenance, including the provision of proper accommodation, from her arrival until she is successfully placed for employment, or until she is repatriated if unsuccessfully placed. The agency is required to repatriate the FDW, and bear the cost of doing so, if she is unsuccessfully placed.
The Foreign Domestic Worker (FDW) has to undergo and pass a medical examination by a Singapore registered doctor within fourteen days of arrival (including Sunday/Public Holidays) in Singapore. The Work Permit will only be issued if the Foreign Domestic Worker passes the medical examination. Foreign Domestic Workers who are unable to pass the medical examination, which includes those who have been diagnosed with active pulmonary Tuberculosis and/or HIV will have to be repatriated.
The medical examination screens the Foreign Domestic Worker for four types of infectious diseases (Tuberculosis, HIV, Syphilis and Malaria) that are of public health concern. It also serves to check that the Foreign Domestic Worker is generally fit to work at the point of examination. However, even if the Foreign Domestic Worker passes the medical examination, it does not mean that she is free from all illnesses. Employers with specific concerns may wish to send the Foreign Domestic Worker for other tests as they deem appropriate.
Employers who wish to know the results of the medical examination may obtain a copy of the completed report directly from the examining doctor.
Request for Issuance of Work Permit
You can request for the issuance of the Work Permit via WP Online.
- Download a Guide on Issuance of a Foreign Domestic Worker's Work Permit
- e-Demo on WP Issuance for a flash animation guide.