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If the application is done in a correct manner to process the Work Permit for the maid, it takes anywhere from one week to four weeks for maid to arrive and start working for the employer. It also depends on the country of maid in some cases.
As per MOM (Ministry of Manpower) regulation, an employer needs to pay the maids levy, which is a kind of monthly tax, paid to government on every single foreign domestic worker employed in republic of Singapore.
The Levy is $265.00 per month or $10 per day, payable for the period the work permit is valid. For Singaporean with young children below 12 or elderly living under the same household above 65 years of age, the government offers a concessionary rate of SGD 120.00 per month. CPF Board, as the collection agent, collects the Levy on behalf of MOM.
Employer is responsible for the repatriation of the maid once the usual contract of 2 years expires unless it is renewed. You are required to post a security deposit (bond) of $5,000 for every maid with the Work Permit Department, MOM. If you fail to repatriate the maid after cancellation of her work permit, you risk losing the $5,000 security deposit (bond).
Employer can purchase an insurance policy from AVA, which is much more cheaper alternative as compared to making the $5,000/- deposit.
Employers need to purchase personal accident insurance coverage for the maid, the minimum sum insured is $40,000. You can purchase such insurance with various options at the following Insuring Agencies:
AVA INSURANCE AGENCY PTE LTD
91 Bencoolen Street #08-01 Sunshine Plaza
Yes, Within 14 days from the date of arrival to Singapore, she must get herself examined by a certified medical institution and only if she passes her medical test as deemed to fit for working then she can work for the employer. Such medical examination is required every six-month for the medical screening, for VDRL, pregnancy, and HIV.
As an Employer, you are liable to pay full cost of the medical expense, including hospitalization. So its better to have insurance coverage for hospitalization expenses for your maid.
Your maid would like to send her monthly salary back to her family regularly. You can engage remittance service from the following. List of Remittance Service Provider:
ActionPlus Remittance Services
133 New Bridge Road, #03-05 CHINATOWN POINT
Email: [email protected]
Ameertech Remittance Services
291 Serangoon Road, #03-00 SERANGOON BUILDING
You should cancel her work permit immediately to stop the levy payment. You are then given 1 month to locate and repatriate her. Otherwise, you risk losing the $5,000 security deposit.
You must repatriate the maid immediately.
Presently MOM regulation does not allow the part-time employment of maids.
Transfer Maids are usually already available locally. Mostly "Transfer Maids" are from another employer's and they are seeking a new employer for various reasons such as the expiry of 2 years contract or employers discontinuing the service of maid for whatever reasons.
The employer is responsible for following as per MOM regulations:
The obligations of the employer to the Immigration Department are stated clearly in the Security Bond.
There are 2 types of employers: Local and Expatriate
A local employer needs to provide following details to process the maids work permit application:
Identity Card (as well as those of members of his household)
Proof of income in the form of Notice of Assessment (and that of the spouse if applicable) or his authority to the Ministry of Manpower to verify his income (and his spouse's if applicable) with the Internal Revenue Authority; or if he has recently returned after an extended absence, a letter by an officer of the company he is attached to showing:
If Notice of Assessment is not available and the Employer has not paid income tax in the current or previous year:
An expatriate employer needs to provide following details to process the maids work permit application:
Ministry of Manpower (MOM) needs following set of documents in order:
Singapore Dollars 480.00 to 550.00. The more the experience, higher the salary.
The Philippine Overseas Employment Administration's stipulated minimum salary of Singapore Dollars 570.00. The more the experience, higher the salary.
Singapore Dollars 520. The more the experience, higher the salary.
Singapore Dollars 480. The more the experience, higher the salary.
Transfer maids refer to those maids who have are currently staying in Singapore.
Transfer maids can be interviewed in person.
New Maids refer to those maids who are currently not staying in Singapore. Even if they have worked in Singapore or other countries, they are still classified as "New Maids" as long as they are currently not in Singapore.
Maid agencies provide you professional and comprehensive service in maid recuitment and employment. A maid agency saves your a lot of effort in maid training, Work Permit application, security bond, insurance, travel arrangement, immigration clearance, medical screening, etc.
You can employ a maid from Ministry of Manpower (MOM) approved source of countries as a Foreign Domestic Worker (FDW). The countries are: Malaysia, Philippines, Indonesia, Thailand, Myanmar, Sri Lanka, India and Bangladesh.
You can claim tax relief if:
The relief is two times the amount of maid levy paid for one maid. It can only be set off against the earned income of the wife. Single taxpayers are not eligible for this relief. You can get the relief even if the levy is paid by the husband.