We get a lot of questions about Letters of Consent. here is a quick overview with all you need to know and a template you can use!
What is a Letter of Consent?
It is a letter that is provided by an employer to their helper (FDW) giving her consent to change job and promising to facilitate the process. A template is provided below.
Why is a Letter of Consent needed?
It is needed when a FDW working in Singapore finds a new job, the new employer will need it before they can apply for a work pass for the newly employed FDW.
When do I need to get a Letter of Consent?
Whenever a FDW wants to change employer. This can be at contract expiry or before.
Is the employer obliged to give it?
The employer is formally not obliged to give it. However, refusal to give it means that the employer needs to repatriate the FDW when the contract is terminated for whatever reason with the associated financial consequences.
What is the intent?
MoM want the employer to continue to be responsible for a FDW until a new employer that has taken over the responsibility has been formally approved and that has complied with the requirements (such as the MoM bond).
Does the Letter of Consent need to be submitted to MoM?
MoM does normally not request to see the letter, but the new employer needs to confirm that one has been signed by the present employer.
Is there a fixed format?
Variations are known to exist. Here is a template that should meet the mark.
Template Letter of Consent
Consent to Transfer – Foreign Domestic Worker
Name: [present employer]
Mobile Number: [mobile present employer]
Employer’s NRIC / FIN: [last 4 digits NRIC present employer]
Name: [first name, last name of FDW]
Work Pass Number (FIN): [Fin of helper]
I agree and consent my FDW to be transferred to another employer and to release my FDW when MOM’s approval is received.
The Tentative transfer date: [start date]_________________ ( DD/MM/YYYY)
I am aware that pending the outcome of the application I still carry full responsibility for my FDW, hence I undertake all responsibilities for the employment of the above mentioned FDW and will also extend her work permit (if necessary).
If the application is not approved and I do not wish to continue her employment, I will repatriate
the FDW back to her home country OR a mutually agreed country.
Signature of Employer: [signature present employer]
1) You may be contacted by the new employer or his/her agent to validate this consent to transfer form.
2) After MOM has approved of the transfer of your FDW, you will be required to sign a final MOM declaration form to finalise the transfer.
Read more about helpers in Singapore here