Directly hiring Foreign Domestic Worker (FDW)/maid from India is very straight forward. Unlike Indonesia and Philippines which require exit visa’s that often require the help of a local agent, there is no such requirement for an Indian maid. The helper just needs to meet the basic Singaporean eligibility criteria which are set up by MOM that are
- She should be between 23 to 50 years of age .
- Minimum 8 years of formal education with a recognised certificate
Besides this she should also have a valid passport with more than 6 months of validity .
Steps to hire Indian maid directly
- Once the employer has interviewed and selected the helper, the employer needs to ask for a copy of the helper’s passport .
- The employer can then apply for the In Principle Approval or IPA from the Singapore Ministry of Manpower. Once obtained, a (soft) copy of IPA letter can be send to the maid for her to show at immigration.
- Employers also need make sure that maid insurance (incl. security bond) has been bought before she enters the country. Learn about what are the best Maid Insurances in Singapore;
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How To Hire Directly (both transfer and new maids)
Helpermatch is a new platform that supports both maids and employers to connect without the use of an agency. It enables good matching between the needs of the parties and helps in the discovery and negotiation of the contract. It even provides a chat environment, agreement templates and a vault to safe keep important documents. Helpermatch is an eco system that aims to support a properly structured process, clear agreement and good care. All for free.
To do the paperwork for your direct hire yourself is possible but time consuming and a bit of a challenge for a novice. There are however several agencies that will be happy to help you to take care of the administrative process after you have found a helper directly yourself.
One of those is helpers.sg who we know to be fair and transparent with possibly the lowest charges in Singapore.
More information on hiring a directly maid can be found here