You must make sure maid insurance renewal is done timely. The renewal process may take a little time so don’t wait until the last moment.
About 5 weeks before the expiry date, you will receive a letter from the Ministry of Manpower. After you receive the letter, you can apply for renewal online. However before renewing, you need to have your Maid’s Insurance package (security bond, medical and personal accident) arranged.
What documents do you need for renewal?
In order to apply for renewal, you will need to prepare the following documents:
- Scanned copy of the personal particulars page of the helper’s passport (including pages that have amendments)
MOM must have a record of your helper’s current passport and it must not have expired. You should make sure her passport is always valid when she is in Singapore.
- Personal accident and medical insurance
You can either renew your existing Maid Insurance policy or arrange a new one here.
- Security bond (for non-Malaysian helper)
This is an optional feature in the maid insurance which we recommend you use. The insurance company will then send the new security bond details to MOM.
With the MoM letter you can go online and get the insurance sorted out. Go here. After you have done that the insurance company will complete the process for you by sending all the required information to MoM.
What happens after renewal application?
After receipt of your renewal application, MOM will deliver the new card to the given address within 4 working days. The authorised recipients will get an SMS or email with the delivery details at least 1 day before the delivery. After you have received the new card, you should send the old card back to MOM.
The work permit is usually valid for 2 years, but can be shorter in case the expiry date of the insurance package is less than 26 months or when the maid is approaching the age of 60, on which date the permit will expire.
The duration of the renewed pass is not affected by the length of validity of the passport. However, you should make sure your maid’s passport is valid at the time of renewal or if she is travelling out of Singapore. Embassies may impose requirements on the renewal of passports.
If your helper plans to travel overseas just before the expiry date, you should renew the Work Permit before she leaves Singapore.
It is important to renew your maid’s work permit on time because if you renew the permit late, you are still liable for levy after it expires. Levy penalties or overstaying fine, if applicable, may also be imposed.