How to Save Half the Cost When Renewing Your Maid’s Contract

A family with domestic helper preparing a meal

If you were a maid-hiring newbie when you hired your first maid, you would have probably done so through a maid agency. Maid agencies are not cheap, but they do take care of all the paperwork for you, including buying maid insurance so that you have the necessary insurance coverage for your maid.

If your maid’s performance is good and she gets along well with you and the family, her 2-year contract will be over in what seems like a blink of an eye. About eight weeks before the expiry of her Work Permit, you will receive a notification from the Ministry of Manpower (MOM) about the impending expiry, and you’ll be wondering “has it been that long already?”

Your maid’s great – you’ll want her to stay

If your maid is willing to stay on with you, you will want to retain her for another 2 years. After all, good help is hard to find! According to MOM’s guidelines, an employment contract is not mandatory but it is good to have so that the terms of employment are clear and misunderstandings can be avoided.

What is mandatory for renewal will be a scanned copy of the personal particulars page of your helper’s passport (including amendments), security bond and maid insurance (covering both medical as well as personal accident insurance) for her.

Step 1 – Check regulatory requirements

Laws and regulations do change from time to time, so do consult MOM’s website for the latest requirements if you decide to renew your maid’s Work Permit yourself. It is important to check with the embassy of the country of origin of your maid for additional requirements, as well as renew her passport if it has less than 6 months of validity left.

The helper’s passport is no longer tied to her Work Permit duration. Thus, you can renew her Work Permit even if her passport has expired or has a validity of less than 2 years.

Step 2 – Get maid insurance to cover the renewed contract

One of the first things you’ll need to do is to extend your maid insurance. Do shop for a suitable insurer that can give you best value. In this regard, Tiq Maid Insurance offers great value for money. This is amongst the most affordable offered by insurance companies in Singapore.

Available here at Tiq by Etiqa Insurance, Tiq Maid Insurance provides comprehensive insurance coverage (enhanced to meet the MOM’s latest insurance coverage requirement), and even offers protection against the unfortunate event of abuse by the maid to your child, elderly or a handicapped person. COVID-19 coverage is also included without additional cost!

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Step 3- Apply for Work Permit renewal online

Once these are done, you can log on to the MOM website and conveniently renew your maid’s Work Permit online. Documents you will need to provide include:

  • A scanned copy of the personal particulars page of your maid’s passport
  • MOM-imposed security bond, personal accident insurance and medical insurance (these are covered in our Tiq Maid insurance)
  • Details for a secure card delivery

The renewal fee is just S$35, and you can pay by VISA, Master Card or direct debit. The processing time is immediate. Once the Work Permit is renewed, do print and check the temporary work permit to see if your FDW is advised to continue using the existing card or to get a new card. For the latter option, the existing card must be returned according to instruction given in the notification letter.

Congratulations – you’ve renewed your maid’s Work Permit yourself and saved a bundle!

At a glance…

When to renew? After you receive the renewal letter, you can proceed to renew your helper’s Work Permit.

You should receive the letter from MOM about 8 weeks before the Work Permit expires.

How to renew? You can renew your helper’s Work Permit online.

Tip: You can also renew your helper’s insurance at the same time!


Information is accurate as at 10 November 2023. This policy is underwritten by Etiqa Insurance Pte. Ltd. (Company Reg. No. 201331905K). Protected up to specified limits by SDIC.

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