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How to bring your own domestic help in Singapore without going through an employment agency Part 1

January 21st, 2010 · 68 Comments

Unlike in western countries where only well-to-do families can afford domestic help, in the Philippines, it’s pretty common for households to have domestic helpers or maids.  They are the ones who help out with household chores and taking care of children.  Some of whom have been with the families they serve for ages that they are already considered part of the family.

Before going on to detailing the steps on getting a maid, I’d like to emphasize that domestic help or maids are human beings.  I used maid, domestic help, and helper interchangeably as I believe that neither of those words should have a derogatory connotation.   They are not slaves and they should be treated with respect as any other person doing decent work.

First you need to be aware of implications of having a maid in Singapore.  The most important thing to note is that they are much more expensive to maintain compared to having them in the Philippines.  On top of their salary, which is twice to 3 times, even 4 times more than the average salary in the Philippines, you need to take out an insurance for them, place a security bond with the Ministry of Manpower (MoM) and pay a monthly levy of S$265 to the Singapore government.  I’d put the additional cost of a maid to about S$700/month with her salary and the levy, not including the increase in utility bills and food consumption for having another person living with you.  The employer’s guidelines from the MoM website is very informative for first time employers.

Then make sure the person you’re bringing in complies with all the requirements:

  • Employers cannot apply for a Work Permit (WP) for a foreigner who is on a social visit such as on holiday or short term visit to Singapore. In other words she must not be in Singapore while her permit is being processed.
  • If you are applying for a WP for a FDW who has never worked in Singapore before, she must be 23 years of age or above and below 50 years old at the time of the WP application.
  • If the FDW has previously worked in Singapore, she must be aged 18 or above, and below 50 years at the time of the WP application.
  • If you are applying for a WP for a FDW who has never worked in Singapore before she must have a minimum of 8 years of formal education and possess the necessary educational certificates as documentary proof of her education.

The easy way to bring your own maid is to hire an agency to do it for you.  It will cost you around S$700 exclusive of airfare.  But if you like to save a couple hundred bucks, then you can bring her in on your own like what I did.

  • First, register for a Singpass.  The Singpass is very useful as it allows you to transact with different government agencies online.  Your password will be sent via postal mail so this takes about 2 days.
  • Take the Employer’s Orientation Programme for first time employers.  There’s the classroom type which costs S$20.   But since both venues are very far away from my place, I chose to take the online EOP for S$30.  You get the result immediately after completion. (Note:  The first time I applied for our FDW, my application was rejected.  The reasons were not stated but I figured it was probably because I didn’t take the EOP before applying.  That’s S$10 bucks down the drain.)
  • Now with your Singpass, you’ll be able to apply for the work permit online.   You will be notified of the result of your application the next day. (Cost: S$10)
  • When your application is approved, you need to retrieve the In Principle Approval Letter from work permit online to get your FDW’s work permit number and SB Transmission No.
  • You may now contact an insurance provider to take out the required Medical insurance of at least S$15000 coverage and Personal Accident insurance with a coverage of at least S$40000.  For this part, I availed the MI3E insurace from NTUC Income for a premium of S$240+ GST for 26 months.  The insurer will then transmit the details of the policy to MoM.  MoM will then send to you the green acknowledgement letter by post.  You can also check wponline if
  • Once you receive the green acknowledgement letter, you may now bring your FDW over to Singapore.  Make sure she has a copy of the In Principle Approval Letter with her which she will present to the Singapore Immigration for clearance.  (To be on the safe side, make sure too that Immigration officials in the Philippines don’t see this letter otherwise she may not be allowed to exit the Philippines especially if she hasn’t gone thru POEA and OWWA which you can do later.)
  • You may now also schedule your FDW to take the Entry Test (S$5) which she needs to pass.   She also needs to attend a Safety Awareness Course (S$20).   She needs to take both of these within 3 days after her arrival.  It’s best to book her schedule with National Safety Council of Singapore prior to her arrival.

Up to this point, I was able to do everything from the comfort of my own home.  All I needed was a computer, internet connection, and a phone.

The next steps will be continued in Part 2 of this entry.

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68 responses so far ↓

  • 1 Meg // Jan 26, 2010 at 1:55 pm

    Did your maid have any problems leaving the Phillipines? I am bringing in a friend for about 5 months to help with my baby and am worried about how difficult it will be for her to return when she is done. Any suggestions?

  • 2 Ms. Tsiken // Jan 26, 2010 at 8:46 pm

    In our case, we had her take a non-budget flight with a return date of 2 weeks and just rebooked her return when she got here. I heard they are stricter with passengers on budget flights both here in Singapore and in the Philippines.

    As for your friend, I’d say the difficult part is having her stay for 5 months because tourists are only allowed to stay for a maximum of 30 days. That’s what Singapore immigration stamps on the passport. She can extend her stay for another 30 days via online extension on the condition that she will exit after the 30 day extension and not return within 5 days. Some people exit through Malaysia every 30 days but I doubt if you can do that for 5 months without immigration questioning you.

    I think, if you bring in any of your parents, you can apply for a long term social visit pass for them so they can stay longer to help with your baby.


  • 3 Toti // Feb 20, 2010 at 9:11 pm

    Hi Ms. Tsiken,

    How difficult is the entry test? We ‘re considering going through an agency since they have reviewers for the test. However, the total cost of having an agency do this has now shot up to $1000 exclusive of airfare, so we’re considering doing it on our own. If the test is easy, then we won’t need the help of an agency. Would you know if there’s a way to prepare our maid for the test?


  • 4 noee // Feb 21, 2010 at 10:59 pm

    Hi Toti,

    The exam is pretty easy for a high school graduate. It’s basic math, English comprehension and common sense. You can download reviewers from the MOM site:

    I think it’s the same reviewer the agencies use. I went through the reviewer with our maid and I also gave her some tips on taking an exam like skip the questions she doesn’t know the answer to and just come back to it later. Also don’t leave any item unanswered.

    You also need to explain to her some points from the Employer Orientation Program – rules like she’s not supposed to work for anyone else but you, she can only work on domestic chores and not business related ones, etc.

    Everything is on the reviewer.

    Good luck!
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  • 5 noee // Feb 21, 2010 at 11:01 pm

    Oh and make sure she keeps up with the time. She has less than a minute to answer each question. But it’s really easy.
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  • 6 Lee // Mar 2, 2010 at 1:23 pm

    I’m currently applying for my maid, this article is really helpful. I just finished the EOP and MOM application, I was advised to have a family accompany my maid, as Immigration in the Philippines might have some doubt about our maid.

    I’ll keep on sharing if I learned something new, really good article!

  • 7 Lee // Mar 3, 2010 at 1:39 pm

    my first application got rejected, they won’t say the exact reason except that you missed one or more of their requirement. Subukan ko ulit, any advice?

  • 8 Ms. Tsiken // Mar 3, 2010 at 4:59 pm

    If it’s any consolation, my first application got rejected too. They also didn’t say why. Pero kasi pala I didn’t take the EOP muna.

    I would recommend you try again pero try to figure out what you missed first. Your maid should still be in the phils, her passport valid for 6 months, etc. etc.

    It could be the form that you submit so MoM can look into your income…

    Just a few suggestions.

    You might find Search the forum about domestic help, maid. There are a lot of helpful discussions there. Maybe you might find someone who can tell you what you missed too.

    Good luck. :)

  • 9 Toti // Mar 14, 2010 at 9:01 pm

    Thanks so much… this is really helpful!

  • 10 Lee // Mar 16, 2010 at 3:43 pm

    I got my 2nd rejection after submitting the documents and waiting for 7 days, now I have to find a child care to take care of my kid while waiting for my mum to return.

  • 11 noee // Mar 16, 2010 at 9:56 pm

    Aww, I’m so sorry to hear that. I know how difficult it is to leave your child in the hands of people you don’t know. I hope your mom gets here soon.

    The application may have been also affected by the fact that Singapore is now controlling the influx of foreign workers into the country.

    Hope everything works out well for you.

  • 12 jack // Mar 16, 2010 at 10:16 pm


    wow, 2nd rejection.. and, 7 days? did you check wponline if your application got approved/denied and got the result 7 days after, or you received the postal notification after 7 days?

    also, why do you think your application got rejected? Did MOM mention any ideal income that will increase the likelihood of approval?

  • 13 Lee // Mar 17, 2010 at 8:21 pm

    Noee, tnx, perhaps that maybe the reason.
    Jack, I submitted my documents via iSubmit, and as mentioned in my MOM application, it will take 7 days before they can verify/validate my documents. I got the result online. It might be because I was not able to submit the required document in 1 message, because it’s above 2MB so I have to split my message, it’s just a guess. That’s the difficult part, there’s no appeal nor would you know what’s wrong with the application.

  • 14 markyu // Oct 25, 2010 at 12:55 pm

    @lee… ano na nangyari sa application mo?

    parang kelangan yata ng verification e… sabi din dito

  • 15 Toti // Nov 1, 2010 at 11:14 pm

    First of all, thanks again for the steps shown on this blog. Sooo helpful. Now i have a new question, our maid’s been working for us in singapore for about 4 months now and we plan to send her to manila for a vacation soon. We heard that we need to register her with the phil. embassy through an agency. Is this really necessary and would you know how to proceed?

  • 16 Ms. Tsiken // Nov 2, 2010 at 9:16 pm

    Hi toti, I think the requirement is for the maid to be registered with POEA so that she’ll be able to get an exit pass which is required in order for her to exit Philippines when she wants to go back to Singapore. I was able to register our maid with POEA without going through an agency. She did the application while she was in Manila. It’s required to have a contract. In our case, she said she forgot the contract in Singapore but showed her work permit. Of course there was a risk there of being rejected but there is template contract that can be downloaded from the Phil Embassy Singapore site.

  • 17 KM Gan // Nov 10, 2010 at 7:08 pm

    I am in urgent need to bring my maid to Singapore and settle the WP before I went for my one month oversea trip. I have already got the IPA and security bond has been successfully transmitted. As per the instruction, I need to wait for at least 5 days after the security bond is transmitted before I can bring my maid to Singapore. However, I heard from the agency that you can bring the maid in as soon as you have confirmed that the security bond has been successfully transmitted. Have you encountered similar experience before? Is it true that we can bring the maid in as soon as the bond is received by MOM? Thanks.

  • 18 GMF // Dec 2, 2010 at 12:43 pm

    If you opt for direct hire, do we need to get a phil embassy bond amt = S$7000? When and where is this bond required? We got the IPA and the security bond, insurance completed. Any idea on this phil embassy bond? Thanks!

  • 19 Majin // Dec 7, 2010 at 2:38 pm

    Hi. In a bit of a pickle here…. can I get my nanny on a social visit (for a few weeks or at least until her application is pending) and then send her home for a weekend and then come back again with the approval letter in tow?

    The problem is that I have to manually apply for an FDW as my nanny is 51 years old. MOM gave me a call the other day and said that I need to apply manually to appeal my case (she’s been my nanny for 10+ years now and we just moved to SG from New York)

  • 20 Marie // Dec 31, 2010 at 10:14 pm

    hi I would like to ask,is there a male maid?because i wanted to hire a male maid directly from philippines.I want him because I know already how he took care of his mother who has a stroke and care also his niece when still babies.Is it possible that I can hire him?thanks

  • 21 smartyaclm // Feb 16, 2011 at 2:14 pm

    I was having a real difficult stressful time to bring my maid over from Manila.Firstly she not confident enough to come so was rejected at immigration though with a invitation letter & some pocket money. I am a Sporean and I have to go Philippine embassy to get an authentic letter. Because I am Sporean & had applied IPA at MOM, I have diffiuclty getting the authentic letter too. Finally I go through an agent to bring her over at an expense of S$1300! just to bring her in safely. The rest of the documentation still to be done by me. She went through the ET & SAC successfully (Very last minute as she arrived on Friday night) and sad to say now her medical fails!! She has high blood pressure at 170 and might have heart problem so the doctor is not approving her medically fit!! However, she has a full medical check up at Manila before she comes her in August stated she is fit but has to beware of her heart. So now what should I do?? I have 14 days to submit application for WP upon her arrival on 11/2/11.Can I seek for second opinion and meanwhile try to lower down her pressure?? I need your kind answers and help! My maid is 48 years old and she need to feed her 7 young children & I need a domestic helper urgentlytoo!

  • 22 Ms. Tsiken // Feb 16, 2011 at 2:49 pm

    Maybe she was just nervous or overwhelmed that’s why her blood pressure rose like that.

    I read somewhere that garlic reduces blood pressure. you can have her on garlic pills or have her eat a lot of garlic prior to a second opinion.

    Good luck!
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  • 23 smartyaclm // Feb 16, 2011 at 3:16 pm

    Thanks Ms. Tsiken, I will take your advice and ask her to eat plenty of garlics. Garlic bread, garlic fried rice, etc…

  • 24 May // Feb 23, 2011 at 1:25 am

    I need some help. I intend to bring a maid over here to take care of my 3 year old son. The prob is my son doesn’t have a resident status here, so by the time he arrives in SG , that’s when I will apply him for dependent pass or ling term social visit pass.. Which most probably will be approve. Now, if I process my maids WP even before my son is here, that means only me and my hubby is still here, will it has chance to be approve? Is it possible to apply for a maid even if our household has no record of any children or aged parents yet? Thanks everyone…

  • 25 evon // Mar 20, 2011 at 1:36 pm

    hi can anyone advise .. how can i easily bring a girl over sg to pass the immigration ???
    i am afraid that wait bought a airticket n insurance then she cant get thru the custom .then everything will be gone ..
    and what is invitation letter ??

  • 26 smartyaclm // Mar 20, 2011 at 4:21 pm

    If you choose to direct hire which is much cheaper than agency, you have to risk the payment of air ticket. However, security bond can be refunded if she can’t get her WP. There is no easy way to bring any girl in unless you pay some money to the local agent for under-table money at their immigration or purely luck that the girl is confident that she can pose as a tourist.Invitation letter is to invite her over as visitor. Immigration need the authentic invitation from the Philippine embassy to prove that she is being invited by you and must have sufficient money to stay here.

  • 27 vince // Mar 20, 2011 at 6:01 pm

    @evon: just did this last week and speaking from my recent experience, i would suggest that you do it the right way —that is hire your maid “direct” but get an agency to do all the paperwork and endorsement. There’s no easy way around it. I spent a lot of time, effort and money trying to get my maid to Singapore and then doing the paperwork here but she got held up at Manila. An IPA isn’t enough… you need to go through the FULL process. Blame the government, they put up a lot of BS since the new president put in checks. In a nutshell, be prepared to spend around 3-4 weeks for the entire process and around $1500-$1800 for processing, insurance and everything else.

  • 28 vince // Mar 20, 2011 at 6:03 pm

    @May: yes. I have friends and neighbors (without kids or elderly folks) who have maids. Point is, if you can afford it, you can get one.

  • 29 vince // Mar 20, 2011 at 6:06 pm

    @smartyaclm: until recently, they stopped any “direct” hires. As per Philippine policy, you now have to go through an accredited agency. Why? so that they can shift any issues from POEA to the agencies in case the domestic worker gets into trouble.

  • 30 Anna // Apr 3, 2011 at 2:56 pm

    would you suggest any agencies that can process my maids aaplication here in manila?

  • 31 JJ // May 20, 2011 at 1:57 pm

    Can I bring my maid in from philippines on a visitor pass, then apply for WP here?

  • 32 Jean // Jun 20, 2011 at 12:00 am

    Hi there, i am just curious to ask. I have a maid here in Phils and i want to bring her to Singapore when i go back probably by end of this year but i am worried after reading here because she’s only 19 years old. Are they really strict with the age policy? She is going to be hired directly and we are planning of going through a Maid Agency. Do you think that she would be allowed to work in Singapore considering her age? We had an indonesian maid in Singapore before about 18months ago so we already have the EOP Certificate. I am just worried about her age now as she didn’t met that requirements yet. My daughter likes her so much as she is living with us for over a year now since i got back here in Philippines. Its so sad if she wont be allowed to work here.

  • 33 Jean // Jun 20, 2011 at 12:00 am

    i mean, we are NOT planning of going through Maid Agency…

  • 34 Esther Lee // Jul 7, 2011 at 11:11 pm

    Appreciate if anyone can advise. I would like to direct hire a dosmestic helper from the Phillipines as she was recommended by my helper of 13 years who has gone back to Phillipines for good. Do not intend to go maid agency so that I can help the new helper to save more. Understand POEA/OWWA is required indefinite and the Phillippines immigration is very strict now. Can someone guide me how to go about it. THanks lot

  • 35 Christine // Aug 15, 2011 at 4:51 pm

    I do have similar queries as Esther Lee. My ex-maid who returned to Phil after completed her 2yrs contact (in nov/10) now want to come back to work for me. Since her leaving, I employed a few maids but all din work well in family. I would like to re-employ her back. Do not intend to go maid agency as dun wish my maid to pay at least 6 months of salary to agent. To avoid her being rejected by immigration to board the flight, I dun mind to go through POEA. Need advise how to go about it. Thanks.

  • 36 Christine // Aug 16, 2011 at 4:48 pm

    Call up agent to check what is their charges to help me to apply the maid from phi. She advise S$2600 (that is almost 6 months of the maid salary!). She suggested me to enter Phil n bring her out as tourist. I SMS my maid if she can do all the documentation by herself in phil? This will help her to save some cost. Any advise please

  • 37 smartyaclm // Aug 16, 2011 at 5:37 pm

    Hi Christine, This is way too expensive!! Email me at I got mine from this agent who charges cheaper more than half of $2600 and this agent is very helpful & kind.

  • 38 Jean // Aug 16, 2011 at 10:11 pm

    Hi Esther and Christine, if u want to bring back your previous made who is now in the Phils just follow the steps that the author in this page has suggests and everything will flow smoothly. As I understand that both of you has an EOP already as you already hired a maid previously… Next thing that you have to do is to ask your maid to renew her passport since they are in the Philippines then apply for her work pass before she will enter Singapore. The reason of renewing her passport is that for the immigration purposes in the Philippines. I supposed that the maid will leave in the Philippines as a tourist to Singapore and it would be a big question if they will see the previous work permit stamped in her passport. It could possibly cause a hold of her departure here in the Philippines. Or you can also go to the Philippine Embassy and apply for an invitation of your maid to enter in Singapore so she won’t have trouble in Philippine Immigration. But you have to take note that you cannot apply your maids working permit if your maid is already in Singapore so it’s better if you will apply your maids working permit then if it’s already approved then apply for her invitation as a tourist in the Philippine Embassy then she will be ready to go in Singapore already. The requirements are clearly stated from the authors page above… I am going to do it as well coz I wouldn’t like the idea of having my maid pay about 7months of her salary because of the agents help… That is too much I guess!

  • 39 Desmond // Sep 4, 2011 at 12:37 am

    My brother’s maid have left for phillipines when her dad past away, and my family really missed her. so i’m currently trying to employ her back under my name.
    I have already gotten the in principle approval from MOM, but is stuck at the POEA application and employment contract as i need a accredited agency to endorse it.

    all the agency i have contacted offer charges above $1800, without insurance and plane tickets, is this the norm?

    and Jean, how safe is it to bring her through as tourist? email me @ if possible to elaborate on the process. i also find it unjust to subject her to the maid loan.

  • 40 VK // Sep 7, 2011 at 11:07 pm

    Hi, I am having a Filipino maid with me now in KL (with Malaysia worknpermit) and I would like to bring her to Singapore as I got a new job there. How should I go about it? I guess she will be treated as new case in SG. Shall I go thru the local SG to save all the trouble or I can do it myself as per the above guidelines? Furthermore, will she have problems if she goes back to her home country? Thank you!

  • 41 LCR // Sep 22, 2011 at 12:49 am

    Hi Jean i am wondering how are you going with getting an approval for your 19 years old maid ? I intend to bring mine from Indonesia too but she is 22. Can anyone here share their experience & knowledge about this & how stringent is MOM with its age policy? Thanks very much.

  • 42 Jean // Sep 22, 2011 at 11:48 pm

    Hi LCR, unfortunately we won’t be able to bring her coz of the age requirements… But her elder sister instead… It’s sad…

  • 43 Maria // Oct 7, 2011 at 9:07 pm

    Hi smartyaclm, Christine and Esther Lee,

    Can any of you help with this? After reading comments here, I’m just worried that we might have some issues once we (together with our helper) need to go back in Manila for a vacation. I understand that POEA/OWWA stuff is required but do they require it to have everything accomplished before the helper gets here in Singapore? The thing is, we’re able to bring our helper here just this month by following the steps in this site. We’re currently finalizing everything, med exam is the only thing needed to be accomplished then we’re ready to have her WP issued. I’m getting paranoid on how we can process the needed docs of POEA/OWWA without having any problems noting that our helper is already here and have passed PH immigration as a tourist to SG.

    Appreciate your help on this.

    Thanks so much!

  • 44 Maria // Oct 7, 2011 at 9:25 pm

    Also, I’ve read an article stating that the Phil. Govt requires employers to pay their helpers Sgd550/mo. Another standard contract issued by Phil. Embassy which I’ve seen in Orchard Employment Agency’s site stated that sgd600/mo should be the maid’s salary. what if you and your maid have agreed on an amount lower to it prior her arrival here? Would there be some issues moving forward? Help please. Thank you!!

  • 45 Elly // Dec 27, 2011 at 11:03 am

    hi! i have a nanny in Philippines, 22 years old, and i want to bring her here in Singapore. We have a quote in some agencies for about 3k(including ticket) and 1800 Sgd, excluding airfares and they said she have to take a 4weeks course. Is it true? I badly needed her now because i have two kids. And does hiring my own nanny through agency will not have any trouble at all in Phils?..thanks

  • 46 Lee // Jan 10, 2012 at 4:00 pm

    Elly: I think that is the new requirement now by POEA, but as this blog has suggested, there’s a way not to follow it. I understand the need for gov’t to require it, as a lot of maids are being abused are come unprepared in SG. If it’s a credible agency and registered in POEA, it should be relatively trouble free, more expensive though.

  • 47 Lee // Jan 10, 2012 at 4:02 pm

    Maria: You can ask for a copy of the contract from a friend of yours, $600++ is the price because they compute together with the levy (minimum is $350 for filipino). Use the contract and present it to the embassy, I think agency here can help you there as well.

  • 48 Michelle // Jan 11, 2012 at 1:33 pm

    Hi, I am planning to bring my previous maid back to spore and am not willing to let her take up loan from agent. I’m planning to direct hire. May I know what are the procedures. Please email me

  • 49 Celine Yap // Feb 22, 2012 at 1:47 pm

    Hi, like Michelle I am planning to do direct hire for domestic helper from Phillipines but without prior experience in Singapore. May I know what are the procedures. Please email me If it is too much hassle, could you recommend a agency who does not charge exorbitant fees for direct hiring? I called up a few and they quote me at least SGD2500-2600, very close to get a maid through them.

  • 50 Shyanne // May 11, 2012 at 7:16 am

    Hi I would really appreciate some advice on the procedures of direct hire of maids from Philippines because I want to hire back a maid who used to work for my brother in law.. Please Email me @ I understand that if we hire a maid through the agency we have to come up with 6 mths of the maid’s pay upfront, which amounts to about 2.5k.. If we do direct hire, we also give the agency approximately the same amount.. But is that the maid’s pay upfront as well?

  • 51 Poona agrawal // May 26, 2012 at 11:09 am

    Hi I need a help in direct hiring my old philipino helper, she is in philipines now n she wants to come back without agency so that she can save on loan amount. Need help as she said the immigration in philipines is very strict and she can’t come like that. Can anyone help me. My email I’d is

  • 52 SSK // Jun 26, 2012 at 10:43 am

    i was successfully able to bring my maid in on April 2012. I did thru the steps from this website but i got my husband to pick her up from Manila airport and he had to say that she is a friend coming in to stay with us for a while. I realize later that i could have produced a letter to Phil embassy stating that she is a friend who wants to visit us and save my husband the 2 way trip. The only problem was that the visa is only valid for a certain period, i think a month and we had a rtn ticet for her for 3 months which caused a issue with the discrepancies so they had to go for a separate interview. Fortunately my helper was switched on and was able to answer very wit fully saying she is visiting me in SG. She also had to give my name and the embassy ran it thru their database to see if my name came up. We were very lucky as if not, her exit from Phil wld have been rejected & the ticket money would have been a waste.
    Hope this helps.

  • 53 honeybaby // Jul 25, 2012 at 4:59 pm


    I am planning to bring my cousin over to take care of my 1 month old baby. I reviewed the article below and gone through the WP Online application (but did not submit it yet). I understand that the employer cannot be related to the helper so I thought of making my husband as the employer. We are both S Pass Holders though and I am wondering if this will be an issue in getting a DH. Also, I am wondering about the security bond of $5,000 SGD as there is no mention of it in the article.


  • 54 Kaixin // Aug 21, 2012 at 6:39 pm

    How do i go about bringin my maid in from phillipines? without the POEA and etc, agencys are quoting me $1200. if i have to pay this amount, i guess we dont have to go one big round but rather settle it with a local agency :( PLEase help. am also afraid if the phil dont let my maid pass through.

  • 55 Sharon // Aug 24, 2012 at 3:26 pm

    I have been trying to find out how to go about doing all the paperwork to get my potential Filipino helper (recommended by my Filipino neighbour)…And it all ended up with the Phil embassy replying that if helper is in Philippines, an agency MUST be involved. Since we don’t have contacts to any Philippines agency, we need to go through a Singapore agency. (Which I really want to avoid doing).

    It appears to me that there is a way to get around it, that is to get the helper here first in Singapore (but not without first applying for her IPA from MOM right?) then do the rest of the paperwork on the Philippine side here at the Embassy. Am I right to say that?

    SSK, do you think you can advice me more on that, since you did it quite recent?

    My potential helper used to work here in Singapore for another family for 5 years, then she returned home and is now in Philippines.

    Appreciate any help and advice on this matter.

  • 56 Jess // Aug 25, 2012 at 5:09 pm

    Hi ,
    I need some advise on how to bring in my previous Indonesia maid .Please e mail me at . Thanks ! :D

  • 57 Vicky // Sep 4, 2012 at 4:01 pm


    Here’s a simple summary of the procedure in directly hiring domestic workers from the Philippines:

    1. Apply for IPA (In-Principle Approval) with MOM. Go to MOM website

    2. After 2 days, print the IPA.

    3. Buy the insurance package from NTUC – M13E includes the basic insurance and bond that meets the MOM requirement. Buy the Philippine Bond of 7000 from NTUC. Here is the telephone number of NTUC – 66455098. Look for Carmen.

    4. Apply for the work permit with MOM after you have secured the insurance and bond package.

    4. Bring the following documents to the Philippines Embassy for the contract approval:

    1. 2 copies of Original Standard Employment Contact (can be downloaded from our website/also available at the embassy) – All pages of the contract should be signed by the employer and the worker
    2. 2 copies of Original Undertaking of an Employer (can be downloaded from our website/also available at the embassy)
    3. 1 copy of Employer IC
    4. original copy of $7,000 Performance Bond from a reputable Insurance company
    5. IPA copy and insurance

    5. Send the contract to the domestic worker in the Philippines. She will need the contract and IPA to go to POEA.

  • 58 balaji // Sep 7, 2012 at 5:10 pm

    what is the procedures to bring the fresh maid from India without agency.. can u any one help

  • 59 Richelle Toh // Sep 9, 2012 at 1:00 pm

    My FDW is in Singapore now and I choose to invite her as a tourist and now I want to apply her a work permit . I don’t what are the process do i need to send her back in the Philippines to apply her a permit?

    Can you state step by step how to do it?
    I want to do it by myself without going through the agency.

    Please I need an advise for this.

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  • 60 sarah // Jan 28, 2013 at 2:11 pm

    could anyone tell me the overall charge for this process? thank you very much

  • 61 grace // Mar 9, 2013 at 2:38 am

    Hi plz do help me. I am planning to employ a phillipine maid that was recommended by my friend’s helper. Just finished all the paper works in Singapore. So what is my next step? I also scared that she might face trouble living Philippines (Philippines airport ) what are the documents she needed for her to show to airport officer. Or she need to pretend as tourist or I need to buy her a round-trip air fair? Plz need advice asap. . Thank you

  • 62 Ms. Tsiken // Mar 11, 2013 at 9:06 am

    You need get her a return ticket or she wont get past immigration. The return date must be within 30 days after she arrives in Singapore. You can cancel the ticket before the return flight.

    Please make sure though that she registers with OWWA at the Philippine embassy here when her papers are settled.

  • 63 lynn // Mar 28, 2013 at 7:11 pm

    Au-pair agency is contacting you on a job opportunity to work has a domestic staff i.e housemaid,Nanny,Driver,Gardener.. with a favorable weekly payment of 1500 GBP pounds with a good accommodation. If you are interested forward to us: Full name, Phone Numbers,age,sex, Country of residence.

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  • 64 maid hong kong // May 27, 2013 at 8:33 pm

    I think it’s much better if you hire them from an agency. You’ll be more safer.

  • 65 maids // Jun 9, 2013 at 3:09 am

    Recently i came across wonderful website …this website has huge collection of maids in Singapore. Hope this helps :)

  • 66 Mark // Jun 13, 2013 at 11:03 am

    Mr Tsiken, how about the contract? Where did you get a template of the employment contract between yourself and the maid?

  • 67 Cynthia Ng // Oct 28, 2013 at 11:05 am

    Where can I look for this maid without going thru agency?

  • 68 Rosette // Dec 26, 2013 at 4:02 pm

    Hi Ms tsiken,

    im planning to bring my our chosen maid here on first week of april.

    when should i start applying the online pass for her?
    how long is the validity of the application
    thank you.

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