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Singapore Levy Waiver For Foreign Worker

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Apply for levy waiver for foreign worker in Singapore

You can get a waiver for your foreign worker levy payments only in certain specific situations. These include overseas leave and hospitalisation leave.

When you can get a levy waiver

You can apply for a levy waiver only if your foreign worker:

  • Is on overseas leave for at least 7 consecutive days.
    Capped at 60 calendar days per calendar year.
  • Is on hospitalisation leave issued by Singapore hospitals.
    Capped at 60 calendar days per calendar year.
  • Does not return to Singapore after overseas leave.
  • Is under police custody or is housed at the embassy.
  • Passed away.
  • Has become a Singapore permanent resident.
  • Is in the harbour-craft industry and is on board a vessel leaving Singapore’s port for at least 3 consecutive days.
  • Is a Malaysian and is serving National Service in his home country (usually for 3 months).

What you need

You are required to pay Foreign Worker Levy (FWL) for your S Pass and Work Permit holders.

However, you can apply for a waiver of levy on certain situations including the failure of return after home leave with maximum of 60 calendar days a year. Refer to our Guides on FWL for more details.

You can get a waiver for your foreign worker levy payments only in certain specific situations. These include overseas leave and hospitalisation leave.

When you can get a levy waiver

You can apply for a levy waiver only if your foreign worker:

If you are applying for a waiver because your worker was on overseas leave or failed to return to Singapore, no further action is required from you.

Otherwise, please send your supporting documents to fwl@mom.gov.sg within two weeks from your waiver application date or your application will be rejected. In your submission of documents, please indicate your CPF Submission Number and the Transaction Number, which will be provided to you after the submission of this application.

# Reason(s) for application for waiver Document(s) required
1 Foreign worker granted PR status Photocopy of passport of worker (first 2 pages showing the worker’s particulars and the page showing the re-entry endorsement), photocopy of NRIC and Entry Permit showing journey performed endorsement.

You may be required to produce the passport to support your application.

2 Foreign worker was on overseas leave for at least 7 consecutive days Please refer to MOM’s website for the maximum number of days applicable for each foreign worker.   MOM will liaise with the relevant authorities on the exit and entry dates, and will process the application based on official records. MOM will only contact you when necessary.

For applications under “Foreign worker was on overseas leave for at least 7 consecutive days”, please indicate the actual date of exit from Singapore and the actual date of entry to Singapore, under the field “Period Applied For Waiver”.

3 Foreign worker failed to return to Singapore after overseas leave. Please refer to MOM’s website for the maximum number of days applicable for each foreign worker.   MOM will liaise with the relevant authorities on the exit and entry dates, and will process the application based on official records. MOM will only contact you when necessary.

For applications under “Foreign worker failed to return to Singapore after overseas leave”, please indicate the actual date of exit from Singapore and the official cancellation / revocation / expiry date of Work Permit/S Pass, under the field “Period Applied For Waiver”.

4 Malaysian workers serving 3-months National Service Letter from the Malaysia Authority requiring them to perform National Service (the period of National Service must be stated in the letter) and certificate of completion of National Service.
5 Foreign worker with Embassy/Police Custody/Voluntary Welfare Organisation (VWO) Confirmation letter from the Embassy / Police / Voluntary Welfare Organisation (VWO) stating the exact period of custody.

 

6 Foreign worker was on hospitalisation leave (applicable to hospitals in Singapore only) The levy waiver applicable for each foreign worker is capped at a maximum of 60 calendar days per year.

  • Medical Certificate from hospitals in Singapore showing duration of hospitalisation leave +; or
  • Hospital bills which reflect the admission and discharge dates; or
  • Confirmation letters from doctors / hospitals.

+Outpatient medical leave is not eligible for waiver.

7 Foreign worker passed away Photocopy of death certificate for the foreign worker
8 Foreign worker in harbour craft industry on board vessel which leaves Singapore Port for at least 3 consecutive days Declaration form signed by vessel captain with Maritime And Port Authority of Singapore (MPA) confirming that the foreign worker was on board the vessel during the period.

There should be endorsement showing the departure and arrival dates.

When to apply

  • You can apply for the levy waiver only after the levy has been charged and it must be within 1 year of the levy bill.
  • If the waiver period requested is from January 2015 (start month) to February 2015 (end month), you must submit the application by 31 January 2016.

How to apply

Use this form to apply for a levy waiver if your worker meets one of the below conditions:  

  •  Your worker was on hospitalisation leave.
  • Your worker was under police custody.
  • Your worker was housed at an embassy.
  •  Your worker has passed away.
  • Your worker is in the harbour-craft industry and was on board a vessel leaving Singapore’s port for at least 3 consecutive days.
  •  Your worker is a Malaysian and was serving National Service in their home country.

Please use this form:

  • https://form.gov.sg/#!/62ba70db3695530011ad9568

 

Use this form to apply for a levy waiver if your worker meets one of the below conditions:   

  • Your worker went on overseas leave for at least 7 consecutive days (You should apply for the waiver only after the worker returns to Singapore).
  • Your worker did not return from overseas leave (If your worker did not return, you have to cancel the Work Permit before applying).

Please use this form:

  • https://form.gov.sg/#!/62baadf36bf2960014de4080 

 

Refund with no future levy

The amount waived will be used to offset your outstanding and future levies for your workers. If you do not have any future levy payment and wish MOM to have this amount refunded to you instead, you can apply for a refund through:

Please use this form:

  • https://form.gov.sg/629041d0e16c760014f1319e  

 

How to calculate the waiver

Amount waived = Monthly levy rate – Levy payable

Scenario
  • Waiver period: 1 – 15 September
  • Worker’s levy rate: $600 monthly (or $19.73 daily)
How to calculate
  1. Count the number of days from 16 to 30 September where levy is payable, i.e. 15 days.
  2. Find out the amount of levy payable using daily rate, i.e. 15 days x $19.73= $295.95
  3. Amount waived = Monthly levy rate – Levy payable
    $600 (monthly levy rate) – $295.95 (levy payable) = $304.05 (amount waived)

 Source of Information for all Work Passes & their related matters is from the Ministry Of Manpower, Singapore.
Please refer to MOM website at www.mom.gov.sg or www.cpf.gov.sg for more detailed information and up-to-date guidelines with regulations.

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