Employer Requirements for Hiring an FDW

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Employer Requirements for Hiring an FDW

As an employer, you need to meet the eligibility criteria before hiring a foreign domestic worker (FDW) through a maid agency.


Who Is Eligible?

To hire an FDW, you must:

  • Be 21 years old and above.
  • Not be an undischarged bankrupt.
  • Have the mental capacity to fully understand and discharge your responsibility as an employer.

Ministry of Manpower (MOM) will also consider your financial ability to hire, maintain and upkeep the FDW in an acceptable accommodation.


If you are a first time FDW employer, you must attend an Employer Orientation Programme (EOP) before you apply for an FDW.


Refer to this pre-hiring checklist before deciding whether to hire an FDW, also available in Malay, Mandarin and Tamil


*Note: You should not be diagnosed with any medical condition that would impair your ability to exercise supervision and control over the well-being of the FDW. Examples of such medical conditions include Alzheimer, dementia and schizophrenia which can cause symptoms such as severe memory lapses, confusion, emotional instability, progressive loss of mental ability, paranoia, etc.


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