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Work Permit Cancellation Singapore-  Cancel Work Permit (WP) for Foreign Worker 

If your work permit expires or you intend to cancel a work permit in Singapore, there are specific procedures you must follow. To cancel a work permit, your employer or an authorized employment agent must submit an cancellation application to the Ministry of Manpower (MOM).


The cancellation process typically involves cutting the card in half and discard it to prevent misuse, and obtaining a release letter from the Inland Revenue Authority of Singapore (IRAS) for tax clearance. 

Keep in mind that you're allowed to work until the day after the work permit is cancelled.

When Should You Cancel Your Work Permit?

Canceling your work permit is a crucial step when transitioning in your employment journey in Singapore. Knowing the right timing is essential. If you're facing job resignation, retrenchment, or the prospect of leaving Singapore permanently, you should initiate the cancellation process  within 1 week after last day of notice or 1 day after the Work Permit expires.

Job resignation or retrenchment and leaving Singapore permanently

Canceling your work permit is a crucial step when transitioning in your employment journey in Singapore. Knowing the right timing is essential. If you're facing job resignation, retrenchment, or the prospect of leaving Singapore permanently, you should initiate the cancellation process  within 1 week after last day of notice or 1 day after the Work Permit expires.

Resigning From Your Existing Job And Joining A
New Company (Staying in Singapore)

If you are resigning from your current job in Singapore but plan to join a new company in Singapore, the process of canceling and applying for a new work permit (WP) requires careful timing.  You will need to finalise your final day of employment with current Employer. Your new employer may apply for your Work Permit while you are still employed under current employer. However, your new work permit can only be issued after your current work permit is cancelled, which is normally the last day of your notice.  This step is essential to maintain your employment in Singapore and to comply with immigration regulations.

How to Cancel Work Permit

Canceling a work permit in Singapore involves a precise process that ensures compliance with immigration regulations. To begin, both the employer and employee must discuss and agree on the termination of employment (last day of notice) to cancel the work permit.

 Employers or authorised Employment Agent like Impact Best Pte Ltd can visit the Work Permit Online (WPOL) to access the necessary application and guidelines for the cancellation of the work permit.


The application must be completed accurately, specifying the relevant work permit details and intentions. Once the information is in order, it must be submitted within seven days after the worker's last working day.

How to Cancel Work Permit While the Worker is still in Singapore

When canceling a work permit while the worker is still in Singapore, careful planning and adherence to procedures are essential. Employers should initiate discussions with the employee about the termination of employment and agree on the following steps. . It is crucial to submit the completed application within seven days after the worker's last working day and return the work permit card and any related passes. 

How to Cancel Work Permit While the Worker has Left Singapore

Canceling a work permit after the worker has left Singapore requires a specific set of steps to ensure compliance with immigration regulations. Employers should start by discussing the termination of employment with the worker before they depart and agreeing on the following procedures Employer should key in the relevant reason on why the Work Permit has to be cancelled while the Worker is not in Singapore. 

How To Check if Your Work Permit Has Been Cancelled

Check the Work Permit's Validity: To determine if your work permit has been cancelled, you can start by checking its validity.  If you notice that your work permit is still valid beyond this period, it's essential to verify its cancellation status.

Use the SGWorkPass app to scan the QR code on your work pass card or go to this link: and check work pass and application status. Enter your date of birth followed by your FIN or passport number (travel document number).

Work Pass Formalities To Comply With Before Leaving Singapore Permanently

Before leaving Singapore permanently, there are crucial work pass formalities that you must adhere to. First and foremost, you must cancel your work permit within 1 day after your last working day This includes returning your work permit card

 It's essential to discuss and agree on the cancellation process with your employer, complete the necessary paperwork, and obtain an short term visit pass (STVP).  Additionally, ensure your air ticket is in order and notify the immigration officer when leaving Singapore. These steps are vital for a smooth transition when departing Singapore for good.

Tax Clearance Formalities

Among the essential formalities to address before leaving Singapore is tax clearance. Ensure that your tax matters are settled promptly. The Inland Revenue Authority of Singapore (IRAS) provides a release letter that confirms your tax status. This letter is necessary to cancel your work pass and work permit.

Make sure to apply for tax clearance well in advance to avoid any delays. Compliance with tax clearance formalities is vital to avoid any complications and to ensure you can smoothly complete other necessary departure procedures.

Other factors to settle before you leave


In addition to work pass formalities and tax clearance, there are several other crucial factors to address before you depart from Singapore. First, it's important to review and settle any outstanding financial obligations, such as loans or bills. Ensure that all your accounts, including bank and utility accounts, are properly closed or transferred as needed.

Don't forget to make arrangements for your personal belongings and accommodation. Notify your landlord if you're renting a property or make arrangements for the sale or shipment of your possessions.

Lastly, if you have any ongoing legal or contractual commitments, consult with legal experts to understand your obligations and make arrangements to fulfill them.

Leaving Singapore involves several administrative and personal matters, so careful planning and attention to detail are essential to ensure a smooth and hassle-free departure.

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