Government Makes It Harder To Get A Dependant Pass In Singapore

The Government is tightening the criteria for obtaining Dependants Passes and Long Term Visit Passes in Singapore. 

The changes, from 1 September 2012 are as follows:

  • S Pass and Employment Pass (EP) holders need to earn a fixed monthly salary of at least $4,000 to sponsor the stay of their spouses and children in Singapore.
  • P1 Pass holders will no longer be able to bring in their parents-in-law. They may still bring in their parents, spouses and children.
  • P2 Pass holders will no longer be able to bring in their parents or parents-in-law. They may still bring in their spouses and children.

Why is the Government tightening dependant privileges for EP and S Pass holders?

The Government is making this move as part of the overall direction to moderate growth of the non-resident population, including the foreign workforce inflow, in Singapore. This will help ease the pressure on the social infrastructure. Nonetheless, Singapore remains a global talent capital and will continue to welcome highly skilled foreign talent who wish to bring their dependants to stay with them.

Does this apply to all EP and S Pass holders? How will the changes to the dependant privileges affect existing dependants of EP and S Pass holders?

The changes will only apply to all dependants of EP and S Pass holders who arrive in Singapore from 1 Sep 2012. To reduce disruption to families already here or who have already made plans to arrive soon, dependants of EP and S Pass holders who are already in Singapore or will be arriving before 1 Sep 2012 will be allowed to stay as long as the main pass holders have valid passes.

This is on the condition that MOM received the applications for the stay of the dependants before 1 Sep 2012. Such dependants can also remain in Singapore when the EP or S Pass holder has his/ her work pass renewed, for all renewals taking place on or after 1 Sep 2012, so long as the pass holder remains with the same employer.

How will current EP and S Pass holders with dependants in Singapore be affected if they changed employers?

Existing EP and S Pass holders who change employers from 1 Sep 2012 will be subjected to the new dependant privileges framework for work pass holders, even if their dependants arrived in Singapore before 1 Sep 2012. This is because any change in employer by a work pass holder is considered a new application.

I am a P1 Pass holder, what passes can my dependants apply for to stay in Singapore?

From 1 Sep 2012, P1 Pass holders may apply for Dependants Passes (DPs) for their:

  1. Spouses
  2. Unmarried or legally adopted children aged under 21

They may also apply for Long Term Visit Passes (LTVPs) for their:

  1. Common-law spouses
  2. Children of common-law spouses
  3. Handicapped children aged above 21
  4. Stepchildren aged under 21
  5. Parents

I am a P2 Pass holder, what passes can my dependants apply for to stay in Singapore?

From 1 Sep 2012, P2 Pass holders may apply for Dependants Passes for their:

  1. Spouses
  2. Unmarried or legally adopted children aged under 21

They may also apply for LTVPs for their:

  • Common-law spouses
  • Children of common-law spouses
  • Disabled children aged above 21
  • Stepchildren aged under 21

I am a Q1 EP/ S Pass holder, what passes can my dependants apply for to stay in Singapore?

From 1 Sep 2012, Q1 Pass/S Pass holders with a fixed monthly salary of at least $4,000 may apply for Dependants Passes for their:

  • Spouses
  • Unmarried or legally adopted children aged under 21.

What is the rationale for granting dependant privileges to EP/S Pass holders?

The dependant privileges framework helps attract and retain highly skilled foreign talent by allowing their family members to stay with them while they work in Singapore.

How does MOM decide on dependant privileges?

The dependant privileges framework helps attract and retain highly skilled foreign talent by allowing their family members to stay in Singapore. The key criterion in assessing the level of dependant privileges for a work pass holder is based on his economic contribution and whether he can finance his dependants’ stay in Singapore. Therefore, dependant privileges are given according to the work pass type, where more skilled pass types enjoy broader dependant privileges.

Will dependants continue to be allowed to work?

Work privileges for dependant pass holders remain unchanged. Dependant pass holders of EPs can continue to apply for Letters of Consent. LTVP holders and dependants of S pass holders can continue to apply for work passes.

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