What is a Dependant Pass?

A dependant pass (DP) is a pass for spouse and children of work pass holders (Employment Pass (EP), S Pass, PEP etc.) to relocate and live in Singapore together. While the main pass holder can legally work full-time. However, the same cannot be said to Dependant Pass holders as the job prospect are limited in Singapore.

How can Dependant Pass work in Singapore?

Previously, all dependant pass holder who wish to work in Singapore can apply Letter of Consent (LOC) in order for them to start working.

However, effective from May 2021, MOM has revised the dependant pass legal framework and stated that Dependant Pass holders are no longer given the advantage to work via Letter of Consent (LOC), but instead, must apply a valid work pass.

These recent changes signify MOM’s ongoing commitment to continue promoting the development of a strong Singaporean workforce as part of its Fair Consideration Framework.

Dependant Pass holder who works for a Singapore-registered Company:

Request for the employing company to apply relevant work pass such as Employment Pass, S Pass or Work Permit (WP).

Pass TypeEmployment PassS PassWork Permit (WP)
Who is it for?Foreign professionals, managers, and executives to work in Singapore registered CompanyMid-skilled foreign employeesSemi-skilled foreign workers from approved source countries
Who can apply?Employer or appointed agentEmployer or appointed agentEmployer or appointed agent
Duration of the pass?1 to 3 yearsUp to 2 yearsUp to 2 years, depending on validity of passport, security bond and employment period
Salary range?SGD$ 4,500 aboveSGD$ 2,500No minimum salary
Renewable?YesYesYes
Can bring in family members?YesYesNo
Foreign worker levy or quota?NoneYes, employers are subject to quota and levyEmployers are limited by quota for their industry and must pay monthly levy for each worker
Medical insuranceNoneYes, employers must provide medical insuranceYes, employers must provide medical insurance

Dependant Pass holder who is a business owner:

Special condition was given to business owners who run their business via Letter of Consent (LOC). They must meet the criteria below:

  • Is a sole proprietor or partner or Company director that holds at least 30% shares within the Company
  • The Company must hire at least one local Singaporean or PR employee who earns at least SGD$ 1,400 (local qualifying salary) and receives CPF contributions for at least 3 months

If the criteria above are met, they are eligible to apply for Letter of Consent (LOC) or apply for renewal.

Apply To Be an Agent of Paul Hype Page as a Dependent Pass Holder

However, it is common knowledge that starting a new business need capital injection and well-verse connections. If you wish to get a hold of first-hand experiences in running business in Singapore, come and join Paul Hype Page agent program.

We offers dependent pass holders a way to earn a passive income as well as assistance with your registration of businesses in Singapore on dependent passes.  Becoming an agent of Paul Hype Page is a great way to ease into becoming your own boss in a foreign land, as you get the opportunity to help other entrepreneurs by referring them to register a business through the company.

The agent role is suitable for all dependent pass holders in Singapore because of the great income potential and flexible/remote working hours. Your role as an agent with Paul Hype Page is to identify and refer aspiring expat entrepreneurs in Singapore who want to start a business or incorporate a company in Singapore. You will get compensated for each referral on a commission basis for a period of up to three years.

If interested to find out more or apply to be an agent, please get in touch with us or attend one of the upcoming informational events below.

Which work visa do I apply for to run a business in Singapore?

For those who wish to start a business or continue running their business in Singapore, there are at least three (3) professional working visas available for you to choose from which are:

  • Employment Pass
  • EntrePass
  • Personalised Employment Pass
Pass TypeEmployment PassEntrePassPersonalised Employment Pass
Who is it for?Foreign professionals, managers, and executives to work in Singapore registered CompanyForeign entrepreneurs to start and operate business that is venture-backed or possesses innovative technologiesHigh-earning EP holders or overseas foreign professionals that is not tied to an employer
Who can apply?Employer or appointed agentCandidate may apply directlyCandidate may apply directly
Duration of the pass?1 to 3 years1 to 2 yearsOnly up to 3 years
Salary range?SGD$ 4,500 aboveNo specific salary requirementSGD$ 18,000 above
Renewable?YesYesNo
Can bring in family members?YesYesYes
Foreign worker levy or quota?NoneNoneNone

Based on the table above, the most suitable work visa for business owner is Employment Pass. The eligibility criteria are easier to meet compared to the other two options available.

Employment Pass VS EntrePass

1. Has easier requirements to relocate family members

As you may have known, an Employment Pass holder may bring in certain family members into Singapore if you earn at least SGD$ 6,000. You may also bring in your own parents to relocate to Singapore if you earn at least SGD$ 12,000 per month.

Whereas as an EntrePass holder, you are not allowed to bring in your family members during the first year the visa was approved. There are certain requirements that need to be met in order to bring in the family members as below:

To bring yourYour total annual business spending must be at leastYou must employ at least
Spouse (common-law or legally married)

Children

$100,0003 LQS
(full-time employees, formerly known as FTE)OR1 local PME (professional, manager or executive)
Parents$200,0006 LQS

OR

2 local PMEs

2. Has easier requirements for renewal

The Ministry of Manpower (MOM) did not highlight any specific requirements for an Employment Pass holder to meet before proceeding for renewal compared to an EntrePass holder. So long as the EP holder is able to furnish the supporting documents that MOM requested to support its renewal application, it should be a smooth journey from thereon.

However, an Entrepass must meet a specific set of criteria in order for them to opt for renewal.

Employment Pass VS Personalised Employment Pass

1. Easier requirement to meet

A Personalised Employment Pass (PEP) is not suitable for previous Dependant Pass holder because the qualifying salary starts from SGD$ 12,000 whereas the minimum qualifying salary for an Employment Pass holder starts from SGD$ 4,500 per month.

2. Renewable

An Employment Pass is renewable for at least the next 3 consecutive years whilst a Personalised Employment Pass is only granted for an exact 3 years (non-renewable).

As mentioned above, the Ministry of Manpower (MOM) has given the opportunity for existing business owners to run their business via Letter of Consent (LOC) given, they meet the eligibility criteria.

They are unable to renew their LOC if they fail to meet the criteria. They may only continue operating the business once they obtain an applicable work pass.

Why did MOM emphasize for LOC business owners to meet the criteria before renewing their LOC? Based on our professional judgement, it might be due to the ideas below:

  • Chance to boost their business operation
  • Get more signed contracts
  • Create career opportunities for the local

The above information and supporting are crucial for a person to apply an Employment Pass. We can never know when MOM suddenly decides to revise the dependant pass legal framework again and stop the Letter of Consent (LOC) usage altogether.

Converting your Letter of Consent to Employment Pass will definitely retain your position as a business owner in Singapore. While obtaining an Employment Pass might not be as easy compared to Letter of Consent but having an existing business in Singapore gives you the advantage compared to newly incorporated business.

Employment Pass also gives the advantage for you to expand the business and opportunity to apply for PR status once the business has run for more than 3 years.

You may continue running your business via LOC while you can, but we highly advise for you to convert to Employment Pass while MOM gives the opportunity.

Our thoughts

Even though the Singapore government has limited the job opportunities for Dependant Pass holders, does not mean there is no possibility at all.

If you are currently working for a Singapore registered Company, you may try to discuss with your employer to apply an applicable work pass for you to continue working for them.

If you are currently a business owner via Letter of Consent, you may continue running your business. However, you will need to meet the criteria mentioned for you to be eligible to renew your LOC and continue running the business.

If you are a Dependant Pass holder, do not feel discourage with all the new regulations imposed by the Government. You can try out by joining our agent program or incorporate a Company and apply an Employment Pass. Paul Hype Page offers a team of expert that is able to advise you according to your plan and goal.

FAQs

As a Company Shareholder can I Apply for Employment Pass?2020-07-02T11:27:22+08:00

Can, if you are already a company shareholder.

Can Dependent Pass Holder Start A Business In Singapore2020-07-02T11:26:50+08:00

As a DP holder, you can own a Private Limited Company (Pte Ltd) in Singapore. There are several advantages choosing to incorporate a Private Limited Company. A Pte Ltd enjoys more favorable tax rates, legal protection and easier access to capital. The downside of a Private Limited Company is they come with high compliance and operation costs.

Long-term Visit Pass+2020-07-02T10:46:03+08:00

This is a new scheme (LTVP+) was recently introduced by the country’s Immigrations and Checkpoints Authority.

LTVP+ allows foreign spouses of Singapore nationals to stay a longer period and also to benefit from the healthcare services and employment opportunities (with LOC) in the country.

The Definition of Long-term Visit Pass2020-07-02T10:45:44+08:00

This is an official document issued by the Ministry of Manpower to the immediate family including step-child or a child with a disability of a valid E pass or S pass holder. This permit is meant for those individuals who wish to relocate their family members to Singapore. However, for this pass to be issued, you must meet certain conditions:

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If you meet all the above requirements, you can secure a Long Term Visit Pass for the following members of your family:

  • Common-law spouse
  • Children with disability who are not married and are above the age of 21 years
  • Single step-children if any and they must be under the age of 21 years
  • Your parents, if you earn a fixed minimum monthly income of $12,000 (as of 1 January 2018)
Eligibility for the Letter of Consent (LOC)2020-07-02T10:45:22+08:00

For you to qualify for LOC you must meet the following conditions:

  • You must hold a valid Dependant Pass valid for a minimum of three months
  • You must have a job offer by an employer in Singapore
  • You must be an immediate family member of an EP holder.

It is imperative to point out that your employment as an LOC holder depends on the employment status of your spouse. This means that if your marriage partner gets laid off or is relocated from Singapore, you will also lose your LOC status. However, if your employer can directly secure an EP for you, meaning that you will not depend on the status of the Employment Pass of your spouse, you will not lose your right to work in Singapore.

The requirements for an E pass are strict; through background checks will be done to ascertain your educational, professional and criminal backgrounds. This is done to ensure that your application meets all the laid down requirements and procedures. The processing time for a letter of consent takes approximately one week.

With a Letter of Consent, you can now work in Singapore.

(Note that LOC can not be a director of the company or own the company).

Should you decide to be your own boss, we will encourage you to setup your company and work with employment pass 

What is a Letter of Consent? – To work in Singapore2020-07-02T10:44:55+08:00

You can apply for a Letter of Consent to work in Singapore if you are an eligible Dependant’s Pass holder, or an LTVP/LTVP+ holder who is the spouse or unmarried child of a Singaporean or permanent resident.
This is an official document (LOC) given by the Ministry of Manpower (MOM) to permit qualified Dependant Pass, Long Term Visit Pass (LTVP) or Long-Term Visit Pass Plus (LTVP+) holders to look for employment.

However, if you want to start a business, you should apply for Employment Pass instead.

What is a Dependant Pass?2020-07-02T10:44:01+08:00

Dependant Pass (DP) is a permit that allows spouses and kids of individuals who possess an Employment Pass or SPass to join them in Singapore. Legally married partners and children who are under the age of 21 are allowed to apply for this permit. However, holders of the employment pass must be earning a minimum of S$6,000 per month (as of 1 January 2018) for them to bring their dependents into this country.

NOTE: If a member of your immediate family (spouse and children) is a holder of the Singapore S Pass, he or she will not qualify for a Dependant Permit (DP).

An individual with a DP is eligible for employment in any organization or industry in Singapore. The marriage partner of an individual with employment pass (EP) can get a Letter of Consent to work in Singapore.

Before you can be issued with a Dependant Pass, you must meet certain criteria:

eligibility-for-singapore-dependent-pass-application

As a Company Shareholder can I Apply for Employment Pass?2020-06-22T14:49:13+08:00

Can, if you are already a company shareholder.

Can Dependent Pass Holder Start A Business In Singapore2020-06-22T14:48:45+08:00

As a DP holder, you can own a Private Limited Company (Pte Ltd) in Singapore. There are several advantages choosing to incorporate a Private Limited Company. A Pte Ltd enjoys more favorable tax rates, legal protection and easier access to capital. The downside of a Private Limited Company is they come with high compliance and operation costs.

What is a Dependant Pass?2020-06-22T14:47:11+08:00

Dependant Pass (DP) is a permit that allows spouses and kids of individuals who possess an Employment Pass or SPass to join them in Singapore. Legally married partners and children who are under the age of 21 are allowed to apply for this permit. However, holders of the employment pass must be earning a minimum of S$6,000 per month (as of 1 January 2018) for them to bring their dependents into this country.

NOTE: If a member of your immediate family (spouse and children) is a holder of the Singapore S Pass, he or she will not qualify for a Dependant Permit (DP).

An individual with a DP is eligible for employment in any organization or industry in Singapore. The marriage partner of an individual with employment pass (EP) can get a Letter of Consent to work in Singapore.

Before you can be issued with a Dependant Pass, you must meet certain criteria:

eligibility-for-singapore-dependent-pass-application

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