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 Type||Employment Pass||S Pass||Work Permit (WP)|
|Who is it for?||Foreign professionals, managers, and executives to work in Singapore registered Company||Mid-skilled foreign employees||Semi-skilled foreign workers from approved source countries|
|Who can apply?||Employer or appointed agent||Employer or appointed agent||Employer or appointed agent|
|Duration of the pass?||1 to 3 years||Up to 2 years||Up to 2 years, depending on validity of passport, security bond and employment period|
|Salary range?||SGD$ 4,500 above||SGD$ 2,500||No minimum salary|
|Can bring in family members?||Yes||Yes||No|
|Foreign worker levy or quota?||None||Yes, employers are subject to quota and levy||Employers are limited by quota for their industry and must pay monthly levy for each worker|
|Medical insurance||None||Yes, employers must provide medical insurance||Yes, employers must provide medical insurance|
Dependant Pass holder who is a business owner:
The Ministry of Manpower (MOM) has specific conditions for LOC – DP holder to oblige if they wish to continue running their business without applying for Employment Pass (EP). The two conditions are:
A sole proprietor/partner/one of the Director of an ACRA registered Company with at least 30% of shares within the Company
The Company has at least one local Singapore or PR employee earning at least SGD$ 1,400 with CPF contribution for the recent 3 months
Steps to apply Letter of Consent for DP holders:
Employer or appointed third party agent is able to submit an online request to apply the Letter of Consent (LOC) on behalf of the dependant pass (DP) holder. This submission is for both new application as well as renewal application.
Once application is made, MOM will need at least 1 week to assess the application made before an outcome is furnished via email to requester.
If the online request is approved by MOM, the requester is now allowed to proceed with putting in a new LOC application / renewal LOC application via EP Online.
Once application is submitted via EP Online, MOM will need another 1 to 3 weeks to assess the application made.
Once approved, the requester may retrieve the LOC confirmation letter via EP Online and the candidate can start working immediately after that.
Apply To Be an Agent of Paul Hype Page as a Dependent Pass Holder
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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:
|Pass Type||Employment Pass||EntrePass||Personalised Employment Pass|
|Who is it for?||Foreign professionals, managers, and executives to work in Singapore registered Company||Foreign entrepreneurs to start and operate business that is venture-backed or possesses innovative technologies||High-earning EP holders or overseas foreign professionals that is not tied to an employer|
|Who can apply?||Employer or appointed agent||Candidate may apply directly||Candidate may apply directly|
|Duration of the pass?||1 to 3 years||1 to 2 years||Only up to 3 years|
|Salary range?||SGD$ 4,500 above||No specific salary requirement||SGD$ 18,000 above|
|Can bring in family members?||Yes||Yes||Yes|
|Foreign worker levy or quota?||None||None||None|
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 your||Your total annual business spending must be at least||You must employ at least|
|Spouse (common-law or legally married)|
(full-time employees, formerly known as FTE)OR1 local PME (professional, manager or executive)
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.
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).
Why should I obtain an Employment Pass when I have a Letter of Consent (LOC)?
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.
For them to renew their LOC, they are still required to submit an online application via the MOM official website. Once MOM has assessed the application, ensuring they comply with the two conditions stated for them to be eligible to continue holding LOC. Once MOM approved the online application made, can the LOC holder put in renewal application via EP Online.
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.
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.