Can Dependent Pass Holder Start A Business In Singapore
What is a Dependant Pass?
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:
What is a Letter of Consent? - To work in Singapore
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.
Eligibility for the Letter of Consent (LOC)
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
The Definition of Long-term Visit Pass
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:
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)
Long-term Visit Pass+
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.