What is the best time to apply for Dependant’s Pass for family members?
You can apply for family’s Dependant’s Pass (DP) at the time of applying
for your work pass or after its approval. The following guidelines
- If you apply for Dependant’s Passes for your family members together
with your own work pass, they will be processed simultaneously. This
approach is faster, but please be mindful that if your work pass is not
successful for any reason, you would have incurred the unnecessary
expenses in applying for the Dependant’s Passes.
- The alternative approach is to apply for the Dependant’s Passes
after your work pass application is successful. This will mean that your
family members will have to wait few more weeks before they can collect
their Dependant’s Passes.
Who is eligible to apply for Dependant’s Pass?
The DP visa is available for spouse and unmarried children below 21 years
age (including legally adopted) of work pass holders (i.e. Employment
Pass, EntrePass, PEP, or S pass holders who are earning at least $4,000 a
Whilst the DP visa is not available to the Fiancée of a work pass
holder, the Fiancée is usually eligible to apply for a Long-Term Social
Visit Pass (LTSVP) subject to certain conditions.
- You can apply for Dependant’s Pass along with the work pass application or at any point of time after the work pass approval.
- If all documents are in order, the DP will most likely be approved.
- Parents and children who are not eligible for the Dependant’s Pass may be eligible to apply for Long-Term Social Visit Pass.
- A Dependant’s Pass is tied to a work pass and it’s expiry date is the same as the expiry date of the corresponding work pass.
Can children on Dependant’s Pass attend local public school in Singapore?
Yes, a child on a Dependant’s Pass can enroll into a local Singapore school.
However, admission is subject to availability of vacancy in the local
school. As a result, it’s usually not easy for DP holders to get
enrolled into the top local schools
Can the spouse on a Dependant’s Pass work in Singapore?
If you are on a Dependant’s Pass (DP) and you have secured a job in
Singapore, your prospective employer will need to apply for a Letter of
Consent (LOC). There are no minimum salary requirements, but do note
that the approval is subject to the discretion of the authorities.
You can only start work after the employer has received the LOC from
the Ministry of Manpower (MOM). The processing of the application can
take 4-6 weeks. The outcome of the application will be mailed to the
The LOC must be renewed when the DP is being renewed. MOM will send
the LOC renewal form employer approximately three months before the pass
expires. The completed form should be submitted at least four weeks
before the LOC expires.
As long as you are working in Singapore, you will be liable to pay
personal taxes as per the applicable personal tax rates in Singapore.
Your LOC is cancelled when your DP is cancelled, or when you are no
longer employed by the company. Upon termination, your employer is
required to notify MOM that you are no longer working for the company.
There is no effect on your DP.
Alternatively, you can file for an Employment Pass and, if approved,
thereby converting your DP into an EP. When applying for EP, your
application will be evaluated as per the requirements of the EP. If your
EP is not approved, you will continue to hold your DP.
For how long is the Dependant’s Pass valid?
The expiry of Dependant’s Pass is pegged to the sponsoring Employment Pass.