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The Ministry of Manpower (MOM) will introduce a higher qualifying salary criteria for the sponsorship of work pass holders’ family members. The new dependent privilege framework comes into effect from January 1, 2018. 

The new criteria are as follows:

  • S Pass and Employment Pass (EP) holders must earn a minimum fixed monthly salary of at least SGD 6,000 in order to sponsor their spouses and children on a Dependent Pass (DP).

  • EP holders must earn a minimum fixed monthly salary of at least SGD 12,000 in order to sponsor their parents on a Long Term Visit Pass (LTVP).

DP applications for spouse/children and LTVP applications for parents submitted to MOM before  January 1, 2018 will be assessed based on the existing dependent privilege framework. For comparisons between the existing dependent privilege framework and the new framework, see below: 

 

Dependent Pass for a legally married spouse, unmarried children under 21 years old, including legally adopted children

Work pass type: EP holder

Existing framework’s minimum qualifying salary: SGD 5,000

New framework’s minimum qualifying salary: SGD 6,000

 

Long Term Visit Pass for common law spouse, unmarried handicapped children above 21 years old and unmarried step-children under 21 years old

Work pass type: EP holder and S Pass holder

Existing framework’s minimum qualifying salary: SGD 5,000

New framework’s minimum qualifying salary: SGD 6,000

 

Long Term Visit Pass for parents

Work pass type: EP holder

Existing framework’s minimum qualifying salary: SGD 10,000

New framework’s minimum qualifying salary: SGD 12,000

 

Questions and answers

Q1. How will the changes to the dependent privileges affect existing dependents of EP and S Pass holders?

A: Existing family members presently in Singapore issued with a valid DP or LTVP will not be affected by the new dependent privileges framework. Renewal of DPs/LTVPs that have been approved or issued before January 1, 2018 will be assessed on the existing dependent privilege framework as long as the main pass holder holds a valid work pass and remains with the same employer.

 

Q2. How will existing EP and S Pass holders with dependents in Singapore be affected if they change employers after January 1, 2018?

A: Existing EP and S Pass holders who change employers and obtain a new work pass after January 1, 2018 will be subjected to the new eligibility criteria and will be considered as a new application by MOM when they apply for DPs or LTVPs.

 

Key considerations

Work pass holders must be aware of the qualifying salary criteria prior to submission of the DP applications for family members. Failure to meet the salary criteria will result in a rejection of the application as MOM does not make any exception to the requirement. Nonetheless, meeting the salary criteria doesn’t necessarily result in approval, as each application is assessed on a case–by-case basis and relevant supporting documents (i.e. marriage/birth certificate) must be provided to MOM accordingly to ascertain the relationship between the work pass holder and individual family member.

 

Disclaimer/Contact

For further information, please contact Mahadir Khan, Immigration Manager, Singapore, or Debra Beynon, Regional Immigration Manager, APAC.

Source: This update was prepared using information from the MOM website.

 

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