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SINGAPORE – Changes to Dependent Privileges for Work Pass Holders

The Singapore government has announced that, from 1 September 2012, a significantly higher minimum salary level will be required for S Pass and Employment Pass holders to qualify to bring dependents in to Singapore. Additionally, the list of family members who qualify as dependents will be changed for P1 and P2 Pass holders. The government has specifically stated that this is a measure taken to moderate the growth of the non-resident population of Singapore.

Minimum Salary Level To Sponsor Dependents

From 1 September 2012, S Pass and Employment Pass (EP) holders will need to earn a fixed monthly salary of at least SGD$4,000/month to sponsor the stay of their spouses and children. Previously, the minimum level was SGF$2800/month.

Qualifying Dependents for P1 and P2 Pass Holders

P1 Pass holders will no longer be able to bring in their parents-in-law. They may still bring in their parents, spouses and children.

P2 Pass holders will no longer be able to bring in their parents or parents-in-law. They may still bring in their spouses and children.

Existing Family Members in Singapore

The minimum salary changes will only apply to all dependants of Employment Pass (EP) and S Pass holders who arrive in Singapore after 1 September 2012.

Applications for dependents of EP and S Pass holders who are already in Singapore or will be arriving before 1 September will not be affected by the new rules.

Renewals of stay for dependents of existing EP or S pass holders will also be granted in accordance with the previous minimum salary requirement, as long as the pass holder remains with the same employer.

However, it is important to note that if the main applicant moves to a new employer, he/she will need to meet the new minimum salary requirements in order to continue to sponsor his/her dependents’ stay in Singapore, since the new pass application would be considered a new application rather than a renewal application.

Work Privileges

Work privileges for dependent pass holders remain unchanged. Dependent Pass holders who are dependents of Employment Pass holders can continue to apply for Letters of Consent in order to take up employment in Singapore. Dependents of S Pass holders or dependents in Singapore with Long Term Visitor Passes (LTVP) (as opposed to Dependent Passes) may continue to apply for work passes.

Action Items

  • Note the new minimum salary levels in order for EP or S Pass holders to qualify to bring dependents to Singapore, and ensure that your assignees meet these requirements, or that applications for new employees/assignees where salary levels are not met are submitted prior to 1 September 2012.

This alert was prepared using information provided by www.ncompassmobility.com and verified with the Ministry of Manpower in Singapore

DISCLAIMER: The information contained in this immigration alert has been abridged from laws, court decisions, and administrative rulings and should not be construed or relied upon as legal advice. If you have specific questions regarding the applicability of this information, please contact Peregrine © 2017 Peregrine Immigration Management Ltd.