Questions?

We're happy to answer your questions, over the phone (+44 20 7993 6860), in person, or by email.

Please use the form below and we'll get back to you within 24 hours.

(Just so we know you're a real person)

SINGAPORE – Higher Salary Criteria for Work Pass Holders Sponsoring Dependents

With effect from 1 September 2015, the Ministry of Manpower in Singapore has increased the qualifying salary criteria for work pass holders to sponsor dependents.

What is the Change?

  • From 1 September, S Pass and Employment Pass (EP) holders need to earn a fixed monthly salary of at least SGD$5000 to sponsor dependent family members. Currently this threshold is SGD$4000 per month.
  • On or above this threshold, S Pass and EP holders can sponsor their spouse or child of 20 years or younger on a Dependant Pass (DP), or sponsor their unmarried partner, step child of 20 years or younger, or dependent child of 21 years or older on a Long Term Visit Pass (LTVP)
  • Also from 1 September, S Pass and EP holders need to earn a fixed monthly salary of at least SGD$10,000 to sponsor their parents on LTVPs. Currently, this threshold is SGD$8000 per month.

Who is Affected?

  • The changes will only apply to new DP and LTVP applications sponsored by EP or S Pass holders, made on or after 1 September 2015.
  • DPs and LTVPs issued or approved before 1 September 2015 will remain valid as long as the main work pass holder has a valid EP/S Pass.
  • DP and LTVP holders renewing their passes on or after 1 September 2015 will not be affected, so long as the sponsor holds a valid work pass with the same employer.
  • However, if the main work pass holder changes their employer after 1 September, they will have to apply for a new work pass, and new DPs or LTVPs under the new salary criteria.
  • These changes will not apply to dependents of EntrePass and Personalised Employment Pass holders.

Action Items

  • Employers in Singapore planning to sponsor foreign nationals for work passes on or after 1 September 2015 should take into account the upcoming changes to qualifying salary thresholds for dependent privileges.

This alert was prepared using information obtained from the Ministry of Manpower in Singapore and Kinetica PTE Ltd.

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.