The Minister of Manpower, Mrs Josephine Teo had on 3 March 2021, announced, amongst other things, that the Ministry of Manpower of Singapore (“MOM”) will be regularising work arrangements for Dependant’s Pass (“DP”) holders working in Singapore.
Currently, dependants of Employment Pass holders, EntrePass holders and Personalised Employment Pass holders would need to apply for a Letter of Consent (“LOC”) if they intend to work in Singapore.
From 1 May 2021, all DP holders who wish to work in Singapore would be required to apply for a relevant work pass (i.e. Employment Pass, S Pass or Work Permit).
Existing DP holders with valid LOCs will be allowed to continue working for their existing employer until the expiry of their LOCs. Thereafter, their employers will need to apply for a relevant work pass for them to continue working in Singapore after their LOCs expire. Please note that they will be subject to the requirements of the relevant work passes (set out below).
Eligibility for Employment Pass
Applicants who wish to apply for an Employment Pass must:
Eligibility for S Pass
Applicants who wish to apply for an S Pass must:
Work permits are subject to sector-specific rules. The eligibility criteria for work permits can be found here.
DP holders who are business owners
DP holders who are currently business owners will be eligible to continue running their business on an LOC provided that their business meets the following criteria:
DP holders who currently do not meet the above criteria may continue to run their business under their current LOC until its expiry or apply for a one-off extension of their LOC until 30 April 2022 when next renewing their DP.
Thereafter, such DP holders will need to meet the above criteria in order to renew their LOC. Otherwise, they would need to obtain a relevant work pass to continue working in Singapore.
Further details will be released by the MOM on 1 May 2021. Further details on the above can be found here.