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Singapore Dependant's Pass Scheme

Moving to Singapore with a family member that works there? You’ll need a Dependant’s Pass (DP). Here’s how you can apply for one.

What is a Dependant’s Pass?

A Singapore Dependant’s Pass (DP) is a relocation visa issued to select family members of foreign employees holding valid Singapore work visas (Employment Pass, S Pass, PEP or EntrePass).

Dependant’s Passes are valid as long as the holder of the main Singapore work visa is actively working in Singapore. DP pass holders can live, enter and leave Singapore freely without having to apply for separate Singapore entry visas. 

Who is eligible for a Dependant’s Pass?

Spouses and unmarried children below 21 years old (both birth and legally adopted children) of valid Singapore work visa holders earning at least S$5,000 a month can apply for a Dependant’s Pass. From 1 January 2018, work pass holders will need to meet a minimum salary criteria of $6,000 to qualify for a Dependant’s Pass.

If the baby of a Singapore work visa holder is born in Singapore, the parent needs to report the birth to the Singapore Immigration and Checkpoints Authority (ICA) with a letter issued by the hospital. ICA will issue a short-term visit pass for the baby, valid for 42 days, which gives the parent time to submit a Dependant’s Pass application for the baby. Fiancées of Singapore work visa holders are not eligible for a Dependant’s Pass. However, subject to certain conditions, they are usually eligible for a Long-Term Social Visit Pass (LTSVP).

What documents do I need to apply for a Dependant’s Pass?

  • A completed Dependant’s Pass application form
  • A copy of the personal particulars page of you/your child’s passport
  • A copy of official marriage, birth or adoption certificates as proof of relationship
  • A recent passport-sized photo of you/your child
  • Educational details, if any
  • School enrollment details in an educational institute in Singapore, if any
  • Salary details for the most recent employment held, if any

Do note that application forms for children under 16 should be signed by the parent on behalf of the child. Relevant certificates that are not in English must be translated by a certified translator and submitted along with the original certificate copy.

Can the spouse on a Dependant’s Pass work in Singapore? Find out here Dependant’s Pass FAQ page

How do I apply for a Dependant’s Pass, and how long does the process take?

Dependant’s Pass applications can be submitted either together with the application of the Singapore work visa holder - or separately at a later time. DP applications must be sponsored by the employer of the Singapore work visa holder and filed separately for each eligible family member. 

DP applications are usually processed between 3-5 weeks. If the DP application was submitted together with the Singapore work visa application, the outcome will be most likely known at the same time.

How do I know if my Dependant’s Pass has been approved, and how do I collect it? 

When your Dependant’s Pass application is approved, an In-Principle-Approval (IPA) letter will be issued by Singapore’s Ministry of Manpower (MOM). The DP applicant must be in Singapore in order to collect the pass. 

You will need to present the following documents when you collect your Dependant’s Pass:
  • The IPA letter you received
  • Your/your child’s passport
  • Any other documents requested in the IPA letter such as medical test reports, embarkation/disembarkation cards, etc.

How do I renew my Dependant’s Pass?

When the work pass of the Singapore work visa holder is due for renewal, MOM will send Dependant’s Pass renewal forms to the his/her employer, where they can be renewed simultaneously.

I’m a Dependant’s Pass holder. Can I study or work in Singapore? 

If your Singapore work visa holder possesses an Employment Pass, PEP or EntrePass, you can work in Singapore. To do so, your potential employer needs to apply for a Letter of Consent (LOC) from MOM by completing the LOC application form. LOCs are usually processed within a week. 

Your LOC will expire at the same time as your Dependant’s Pass. Therefore, you should renew the LOC whenever your DP is renewed and issued.

A child on a Dependant’s Pass can freely enroll in local or international K-12 schools in Singapore. However, DP holders pursuing higher education in Singapore are required to apply for a student visa.

Can Dependant’s Pass holders apply for permanent residence?

Yes, Dependant’s Pass Holders can apply for permanent residence (PR) in Singapore together with the Singapore work visa holder. If the Singapore work visa holder’s PR application is approved, the PR application of the DP holder will be approved as well.

For more information about the Dependant’s Pass scheme, please visit our Dependant’s Pass FAQ page and the Ministry of Manpower website.

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