Requirements for a Dependant Pass in Singapore
A dependant’s pass in Singapore is a pass issued to spouses and children of people who are holding an employment pass or an S pass. An employment pass is issued to foreign professionals, executive managers who must earn at least $ 3,300 every month and have the required qualifications for this category. The S pass on the other hand is reserved for mid-level skilled staff who must earn at least $2,200 in a month meet the assessment criteria put in place for this position.
The dependant pass Singapore is open to spouses and unmarried children to people who are eligible for either an employment pass of an S pass based on the requirements put in place by the Ministry of Manpower in Singapore. In the case of the children, the visa is open to all children, including legally adopted children as long as they are unmarried and below the age of 21.
A fiancee cannot apply for a dependant, but is eligible for Long-Term Social Visit pass (LTSVP) as long as the fiancee in question has fulfilled certain conditions. Parents and children who do not qualify for the dependants pass may also apply for an LTSVP.
When to apply for a dependant’s pass?
One can apply for the dependant pass along with work pass application or at any time after the work permit has been approved. In most cases, if the relevant documents are available, the dependant pass is issued without any hitch and within the shortest duration possible. The dependant pass is tied to the work pass and it expires on the date the corresponding work pass expires.
Work on a dependant’s visa
If you are on a dependant pass and have secured a job, your prospective employer is required to apply for a letter of consent before you can start working. The application approval is at the discretion of the Ministry of Manpower and it may be approved or rejected. If approved, the letter is sent to your prospective employer, in most cases after 4-6 weeks, and you can start working immediately.
There are no minimum salary requirements when it comes to working on a dependant’s pass. You however have to renew the letter of consent every time you renew your dependant’s pass. Your employer is also required, to alert the ministry of manpower if you are no longer working with the company.
Even on a dependant pass, you are eligible to pay the applicable personal tax rates for as long as you are working in Singapore.