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There are several ways in which a spouse of a Singapore EP holder can work in Singapore.
1) Letter of Consent (LOC)
Dependant’s Pass (DP) holders used to be able to work for most companies with a Letter of Consent (LOC). That is now not the case.
In order to be granted an LOC to work for a company, DP holders must have a significant ownership stake in the company they wish to work for.
Please see the LOC section below for details about this option and contact us for more advice.
2) Work Permit (WP)
Another way DP holders can work in Singapore is to apply for a Work Permit (WP).
In this case, the DP holder must first find a job with a company which has quota to hire Work Permit candidates.
While we cannot source a role with a company with quota, we can apply for you once you have found one.
For more information, please refer to the WP section below.
3) Employment Pass (EP) or S Pass
DP holders are, like anyone, able to apply for an EP or S Pass for jobs with companies who qualify for these passes.
Again, we cannot source the job for you, but we can evaluate your options from the work passes available and apply for you and the company.
For Letters of Consent (LOCs)
We are the experts.
Work Permit frequently-asked questions
What is a work permit (WP)?
A work permit (WP) is a visa which allows a Dependant’s Pass (DP) holder to work in Singapore.
Think of it as the new LOC for employees on a DP.
What are the WP eligibility requirements for a DP?
To be eligible to apply for an WP, you need to:
- Have a minimum of 3 months before expiry of your valid Dependant’s Pass (DP)
- Have a sponsoring Singapore business which has satisfied the quota conditions to hire a foreigner on a Work Permit (WP).
What are the conditions for a sponsoring business to hire a WP?
Work Permit allocated to firms are governed by quotas and conditions according to their sector. Relevant qualifying salaries and levies also apply.
As DPs are dependants of valid pass holders, they will not, however, be subject to:
- Source requirements
- Six-monthly medical examinations
- Security bonds, or
- Pregnancy restrictions
What is the duration of an WP?
Dependant’s Pass holders who get a Work Permit will have the Work Permit’s validity period tied to that of the Dependant’s Pass.
What is the difference between an LOC and a WP for a Dependant’s Pass holder?
- The hiring company must have local quota for a WP and be paying into the employee’s CPF for a minimum of 3 months.
- The hiring company must pay a levy. The levy will depend on qualifications as well as current S Passes & WPs in the company.
- Company must take out health insurance of a minimum of $15,000 per year for hospitalisation and surgical expenses – even if the applicant already has insurance under the spouse. In this case, an additional policy must be taken out under the company her WP is under after approval has been granted.
For Work Permits (WPs) for DP holders
We are the experts.
- Letter of Consent (LOC) Application
- There are no application or issuance fees for LOCs, currently
- Total cost: $595
- Work Permit (WP) application for Dependant’s Pass (DP) holder
- $35 MoM Application fee
- $35 MoM Issuance fee
- Total cost: $665
For that price we:
Advise on the best approach for obtaining the correct visa for your circumstances
Make sure you have all the right documentation
Fill out all of the application forms.
Do all of the back-and-forths with the Ministry of Manpower (no more waiting on the phone!).
Ensure that your LOC or WP is issued correctly and you understand all the benefits and constraints.
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