Singapore has strict rules when it comes to foreign professionals who would like to live and work in the country. A dependent pass is also a prerequisite for a worker to travel, work, and live in the country without having to obtain an addition entry visa when he goes out.
Issued by the Ministry of Manpower, the permit is normally valid from 1-2 years depending on the applicant’s qualifications and a few other criterias like the working permit. Moreover, it can be renewed before the pass expires and people with an EP find it easy to apply for a Permanent Resident status because it can be considered as a qualifying point.
General Guidelines to Qualify for an Employment Pass
Because foreign workers in Singapore are wholly respected in terms of background, status, and eligibility the government mandates that they meet a certain criteria to make traveling in and out of the country much easier. This great advantage also extends to his immediate family.
Qualification for a Singaporean Dependent Pass requires an applicant to have at least a minimum salary of SGD5,000 per month which is applicable to those who has a working visa or Employment Pass in Singapore. Recently, the Ministry of Employment released a revision to the qualification and applicants need to have at least SGD6,000 to obtain a Dependent Pass starting Jan 2018.
Work visa for EP holders whose spouse and children, who would like to live in Singapore is a great opportunity to have access to quality education, lifestyle perks, and other conveniences in the country.
Renewing a Dependent Pass is an Easy Step
Renewing a DP usually falls under the jurisdiction of the employer. They can renew a workers permit 6 months before the permit lapses. This is the standard protocol given by the Ministry of Manpower to give them the much needed time to process and re-evaluate qualifications.
Sponsorship and EntrePass permit holders are required to renew their DP when they receive the renewal forms through the postal service. This should be done 3 months before the permit expires. The Ministry of Manpower has to get hold of your renewal application 2 months in advance.
For faster processing, DP can be renewed through the MOM website which sometimes takes less than 3 weeks to process. Renewing by post can be much longer with a timetable of at least 8 weeks to complete.
Important Pointers You Need to Know When Applying for a Renewal
Because the Ministry of Manpower requires a DP holder to renew his permit months before it expires, the penalties for missing the deadline can have serious consequences. When this happens, you need to apply for a new pass and the renewal may not be guaranteed.
Your application will be decided based on the prevailing criteria as stated and processing takes for a number of weeks. It is also important to understand that the renewed permit will not take effect until the current DP has expired. So this means that the initial pass will still be valid even when you have received a new DP by post.
Early processing is just to provide you with continuity of the privilege to traveling to and from the country without being prohibited by the Immigration Department.