Letter of Consent (LOC) allows eligible Dependant’s Pass or Long Term Visit Pass (LTVP) holders to work in Singapore if they find a job here. There is no quota requirements or levy imposed on the employer and there is no qualifying criteria for the candidates. Therefore, in an increasingly tight labour market, many employers do consider foreign candidates who are eligible to obtain a letter of consent favourably in the job application. The main disadvantage of this pass type is that it is tied to the validity of the Dependent Pass which in turn is dependent on the status of the employment pass holders. This is less predictability for the employers for hiring such candidates as the working relationship may just cease anytime.
To be eligible for a Letter of Consent, you need to be one of the following:
- An LTVP or LTVP holder who is married to a Singaporean or permanent resident.
- A Dependant’s Pass holder who is a dependant of an Employment Pass, EntrePass or Personalised Employment Pass (PEP) holder.
The LTVP/LTVP or Dependant’s Pass has to be valid for at least 3 months, and you must have a job offer with a Singapore employer.
The employer or appointed employment agent can apply for the Letter of Consent. Dependent Pass holders can only begin working after the employer has received the LOC.
Duration of Pass
The duration granted for the pass is based on the earlier of these:
- What the employer indicated in the LOC application.
- The expiry date of the LTVP/LTVP or Dependant’s Pass.
The LOC stops being valid when:
- The LTVP/LTVP or Dependant’s Pass or Employment Pass is cancelled or expires.
- You are no longer employed by the company (the employer still needs to cancel the LOC).
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