Effective May 1, 2021, all Dependent Pass (DP) holders who wish
to be employed during their stay in Singapore will need an
applicable work pass, such as an Employment Pass (EP), S Pass or
Work Permit, instead of a Letter of Consent to Work (LOC).
Existing LOC holders may continue to work until the expiry of
their LOCs. If the existing LOC holders wish to continue working
after the expiry of their LOCs, their employers will need to apply
for an applicable work pass for them. Should the existing LOC
holders and their employers wish to do so, Ministry of Manpower
(MOM) will facilitate their transition to a work pass. However,
please note that the qualifying salary, dependency ratio ceilings,
and/or levies for the respective work passes will apply.
Should the affected employers wish to continue employing their
existing LOC holders after the expiry of their LOCs, they should
start assessing the work pass eligibility of their existing LOC
holders to make sure that the prevailing criteria for the
respective work passes are met.
Affected employers are advised to start the work pass
applications for their existing LOC holders early, so that they can
secure the In-Principle Approval (IPA) in time before the expiry of
the existing LOCs.
As per the current requirements of the Fair Consideration
Frameworks (FCF), S Pass and EP applications that are submitted for
existing LOC holders before the expiry of the LOC is exempted from
job advertising requirements.
LOC or Pre-approved Letter of Consent (PLOC ) of Long-Term Visit
Pass (LTVP) holders who are spouses or children of Singapore
citizens and Singapore PR are not affected.
Employers who may be affected are encouraged to contact an
immigration specialist for general or case-specific advice.
Please note that this is general information only and not
intended as advice on a specific matter. Please feel free to
contact Fakhoury Global Immigration directly with questions
exclusive to your situation. This news alert may have been prepared
using information from Peregrine Immigration Management, which is
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