Foreigners holding an Employment Pass (EP), S Pass, Personalized Employment Pass (PEP), or Entrepreneur Pass (Entre Pass) can bring their legally married spouse and unmarried children under the age of 21 to live in Singapore using the Dependant Pass.
What about Other Family Members?
This is where the Long-Term Visit Pass (LTVP) becomes useful. With the LTVP in Singapore, foreign workers with valid work passes can bring in additional family members to stay in the country for extended periods.
Singapore citizens and Permanent Residents (PR) can also sponsor the LTVP for their family members. Keep reading to learn about the benefits of the LTVP Plus (LTVP+) scheme.
If you’re considering applying for a long-term visit pass in Singapore, this article will provide information on who is eligible, the application process, and important details about LTVP renewal.
There are two types of long-term visit passes available in Singapore:
- LTVP issued by the Ministry of Manpower (MOM) for foreigners holding a work pass.
- LTVP issued by the Immigration & Checkpoints Authority (ICA) for Singapore citizens and Permanent Residents (PR).
LTVP Issued by the Ministry of Manpower (MOM) Foreigners with a valid work pass (EP, S Pass, PEP, or Entre Pass) can apply for the Singapore long-term visit pass to allow their common-law spouse, stepchild, or disabled child to stay in Singapore for an extended period.
To be eligible for the long-term visit pass for family members, foreigners must meet the following criteria:
- Hold an EP, S Pass, PEP, or Entre Pass.
- Have a fixed monthly salary of at least S$6,000. For those sponsoring their parents, the minimum salary requirement is S$12,000 per month.
- Be sponsored by a registered company based in Singapore (usually the employer).
It’s important to note that foreigners with work passes need their employer or appointed employment agent (EA) to assist with the LTVP application. Individuals cannot apply for the long-term visit pass themselves.
Family members who can be LTVP holders for foreigners include:
- Common-law spouse
- Unmarried disabled children above 21 years old
- Unmarried stepchildren under 21 years old
- Parents (only applicable if the foreigner earns a monthly salary of at least SGD12,000)
The LTVP allows common-law spouses, stepchildren, or disabled children to stay in Singapore for more than 30 days. Typically, the LTVP is valid for two years, but in some cases, it can be extended to 3 or 5 years. The ICA evaluates applications on a case-by-case basis.
LTVP Issued by the Immigration & Checkpoints Authority (ICA) Singapore citizens or Permanent Residents (PR) have an easier process for sponsoring the LTVP for their family members. They can apply for the LTVP directly, without involving their employer or appointed EA. There is no minimum monthly salary requirement when sponsoring LTVP for their parents.
A Singapore citizen or PR can apply for the LTVP for the following family members:
- Legal foreign spouse
- Unmarried foreign child (or legally adopted) under the age of 21
- Parents (if the Singapore Citizen or PR is above 21 years old)
In addition, a Singapore Citizen or PR who is a mother or grandmother can sponsor the LTVP for their child or grandchild studying in Singapore on a Student’s Pass. This scheme is known as “Long-Term Visit Pass for Accompany Mothers/Grandmothers for Student Pass Holders.”
LTVP holders are not permitted to work unless they obtain a valid work visa. If an LTVP holder wishes to work in Singapore, they must first secure a job and then request their employer to apply for a Letter of Consent (LOC).