From 1st January 2018 onwards, Employment Pass (EP) and S Pass holders need to earn a fixed monthly salary of at least $6,000 to be eligible to apply for Dependent Passes (DP) for their legally married spouse and unmarried children under the age of 21 years old. This is a 20% increase from the current qualifying salary of $5,000.
The qualifying salary to apply for the Long Term Visit Pass (LTVP) for parents will similarly be adjusted upwards by 20% from the current $10,000 to $12,000.
The above changes will apply to new DP or LTVP applications made on or after 1st January 2018. Renewal applications made on or after 1st January 2018 will not be affected as the salary criteria remains unchanged.
However, if the pass holder is changing their employer, they will need to meet the revised salary criteria to retain their dependant privileges.
It should be noted that dependants will typically need to present the Employment Pass that they are attached to, in order to access certain services in Singapore. As an example, Dependant Pass holders cannot get the following services on their own accord: a mobile phone contract, an internet provider or a TV provider.
Both EP and DP are granted by the Ministry of Manpower for periods ranging from 1 to 3 years and are renewable upon expiry.