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Apply for a Dependant's Pass

You can apply for a Dependant's Pass for family members of your eligible Employment Pass or S Pass employees. 

At a glance

Who can apply Employer or appointed employment agent (EA).
How to apply

You can apply online.

For dependants of Employment Pass (sponsorship), Personalised Employment Pass and EntrePass holders, you will need to apply manually.

How much it costs When you submit the application:
  • $60 for each pass
When you issue the pass:
How long it takes If you apply online: within 3 weeks for most cases.
If you apply manually: within 8 weeks for most cases.
Documents required Find out what you’ll need.
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These are the steps for applying:

Step Who does this Result
Submit an application Employer or EA In-principle approval letter or rejection letter
Get the pass issued Employer or EA Notification letter
Register fingerprints and photo (if required) The foreigner Acknowledgement of card delivery
Receive the card Authorised recipients or the foreigner Dependant’s Pass card
Return the old card Employer Use EP Online to confirm MOM received the old card

Note:

  • You can submit the application along with the main pass holder’s work pass application or at a later date. Submit a separate application for each family member.
  • If the foreigner is in Singapore with a visit pass that will expire before the Dependant’s Pass is issued, we won’t be able to extend the visit pass.
  • You should only bring in the foreigner when the pass is approved. They don’t need to be in Singapore when you apply and we won’t be able to extend their visit pass.
  • For babies born in Singapore, the parent will get a Special Pass from the Immigration and Checkpoints Authority (ICA). This pass is valid for 6 weeks, during which you can apply for a Dependant’s Pass.

Submit an applicationShow

You can submit an application using EP Online.

Note: You can only apply manually for dependants of Employment Pass (sponsorship), Personalised Employment Pass and EntrePass holders.

Submit online

Processing time: within 3 weeks. Some cases will take more time.

To submit an application online:

  1. Log in to EP Online to fill out the application and upload the required documents.
  2. Pay the $60 fee for each application. You can pay by GIRO, Visa, MasterCard or eNets Debit.
  3. Check your application status after 3 weeks. It may take longer if additional information is required.
  4. If the pass is approved, log in to EP Online and print the in-principle approval (IPA) letter.

Send the pass holder’s copy of the IPA to the foreigner. It has a pre-approved single-entry visa for the foreigner to enter Singapore.

Submit manually

Processing time: within 8 weeks. Some cases will take more time.

To submit an application manually:

  1. Complete the Dependant’s Pass application form and include the supporting documents mentioned in the form.
    Note: For children under 16, the parent has to sign the application form.
  2. Submit the completed application and the supporting documents over the counter at any SingPost branch.
  3. Pay the $60 fee for each application. You can pay by cash, NETS or CashCard. Keep the payment advice slip given to you as proof of your submission.
  4. Check the application status online 3 weeks after submission.

It takes around 8 weeks to process the application. It may take longer if additional information is required.

If the pass is approved, we’ll post the in-principle approval (IPA) letter to the sponsoring company.

Send the pass holder’s copy of the IPA to the foreigner. It has a pre-approved single-entry visa for the foreigner to enter Singapore.

After you receive the IPA, you have the following period of time to bring the foreigner to Singapore and get the pass issued:

If the foreigner is a It is valid for
Dependant of EP holder 6 months
Dependant of S Pass holder 2 months

Get the pass issuedShow

When: For EP dependants, within 6 months of IPA; for S Pass dependants, within 2 months of IPA

Processing time: Immediate

The foreigner must be in Singapore when you ask for the pass to be issued.

To get the pass issued:

  1. Log in to EP Online to make the request and submit the supporting documents (see what you’ll need).
  2. Pay the fees using GIRO, or eNETS credit or debit:
  3. When the pass is issued, print the notification letter.

The notification letter:

  • Should be given to the foreigner. It allows them to travel in and out of Singapore while waiting for the pass card.
  • States if the foreigner needs to register to have fingerprints and photo taken.

What you’ll need

You will need the following information for issuing the pass:

  • The foreigner’s passport details.
  • Details of the foreigner’s current Short Term Visit Pass or immigration pass.
  • The foreigner’s residential address in Singapore.
  • A local address where we can deliver the card.
  • Contact details of at least one authorised recipient to receive an SMS or email alert with delivery details.

You may also need to submit PDF copies of these documents:

  • Disembarkation/Embarkation card (immigration white card).
  • Completed medical examination form or health declaration form.
  • Completed declaration form attached with the candidate’s in-principle approval letter.

Register fingerprints and photoShow

When: For EP dependants, within 2 weeks; for S Pass dependants, within 1 week

Check the notification letter for whether the foreigner needs to register fingerprints and photo. First-time applicants or those whose last registration was more than 5 years ago will need to register.

For registration, you must make an appointment for the foreigner to visit the relevant MOM centre:

Type of dependant Where to register Timeframe for registration
Dependants of Employment Pass holders Employment Pass Services Centre (EPSC) Within 2 weeks after pass is issued
Dependants of S Pass holders MOM Services Centre - Hall C Within 1 week after pass is issued

They need to bring these documents for the appointment:

  • Original passport.
  • Appointment letter
  • Notification letter
  • Documents listed in the IPA letter and notification letter

Receive the cardShow

When: 4 working days after registration or document verification

We will deliver the card to the given address 4 working days after the foreigner registers and gets documents verified.

If the foreigner does not need to register, we will deliver the card 4 working days after checking the documents.

The authorised recipients will get an SMS or email with the delivery details at least 1 day before the delivery.

If card delivery fails

After two unsuccessful deliveries, you’ll have to collect the card at the relevant MOM centre:

Type of dependant Where to collect
Dependants of Employment Pass holders Employment Pass Services Centre (EPSC)
Dependants of S Pass holders MOM Services Centre - Hall C

The foreigner or an authorised person can collect it 3 working days after the second attempted delivery. They don’t need an appointment.

Bring along these documents for the visit:

Return the old cardShow

If the foreigner holds an existing pass for work or long-term stay in Singapore, you need to return the old card.

For a work pass or long term pass issued by MOM, post it back to the Work Pass Division, Ministry of Manpower, 18 Havelock Road, Singapore 059764. You can use the “card return” function in EP Online to:

  • Check if we have received the card.
  • Tell us why you are unable to return the card.

For a Special Pass or long term pass issued by the Immigration and Checkpoints Authority (ICA), return it to ICA. These include the Long Term Visit Pass and Student Pass.

You don’t need to return a Disembarkation/Embarkation card (immigration white card) to ICA.

Last Updated: 11 March 2017