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Written Answer by Mrs Josephine Teo Minister of Manpower to Parliamentary Question on whether the Ministry will review the eligibility criteria of dependant's passes for children by considering the combined household income if both parents are working on employment or S-passes

NOTICE PAPER NO. 1622 OF 2019 FOR THE SITTING ON OR AFTER 1 APRIL 2019

QUESTION NO. 2748 FOR ORAL ANSWER

NMP: Mr Ong Teng Koon

To ask the Minister for Manpower whether the Ministry will review the eligibility criteria of dependant's passes for children by considering the combined household income if both parents are working on employment or S-passes.

Answer

  1. Singapore is not in a position to support all employment pass or S-pass holders who wish to have their dependants with them here.  Another important consideration is the sponsor’s ability to afford the family’s cost of living in Singapore.  As there is no assurance that both parents will have continued employment in Singapore, the fixed monthly salary of the main pass holder is a more stable indicator for assessing the eligibility of the child to be granted a dependant’s pass.  We have no plans to review this approach.