Written Answer by Minister for Manpower Mr Tan See Leng to Oral PQ on CPF Contribution for Long-term Visitor Pass holders
NOTICE PAPER NO. 545 OF 2021 FOR THE SITTING ON 26 JULY 2021
QUESTION NO. 1369 FOR ORAL ANSWER NOT ANSWERED BY QUESTION TIME
MP: Mr. Gan Thiam Poh
To ask the Minister for Manpower whether the Ministry can allow the foreign spouse of a Singaporean who is holding a Long-Term Visit Pass Plus and who has Singaporean children to have CPF contributions that can be used to help support the family's housing loan.
- The CPF system is designed to support Singapore Citizens and Permanent Residents in their retirement, healthcare, and housing needs. Long-Term Visit Pass-Plus holders married to Singapore Citizens are supported by other measures, and such couples also receive support in the area of housing. If these foreign spouses are granted Permanent Residency, the requirement to contribute to CPF will begin.
- A spouse on Long-Term Visit Pass-Plus can support the family’s housing loan through cash. For HDB flat owners, HDB exercises flexibility and considers appeals to include the foreign spouse’s income for the computation of the loan amount on a case-by-case basis.