If you are an eligible Employment Pass or S Pass holder, your company can apply for a Dependant's Pass for your baby born in Singapore. You will need to get a passport for the baby and apply for the pass within 6 weeks of birth.
Getting a passport for your newborn
When: Within 6 weeks of baby’s date of birth
After the baby is born, the hospital will give you a Notification of Live Birth and Advisory Note from the Immigration and Checkpoints Authority (ICA). Within 2 weeks, use these documents to register for a birth certificate.
The advisory note is also a Special Pass that allows your newborn to stay in Singapore for 6 weeks. During this time, you should get a passport for the baby from your embassy or high commission.
Applying for a Dependant's Pass
Once the passport is ready, ask your employer to apply for a Dependant’s Pass through EP Online. Applying online is much faster, and you will get an outcome within 3 weeks for most cases.
If your baby’s passport is not ready, your employer will need to send us the following documents:
- A copy of the baby’s birth certificate.
- Letter from the embassy showing that you have applied for a passport for your baby.
Remember to leave your employer’s contact details. We will then advise them on how to proceed with the Dependant’s Pass application.
In this case, you may need to extend your baby’s Special Pass.
Extend a Special Pass if you need more time
Holding ICA’s advisory note
If your baby’s passport is not ready by the end of 6 weeks, you can request to extend the Special Pass. You should submit this request only if the Advisory Note from ICA is expiring within 7 days.
Holding MOM-issued newborn Special Pass
You do not need to extend the Special Pass if your baby is already holding a Special Pass issued by Ministry of Manpower.
The Special Pass will be auto-extended for 28 days, if the Dependant’s Pass for your baby is not ready yet.
An SMS will be sent to your registered mobile number, one day before the expiry date, to inform you on the updated Special Pass expiry date.
Do not intend to apply for Dependant’s Pass
If you do not intend to get a Dependant’s Pass, you need to apply to ICA to get a visit pass or extend the Special Pass. You may wish to contact ICA before going to the Visitor’s Service Centre, Level 4, ICA Building for further assistance.
If the pass application is unsuccessful
If your baby’s Dependant’s Pass application is unsuccessful, you need to do one of the following:
- Make sure the baby leaves Singapore before the Special Pass expires. MOM will not grant an extension of the Special Pass.
- Apply for a visit pass from ICA by going to the Visitor Services Centre, Level 4, ICA Building.