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New Minimum Fixed Salary Required for Singapore Work Pass Holders to Sponsor their Dependant.

Singapore Ministry of Manpower (MOM) has reviewed the minimum fixed salary required for work pass holders to be eligible to sponsor their dependants. A higher monthly fixed salary will be required to sponsor dependants.

Effective 1st September 2015, Singapore work pass holders must meet the following criteria in order to sponsor their dependants:

 (1) New Application for Dependant Pass (DP) & Long Term Visit Pass (LTVP) for Common Law Spouse

(i) Work Pass holder must earn a minimum fixed monthly salary of S$5,000 instead of S$4,000 in order to sponsor dependant/long term visit passes for their spouses, common law spouses and children.

(ii) New DP applications for spouse/children and LTVP applications for common law spouse received before 1 September 2015 will be assessed on pre-1 September 2015 criteria.

(2) New Application for Long Term Visit Pass (LVTP) for Parents

(i) Work Pass holder must earn a minimum fixed monthly salary of S$10,000 instead of S$8,000 to sponsor their parents.

(ii) New LTVP applications for parents received before 1 September 2015 will be assessed on pre-1 September 2015 criteria.

Renewal of DPs & LTVPs

To reduce disruption to families who are already here or who have already made plans to arrive soon, DP/LTVP issued or approved before 1 Sep 2015 will remain valid as long as the main pass holder has a valid EP/S Pass.

The renewals of DPs & LTVPs which submitted on or after 1 Sep 2015, the passes will not be affected so long as the work pass holders have a valid work pass with the same employer.

Approval of each application whether new or renewal is subjected to MOM discretion.

With the new salary requirement, companies must take note of the new criteria to ensure that foreign applicant and employees are able to support their dependants while in Singapore.

New Requirement of job advertisement in Jobs Bank (Effective 1st October 2015)

Singapore Ministry of Manpower (MOM) has released new updates on 8th July 2015 on enhancing the Fair Consideration Framework (FCF) and assessing the quality of foreign Professionals, Managers and Executives (PMEs).

The key points from the announcement is summarised below:

New Requirement of job advertisement in Jobs Bank (Effective 1st October 2015)

Effective 1st October 2015, companies will be required to publish the salary range of job vacancies that posted in the Jobs Bank. This is to comply with the Fair Consideration Framework’s advertising requirement.

Employers who apply for Employment Passes (EP) where the job advertisement did not state a salary range will have their applications rejected.

Scrutiny of EP Applications for selected firms

The ministry will also step up its scrutiny of EP applications for selected firms which have a “weaker Singaporean core” of PMEs relative to others in their industry. These employers will be required to submit more information include the number of applications submitted by Singaporeans, whether Singaporean were interviewed for the vacancy, and the companies’ current share of Singaporeans in PME positions at various levels.

Suitable Quality and Experience

Companies employing foreign PMEs should ensure that their foreign employees should be of suitable quality and experience. Currently, MOM assesses foreign PMEs based on combination of qualification, experience and salary; particularly, relevant experience for professional occupations.

MOM will take further step of rejecting work pass applications which contain doubtful qualification such as those from degree mill.  EP applicants with forged qualification will be banned working in Singapore for life.


Most Liveable City for Expatriates

Singapore maybe one of smallest country in Southeast Asia, nevertheless, it has been crowned the most liveable city for expatriates in Asia and the world by the human resource consultancy ECA International, January 2015.

Despite being one of the most expensive cities in the world, Singapore is still a favourite place for expatriates. What make Singapore a popular place to live for expatriates and even Lonely Planet has named Singapore as the top country to visit in 2015.

According to ECA International publication, Singapore maintained its position due to good air quality, solid infrastructure, decent medical facilities, low crime and health risk. Assessed in 450 locations, the survey on expatriate living conditions done by ECA includes factors like climate, housing and utilities.

Most Singapore expats find that it is easy to fit in with Singapore culture. Based on HSBC survey conducted in October 2014, 67% of Singapore expats said it was easy to organise their finances when relocating.

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