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It is a permit that allows the expats’ family members like spouse and children who have an Employment Pass or S Pass to come and live with them in Singapore. The spouse should be legally wedded and kids should be under 21 years of age to apply for this permit. Nonetheless, the Employment Pass holders should be earning at least S$6,000 or more per month so that they can get their dependants in the country.
In addition, in case your spouse and children are holders of the Singapore S Pass, then they would not be eligible for a Dependant Pass (DP) provided the holder of S Pass is earning at least S$ 6,000 or more per month. A person having a DP is allowed to get employment in any company or industry located in Singapore and is also permitted to start their own business and do Singapore company incorporation.
You would have to fulfil the following criteria to obtain a Dependant Pass:
If you are a Dependant Pass (DP) holder, you can start and run a Private Limited Company (Pte Ltd) in Singapore. Though there are various pros and cons of opting a Private Limited Company as a structure of your business, this structure of a company enjoys better and favourable tax rates, gets legal protection and also gets capital more easily. However, Pte Ltd Companies also have to follow higher compliance and come with bigger operational costs.
You must keep in mind that to be a Director in the Private Limited Company in Singapore, you will have to apply for an Employment Pass (EP).
If you need to apply for an LOC, there’s a simple and quick process as there is no eligibility requirement (educational or professional). In addition, the employers are not charged a foreign worker quota or levy if they recruit a DP pass holder as per an LOC.
But, LOC-based job depends on the employment status of your spouse. In case your spouse is unemployed, or his/her job gets transferred out of Singapore, then you would also lose your LOC status.
The employer can directly apply for an EP for you and your EP’s validity would not depend on your spouse’s status, which means that you wouldn’t lose your job or right to work in the country if your spouse’s employment situation changes.
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