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MOM Amends Rules For Work Pass Holders Dependants

Following the recent amendment proposals on its work pass regulations, the Ministry of Manpower (MOM) has announced new changes to the requirements for dependant sponsorship for its foreign manpower.

Based on a recent press release on the MOM website, only foreign workers with a monthly income of SG $4,000 will be allowed to have their spouses and children live with them by applying for Dependant Passes. The regulation will be in place starting September of this year

Previously, foreign workers with a minimum of SG $2,800 can bring their dependants to Singapore under the S Pass or Employment pass regulations.

The new regulations will only be applicable for dependants arriving in Singapore after September 2012. Foreign workers and dependants who are currently enjoying the privileges of the current regulations will not be affected by the new policy unless the sponsors switch employers following the implementation of the new rule.

Foreign workers in staying Singapore under the P1 (monthly income of SG $8,000 and above) and P2 (monthly income of SG $4,500 and above) passes won’t be affected by the ruling, needless to say. However, only P1 pass holders will be allowed to bring their parents to Singapore to live with them.

The development is in line with the Singapore government’s initiatives to curtail the increasing number of expats residing in Singapore. While Singapore still welcomes foreign talent to be part of its workforce, it would like to slow down the increasing pressure on the city-state’s social infrastructure.

The new policy is seen to improve the life quality of expats without disturbing the influx of foreign workers who have helped make Singapore the global business hub it is today.

Specifically, the higher salary requirement for sponsors is seen to lift the burden off the shoulders of foreigners who are in no financial condition to support their families.