Letter of Consent

A Letter of Consent (LOC) is an authorization certificate issued by Singapore's Ministry of Manpower (MON) that allows eligible Dependant’s Pass, LTVP or LTVP+ holders to work for a Singapore company. This article provides an overview of the requirements and procedure to obtain an LOC in Singapore.

Update: MOM plans to discontinue LOC program for Dependant Pass holders. As a further update, this change does not affect Long-Term Visit Pass (LTVP and LTVP+) holders. If you are holding a LTVP or LTVP+, you are still eligible to apply for a Letter of Consent.

Key facts about Letter of Consent

  • An application for LOC must be applied by the employer or appointed service provider. The applicant can not apply for LOC on his own.
  • LOC is available only to eligible LTVP, LTVP+ and Dependant Pass holders who have a job offer from a Singapore employer.
  • Dependants of an S Pass holder are not eligible to apply for a LOC. Instead, they should apply for a Work Permit, S Pass or Employment Pass.
  • The duration of the LOC depends on the expiry date of the associated LTVP, LTVP+ or Dependant Pass. Besides, the LOC is valid only as long as the holder is employed by the company.
  • There is no foreign worker levy or quota for the LOC applications.
  • An LOC can be renewed when the DP, LTVP or LTVP+ is renewed.
  • There is no minimum salary requirements to obtain an LOC.

Eligibility requirements for a Letter of Consent

To be eligible for a LOC, the applicant must fall into one of the following categories:

  • A Dependant Pass holder who is a dependant of an Employment Pass, EntrePass or Personalised Employment Pass (PEP) holder.
  • An LTVP or LTVP+ holder who is married to a Singaporean or Permanent Resident.
  • An unmarried child (under 21 years old) of a Singaporean or Permanent Resident, who holds an LTVP.

Please note that in order to obtain an LOC, the DP, LTVP or LTVP+ has to be valid for at least 3 months and the candidate must have a job offer from a Singapore employer.

Factors that can affect LOC application outcome

Though there are no specific qualifying criteria for the applicants, not all LOC applications are approved. Every application is evaluated on a case-by-case basis and the result is entirely on the discretion of the Ministry of Manpower.

Among the factors that affect the success of the application are the following:

  • Applicant’s age, salary, citizenship, qualification, work experience, and skills. For example, if the applicant has a good university degree, rich professional background, specialised skills or high salary, it may significantly enhance his chances of success.
  • Applicant’s job profile.
  • Availability of local candidates and economic viability of the company in Singapore. If the applicant has a job with a well-known company or has a job in a field where local candidates are not easily available, that increases the chances of a successful outcome.

Required documents

The LOC application should be submitted by the employing company or its appointed corporate service provider through the EP Online portal.

For certain professions, it is necessary to submit additional documents when applying for a Letter of Consent. These professions include lawyers, employees in food establishments, regional representatives, and healthcare professionals. For more information on the required documents for selected professions, please visit the MOM website.

Note that for non-English documents, it is necessary to submit the original document and the English translation. The translation should be performed by a translation service provider.

Application timeline

Once submitted, the application processing timeline is 1-3 weeks. Once approved, an official letter is issued by MOM.

Renewing or replacing a Letter of Consent

While renewing the LOC, you should know the following:

  • The LOC must be renewed when the DP is being renewed. You can apply for the renewal up to 6 months before the LOC expires.
  • MOM will send the LOC renewal form to the employer approximately three months before the pass expires.
  • The completed form should be submitted at least four weeks prior to the expiration date.

If the Letter of Consent is lost, you should report the loss and request for a replacement.

Canceling a Letter of Consent

Since the DP and consequently the LOC are tied to the main Employment Pass, both (DP and LOC) are automatically cancelled with the cancellation of the EP.

The LOC shall be cancelled within 1 week after the LOC holder's last working day if you are no longer employed by the company. The cancellation should be done by an employer or an appointed employment agent (EA) and it has an immediate effect.

Before cancelling, it is necessary to:

  • Seek tax clearance from the Inland Revenue Authority of Singapore (IRAS).
  • Settle all outstanding employment issues.

Pre-Approved Letter of Consent (PLOC)

The Ministry of Manpower has recently introduced a Pre-Approved Letter of Consent (PLOC) that allows foreign spouses or unmarried children (below 21 years of age) of a Singapore citizen or Permanent Resident to secure and switch jobs more easily. PLOC is granted without having secured employment. In addition, PLOC holders do not need to re-apply for a new one when they change employers.

The PLOC scheme is available to Long Term Visit Pass (LTVP/LTVP+) holders who are spouses or unmarried children (under 21 years old) of Singapore citizens or Permanent Residents. The validity of the PLOC will follow the applicant’s LTVP/LTVP+, and will no longer be valid once the LTVP/LTVP+ expires or is cancelled.

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