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Learn more about Long Term Visit Pass in Singapore
It’s no secret that Singapore has had great economic growth, and the country’s economy is currently one of the fastest-growing in the world. This economic environment, along with superb infrastructure and a hospitable and helpful administration, qualifies Singapore as one of the world’s most appealing business hubs. Over 187,000 foreign professionals worked in Singapore under the Employment Pass scheme in 2017. This and other similar visas allow holders to work and live in Singapore. However, most of them put restrictions on the length of stay or the number of family members that can accompany them. Singapore provides a variety of passes to holders’ family members. The Dependant’s Pass is the most popular, but the Long-Term Visit Pass is an even better option (LTVP).
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What is a Long Term Visit Pass (LTVP)?
The Long-Term Visit Pass (LTVP) is intended for an Employment Pass or S Pass holder’s common-law partner, stepchild, or disabled child. Keep in mind that pass holders who earn more than S$12,000 per year can obtain a pass for their parents as well.
Singapore Long Term Visit Pass-Plus (LTVP+) is a scheme designed for foreign spouses of Singapore Citizens (SC) or Singapore Permanent Residents (SPR). Foreign partners of Singaporeans who have applied for LTVP are automatically considered for LTVP+ if they are eligible.
By allowing the person a longer duration of residency, this permit provides foreign partners of SCs with more guarantee of stay. They will be allowed to stay in Singapore for three years if they are granted. They will be able to stay in Singapore for another five years if their visa is renewed.
Remember that LTVP+ holders are entitled to healthcare and work benefits.
How does a LTVP work in Singapore?
If a foreigner intends to stay in Singapore for more than 30 days, they must get a Long Term Visit Pass. Different Singaporean authorities offer two types of passes. They have separate requirements and altogether different methods.
The Singapore Immigrant and Checkpoints Authority issues the first Long Term Visit Pass type (ICA). It serves as an extension of an existing Short-Term Visit Pass. Foreign travelers with Short-Term Visit Passes who want to stay in Singapore for more than 30 days can apply.
The Ministry of Manpower (MOM) grants the second Long Term Visit Pass type, which is available to family members of overseas employees who do not qualify for the Dependant Pass but wish to come and reside with their family member in Singapore.
Who is eligible for LTVP in Singapore?
As a prospective applicant, you should be aware that the LTVP is only available to Employment Pass and S-Pass holders. To be more specific, holders will be the sponsors of all members who apply for a LTVP. However, not every member of the family is eligible to apply. The following family members may be sponsored for a Long Term Visit Pass:
|➤ Spouses or foreign wives|
|➤ Handicapped children over the age of 21 who are unmarried|
|➤ Stepchildren under the age of 21 who are unmarried|