A Guide to Long-Term Visit Pass (LTVP) and Long-Term Visit Pass-Plus (LTVP+)
What is the difference between a Long-Term Visit Pass (LTVP) and Long Term Visit Pass-Plus (LTVP+) in Singapore? This guide explains it.
What Is the Long-Term Visit Pass (LTVP)?
The LTVP is one option available for a common-law spouse, unmarried handicapped child (above 21 years), or step-child (under 21 years). The LTVP is made available to this group of people if they are the spouse, child, or step-child of an Employment Pass (EP) or S-Pass holder.
If a pass holder earns more than $12,000 monthly, they may apply for an LTVP for their parents. The LTVP must be applied by an employer or an approved employment agency. An LTVP has a validity period of 2 years and may be eligible for renewal if all the conditions are met.
Foreign worker quotas and levies don’t apply to the LTVP. The fee for an LTVP application is $105. Once the LTVP has been issued, there is a fee of $225 for each pass issued. Multiple Journey Visas will cost $30 if applicable.
LTVPs are generally approved within 3 weeks.
Eligibility Criteria For the LTVP
Those applying for an LTVP for their family members must fulfil certain criteria before they apply. The main applicant must be an EP or S Pass holder. They must also earn a fixed monthly income of $6,000 individually (not combined household income).
An established company in Singapore must sponsor LTVP applicants and EP and S Pass holders. An employer or approved employment agency can apply for the LTVP on your behalf.
Documents You Need to Submit for An LTVP
Applicants of an LTVP must submit several documents for approval. You will need copies of your passport details and your birth and marriage certificate. Additional documents must be submitted depending on the family member applying.
A common-law spouse must submit a common-law marriage certificate. The work pass holder must also submit an affidavit that declares the spouses are in a common-law relationship. The laws in their home country must recognise this relationship. Common-law spouses must also submit a letter from the embassy of their home country that acknowledges the legitimacy of the relationship.
Unmarried handicapped children above the age of 21 years, a medical report or letter regarding the child’s condition.
Unmarried stepchildren under the age of 21 years must submit a copy of the court order regarding the custody of the child. A letter from the biological parent must also be submitted. The letter must state that there are no objections to the child coming to Singapore.
Children under the age of 12 years must submit a Verification of Vaccination Requirements (for entry into Singapore).
EP and S Pass holders need to submit a copy of their birth certificate if they are applying for an LTVP for their parents. The birth certificate should contain the names of both parents.
Can I Renew My LTVP?
An LTVP may be eligible for renewal. However, renewals are not always guaranteed. All applications will be evaluated individually based on the current eligibility criteria.
LTVP passes can be renewed up to 6 months before expiry. Applicants are encouraged to apply before the expiry date. If you miss the renewal deadline, you must apply for a new pass altogether. All renewals can be done online via EP Online.
How to Cancel A LTVP
Employers can cancel a Long-Term Visit Pass if the LTVP holder does not need it anymore. Once the pass has been cancelled the card must be cut up immediately. If the LTVP holder needs to stay a little longer, a request must be submitted one week before the Short-Term Visit Pass (STVP) expires.
Cancellations can be submitted up to 14 days in advance. Cancellations are usually made because the LTVP holder is leaving Singapore or if they become a Permanent Resident.
Before the LTVP is cancelled, employers must purchase a ticket for them to leave Singapore. Employers must also pay for any connecting transportation costs unless the LTVP agrees to bear the cost themselves in writing. Employers must check and ensure the LTVP holder complies with all the pre-Covid requirements. If they don’t, they may not be allowed to travel.
Cancellations are made by logging into the myMOM portal.
Notifying MOM of Changes
If there are any changes to the details originally submitted with MOM, you must notify MOM of the changes. This includes any changes in residential address or personal particulars.
Reporting Lost, Stolen, or Damaged Cards
Lost, stolen, or damaged cards must be replaced. Requests for a replacement card must be done within 1 week. If a card is stolen, a police report must be made. a fee of $60 will apply to replace the card. The fee to replace a lost card is $100. Subsequent losses will incur a fee of $300.
What About the Long-Term Visit Pass-Plus (LTVP+)?
On the other hand, the Long-Term Visit Pass-Plus (LTVP+) is for foreign spouses of Singapore citizens or Permanent Residents. If a foreign spouse of a citizen submits an LTVP application, they will immediately be eligible for LTVP+ and considered if they meet all the conditions.
LTVP+ gives the spouses of Singaporean citizens more certainty and a longer stay period in the country. Once approved, an LTVP+ has a validity period of 3 years. If eligible for renewal, the LTVP+ holder can stay for 5 years.
The added benefit an LTVP+ has over the regular LTVP is that the LTVP+ holders are eligible for employment and healthcare benefits. Employers of the LTVP+ holders can apply for a Letter of Consent (LOC) via EP Online on the Ministry of Manpower (MOM)’s website.
LOCs are not included in the foreign manpower quota. This means that foreign worker levies are not applicable for LOC holders too.
Eligibility Criteria for LTVP+ Holders
Couples must provide evidence of either three years of marriage to a foreign spouse or one Singaporean child from their marriage to be eligible.
Applications are processed within 7 working days.
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