What is a Letter of Consent (LOC)?
If a person holding a Dependant’s Pass or an LTVP or LTVP+ wishes to work in Singapore, they must obtain a Letter of Consent (LOC) from the Singapore Ministry of Manpower.
An employer may apply for a Letter of Consent to allow a Dependant’s Pass/LTVP/LTVP+ holder to work in Singapore. To be eligible the applicant must:
- be a Dependant’s Pass holder who is a dependant of an EP holder or an LTVP or LTVP+ holder who is married to a Singaporean or permanent resident
- have valid pass for at least 3 months
- have secured a job offer with a Singapore employer
Note: If you are a dependant of an S Pass holder, you should apply for a Work Permit, S Pass or Employment Pass instead.
Since the DP, and in turn the LOC, is tied to the main EP holder, both (DP and LOC) are automatically cancelled on the cancellation of the EP.
Factors that Affect LOC Application
Not all LOC applications are approved. LOC applications remains at the discretion of the Ministry of Manpower in Singapore. Every application is evaluated on case-per-case basis by the MOM. Here are some of the factors that affect the application:
- Applicant’s age, salary, citizenship, qualification, work experience and skills
- Applicants job profile
- Availability of local candidates and economic viability of the company in Singapore
If the initial application is rejected, an appeal can be made to address the issues raised by MOM. The processing time to review the appeal application is usually two to three weeks.