Currently, 2 Long Term Visit Pass (LTVP) schemes will be available to foreigners who wish to stay in Singapore for a longer duration. They are the LTVP scheme and the LTVP+ scheme.
Overview of LTVP and LTVP+ Schemes
The original LTVP is open to the holders of P1 or P2 Employment Pass. As sponsors, they may apply for the Long Term Visit Pass (LTVP) of their:
- Common-law spouse;
- Handicapped daughters above 21 years of age;
- Handicapped children above 21 years of age;
- Step children; and
According to the Immigration and Checkpoints Authority (ICA), the following categories of people may also apply for the LTVP:
- Visitors who are holders of foreign-issued educational certificates seeking employment in Singapore
- Visitors who are students of institutes of higher learning seeking employment in Singapore
- Female visitor whose child/grandchild is studying in Singapore on a student’s pass
- Visitor whose spouse is a Singapore citizen (SC) or Singapore Permanent Resident (SPR)
- Visitor (below 21 years old) whose parent is an SC or SPR.
- Visitor whose child (above the age of 21 years old) is an SC or SPR.
- Visitor seeking permission to deliver a child in Singapore
- Visitor seeking long term stay
The LTVP Scheme grants holders up to 2 year’s stay in Singapore, depending on the type of application. However, LTVP holders are not allowed to work unless they possess a work permit, S Pass or Singapore work visa.
Long Term Visit pass Application process
The application varies for each type of application. Some take approximately 7 working days while others take up to 6 weeks to be processed.
The applicant or sponsor may check on the assigned Foreign Identification Number (FIN) and application status.
The Long Term Visit Pass-Plus (LTVP+) scheme is designed for foreign spouses of Singapore Citizen (SC) or Singapore Permanent Residents (SPR). Foreign spouses of SCs who submit applications for LTVP would automatically be considered for LTVP+ if they are eligible.
The LTVP+ provides foreign spouses of SCs with greater certainty of stay here by granting the holder a longer period of residency. Upon approval they will be allowed to stay in Singapore for 3 years. Upon renewal of the LTVP+, they will be allowed to stay in Singapore for 5 years.
Best of all, LTVP+ holders will be eligible for healthcare and employment benefits.
Prospective employers of LTVP+ holders may apply for the Letter of Consent (LOC) through the Ministry of Manpower’s (MOM) EP Online service.
MOM does not count the LOC as part of a Singapore company’s foreign manpower quota. As a result, the foreign workers’ levy is not applicable to firms employing LOC holders.
To be eligible for the LTVP+ scheme, couples must furnish evidence of either of the following:
- at least one Singaporean child from their marriage or
- at least three years of marriage and the ability of the sponsor to support a foreign spouse.
LTVP+ Application process
- All applications for a LTVP+ are assessed on their own merits and are subject to approval.
- Applications will be processed within seven working days.
- The sponsor may check on the assigned Foreign Identification Number (FIN) and application status.
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