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Singapore Letter of Consent: Criteria, Documentation, Renewal & Cancellation

A letter of consent is a formal correspondence that one person or entity sends to another party to obtain permission. A consent letter is necessary to get permission to start an action.

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Overview: Letter of Consent In Singapore

In today’s society, consent is an important thing. Singapore Companies should seek user licenses before storing any data. Consent letters and approval are an integral part of our everyday environment.

A letter of consent is a formal correspondence that one person or entity sends to another party to obtain permission. A consent letter is necessary to get permission to start an action. This article will provide a brief overview of the letter of consent.

Essential Information about Letter of Consent

  • LOC applications must be submitted by the employer or designated service provider. LOC applications cannot be made by the applicant on his or her own.
  • LOC is only accessible to qualifying holders of the LTVP or LTVP+ granted by Singapore’s Immigration and Checkpoints Authority (ICA) who have an employment offer from a Singapore business.
  • To operate in Singapore, owners of LTVP granted by the Ministry of Manpower must qualify for an Employment Pass or S Pass.
  • S Pass holder’s dependents are not eligible for a LOC. They should instead apply for a Work Permit or S Pass, as well as an Employment Pass.
  • The expiry date of the associated LTVP+, LTVP+ or Dependent Pass, as well as the information provided by the employer in LOC applications, will determine the length of the LOC. The LOC will also be valid as long as the holder remains employed by the company.
  • The LOC application does not have to be submitted by a foreign worker.
  • A LOC can be renewed if the LTVP, LTVP+, or Dependent Pass are renewed.
  • A LOC is available to anyone with a minimum income.

Basic Criterial For Letter Of Consent

1. LTVP+ or LTVP+ holder

The following categories are required to be eligible for a LOC:

  • An LTVP+ or LTVP+ holder married to a Singaporean Permanent Resident.
  • Unmarried child under 21 years of age who is a Permanent Resident or Singaporean and holds an LTVP.

2. Business owners who are DP holders

The LOC is required to allow the DP holder and the business owner to both works for the company and be a Dependent pass holders. The LOC is also available for those who want to start a business in Singapore.

An applicant must be a member of one of these types of business owners to be eligible.

  1. Director of a company with at least 30% ownership in the company
  2. ACRA-registered sole proprietorship
  3. A partner in an ACRA-registered company.

Note that a LOC can only be obtained if the DP, LTVP or LTVP+ is valid for at least three months. For the LTVP+ and LTVP+, the candidate must also have a job offer from a Singaporean employer.

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Factors that can affect the outcome of LOC applications

Although there are no requirements for applicants to be approved, LOC applications may not be accepted. Each application is assessed individually and the Ministry of Manpower has the final say.

The following are some of the factors that can affect the success or failure of an application:

  • The applicant’s salary, citizenship, qualifications, work experience, and skill levels. A strong university degree, professional background, specialized skills, or high salary may increase the applicant’s chances of success.
  • Job profile of the applicant.
  • The availability of local candidates and the economic viability of the company. The chances of a successful outcome are higher if the applicant is employed by a well-respected company or in a field that has few local candidates.

Documents Required For Letter Of Consent

The LOC application must be submitted by the employer or its designated corporate service provider via the EP Online portal.

Employers must obtain written consent from candidates before submitting a LOC application. You can send the document in any format, as long as you have the candidate’s written consent to be employed.

Additional documents may be required for certain professions when applying for a Letter of Consent. These include lawyers, food establishment employees, regional representatives and healthcare professionals. You can find more information about the documents required for certain professions at, the MOM website.

For documents that are not in English, you will need to send both the original document as well as the English translation. A translation service provider should perform the translation.

Timeline for applications

The application processing timeframe is usually 1-3 weeks once submitted. EP Online allows you to check the status of your LOC application. Once approved, you will be able to print an official document from the website.

Renewing or replacing a letter of consent

These are some things to consider when renewing your LOC

  • Before you can submit a LOC renewal application, the DP, LTVP, or LTVP+ must have been valid for at most 3 months. To renew your DP, LTVP or LTVP+ pass if it expires within less than three months, you must visit the Immigration and Checkpoints Authority of Singapore.
  • The LOC must always be renewed within 6 months of expiration.
  • If the DP holder is the owner of the business, he/she must hire at least one Singaporean Permanent Resident or Singaporean who earns the prevailing Local Qualification Salary and receives CPF contributions for at most 3 months.

You should notify the Loss of the Letter of Consent and Request a Replacement.

Cancellation of a Letter Of Consent

The DP, LTVP or LTVP+, and therefore the LOC, are all tied to the main workspace. Therefore, both the DP and LTVP and LTVP+ are canceled automatically with the cancellations of the relevant work passes.

Within one week of the last day of notice, the LOC must be canceled. An employer or appointed Employment Agent (EA), should cancel the LOC. It will take effect immediately unless you have submitted an advance request.

It is important to:

Pre-Approved Letters of Consent (PLOC).

Pre-Approved Letter of Consent allows eligible ICA-issued LTVP+ or LTVP+ holders to easily switch jobs and secure new employment. 

PLOC can be granted even if you have not yet secured employment. PLOC holders don’t need to reapply for a new one if they switch employers.

The PLOC scheme can be used by LTVP or LTVP+ holders if they are spouses, unmarried children, or permanent residents of Singapore. The PLOC’s validity will be determined by the applicant’s LTVP/LTVP+ and will cease to be valid after the LTVP/LTVP+ is canceled or expires.

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Conclusion

If you are looking forward to knowing more about the letter of consent, we are Odint Consultancy and would glad to assist you with anything & everything you need.

FAQ’s

Both are possible. Although online submission is quicker and easier, candidates can submit their applications manually.

It usually takes around 3 weeks for the result to be received. Sometimes, the outcome may be available sooner than expected.

Only companies that are already established in Singapore can sponsor Letter of Consent applications (LOC).

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