Convert DP to EP or LOC - Which option to choose?

Hello folks,

My EP was approved yesterday and my wife's DP application is in process (don't know why the HR didn't apply both passes together).

My Wife's employer is a large bank which has presence in Singapore as well and they might offer an Internal Job Offer in SG. For this to happen, she needs to wait for sometime here (India) until that decision is made. 

My questions are

1. If they do make an offer, should she opt for an LOC or an EP? 
2. If she opts for LOC, does she need to be in Singapore?
3. If she opts for EP,  would her DP be cancelled as soon as the process starts. What if the EP is rejected  - Would she still have the DP or we would need to again reapply?

Thanks in advance!

P.S. I went through the forum but could not find a related topic, hence created one.

See my answers below:

1. If they do make an offer, should she opt for an LOC or an EP? 

SG Expat - Both are possible, LOC can be applied once DP is approved. EP can be applied by the employer separately.

Note: Normally, her employer would happy to go with LOC rather applying for EP.

2. If she opts for LOC, does she need to be in Singapore?

SG Expat - She can get LOC once she has DP and offer letter from the employer (from Singapore office). So, it’s upto her whether she would be in Singapore or outside of Singapore.


3. If she opts for EP,  would her DP be cancelled as soon as the process starts. What if the EP is rejected  - Would she still have the DP or we would need to again reapply?

SG Expat - Her DP will be cancelled only after EP got approval. So, if EP application was rejected then DP is still there.

Awesome, thanks Surya for the prompt reply!

In your experience here have you seen LOCs getting rejected as well? My mind bends towards  "LOC is safer than EP".

Both rejection are possible. But, LOC can be easier way to obtain than getting EP or S pass. Good luck

Thanks Surya! LOC it is then.

She has done her Post Graduation in Computer Sc. and she is missing a marksheet from one of the semesters (6 semesters, 1 missing). But she has a consolidated marksheet outlining the grades in each semester.

I know nobody can be sure, but would you advise submitting 5 marksheets and the consolidated marksheet for LOC?  Are marksheets/transcripts even required for LOC process?

Reason I am asking is because I visited this link on MOM Website (Process for LOC) - and I could not find the same clause that says Marksheets/Transcripts required for Indian Nationals when applying for an EP.

Transcript is required if it’s not written in English or else it’s not required.

No need to submit each semester mark sheets rather provide her Post Grad University certificate but keep the mark sheet with you incase they ask for. This certificate can be provided during apply of DP (as it asks to provide highest educational certificate).

Great! Thanks again, Surya!

I would like to add a few general remarks comparing LoC and EP/S-Pass:
- An LoC can be easier to get, as some restrictions on educational quality and foreigner quota (as well as levies) do not apply. This does not mean it is granted automatically - we have seen several cases of rejection recently!
- Since her DP/LoC is tied to your EP, she'd automatically lose her job and both of you have to leave Singapore if you are fired. With her own EP (and other criteria fulfilled), you could in this case become her dependent and both continue staying here.
- This added uncertainty (and the knowledge that you are the main breadwinner and her only a dependent) causes many employers to pay LoC holders less and not give them too much responsibility.
- As far as I know, LoC can also be granted for part-time work, unlike EP/S-Pass.

Thanks Beepi for adding in. I would certainly discuss these points when the time comes.

Also, circumstances are such that I need to go first to SG and my wife will follow me after a day or 2 days. Would she have any issues at Immigration checks at India/SG. She will have her DP's IPA with her.

There would be no issues at Singapore customs, as she has a valid entry visa.
(I can't say anything about India.)

Looking at current market situation, any employer will think twice before applying EP. There are several hurdles to come in their way and chances getting approval also not that easy. But, if her employer is willing to apply EP then it’s absolutely yes as Beppi said in the event of either one of you lose a job then other one can apply DP for the partner if both are holding EP. Good luck

Note: If she has valid visa neither in India nor here would have an issue at immigration check point.

Hi everyone,

I am currently working on a Full-Time Service Crew Role with a Multinational Food Franchise company that offers an excellent package that I thought might be of interest. It is a booth/stall rather than a cafe/restaurant. Preferably Dependent Pass Holders or Singaporean PRs due to it being a new outlet. Do let me know if you are keen to have an open chat on this. Also, I would appreciate it if you could share with me any network platform that I can reach out to. Thank you.

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