Letter Of Consent (LOC) For Business Owners

Guide For Letter Of Consent (LOC) For Business Owners

Process flow chart for LOC for DP holder who is the business ownerLetter of Consent (LOC) for Dependant’s Pass (DP) holders who are business owners

You can apply for a Letter of Consent to work in Singapore if you are an eligible Dependant’s Pass holder who wishes to operate a business. Find out the eligibility requirements and how to apply.

 

Eligibility for LOC for DP holders who are business owners

Dependant’s Pass (DP) holders who wish to operate a business in Singapore can apply for a Letter of Consent (LOC)

 Who is eligible

To be eligible to apply for an LOC, you need to be one of the following types of business owner:

  • The sole proprietor of an ACRA-registered business.
  • A partner of an ACRA-registered business.
  • A company director with at least 30% shareholding in an ACRA-registered business.

To be eligible for a renewal of the LOC, you will also need to hire at least one Singaporean / Permanent Resident who earns at least the prevailing Local Qualifying Salary and receives CPF contributions for at least 3 months.

 

A business woman for LOC passExisting DP LOC holders who are business owners

What are the criteria for existing DP LOC holders who are business owners?

DP holders operating a business on an existing LOC can continue to do so until it expires, or apply for a one-off renewal of the LOC until 30 April 2022. Thereafter, they must meet the criteria to be eligible for LOC renewal, or obtain an applicable work pass to continue working in Singapore.

 

Duration of the pass

Apply for an LOC

Duration of the pass

First-time candidates 

Whichever is shorter:

  • One year from issue date
  • Up to the expiry date of Dependant’s Pass
Subsequent renewals
  • Up to the date expiry of Dependant’s Pass

The LOC stops being valid when:

  • The Dependant’s Pass is cancelled or expires.
  • The business is no longer active. You still need to cancel the LOC.

 

Submit an application

Before applying, check that your Dependant’s Pass is valid for at least 3 months.

If it is not, you need to renew your Dependant’s Pass.

Processing time: Within 4 weeks for most cases.

 

What are the Pre-approval Requirements?

Submit an online request to apply for an LOC as the requirement of pre-approval

How much it costs
  • Free
Who can apply LOC
  • Your Business or the authorise Employment Agency
How long it takes
  • Within 1 week
Related eServices
  • https://form.gov.sg/#!/607d4e7d0eb85d00111e61af

Only upon obtaining the pre-approval, you can proceed to apply for LOC.

 

LOC Application after pre-approval

How to Apply after getting pre-approval of LOC?

You can apply for a Letter of Consent (LOC) to work in Singapore if you are an eligible Dependant’s Pass holder who wishes to operate a business with pre-approval.

How much it costs
  • Free
Who can apply LOC
  • Your Business or the authorised Employment Agency
Related eServices
  • EP Online
How long it takes
  • Within 3 weeks for most cases
  • It may take longer if additional information is required
After approval
  • Log in to EP Online and print the LOC

 

How to Renew, cancel or replace the LOC for business owners?

Renew, cancel or replace a Letter of Consent for Dependant’s Pass holders who are business owners

You can cancel a Letter of Consent (LOC) or renew it before it expires. You can also replace it if you have lost your LOC.

How to Renew an LOC?

How much it costs
  • Free
Who can renew
  • Your Business or the authorised Employment Agency
How long it takes
  • Within 3 weeks for most cases.
What is required
  • Before applying, check that your Dependant’s Pass is valid for at least 3 months.
  • If it is not, you need to renew your Dependant’s Pass.
When to renew
  • You can renew your LOC when you renew your Dependant’s Pass.
  • You can renew up to 6 months before your LOC expires.
How to renew
  • Log in to EP Online to renew.

  

How to Replace an LOC?

If you have lost the LOC, you need to report the loss and request for a replacement.

 

How to Cancel an LOC?

When to cancel       
  • Within 1 week after the business is no longer active.
  • You can submit a cancellation request up to 14 days in advance.

Eg:

  • If you want the pass to be cancelled on 15 February, you can submit the advance cancellation request from 1 February.
Who can cancel
  • Your Business or the authorised Employment Agency
How long it takes
  • Immediate, unless you are making an advance request.
How to cancel
  • Log in to myMOM Portal to cancel your LOC.

 

ACHI is one of the licensed Employment Agencies in Singapore. We will assist your work pass related applications and appeals at our level best with the regulatory authority Ministry Of Manpower (MOM) for successful outcome.
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