The Pre-approved Letter of Consent (PLOC) allows eligible Long Term Visit Pass (LTVP/LTVP+) holders who are spouses or children of Singaporean or permanent resident to work in Singapore. Eligible foreigners who apply for, or renew an LTVP/LTVP+ with ICA will be given the option to apply for one.
The PLOC is tied to an individual and not to any specific employer. Hence, the PLOC holder is not required to re-apply for it whenever there is a change in employment.
Get key facts on who is eligible to get a Pre-approved Letter of Consent (PLOC) to work in Singapore, and the type of occupations that PLOC holders are not allowed work in.
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Eligibility for Pre-approved Letter of Consent (PLOC) in Singapore
The Pre-approved Letter of Consent (PLOC) allows eligible LTVP/LTVP+ holders to work in Singapore without having to find a job first.
Who is eligible
You need to be a spouse or unmarried child of a Singapore citizen or permanent resident who is issued with LTVP/LTVP+ with the Immigration & Checkpoints Authority (ICA) to apply for one.
Who can apply
When eligible foreigners apply for, or renew their LTVP/LTVP+ with ICA, they will be given an option to apply for a PLOC at the same time.
Duration of the pass
The duration will be the same as your LTVP/LTVP + that is issued by ICA.
The PLOC will no longer be valid when your LTVP/LTVP+ expires, or is cancelled.
If you do not wish to continue working, you do not need to cancel the PLOC. You can choose not to apply for PLOC when you renew your LTVP/LTVP+.
What if I’m not eligible for a PLOC
You need a Letter of Consent (LOC) if you wish to work. When you get a job offer, the prospective employer will need to help you apply for an LOC.
Taking up employment
When Pre-approved Letter of Consent (PLOC) holders take up employment in Singapore, the prospective employer needs to notify MOM.
To take up employment in Singapore, PLOC holders must:
- Show your employer the PLOC that was issued to you together with your valid LTVP/LTVP+.
- Comply with other specific legal requirements in Singapore (e.g. registration requirements to practise selected professions).
Employers of PLOC holders must notify MOM:
- Before the PLOC holder starts work.
- Within 7 days from their last day of work.
You also need to remind your employee to renew their LTVP/LTVP+ with ICA 3 months before expiry.
Start of Employment
Once the Employer has notified MOM duly then the PLOC holder employee could start work immediately. It’s advisable to keep a copy of submission of notification with MOM by the Employer for records.
Comply with licensing requirements
As an employer, you must also comply with licensing requirements, such as for massage establishments, or security licensing from the Police.
If you are a PLOC holder, you cannot work in certain restricted occupations.
PLOC holders are not allowed to work in restricted occupations such as:
- any religion-related occupation.
See the full list of restricted occupations.
If you are an LTVP/LTVP+ holder applying for any of these restricted occupations, your prospective employer must apply for a Letter of Consent (LOC) instead.
FAQ on Pre-approved Letter Of Consent (PLOC) For LTVP / LTVP+ holders:
The Pre-approved Letter of Consent (PLOC) allows eligible LTVP / LTVP+ holders who are spouses or children of Singaporean or PR to work in Singapore without applying LOC with MOM when changing the Employer but just with the notification to MOM.
Q: Is PLOC eligible to all Long Term Visit Pass (LTVP / LTVP+) holders?
Q: When the eligible LTVP / LTVP+ holders can apply for PLOC?
Q: What if I have just renewed my LTVP / LTVP+ without opting in or realising it?
Q: What can I do when I missed the chance of PLOC option?
Q: What is the difference between LOC and PLOC?
Q: When I will receive the outcome of PLOC if I have opted in with my LTVP / LTVP+ application or renewal?
Q: When I will receive the outcome of PLOC once I changed my Work Pass to LTVP / LTVP+?
Q: How long the PLOC will be granted by MOM i.e., the validity of PLOC?
Q: Can I take any job with PLOC approval?
Q: Should I pass the PLOC approval letter to my Employer to keep it when I am hired?
Q: What is the link for e-Notification system for hiring PLOC holders?
Q: Who can access the e-Notification system for hiring PLOC holders?
Q: What transactions can be carried out by the Employer or Employment Agency with this PLOC e-Notification system?
You can use this service to:
Q: Is there any fee payable for e-Notifications to hire a PLOC holder?
Q: What if I (the Employer) lose the acknowledgement letter for the PLOC?
Q: Can I change the information in my e-Notification?
Q: Should the Employer keep the e-Notification acknowledgement letter under EFMA?
FAQ on engaging our services for PLOC:
Q: Does ACHI provide services in relation with e-Notification for PLOC holders while hiring?
Q: I am a PLOC holder and my Employer does not know how to notify MOM in order to hire me. Can I engage your service for such e-Notification to take up my employment?