Looking for some legal help? The team at Consilium Law Corporation discuss divorce and what the implications are for your dependant’s pass, visa and employment pass in Singapore.
My husband commenced divorce proceedings against me, and is threatening to cancel my Dependant’s Pass (DP). What can I do to ensure he does not cancel my Pass while legal proceedings are ongoing?
Finding out that your DP is due to be cancelled can be very stressful. It can not only cause financial hardship but possibly result in you having to leave Singapore, too. You may apply with the Singapore Family Justice Courts (FJC) to prevent your husband from cancelling your DP before the divorce is finalised. The Court has previously prevented a party from cancelling their spouse’s DP while divorce proceedings were ongoing. There, the FJC stated that the cancellation of a trailing spouse’s DP would adversely affect the welfare of the children and the Court made orders for the husband to take immediate steps to reinstate the wife’s DP, and prevented him from taking any steps to cancel her DP before the conclusion of the divorce proceedings.
I am a housewife on a Dependant’s Pass and my divorce is nearly finalised. What can I do to remain here while my child is schooling?
Once your divorce is finalised, it is likely that your DP will be cancelled. This would take immediate effect. Following the cancellation of your DP, you are likely to be issued a Visit Pass valid for a short period of time, after which you will have to leave Singapore. There are a number of options you may consider to safeguard your immigration status in Singapore. For example, you may look for employment here and apply for an Employment Pass. If your child is holding Singapore citizenship or permanent residency status, or on a Student’s Pass, you may apply for a Long Term Visit Pass (LTVP).
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