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Apply for Dependant’s Pass

Adoption

Apply for Dependant’s Pass

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ADOPTION
 

ADOPTION PROCESS

The Dependant’s Pass (DP) is a pass issued to a foreign child so that he or she is allowed to remain in Singapore until the adoption is finalised. Prospective adopters (regardless of nationality) who wish to adopt a foreign child must apply for a DP for the child. You can only have a foreign child under your care after obtaining an In Principle Approval (IPA) letter for the child’s DP application.

Before applying for the DP, you must have obtained a favourable Home Study Report.

How to apply for a Dependant’s Pass

Log in to DP Online to fill out the application and upload the required documents. Please email Msf_Adoption@msf.gov.sg if you were to encounter any issues with the DP Online portal.

If all documents are submitted, the outcome of your DP application will be published within 1 month of the date of application. 

If the documentation is incomplete, you will be contacted to submit outstanding documents. If all the outstanding documents are not furnished within 7 days, the DP application will not proceed further.
If your application is successful, MSF will issue an In Principle Approval (IPA) for the child to be brought into Singapore for the purpose of adoption. You will then make an appointment with MSF to collect the DP. Successful DP applications received after 25 September 2020 will be issued DPs that are valid for a period of 21 months. If DP extensions are required, the validity period is 6 months with each renewal.

Do note that only applications with complete set of forms and documents will be processed. 

  1. Applications with complete set of forms and documents will be processed within 20 working days from receipt of the application. Please ensure that the child's passport is valid for at least 24 months.

    If your application is successful, MSF will issue an in-principal approval letter for the child to be brought into Singapore for the purpose of adoption.

    You will then make an appointment with MSF to collect the DP. You must bring the child along with you for the collection of the DP. During the appointment, you are required to bring along the original documents (submitted for the DP application) for verification.
  2. The DP is valid for a period of 21 months*. You need to pay $105 for application fee and $225 for the issuance of the DP. You are also required to pay $30 for each visa issued for the child to enter Singapore. You may pay the required amount via interbank funds transfer or PayNow. MSF's bank account details and SGQR code are provided as follows: Bank Account Name: AG/MSF, Bank Account Type: DBS Current Account, Bank Account Number: 015-020294-7. Please indicate the child's name for us to identify the payment.

 

As of 1 May 2020, security deposit will not be required if the foreign child is your spouse's or your biological child. Otherwise, you will need to prepare a security deposit ranging from $1,000 to $2,000 on the day you collect the DP. The exact amount required will be stated in the in-principal approval letter to you.

Payment for the Security Deposit has to be made by the adoption applicant. The payment can be made via interbank funds transfer or Paynow as detailed above. The amount will be refunded to the adoption applicant who had paid for the Security Deposit.

*DPs that are issued before 25 September 2020 are valid for 9 months.

How to renew the Dependant’s Pass when it is about to expire

 

Dependant’s Pass (DP) will only be renewed on valid reasons, for example, if the investigation by the Child Welfare Officer has not been completed or if the adoption outcome is pending. Application for the renewal of the DP has to be made (1) one month before the expiry date of the pass. The Child’s DP must be valid for a time beyond the date of the next hearing.  If it is not, prospective adopters must apply to MSF for the DP to be extended.

For the renewal of the DP, please email MSF_CW_DP@msf.gov.sg with the list of required documents.

  1. The list of required documents can be found in this checklist: DP Checklist.pdf. The application for renewal will be processed within 20 working days after you submit the completed application form and required documents.
  2. If your application is successful, MSF will issue the DP. It is valid for a maximum of 6 months. You need to pay $225 for the issuance of the DP.  You may pay the required amount via interbank funds transfer or PayNow. MSF's bank account details and SGQR code are provided as follows: Bank Account Name: AG/MSF, Bank Account Type: DBS Current Account, Bank Account Number: 015-020294-7. Please indicate the Child's name for us to identify the payment.


How to get a refund of the Security Deposit 

If the Adoption Order is granted, you are to submit a copy of the child’s new Singapore Birth Certificate to MSF_Adoption@msf.gov.sg for the refund of the security deposit.

If the Court dismisses your application, you are required to return the Dependant’s Pass to MSF for cancellation.

The refund will be made to the adoption applicant who had paid for the Security Deposit within two months after submission of the relevant documents (if Adoption Order is passed) or the Dependant’s Pass (if the Family Court had dismissed the adoption application).        

How to get MSF to be the Guardian-In-Adoption (GIA) 

All the documents listed below are only to be emailed to MSF_Adoption@msf.gov.sg. If the documents are sent via hard copy, the processing of the application for consent to be GIA may take longer than 4 weeks to process. 

 

  • Proof of attendance of Pre-Adoption Briefing 
  • Originating Summons for Adoption
  • Adoption Statement
  • Affidavit in Support of the originating summons
  • Notarised Consent for adoption by natural parents
  • NRICs of prospective adopters (front and back)
  • Marriage Certificate of the prospective adopters
  • Birth Certificate of Child to be adopted
  • GIA fee of $250 for each adoption application
  • Approval Letter for Waiver of Home Study (if applicable)
  • Dependant’s Pass of your Child (if applicable)

 

Do note that only applications with the complete set of forms and documents will be processed.             

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