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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.
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.
Do note that only applications with complete set of forms and documents will be processed.
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 can be made via Nets, interbank funds transfer or Paynow as detailed above. The amount will be refunded 2 months after the foreign child has been legally adopted in Singapore or repatriated to his or her country of origin.
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 the adoption outcome is pending. Application for the renewal of Dependent's Pass (DP) has to be made (1) one month before expiry date of the pass. The Child’s Dependent’s Pass must be valid for a time beyond the date of the next hearing. If it is not, prospective adopters must apply to ICA for the dependant’s pass to be extended.
For the renewal of the DP, please email MSF_CW_DP@msf.gov.sg for the list of required documents:
If the Adoption Order is granted, you are to submit a copy of the child’s new Singapore Birth Certificate to MSF 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.
You will receive the refund 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).
i. Date of Pre-Adoption Briefing Proof
ii. Originating Summons for Adoption
iii. Adoption Statement
iv. Affidavit in Support of the originating summons
v. Notarised Consent for adoption by natural parents
vi. NRICs of prospective adopters (front and back)
vii. Marriage Certificate of the prospective adopters
viii. Birth Certificate of Child to be adopted
ix. GIA fee of $250 for each adoption application
x. Approval Letter for Waiver of Home Study (if applicable)
xi. Dependant’s Pass of your Child (if applicable)
Do note that only applications with the complete set of forms and documents will be processed.