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