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Wednesday, March 9, 2011

How to Activate EPEC to Long Term Visit Pass

NOTE: As of December 01, 2011, EPEC Scheme is discontinued by MOM...Read More.

As soon as you have the Employment Pass Eligibility Certificate (EPEC). You can now apply for a Long Term Visit Pass (LTVP), given that you have entered Singapore with a valid Visa and stayed minimum of 10 days.

I wasn't able to activate my EPEC or apply for a LTVP because I was lucky to get a job in 4 days.  My employer applied the Employment Pass for me.  So, I am still holding my EPEC copy until now.

Since my reader, Mark, asked me on how to apply for the LTVP, I have done few research on this and was lucky enough to have the links.

How To Apply for a LTVP?
This is also known as "Converting EPEC to a Long Term Visit Pass", in forums.  You can click the link below for the detailed procedures:


  1. Hey Ben,
    This is what my LTVP approval looks like. For your readers' benefit. Trust this is useful info!

    Application Summary

    Applicant Name : XXXXXXXXX XXXXXXXX
    Travel Document No. : BXXXXXXXX
    Submitted On : 0X/0X/2011

    Your application for a Visit Pass (Long Term) has been approved in principle for a period of 1 Year(s) , subjected to the following conditions:
    the validity of the travel document;
    a valid Visit Pass;
    the results of applicant's medical report, (not applicable to an applicant below 15 years old);
    S$30/- visa fee and S$60/- issuance fee ;
    and that you are able to furnish the following documents:
    A copy of duly completed Form 14.
    1 recent passport sized colour photograph which meets the following requirements to be pasted on the top right-hand corner of Form 14:
    The photograph image must be taken within the last 3 months;
    The photograph should be in colour, must be taken against a white background with a matt or semi-matt finish;
    The photograph image must show the full face and without headgear (headgear worn in accordance with religious or racial customs is acceptable but must not hide the facial features);
    Applicant's passport. A copy of the applicant's passport particulars page must be submitted to ICA
    Applicant's DE Card
    Applicant's Employment Pass Eligibility Certificate (EPEC);(Original and Photocopy)
    (The original and photocopies of the above documents are required)

    This In-Principle Approval is valid till 01/10/2011. Please make your payment by VISA/MasterCard Credit/Debit Card; or American Express Card (AMEX); or Internet Banking (Citibank, DBS/POSB or UOB) before this In-Principle Approval expires.

    Otherwise your application will be treated as withdrawn. Please note that the payment is non-refundable.

  2. I got this in my email a while later...


    Your Application for Visit Pass (long term) is approved in principle. Please make payment before this In-Principle Approval expires; otherwise your application will be treated as withdrawn. Please click here to make payment for your application.

    Important Notice:

    Holder of Visit Pass is not permitted to work or engage in any business, profession or occupation without a valid work permit or written consent from the Controller of Work Pass.
    Please ensure you have a valid stay in Singapore.

    Yours faithfully

  3. Hi ben or jeezy,

    I just got an email from MOM stating that my EPEC application got approved, and that the next step is to apply for LTVP but when is the right time to apply? should i apply before i go to SG or after?

    Please advice. thanks!

  4. Hi, you need to be here in Singapore to convert EPEC to LTVP. Because one of the requirement is your Disembarkation/Embarkation card, which is issued upon your arrival.

    Welcome to my site. You can also browse the post at the "Your Guides In Singapore" at the top right side bar. Cheers!

  5. Hi Ben! I applied for the long term visit pass online a week ago (immediately after I got my EPEC). However, my DE will be expiring in about 2 weeks' time. Should I get approved and receive the In-Principle Approval by e-mail, is it a guarantee that the airport immigration will allow me to come back? I have been coming back and forth Singapore for the past few months already before I decided to apply for the EPEC and LTVP. I'm afraid I would be on ICA's watch list...

  6. How long is the IPA valid, by the way? At least in your case. From the time you received it until its expiry?

  7. Yesterday I got my LTVP (card). It was a fairly simple process. My appointment was for 3pm. I showed up at 2, took a token at 220.Waited my turn till about 345. Handed the following docs

    Original passport
    passport copy
    medical reports (original)
    EPEC (copy)
    Form 14 with photo
    the LTVP approval notice

    After verification, the lady bundled all the docs in order and handed them back to me after stapling them, scanned my photo and fingerprints (right n left thumb) and asked me to return in a couple of hours to a certain counter number.
    At the allotted time I arrived with the set, another lady verified my passport, and handed me the LTP card. Its valid for exactly one year from the date of issue.

  8. @ Anonymous
    the IPA (approval Notice) is valiid for 2 months from the date of issue. before that time is up, you need to get anppointment with ICA and submit the docs and get the LTP card. its basically a one year long multiple entry visa.

    Whether or not you can travel with only an IPA is something ull have to check by calling ICA!

  9. Hi All,

    My SVP will expire this Dec. 8, 2011. I activated my EPEC online last Saturday or Sunday I think, my question is how long does it take before you received the approval email?


  10. Do we have to stay minimum 10 days in singapore to activate EPEC. Can't we do it the next day we arrive in SG..? How long will it take when you apply using the eservice..?

  11. if you have an EPEC but was not able to activate and found a job, but only after one month you resigned and cancelled your EP, can you still activate your EPEC and convert in LTVP? thanks!

  12. How do I get a copy of EPEC? Thanks.

  13. Please read my post about it here..

  14. Hi, I submitted/activated my EPEC last Jan 6, 2012. I received the result today but is not successful. What should I do? Please help. Thank you

  15. What you can do is to look for a job while you are here. MOM stopped the EPEC scheme since Dec. 1 2011. Try the different ways on how to find one..try this link.

  16. Can I apply for visitor visa while my LTVP is in process ?

  17. Visitor Visa is given once you arrive in SG. This is applicable for ASEAN countries, but for other countries, i think you need to go to a Singapore embassy at your country and apply first.


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