sundaymorningstaple wrote:What it IS going to do is cut down on the additional baggage. By throwing a large number of EPs into the S pass range it will mean no spouse or kiddos for them.
I don't quite follow your logic, SMS. EP holders already have a $5,000 minimum income threshold
to obtain DPs for spouses(*) and children.
The $5,000 minimum came into effect on September 1, 2015, up from $4,000 previously. Before 2012 it was a mere $2,800 (S Pass holders) and no minimum except the pass minimum (EP holders). In short, the government knows how to reduce "baggage," most directly, with an increase in that $5,000 threshold. So I don't think "baggage" reduction is what's going on here. It's really about raising the cost of foreign talent in the lower salary ranges relative to the resident workforce.
(*) Are you alluding to the scenario with two working spouses, both in the <$5,000 income range, both trying to obtain or renew S Passes or EPs? I guess there's something there, but two independently qualifying foreign workers -- husband/wife, boyfriend/girlfriend, husband/husband, or whatever -- aren't really what I'd call "baggage." And if baggage happens to arrive (a child) then the DP is still impossible without somebody in the foreign household hitting the $5,000 threshold.