In case anybody missed the news
, from September 1, 2015, new Employment Pass holders must have a monthly fixed salary of at least S$5,000 in order to sponsor any immediate family members (spouse, children) for Dependant's Passes. The minimum is now $10,000 to sponsor a parent for a LTVP.
Provided the EP holder remains with the same employer, DP and LTVP renewals (for DPs and LTVPs applied for before September 1, 2015) will be assessed under the previous minimum income requirements. New EP (including change of employer), DP, and LTVP applications (including lapsed DPs and LTVPs -- the same dependants attempting to return to Singapore to live with the EP holder) trigger the new minimum income requirements.
This could be quite awkward if, for example, you're an EP holder who sent your child to go to school for a couple years outside Singapore and stay with a relative, and if you don't meet the new income requirement to bring the child back on a new DP. And I'm not sure what happens if you're an EP holder who gives birth in Singapore (or the spouse of one) and you don't meet the new income requirement. Does that newborn have to leave Singapore within 42 days of birth? These are more realistic minimum income figures for foreigners to support dependants here, so I suppose it makes sense.