Documents required for Singapore Student Visa
Updated on Nov 30, 2016 - 11:14 a.m. IST by Tenzin pema #Singapore
Applications Open Now
Study Abroad Opportunities with IELTS

Documents required for Singapore Student visa – Despite being one of the costliest study abroad destinations, Singapore attracts students from across the world. Singapore -- known for its vibrant environment and beautiful tourist destinations -- is home to some of the top ranking universities like National University of Singapore, Nanyang Technological University and Singapore Management University, among others.

Heading to Singapore for higher education? Make sure you have obtained authentic documents to complete the Singapore student visa process.


Before we bring you the documents required for Singapore student visa, let us discuss the features and key information related to it.


Type of Singapore student visa:


Student Pass - In Singapore, every visa is referred to as a ‘Pass’ like Student Pass, employment pass and social visit pass etc.

You must submit new applications for Student Pass at least one month before your course starts and not more than two months. To apply for the Student Pass, you must submit your application on the official registration system -- Student’s Pass On-Line Application & Registration (SOLAR) system.

All international students except Immigration Exemption Order holders have to apply for the Student Pass, if they want to pursue full-time studies in Singapore’s IHL.


Features of Singapore student visa:


Being an international student, you must have a Student Pass to pursue higher studies in Singapore. To get your Singapore Student Pass, you must first be offered admission for a full-time programme in the following Institute of Higher Learning (IHL) in Singapore:



S. No

Local Universities

Local Polytechnics


Singapore Management University

Republic Polytechnic


Singapore University of Technology and Design

Temasek Polytechnic


Nanyang Technological University

Ngee Ann Polytechnic


Singapore Institute of Technology

Singapore Polytechnic


National University of Singapore

Nanyang Polytechnic

International institutes with local campuses



University of Nevada, Las Vegas (UNLV)


S P Jain School of Global Management Pte Ltd


The University of Chicago Booth School of Business


DigiPen Institute of Technology Singapore


German Institute of Science and Technology - TUM


Sorbonne Assas International Law School


Ecole Superieure Des Sciences Economiques Et Commerciales (ESSEC)


NYU Tisch School of the Arts


Insead (Singapore)


You are eligible for a Student Pass only if you have been accepted into a full-time programme.


If you want to take up part-time courses or evening classes, you will not be eligible for the Student Pass.


What to do before applying for Singapore student visa?

Before submitting an application for Student Pass through SOLAR, the institute where you have been offered admission must register you through the registration system. Once the institute has registered you with SOLAR, you have to submit eForm 16. You must have the following details before logging into your SOLAR account:

  • A registration notification from SOLAR with your login username and password provided by IHL

  • Travel documents and passport details, including passport number and its validity

  • Your personal email address

  • One recent passport-sized color photograph

Once you submit the eForm 16, you then have to take a printout copy of the form to submit to Student Pass unit - Immigration & Checkpoints Authority (ICA). It is one of the important formalities to be completed for issuance of the Singapore Student Pass. 


You must assure the immigration department that you will remain in Singapore with a valid Student Pass at all times.


Documents required for Singapore student visa:

Below are the documents you have to submit for completion of formalities:

  • Your valid passport. You have to submit a copy of particular pages of passport

  • You must carry the departure/arrival card granted on entry into Singapore. If you have been residing in Singapore on other long term passes, you have to bring along that pass as well;

  • One recent color passport-sized photograph (taken on white background);

  • The printout of eForm 16 submitted through SOLAR (duly signed by the applicant);

  • If your documents are in native language, you must get an official English translation of the documents.

  • A copy of the in-principle approval letter; and

  • A medical report in the prescribed format (available on ICA’s website).

When you submit the application, make sure the laboratory reports are not more than three months from the issue date. In case you fail to fulfill the medical requirement, you will not be granted the Student Pass.


Singapore student visa- Processing time

Generally, the Singapore student visa takes about four weeks to process. However, some applications may take longer if the immigration department requires some additional documents or information from you. In such situations, you will be notified through the SOLAR system.


Cancellation of Singapore student visa

Being an international student, you must surrender your Singapore Student Pass for cancellation within one week from the date of completion of your programme.


Work opportunities for IHL Students

Under the Employment of Foreign Workers Act (Cap 91A, S4) Work Permit (Exemption) (Consolidation) Notification, international students do not have to apply for work permit if they want to work in Singapore during their vacations.


Also, foreign students who do not work for more than 16 hours per week during their studies are exempted to apply for work permit. However, it is recommended to check work opportunities granted by your institution.


Stay tuned to for more news and updates on Singapore

Visa and Departure

Applications Open Now

Study Abroad Opportunities with IELTS
Study Abroad Opportunities wi...
Arden University, Berlin
Arden University, Berlin
PTE- Pearson Test of English
PTE- Pearson Test of English
View All Application Forms

More like Singapore

Questions related to Singapore

Showing 15 out of 15 Questions

What is the Working time of Neurosurgeons in Singapore and Hong Kong?

Ina 17th Feb, 2020

Hello Raja,

As Neurosurgeons are also doctors, so there is no any specific scheduled time for a doctor. Yes, there is maximum 8 hour schedule timing for every profession and even it applies for doctors. But being doctor is not just a profession but also an responsibility of service of saving life, So whenever duty calls, they need to attend the patient immediately.

Hope you get my point.

Thank you. GOOD LUCK!!


hi Im Indian citizen I want to study in Singapore but I had work permit of Singapore. Can I get student pass?

Yastika Kumar 10th Feb, 2020

Hi Komal,

Yes you are eligible to get student pass only if you have admission notice from a university in Singapore. Working pass is not a big issue while apply to study there as most of the students who go there to study wishes to have one as it helps them to work and earn extra money because student pass only permits you to work only 16 hours in a week.


I want to study English Litreaure. Which college is best suited for it in Singapore?

Aishwarya Bp 26th Jan, 2020


PSB Academy

NIE singapore (NTU)

Nanyang Technological University (NTU)

National University of Singapore (NUS)

These are the top Universities which provides English Literature Course.

Hope it helps

Thank you

Never miss exam and college updates Login
The question have been saved in answer later, you can access it from your profile anytime. Access now

Download the Careers360 App on your Android phone

Regular exam updates, QnA, Predictors, College Applications & E-books now on your Mobile

Careers360 App
150M+ Students
24,000+ Colleges
500+ Exams
1500+ E-books