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.


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best university for mba in Singapore

batchasikkander17 25th May, 2020

Hi Madhavan,

Here I list the top business school for MBA in Singapore.

1. National University of Singapore (NUS)

2. INSEAD Singapore

3. Nanyang Technological University (NTU) - Nayang business school

4. Singapore Management University- Lee Kong Chian School of Business

All the above four universities are among the top 50 universities in world rankings.

I hope this helps you.


What is the cost to become a Neurosurgeon or Neurologist in Singapore after completing MS or MD from India?

Neha Kanwar 20th Apr, 2020

Hello Aspirant,

Here is the list of some colleges of Singapore for this course with their total fee:

1. Nanyang Technological University - Rs 20 lakhs

2. National University of Singapore - Rs 40 lakhs

3. Lasalle College Singapore - Rs 15 lakhs

4. James Cook University - Rs 15 lakhs

5. Duke, NUS Medical School, Singapore - Rs 40 lakhs.

Hope it clears your doubt.

Good Luck!


Please say, What is the Working hours of Neurosurgeons in India and Singapore?

dshikhaofficial Student Expert 18th Apr, 2020
The working hours of a neurosurgeon in India or Singapore,in fact any country for that matter varies for different hospitals he/she works in. The working hours  also depends upon the number of patients visiting the doctor. A doctor needs to make himself/herself available for a patient at any time of the day. However,8-12 hours a day is generally invested by a neurosurgeon in  hospitals/clinics in India or Singapore or anywhere in world.
Hope this helps.
Good luck.

How to study Medical PG in Singapore by Scholarship after completing MBBS in India?

lubhan cherwoo 21st Apr, 2020
If the MBBS degree you did in India is recognised by the Singapore Ministry of Health (Singapore only accepts degrees from renowned universities), then there are many postgraduate medical studies that you can go for non-clinical post-grad studies like pharmacology and biochemistry or clinical courses like surgery and O&G

Scholarships in Singapore:

Singapore Internationational Graduate Award

  • Commonwealth Scholarship in Singapore 2020

  • ASEAN Undergraduate Scholarship At NUS In Singapore 2020

  • National University Of Singapore Scholarships 2020

  • George Lyndon Hicks Fellowship For Developing Countries 2020
  • Golden Key Scholarship 2020 For International Students

I wish to become a Neurosurgeon, but first I wish to practice in the United States or Singapore for half of my career and to spend last half of my career in India. Whether my wish is a good one? Is it possible? Is my decision is correct? Kindly commend on my wish?

Priyaanka Sarkar Student Expert 7th Apr, 2020

Raja, we have been discussing your career and aspirations for a while now and we appreciate that you want to take Career360's opinion on the matter of your career. So by now, you are aware of the fact what it takes to become a neurosurgeon and what it is to clear USMLE, practise as a resident in the US. We also have discussed the life style and the salary part. Now regarding the first half and later half of the career, we only wish we could predict our timeline on this planet. We do not which might be the first half or which might be the later part. But no wish is bad. If you want to achieve something, you should lest you regret for the rest of your lofe. Now to practise in the US, you may have to appear for USMLE, clear the step 1 and then practise as a resident before you can get the license to practise as a full time neurosurgeon. That is a long process that might take good 4-5 years. You study MBBS in India for 50 months and then complete the 1 year rotational internship and it takes you as many as 5 years. And appearing for USMLE and then working as a resident take another 4 years and so 10 years of your life are spent getting a valid license to practise in the US. And then lets say after 5 years you want to move to Singapore, that takes a whole different processing because you need to appear for their license exam. And you work in Singapore for lets say another 5 years and you come back to India. 15 years of your life are spent studying and getting licenses. But the beauty is within 15 years you can actually get license to practise in 3 countries. So you need to take a call. Or how about you finish MBBS in India, move to Singapore to study your MD/MS and plan on moving to the US? That way the transition is going to be smoother.

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