Singapore student visa- All about the application process
Singapore student visa -The Singapore Student’s Pass is one of the most vital elements of admission for any international student who plans to pursue his /her studies in the country. Students who have been accepted to pursue educational interests under qualified institutions are given a student’s pass which also takes the form of a Singapore student visa.
Here, we have decoded the Singapore student visa application process through a series of questions and steps.
Read below to get a comprehensive understanding of the Singapore student visa process and how to apply for a student visa:
Q: What do you need?
A: All international students planning to pursue studies in Singapore should apply for a Student’s Pass. You can apply for a Student’s Pass only if you have been accepted by an educational institute in Singapore to study a full time course.
International students from countries which require visa to enter Singapore can show an in–principle approval letter issued by the Immigration & Checkpoints Authority (ICA) at the checkpoints, in place of a visa.
Click here to find the list of countries which require visa to enter Singapore
Q: Who needs a Student’s pass?
A: Students under the following categories require a Pass:
Approved Private Education Organizations
Kindergarten/Childcare Centre registered with MSF
Foreign System Schools
Institutes of Technical Education
Polytechnics and Universities
Q: When to apply for the Singapore student visa?
A: It is necessary that aspirants apply for the Student Pass at least one month prior to the commencement of their programme but not more than 2 months in advance. Also, the criteria for the Student’s Pass vary for different classes of educational institutes.
Q: Whom do you approach?
A: All visa applications to Singapore have to be passed through the Singapore Immigration & Checkpoints Authority or ICA.
Q: How to get started with the application process?
A: The application process for Singapore student visa is different for different educational levels.
1. Polytechnics and Universities
There are 20 IHLs in Singapore. They are:
Digipen Institute of Technology, Singapore
Ecole Superieure Des Sciences Economiques Et
German Institute of Science and Technology (GIST)
Nanyang Technological University
Ngee Ann Polytechnic
National University of Singapore
NYU Tisch School of the Arts, Asia
Singapore Institute of Technology
Singapore Management University
Singapore University of Technology and Design
Sorbonne Assas International Law School
S P Jain School of Global Management
University of Nevada, Las Vegas (UNLV), Singapore
University of Chicago Booth School of Business
2. Approved Private Education Organizations
These are approved EduTrusted private education organizations (PEOs) registered with the Council for Private Education (CPE). Institutes like James Cook, MDIS and Curtin fall in this category.
Click here to get the full list of PEOs
3. Institutes of Technical Education
Institutes of Technical Education provide vocational training to secondary school leavers in Singapore. A local sponsor who is a Singaporean citizen or a permanent resident is required for application of Student’s Pass in this case.
For all the categories of institutions, the applications have to be submitted through Student’s Pass On-Line Application & Registration (SOLAR) system.
The process for IHLs higher learning is as follows:
A: Registration with SOLAR by the university
The institute of higher learning where the student has applied to has to first register the international student through SOLAR with the student’s name, date of birth, nationality as well the course and reference number.
B: Submit eform 16:
After the student is registered on SOLAR, he/she may apply for the student’s pass through eform 16.
The applicant is required to fill in the following details at the time of registration:
A registration notice with the login details provided by the university;
Contact details in Singapore. In most of the cases, the student can provide the address of the institution he/she will be studying at.
The applicant’s email address.
Students whose parents are Singaporeans or foreigners who are working or residing in Singapore are required to provide NRIC/FIN of the parents;
The applicant is also required to paste one recent passport-sized colour photograph
C. Processing time
It takes 10 working days to process the student pass for students. However, applications increase during the July –August period. Hence, students are advised to apply in advance during that period.
Students who are deemed fit to get a Student’s Pass are issued an in – principle approval letter by the ICA through their university. The visa for students, who require it, is attached to the IPA.
On reaching Singapore, students are required to report to the Student’s Pass Unit for completion of further formalities.
D. Documents checklist for completion of formalities
Students are required to furnish the following documents for completion of formalities:
Valid passport alongwith a copy of the particulars page.
The Disembarkation/Embarkation card of the student, granted on entry into Singapore.
One recent colour passport-sized photograph. The photograph should have a white background.
The eForm 16 printout submitted through SOLAR;
A copy of the IPA letter; and
A medical report in the format available available on ICA’s website.
E. Application fees
The current processing fee for a Student’s Pass is S$30. However, applicants are also required to file an additional S$60 for issuance of the Pass.
Applicants who require a visa will have to pay an additionalS$30.
Q: Do I have to cancel my Student Pass?
A: Yes. International students are required to cancel their Student’s pass within 7 days from their graduation. For cancellation the student has to submit:
A cancellation form;
The Student’s Pass Card; and
Student’s Visit Pass and Disembarkation/Embarkation Card.
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