Apply for Singapore Student Visa in 5 Simple Steps

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Anumika Bahukhandi
Study Abroad Expert
Updated on Mar 29, 2023 21:01 IST
Singapore Student Visa

An Indian student who aspires to study in Singapore will need to apply for a student visa. However, if you have a Dependent Pass or Immigration Exemption Order, you may be able to bypass this stage. The Immigration and Checkpoints Authority (ICA) issues various types of Singapore Student Visas on the basis of the programme type and stay duration. Applicants aged 19 or below at the time of filling the application form, who intend to pursue a full-time programme at an approved Private Education Organisation, will get their applications processed by the ICA straightaway. But those who are aged 19 and above and intend to pursue a language, vocational, commercial or fine arts non-graduate/PG degree programme may have to appear for an interview which the embassy would carry out. An email will be sent to Singapore PEO regarding the schedule of the interview within one month of submission of the application. So all those who have applied for an interview can get to know about the dates by reaching out to PEO.

Check: Singapore Student Visa Guide 2023: Document Requirements, Fees and Where to apply?

Types of Singapore Student Visas 

  • Student Pass: This is meant for overseas students who have obtained an offer letter from an institution in Singapore to pursue full-time studies.
  • Student Pass (Pre-University): This is meant for those overseas students who have been enrolled on pre-university courses such as the Singapore-Cambridge GCE A-Level programme or International Baccalaureate (IB).
  • Student Pass (Private Education Institution): This is meant for those overseas students who have got admission to full-time private education institutions in Singapore.
  • Training Employment Pass: Those overseas students who are undergoing practical training in Singapore as part of their studies can get this pass issued.

Pre-Requisites of a Singapore Student Visa

  • Offer Letter: Before you can apply for a Singapore Student Visa, you will have to apply and obtain admission into a recognized university/college in the country.
  • Student Pass Application: Once you’ve received an admission letter from an institute, an application for a Student Pass will be sent on your behalf by the institute itself through the Student’s Pass Online Application & Registration (SOLAR) system. One needs to send the relevant documents and information to the institution in order to facilitate the application process.
  • Submission of Documents: Documents which have to be submitted include a passport-sized photograph, a valid passport, academic transcripts, examination certificates, etc. The application fee also needs to be paid along with it.
  • Result: Once you’ve submitted your application, you will have to wait for the result. This may take four weeks or maybe more. You will get to know about the outcome once it is out.
  • Student Pass Collection: Students whose applications will get approved have to get their Student Pass from the ICA within 30 days of arriving in the country.

Check: Application procedure for Singapore Student Pass

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Here are five easy tips to get your Singapore student visa on time:

  • Once you are accepted by an educational institute in Singapore, it will issue you an IPA letter, which is valid for two weeks. This letter is one of the key documents that you will require to get a Student's Pass of Singapore student visa. Other documents that you will require include:
    • Form 16 (Application Form for Student Visa)
    • A valid passport
    • Offer Letter
    • Proof of payment of the registration and tuition fee
    • Form V36 (collects additional information about student visa applicants)
    • Form V39S (Sponsorship Letter)
    • Two passport-sized photographs
    • Birth certificate, other certificates and mark sheets of the applicant in English
    • TOEFL or IELTS score certificate (if required)
    • Banker's guarantee of SGD 5000 or Rs 2,00,000 from cashier's order or established bank in Singapore

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  • Students should apply for a student visa to Singapore at least two months before the commencement of the academic programme at the Immigration and Checkpoints Authority (ICA). This can be done online using the Student's Pass Online Application & Registration (SOLAR) system. Normally, it just takes 10 to 15 working days to get your student visa application processed but since July and August are the busiest months for visa applications, processing may take longer during these two months.
  • Apart from applying for a valid Singapore Visa, also make sure that your passport has a validity of at least six months after the duration of the course.
  • The visa processing fee is around Rs 1855 for online applications and Rs 3711 for manual applications.
  • Not all institutes in Singapore allow work privileges to their students. You can check out the website of the Ministry of Manpower to see which institutes allow international students to work part-time. For institutes that do allow their students to take up part-time employment, the limit has been set to 16 hours per week during the study period. Students can also take up employment during vacations.

It is important to comply with the visa rules to make sure that you do not face any problems as a student in Singapore.

Read More: Study in Singapore - Colleges, Eligibility & Scholarships

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Anumika Bahukhandi
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4 years ago

I have low percentage and get offer letter from jcu Singapore what visa chances?mam/ sir

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