Study in 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.
Here are five easy tips to get your Singapore student visa in time:
- Once you are accepted by an educational institute at 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),
- Form V36 (collects additional information about student visa applicant),
- 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,
- Banker's guarantee of SGD 5000 or Rs 2,00,000 from cashier's order or established bank in Singapore.
- Students should apply for the 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 1200 while the visa issuance fee, charged after the Student's Pass is issued, is around Rs 2400.
- 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 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 problem as a student in Singapore.