Applying for Student Visa to Singapore
Monday, September 29, 2008
To pursue full-time studies in an institute of higher education in Singapore, you must first procure a student pass or a student visa. Four weeks is the normal procedural time, though some applications may take a longer time to process.
Applying for Visa
If you wish to procure a student pass, you first must have accepted a full time course from an educational institute within the list of Institute(s) of Higher Learning (IHL) in Singapore.
Once you get yourself registered as a prospective student with the IHL, you become eligible to apply online for the visa through the Students Pass On-Line Application and Registration (SOLAR) System, accessible at http://www.ica.gov.sg/.
You need to submit:
- A medical report (not more than 3 months old) in the prescribed form
- A copy of the in-principle approval letter
- Duly signed copy of eform16, and
- Test of a medical examination taken in your home country
The visa application must reach the ICA at least two months before the commencement of the academic session. Barring a few selected polytechnics and universities, all other educational institutes require you to provide the name of a local Singapore sponsor (above 21 years of age) at the time of applying for a student pass.
The other documents that you would need to submit are:
- Valid passport
- Colour passport size photograph (taken on a white background)
- Fee for issuance of a student pass (S$ 40) per annum
- Proof of fluency in English
- Certificate from GCSE – General Certificate of Secondary Education,
- TOEFL – Test of English as a Foreign Language or IELTS – International English Language Testing System score, and
- Letter of acceptance from the university you intend to pursue your course
A student pass costs 40 Singapore Dollars and is valid for a year.
Work permit on Student Visa
Foreign students studying under IHL are generally, exempted from applying for a work permit if they wish to work during vacation time.
Exemption to apply for work permit is also applicable to those IHL listed students who do not work for more than 16 hours per week during the course session.