Singapore Student Visa Guide

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Rahul Singha
Study Abroad Expert
Updated on Jan 18, 2021 16:26 IST

Student Visa for Singapore: After receiving the offer letter from the desired institute for a particular course, students need to apply for a student pass to enter Singapore. Institutes in Singapore will file (register) the Singapore student pass for Indian application on behalf of the students to Singapore immigration and Checkpoint Authority (ICA). Applications are submitted through the Student’s Pass On-Line Application & Registration (SOLAR) system. New applications for a Student’s Pass must be submitted at least one month and not more than two months before the commencement of the course.

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Cost of Visa

Candidates looking to apply for a Singapore Study Visa are required to pay the following visa fee

  • Processing Fee
    A processing fee of S$30 (Rs 1,637 approx) is required for every application submitted to ICA. The fee is non-refundable. For submission, via SOLAR+ you’ll be required to make payment by credit/debit card or internet banking. 
  • Issuance Fee
    A S$60 (Rs 3,275 approx) issuance fee is charged on every student's pass issued and a further S$30 multiple-entry visa fee. The fee is payable when the successful applicant completes the formality to collect the Student's Pass.


Following documents will be required for application purposes:

  • Valid passport – Your passport must be valid for at least three months beyond your period of stay in Singapore.
  • Completed Student Visa Application Forms – ICA form 16 & Form V36
  • Application fee payment receipt, as you are required to pay S$30, which translates roughly to Rs 1,618. An issuance fee of S$60 (Rs 3,236) has to be paid once the Student's Pass is approved and issued.
  • The offer letter – You need to have an offer of a place from a Singapore institute/university. The forms are usually issued after the tuition fees have been received.
  • Two passport-sized photographs (if applicable)
  • Bank Statements - Funds to be shown = Tuition fee + 8400 S$
  • Fixed Deposit Receipts (if necessary)
  • Bank loan sanction letter (if necessary)
  • Transcripts, diplomas, degrees, or certificates from schools you attended
  • Test scores that your college required, such as the TOEFL, GRE, or GMAT
  • How you will pay for all educational, living and travel costs

Note: Additional documentation may be required. During the personal interview, additional documents may be requested by the interviewer. These may be documents to prove evidence of academic or financial status.

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How to apply

New applications for a Student’s Pass must be submitted at least one month before the commencement of the course. Applications must be submitted through the Student’s Pass On-Line Application & Registration (SOLAR) system. 

1. Registration of Application by an Institute of Higher Learning (IHL)
Before the foreign student submits an application for Student’s Pass-through SOLAR, the college must first register the student through SOLAR with the following information:

  • Name, date of birth, gender and nationality of the student
  • Course details, course commencement, and course end dates
  • SOLAR application reference number

2. Submission of eForm 16 by Student 
Once the college has successfully registered the student, the student may log in to SOLAR to submit eForm 16. Applicants must have the following information before logging into SOLAR:

  • A registration acknowledgment notice with the login information provided by the college
  • Passport details (passport number, date of expiry, etc.)
  • Singapore’s address and contact details (if not available, provide the school’s registered address)
  • Applicant’s email address.
  • One recent passport-sized color photograph

Upon submission of the eForm 16 through SOLAR, students are required to print a copy of the eForm for submission to the Student’s Pass Unit, ICA, to complete formalities for the issuance of a Student’s Pass.


The spouse and children of full-time graduate research students can get sponsorship from the university for a Social Visit Pass to stay in Singapore. The graduate students should get their spouse and children to apply for an entry visa at Singapore's embassy.  When the spouse and children arrive in Singapore, they will be given a 4-week Social Visit Pass at the airport.

Additional Information

You can work part-time for up to 16 hours per week. Work permits are not required for those who want to work during holidays, as they can work full-time without any visa restrictions.

After the degree program is over, international students can submit an application for a one-year Visit Pass to ICA (Immigration & Checkpoints Authority of Singapore), if they want to look for employment opportunities in Singapore. This can be done online through e-VP.

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Where to apply

Singapore High Commission, New Delhi
Chancery N-88, Panchsheel Park
New Delhi-110017
Telephone: +91-11-41019801/+91-11-41019804/ +91-11-41019818

Singapore Consulate, Chennai

17-A North Boag Road
Telephone: +91-44-2815-8207/ +91-44-2815-8208

Singapore Consulate, Mumbai
Consulate 101, 10th Floor, Maker Chambers IV, 222, Jamnalal Bajaj Road, 
Telephone: +91-22-2204-3205/ +91-22-2204-3209

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Scholarships for studying in Singapore

Singapore has emerged as the latest entrant in the international education industry and within a short span of time, it has gained a reputation for itself in this domain. In order to attract more international students, many universities both private and public are offering various scholarships. Apart from this, students can benefit from a lot of other fellowships offered by different organizations and governments. We have listed some of the popular scholarships for pursuing higher education in Singapore.

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Can spouse and children go along, if it’s student visa?

Reply to Nilima


Rahul SinghaStudy Abroad Expert


Hello Nilima. The student visa is only applicable to the person who is going to study abroad. No other family member can travel on a student visa. He/she has to apply for an appropriate visa to be able to travel.

Hi ,
Even though the Visa application is initiated by the university, are we supposed to go through personal interviews for the sanction of Student Visa?
Thank you in advance

Reply to K N Spurthy


Rahul SinghaStudy Abroad Expert


Hello Study Abroad aspirant. Yes. You would be required to attend a visa interview that would be scheduled by the visa officer after going through your application process and documents.

As I had a word with one education consultant she told me that I don't have to show funds for my living cost etc ?

Reply to Sarthak Arora


Rahul SinghaStudy Abroad Expert


Hello Sarthk. You will have to show them proof that you can support yourself while in their country, and hence you will have to show them living cost funds, or else your visa may be rejected on the same grounds.


Abhi Bhawe


Hi sir just wanted to know whether I can submit my form 16 electronically before 2 months of commencement of course?

Reply to Abhi Bhawe


Rahul SinghaStudy Abroad Expert


Hello Abhi. you required to log in to the Student's Pass Online Application and Registration (SOLAR) to submit your eForm 16.

Hello.i thinking about study at singapore in LSBF college in diploma logistics and global supply chain management my agent say visa fees is s$330 and application fees is S$450. So i want someone's guide please suggest me..what is actual visa and application fees?

Reply to Krunal Narola


Rahul SinghaStudy Abroad Expert


Hello Krunal. The information required by you is mentioned in the article above. You can always check on the official website to cross-check the numbers.

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