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Student Visa for Singapore

A Student's Pass allows a foreigner to remain in Singapore for the purposes of study. A foreigner is required to apply for a Student's Pass if he/she has been accepted by an education institution to pursue full-time studies in Singapore, unless he/she is a:

  • Dependant's Pass holder studying in a Government/ Government-Aided/ Independent school/ Foreign System School/ Kindergarten registered with MOE or Childcare centre licensed by MCYS;
  • Immigration Exemption Order holder; or
  • Visitor who has been granted a short term Social Visit Pass at the Singapore Checkpoint and wish to attend a short course that can be completed within the validity of the initial Social Visit Pass granted to him/her at the Singapore Checkpoint or 30 days, whichever is shorter. The course must:

a) be a complete module and stand-alone module of its own. Courses with multiple programme modules are excluded from this Student's Pass exemption scheme; and

b) not involve hands-on practical occupational training and/or industrial attachment which have interaction with walk-in customers or be conducted at premises that are also places of business, e.g. hair salons and beauty salons.

Depending on the type of education institution that a foreigner is intending to study in, the requirements and procedures for applying for a Student's Pass will differ. Please check with the education institution you intend to study with for more information:

Professional Visit Pass

With effect from 1 February 2008, the Professional Visit Pass (PVP) will be replaced by two Work Passes:

  • Miscellaneous Work Pass: For foreigners entering Singapore for short-term assignments 
  • Work Permit (Performing Artiste): For foreign artistes performing at night-clubs, lounges, pubs, restaurants, hotels and country clubs

Foreign professionals/workers who wish to obtain more information and apply for a Work Pass should refer to the Ministry of Manpower, Singapore.

For Professionals Issued with PVPs before 1 February 2008

Cancellation of PVPs

Foreign artistes issued with PVPs are required to surrender their valid PVPs to Visitor Services Centre, ICA, for cancellation within 7 days from the date of cessation or termination of their performances.

Refund of Security Deposit/Release of Banker's Guarantee

The ICA will refund the Security Deposit/release the Banker's Guarantee of foreign artistes issued with PVPs:

  • After the foreign artiste's departure from Singapore is confirmed, AND 
  • There is no breach of any of the conditions stated in the security bond executed by the local sponsor

Generally, it takes about 4 weeks to process the refund of the Security Deposit/release of the Banker's Guarantee.

 

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