In 2018, there were 50,000 foreign students studying in Singapore. With the country’s amazing landscapes, tourist spots, diverse culture, and affordable and high-quality education, it’s no wonder a lot of students choose Singapore as their study abroad destination. Though Singapore is small in size, the country is known for its high ranking schools. In 2018 alone, three of its universities landed in the QS World University Rankings. The Singaporean government has put a premium on education so that students will have the best study experience. Even after graduation, Singapore offers a lot of career opportunities for students.
If you are planning to study in Singapore, you need to apply for a Student Pass which is the country’s equivalent of a student visa. All Student Pass applications will have to go through the Student’s Pass Online Application & Registration (SOLAR) system.
You are only eligible to apply for a student pass once you have been offered a place at an Institute for Higher Learning (IHL). Meanwhile, if you are applying for other types of schools— such as Foreign System Schools (FSS), Approved Private Education Organizations (APEO), Government/Government Aided/Independent Schools, and Institutes of Technical Education (ITE)—you still have to apply through SOLAR. But you may be asked for a different set of requirements.
Here is the list of requirements you need to prepare when applying for a Singapore student visa for Filipinos.
Application for Singapore student visa for Filipinos step-by-step guide:
Here’s a step by step guide of how you can apply for a Singapore student’s pass. Remember, the pass would only be provided to you once you enter Singapore. The following steps will discuss the entire process.
Step 1: Prepare all the necessary documents. Complete your registration and admission process at the university you are enrolling.
Step 2: Once you’re done with the admission process, you will be given a Confirmation Letter along with a SOLAR Reference Number. Keep your copy of the Confirmation Letter from the university you wish to attend.
Step 3: After the admission, the university is required to register you through the SOLAR system.
Step 4: Login to the SOLAR website using your SOLAR reference number. After logging in, fill out all the requirements. Make sure that all fields are answered correctly. Check if there are any spelling or punctuation errors.
Step 5: Submit your eForm 16 and pay the processing fee of $30 SGD. You can either pay the processing fee through internet banking or via debit/credit card. After submitting your eForm 16, print out the eForm. You will submit this to the Students Pass Unit of the Immigration and Checkpoints Authority to complete the process.
The Singapore student pass application process usually takes around five to ten days. However, processing may take longer during peak periods in July and August. So it is important to start your student pass application at least a month before your planned departure.
After you have completed your program, you need to surrender your student pass within one week. If you wish to work in Singapore after you finish your studies, you have to apply for a post-study work visa or work pass.
Ready to start your study abroad journey in Singapore? For more information on schools, courses, and scholarships available for you in Singapore, visit the Edukasyon.ph Study Abroad page!