Who Must Apply for a Singapore Student Pass

If you have already been admitted to an educational institution in Singapore and plan to pursue full-time studies, you may need to apply for a Singapore Student Pass. However, there are some exceptions, and the following text will provide you with detailed information on these exceptions, as well as the requirements and procedures for obtaining a Student Pass.

Student Pass Requirements

Exceptions where a Student Pass is not required:

  1. Holders of Dependant Pass, Long-Term Visit Pass, and Immigration Exemption Order do not need a Student Pass to pursue full-time non-religious studies in Singapore. They can enroll in any school within the validity period of their existing passes. However, if the Student Pass expires or is canceled during the course of study, foreigners will need to submit a Student Pass application to continue their studies.

  2. Foreigners participating in short courses are exempted from holding a Student Pass if they meet the following conditions:

    • The course must be completed within the validity period of a Short-Term Visit Pass or within 30 days (whichever is shorter).
    • The course is a complete and standalone module, not part of a program with multiple course modules that require a Student Pass.
    • The course does not involve practical vocational training and/or industrial attachments involving client interaction, and is not conducted in premises operating as businesses (e.g., hair salons or beauty parlors).

Student Pass Requirements:

To apply for a Student Pass, you must be admitted to a full-time course recognized by Singapore. Part-time courses and courses conducted in the evenings or on weekends do not qualify.

Types of Educational Institutions and Requirements

The requirements and procedures for a Student Pass may vary depending on the type of educational institution you intend to study at. Here are some common types of educational institutions:

  • Approved Private Education Institutions
  • Foreign System Schools and Private Schools
  • Government/Government-Aided/Independent Schools
  • Polytechnics
  • Kindergartens and Child Care Centers
  • Institutes of Higher Learning

Click on the respective links based on your specific situation for more information.

Additional Information

  • If you wish to transfer to another school after your application has been approved but before you have received your Student Pass, you will need to submit a new application.

  • Applicants born overseas and aged 12 years and below are required to submit vaccination information to the Health Promotion Board (HPB). For details, please visit the HPB website.

COVID-19 Vaccination Requirements

If you are 13 years old or older (based on your year of birth) and your application is approved, you will need to receive a COVID-19 vaccine and achieve the minimum required protection before completing the pass issuance process unless you obtain a medical exemption certified by a Singapore doctor. Please refer to the Ministry of Health (MOH) website for more detailed information on how to achieve the minimum required protection.

Please note that individuals vaccinated overseas must update their overseas vaccination records with the National Immunisation Registry (NIR). Refer to the Ministry of Health’s website for more detailed information on how to do this.

Before embarking on your journey to study in Singapore, it is essential to thoroughly understand the Student Pass requirements and procedures. Make sure to reach out to your chosen educational institution or the official authorities in Singapore to ensure you are fully prepared. We hope this blog post helps you gain a better understanding of the relevant matters concerning the Student Pass.

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