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Student Pass Application

Student Pass
Procedures & Requirements

Obtaining a Student Pass is an essential step for international students who wish to pursue their education in Singapore.

This document, issued by the Immigration and Checkpoints Authority (ICA), grants foreign students permission to reside in the country for the duration of their studies. Here, we detail the procedures and requirements for the Student Pass application process.

About the Student Pass/Visa
Applying to Study 
and Stay in SingaporeThe Singapore Government has made applications to study and stay in Singapore very easy. The agency to help you process your Student’s Pass or Social Visit Pass is the Immigration & Checkpoints Authority (ICA). You can contact them at:

Address: ICA Building 4th Storey 10 Kallang Road Singapore 208718

Tel: (65) 6391 6100

Student Pass Submission & Collection
  • New applications must be submitted at least two months and not more than six months from the course commencement date.

  • Applicants are not required to be present in Singapore while their applicants are being considered. Hence, applicants are advised to apply for a Student’s Pass outside of Singapore as there will be no guarantee on the extension of stay while the applications are under processing.

  • Applicants are advised to enter Singapore to complete the formalities for the issuance of a Student’s Pass only after they have received the In-Principle-Approval (IPA) letter from ICA. They will be issued with Student’s Passes within one month from the course commencement date.
Students or Education Agent are
to submit a soft copy of the following
documents to Trinity International College

  • Applicant’s Birth Certificate (Notarised)Applicant’s Highest Education Certificate (Notarised)Data page of Applicant’s Passport2 recent colour photograph of the applicant (Passport-size with white background)Documented Proof of financial ability in the form of bank statement/fixed deposit/saving accounts. (for visa-required countries)Applicant’s parents’ passport or identity cardApplicant’s siblings’ passport or identity cardA completed copy of Trinity International College Course Application Form Foreign-born children aged 12 years old and below, are required to submit documented proof of vaccination or evidence of immunity for diphtheria and measles to the Health Promotion Board (HPB) for verification. They will have to do so before they proceed with their applications to ICA for Student Pass. You will need to access the Verification of Vaccination Requirements eService website ( are required to retain the original and translated vaccination documents (if translation is required) and Immunisation Registration Form after submitting online. An application fee of S$35 will be charged.
A photocopy of the following
additional documents is also
required if one of your parents/
step-parents is a Singapore Citizen or
Permanent Resident. You will need the
following documents:
  • Parent’s/Step-parent’s official marriage certificate/divorce certificate and your custody papers, where applicable (Photocopy)

  • Parent’s/Step -parent’s Highest Education Certificate (Photocopy)

  • Parent’s/Step-parent’s employment letter or Business Registration Certification if self-employed

  • Parent’s/Step-parent’s monthly CPF contribution for the past 12 months

  • Parent’s/Step-parent’s Income Tax Assessment Notices for the past 3 years (Photocopy)
Exemption from Applying 
for a Student’s Pass
A foreigner is exempted from applying for 
a Student’s Pass if he/she is a:

  • Dependant’s Pass holder studying in a Government/Government-Aided/lndependent School/ Foreign System School/Kindergarten registered with MOE 
or Childcare centre licensed by MCYS;

  • Immigration Exemption Order holder

  • A visitor who has been granted a short-term Visit Pass at the Singapore Checkpoint and wish to attend a short course that can be completed within the validity period of the initial Visit Pass granted to him/her at the Singapore checkpoint or 30 days, whichever is shorter.
Security DepositWhere applicable, a security deposit may be required from the applicant upon approval of the application. The amount of security deposit is as follows:

• Bangladesh
• Myanmar
• People’s Republic of China 
• India

Rate Per Person

• Indonesia
• Philippines
• Thailand

Rate Per Person

Other Countries

Rate Per Person

Alternatively, a student may purchase a Banker’s guarantee to cover the requirement of the Security Deposit. Price of the Banker’s Guarantee can be found in the course brochure.
Students Pass ApplicationHaving a valid Student Pass allows an international student to remain in Singapore for a sufficient period of time to complete his course of study. The college will handle all documentation for the Student Pass application.
Processing TimeThe general processing time for a new application is about four weeks upon the receipt of a duly completed application by ICA.

Some applications may however take a longer time to process. The student/agent will be notified of the outcome by email or telephone.

The IPA letter will be forwarded to the student for entry into Singapore to complete the formalities.