Foreign professionals and entrepreneurs working in Singapore with a valid work permit should take note of the following guidelines by the Ministry of Manpower (MOM) and ICA:
Applicants who wish to pursue full-time studies in a Singapore Institution are required to cancel their work pass and apply for a student’s pass. The granting of the student’s pass is subject to ICA’s approval.
Applicants must submit proof of cancellation of work pass with MOM or a copy of the social visit pass that is currently valid. TVI will inform you of the submission of these documents via email.
International students wishing to pursue full-time studies in a Singapore institution are required to apply for a Student’s Pass (STP). TVI can only provide assistance to submit your application. The granting of the Student’s Pass is subject to approval by Singapore’s Immigration & Checkpoints Authority. Payment costs 300 SGD.
New applications are to be submitted via
The following documents may be required by the Immigration and Checkpoints Authority of Singapore (ICA):
Applicant of the Student’s Pass:
If one of the applicant’s parents or step-parents is a Singapore citizen or permanent resident:
If the applicant’s spouse is a Singapore citizen or permanent resident:
Note: Successful applicants are required to produce all original copies of their basic and supporting documents for verification when collecting their Student’s Pass.
The normal processing time is 4-5 weeks upon receipt of the Student’s Pass application and required documents. However, some applications may take a longer time to process. Applicants will be notified of the outcome via email. You are advised to check your email inbox (including spam and junk folders) regularly.
Applicants are required to collect the Student’s Pass in person from ICA. The collection point is on the fourth storey of the ICA Building. The completion of formalities is strictly by appointment via the ICA e-appointment facility.
Successful applicants are required to produce all original copies of their basic and supporting documents for verification when collecting the Student’s passes.
Note: If documents are not in English, please provide a translated or notarised version.
For students who are renewing their Student's Pass to continue the same course in the same school:
Please submit the STP Application to TVI student support at least four weeks before the expiry of your current Student’s Pass.
For students who are changing programmes:
Please submit the STP Application to Student Support at least four weeks before the start of the new programme.