Study in Singapore
Although the rejection rate is low, there is no fixed set of requirements that, if fulfilled, gives you the right to a student pass. You submit the documents, and ICA makes a decision. That said, if the following boxes are ticked, you will most likely be granted a student pass:
- The institution submits the application on your behalf once you chose a full-time course at a recognized educational institution;
- Academic credentials to support that you have completed secondary or tertiary education;
- Your forms are properly filled and the supporting documents all check out.
Singapore has the ambition to be a regional education hub. So in general, the student pass process is kept as accessible and streamlined as possible. Nevertheless, rejections do occur in certain cases.
It is advisable to process your Student Pass application as soon as you can. You can send scans to your school for the first submission, but need to bring the originals when you collect your pass.
That said, you can enter Singapore with a social visit pass and start your course already. Just do verify with the school whether, in the unlikely case of student pass rejection, they will refund you the remaining course fees. Most schools will agree to this.
Another thing to keep in mind, is that you always need a valid endorsement in your passport, be it a student pass or social visit pass. Never overstay even if your student pass application is pending.