The Singapore Immigration VISA allows the holder to enter the Singaporean point of entry, where they will be checked by the Immigration & Checkpoints Authority (ICA) officers.
The ICA would decide whether the visitor meets the requirements for entry into the Country.
Having a Singapore VISA does not mean you will be allowed to enter the Country, this is because the Singapore VISA is just pre-entry permission.
You will receive a Pass which allows you to enter Singapore and stay for the duration that the Pass is issued, once you meet the VISA requirements.
Singapore Immigration VISA
You should provide the following documents when applying:
- Completed Singapore VISA application form; You have to answer questions regarding your personal information, marital status, where in Singapore you will be staying, your address in your home country, the purpose of your visit, your intended stay, and so on. You must sign the document yourself. When you arrive at the entry port in Singapore, the ICU could ask you to submit it.
- Your passport/travel document; It has to be valid for at least six months after your VISA expires.
- Photocopy of your passport’s bio-data; It has to be in an A4 format.
- Photocopy of booked airline ticket or travel itinerary; A4 format.
- Passport-size picture of yourself; It must have been taken in the last three months, have a white background, and show you facing forward with a neutral expression. You are not permitted to have headgear unless it is for religious reasons. Even so, the headgear cannot obstruct the face.
- Letter of Introduction; This document must be signed by your local contact or strategic partner and be attached to your application. It asks your contact/partner in Singapore to provide your personal information, the reason you want to visit Singapore, how long you will stay, as well as the relationship between you and them.
- A credit card; You will use the card to pay for the Singapore VISA processing fee. The card must be a VISA or MasterCard.
- Yellow Fever Vaccination (If applicable); If you have been to the countries on the table below six days before traveling to Singapore, you will need to show the ICA officers at the entry point that an International Certificate of Vaccination for yellow fever.
Note: When you want to Immigrate to Singapore you have to indicate your purpose of residing in the Country. This helps you know the kind of VISA you’re applying for, whether as a Student or you want to work in Singapore.
Before applying for the VISA, you have to confirm if your Country needs a VISA to enter into Singapore or not.
Most Countries are exempted from getting a VISA before entering Singapore.
The ones that needs a VISA are grouped into two. The Assessment Level I Countries and Assessment Level II Countries.
The level in which your Country is in, determines part of the application process as well as the VISA processing time.
You can apply for the VISA online, through a local Singaporean contact or a strategic partner, using ICA’s e-Service. Or at a Singaporean diplomatic mission.
Take note of the followings:
- You cannot submit a Singapore VISA application yourself. You need to find an authorized VISA agent, strategic partner or local contact in Singapore to submit the Singapore VISA application for you, even though you fill out your own VISA application form, and gather your documents.
- Authorized VISA agents and strategic partners are travel agencies that the Singaporean government has authorized to submit VISA applications. They can submit an application on your behalf through the SAVE (Submission of Application for VISA Electronically) that is available on ICA’s (Immigration & Checkpoints Authority) website.
- A Singapore local contact is someone you know and trust in Singapore (citizen or permanent resident) that is eligible to register on SingPass and submit an application for you. They must be at least 21 years old.
- You will have to get in touch with them regarding their requirements and application process, if you are applying through a Singaporean diplomatic mission.
You will have to pay your Singapore VISA processing fee once it’s done.
Countries That Needs To Present Proof Of Yellow Fever Vaccination
One of the documents you need to present for the Singapore Immigration VISA application, is a proof of the Yellow fever vaccination.
The following Countries are to show this proof before when applying for the VISA.
- Central African Republic
- Sierra Leone
- French Guiana
- South Sudan
- Burkina Faso
- Cote d’ivoire
- Trinidad and Tobago
- Democratic Republic of the Congo
- Equatorial Guinea
What Will Happen After I Have Gotten The VISA?
Once you receive your Singapore VISA, you or your partner can print a paper copy of the e-VISA.
After receiving your VISA, you can travel to Singapore, where the Immigration & Checkpoints Authority (ICA) officers, determine at the entry points whether you should be allowed to enter and issue you a Pass.
Singapore Immigration VISA Processing Time
The processing time for Assessment Level I Country, is 1 day. But if you are from an Assessment Level II Country, your VISA will be processed within three days.