Post Study Work Visa in Singapore for Indian Students

Post Study Work Visa in Singapore for Indian Students

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Anumika Bahukhandi
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Updated on Aug 30, 2023 22:59 IST

A steady rise of multinationals in Singapore has increased the demand for professionals, creating a strong job market for students aspiring to work after their higher education.The graduate visa or post-study work permit has been implemented by Singapore to attract students from overseas. In this article, we will discuss the post-study work permit in Singapore, its application process, the documents required, and much more.

Post Study Work Visa in Singapore for Indian Students

Why Study in Singapore?

Singapore continues to be a strong centre of economic activity. One of the busiest ports in the world, the country, for a very long time, enjoyed stupendous growth rates. Starting from banking, the country attracted the best business houses from the world and quickly became the hub of all commercial activity. Students can apply for and get a non-renewable Long Term Visit Pass of one year to stay in Singapore to look for relevant employment, provided, they have completed their education from a recognized and approved Institute of Higher Learning (IHL).

While this continues to be the case, it is important to understand that as such, students cannot stay in Singapore on their Student Pass (Singapore Study Visa) to look for a job like in many European countries or the USA. But does that mean that students have to come back to India after completing their education? The answer is…not necessary. One to three months of stay back option is available to students.

Usually, once a graduate's student pass has been expired or cancelled, he/she is granted a short-term visit pass. This particular visa lets them stay in Singapore for a maximum of 90 days, during which they can explore various job options. But one can only search for job options, not take up employment while being on this visa.

Important Update: Long-Term Pass (LTP) is no more being issued as a hard copy now. The Immigration Checkpoints Authority (ICA) only issues the digital form of the same for long-duration visits, student’s as well as dependent’s passes. The validity of the hard copies of the LTPs, which were issued prior to February 27, will remain till they are cancelled or expire. Those holding a digital LTP can check their passes via the MyICA app on cell phones or on the official website of ICA. The step has been taken so that the requirement to visit ICA is eliminated. Application submission for the same can be done online nor would one lose his/her card. One can download the pass either in a PFD format or via OpenAttestation.

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What is the Singapore Long-Term Visit Pass?

Singapore work permit after study: A long-term Visit Pass (LTVP) can be issued to Indian students who have received their educational certificate/ degree from the listed Institutes of Higher Learning (IHL). Students must understand that this is a non-renewable visit pass and if they cannot acquire the employment which would make them eligible for a Work Permit by the end of that year, they would have to return to India.

Documents Required for an LTVP

The Immigration & Checkpoints Authority might ask for any or all of the following documents as part of the Singapore post-study work permit application.

  • Original and Copy of the educational certificate acquired from the IHL
  • Copy of Passport with a minimum validity of 6 months and personal particulars page
  • Valid Visit Pass issued to students when entering Singapore (as part of the Student Pass)
  • Student Pass issued at the time of admission
  • Recent Passport sized photo (one) which is
    • Not older than 3 months
    • in colour against a white unpolished/ matt background
    • In accordance with the visa requirements 

Singapore Long-Term Visit Pass Fees

Post Study Work Permit application: A student has to have a valid stay of 10 days left to apply for an LTVP. The student has to pay an extension fee of S$40 when the valid Visit Pass issued to him has accumulated to a period of 3 months or more since the date of entry/issuance of the first pass and for every subsequent 3 months since. When a student receives a job offer, the employer would then apply for and get a Work Permit for that person.

Check: Singapore Student Visa Guide 2022: Document Requirements, Fees and Where to apply?

Candidates would be required to pay the following Long Term Visit Pass application fee

  • Students have to apply online at e-VP for an LTVP.
  • Students have to pay a non-refundable processing fee of S$30 at the time of application.
  • When the students receive an In-Principal Approval, they have to pay an issuance fee of S$60 within 30 days of the same. If the student fails to pay the same, it will result in the automatic withdrawal of the application

Check: Student Guide to Singapore

List of Recognised IHLs for Applying for an LTVP

The following is a list of recognized Institutes of Higher Learning (IHL) for applying for a non-renewable Long Term Visit Pass (LTVP).

Local Universities Local Polytechnics Offshore Institutes with Local Campuses
National University of Singapore Nanyang Polytechnic Ecole Superieure Des Sciences Economiques Et Commerciales (ESSEC)
Nanyang Technological University Ngee Ann Polytechnic INSEAD (Singapore)
Singapore Management University Republic Polytechnic S P Jain School of Global Management
Singapore Institute of Technology Singapore Polytechnic Digipen Institute of Technology

Singapore University of Social Sciences

Temasek Polytechnic German Institute of Science and Technology - TUM Asia
Singapore University of Technology and Design  

Sorbonne-Assas International Law School

Documents Required for Students' Pass Application

  • Registration Acknowledgment Letter from your chosen institute
  • Travel document biodata page and birth certificate
  • Personal information, educational background, employment history, financial support proof
  • Your parents'/spouse's personal information (if required)
  • Singapore residential address and contact details
  • Email ID
  • Latest passport-sized photograph

Fees for Students' Pass Application

Students have to pay a non-refundable fee of S$30 via Visa or Master debit/credit card or AMEX credit card or Internet Direct Debit or PayNow. It should be noted that the processing time of the application is one week. 

Check: Application procedure for Singapore Student Pass

Other Types of Passes

Apart from LTVP, a few other passes are also available for those who wish to work in Singapore after completing their studies. The same has been explained in detail below:

Employment Pass: One may apply for this pass if he/she has been offered employment with a fixed salary of more than SGD 4,500. The validity of the first pass is up to two years. The same can be renewed for up to 3 years. So, if your sponsor company is somewhere abroad (not a Singapore-registered company) and the clients or related agency is in Singapore, you can obtain this pass under the overseas sponsorship case.

S Pass: This pass is for mid-skilled technical staff, earning a fixed monthly amount of a minimum of SGD 2,500 (a higher salary bracket has been set for other applicants). They should also meet the other set of eligibility criteria. Only the employer of an individual can apply for this pass on his/her behalf. The validity of the same is two years and the same can be renewed later on.

EntrePass: Eligible international graduates who wish to start or operate a business in Singapore reflecting innovation can apply for this pass.

The EntrePass allows eligible foreign entrepreneurs to start and operate a business in Singapore that is venture-backed or possesses innovative technologies

Others

FAQs

Q. I want to search for a job in Singapore as I've completed my studies but my student pass has expired. What shall I do?

A. If you're a graduate student whose pass has expired or been cancelled, you can obtain a short-term visit pass. This particular visa will allow you to stay in Singapore for a maximum of 90 days duration, during which you can search for various job options available out there. But one can only search for job options, not take up employment while being on this visa. Also, in case you lose your student pass make sure to report the loss to the police immediately as well as to ICA within seven days so that you can get a replacement.
 

Q. Who all can obtain a Long Term Visit Pass in Singapore?

A. Students can apply for and get a non-renewable Long Term Visit Pass of one year to stay in Singapore to look for relevant employment, provided, they have completed their education from a recognized and approved Institute of Higher Learning (IHL). LTVP can be issued to Indian students who have received their educational certificate/ degree from the listed Institutes of Higher Learning (IHL). If you wish to get your family members to Singapore and need a LTVP for them as well, you need to be holding an Employment Pass or S Pass. You must also be earning atleast $6,000 salary per month.

Q. What is an Employment Pass?

A. Only those can apply an Employment Pass who have been offered employment with a fixed salary of more than SGD 5,000. The validity of the first pass is upto two years. The same can be renewed for up to 3 years. So, if your sponsor company is somewhere outside of Singapore and the clients' or related agency is in the country, you can obtain this pass under the overseas sponsorship case. Through this pass, overseas managers, executives and professionals are able to work in Singapore.

Q. What to do if I've lost my Long Term Visit Pass (LTVP)?

A. If you have lost your Long Term Visa Pass (LTVP) or if the same has been damaged, you can request to get it replaced in person within 7 days. But if somehow after reporting your loss to the ICA you find your LTVP, you will have to return the same back to the ICA within 7 days. Also, those who wish to update their personal details mentioned on the pass are also required to apply for a replacement. Authorities will always be there to lend you a helping hand.

Q. What all documents do I need to submit for a Student's Pass in Singapore?

A. What all documents will be required for a Student’s Pass will depend upon the type of educational institution which you’re planning to study at. Generally talking, in order to apply for a student's pass you will have to submit your travel document biodata page and birth certificate, registration acknowledgement letter from your finalised institution, personal details, educational background, employment history, financial support evidence, parents'/spouse personal details, Singapore residential address and contact information, email ID and latest passport-size, digital, colour pictures.

Q. I am from India and wish to come to Singapore for a training programme. Can I do so without a work pass?

A. No, international students who intend on coming to Singapore under a training attachment course are required to possess either a Training Employment Pass or a Training Work Permit or should be enrolled on a Work Holiday Programme. You will not be permitted to work in the country without holding the above pass.

Q. Can I stay in Singapore after completing my studies?

A. One can stay back in Singapore after completion of his/her studies if one holds a Singapore Permanent Residence (PR). Through this visa overseas professionals, some investors and students can stay back in the country and take up work. In order to apply for the same, one needs to apply at the Immigration and Checkpoints Authority (ICA). Students applying for this should have been staying there for a period of atleast two years and must have cleared atleast one national exam or should be in an integrated course.
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ankita kasar

a year ago

Hi, I am planning to study Master of Museum Studies and Curatorial Practices at Nanyang Technological University which is of 1 year. Will I get stay back option after I complete the course?

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Anumika BahukhandiStudy Abroad Expert

9 months ago

Hello Ankita. In Singapore, after a graduate's student pass has expired, you are granted a short-term visit pass. This visa lets you stay in Singapore for a maximum of 90 days, during which you can explore various job options. If you wish to stay longer, you can apply for and get a non-renewable Lo

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Vijay Balaji

a year ago

Workpermit return can apply for Singapore students visa

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Rahul Singha

a year ago

Hello Vijay. Kindly elaborate on your query for me to assist you further. For Singapore Study Visa you are required to apply to a university in Singapore get an admission letter and apply for the Study Visa. You can also get in touch with our Shiksha Study Abroad counsellors to discuss further here

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Raj Shah

2 years ago

Hi, I'm planning for masters from NUS, how much extended time I would get after PG to get the job there? In reality, do companies really offer visa? I belong to the Architecture fraternity.

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Rahul Singha

2 years ago

One to three months of stay back option is available to students. Students can apply for and get a non-renewable Long Term Visit Pass of one year to stay on in Singapore to look for relevant employment, provided, you have completed your education from a recognized and approved Institute of Higher Le

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Pawan singh

3 years ago

I have completed my graduation and I have 5 years experience as a chef if will come there for one year diploma after that can I get work permit in Singapore

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Rahul Singha

3 years ago

Hello Pawan. Students are required to stay and study in Singapore for at least two years and apply for a job search visa for Singapore which is given for 6 months. During this period students are eligible to work full-time in any field until he/she gets a proper job offer. After getting a job offer,

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Nikhil Nikhil

4 years ago

Sir next year i am planning to study in Singapore. would i get PR if I would study in a private institution. Plz reply

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Rahul Singha

4 years ago

Students are required to stay and study in Singapore for at least two years and apply for a job search visa for Singapore which is given for 6 months. During this period students are eligible to work full-time in any field until he/she gets a proper job offer. After getting a job offer, he/she would

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