Foreign Students
NATC Institute

School of Business

Registration No : 201113270M 
ERF 05/09/2018 - 04/09/2022

Edutrust: EDU-3-3128
24/04/2018 to 23/04/19
Approved Training Organization

Student Pass Related Matters

Student Pass Eligibility

A foreigner is required to apply for a Student’s Pass if he/she wishes to pursue full-time studies in NATC.

A Singapore visa is not equivalent to a student pass. It is a pre-entry permission for the holder of a valid Singapore visa to travel to and seek entry into Singapore. The grant of a student pass will be determined by the Immigration & Checkpoints Authority (ICA) upon completion of requirements.

A foreigner is exempted from applying for a Student’s Pass if he /she is a:

  • Holder of the Immigration Exemption Order; or
  • 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.
  • 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.
    • Is a complete and stand-alone module of its own. (i.e. the courses should not have multiple programme modules); and
    • Does not involve hands-on practical occupational training and/or industrial attachment which have interaction with walk-in customers or be conducted at premises that are also the places of business.

Student Pass Application

NATC will apply the Student’s Pass for all registered foreign students.Agents will facilitate only the preparation of documents needed for the student’s application. Agents can use the checklist below to guide prospective students and parents in preparing for the application.

Checklist for Documents to be submitted to School forApplication of Student Pass
Birth Certificate
Highest Qualification Certificate
Highest Qualification Transcript
2 Passport size Photo
Passport Copy showing Particulars of Applicant
ICA Form 16
Applicants coming from visa required countries may be asked to provide the following:
Proof of financial ability (not less than S$30,000)
Payslips indicating parents' monthly income (atleast 3 mos.)
Employment letters of Applicants' parents
Applicants with a parent or spouse who is a Singaporean or PR need to provide the following:
Parents’ Marriage Certificate / Own Marriage Certificate
Parents'/ Spouse's Highest Educational Certificate
Parents'/ Spouse's Letter of Employment / Business, Registration
Parents'/ Spouse's CPF contributions (last 12 mos.)
Parents'/ Spouse's Tax Assessment Notices (last 2 yrs.)
Note: All must be notarised and should have English translations

Applicants are not required to be present in Singapore while their applications are being considered. Hence, applicants are advised to apply for a Student’s Pass before arriving in Singapore as no extension of stay will be granted 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 their applications have been approved.

Processing Time
The general processing time for a new application is about 4 weeks upon the receipt of a duly completed application by ICA. Some applications may however take a longer time to process.

Renewal of Student's Passes

Students who wish to continue to take the same coursein the same schoolmay renew their Student’s Passes via the SOLAR+ system.

Applications to renew a Student’s Pass are to be submitted via the SOLAR+ system 2 weeks before the expiry of the existing Student’s Pass.

Processing Time
The general processing time for a renewal application is 5 working days. Some applications may take a longer time to process.

Transfer of Schools / Courses of Study

Applicants who wish to apply for a new Student’s Pass in order to take up a different course or to study in a different school, are to submit an application for the transfer of school/course of study at least 4 weeks before the course begins.

Processing Time
The general processing time for an application to transfer school/course is 5 working days. Some applications may take a longer time to process.

Local Sponsor

No local sponsor is required.

Security Deposit

When the application for a Student’s Pass is approved, an In-Principle Approval (IPA) letter will be issued for the applicant to complete the formalities and collect the Student’s Pass card at ICA. The Security Deposit if required, would be indicated in the IPA letter to the applicant.

The amount of Security Deposit (if required) will be furnished in the form of a Banker's Guarantee as listed in the table below:

Country Rate perCountry Rate per
(i) Bangladesh, Myanmar, People's Republic of China & India. S$5,000/=
(ii) Indonesia, Philippines & Thailand S$1,000/=
(iii) Others S$1,500/=

Applicants are not required to furnish a Security Deposit if they are

  • Nationals from Malaysia and Brunei;
  • Holders of valid Dependant’s Pass, long term Visit Pass and work pass;
  • Children/Spouse of Singapore Citizens/Permanent Residents;
  • Below 16 years old at the point of application.

The Security Deposit is refundable provided the student has not breached any of the conditions stated in the Security Bond executed by the student. Generally, it takes about 6 weeks to process the refund of the Security Deposit upon the cancellation or expiry of the Student's Pass.

Collection of Student Pass

Prior to collection of Student's Pass, applicant has to acknowledge a copy of the Terms & Conditions of Student's Pass (STP) Card.

Foreign students issued with IPA letters are required to complete formalities in person at ICA's office, 4th storey, ICA Building. Applicants must be in Singapore on a valid Immigration pass to collect the Student's Pass. The completion of formalities is strictly by appointment only. Applicants are required to bring along the documents required for collection of the Student's Pass as stated in the IPA letters.


  • Processing Fee- A processing fee of $30 is required for every application submitted to ICA. The fee is non-refundable regardless of the outcome of the application or if application is withdrawn after submission.
  • Issuance Fee- A $60 issuance fee for every student’s pass issued and a further $30 multiple-entry visa fee for visa required nationals, where applicable. The fee is payable when the successful applicant completes the formality to collect the Student’s Pass.

Cancellation of Student's Passes

Foreign students are required to surrender their Student's Pass cards for cancellation within 7 days from the date of cessation or termination of their study.

For those who are unable to submit the cancellation online, students may submit the following documents to the Student’s Pass Unit, from Monday to Friday (8am to 4.30pm), Saturday (8am to 12.30pm) by obtaining a queue ticket at the Self Service Kiosk 1 at Visitor Services Centre, 4th Storey ICA Building, with the following documents:

  • A duly completed cancellation form
  • Student’s valid travel document;
  • The Student's Pass Card;
  • Student’s Visit Pass and Disembarkation/Embarkation Card; and
  • A duly completed Disembarkation/Embarkation Card (IMM Form 27A), where applicable (will be provided at ICA counters).

Change of Local Address

According to the Immigration Regulations 8(5)(b), the foreign student is required to report any changes in his/her address in Singapore within 14 days of such change.

NATC will report any changes in the student’s address through Solar+. An acknowledgement will be sent within minutes if the report is successfully registered by the system.

Alternatively, the student may also deposit the ‘Change of Address’ form into the drop-box located at the Student's Pass Unit near Counter 19. It will take 2 weeks to process the application and the student will be informed of the outcome by post.

Other Important Information

  • For the application of a Student’s Pass, an applicant must be accepted into an approved full-time course. NATC will be sending approved students a Letter of Offer as proof of acceptance to our programmes. An applicant who wishes to take up a part-time course or a course conducted in the evening or weekend will NOT be eligible for a Student’s Pass.
  • The applicant will have to furnish additional documents and information whenever necessary.
  • Official/Notarised translation of the documents is required if they are not in the English language.
  • All forms are to be duly completed and signed by the applicant. No part of the form should be left blank or incomplete. If any section or part of the form is not applicable, it should be filled as ‘Nil’ or ‘Not applicable (N.A.). Applications with incomplete forms or documents will NOT be accepted for processing.
  • Applicant has to call in person with a valid immigration pass to collect the Student’s Pass only after the application has been approved. The Student’s Pass will only be issued if the conditions as stipulated in the In-Principle Approval letter, are fulfilled.
  • ICA may share your personal information with other government agencies to process any applications you have made or to render you a service, so as to serve you in a most efficient and effective way, unless such sharing is prohibited by legislation.
  • ICA reserves the right to verify the authenticity of the documents submitted in the application with the relevant issuing authorities or through the affiliated government agencies.

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Living and Studying in Singapore

Academic Pathway

General Healthcare Services

Primary healthcare services in Singapore are usually provided by general practitioners and nurses. These healthcare professionals are often the first point of contact with patients, who can then be referred to medical specialists and hospitals for further checks and treatment. In Singapore, primary health care is provided through an island network of outpatient polyclinics and private medical practitioner's clinics. There are 18 polyclinics and about 1,500 private medical clinics providing primary healthcare services which includes primary medical treatment, preventive healthcare and health education.

Common primary healthcare services include:

  • Outpatient medical treatment
  • Medical follow-ups after discharge from hospital
  • Immunisation
  • Health screening and education
  • Diagnostic and pharmaceutical services

Accommodation and Cost of Living

NATC may provide hostel arrangements or advise students on other accommodation options. Singapore hostels are exclusively rented out to students who possess a valid Student Pass.

The monthly cost of living in Singapore is relative to the spending habits of the individual. Students are encouraged to prepare sufficient money before coming to Singapore and to manage it wisely to cover all basic expenses (accomodations, food, transportation, etc.) The following is an estimated monthly budget and is reflected for budgetary purposes only:

ItemEstimated Monthly
Expenses (In Singapore Dollar)
Accommodation $500 - $1,200
Meals $500 - $700
Personal expenses (Entertainment, Personal Care, etc.) $200 to $400
Transportation within Singapore $100 - $150
Mobile $50 - $150
Healthcare $50 - $100
Clothing $80 - $120


Mandarin, Malay, Tamil and English are the four official languages of Singapore. English is the most common language used in the academic and professional setting and is the language which unites the different ethnic groups. Children are taught in English at school, but are also required to learn their mother tongue to make sure they carry on their racial traditions.


Singapore has an integrated public transport system which makes it convenient to get to any point in the city. The three most common modes of transportation are the following:

  • LRT/MRT - with an extensive network of 142 stations across the island and more to come, the MRT and LRT system is one of the most popular and also the fastest mode of transportation in Singapore with a ridership of well over 2 million passengers a day. Commuters may opt to buy single-journey tickets from Transitlink Ticket offices, or purchase an EZ-link stored-value card. Singapore's main attractions are easily accessible from various mrt/lrt stations all throughout the island.
  • Buses - Public bus services are operated by two main bus operators in Singapore namelySBS Transit Ltd and SMRT Buses Ltd. It is considered by many to be a more scenic approach in getting around the city, and the most economical too. You can pay your bus fare using an EZ-Link stored-value card or in cash but you need to have exact change.
  • Taxis - Though a lot pricier than other modes of travel, taxis offer a choice for commuters toget to places inaccessible by other modes of transport. or for those who wish to have a personalised and convenient door-to-door service. Taxis are metered and several surcharges may apply.

GST and Tipping

Tipping is not expected as most establishments already charge 10% service charge.

GST is a broad-based value added tax. It is levied at 7% on import of goods, as well as nearly all supplies of goods and services.

Relevant Laws of Singapore

Immigration All international students studying in Singapore must have a valid passport and a Student Pass from the ICA (Immigration and,Checkpoint Authority).
Employment International students are not allowed to work in Singapore without a Work Pass Exemption from the MOM (Ministry of,Manpower).
Driving All drivers must be in possession of a valid Singapore driving license and the vehicle must be insured.
Drugs Possession of Controlled Drugs is presumed to be for trafficking, an offence which can carry the death penalty.
Any offense committed while being intoxicated (drunk) is punishable under the law. Drunk driving is a serious offence.
Smoking Smoking in specific public places and indoor restaurants is prohibited.
Traffic Jay walking is an offence.
Littering Littering, spitting and vandalism (with graffiti) in public areas are serious offences.

All students should be aware of Singapore laws especially those relating to the Immigration and Customs Authority and the Ministry of Manpower. These include, but are not limited to, immigration requirements, laws on driving, drugs and alcohol abuse, employment, smoking, traffic and littering.


Why Study in Singapore?

Government schemes and scholarships are available for international students

Various government agencies such as the Singapore's Economic Development Board (EDB), SPRING, InternationalEnterprise(IE), Singapore Tourism Board(STB) and the Ministry of Education (MOE), have joint forces to launch the Global Schoolhouse Initiative of 2002. This project aims to assist the matriculation of international students to promote quality academics and education tourism. This includes the following:

(1)Tuition Grant Scheme- The Tuition Grant Scheme was introduced to help foreign students with the costs of tertiary education in Singapore. TGS is open to all students enrolled in full-time diploma or undergraduate courses. In exchange of the grant received, all non-Singaporean students will be contractually obliged to work for Singapore-based companies for 3 years upon graduation;

(2)ASEAN Scholarships - This initiative provides opportunities to the young people of ASEAN countries to develop their potential and equip them with important skills for the 21st century. It is a full sponsorshipwhich covers school fees, examination fees, accommodations, allowance, and even subsidised medical benefits & accident insurance coverage.

Singapore is a Gateway City to the World

Singapore has an enviable string of accolades under her belt. It is known as one of the four “Tigers of Asia" and its airport, airlines and seaports are considered one of the best in the world. This city-state alsohas the highest ranking for labour force in terms of workers’ productivity and general overall attitude. In addition to this, Singapore is highly-charged to be a diverse, dynamic and tech-savvy nation.Strong infrastructure and solid governance also paved the way for Singapore to be an economic hub and its pro-business environment attracts sizable foreign investments and business entrepreneurs alike.

Rich Cultural & Racial Experience

A multi-cultural and a diverse racial composition have made Singapore a colourful and exotic melting pot in Asia. This illustrates the harmonious and gracious living among Chinese, Malays, Indians and a whole lot other ethnic groups in a bustling backdrop of concrete jungle, automation and technologies. Each racial group has its own distinctive religion and there are colorful festivals of special significance all year round. Although the festivals are special to certain races, it is nonetheless enjoyed by all.

Premier Education Hub

Singapore is a premier education hub which offers students an international perspective and diversity of options. More than 16 leading foreign universities have also set up centers of excellence in education and research in Singapore. The system is a broad-based education to ensure students' holistic development, making them locally effective and globally competitive. Its local university, National University of Singapore (NUS) ranked12th in the world and 1st in Asia for 2015/16 according to QS World University Rankings.

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