Singapore Visa for Indian Nationals and other Level 1 Countries Explained in Brief
With the influx of Indian nationals into Singapore, be it as a tourist, or as an entrepreneur, the visa application for Indian passport holders has become easier and faster. From April 1, 2009 onwards, the individual walk-in visa application for Level 1 countries (including India) is no longer available. However, it has been routed either through an authorized agent at Annex A or an e-Visa application system, processed online. The simplified application process has increased convenience since the first day of its operation.
How to Get a Singapore Visa for Indians?
All Indians (except Indian nationals holding official and diplomatic passports) need to apply for a visa to enter Singapore.
Here are a few simple but very important steps:
Check the validity of your passport
Please check the validity of your passport. Ensure you have a valid passport with at least six months validity on the date of entry into Singapore. Please note that you need to confirm a return air ticket with the trip itinerary.
Fill out Form 14A
- Where to get Form 14A?
- You can download the Form 14A from this website: http://www.ica.gov.sg, or
- It is also available free of charge at authorized visa agents at Annex A and any Singapore Overseas Mission.
- Fill out the form
Please fill out and complete the visa application form 14A in full i.e. you need to complete all the blank spaces.
- Where to get Form 14A?
Prepare the supporting documents
For tourist visa: You will need to supplement your application with a cover letter (with a brief introduction of yourself and the reason of travel) addressed to ‘The Embassy of Singapore /The Consulate General of Singapore’.
For business visa: A letter of guarantee from shipping agent or a Company Invitation Letter is needed for the application.
Other than the abovementioned documents, you still need:
- A valid passport with at least six months validity on the date of entry into Singapore;
- Completed and signed Form 14A;
- 2 recent colored passport size photographs:
- Photo size: 35 mm wide by 45 mm high without border
- Date of photo: within the last 3 months
- Requirements: Taken full face without headgear (unless the applicant habitually wears a headgear due to religious practice or racial custom) but the headgear must not hide the applicant’s features.
- Please note that scanned or blurred photographs will not be accepted.
- If your address has changed since you had your passport made, you will need to provide the proof current residence together with your application.
- If you travel to Singapore for the first time, you will need to provide tax receipts (of last 3 years) together with the bank statements (of last 3 months from the date of application).
Understanding the visa fees
The visa-processing fee for each application is S$30 and it is paid upon application of visas. The visa processing fee of $30 Singapore dollars is non-refundable (regardless of the outcome of the application or if you withdraw the application after submission).
The turnaround time of visa application
The Singapore High Commission and Immigration & Checkpoints Authority Singapore usually need 3 working days to process; the application after all supporting documents have been submitted by the Authorised Visa Agent.
- For Level I applicants: 3 working days after the Authorised Visa Agent has submitted the visa application (the 3 working days excludes weekends and public holidays).
- Level II applicants: 5 to 7 working days after the visa application has been submitted by an Authorised Visa Agent. The 5-7 working days do not include weekends and public holidays.
How to check the status of an application?
You can always check the status of the application online.
- First thing first, sign into the Immigration and Checkpoints Authority (ICA) website.
- Once you log on the website, scroll down to “Frequently Accessed eServices” and click on “Visa (SAVE)”.
- Please scroll down and click on Status Enquiry.
- Key in your application reference number and travel document number to check the status.
- Please click on to get the copy of the e-Visa once your application is approved.
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