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Singapore Visa to India: A Complete Guide

Goh Jun Cheng

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Introduction

India and Singapore enjoy strong diplomatic ties and robust tourism between the two countries. As an Indian national, you may require a visa to travel to Singapore for tourism, business, employment or other purposes. This blog provides a comprehensive guide on how to apply for a Singapore visa if you are an Indian citizen.

Overview of Singapore Visa for Indian Citizens

There are several types of visas available to Indian passport holders for travel to Singapore:

Tourist Visa

The most common visa for Indians visiting Singapore is the tourist visa. This allows you to enter Singapore for up to 30 days for leisure travel, sightseeing, visiting friends and family etc.

Business Visa

This visa is suitable if you need to visit Singapore for business meetings, incentives, conferences and exhibitions. It is valid for up to 3 months.

Employment Pass

The employment pass allows qualified Indian professionals to work in Singapore. It is issued to managerial, executive or specialized jobs with a minimum monthly salary of S$3,600.

EntrePass

This is for eligible Indian entrepreneurs and startup founders looking to relocate their business to Singapore. You must meet certain paid-up capital and local business spending requirements.

Training Employment Pass

This allows Indian trainees and interns to undergo practical training at a Singapore-based company for up to one year. Your training salary must be at least S$3,000 per month.

Dependent Pass

Issued to eligible dependents (spouse, children etc) of Employment Pass and S Pass holders. It lets dependents stay in Singapore on a long-term basis.

Long-Term Visit Pass

This is suitable for frequent visitors who need to make an extended stay of up to one year in Singapore. Activities could include business, investment, healthcare, volunteer work etc.

How to Apply for a Singapore Visa

Here is a step-by-step guide to applying for a Singapore visa as an Indian national:

Determine the Purpose of Visit

First decide the purpose of your visit – business, tourism, employment etc. This will determine the type of visa to apply for.

Check Visa Eligibility

Ensure you meet the eligibility criteria for the visa in terms of qualifications, salary, business activities etc. Check the website of the Singapore High Commission in India for up-to-date requirements.

Prepare Required Documents

Based on the visa type, you’ll need to prepare documents like passport, resume, employment contract, business documents, invitation letter, flight tickets etc. All documents must be clear and valid.

Fill the Visa Application Form

Complete the visa application form accurately with all required details. Double check to ensure there are no errors before submission.

Pay the Visa Fee

A non-refundable visa fee is applicable for most Singapore visa types. This can be paid via debit/credit card, bank transfer etc.

Attend Visa Interview If Required

Some visa categories may require the applicant to attend an in-person interview at the Singapore Visa Application Centre. Be prepared to answer questions about your trip.

Receive Visa Approval

If your Singapore visa application is approved, you will receive an approval letter. The actual visa will be stamped on your passport when you arrive in Singapore.

How Long Does it Take to Get a Singapore Visa?

Most tourist visas are issued within 2-4 working days. Business and employment visa processing times are longer at around 6-8 weeks. The processing time can vary so always apply well in advance of your planned travel date.

Conclusion

We hope this guide provides complete information on how to successfully apply for and obtain the right visa for your travel to Singapore from India. With an increasing number of Indian tourists and professionals in Singapore, a thoughtful visa application ensures a hassle-free entry and stay.

References

  1. Singapore Visa Information for Indian Citizens – https://www.ica.gov.sg/visitor/visitor_visa/visitor_visa_requirements/guidelines_indian
  2. Types of Visas Available in Singapore – https://www.mom.gov.sg/passes-and-permits
  3. Documents Required for Singapore Tourist Visa – https://singaporevisafromindia.sg/tourist-visa/indian-passport-visa-requirements/
  4. Singapore Business Visa Requirements for Indians – https://www.guidemesingapore.com/business-guides/immigration/work-visa/entrepass-vs-ep-indians
  5. Apply for Training Employment Pass in Singapore – https://www.mom.gov.sg/passes-and-permits/training-employment-pass

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