Singapore has always been a country that has been attractive for tourists around the globe, but recent events, such as the ground-breaking meeting between Donald Trump and Kim Jong Un, and the release of the blockbuster Hollywood movie, Crazy Rich Asians, has made the country even more attractive to visitors. According to statistics released by the Singapore Tourism Board, tourist spending increased 1% in 2018, crossing the $27.1 billion mark.
If you wish to travel to this island nation, you will first need to apply for a Singapore visit visa. A visit visa is a short-term visa that allows you to travel to Singapore for a period of up to 30 or 90 days, for the purposes of tourism, business, or a combination of the two. The first step in applying for a Singapore visa is to fill the visa application form, Form 14A.
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Singapore Visa Fees
After filling your application form, you need to submit the form, along with all the necessary documents. You also need to pay a visa processing fee. The visa fee for each application is S$30. In case your visa application is rejected or you withdraw your application, the visa fee will not be refunded.
Financial Documents Required for Getting a Singapore Visa
Before giving you a visa for Singapore, the authorities will want to confirm that you have a stable and well-earning job in your home country. You will have to prove that you can support yourself financially for the entire duration of your stay in Singapore. Documents, such as your pay slips for the last three months and your bank statements, can be used for this purpose.
Process After Payment of Visa Fee
After the submission of the necessary documents and payment of the visa fee, the Singapore High Commission and Immigration & Checkpoints Authority usually take 3 working days to process the visa application. However, some applications can take longer, if additional checks are required. You can also check the status of your visa application and print a copy of the e-visa by using the application reference number obtained after submitting your visa application, using the following steps:
- The first step is to go to the Immigration and Checkpoints Authority (ICA) website, scroll down to the Frequently Accessed eServices part of the page and click on Visa (Save).
- After this, scroll down the page and click on the Status Enquiry button.
- Type in your Application Reference Number and Travel Document Number.
- Once your application is approved, you can click on Proceed and get a copy of the e-visa.
What to do if Singapore Visa is Rejected?
In case your visa application has been rejected, you can appeal at the nearest consulate within one month of the rejection of your visa. The appeal can be submitted through the authorized visa agent, through which you had previously submitted your application. Such appeals can take up to 14 working days to be processed, depending on the complexity of the case.