Not everyone has the privilege of visa-free entry into Singapore. People from certain countries need visas if they intend to enter the country. Therefore, the information provided on this page will be helpful for them so that they understand the process of obtaining a valid visa.

Visa in Singapore

Most foreigners are able to enter Singapore without any problems. Citizens of nearly every country in the world are allowed to enter the country without having a visa. This fact is a testament to Singapore’s policies which facilitate travel and movement between Singapore and other countries.

However, not every country’s citizens may enter Singapore without a visa. There are 36 countries from which citizens need a visa before they are legally allowed to enter Singapore. These countries are divided into two categories: Assessment Level I and Assessment Level II countries.

Receiving a Visa in Singapore

 

How to Obtain a Visa (Assessment Level I countries)

Everyone from an Assessment Level I country who applies for a visa is to complete Form 14A. This form serves as the visa application. Applicants must ensure that every blank space is filled and every column is completed.

Those who plan to apply for an entry visa require certain documents. The most important of these is a copy of Form 14A which has been completed by the applicant. The applicant also needs a valid passport with a remaining validity of at least six months on the date the applicant is to enter Singapore. Two passport-sized photographs which have been taken within the preceding three months will also be needed. These photographs must adhere to the Photo Guidelines. In certain cases, additional documents such as Form V39A or a Letter of Introduction for Visa Application will be needed. Once each of these has been submitted, the application for the visa can be made. This application is to be made through an authorized visa agent.

Applicants from Assessment Level I countries can expect to have their visa processed within three working days after the authorized visa agent submits the application.

The Assessment Level I countries are Armenia, Azerbaijan, Belarus, China, Georgia, India, Kazakhstan, Kyrgyzstan, Moldova, North Korea, Russia, Tajikistan, Turkmenistan, Ukraine, and Uzbekistan.

How to Obtain a Visa (Assessment Level II countries)

Those who are citizens of an Assessment Level II country obtain visas in a way that is largely similar to that of their Assessment Level I counterparts. They are to complete Form 14A, and just as in the case of Assessment Level I citizens, it serves as their visa application.

The primary difference in application method lies in the documents required. These applicants need to have a completed copy of Form 14A, a passport with a remaining validity of at least six months on the date the applicant is to enter Singapore, and passport-sized photographs which have been taken within the preceding three months. However, for those who are from Assessment Level II countries, they will always require a completed Form V39A and a Letter of Introduction for Visa Application.

Applicants from Assessment Level II countries can expect to have their visa processed within five to seven working days after the authorized visa agent submits the application.

The Assessment Level II countries are Afghanistan, Algeria, Bangladesh, Egypt, Iran, Iraq, Jordan, Kosovo, Lebanon, Libya, Mali, Morocco, Nigeria, Pakistan, Palestine, Saudi Arabia, Somalia, Sudan, Syria, Tunisia, and Yemen.

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