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Covid-19: Student Visa Updates for New students

Covid-19: Latest Student Visa Updates

CountryUniversity ApplicationStudy ModeStudent Visa ApplicationStudent Arrival
AustraliaAcceptingDistance learningAcceptingTravel ban has been placed since 20 March 2020
SingaporeAcceptingMix of face-to-face-learning and distance learningAcceptingExpected to serve quarantine and COVID-19 swab test
United KingdomAcceptingMix of face-to-face-learning and distance learningAcceptingExpected to serve 14 days quarantine

Australia Student Visa 500 Application

  • University Application – Australia universities are now processing applications for 2020 and 2021 admission entries as normal.
  • Study Mode – Classes will be delivered through distance learning for newly joined International students until borders re-open.
  • Student Visa Application – Application as usual, granting of student visas in all locations lodged outside Australia.
  • Student Arrival – Travel ban has been placed on all non-residents and non-Australian citizens coming to Australia since 20 March 2020. When borders re-open, students who already have visas will be able to make arrangements to travel.

Singapore Student’s Pass Application

  • University Application – Singapore universities are now processing applications for 2020 and 2021 admission entries as normal.
  • Study Mode – Classes will be delivered through a mix of face-to-face learning and distance learning.
  • Student Visa Application – Application as usual, required additional entry approval through the SafeTravel online portal, at least two weeks from the planned date of entry.
  • Student Arrival – International students are expected to serve quarantine (Stay-Home Notice, SHN) and COVID-19 swab test. The detailed requirements can be found here.

UK Student Visa Application

  • University Application – UK universities are now processing applications for January and September 2021 entry as normal.
  • Study Mode – International students have the option of starting their first semester all online or arrive on campus at any time during the first semester. Classes will be delivered through distance learning or a mix of face-to-face learning and distance learning.
  • Student Visa Application – Most UK Visa Application Centres (VACs) have resumed services where local restrictions allow. If the VAC is still closed due to coronavirus restrictions, students can apply online and select a VAC in any country worldwide.
  • Student Arrival – International students may be expected to serve 14 days quarantine (self-isolation) on their arrival if they have visited or made a transit stop at a certain country. The detailed requirements can be found here.

37 thoughts on “Covid-19: Student Visa Updates for New students”

  1. Jo Aileen Marie Geronimo

    Hi I’m wondering if it’s hard to get a Singapore student visa for Filipino during this time of pandemic.

    It’s hard to find info about this so I’m sending you an inquiry.

    1. Hi Jo Aileen Marie Geronimo,

      The student visa approval standard in Singapore remains unchanged.

      As Singapore is reopening its borders in a controlled and safe manner, International student are required to apply additional entry through the Student’s Pass Holder Lane.

    1. Hi Maqsood,

      The student visa approval standard remains unchanged for most of the country. But due to some of the country’s borders still closed under the current COVID-19 situation, they might not be accepting student visa application at this moment.

  2. Can Indians get a student pass for singapore if they plan to stay in a third country (For eg. Bahrain) for 21 days before flying to singapore? Is it difficult to get this permission?

    1. Hi Mehul Singh,

      Due to the recent COVID 19 situation in Singapore, New entry approvals have been reduced or halted until further notice for all student pass holders with travel history to higher-risk countries/regions (i.e. all countries/regions, except Australia, Brunei, Hong Kong, Macao, Mainland China and New Zealand).

      You may refer to this table to find out which requirement you would be subjected to upon arrival.

  3. BILLEWALE NAZ BANU

    Hello’i already got my student visa from Singapore and also I had my entry pass from Singapore but due to covid 19 it has been cancelled… Now when can I come to Singapore??

    1. Hi BILLEWALE NAZ BANU,

      Due to the recent COVID 19 situation in Singapore, New entry approvals have been reduced or halted until further notice for all student pass holders with travel history to higher-risk countries/regions (i.e. all countries/regions, except Australia, Brunei, Hong Kong, Macao, Mainland China and New Zealand).

      You may refer to this table to find out which requirement you would be subjected to upon arrival.

  4. Shaik Mohammed sayeed

    I recive my vise by 19 april from singapore college after this i hear that the boarders is closed for indian my comensment date is 15 july how acn i travel if i want to travel to singapore

    1. HI Shaik Mohammed sayeed,

      Due to the recent COVID 19 situation in Singapore, New entry approvals have been reduced or halted until further notice for all student pass holders with travel history to higher-risk countries/regions (i.e. all countries/regions, except Australia, Brunei, Hong Kong, Macao, Mainland China and New Zealand).

      At this moment, All long-term pass holders and short-term visitors with recent travel history (including transit) to Bangladesh, India, Nepal, Pakistan and Sri Lanka within the last 21 days will not be allowed entry into Singapore, or transit through Singapore. This will also apply to all those who had obtained prior approval for entry into Singapore.

      You may refer to this table to find out which requirement you would be subjected to upon arrival.

  5. Hi
    I have got my student visa but have not applied for safe entry approval yet.
    Will Singapore be opening its restrictions for flights from India to Singapore anytime soon? i NEED to travel to Singapore or my admission will be canceled

    1. Hi Akshata,

      Due to the recent COVID 19 situation in Singapore, New entry is not allowed for All long-term pass holders and short-term visitors with recent travel history (including transit) to Bangladesh, India, Nepal, Pakistan and Sri Lanka within the last 21 days. This will also apply to all those who had obtained prior approval for entry into Singapore

      Universities should be able to allow you to start your admission online or apply for deferment.

      You may refer to this table to find out which requirement you would be subjected to upon arrival.

  6. Hi I got my Student visa since April 2021. and my course date is 12 July 2021. Any update on border reopening for Indian arrivals.

    1. Hi Mehzabin,

      Due to the recent COVID 19 situation in Singapore, New entry is not allowed for All long-term pass holders and short-term visitors with recent travel history (including transit) to Bangladesh, India, Nepal, Pakistan and Sri Lanka within the last 21 days. This will also apply to all those who had obtained prior approval for entry into Singapore

      Universities should be able to allow you to start your admission online or apply for deferment.

      You may refer to this table to find out the most recent udpates.

    1. Hi Patel chaku,

      As of today, New entry is not allowed for All long-term pass holders and short-term visitors with recent travel history (including transit) to Bangladesh, India, Nepal, Pakistan and Sri Lanka within the last 21 days. This will also apply to all those who had obtained prior approval for entry into Singapore.

      You may refer to this table to find out the most recent updates.

  7. Srihari Lakshminarayanan

    Hello,

    Is Singapore allowing Indian students to join there? Is Singapore banning students who only had transit in last 3 weeks or even the first timers coming to Singapore. Thank you!

    1. Hi Srihari Lakshminarayanan,

      The student visa approval standard in Singapore remains unchanged for all international students.

      Due to the recent COVID 19 situation in Singapore, New entry is not allowed for All long-term pass holders and short-term visitors with recent travel history (including transit) to Bangladesh, India, Nepal, Pakistan and Sri Lanka within the last 21 days. This will also apply to all those who had obtained prior approval for entry into Singapore

      You may refer to this table to find out which requirement you would be subjected to upon arrival.

  8. Entry to Singapore from India on student pass is not allowed for now. Any chance in future vaccinated students will be allowed compare to non-vaccinated students?
    I am confuse shall we vaccine in India or get it vaccinated in Singapore once borers are open.

  9. Hello ”
    Is singapore allowing Indian students join there ? Fast time coming to singapore . My visa all ready expired last month .intel when the border open

    1. Hi Akshay kumar,

      Singapore does allow Indian students to join, it just due to the current COVID-19 situation, at this moment, if any travellers have recent travel history of Bangladesh, India, Myanmar, Nepal, Pakistan, Sri Lanka in the last 21 consecutive days before arrival in Singapore, they are disallowed from entry into Singapore via Student Pass Holder Lane (includes those who had received prior approvals for entry).

  10. Hi sir or madam

    when the border open. next month it allowed too travel in Singapore or still no confirmation about that .I take bout doses of vaccine also.

    1. Hi Sukh,

      Based on the most recent updates from Singapore Immigration and Checkpoints Authority, travellers with a travel history from Bangladesh, India, Myanmar, Nepal, Pakistan, Sri Lanka: Disallowed from entry, including travellers who have received prior entry approvals.

      You may refer to this link to find out which requirement you would be subjected to upon arrival.

  11. Is singapore visa being issued recently? if yes how many days its taking for Indians? I received the offer letter but no visa approval it’s been 20 days all ready? can you inform me about it?

    1. The processing time for a new Singapore Student’s Pass application is within four weeks (and within two weeks for an EduTrust-accredited PEI) (excluding the date of submission). Some applications may take a longer time to process.

  12. Asadillo Nurmatov

    Hello!

    I am neither from India nor other mentioned countries, but from Uzbekistan. Can I apply for an entry approval? Last month, the new applications were halted or reduced. Is the immigration processing new entry approvals now?

    Thank you in advance for the answer

    1. Hi Asadillo Nurmatov,

      The inland health measures (e.g. on-arrival tests, SHN) are applied based on the traveller’s 21-day travel history before arrival in Singapore not on travellers nationalities.

      Currently, Student’s Pass (STP) Holder with 21-day travel history to Uzbekistan, before arriving in Singapore is under Countries/Regions by Travel Health Control Category (IV) can apply for entry approvals now. You can also find our more here.

  13. Hello ”

    Is singapore allowing Indian students join
    There ? Fast time coming to singapore .
    When the border open for indian students
    .

    1. Hi Akshay kumar,

      The inland health measures (e.g. on-arrival tests, SHN) are applied based on the traveller’s 21-day travel history before arrival in Singapore not on travellers nationalities.

      Currently, Student’s Pass (STP) Holder with 21-day travel history to Bangladesh, India, Myanmar, Nepal, Pakistan, Sri Lanka before arriving in Singapore is Disallowed from entry, including travellers who have received prior entry approvals. You can also find out more here.

  14. Is singapore issuing Visa’s s
    For Long term…2 years as a student pass….in how much time can we expect the student pass given the current situation
    Thankyou

    1. Hi Khyati,

      The student visa approval standards in Singapore remains unchanged.

      The processing time for a new Student’s Pass application is within four weeks (and within two weeks for an EduTrust-accredited PEI) (excluding the date of submission). Some applications may take a longer time to process.

      As Singapore is reopening its borders in a controlled and safe manner, International students are required to apply for additional entry approval (SafeTravel) through the Student’s Pass Holder Lane.

  15. Hi sir or madam

    when the border open. next month it allowed too travel in Singapore or still no confirmation about that .I take bout doses of vaccine also.

    1. Hi Akshay Kumar,

      The inland health measures (e.g. on-arrival tests, SHN) are applied based on the traveller’s 21-day travel history before arrival in Singapore. You can refer to this link to find out whether you are eligible to travelling to Singapore.

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