Everything about Student Identity@Singapore
GG, I have to say that there is a magic in English speaking country. When every official things you see in the place is in English, it's quite natural to do what Romans do.
And this Storey/Floor will be talking about Student's Pass(STP) Affairs.
As mentioned, I received the email containing the serial for SOLAR, i.e. Student’s Pass Online AppLication & Registration, on 2 Jun., 2022. Everything was quite straight forward. The email also contains the website(https://eservices.ica.gov.sg/solar/index.xhtml) for SOLAR@ICA, i.e. Immigration and Checkpoint Authority, as long as you put the website into your Browser Favourites, you can access and process everything easily.
Select "Foreign Student", and fill in your personal details, including the serial, name, gender, nationality/region, and birthday.
As I have finished everything, there is a "Enquire Payment History" Button. It's obvious that there is no this one for a new guy. The very first thing to do is to "Submit eForm 16".
eForm 16 is an information collection designed for Foreign students. Just fill it within your maximum knowledge and be honest. It could be quite troublesome if you cheat on things related to going abroad.
Actually before submitting eForm 16, you'd better prepare a credit card which is available for VISA, Mastercard, or American Express, NOTE: Union Pay is unavailable for SOLAR@ICA payment.
I haven't got an available credit card after submitting eForm 16, my parents either. It was 6 June when I noticed the problem and my mother and I visited the nearest CCB, i.e. China Construction Bank, and consulted everything about Credit Card Payment. My mother applied for a virtual credit card issued by CCB, which is available for American Express, and Processing Fee, 15 SGD, the most urgent payment, was settled.
During this visit to CCB, I also deposited some money into my CCB×UCAS Debit Card for studying abroad, and by the way activated the abroad payment function. My mother was then suggested to apply for a physical credit card at BOC, i.e. Bank of China, for my more convenient use in Singapore.
The process took about 14 days when I finally received the email notifying me the eForm 16 was in-principle approved on 20 Jun. An In-Principle Approved(IPA) Letter was issued and I can enter Singapore from then on.
However, IPA letter is not a STP. There were 3 things to do, as you see in the picture. First upload the required documents, quite straightforward. Second make payment, with the credit card issued half a month ago, there was no problem. The payment is for the conversion of IPA letter to STP, it was 60 SGD, if my memory served me right.
As for the conversion of IPA letter to STP, there are 2 ways. One is the Offsite Enrollment(OSE), which means the officers of ICA will go to respective schools to accomplish the affairs. An email mentioned this but we failed to look into it. When I arrived at the Hostel on 27 Jul., I found that there was no way for us to participate OSE, because there was a booking and we missed it due to incomplete knowledge of the information given.
The other way is to take the required documents and go to ICA Headquarter duly. When I saw the "Step 3", I just clicked into the e-Appointment and appointed at 8:15, 20 Aug., 2022(The earliest time available at that time). I told my pal and he did so. When we found the OSE Party was over, we were not too sad. At least we still have the appointment. I relogged into the e-Appointment website that day and found that the applications before October were already gone. It was quite necessary to make it somewhat redundant.
Another thing to say about the arrival at Singapore. A SGAC, i.e. Singapore Arrival Card was necessary before your arrival in Singapore within 3 days of your arrival. Comparing to other administrative issues, the SGAC is the most straight forward one, actually.
As for things to take to ICA HQ, they are Passport, IPA letter and a passport size(45 mm* 35 mm) photograph. I did prepare some personal photographs and took it to Singapore, but after rereading the requirements, I double-checked, only to find the photos are smaller than what required. I had to remake.
On 16 Aug., 2022, when I finished the only class at 8:00-10:00, I went into the MRT, rolling to Station Clarke Quey, where I found a photo booth on Google Map.
Actually it seemed that I saw a photo booth at a station I have been to. But when I heard the photos they print ARE 45 mm* 35 mm. I decided to go.
The way to Photo Booth was just the way back home, with 2 stations extension.
The Photos were 8 SGD, 4 copies. He could rob me directly, but he gave me 4 photos. He is so fucking kind, I'm moved.
After that I got an idea, I rode back to Outram Park and decide to do an experiment: How long time are we getting to Lavender, the ICA HQ?
The result was, from 10:40:26, the NEL concourse at Outram Park, which is the very first concourse when we enter the Outram Park Station, to 10:55, the nearest exit to ICA HQ of Lavender Station. The time included transfering from NEL concourse to EWL platform.
And finally, today, 20 Aug., we arrived at ICA HQ and acquired our STP:
需要带去ICA本部的东西有护照，原则批准信和一张护照尺寸（45×35 mm2 ）的照片。我确实准备了几张，还带来了坡子，但当我重新翻阅那些要求的时候，才发现我照片拍小了，得重来。