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Problems Getting Student Visa

Post by johnops » Fri, 27 Oct 2006 12:26 pm

Can anybody help us understand possible reasons for ICA turning down a student visa and giving no reason at all for the denial. Any war stories with ICA that might help give us hope that a solution will be found?

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Re: Problems Getting Student Visa

Post by ksl » Sun, 29 Oct 2006 3:16 pm

johnops wrote:Can anybody help us understand possible reasons for ICA turning down a student visa and giving no reason at all for the denial. Any war stories with ICA that might help give us hope that a solution will be found?
where are you applying from? I would have thought the Uni or establishment would have applied, or provide help to get the visa.

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Post by johnops » Sun, 29 Oct 2006 6:42 pm

It's a student visa for fashion design school (very reputable). ICA has said there is a problem with application but won't say what. The school is handling but claims not to know what else to do. The only possible solution we have come up with is I have come in to Singapore on 3 different passports in the last 4 years as I lost a passport sveral years ago...

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Re: Student Visa

Post by ksl » Mon, 30 Oct 2006 3:16 am

johnops wrote:It's a student visa for fashion design school (very reputable). ICA has said there is a problem with application but won't say what. The school is handling but claims not to know what else to do. The only possible solution we have come up with is I have come in to Singapore on 3 different passports in the last 4 years as I lost a passport sveral years ago...
Well I guess if you have travelled into Singapore on 3 different passports and you have not declared this in your application, then you will have been, thrown into file 13 for not telling the trueth.

It only takes one mistake, on any application form, and they are not compelled to tell you, you have made a mistake, that you would know for yourself.
You may have been caught out, they will know, that you are avoiding the facts if you have been in 3 times on different passports.

I guess it does also matter which Country you are coming from, although it shouldn't matter.

If I was you I would reapply and tell them the facts. if they can see in their database, that all fits together, they may let you in, or may not! But I would be careful, they already have a database of 146,000 undesirables.

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Student Visa Problem

Post by johnops » Mon, 30 Oct 2006 8:03 am

Thanks for advice. I really misunderstood the question, as I thought "have you ever entered Singapore using a different passport" meant a passport from a different country. File 13 sounds pretty ominous -- don't know much about that.

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Re: Student Visa Problem

Post by ksl » Mon, 30 Oct 2006 10:42 am

johnops wrote:Thanks for advice. I really misunderstood the question, as I thought "have you ever entered Singapore using a different passport" meant a passport from a different country. File 13 sounds pretty ominous -- don't know much about that.
Sorry! It was just a figure of speech, what I really mean is if there was a slight mistake on the application form, they wouldn't process the form, it would just be rejected, although I have never tried myself, coming into Singapore on different passports.

I do know that they are very strict, and will check every thing out, before letting people into Singapore, becuase there are so many illegals trying to get in everyday, to earn a living. and time and time again, they are caught with false passports, and jailed for a couple of years, before being thrown out.
I don't know your circumstances, I can only say you should fill in a new application, and make sure you answer all the questions correctly. It doesn't help to look for an answer, why you didn't get approval, they are not going to tell you that.

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Student Visa Problem

Post by johnops » Mon, 30 Oct 2006 11:12 pm

Thanks for advice -- very helpful. We'll do it again and try to remedy the confusion. :)

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