May 4, 2009

New long-term pass for foreign students

Asia One, May 02, 2009

The Immigration & Checkpoints Authority (ICA) has launched the new Long Term Pass (LTP) to foreigners residing long-term in Singapore.
The card will be issued to Student’s Pass (STP) holders from 4 May this year.
Plans for the LTP card were announced last July, as part of the government’s initiative to enhance national security.

A more secured card
Compared to the current paper-laminated cards, the new polycarbonate LTP pass for students has better anti-forgery features and is more durable.
It contains the same biometric security features as those in the National Registration Identity Card (NRIC), including laser-engraved photograph and fingerprint images.

Lower fees
The ICA has also reviewed the current fee structure for student pass holders.
Instead of paying the current $40 annual fee for the student pass, successful applicants will only need to pay a one-time fee of $60 for the issuance of the card, regardless of the duration of the pass granted.
This is on top of the non-refundable processing fee of $30 when submitting an application for the student pass.
Visa fees will continue to apply for those from visa-required countries.
Students will be required to pay a sum of $60 for replacement of lost or damaged STP cards. Those who lose their paper-laminated cards will be issued with the new card at the prevailing fee.

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