Okay, so I had to go to the Embassy of the Republic of Korea twice. Why? Because they insisted on the original copies of my birth certificate and my school certificate. Now it’s not like I didn’t research on the internet as to what I needed before I went there, because I did! And NO ONE mentioned that ORIGINALS were needed, so here I am to inform you all that you need to bring originals in addition to photocopies. They will return the originals to you after checking it against the copies, which they will keep.
What you will need for a D-4 student visa application in Singapore:
- Valid passport (make sure to check the expiry date!)
- Visa application form (you can fill it out there)
- Original certificate of admission + 1 copy
- Original certificate of graduation + 1 copy
- Financial statement if you don’t have a Korean sponsor (original bank statements from the past three months of more than $3,000 (EDIT: $5,000 as of Jul 2013); make copies for yourself if need be as they will keep the originals)
- Original birth certificate + 1 copy (if your parents are sponsoring you and you are using their bank statements)
- 1 passport photo
- Application fee: S$66
Note: All Singaporeans have a 90-day visa exemption when travelling to S. Korea, so you’ll need a visa if you’re staying longer than that; there is no way around this, unless you are willing to get out of the country and back to renew your tourist visa. Calculate the duration of your intended stay to see if you’ll need a visa.
If you have any questions, feel free to leave a comment and I will try to recall what I had to do, lol.