This was a very peculiar situation where my Chinese friend was rejected of entry Visa.
She is 26years old, employed and wants to visit Singapore on a social Visa. A local contact assisted her in applying the Visa through the SAVE online system. Usually a local Singaporean citizen can sponsor overseas friend to visit Singapore on social visit pass. This can be done via a convenient online application system by ICA. Only S$30 is required and the application takes 10min to complete. The better news is that the approval usually come within the day.
However, 1 important note is the size and strict requirement of the jpeg photograph required to attach in the application. Apparently, the exactly measurement and file size MUST be adhered, else, the application process would be affected unknownly.
Nevertheless, another good piece of news is that approval can come within a day, and rejection also can come within a day. If you have your entry Visa rejected, don't look elsewhere for holiday yet! Because there is still chance for APPEAL !
For appeal against entry Visa: If your application is done through the local contact, the citizen can make a trip down to the ICA, 4th floor, Short Term Visit Section and request for an interview by the officer in charge. Remember to bring along :
1. your Form 14A completed with photograph,
2. online rejection letter with visa application reference number
3. photocopy of applicant's passport
4. photocopy of local contact NRIC
5. Appeal letter written to ICA Officer (optional but IMPORTANT)
Here's the format of a sample Appeal letter (submit ONLY in ENGLISH) :
Attention : Officer-In-Charge
Immigration & Checkpoints Authority
10 Kallang Road
Date : 01 Oct 2010
RE: APPEAL FOR ENTRY VISA APPLICATION
The applicant, XXX (Passport No. XXX), had submitted an entry visa application (Visa Ref No. VSCxxx) dated xxOct20xx. I am very sorry to received the rejection for his/her Visa application. This is an appeal for his/her application.
Ms/Mr XXX is an employed staff of ABC company in XXX country. He/she is planning to visit Singapore for sight seeing/ business / visit friends. During the stay, he/she will be staying over my place at the below mentioned address/ at a hotel. He/she is my friend and I am sponsoring his/her application.
I would sincerely hope you will re-consider his/her application.
- Sign -
Local Contact : XXX
NRIC : SxxxxxxxX
Handphone : 9xxxxxxx
Address : xxx xxx xxx