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Want to Enrol in Local School as an Expat? Note these Important Primary 1 Registration Changes

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Mark your calendars, mamas: the local Primary 1 registration for foreigners is different than in years past

Families interested in registering their children born in 2013 for local school should take note in change to the Primary 1 registration process for non-PR foreigners. As of 2018, all P1 registration will be conducted online. However, all non-PR foreigners are required to complete an “online indication of interest” (which will only be live for one week; in 2019 online registration closed at 4:30pm on Monday 10 June. Click here fore details on the exercise).

In prior years, non-PR foreigners registered in the third phase of registration in person at a local school around October. This year, non-PR and Singapore citizen who have not expressed an “online indication of interest” by June 10 cannot participate in the P1 registration.

Check out the Ministry of Education’s specific instructions here

All children born in 2013 without Singapore citizenship or PR status were required to sign up online in June to register interest in attending local school. For future reference, parents need to prepare the following documentation in advance, so please carefully read the list, scan and save the documents in advance:

Documentation Required for “Online Indication of Interest” for P1 Registration

* Information on the child (e.g. passport number; Foreign Identification Number to be provided, if any)
* Information on the parents (e.g. NRIC number / passport number and work pass number, if any)
* Valid email address
* Local or overseas contact number
* A copy of child’s birth certificate and passport in soft-copy (clear and legible in PDF, JPEG or JPG)
* Parents of non-SC / non-PR children are required to upload the following 2 supporting documents (clear and legible in PDF, JPEG or JPG) during the online indication of interest:
* Child’s birth certificate (if birth certificate is in other languages, please submit an accurate English translated copy); and
* Child’s valid passport data page

Note: You can only upload two documents online. The file size for each document should not exceed 2.5 MB. The total file size for both documents should not exceed 5.0 MB.

Read More: Why we chose local Singapore schools for our expat kids

After registering in June, what comes next?

In October, families selected by MOE as eligible to register will be contacted to bring ALL original documents listed below in person to a designated school for verification. Take note that both parents’ original passports and identity cards will be required so manage travel plans accordingly:

* Child’s Birth Certificate
* Child’s Passport
* Child’s Immigration Exemption Order / Dependant’s Pass / Student’s Pass / Long-Term Visit Pass (If any)
* Both parents’ Passport / Singapore NRIC / Entry or Re-entry Permit
* Both parents’ Employment Pass / Work Permit / Long-Term Visit Pass (if any)
* Child’s immunisation records
* Child’s letter informing child can be offered a P1 place in the school
* Any other documents as required by the school to support the registration
* Alternatively, parents can authorise a person to register their child on their behalf. An original letter of authorisation is required from the parent.

How can I update my child’s vaccinations and check what is required?

Regarding vaccinations: To update all vaccination records, you can scan and email all vaccinations along with the child’s FIN number, full name to the Health Promotion Board at [email protected] .

Click here to see the Singapore vaccination schedule

How can I improve my odds of getting a spot in local school?

Admission to local school for foreigners (children without PR or citizenship) is decided at the discretion of the Ministry of Education. All families can do is follow the process by the deadline, submit the required documentation, and hope for a favorable outcome.

I hear that even if I am PR, I won’t get a spot in local school?

This is untrue. All children holding PR or citizenship are guaranteed a spot in local school. Be sure to review the registration by phases to learn the steps required if your child is not a foreigner.

How do I get into a “good school” as a foreigner?

Admission to local school and choice of schools for foreigners (children without PR or citizenship) is decided at the discretion of the Ministry of Education.

Read More: Expat Reflections after a Year in Local Singapore Primary School

I am PR but my child is not, what do we do?

You register during the Phase 3 registration as a non-PR foreigner. The immigration status of the child signals the phase of registration, regardless of the status of the parent.

What if our application is denied?

This is a likely outcome. All decisions are final and appeals are not considered. All families should prepare a backup plan for the education of their child should the local school application not succeed.

Read More: Guide to International Secondary Schools in Singapore

Can I register next year?

Foreigners wanting to register outside of the P1 registration phases will have to take a rigorous standardized test called the AEIS and admission is at the discretion of the Singapore government. For more information consult the Ministry of Education. Click here to read about one mama’s experience when her son took the AEIS.

I want to register my child for local school but they were not born in 2012

Outside of the P1 registration, all foreign children applying for local school must take the AEIS exam. Admission to school is at the discretion of the Singapore government. For more information consult the Ministry of Education, mamas!

Further Resources

Lead image sourced via Today
P1 Registration image sourced via Straits Times
Primary school students school bus sourced via Today
Primary school students museum visit image sourced via Straits Times

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