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Immigration offences

Immigration offences in Singapore are governed by Section 57 Immigration Act.

Attempting to unlawfully enter Singapore

According to Section 57(1)(A), anyone who attempts to enter into singapore unlawfully, shall be punished with imprisonment of up to 2 years and shall also be liable for a fine of up to $4,000.

Abetting any person to unlawfully enter Singapore

According to Section 57(1)(a), anyone who abets another to unlawfully enter into singapore, shall be punished with imprisonment for a period between 6 months and 2 years, and where the offence is abetted and punishable with caning, shall be punished with caning with not less than 3 strokes, or in any other case, shall also be liable for a fine of up to $6,000.

Abetting any person to unlawfully leave Singapore

According to Section 57(1)(b), anyone who abets another person to unlawfully leave Singapore, shall be punished with imprisonment for a period between 6 months and 2 years and shall also be liable for a fine of up to $6,000.

Engaging in the business or trade of conveying into or out of Singapore on any vehicle any person he has reasonable grounds for believing is a prohibited person

According to Section 57(1)(c), anyone who engages in business or trade of conveying into or out of Singapore on any vehicle of any person he has reasonable grounds to believe is a prohibited person, shall be punished with imprisonment for a period between 2 – 5 years and with at least 3 strokes of the cane.

Harboring

According to Section 57(1)(d), anyone who harbor’s any person whom he knows has committed an immigration offence or anyone who harbor’s any person and recklessly disregards as to whether that person has committed an immigration offence, shall be punished with imprisonment for a period between 6 months and 2 years and shall also be liable for a fine of up to $6,000.

Harboring any person while negligently failing to ascertain whether that person has committed an immigration offence

According to Section 57(d)(iii), anyone who harbors any person and negligently fails to check if that person has committed any immigration offence, shall be punished with imprisonment of up to 12 months or a fine of up to $6,000 or both.

Employment

According to Section 57(1)(e), anyone who employs any person who is present in Singapore unlawfully, shall be punished with imprisonment for a period between 6 months and 2 years and shall also be liable for a fine of up to $6,000.

Making false report

According to 57(1)(f), anyone who makes false report, statement or representation regarding immigration, shall be punished with imprisonment of up to 12 months or a fine of up to $4,000 or both.

Obstructing immigration officer

According to Section 57(1)(g), Anyone who obstructs any officer from immigration in executing his duty, shall be punished with imprisonment of up to 12 months or a fine of up to $4,000 or both.

Hindering or obstructing any immigration removal

According to Section 57(1)(h), anyone person who hinders or obstructs any immigration removal shall be punished with imprisonment of up to 12 months or a fine of up to $4,000 or both.

Giving or selling any entry or re-entry permit or visa

According to Section 57(1)(i), any person who gives or sells entry or re-entry permit or visa to enter or exit singapore unlawfully, shall be punished with imprisonment of up to 12 months or a fine of up to $4,000 or both.

Using another person’s entry or re-entry permit or visa issued

According to Section 57(1)(j), any person who uses another person’s entry or re-entry permit or visa as if it had been lawfully issued to himself, shall be punished with imprisonment of up to 12 months or a fine of up to $4,000 or both.

Making a false statement

According to Section 57(1)(k), anyone who makes a false statement to acquire or attempt to acquire an entry or re-entry permit or visa, shall be punished with imprisonment of up to 12 months or a fine of up to $4,000 or both.

Using or possessing any forged or unlawfully altered entry or re-entry permit or visa

According to Section 57(1)(I), anyone who is using or is in possession of any entry or re-entry permit or visa which is forged or unlawfully obtained shall be punished with imprisonment of up to 12 months or a fine of up to $4,000 or both.

Making or possessing any electronic instrument

According to Section 57(1)(m), anyone who makes or is on possession of any electronic instrument with the knowledge that the electronic instrument is actually intended to be used to forge or unlawfully alter any forged entry or re-entry permit or visa, shall be punished with imprisonment of up to 5 years or a fine of up to $8,000 or both.

Making or possessing any object while knowing that the object that has been specially designed for making a forged entry or re-entry permit or visa

According to Section 57(1)(n), anyone who makes or is in possession of any object with the knowledge that the object has been specially designed for making a forged entry or re-entry permit or visa shall be punished with imprisonment of up to 5 years or a fine of up to $8,000 or both.

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