Penalty for Fake Marriage in Singapore

Under the Women’s Charter Singapore, a marriage of convenience Singapore is void.

See: Section 11A of Women’s Charter Singapore (Avoidance of marriages of convenience)

An example of a marriage of convenience Singapore is one where one party got married to assist the other party to remain in Singapore and this party receives an inducement or reward for getting married.

I have been asked about the penalty for fake marriage in Singapore.

Recent case of sham marriage Singapore

In a recent case, a Vietnamese woman Nguyen Thi Mong Tuyen wanted to stay and work in Singapore. Her friend (Tran) and friend’s husband (Cheong) helped her to arrange a marriage of convenience Singapore. Nguyen paid Cheong $8,000 for the arrangement. The deal was made so for Nguyen to obtain a long term visit pass in Singapore.

The 4 were arrested and sentenced to jail.

Cheong was sentenced to jail for 7 months and fined $8,000. Tran was given 6 months’ imprisonment.

The couple who entered into a sham marriage Singapore were sentenced to 6 months’ imprisonment each.

Under the Immigration Act, the penalty for fake marriage in Singapore is a fine of up to $10,000, up to 10 years of imprisonment, or both.

The Immigration and Checkpoint Authorities said in a statement that it “takes a serious view of individuals who engage in or arrange marriages of convenience to obtain immigration facilities in Singapore”.

See: “Four jailed over sham marriage to prolong Vietnamese woman’s stay”, CNA, 24 April 2017

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