Singapore-based foreign women fear marriage crackdown

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Mindy works as an advertising manager at a Singapore company. She has worked in the island country for nearly three years, but her contract and visa are set to expire in the new year.

During her time in the country she met a Singaporean man and the two plan on getting married before her visa expires in order to allow her to remain in the country. The wedding had been planned for next spring, but the two are fearful that if they push it up, the government might force Mindy out of the country under new efforts to crackdown on “sham marriages.”

“I am very concerned about the statements from the government on marriages, especially as they singled out foreign women because we just don’t know what to do at this point,” she told Bikyamasr.com.

“We both fear that if we try to push our wedding up earlier, the government will see this as a sham and force me out of the country and we just want to live together,” she added.

Last week, the Singapore government that “sham marriages” by couples to obtain immigration documents could face up to 10 years in jail, a $10,000 fine, or both.

The country’s legislators passed the new legislation in the hopes of curtailing the illegal use of marriage to obtain residency in the island country.

Stiff penalties had been proposed to serve as a strong deterrent against marriages of convenience, the government said.

This will allow the Immigration and Checkpoints Authority (ICA) to prosecute errant couples, middlemen or marriage agencies.

S. Iswaran, Minister in the Prime Minister’s Office and Second Minister for Home Affairs, and Trade and Industry, said that “genuine marriages will not be unfairly penalized.”

For Mindy and her future husband, the idea that a government official is going to investigate their lives is disconcerting and they hope that there will be changes so couples in love will not be penalized.

“I just hope we can get married and there are no problems,” added Mindy.

This article originally appeared on malaysia-chronicle

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  1. Roger Roger November 5, 2012 at 6:12 pm - Reply

    actually life is total free from eyes now, no body respect , no body care every body towards to rights and most of pair don't like children after the marrage this is the main reason of divorced, children are like chain between wife and husband. second is boys and girls are friends and they live like married together this is not good for both, these thing goes to free sex relaxation , so if they decided to get married they should be ligal, mostly lot of boys and girls has no hesitation for sex, should be control on it because young gen going to destroyed.

  2. Roger Roger November 5, 2012 at 6:16 pm - Reply

    I m looking divorced or widow for marrage in singapore.

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