SINGAPORE — A 38-year-old female Filipino national was sentenced to seven weeks’ jail on Tuesday (14 January) for providing false statements to the Immigration & Checkpoints Authority (ICA) on her and her daughter’s Permanent Residency (PR) applications.
The ICA said in a press statement that its officers arrested De Luna Noriza Dancel on 25 October 2017 for making false statements in her PR applications for herself and her daughter, Tayde Deevy Rick De Luna, in 2008 and 2009 respectively.
The case came to light following the agency’s internal investigations, it added.
Verifications with the Centro Escolar University located in the Philippine capital of Manila revealed that De Luna has no records of enrolment at the said school.
The diploma and transcript which De Luna had submitted for the applications did not originate from the university’s office, the ICA added.
“ICA takes a very serious view of persons who provide false information or conceal material facts during their applications for any Singapore immigration facility,” said the authority.
“Any person who has made a false statement in their applications for immigration facilities will be dealt with firmly in accordance with the law.”
This may include having their immigration facilities deprived or revoked, as provided for under the Constitution and the Immigration Act.
In response to media queries, an ICA spokesperson said that Singapore PRs who have been convicted of an offence will have their PR status reviewed by the authority. The statuses of their family members will also be reviewed by the ICA.
“ICA will consider each case based on factors such as the seriousness of the offence, the extent of the person’s involvement in the crime, and the length of the jail sentence before a decision is made on whether to revoke a person’s PR status,” the spokesperson added.
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