The Singapore Ministry of Manpower (MOM) reported on Thursday (April 6) that three foreign nationals - two Indian nationals and one Vietnamese - have been sentenced to 10 weeks’ jail each for submitting forged academic certificates when applying for work passes.

The foreigners had obtained Employment Passes and S Passes to get jobs such as restaurant manager, assistant manager, chef and facility executive, said the ministry. After an investigation by the MOM, it was revealed their academic certificates were forged.

The MOM said it conducts additional checks and verifications when foreigners apply for work passes here. This includes verification of educational certificates through an internal education database system; and as well as supplementing verification through screening agencies or educational institutions.

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According to MOM, 73 foreigners were convicted and permanently barred from working in Singapore over the last two years for submitting forged academic certificates.

Under the Employment of Foreign Manpower Act, anyone submitting forged academic certificates may be fined up to S$20,000 and/or be jailed up to two years.

The ministry urges employers to ensure that their selection and recruitment processes of foreigners are “rigorous”.

“They should check the authenticity and quality of their work pass applicant’s academic qualifications. MOM may also require employers to authenticate qualifications declared in work pass applications,” the ministry said in a press release.

MOM also warns that employers and employment agencies who abet foreign applicants to submit forged documents will be severely dealt with.

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