Singapore: False Work Permit application

Obtaining a legally valid work permit is important while securing your abroad. Making a false Work Permit application is an offence under the Employment of Foreign Manpower Act in Singapore, and you can be fined up to $15,000 and/or go to jail for up to 12 months.

You should not apply for a Work Permit for a foreigner if you have no intention to hire the person to work for you. Your foreign domestic worker (FDW) can only work for you and cannot be engaged in any part-time employment as at your relative’s house.

A man falsely declared his Filipino girlfriend as his FDW has been fined $5,000. After the Work Permit was issued, the man allowed her to work as a part-time domestic helper for other people. When he was found out in January 2011, the man was fined $5,000 for making a false declaration, and the FDW was similarly fined $5,000 for abetting the man to apply for the Work Permit and she has been repatriated.

Similarly in another insident, a Filipino man and a Filipino woman conspired to submit a false Work Permit application for the latter. The Work Permit was issued, but the woman worked as a part-time cleaner for three expatriate households. In May 2011, the two were fined $6,000 each for submitting a false Work Permit application.

An FDW can only work for the employer in the address stated in the Work Permit, and cannot engage in any part-time employment elsewhere. Anyone who has no intention of hiring an FDW should not lend his or her name to the Work Permit application.

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