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Long Title

Part I PRELIMINARY

Part II ENTRY INTO AND DEPARTURE FROM SINGAPORE

Part IIA SINGAPORE VISAS FOR NON-CITIZENS

Part III ENTRY AND RE-ENTRY PERMITS

Part IV PROCEDURE ON ARRIVAL IN AND DEPARTURE FROM SINGAPORE

Part V REMOVAL FROM SINGAPORE

Part VA OBLIGATIONS RELATING TO IDENTIFYING INFORMATION OR PASSENGER INFORMATION

Part VI MISCELLANEOUS

THE SCHEDULE Personal Identifiers

Legislative History

 
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Immigration Act
(CHAPTER 133)

(Original Enactment: M. Ordinance 12 of 1959)

REVISED EDITION 2008
(1st January 2008)
An Act relating to immigration into, and departure from, Singapore.
[16th September 1963]
PART I
PRELIMINARY
Short title
1.  This Act may be cited as the Immigration Act.
Interpretation
2.
—(1)  In this Act, unless the context otherwise requires —
“advance passenger information” means information relating to any passenger required to be furnished to the Controller prior to the arrival in Singapore of the vessel, aircraft or train, as the case may be, on which the passenger will be travelling to Singapore;
[Act 18 of 2012 wef 19/12/2012]
“arrive” means —
(a)
in relation to an aircraft, the aircraft coming to a stop after landing;
(b)
in relation to a vessel or ship, the securing of the vessel or ship for any purposes, including for the embarkation or disembarkation of its passengers or the loading or unloading of its cargo or stores or both; or
(c)
in relation to a train, the train coming to a stop at a train checkpoint;
[Act 18 of 2012 wef 19/12/2012]
“authorised airport”, “authorised landing place”, “authorised train checkpoint”, “authorised point of entry”, “authorised departing place” and “authorised point of departure” mean, respectively, an airport, a landing place, a train checkpoint, a point of entry, a departing place or a point of departure declared as such under section 5;
“authorised area” means an authorised airport, authorised landing place, authorised train checkpoint, authorised point of entry, authorised place of embarkation, authorised departing place, authorised point of departure or immigration control post declared as such under section 5;
[Act 18 of 2012 wef 19/12/2012]
“certificate” means a certificate of status issued under the provisions of any regulations made under section 55;
“Controller” means the Controller of Immigration appointed under section 3;
“Controller of Work Passes” means the Controller of Work Passes appointed under section 3 of the Employment of Foreign Manpower Act (Cap. 91A);
“crew” includes every seaman on a vessel, and every person employed in the operation of an aircraft or a train or in any service rendered to the crew or passengers of an aircraft in flight or a train in motion;
“Director of Marine” means the Director of Marine appointed under section 4(1) of the Merchant Shipping Act (Cap. 179) and includes the Deputy Director of Marine appointed under that subsection and such other officers appointed under section 4(3) of that Act as the Director of Marine may authorise to carry out any of his duties under this Act;
“document” includes —
(a)
any endorsement;
(b)
any paper or other material where there is writing;
(c)
any paper or other material on which there are marks, figures, symbols or perforations that are —
(i)
capable of being given a meaning by persons qualified to interpret them; or
(ii)
capable of being responded to by a computer, a machine or an electronic device;
(d)
any article or material from which information is capable of being reproduced with or without the aid of any other article or device; or
(e)
any electronic record;
[Act 18 of 2012 wef 19/12/2012]
“electronic record” has the same meaning as in section 2(1) of the Electronic Transactions Act (Cap. 88);
[Act 18 of 2012 wef 19/12/2012]
“employ” means to engage or use the service of any person, whether under a contract of service or otherwise, with or without remuneration;
“entry” means —
(a)
in the case of a person arriving by sea, disembarking in Singapore from the vessel in which he arrives;
(b)
in the case of a person arriving by air at an authorised airport, leaving the precincts of such airport;
(c)
in the case of a person entering by land and proceeding to an immigration control post under section 26 or an authorised train checkpoint under section 25A, leaving the precincts of such post or checkpoint for any purpose other than that of departing from Singapore by an approved route;
(ca)
in the case of a child born in Singapore on or after 15th January 2005 who is not a citizen of Singapore, his birth in Singapore; and
(d)
in any other case, any entry into Singapore by land, sea or air,
but shall not include in any case an entry made for the purpose of complying with this Act or an entry, expressly or impliedly, sanctioned by an immigration officer for the purpose of any enquiry or detention under the provisions of this Act;
“entry permit” means a permit to enter or remain in Singapore issued under section 10;
“harbour” means to give food or shelter, and includes the act of assisting a person in any way to evade apprehension;
“immigration control post” means a post established as such by the Controller at a place declared to be an immigration control post under section 5;
“immigration depot” means any place designated by the Controller for the examination, inspection or detention of persons under this Act;
“immigration officer” means any person appointed under section 3;
“immigration signal” means such signal as may be prescribed for vessels which arrive in Singapore;
“leave” means —
(a)
in the case of a person leaving Singapore by sea, embarking in Singapore on a vessel which is about to leave Singapore and remaining on board such vessel at the time of its departure for any place outside Singapore;
(b)
in the case of a person leaving Singapore by air, boarding an aircraft in Singapore which is about to depart from Singapore;
[Act 18 of 2012 wef 19/12/2012]
(c)
in the case of a person leaving Singapore by land, boarding and remaining in a train or other vehicle which is about to leave Singapore; and
[Act 18 of 2012 wef 19/12/2012]
(d)
in the case of a vessel, an aircraft or a train leaving Singapore by sea, air or land, as the case may be, departing from any authorised departing place in Singapore by sea, or from any airport or train checkpoint in Singapore, for any place outside Singapore;
[Act 18 of 2012 wef 19/12/2012]
“master” —
(a)
in relation to a vessel, means any person (except a pilot or harbour master) having for the time being control or charge thereof;
(b)
in relation to an aircraft, means the captain thereof; and
(c)
in relation to a train, means the driver of the train or any person having for the time being control or charge thereof;
“non-citizen” means any person who is not a citizen of Singapore;
“occupier”, in relation to any premises or place, includes —
(a)
the person having the charge, management or control of either the whole or part of the premises or place, either on his own account or as an agent; and
(b)
a contractor who is carrying out building operations or construction works at the premises or place on behalf of some other person;
“pass” means a pass issued under the regulations entitling the holder thereof to remain, or enter and remain, temporarily in Singapore;
“passenger” means any person carried in a vessel, an aircraft or a train, other than the members of the crew;
“permit” includes an entry permit and a re-entry permit;
“personal identifier” means any of the identifiers specified in the Schedule (including any in digital form);
“prohibited immigrant” means any person who is a prohibited immigrant as defined in section 8;
“re-entry permit” means a permit to re-enter Singapore issued under section 11;
“regulations” means regulations made under this Act;
“seaman” includes the master and any person carried in a vessel as a bona fide member of the staff employed in the operation or service of the vessel and, if the vessel has articles, entered on the articles;
“Singapore visa” means a Singapore visa granted under Part IIA;
“stowaway” means a person who is secreted in a vessel, an aircraft or a train without the consent of the master or other person in charge of the vessel, aircraft or train and includes such a person who is arriving in or departing from Singapore on board any vessel, aircraft or train without the consent of the master or other person in charge of the vessel, aircraft or train;
“through passenger” means any passenger who arrives in Singapore by a vessel, an aircraft or a train and who is continuing his journey in the same vessel, aircraft or train to a place outside Singapore;
“transportation company” means any government, municipality, body corporate, or organisation, firm or person carrying or providing for the transit of passengers, whether by vessel, aircraft, railway, highway or otherwise, and includes any 2 or more such transporting companies co-operating in the business of carrying passengers;
“vehicle” means any vehicle whether mechanically propelled or otherwise;
“vessel” includes any ship or boat or other description of floating craft used in navigation, and includes any tackle, equipment, book, document, goods, cargo or things carried therein or thereon.
[12/70; 21/73; 60/73; 13/77; 6/89; 38/93; 41/95; 34/98; 53/2004; 30/2007; 33/2007]
(2)  For the purposes of sections 8(6), 10(5), 11(6), 14(6), 29(7) or 33, any reference to the Minister shall include a reference to any of the following who is authorised by the Minister for the purposes of hearing an appeal under that provision:
(a)
the Minister who has been designated by the Prime Minister as Second Minister for Home Affairs (if any);
(b)
any Minister of State,
and any reference in section 39A to the Minister shall include a reference to a person so authorised by the Minister under this subsection.
[Act 18 of 2012 wef 19/12/2012]
Appointment and powers of Controller and immigration officers
3.
—(1)  The Minister may appoint a Controller of Immigration and such number of immigration officers as he may consider necessary for the proper carrying out of the provisions of this Act.
[13/77]
(2)  The powers and discretions vested in the Controller under this Act, and the duties required to be discharged by him may, subject to section 4 and to such limitations as the Controller may impose, be exercised and discharged by immigration officers duly authorised by the Controller to act on his behalf.
[13/77]
Power of Minister to issue directions
4.
—(1)  The Minister may from time to time give the Controller directions of a general character, and not inconsistent with the provisions of this Act, as to the exercise of the powers and discretions conferred on the Controller by, and the duties required to be discharged by the Controller under, this Act or any regulations or orders made thereunder, in relation to all matters which appear to him to affect the immigration policy of Singapore.
(2)  The Controller shall give effect to all directions given under subsection (1).
PART II
ENTRY INTO AND DEPARTURE FROM SINGAPORE
Entry into and departure from Singapore
5.
—(1)  The Minister may, by notification in the Gazette, prescribe approved routes and declare such immigration control posts, landing places, airports, train checkpoints or points of entry, as he may consider to be necessary for the purposes of this Act, to be immigration control posts, authorised landing places, authorised airports, authorised train checkpoints or authorised points of entry, as the case may be.
(1A)  In declaring under subsection (1) any place to be an immigration control post, a landing place or an authorised point of entry, the Minister may specify that it or any part of the place is to be an immigration control post, a landing place or an authorised place of entry generally only for a fixed period or for fixed periods of time in any day, or only for the separate and exclusive immigration clearance of a particular person or class of persons.
[Act 18 of 2012 wef 19/12/2012]
(2)  No person shall, unless compelled by accident or other reasonable cause, enter or attempt to enter Singapore except at an authorised landing place, airport, train checkpoint or point of entry.
[13/77; 38/93; 34/98]
(3)  The Minister may, by notification in the Gazette, prescribe approved routes and declare such immigration control posts, places of embarkation, authorised airports, authorised train checkpoints, authorised departing places or authorised points of departure, as the case may be.
[13/77; 38/93]
(3A)  In declaring under subsection (3) any place to be an authorised departing place or an authorised point of departure, the Minister may specify that it or any part of the place is to be an authorised departing place or an authorised point of departure generally only for a fixed period or for fixed periods of time in any day, or only for the separate and exclusive immigration clearance of a particular person or class of persons.
[Act 18 of 2012 wef 19/12/2012]
(4)  No person shall, unless compelled by accident or other reasonable cause, leave or attempt to leave Singapore except at an authorised place of embarkation, airport, train checkpoint, departing place or point of departure.
[13/77; 38/93; 34/98]
(5)  Any person who contravenes subsection (2) or (4) shall be guilty of an offence.
[13/77]
(6)  Without prejudice to subsection (1A) or (3A), where upon the application of any person (referred to in this section as the applicant), any place or any part of that place is declared under subsection (1) or (3), as the case may be, to be an immigration control post, a landing place, an authorised point of entry or an authorised departing place or authorised point of departure for the separate and exclusive immigration clearance of the applicant, or a particular person or class of persons associated with the applicant, the Controller may, with the approval of the Minister, require the applicant to pay to the Controller a rate, at such intervals and at such amount or rate as may be prescribed, for or in connection with immigration clearance performed by immigration officers at that place or part thereof.
[Act 18 of 2012 wef 19/12/2012]
(7)  The number of immigration officers to be deployed at any immigration control post, landing place, authorised point of entry, authorised departing place or authorised point of departure referred to in subsection (6) shall be determined at the discretion of the Controller.
[Act 18 of 2012 wef 19/12/2012]
(8)  In this section, unless the context otherwise requires —
“immigration clearance”, in relation to any person, includes refusing the person entry into Singapore or exit from Singapore;
“separate and exclusive immigration clearance” includes immigration clearance carried out only during a particular period or periods in a day for a particular person or class of persons.
[Act 18 of 2012 wef 19/12/2012]
Person entering or leaving Singapore to produce passport, etc.
5A.
—(1)  Subject to subsection (2), every person, whether a citizen of Singapore or a non-citizen, who is arriving in Singapore (by air, sea or land) from a place outside Singapore, or is leaving Singapore (by air, sea or land) to a place outside Singapore, shall present to an immigration officer at the authorised airport, authorised landing place, authorised train checkpoint, authorised point of entry, authorised departing place or authorised point of departure, as the case may be —
(a)
if the person is a citizen of Singapore (whether or not the person is also the national of a country other than Singapore) — the person’s Singapore passport that is valid, and any other prescribed evidence of the person’s identity and Singapore citizenship; or
(b)
if the person is a non-citizen —
(i)
the person’s foreign passport or other foreign travel document that is valid, and such other evidence of the person’s identity as the immigration officer may require; and
(ii)
where a Singapore visa is required by section 9B, evidence of a Singapore visa that is in effect and is held by the person.
[33/2007]
(2)  The immigration officer may waive —
(a)
the requirements of a passport or travel document if the person is a citizen of Singapore and in prescribed circumstances; or
(b)
the requirements of a passport, travel document or Singapore visa in the case of any person entering Singapore from a place outside Singapore and holding a valid entry permit, re-entry permit or certificate of status issued in accordance with this Act.
[33/2007]
(3)  Any person who enters or leaves Singapore in contravention of subsection (1) shall be guilty of an offence and shall be liable on conviction to a fine not exceeding $1,000 or to imprisonment for a term not exceeding 6 months or to both.
[33/2007]
(4)  Subsection (1) shall not apply to such categories of persons as the Minister may prescribe.
[33/2007]
Facilities at authorised areas
5B.
—(1)  The Minister may, by notice in writing, require the owner or occupier of any premises within which an authorised area is or is to be located (referred to in this section as the relevant owner or occupier), but not the Government —
(a)
to provide and maintain in the authorised area, at the relevant owner’s or occupier’s cost, such facilities and resources as the Minister considers necessary for the proper, secure and efficient functioning of the authorised area, including providing such facilities to the immigration officers whose duties require their presence within or at the perimeter of the authorised area; or
(b)
to permit the establishment of immigration offices within the authorised area.
(2)  The Minister may give to the relevant owner or occupier such written directions as may be necessary —
(a)
to ensure compliance with the provisions of this Act and the regulations; or
(b)
for the proper, secure and efficient functioning of the authorised area.
(3)  The relevant owner or occupier shall comply with the written notice or direction served or given to him or it under subsection (1) or (2).
(4)  Any relevant owner or occupier who or which fails to comply with subsection (3) shall be guilty of an offence and shall be liable on conviction to a fine of not less than $100,000 and not more than $200,000 and, in the case of a continuing offence, to a further fine not exceeding $2,000 for every day or part thereof during which the offence continues after conviction.
(5)  Where a body corporate is guilty of an offence under subsection (4) and that offence is proved to have been committed with the authority, consent or connivance of any director, manager, secretary or other similar officer of the body corporate or of any person purporting to act in any such capacity, he, as well as the body corporate, shall each be guilty of that offence and shall each be liable to be proceeded against and punished accordingly.
(6)  In this section, “owner” means any person who has an estate or interest in the premises and whose permission to enter the premises is needed by another before that other may enter the premises.
[Act 18 of 2012 wef 19/12/2012]
Control of entry into and departure from Singapore
6.
—(1)  No person, other than a citizen of Singapore, shall enter or attempt to enter Singapore unless —
(a)
he is in possession of a valid entry permit or re-entry permit lawfully issued to him under section 10 or 11;
(b)
his name is endorsed upon a valid entry permit or re-entry permit in accordance with section 12, and he is in the company of the holder of that permit;
(c)
he is in possession of a valid pass lawfully issued to him to enter Singapore; or
(d)
he is exempted from this subsection by an order made under section 56.
[13/77; 34/98; 53/2004]
(2)  Every person departing from Singapore, other than a citizen of Singapore or a person exempted from this subsection by an order made under section 56, shall, if so required by an immigration officer, complete an embarkation form and submit it for examination by that officer at the time he leaves Singapore.
[53/2004]
[Act 18 of 2012 wef 19/12/2012]
(3)  Any person who contravenes subsection (1) or (2) shall be guilty of an offence and —
(a)
in the case of an offence under subsection (1), shall on conviction be punished with imprisonment for a term not exceeding 6 months and shall also, subject to sections 325(1) and 330(1) of the Criminal Procedure Code 2010, be punished with caning with not less than 3 strokes, or where by virtue of that section he is not punishable with caning, he shall, in lieu of caning, be punished with a fine not exceeding $6,000;
[15/2010 wef 02/01/2011]
(b)
in the case of an offence under subsection (2), shall be liable on conviction to a fine not exceeding $2,000 or to imprisonment for a term not exceeding 6 months or to both.
[35/84; 6/89; 41/95; 53/2004]
(4)  In any proceedings for an offence under subsection (1), it shall be presumed, until the contrary is proved, that the defendant attempted to enter Singapore in contravention of subsection (1)(c) if the defendant was found within the waters of the port and it is proved to the satisfaction of the court that —
(a)
he was unable, or refused, to produce when requested to do so by a police officer or an immigration officer a valid passport or other valid travel document issued by the competent authority of any State or territory;
(b)
he has no visible means of subsistence; or
(c)
he had taken precautions to conceal his identity or presence from any police officer or immigration officer.
[34/98]
(5)  For the purposes of this section, “port” means any place declared to be a port under section 3 of the Maritime and Port Authority of Singapore Act (Cap. 170A).
[34/98]
Non-citizens born in Singapore
6A.
—(1)  A child who —
(a)
is born in Singapore on or after 15th January 2005; and
(b)
is not a citizen of Singapore at the time of his birth,
shall be deemed to be issued with a special pass authorising him to remain in Singapore.
[53/2004]
(2)  A special pass referred to in subsection (1) shall be valid for 42 days from the date of the birth of the child and may be extended for such period as the Controller thinks fit.
[53/2004]
(3)  An application to renew a special pass referred to in subsection (1) —
(a)
shall be made —
(i)
in the case of a legitimate child, by the father or mother; or
(ii)
in the case of an illegitimate child, by the mother; and
(b)
shall be in such form as the Controller may determine.
[53/2004]
(4)  Upon an application made under subsection (3), the Controller may extend the special pass or issue the child with such permit or other pass as the Controller thinks fit.
[53/2004]
(5)  The father or mother in the case of a legitimate child, or the mother in the case of an illegitimate child, shall ensure that the child referred to in subsection (1) does not remain in Singapore after the expiry of the special pass or, where a permit or pass has been issued to the child under subsection (4), the expiry of the permit or pass, as the case may be.
[53/2004]
(6)  Any person who contravenes subsection (5) shall be guilty of an offence.
[53/2004]
Right of entry
7.
—(1)  A citizen of Singapore shall be entitled to enter Singapore without having obtained a permit or pass in that behalf under this Act.
(2)  The burden of proof that any person is a citizen of Singapore shall lie upon that person.
Prohibited immigrants
8.
—(1)  Any person, not being a citizen of Singapore, who is a member of any of the prohibited classes as defined in subsection (3) or who, in the opinion of the Controller, is a member of any of the prohibited classes, is a prohibited immigrant.
[34/98]
(2)  Subject to any exemption granted under section 56 —
(a)
no prohibited immigrant who is a member of the prohibited class defined in subsection (3)(o) shall enter Singapore; and
(b)
no other prohibited immigrant shall enter Singapore, unless he is in possession of a valid pass in that behalf issuable to a prohibited immigrant under the regulations.
(3)  The following persons are members of the prohibited classes:
(a)
any person who is unable to show that he has the means of supporting himself and his dependants (if any) or that he has definite employment awaiting him, or who is likely to become a pauper or a charge on the public;
(b)
any person suffering from a contagious or infectious disease which makes his presence in Singapore dangerous to the community;
[Act 18 of 2012 wef 19/12/2012]
(ba)
any person suffering from Acquired Immune Deficiency Syndrome or infected with the Human Immunodeficiency Virus;
(c)
any person desiring to enter Singapore who refuses to submit to an examination after being required to do so under section 29(1);
(d)
any person who —
(i)
has been convicted in any country or state of an offence for which a sentence of imprisonment has been passed for any term;
(ii)
has not received a free pardon; and
(iii)
by reason of the circumstances connected with that conviction is deemed by the Controller to be an undesirable immigrant;
(e)
any prostitute or any person who is living on or receiving or who, prior to entering Singapore, lived on or received the proceeds of prostitution;
(f)
any person who procures or attempts to bring into Singapore prostitutes or women or girls for the purpose of prostitution or other immoral purpose;
(g)
vagrants or habitual beggars;
(h)
any person whose entry into Singapore is, or at the time of his entry was, unlawful under this Act or any other written law for the time being in force;
(i)
any person who believes in or advocates the overthrow by force or violence of the Government or of any established government or of constituted law or authority or who disbelieves in or is opposed to established government, or who advocates the assassination of public officials, or who advocates or teaches the unlawful destruction of property;
(j)
any person who is a member of or affiliated with any organisation entertaining or teaching disbelief in or opposition to established government or advocating or teaching the duty, necessity or propriety of the unlawful assaulting or killing of any officer or officers, either of specific individuals or officers generally, of the Government or of any established government, because of his or their official character, or advocating or teaching the unlawful destruction of property;
(k)
any person who, in consequence of information received from any source or from any government through official or diplomatic channels, is considered by the Minister to be an undesirable immigrant;
(l)
any person who has been removed from any country or state by the government of that country or state on repatriation for any reason whatever and who, by reason of the circumstances connected therewith, is considered by the Controller to be an undesirable immigrant;
(m)
any person who, being required by any written law for the time being in force to be in possession of valid travel documents, is not in possession of those documents or is in possession of forged or altered travel documents or travel documents which do not fully comply with that written law;
(n)
the family and dependants of a prohibited immigrant; and
(o)
any person prohibited by an order made under section 9 from entering Singapore.
[38/93; 34/98]
(4)  The burden of proof that any person seeking to enter Singapore is not a prohibited immigrant shall lie upon that person.
(4A)  Where the Controller refuses to allow any person to enter Singapore on the ground that the person is a prohibited immigrant, the Controller shall, if so requested by the person, inform him of the class of prohibited immigrants of which, in the opinion of the Controller, he is a member.
(5)  Subject to any exemption granted under section 56, if any prohibited immigrant enters Singapore otherwise than in accordance with a valid pass lawfully issued to him, he shall be guilty of an offence.
(6)  Any person in possession of a permit issued to him under the provisions of this Act who, upon his arrival in Singapore, is refused permission to enter on the ground that he is a prohibited immigrant, may appeal against the refusal, within such time and in such manner as may be prescribed, to the Minister whose decision shall be final.
(7)  Notwithstanding sections 24, 25, 25A and 26, any person who appeals against such refusal shall be permitted to disembark and shall be detained in an immigration depot pending the determination of his appeal, unless released on a pass issued at the discretion of the Controller on such conditions as to furnishing security or otherwise as the Controller may think fit.
[41/95]
Power to prohibit or limit entry into Singapore
9.
—(1)  The Minister may, by order —
(a)
where he thinks it expedient to do so in the interests of public security or by reason of any economic, industrial, social, educational or other conditions in Singapore —
(i)
prohibit, either for a stated period or permanently, the entry or re-entry into Singapore of any person or class of persons;
(ii)
limit the number of persons of any class who may enter Singapore within any period specified in the order;
(iii)
limit the period during which any person or class of persons entering or re-entering Singapore may remain therein;
(b)
prohibit the entry into Singapore of passengers brought to Singapore by any transportation company which refuses or neglects to comply with the provisions of this Act.
(1A)  No order made under subsection (1)(a), except an order made in the interests of public security, shall apply to any person outside Singapore at the time when the order is made and who is in possession of a valid re-entry permit lawfully issued to him.
(2)  An order made under subsection (1) shall not apply to any citizen of Singapore or to any person seeking to enter Singapore under and in accordance with any pass lawfully issued to that person.
(3)  Every order made under subsection (1)(a) which relates to a class of persons, except an order made in the interests of public security, shall be presented to Parliament as soon as possible after publication in the Gazette and if a resolution is passed within the next 3 months after the order is so presented disapproving the order or any part thereof, the order or such part thereof, as the case may be, shall thenceforth cease to have effect but without prejudice to the validity of anything previously done thereunder.
(4)  Every order made under subsection (1) shall, unless otherwise expressed therein, come into force on the date of the making thereof, and shall be published in the Gazette.
(5)  Any person who enters or re-enters or remains in Singapore in contravention of any order made under subsection (1) shall be guilty of an offence and shall on conviction be punished with imprisonment for a term of not less than 2 years and not more than 4 years and shall also be liable to a fine not exceeding $6,000.
[35/84; S 22/89]
(6)  Where a person, who has been previously convicted of any offence which is punishable with imprisonment for a term of not less than 3 years, commits an offence under subsection (5) by the use of a passport or other travel document which bears a name different from that stated in the order made against him under subsection (1), he shall on conviction be punished with imprisonment for a term of not less than 2 years and not more than 5 years and shall also be liable to a fine not exceeding $10,000 and to caning.
[35/84; S 22/89]
PART IIA
SINGAPORE VISAS FOR NON-CITIZENS
Singapore visas
9A.
—(1)  Subject to the provisions of this Act, the Controller may grant a non-citizen permission, to be known as a Singapore visa, to travel to and enter Singapore.
[33/2007]
(2)  Without limiting the generality of subsection (1), a Singapore visa to travel to and enter Singapore may be one to travel to and enter Singapore during a specified period.
[33/2007]
Visas essential for travel
9B.
—(1)  Subject to subsection (2), a non-citizen shall not travel to Singapore without a Singapore visa that is in effect.
[33/2007]
(2)  Subsection (1) shall not apply to a non-citizen in relation to travel to Singapore if the travel is by a non-citizen who holds and produces a valid passport from a territory that is approved by the Minister.
[33/2007]
Effect of Singapore visa
9C.
—(1)  A Singapore visa that is in effect is not a pass or other permission for, and does not confer any right on, the holder to enter Singapore.
[33/2007]
(2)  Subject to section 5(2) and any regulations made under section 55, the holder of a Singapore visa that is in effect shall enter Singapore at an authorised airport, authorised landing place, authorised train checkpoint or authorised point of entry.
[33/2007]
PART III
ENTRY AND RE-ENTRY PERMITS
Entry permits
10.
—(1)  Any person seeking to enter Singapore who is not entitled so to enter as a citizen of Singapore or by virtue of a valid pass to enter Singapore issued to him or seeking to remain in Singapore after he had ceased to be a citizen of Singapore or after the expiry of such a pass may make application in that behalf in the manner prescribed to the Controller or to such other person whether within or outside Singapore as the Controller may, from time to time, appoint for the purpose.
[53/2004]
(2)  Upon an application made under subsection (1) and upon payment of the prescribed fee, the Controller may issue to the applicant an entry permit in the prescribed form and shall, if the applicant is required by the provisions of any written law relating to passports for the time being in force in Singapore to have a visa to enter Singapore, issue a visa to the applicant on the production by him of his passport or other travel document and on payment of the fee prescribed by that written law, and the visa shall remain valid until the expiry or cancellation of the entry permit issued to him.
(3)  The Controller may, in his discretion —
(a)
at the time of issuing an entry permit under subsection (2), impose any condition as he thinks fit; or
(b)
at any time after the issue of an entry permit under subsection (2), vary or revoke any condition to which the entry permit is subject or impose any condition thereto.
[53/2004]
(3A)  For the avoidance of doubt, the power of the Controller to vary, revoke or impose any condition under subsection (3)(b) may be exercised whether or not he is entitled to cancel the entry permit under this Act.
[53/2004]
(4)  Before varying, revoking or imposing any condition on an entry permit under subsection (3)(b), the Controller shall notify the holder of the entry permit of his intention to do so and shall give the holder an opportunity to be heard as to why the condition of his entry permit should not be varied or revoked or the additional condition should not be imposed.
[38/93; 53/2004]
[Act 18 of 2012 wef 19/12/2012]
(5)  Any person who is aggrieved by the decision of the Controller under this section may, within 30 days of being notified of the decision of the Controller, appeal by petition in writing to the Minister whose decision shall be final.
[38/93]
(6)  Any entry permit issued by the Controller before 15th January 2005 to any person who was in Singapore at the time he ceased to be a citizen of Singapore and who continued to remain in Singapore shall be deemed to have been validly issued and shall continue in force until it is cancelled.
[53/2004]
Re-entry permits
11.
—(1)  Any person lawfully resident in Singapore, not being the holder of a valid pass or a citizen of Singapore, who seeks to leave Singapore temporarily, or within one month of so leaving Singapore, may make an application to the Controller in the prescribed manner for the issue to him of a re-entry permit authorising him to re-enter Singapore.
(2)  Subject to subsection (3), upon an application made under subsection (1) and upon payment of the prescribed fee, the Controller may issue to the applicant a re-entry permit in the prescribed form and shall, if the applicant is required by the provisions of any written law relating to passports for the time being in force in Singapore to have a visa to enter Singapore, issue a visa to the applicant on the production by him of his passport or other travel document and on payment of the fee prescribed by that written law and the visa shall remain valid until the expiry or cancellation of the re-entry permit issued to him.
[Act 18 of 2012 wef 19/12/2012]
(3)  The Controller may, in his discretion —
(a)
at the time of issuing a re-entry permit under subsection (2), impose any condition as he thinks fit; or
(b)
at any time after the issue of a re-entry permit under subsection (2), vary or revoke any condition to which the re-entry permit is subject or impose any condition thereto.
[Act 18 of 2012 wef 19/12/2012]
(4)  For the avoidance of doubt, the power of the Controller to vary, revoke or impose any condition under subsection (3)(b) may be exercised whether or not he is entitled to cancel the re-entry permit under this Act.
[Act 18 of 2012 wef 19/12/2012]
(5)  Before varying, revoking or imposing any condition on a re-entry permit under subsection (3)(b), the Controller shall notify the holder of the re-entry permit of the Controller’s intention to do so and shall give the holder an opportunity to be heard as to why the condition of his re-entry permit should not be varied or revoked or the additional condition should not be imposed.
[Act 18 of 2012 wef 19/12/2012]
(6)  Any person who is aggrieved by the decision of the Controller under this section may, within 30 days after being notified of the decision of the Controller, appeal by petition in writing to the Minister whose decision shall be final.
[Act 18 of 2012 wef 19/12/2012]
Persons ceasing to be citizens of Singapore
11A.
—(1)  Subject to subsection (4), any person in Singapore who, on or after 15th January 2005, ceases to be a citizen of Singapore shall not remain in Singapore for more than 24 hours after the date on which he ceases to be a citizen of Singapore unless he has been issued with a permit or a pass authorising him to remain in Singapore.
[53/2004]
(2)  Any person who, on or after 15th January 2005, ceases to be a citizen of Singapore and who wishes to remain in Singapore may make an application to the Controller in the prescribed manner for the issue to him of a permit or a pass authorising him to remain in Singapore.
[53/2004]
(3)  Upon an application made under subsection (2) and upon payment of the prescribed fee, the Controller may issue to the applicant a permit or a pass authorising him to remain in Singapore.
[53/2004]
(4)  Any person who applies for a permit or a pass under subsection (2) before the expiry of the time specified in subsection (1) —
(a)
may remain in Singapore pending the determination by the Controller of the application; and
(b)
subject to subsection (5), shall not remain in Singapore for more than 24 hours after being informed that his application for a permit or pass has been rejected.
[53/2004]
(5)  Subsection (4)(b) does not prevent a person from entering and remaining in Singapore if he is subsequently issued with a permit or a pass by the Controller authorising him to enter and remain in Singapore.
[53/2004]
(6)  Any person who, without reasonable cause, contravenes subsection (1) or (4)(b) shall be guilty of an offence and —
(a)
in the case where he remains unlawfully in Singapore for a period not exceeding 90 days, shall be liable on conviction to a fine not exceeding $4,000 or to imprisonment for a term not exceeding 6 months or to both; or
(b)
in the case where he remains unlawfully in Singapore for a period exceeding 90 days, shall on conviction be punished with imprisonment for a term not exceeding 6 months and shall also, subject to sections 325(1) and 330(1) of the Criminal Procedure Code 2010, be punished with caning with not less than 3 strokes, or where by virtue of that section he is not punishable with caning, he shall, in lieu of caning, be punished with a fine not exceeding $6,000.
[15/2010 wef 02/01/2011]
[53/2004]
Endorsement of names of wife and children on permits, passes and certificates
12.  Subject to such conditions as may be prescribed, it shall be lawful for the Controller, on application made in that behalf in the prescribed form by the holder of, or by an applicant for, a permit, pass or certificate, to endorse upon the permit, pass or certificate issued to that person the name or names of the wife or child of that person.
Power to make inquiries
13.  The Controller may, before the issue of a permit, pass or certificate under this Act or before making any endorsement thereon under section 12, make such inquiries or require the production of such evidence as he may think fit in order to satisfy himself as to the truth of any statement made in the application for the permit, pass or certificate.
Cancellation and declarations regarding permits and certificates
14.
—(1)  Where the holder of any permit seeks to enter Singapore accompanied by any child whose name is not endorsed upon that permit under section 12 and who is not otherwise entitled to enter Singapore under the provisions of this Act, the Controller may cancel the permit issued to that person.
(2)  Where, upon the arrival in Singapore of any person to whom a permit or certificate has been issued, the Controller is satisfied, as a result of inquiries made under section 24, 25, 25A or 26, or from other information, that the permit or certificate was issued as a result of any false representation or concealment of a material fact, the Controller may cancel the permit or certificate.
[38/93]
(3)  Where at any time during the period of validity of any permit or certificate, the Controller is satisfied that the holder of the permit or certificate is a prohibited immigrant, the Controller shall cancel the permit or certificate.
(4)  Where any person has entered or remains in Singapore by virtue of a permit or certificate, and the Controller is satisfied that —
(a)
any material statement made in or in connection with the application for the permit or certificate was false or misleading;
(b)
the person is a prohibited immigrant; or
(c)
the holder of the permit or certificate has contravened any condition stated in the permit or certificate,
the Controller may cancel the permit or certificate issued to that person, and may declare at any time after the date of the entry or date of the issue of the permit or certificate that the presence of that person in Singapore is unlawful.
[34/98]
(5)  On making any cancellation under subsection (2), (3) or (4) or on making any declaration under subsection (4), the Controller shall, by notification which, if the address of the person is known, shall be sent to him at that address and otherwise shall be published in such manner as the Controller thinks fit, inform the person affected thereby of the grounds on which the cancellation or declaration has been made.
[34/98]
(6)  The person may appeal against the cancellation or declaration, as the case may be, within such time and in such manner as may be prescribed, to the Minister whose decision shall be final.
Unlawful entry or presence in Singapore
15.
—(1)  A person shall not remain in Singapore after the cancellation of any permit or certificate, or after the making of a declaration under section 14(4) or after the expiration or notification to him, in such manner as may be prescribed, of the cancellation of any pass relating to or issued to him unless he is otherwise entitled or authorised to remain in Singapore under the provisions of this Act or the regulations.
(2)  A person shall not remain in Singapore in contravention of section 62.
[12/70]
(3)  Any person who contravenes, without reasonable cause, this section shall be guilty of an offence and —
(a)
in the case where he remains unlawfully for a period not exceeding 90 days, shall be liable on conviction to a fine not exceeding $4,000 or to imprisonment for a term not exceeding 6 months or to both;
(b)
in the case where he remains unlawfully for a period exceeding 90 days, shall on conviction be punished with imprisonment for a term not exceeding 6 months and shall also, subject to sections 325(1) and 330(1) of the Criminal Procedure Code 2010, be punished with caning with not less than 3 strokes, or where by virtue of that section he is not punishable with caning, he shall, in lieu of caning, be punished with a fine not exceeding $6,000.
[15/2010 wef 02/01/2011]
[35/84; 6/89; 41/95]
PART IV
PROCEDURE ON ARRIVAL IN AND DEPARTURE FROM SINGAPORE
Immigration signal
16.
—(1)  The master of every vessel which arrives in or is about to leave Singapore shall hoist the prescribed immigration signal and shall exhibit that signal until authorised by an immigration officer to haul it down.
[13/77]
(2)  The master of a vessel who contravenes subsection (1) shall be guilty of an offence.
Vessel to stop, proceed to immigration or departure anchorage or other place when ordered
17.
—(1)  The Controller may, by notification in the Gazette, declare any place within the limits of any port to be an immigration anchorage, either for vessels generally or for vessels of a class specified in the notification.
[13/77]
[Act 18 of 2012 wef 19/12/2012]
(2)  The master of every vessel which arrives at or is about to leave a port where an immigration anchorage, either for vessels generally or for vessels of a class to which that vessel belongs, has been declared shall, subject to any directions given under subsection (4), immediately navigate his vessel to that anchorage and shall remain there until an immigration officer gives him permission to leave.
[13/77]
(3)  The master of every vessel which arrives in or is about to leave Singapore shall, if ordered to do so by a police officer or an immigration officer, stop, anchor or tie up his vessel at such place as may be ordered, and shall remain there until a police officer or an immigration officer gives him permission to leave.
[Act 18 of 2012 wef 19/12/2012]
(4)  The master of a vessel who contravenes or fails, without reasonable cause, to comply with this section or any order made or directions given thereunder shall be guilty of an offence.
Aircraft arriving in or departing from Singapore
18.
—(1)  The captain of every aircraft which arrives in or leaves Singapore shall land his aircraft at, or fly his aircraft away from, an authorised airport.
[13/77]
(2)  The captain of an aircraft who, without reasonable cause, contravenes subsection (1) shall be guilty of an offence.
Train arriving in or leaving Singapore
18A.
—(1)  The master of every train which arrives in or leaves Singapore shall stop his train at, or drive his train away from, an authorised train checkpoint.
[38/93]
(2)  The master of a train who, without reasonable cause, contravenes subsection (1) shall be guilty of an offence.
[38/93]
Vehicles arriving in or leaving Singapore
18B.
—(1)  The driver of a vehicle who wishes to drive into Singapore shall stop his vehicle at an authorised place of embarkation, an authorised point of entry or an immigration control post upon arrival in Singapore.
[53/2004]
(2)  The driver of a vehicle who wishes to drive out of Singapore shall stop his vehicle at an authorised departing place, an authorised point of departure or an immigration control post before leaving Singapore.
[53/2004]
(3)  The driver of a vehicle who, without reasonable cause, contravenes subsection (1) or (2) shall be guilty of an offence.
[53/2004]
Persons not to board or leave vessel until examination completed
19.
—(1)  Except under and in accordance with any authority granted by an immigration officer, no person other than —
(a)
the pilot;
(b)
any Government officer boarding the vessel on duty;
(c)
the owner, charterer or agent of the vessel; or
(d)
a consular officer or an accredited representative of the country to which the vessel belongs,
shall leave or board a vessel arriving in Singapore nor may any person (other than the crew of a vessel carrying any such person) approach within 200 metres of the vessel, until the vessel has been examined by an immigration officer and the immigration signal has been hauled down, or board a vessel departing from Singapore after it has been examined by an immigration officer just before its departure.
[13/77; S 353/75]
(2)  Any person who contravenes subsection (1) shall be guilty of an offence and every such person leaving a vessel in contravention of subsection (1) shall, if so required by an immigration officer, return immediately to the vessel and remain thereon and the master of the vessel shall be bound to re-embark that person.
Prohibition on disembarking from or boarding ships without permission of immigration officer
20.
—(1)  It shall be the duty of the master and the owner or charterer of every vessel which arrives in Singapore to prevent any person other than a person specified in section 19(1)(a), (b), (c) or (d) from disembarking from or boarding the vessel until the disembarkation or boarding has been authorised by an immigration officer, and for that purpose any means reasonably necessary may be used.
(2)  Where any person disembarks from or boards any vessel before being authorised by an immigration officer in that behalf, that person, the master and the owner or charterer of the vessel shall each be guilty of an offence under this section.
(3)  It shall be no defence to a prosecution under this section that the master, owner or charterer did not permit or do anything to facilitate the disembarkation or boarding of the person.
(4)  It shall be a good defence to a prosecution under this section that the master, owner or charterer took every reasonable precaution to prevent the disembarkation or boarding of the person.
(5)  The master of the vessel from which any person has disembarked before the disembarkation has been authorised by an immigration officer shall be bound to re-embark that person and any master refusing to re-embark that person shall be guilty of an offence.
(6)  Any person guilty of an offence under this section shall be liable on conviction to a fine not exceeding $4,000 or to imprisonment for a term not exceeding 12 months or to both.
Prohibition of removal of articles before examination
21.
—(1)  Except with the authority of an immigration officer, no article or thing shall be removed or taken from, or put on board, any vessel until the vessel has been examined by an immigration officer under section 19.
(2)  Any person who contravenes subsection (1) shall be guilty of an offence.
Provision of passenger and crew information by master, etc., of vessel arriving in, leaving or due to leave Singapore
22.
—(1)  Subject to section 22A(4), the master, owner, agent or charterer of every vessel arriving at any authorised landing place for persons arriving in Singapore by sea from a place outside Singapore or leaving or due to leave from any authorised departing place for persons leaving Singapore by sea to a place outside Singapore shall —
(a)
within such time, in such form and manner and containing such particulars of the crew as may be prescribed, furnish to an immigration officer a complete list of all the crew who are or will be on board the vessel at the time of its arrival at the authorised landing place or at the time of its departure from the authorised departing place, as the case may be;
(b)
if so required by that immigration officer, produce to that immigration officer for inspection and interrogation every member of the crew, as directed, either generally or specifically, by that immigration officer;
(c)
furnish to that immigration officer such evidence of identity of each member of the crew within such time and in such form and manner as may be prescribed;
(d)
submit to such search of his vessel as may be necessary to establish the presence or absence of other persons on board;
(e)
produce his vessel’s papers; and
(f)
before the vessel arrives at the authorised landing place or departs from the authorised departing place, as the case may be, report the presence on board of any stowaway or any unauthorised person or any person proceeding to any state or country on the person’s removal from any other state or country by the competent authorities of that other state or country.
[Act 18 of 2012 wef 19/12/2012]
(2)  In the case of vessels carrying passengers, the master, owner, agent or charterer shall, in addition —
(a)
within such time, in such form and manner and containing such particulars as may be prescribed, furnish a complete list of all passengers who are or will be on board the vessel at the time of its arrival at the authorised landing place or departure from the authorised departing place, as the case may be;
[Act 18 of 2012 wef 19/12/2012]
(b)
furnish in relation to every passenger disembarking in or embarking from Singapore such particulars in such form and manner and within such time as may be prescribed; and
[Act 18 of 2012 wef 19/12/2012]
(c)
if so required by an immigration officer, produce every passenger for inspection and interrogation as directed, either generally or specifically, by that immigration officer.
[Act 18 of 2012 wef 19/12/2012]
(3)  The master, owner, agent or charterer of a vessel who contravenes subsection (1) or (2), and any person who hinders or obstructs any search of a vessel under subsection (1)(d), shall each be guilty of an offence.
[38/93]
(4)  If any person whose presence has not been reported under subsection (1)(f) is found on board the vessel, the master, owner, agent and charterer of the vessel shall each be guilty of an offence and shall each be liable on conviction to a fine of not less than $5,000 and not more than $10,000 in respect of each such person.
[38/93]
(5)  In any proceedings under this section, the certificate in writing of an immigration officer who boarded or examined any particular vessel to the effect that the vessel carried, on arrival in Singapore, a total number of seamen corresponding in description to the particulars on the identification cards furnished under subsection (1)(c) shall be conclusive proof that the vessel did on arrival carry that number of seamen.
Provision of passenger and crew information in advance by master, etc., of vessel due to arrive in Singapore
22A.
—(1)  The master, owner, agent or charterer of every vessel which is due to arrive at any authorised landing place for persons arriving in Singapore by sea from a place outside Singapore shall, upon being given reasonable prior notice in writing by the Controller to comply with this section —
(a)
within such time prior to the arrival of the vessel at the authorised landing place, in such form and manner and containing such particulars of the crew as may be prescribed, furnish to the Controller a complete list of all the crew who are or will be on board the vessel at the time of its arrival at the authorised landing place;
(b)
within such time prior to the arrival of the vessel at the authorised landing place and in such form and manner as may be prescribed, furnish to the Controller a complete list of all passengers who are or will be on board the vessel at the time of its arrival at the authorised landing place; and
(c)
furnish to the Controller in relation to every passenger disembarking in Singapore, such particulars regarding one or both of the following:
(i)
advance passenger information;
(ii)
information recorded in the passenger reservation system for that vessel,
within such time prior to the arrival of the vessel at the authorised landing place and in such form and manner as may be prescribed.
(2)  The Controller may at any time by notice in writing to the master, owner, agent or charterer of a vessel, revoke the notice given to him under subsection (1).
(3)  The master, owner, agent or charterer of a vessel who contravenes subsection (1) shall be guilty of an offence.
(4)  Any master, owner, agent or charterer of a vessel who is required to comply with this section need not comply with section 22(1)(a) and (2)(a) and (b) unless so required by an immigration officer.
[Act 18 of 2012 wef 19/12/2012]
Provision of passenger and crew information by captain, etc., of aircraft arriving in, leaving or due to leave Singapore
23.
—(1)  Subject to section 23AA(4), the captain, owner, agent or charterer of every aircraft arriving at any airport in Singapore from a place outside Singapore or leaving or due to leave any airport in Singapore to a place outside Singapore shall —
(a)
within such time, in such form and manner and containing such particulars as may be prescribed, furnish to an immigration officer a complete list of all passengers who are or will be on board the aircraft at the time of its arrival at the airport or departure from the airport, as the case may be;
(b)
furnish to that officer in relation to every passenger landing in or departing from Singapore such particulars in such form and manner within such time as may be prescribed;
(c)
within such time, in such form and manner and containing such particulars of the crew as may be prescribed, furnish to that officer a complete list of all the crew of his aircraft who are or will be on board the aircraft at the time of its arrival at the airport or departure from the airport, as the case may be;
(d)
if so required by an immigration officer, produce every member of the crew and every passenger of that aircraft for inspection and interrogation as directed, either generally or specifically, by the immigration officer;
(e)
submit to such search of his aircraft as may be necessary to establish the presence or absence of other persons on board; and
(f)
before the aircraft arrives at or departs from the airport, as the case may be, report the presence on board of any stowaway or any unauthorised person or any person proceeding to any state or country on the person’s removal from any other state or country by the competent authorities of that other state or country.
[Act 18 of 2012 wef 19/12/2012]
(2)  The captain, owner, agent or charterer of an aircraft who contravenes subsection (1), and any person who hinders or obstructs any search of an aircraft under subsection (1)(e), shall each be guilty of an offence.
[38/93]
(3)  If any person whose presence has not been reported under subsection (1)(f) is found on board an aircraft, the captain, owner, agent and charterer of the aircraft shall each be guilty of an offence and shall each be liable on conviction to a fine of not less than $5,000 and not more than $10,000 in respect of each such person.
[38/93]
(4)  In any proceedings under this section, the certificate in writing of an immigration officer who boarded or examined any particular aircraft to the effect that the aircraft carried, on arrival in Singapore, a total number of crew corresponding in description to the particulars on the list furnished under subsection (1)(c) shall be conclusive proof that the aircraft did on arrival carry that number of crew.
Provision of passenger and crew information in advance by captain, etc., of aircraft due to arrive in Singapore
23AA.
—(1)  The captain, owner, agent or charterer of every aircraft which is due to arrive at any airport in Singapore from a place outside Singapore shall, upon being given reasonable prior notice in writing by the Controller to comply with this section —
(a)
within such time prior to the arrival of the aircraft at the airport, in such form and manner and containing such particulars of the crew as may be prescribed, furnish to the Controller a complete list of all the crew of his aircraft who are or will be on board the aircraft at the time of its arrival at the airport;
(b)
within such time prior to the arrival of the aircraft at the airport and in such form and manner as may be prescribed, furnish to the Controller a complete list of all passengers who are or will be on board the aircraft at the time of its arrival at the airport; and
(c)
furnish to the Controller in relation to every passenger landing in Singapore, such particulars regarding one or both of the following:
(i)
advance passenger information;
(ii)
information recorded in the passenger reservation system for that aircraft,
within such time prior to the arrival of the aircraft at the airport and in such form and manner as may be prescribed.
(2)  The Controller may at any time by notice in writing to the captain, owner, agent or charterer of an aircraft, revoke the notice given to him under subsection (1).
(3)  The captain, owner, agent or charterer of an aircraft who contravenes subsection (1) shall be guilty of an offence.
(4)  Any captain, owner, agent or charterer of an aircraft who is required to comply with this section need not comply with section 23(1)(a), (b) and (c) unless so required by an immigration officer.
[Act 18 of 2012 wef 19/12/2012]
Provision of passenger and crew information by master, etc., of train arriving in, leaving or due to leave Singapore
23A.
—(1)  Subject to section 23B(4), the master, owner, agent or charterer of every train arriving at any train checkpoint in Singapore from a place outside Singapore or leaving or due to leave any train checkpoint in Singapore to a place outside Singapore shall, at an authorised train checkpoint and if required to do so by an immigration officer —
(a)
within such time, in such form and manner and containing such particulars of the crew as may be prescribed, furnish to that officer a complete list of all the crew who are or will be on board the train at the time of its arrival at the train checkpoint or departure from the train checkpoint, as the case may be;
(b)
if so required by that immigration officer, produce to that immigration officer for inspection and interrogation every member of the crew as directed, either generally or specifically, by that immigration officer;
(c)
submit to such search of his train as may be necessary to establish the presence or absence of other persons on board; and
(d)
upon the arrival of the train at or before the departure of the train from the train checkpoint, as the case may be, report the presence on board of any stowaway or any unauthorised person or any person proceeding to any state or country on the person’s removal from any other state or country by the competent authorities of that other state or country.
[Act 18 of 2012 wef 19/12/2012]
(2)  In the case of a train carrying passengers, the master shall, in addition —
(a)
within such time, in such form and manner and containing such particulars as may be prescribed, furnish a complete list of all passengers who are or will be on board the train at the time of its arrival at the train checkpoint or departure from the train checkpoint, as the case may be;
[Act 18 of 2012 wef 19/12/2012]
(b)
furnish in relation to every passenger disembarking in or embarking from Singapore such particulars in such form and manner within such time as may be prescribed; and
[Act 18 of 2012 wef 19/12/2012]
(c)
if so required by an immigration officer, produce every passenger for inspection and interrogation as directed, either generally or specifically, by that immigration officer.
[Act 18 of 2012 wef 19/12/2012]
(3)  The master, owner, agent or charterer of a train who contravenes subsection (1) or (2), and any person who hinders or obstructs any search of a train under subsection (1)(c), shall each be guilty of an offence.
[38/93]
(4)  If any person whose presence has not been reported under subsection (1)(d) is found on board the train, the master, owner, agent and charterer of the train shall each be guilty of an offence and shall each be liable on conviction to a fine of not less than $5,000 and not more than $10,000 in respect of each such person.
[38/93]
(5)  In any proceedings under this section, the certificate in writing of an immigration officer who boarded or examined any particular train to the effect that the train carried, on arrival in Singapore, a total number of crew corresponding in description to the particulars on the list furnished under subsection (1)(a) shall be conclusive proof that the train did on arrival carry that number of crew.
[38/93]
Provision of passenger and crew information in advance by master, etc., of train due to arrive in Singapore
23B.
—(1)  The master, owner, agent or charterer of every train which is due to arrive at any train checkpoint in Singapore from a place outside Singapore shall, upon being given reasonable prior notice in writing by the Controller to comply with this section —
(a)
within such time prior to the arrival of the train at the train checkpoint, in such form and manner and containing such particulars of the crew as may be prescribed, furnish to the Controller a complete list of all the crew who are or will be on board the train at the time of its arrival at the train checkpoint;
(b)
within such time prior to the arrival of the train at the train checkpoint and in such form and manner as may be prescribed, furnish to the Controller a complete list of all passengers who are or will be on board the train at the time of its arrival at the train checkpoint; and
(c)
furnish to the Controller in relation to every passenger disembarking in Singapore, such particulars regarding one or both of the following:
(i)
advance passenger information;
(ii)
information recorded in the passenger reservation system for that train,
within such time prior to the arrival of the train at the train checkpoint and in such form and manner as may be prescribed.
(2)  The Controller may at any time by notice in writing to the master, owner, agent or charterer of a train, revoke the notice given to him under subsection (1).
(3)  The master, owner, agent or charterer of a train who contravenes subsection (1) shall be guilty of an offence.
(4)  Any master, owner, agent or charterer of a train who is required to comply with this section need not comply with section 23A(1)(a) and (2)(a) and (b) unless so required by an immigration officer.
[Act 18 of 2012 wef 19/12/2012]
Examination of persons arriving by sea
24.
—(1)  Every person arriving by sea in Singapore, whether or not he enters Singapore, shall appear before an immigration officer at such time and place as that officer may direct.
[Act 18 of 2012 wef 19/12/2012]
(2)  The immigration officer, after such examination as he may consider necessary, shall inform any person whom he considers to be prohibited from entering Singapore under the provisions of this Act or any regulations or orders made thereunder of his finding, and the person, if still aboard the vessel, shall not disembark in Singapore or, if he has disembarked for the purposes of the examination, shall return immediately to the vessel and remain thereon.
[38/93]
(3)  The master, owner, agent or charterer of the vessel shall likewise immediately be informed in writing by the immigration officer of his finding and the master, owner, agent or charterer shall not permit the person to disembark in Singapore, or, if the person has disembarked, whether for the purpose of examination or otherwise, shall be bound to re-embark him and remove the person from Singapore by the same or such other vessel, to his place of embarkation, the country of his birth or citizenship or such other destination, as that immigration officer may direct.
[38/93]
[Act 18 of 2012 wef 19/12/2012]
(4)  Any person who —
(a)
refuses or neglects to appear before an immigration officer as required by subsection (1) or who leaves the place of examination without or otherwise than in accordance with the authorisation of that officer;
(b)
after being informed by an immigration officer that he is prohibited from entering Singapore, either disembarks in Singapore or refuses or neglects to return immediately to his vessel, as the case may be; or
(c)
being the master, owner, agent or charterer of a vessel, permits any person to disembark in Singapore or refuses to re-embark any person, or refuses or neglects to remove the person from Singapore in accordance with subsection (3), after being informed by an immigration officer that the person is prohibited from entering Singapore or that the person has refused or neglected to appear before an immigration officer as required by subsection (1) or that he had left the place of examination without or otherwise than in accordance with the authorisation of that officer,
[Act 18 of 2012 wef 19/12/2012]
shall each be guilty of an offence and shall be liable on conviction to a fine not exceeding $4,000 or to imprisonment for a term not exceeding 12 months or to both.
[38/93; 53/2004]
(5)  Where any person either disembarks in Singapore or refuses or neglects to return to his vessel in contravention of this section or to board such other vessel as may be directed by an immigration officer, the immigration officer or any police officer may require that person to return to his vessel or board such other vessel and may take such steps, including the use of force, as may be reasonably necessary to compel that person to return or board, as the case may be, and the master, owner, agent or charterer of the relevant vessel shall be bound to re-embark or embark, as the case may be, that person and to remove him from Singapore.
[Act 18 of 2012 wef 19/12/2012]
(6)  The master, owner, agent or charterer of a vessel may use such force as may be reasonably necessary to enable him to comply with subsections (3) and (5).
[38/93]
Examination of persons arriving at authorised airport
25.
—(1)  Every person arriving by air at any authorised airport in Singapore, whether or not he enters Singapore, shall appear before an immigration officer at such time and place as that officer may direct.
[38/93]
[Act 18 of 2012 wef 19/12/2012]
(2)  The immigration officer, after such examination as he may consider necessary, shall inform any person whom he considers to be prohibited from entering Singapore under the provisions of this Act or any regulations or orders made thereunder of his finding, and the person shall not leave the precincts of the airport except for a place approved by that officer, and shall leave and depart from Singapore by the first available means in accordance with the instructions of that officer.
[38/93]
(3)  The captain, owner, agent or charterer of the aircraft in which the person arrived shall, if so required by the immigration officer, remove the person from Singapore by the same or such other aircraft, to his place of embarkation, the country of his birth or citizenship or such other destination, as that immigration officer may direct.
[38/93]
[Act 18 of 2012 wef 19/12/2012]
(4)  Any person who —
(a)
refuses or neglects to appear before an immigration officer as required by subsection (1) or who leaves the place of examination without or otherwise than in accordance with the authorisation of that officer;
(b)
after being informed by an immigration officer that he is prohibited from entering Singapore, leaves the precincts of an airport without the permission of that officer, or refuses or neglects to proceed to or remain at a place approved by that officer;
(c)
refuses or fails to leave Singapore in accordance with the instructions of an immigration officer given under subsection (2); or
(d)
being the captain, owner, agent or charterer of the aircraft in which any person arrived in Singapore, refuses or neglects to remove the person from Singapore in accordance with subsection (3) after being informed by an immigration officer that the person is prohibited from entering Singapore or that the person has refused or neglected to appear before an immigration officer as required by subsection (1) or that he has left the place of examination without, or otherwise than in accordance with, the authorisation of that officer,
[Act 18 of 2012 wef 19/12/2012]
shall each be guilty of an offence and shall be liable on conviction to a fine not exceeding $4,000 or to imprisonment for a term not exceeding 12 months or to both.
[38/93; 53/2004]
(5)  Where any person leaves the precincts of an airport in contravention of this section or refuses to leave and depart from Singapore in accordance with the instructions of an immigration officer given under subsection (2), the immigration officer or any police officer may take such steps, including the use of force, as may be reasonably necessary to compel that person to return to the precincts of the airport or to comply with those instructions, as the case may be.
[Act 18 of 2012 wef 19/12/2012]
Examination of persons arriving by train
25A.
—(1)  Every person arriving by train at any authorised train checkpoint in Singapore, whether or not he enters Singapore, shall appear before an immigration officer at such time and place as that officer may direct.
[Act 18 of 2012 wef 19/12/2012]
(2)  The immigration officer, after such examination as he may consider necessary, shall inform any person whom he considers to be prohibited from entering Singapore under the provisions of this Act or any regulations or orders made thereunder of his finding, and the person shall not leave the precincts of the checkpoint except for a place approved by that officer, and shall leave and depart from Singapore by the first available means in accordance with the instructions of that officer.
(3)  The master, owner, agent or charterer of the train in which the person arrived shall, if so required by the immigration officer, remove the person from Singapore by the same or such other train, to his place of embarkation, the country of his birth or citizenship or such other destination, as that immigration officer may direct.
[38/93]
[Act 18 of 2012 wef 19/12/2012]
(4)  Any person who —
(a)
refuses or neglects to appear before an immigration officer as required by subsection (1) or who leaves the place of examination without, or otherwise than in accordance with, the authorisation of that officer;
(b)
after being informed by an immigration officer that he is prohibited from entering Singapore, leaves the precincts of an authorised train checkpoint without the permission of that officer, or refuses or neglects to proceed to or remain at a place approved by that officer;
(c)
refuses or fails to leave Singapore in accordance with the instruction of an immigration officer given under subsection (2); or
(d)
being the master, owner, agent or charterer of the train in which any person arrived in Singapore, refuses or neglects to remove the person from Singapore in accordance with subsection (3) after being informed by an immigration officer that the person is prohibited from entering Singapore or that the person has refused or neglected to appear before an immigration officer as required by subsection (1) or that he has left the place of examination without, or otherwise than in accordance with, the authorisation of that officer,
[Act 18 of 2012 wef 19/12/2012]
shall each be guilty of an offence and shall be liable on conviction to a fine not exceeding $4,000 or to imprisonment for a term not exceeding 12 months or to both.
[38/93; 53/2004]
(5)  Where any person leaves the precincts of an authorised train checkpoint in contravention of this section or refuses to leave and depart from Singapore in accordance with the instructions of an immigration officer given under subsection (2), the immigration officer or any police officer may take such steps, including the use of force, as may be reasonably necessary to compel that person to return to the precincts of the checkpoint or to comply with those instructions, as the case may be.
[38/93]
[Act 18 of 2012 wef 19/12/2012]
Examination of persons entering Singapore by land or at a place other than an authorised landing place or airport
26.
—(1)  Every person who enters Singapore by land shall proceed to the nearest immigration control post and shall appear before an immigration officer in charge of the post and shall, if so required by that officer, furnish particulars about himself in such form and manner and containing such particulars as may be prescribed.
[13/77]
[Act 18 of 2012 wef 19/12/2012]
(2)  Every person arriving by sea or air in Singapore at any place, other than at an authorised landing place or airport, shall immediately proceed to and appear before the nearest immigration officer.
[13/77]
(3)  The immigration officer before whom any person appears in accordance with this section shall, if he considers that that person is prohibited from entering Singapore under the provisions of this Act or any regulations or orders made thereunder, inform him of his finding and that person shall in accordance with the instructions of that officer immediately leave and depart from Singapore.
[13/77]
(4)  Any person who contravenes this section shall be guilty of an offence and shall be liable on conviction to a fine not exceeding $4,000 or to imprisonment for a term not exceeding 12 months or to both.
[13/77]
Power to send person to depot for further examination
27.
—(1)  Where an immigration officer is in doubt as to the right of any person to enter Singapore, it shall be lawful for that officer to direct the person to an immigration depot and, in that case, that person shall proceed immediately to that depot and shall remain there until permitted to leave by that officer.
(2)  No person shall, except on the written order of the Minister, be so detained for any period exceeding 7 days except that the Controller may, in his discretion, and pending the completion of inquiries regarding that person, release him from the immigration depot on such terms and conditions as the Controller may think fit, and for that purpose the Controller may issue to that person a pass in the prescribed form.
(3)  Any person who refuses or neglects to comply with any directions given by an immigration officer under subsection (1), or who leaves an immigration depot in contravention of that subsection, shall be guilty of an offence.
Interrogation of travellers
28.
—(1)  Any person who arrives in Singapore or who is about to leave Singapore shall —
(a)
fully and truthfully answer all questions and enquiries put to him by an immigration officer or a police officer tending, directly or indirectly, to establish his identity, nationality or occupation or bearing on any of the restrictions contained in this Act or the regulations or any absolute or conditional liability on his part to any military, naval or air force service under any state or country; and
(b)
disclose and produce to any such officer on demand all documents in his possession relating to those matters.
[21/73]
(2)  All such answers and documents shall be admissible in evidence in any proceedings under this Act against the person making, disclosing or producing the same.
[21/73]
(3)  Nothing in this section shall be construed as rendering any such answer inadmissible in any other proceedings in which they would otherwise be admissible.
[21/73]
(4)  Any person who —
(a)
refuses to answer any question or enquiry put to him under subsection (1);
(b)
knowingly gives any false or misleading answer to any such question or enquiry;
(c)
refuses or fails to produce any document in his possession when required to do so under subsection (1); or
(d)
knowingly produces any false or misleading document,
shall be guilty of an offence and shall be liable on conviction —
(i)
in the case of an offence under paragraph (a), (b) or (c), to a fine not exceeding $2,000 or to imprisonment for a term not exceeding 6 months or to both; or
(ii)
in the case of an offence under paragraph (d), to a fine not exceeding $6,000 or to imprisonment for a term not exceeding 2 years or to both.
[21/73; 53/2004]
Medical examination
29.
—(1)  For the purpose of exercising his powers and carrying out his functions and duties under this Act or the regulations, an immigration officer may require any person who desires to enter Singapore, or to whom a permit, pass or certificate has been issued, to submit to an examination by a registered medical practitioner.
[34/98]
[Act 18 of 2012 wef 19/12/2012]
(2)  The registered medical practitioner shall, upon completion of an examination of a person under subsection (1), submit a copy of the results of the examination to the Controller.
[34/98]
[Act 18 of 2012 wef 19/12/2012]
(3)  Notwithstanding the provisions of any other written law or rule of law, a registered medical practitioner shall, if required by the Controller for the purposes of exercising his powers and carrying out his functions and duties under this Act or the regulations, furnish the Controller with a copy of any medical record relating to a person who has been examined pursuant to subsection (1) as the Controller may require.
[34/98]
[Act 18 of 2012 wef 19/12/2012]
(4)  Any person to whom a permit, pass or certificate has been issued who, without reasonable excuse, refuses to submit to an examination when required by an immigration officer under subsection (1) shall be guilty of an offence and shall be liable on conviction to a fine not exceeding $2,000 or to imprisonment for a term not exceeding 6 months or to both.
[34/98]
(5)  The Controller may cancel the permit, pass or certificate of any person who refuses to submit to any examination when required to do so by an immigration officer under subsection (1).
[34/98]
(6)  On making any cancellation under subsection (5), the Controller shall, by notification which, if the address of the person is known, shall be sent to him at that address and otherwise shall be published in such manner as the Controller thinks fit, inform the person affected of the grounds on which the cancellation has been made.
[34/98]
(7)  A person whose permit, pass or certificate is cancelled under subsection (5) may, within such time and in such manner as may be prescribed, appeal against the cancellation to the Minister whose decision shall be final.
[34/98]
(8)  In this section, “registered medical practitioner” means a medical practitioner registered under the Medical Registration Act (Cap. 174) who is employed in any hospital or medical institution and is designated by name or office by the Controller in writing for the purposes of this section.
[Act 18 of 2012 wef 19/12/2012]
Immigration officer may give instructions to prevent evasion of examination
30.
—(1)  An immigration officer may give such instructions as may be reasonably necessary to ensure that no passenger or member of a crew evades examination either of his person or effects.
(2)  Any person who refuses or fails, without reasonable excuse, to comply with any instructions given under subsection (1) shall be guilty of an offence.
PART V
REMOVAL FROM SINGAPORE
Removal of prohibited immigrants from Singapore
31.
—(1)  If during the examination of any person arriving in Singapore or after such inquiry as may be necessary that person is found to be a prohibited immigrant, the Controller shall, subject to the provisions of the regulations, prohibit him from disembarking or may, in his discretion, detain him at an immigration depot or other place designated by the Controller.
(2)  The person shall be liable to be removed from Singapore to his place of embarkation or to the country of his birth or citizenship or to any other port or place designated by the Controller.
[38/93]
(3)  For the purposes of this Part, any reference to a person who has arrived in Singapore includes a reference to a person who has arrived but has not yet entered Singapore.
[38/93]
Power of Controller to remove prohibited immigrants
31A.
—(1)  The Controller may, at any time, by order in writing, direct any person mentioned in subsection (2) to remove, within such period as may be specified in the order, a prohibited immigrant who has arrived in Singapore.
[38/93]
(2)  An order under subsection (1) shall be made against and served on —
(a)
the master of the vessel, aircraft or train which first brought the prohibited immigrant to Singapore; or
(b)
the master of any other vessel, aircraft or train belonging to the same owner or chartered by the same charterer of the vessel, aircraft or train mentioned in paragraph (a).
[38/93]
(3)  The Controller may take such action or use such force as may be necessary to ensure that an order under this section is complied with.
[38/93]
(4)  Without prejudice to the generality of subsection (3), the Controller may, by order in writing, direct the person against whom an order under this section is made, not to move his vessel, aircraft or train unless the prohibited immigrant named in that order is on board the vessel, aircraft or train.
[38/93]
(5)  Any person who contravenes any order made under subsection (1) or (4) shall be guilty of an offence and shall be liable on conviction to a fine of not less than $5,000 and not more than $10,000 or to imprisonment for a term not exceeding 12 months or to both.
[53/2004]
Removal of illegal immigrants
32.
—(1)  Any person who is convicted of an offence under section 5, 6, 8 or 9 shall be liable to be removed from Singapore by order of the Controller.
(2)  No citizen of Singapore convicted of an offence under section 5 shall be ordered to be removed from Singapore under this section.
Removal of persons unlawfully remaining in Singapore
33.
—(1)  Where the presence of any person in Singapore is unlawful by reason of section 15 or 62, that person shall, whether or not any proceedings are taken against him in respect of any offence under that section, be liable to be removed from Singapore by order of the Controller.
(2)  Any person in respect of whom an order of removal has been made under subsection (1) may appeal to the Minister in such manner and within such time as may be prescribed.
(3)  There shall be no appeal under subsection (2) against an order of removal under subsection (1) made in respect of any person whose presence in Singapore is unlawful under section 15 or 62 by reason of the expiry of any pass relating to or issued to him.
(4)  An appeal under subsection (2) shall not operate as a stay of execution of any order of removal under subsection (1).
[38/93]
(5)  Where an order of removal under subsection (1) has been made in respect of any person, any permit, pass or certificate to enter or remain in Singapore issued to him under this Act or the regulations shall cease to be valid.
[38/93]
(6)  Nothing in this Part or the regulations shall require the Minister, the Controller or any other public officer to disclose any fact, produce any document or assign any reason for the making of any order of removal under this Part which he considers it to be against the public interest to do so.
[38/93]
Detention of persons ordered to be removed
34.
—(1)  Where any person is ordered to be removed from Singapore under the provisions of this Act, it shall be lawful for the Controller to order that person to be detained in custody for such period as may be necessary for the purpose of making arrangements for his removal.
(2)  Any person detained under subsection (1) who appeals under section 33(2) against the order of removal may, in the discretion of the Controller, be released, pending the determination of his appeal, on such conditions as to furnishing security or otherwise as the Controller may think fit.
(3)  Subject to the determination of any appeal under section 33, any person who is ordered to be removed from Singapore may be placed on board a suitable vessel, aircraft or train by any police officer or immigration officer, and may be lawfully detained on board that vessel, aircraft or train, so long as the vessel, aircraft or train is within the limits of Singapore.
[38/93]
(4)  Any person who is detained in custody in pursuance of an order made by the Controller under subsection (1) may be so detained in any prison, police station or immigration depot, or in any other place appointed for the purpose by the Controller.
Power to arrest person liable to removal
35.  Any person reasonably believed to be a person liable to removal from Singapore under this Act may be arrested without warrant by any immigration officer generally or specially authorised by the Controller in that behalf or by a police officer, and may be detained in any prison, police station or immigration depot for a period not exceeding 14 days pending a decision as to whether an order for his removal should be made.
[21/73]
Unlawful return after removal
36.  Any person who, having been removed from or otherwise lawfully sent out of Singapore, enters or resides in Singapore without the permission in writing of the Controller shall be guilty of an offence and shall on conviction be punished with imprisonment for a term of not less than one year and not more than 3 years and shall also be liable to a fine not exceeding $6,000, and shall in addition be liable to be removed from Singapore.
[35/84; S 22/89]
PART VA
OBLIGATIONS RELATING TO IDENTIFYING
INFORMATION OR PASSENGER INFORMATION
[Act 18 of 2012 wef 19/12/2012]
Interpretation of this Part
36A.  In this Part, unless the context otherwise requires —
“disclose”, in relation to identifying information that is a personal identifier or in relation to passenger information, includes providing access to the identifying information or passenger information;
[Act 18 of 2012 wef 19/12/2012]
“identifying information” means —
(a)
any personal identifier;
(b)
any meaningful identifier derived from any personal identifier;
(c)
any record of a result of analysing any personal identifier or meaningful identifier derived from any personal identifier; and
(d)
any other information, derived from any personal identifier or meaningful identifier derived from any personal identifier, or from any record of a kind referred to in paragraph (c), that could be used to discover a particular person’s identity or to get information about a particular person;
[33/2007]
[Act 18 of 2012 wef 19/12/2012]
“passenger information” means the information relating to a passenger on board an aircraft, a vessel or a train provided to the Controller or any immigration officer pursuant to any provision of this Act.
[Act 18 of 2012 wef 19/12/2012]
Authorising access to or disclosure of identifying information and passenger information
36B.
—(1)  The Minister may, in writing, authorise a specified person, or any person included in a specified class of persons —
(a)
to access identifying information or passenger information of the kind specified in the Minister’s authorisation; or
[Act 18 of 2012 wef 19/12/2012]
(b)
to disclose, on written request, identifying information or passenger information of the kind specified in the Minister’s authorisation, to another specified person, or another person included in a specified class of persons, in the Minister’s authorisation,
[Act 18 of 2012 wef 19/12/2012]
for the purpose or purposes specified in the Minister’s authorisation.
[33/2007]
[Act 18 of 2012 wef 19/12/2012]
(2)  The Minister shall specify in an authorisation under this section, as the purpose or purposes for which access or disclosure is authorised, one or more of the following purposes, and no other:
(a)
combating document and identity fraud in immigration matters;
(b)
assisting in the identification of, and authenticating the identity of, any person who may be required by or under this Act to provide a personal identifier;
(c)
improving the efficiency and integrity of immigration processing at authorised landing places, airports, train checkpoints or points of entry;
(d)
assisting in the identification of, and authenticating the identity of, any applicant for or holder of a Singapore visa, and facilitating his entry into Singapore;
(e)
enforcement of the criminal law, including investigating or prosecuting a person for an offence under any written law;
(f)
administering or managing the storage of identifying information or passenger information;
[Act 18 of 2012 wef 19/12/2012]
(g)
modifying identifying information to enable it to be matched with other identifying information, or in order to correct errors or ensure compliance with appropriate standards;
(h)
identifying non-citizens who are prohibited immigrants, who are of national security concern or who are associated with activities of a criminal nature and whose detention or supervision may be necessary in the interests of public safety, peace and good order;
(i)
making decisions under this Act, the Passports Act 2007 or the regulations made under either Act;
(ia)
preventing, detecting or investigating criminal or terrorist activities or activities which may be prejudicial to the security of Singapore or any part thereof or to the maintenance of public order or essential services;
[Act 18 of 2012 wef 19/12/2012]
(j)
any other purpose the disclosure of which is required or authorised by or under any written law.
[33/2007]
(3)  For the purposes of subsection (1)(b), a specified person or a specified class of persons to whom identifying information or passenger information may be disclosed to may include a police force, a law enforcement body or a border control body of a foreign country.
[33/2007]
[Act 18 of 2012 wef 19/12/2012]
Accessing or disclosing identifying information or passenger information
36C.
—(1)  If a person accesses identifying information or passenger information, and the person —
(a)
is not authorised under section 36B to access any identifying information or passenger information; or
[Act 18 of 2012 wef 19/12/2012]
(b)
is not authorised under section 36B to access the identifying information or passenger information for the purpose for which the person accessed it,
[Act 18 of 2012 wef 19/12/2012]
the person shall be guilty of an offence and shall be liable on conviction to a fine not exceeding $5,000 or to imprisonment for a term not exceeding 3 years or to both.
[33/2007]
[Act 18 of 2012 wef 19/12/2012]
(2)  If a person’s conduct causes disclosure of identifying information or passenger information, and the disclosure is not a disclosure that is for any of the purposes specified in section 36B(2), the person shall be guilty of an offence and shall be liable on conviction to a fine not exceeding $5,000 or to imprisonment for a term not exceeding 3 years or to both.
[33/2007]
[Act 18 of 2012 wef 19/12/2012]
PART VI
MISCELLANEOUS
Performance of duties of immigration officers
37.
—(1)  Immigration officers appointed under this Act shall perform the duties imposed on them by this Act and the regulations, and shall also perform such duties as are required of them by the Controller, either directly or through any other officer.
(2)  No action taken by any such officer under or for any purpose of this Act shall be deemed to be invalid or unauthorised by reason only that it was not taken by the officer specially appointed or detailed for the purpose.
(3)  Every immigration officer shall be deemed to be a public servant within the meaning of the Penal Code (Cap. 224).
Authority of immigration officer to arrest and prosecute
38.
—(1)  Every immigration officer appointed under this Act shall have the authority and powers of a police officer to enforce any of the provisions of this Act relating to arrest, detention or removal.
(2)  Every immigration officer shall have the authority to appear in court and may, with the authorisation of the Public Prosecutor, conduct any prosecution in respect of any offence under this Act or the regulations.
[15/2010 wef 02/01/2011]
(3)  In any case relating to the commission of an offence under this Act or the regulations, an immigration officer shall have all the powers of a police officer under the Criminal Procedure Code (Cap. 68) in relation to an investigation into a seizable offence.
[34/98]
(4)  For the purposes of subsection (3), when an immigration officer is exercising the powers of a police officer under the Criminal Procedure Code 2010, the immigration officer shall be deemed to be an officer not below the rank of inspector of police.
[15/2010 wef 02/01/2011]
Immigration officer to be armed
38A.  Every immigration officer shall be provided with such batons, arms, ammunition and other accoutrements as may be necessary for the effective discharge of his duties.
[53/2004]
Power to summon witnesses, etc.
39.
—(1)  The Controller may, for the purpose of any inquiry under this Act, summon and examine witnesses on oath or affirmation, and may require the production of documents relevant to the inquiry.
(2)  Any person summoned as a witness under subsection (1) who fails, without reasonable excuse, to attend at the time and place mentioned in the summons, or who, having attended, refuses to answer any question that may lawfully be put to him or to produce any document which it is in his power to produce, shall be guilty of an offence.
Exclusion of judicial review
39A.
—(1)  There shall be no judicial review in any court of any act done or decision made by the Minister or the Controller under any provision of this Act except in regard to any question relating to compliance with any procedural requirement of this Act or the regulations governing that act or decision.
[38/93]
(2)  In this section, “judicial review” includes proceedings instituted by way of —
(a)
an application for a Mandatory Order, a Prohibiting Order or a Quashing Order;
(b)
an application for a declaration or an injunction;
(c)
an Order for Review of Detention; and
(d)
any other suit or action relating to or arising out of any decision made or act done in pursuance of any power conferred upon the Minister or the Controller by any provision of this Act.
[38/93; 42/2005]
Duty of police officers to execute orders
40.  Every police officer shall, when so requested by an immigration officer, receive and execute according to the tenor thereof any written order of the Controller, and any warrant of the Controller for the arrest, detention or removal of any person made under the provisions of this Act.
Restriction on discharge of member of crew
41.
—(1)  When any seaman is about to be or is discharged or paid off in Singapore, the master, owner, charterer or agent shall so notify the Controller.
(2)  No member of a crew who has been discharged or paid off shall be left in Singapore unless either —
(a)
he is a citizen of Singapore; or
(b)
he is in possession of a valid permit or pass.
(3)  Where there has been any contravention of subsection (2), the master, owner, charterer, agent or consignee of the vessel, aircraft or train in which the person concerned was employed shall be liable for the maintenance of that person and for the cost of his repatriation to his place of birth or citizenship or, if the master, owner, charterer, agent or consignee so elects, to such other place as may be approved by the Controller.
[38/93]
Signing on or bringing as member of the crew any person with intent to land contrary to this Act
42.  Any transportation company and any person, including the master and the owner of a vessel, aircraft or train arriving in Singapore, who —
(a)
has knowingly signed on the ship’s articles or brought to Singapore as a member of the crew of the vessel, aircraft or train any person with intent to permit that person to enter Singapore contrary to the provisions of this Act or the regulations; or
(b)
represents to an immigration officer that that person is a bona fide member of the crew of the vessel, aircraft or train,
shall be guilty of an offence and shall be liable on conviction to a fine not exceeding $4,000 and not less than $200 in respect of each such person.
[38/93]
Security to prevent unlawful landing
43.
—(1)  An immigration officer may demand security from the master, owner, charterer or agent or consignee of any vessel, aircraft or train from which he has reasonable grounds to believe that any person is about to disembark in or enter Singapore in contravention of the provisions of this Act or the regulations, and may refuse to release the vessel, aircraft or train from examination until the security is furnished.
[38/93]
(1A)  Notwithstanding subsection (1), an immigration officer may demand security from the master, owner, charterer or agent of any vessel to ensure that no member of the crew of the vessel shall disembark in or enter Singapore in contravention of the provisions of this Act or the regulations, and may refuse to release the vessel from examination until the security is furnished.
[53/2004]
(2)  The Controller may, if satisfied that any person has disembarked in or entered Singapore from any vessel, aircraft or train, in respect of which security has been furnished under subsection (1) or (1A), in contravention of any provisions of this Act or the regulations, direct the forfeiture of the security or any part thereof.
[38/93; 53/2004]
(3)  The Controller shall not direct the forfeiture of any security under subsection (2) if he is satisfied that the master, owner, charterer, agent or consignee took every reasonable precaution to prevent any person from so disembarking in or entering Singapore.
(4)  The security under subsection (1) or (1A) shall be given in such manner and form as the Controller may determine and may be by bond, guarantee, cash deposit or any other method, or by 2 or more different methods.
[2/2007]
Reports as to persons failing to continue their journey
44.
—(1)  Where any through passenger on or member of the crew of any vessel, aircraft or train fails to continue his journey in the vessel, aircraft or train in circumstances from which it may reasonably be inferred that the passenger or member of the crew has remained in Singapore, the master of the vessel, aircraft or train, as the case may be, shall notify an immigration officer or a police officer of the failure of the passenger or member of the crew to continue his journey.
[21/73; 38/93]
(2)  A master of a vessel, an aircraft or a train who fails to comply with subsection (1) shall be guilty of an offence.
Repatriation
45.
—(1)  Any person residing in Singapore who —
(a)
is not a citizen of Singapore;
(b)
is by reason of destitution, infirmity or mental incapacity, unable to obtain employment or to support himself and his family (if any);
(c)
is unable to pay the cost of his passage and of the passages of his family (if any) to the country of his birth or citizenship; and
(d)
is or is likely to become a charge upon the public or on a charitable institution,
may apply to the Controller for the repatriation of himself and his family (if any) at the cost of the Government.
(2)  Upon an application under subsection (1), if the Controller is satisfied, after such inquiry as he thinks necessary, that the person has or is about to become a charge on the public or on a charitable institution and is unable to pay the cost of the repatriation of himself and his family (if any) and that no government, organisation, company or person is liable or willing to pay the cost of repatriation, the Controller may authorise the payment of the cost subject to the condition specified in subsection (3).
(3)  Any person repatriated at the cost of the Government shall enter into an undertaking, in such form as may be prescribed, that he will not return to Singapore without the sanction in writing of the Controller.
(4)  Such sanction shall be conditional upon the person refunding to the Controller all costs and charges incurred in the repatriation of the person and his family (if any) and shall be subject to such other conditions as the Controller may consider expedient.
(5)  Any person repatriated at the cost of the Government under this section who enters or attempts to enter Singapore without the sanction of the Controller under subsection (3), or who having entered Singapore with such sanction, fails or neglects to comply with any condition upon which the sanction was given, shall be guilty of an offence.
Masters, owners, etc., liable for expenses
46.
—(1)  If any person —
(a)
enters Singapore from any vessel, aircraft or train contrary to the provisions of this Act or the regulations;
[Act 18 of 2012 wef 19/12/2012]
(b)
disembarks from any vessel on which he has been re-embarked or to which he has been returned under section 19, 20 or 24; or
[Act 18 of 2012 wef 19/12/2012]
(c)
arrives at any authorised airport or train checkpoint in Singapore from any aircraft or train, as the case may be, and is required to leave or depart from Singapore under section 25 or 25A, as the case may be,
[Act 18 of 2012 wef 19/12/2012]
the master, owner, charterer and agent thereof shall be jointly and severally liable for all expenses incurred by the Government in respect of the detention and maintenance of the person and his removal from Singapore.
(2)  The expenses shall be recoverable as a debt due to the Government from the master, owner, charterer and agent of the vessel, aircraft or train jointly and severally.
[38/93]
Obligation to afford free passage
47.
—(1)  When an order of removal is made under the provisions of this Act in respect of any person who has entered Singapore contrary to the provisions of this Act or the regulations, and the person was brought to Singapore in a vessel, an aircraft or a train, the master of the vessel, aircraft or train, and also the master of any vessel, aircraft or train belonging to the same owners or chartered by the same charterers, shall, if required in writing by the Controller, receive the person on board his vessel, aircraft or train and afford him free of charge a passage to the port or place at which the person embarked for Singapore or to any other port or place designated by the Controller and proper accommodation and maintenance during the voyage, flight or journey.
[38/93]
(2)  No master shall be liable under subsection (1) unless the order of removal has been made by the Controller within 12 months from the date on which the person entered Singapore.
(3)  A master of a vessel, an aircraft or a train who fails to comply with this section shall be guilty of an offence.
[38/93]
Seizure of moneys for purposes of repatriation, etc.
47A.
—(1)  A prohibited immigrant shall be liable to pay to the Government a sum sufficient to cover all expenses incurred by the Government in connection with the detention, maintenance, medical treatment and removal from Singapore of himself and his dependants.
[53/2004]
(2)  For the purposes of subsection (1), the Controller may order a prohibited immigrant to be searched and that all moneys found on him when so searched be seized and used by the Controller to meet the expenses which have been incurred or may be incurred by the Government under that subsection.
[53/2004]
(3)  Where any sum seized under subsection (2) is in excess of the total amount of expenses for which the prohibited immigrant is liable under subsection (1), the balance of the moneys shall be returned to him.
[53/2004]
(4)  The Controller may seize moneys under subsection (2) notwithstanding that the prohibited immigrant has not been charged with nor convicted of an offence.
[53/2004]
(5)  Any person who claims to be the legal owner of any moneys seized under subsection (2) (other than the prohibited immigrant from whom the moneys were seized) may, within 6 years from the date of seizure, apply to the Controller in such form and manner as may be prescribed for the moneys seized to be returned to him.
[53/2004]
(6)  Notwithstanding the provisions of any written law, the moneys seized under subsection (2) (except any excess moneys which have been returned to the prohibited immigrant under subsection (3)) shall not be liable to be garnished, attached, sequestered or levied upon for or in respect of any debt or claim, other than to meet the expenses referred to in subsection (1) or any claim made under subsection (5).
[53/2004]
Power to detain vessel
48.
—(1)  The Controller may by writing under his hand authorise the Director of Marine to detain any vessel in connection with which an offence under this Act is reasonably believed to have been or to be about to be committed, and the vessel may then be detained either at the place where it is found or at any place to which the Controller may order it to be brought.
(1A)  The Controller shall give notice to the master, owner, charterer or agent of the vessel of the detention of the vessel.
(2)  For the purposes of the detention and other lawful dealing with the vessel, the Director of Marine shall have power to muster the crew and may, if he considers it necessary to do so, place a police guard on board.
(3)  The detention shall be for safe custody only, and shall cease if a bond with 2 sufficient sureties to the satisfaction of the Controller is given by the master, owner, charterer or agent of the vessel for the payment of any fine, costs, expenses or charges incurred under this Act in respect of any offence or default thereunder.
[38/93]
(4)  If default is made in the payment of any such fine, costs, expenses or charges, the Director of Marine may seize the vessel and the vessel shall be declared forfeited to the Government by order of a court of competent jurisdiction upon the application of the Attorney-General.
(4A)  Any vessel so forfeited shall be sold free of all encumbrances.
[38/93]
(5)  The proceeds of sale of a vessel under this section shall, notwithstanding any rule of law relating to priority of claims, be applied first in payment of any fine, costs, expenses or charges incurred under this Act and of any costs incurred in and about the sale and the proceedings leading thereto, and the balance shall be paid to the owner of the vessel or other person lawfully entitled to the proceeds thereof.
[38/93]
(6)  Section 3(1)(r) of the High Court (Admiralty Jurisdiction) Act (Cap. 123) shall be construed as extending to any claim in respect of a liability incurred by the owner of a vessel under this Act.
[38/93]
Power to seize, detain and forfeit vessels below 200 tons or vehicles
49.
—(1)  Any vessel below 200 tons or any vehicle that is used, or in respect of which there is reasonable cause to suspect that it has been or that it is about to be used, in the commission of any offence under this Act or the regulations may be seized and detained at any place either on land or in the territorial waters of Singapore —
(a)
by the Controller, or any immigration officer authorised in that behalf by the Controller in writing under his hand; or
(b)
by any police officer authorised in that behalf by a Deputy Commissioner of Police in writing under his hand.
[34/98; 53/2004]
[Act 18 of 2012 wef 19/12/2012]
(2)  The seizing officer shall immediately give notice in writing of the seizure and the grounds thereof to the owner, charterer or agent of the vehicle or vessel so seized or detained, either by delivering the notice to him in person or by post at his place of office or abode, if known.
(3)  The notice under subsection (2) shall not be required to be given where the seizure or detention is made in the presence of or with the knowledge of the offender or the owner or his agent, as the case may be.
[60/73]
(4)  Any vehicle or vessel liable to seizure or detention under subsection (1) shall be liable to forfeiture.
[60/73]
(5)  An order for the forfeiture or for the release of any vehicle or vessel liable to forfeiture under this section shall be made by the court before which the prosecution with regard thereto has been held.
[60/73]
(6)  Where, upon an application by the Public Prosecutor, it is proved to the satisfaction of a court that an offence under this Act or the regulations has been committed and that the vehicle or vessel was used in the commission of the offence, the court shall make an order for the forfeiture of the vehicle or vessel, notwithstanding that no person may have been charged with or convicted of the offence.
[53/2004]
(6A)  No vehicle or vessel shall be forfeited under this section if it is established by the owner thereof that the vehicle or vessel was unlawfully in the possession of another person without the consent of the owner.
[53/2004]
(7)  The Controller may sell any vehicle or vessel forfeited under this section.
(8)  The proceeds of the sale shall, after payment of the expenses of the sale, be applied in payment of any fine, costs or charges incurred under this Act and any balance remaining shall be paid into the Consolidated Fund.
[60/73]
Power of interrogation
50.
—(1)  Any person reasonably believed to be a person liable to removal from Singapore under any of the provisions of this Act may be questioned by an immigration officer.
(2)  The person shall fully and truthfully answer all questions and enquiries put to him by the immigration officer tending, directly or indirectly, to establish his identity, nationality or occupation or bearing on any of the restrictions contained in this Act or the regulations, and shall disclose and produce to that officer on demand all documents in his possession relating to those matters.
(3)  All such answers and documents shall be admissible in evidence in any proceedings under this Act against the person making or producing the same.
(4)  Nothing in this section shall be construed as rendering any such answers inadmissible in any other proceedings in which they would otherwise be admissible.
Power of search and arrest
51.
—(1)  Any immigration officer or any other officer generally or specially authorised in writing in that behalf by the Controller, and any officer of the Singapore Customs acting under the instructions of such immigration officer, and any police officer may without a warrant and with or without assistance —
(a)
enter and search any premises; and
(b)
stop and search any vehicle, train, vessel or person, or search any aircraft, whether in a public place or not,
if he has reason to believe that any evidence of the commission of an offence under this Act or the regulations is likely to be found on the premises or person or in the vehicle, vessel, aircraft or train, and may seize any evidence so found.
[21/73; 13/77; 38/93; 4/2003]
(2)  No woman shall be searched under this section except by a woman.
(3)  Any police officer, immigration officer or customs officer may arrest without warrant any person whom he reasonably believes has committed an offence under this Act or the regulations.
(4)  Where any person is arrested by an immigration officer or customs officer under subsection (3), the immigration officer or customs officer shall comply with sections 67 and 68 of the Criminal Procedure Code 2010 as if he were a police officer.
[15/2010 wef 02/01/2011]
Provision of information by Housing and Development Board
51A.
—(1)  Any immigration officer duly authorised by the Controller may, if the immigration officer considers it necessary for administering or enforcing any requirement under this Act or the regulations relating to the reporting of the place of residence of any person or any change thereof, by written notice require the Board to disclose any secret or confidential document or information which is in the possession or control of the Board.
(2)  The Board shall disclose the document or information required by an immigration officer under subsection (1) notwithstanding any obligation as to secrecy or confidentiality imposed by any law.
(3)  Any immigration officer to whom any document or information has been disclosed under subsection (2) shall not disclose that document or information to any other person except —
(a)
to another law enforcement officer for the performance of his official duties in administering or facilitating the administration of any written law, provided the Board consents to such disclosure; or
(b)
for the purpose of criminal proceedings.
(4)  Any immigration officer who contravenes subsection (3), or any law enforcement officer who discloses any document or information obtained under that subsection to any other person other than for the purpose specified in paragraph (a) or (b) of that subsection, shall be guilty of an offence and shall be liable on conviction to a fine not exceeding $2,000 or to imprisonment for a term not exceeding 12 months or to both.
(5)  In this section, unless the context otherwise requires —
“Board” means the Housing and Development Board established under section 3 of the Housing and Development Act (Cap. 129);
“disclose”, in relation to any document or information, includes allowing access to such document or information;
“law enforcement officer” means —
(a)
any police officer;
(b)
any immigration officer; or
(c)
any registration officer within the meaning of the National Registration Act (Cap. 201).
[5/2010 wef 11/02/2010]
Person registered under Enlistment Act
52.
—(1)  An immigration officer may prevent any person from leaving Singapore and require him to surrender his passport to him if he has reason to believe that that person is a person subject to the Enlistment Act (Cap. 93) who has been registered under section 3 of that Act or is deemed to be registered or is liable to be registered under that Act and is attempting to leave Singapore without an exit permit issued by the proper authority.
[13/77]
(2)  For the purposes of this section, “person subject to the Enlistment Act” and “proper authority” shall have the meanings assigned to them by the Enlistment Act (Cap. 93).
Registration of particulars for purposes of identification
53.  The provisions of the Registration of Criminals Act (Cap. 268) relating to persons ordered to be expelled from Singapore shall apply to persons ordered to be removed from Singapore under the provisions of this Act or persons who have been found guilty of an offence under section 57(1)(a), (b), (c), (d) or (e), and for the purpose of so applying that Act an immigration officer shall be deemed to be a police officer.
[13/77]
Counterfoils, etc., to be prima facie evidence
54.  In any proceedings under this Act or at the hearing of any charge for an offence under this Act, any counterfoil or counterpart of any permit, pass, certificate or other document issued under this Act or the regulations and purporting to be signed by the Controller or by an immigration officer generally or specially authorised in that behalf by the Controller may be produced in evidence without further proof and shall be prima facie evidence of the facts therein stated and shall, unless the contrary be proved, be presumed to be a true statement of the relevant contents of the permit, pass, certificate or other document to which it relates.
[13/77]
Regulations
55.
—(1)  The Minister may make regulations not inconsistent with the provisions of this Act for all or any of the following purposes:
(a)
prescribing anything which is to be or may be prescribed under the provisions of this Act;
(b)
prescribing the forms to be used for the purposes of this Act;
(c)
prescribing —
(i)
the period for which permits shall be valid;
(ii)
the terms and conditions subject to which any person (other than a person referred to in sub-paragraph (v)) may be granted a permit and the authority who may issue permits;
(iii)
the terms and conditions subject to which any person (other than a person referred to in sub-paragraph (v)) may be granted a pass entitling him to enter and remain temporarily within Singapore, the period for which any pass may be granted, the classes of passes and the authority who may issue passes;
(iv)
the terms and conditions subject to which any person may be granted a certificate of status entitling him to enter Singapore, the period for which the certificate may be granted and the authority who may issue such certificates;
(v)
the terms and conditions subject to which any person who has ceased to be a citizen of Singapore may be granted a permit or a pass entitling him to enter, re-enter or remain temporarily within Singapore, including but not limited to the period for which such a permit or pass may be granted, the classes of such permits and passes and the authority who may issue such permits or passes;
(d)
providing for the payment and recovery of any expenses incurred by the Government in connection with the detention, maintenance, medical treatment and removal from Singapore of any person under the provisions of this Act;
(e)
prescribing the place where, the person to whom and the manner in which application to enter Singapore shall be made;
(ea)
providing for the circumstances for granting Singapore visas and the conditions subject to which a Singapore visa may be granted;
(eb)
providing for the manner in which personal identifiers (within the meaning of Part VA) are obtained and kept;
(f)
prescribing the procedure to be followed by persons entering Singapore;
(g)
prescribing the procedure to be followed by authorities in the exercise of their functions under this Act;
(ga)
providing for the taking or recording of any personal identifier of —
(i)
any person who applies for or has been issued with a permit or pass;
(ii)
any person suspected or have been convicted of an offence under section 5, 6(1), 15 or 36 or the regulations; or
(iii)
any prohibited immigrant;
(h)
governing the procedure to be followed and the fees and costs to be paid on any appeal;
(i)
providing for a deposit or security to be made or given by or in respect of any person as a condition of, or for the grant of, an entry permit, a re-entry permit or a pass to him and the conditions subject to which the deposit or security may be forfeited;
(j)
prescribing the fees to be charged upon the issue of any entry permit, re-entry permit, certificate, pass, Singapore visa or document issued or to be issued under this Act or the regulations and the processing of any application for the issue of such entry permit, re-entry permit, certificate, pass, Singapore visa or document;
[Act 18 of 2012 wef 19/12/2012]
(ja)
prescribing different fees for different classes of applicants for any entry permit, re-entry permit, certificate, pass, Singapore visa or document issued or to be issued under this Act or the regulations, and any application fee so prescribed need not bear any relationship to the cost of issuing or processing the entry permit, re-entry permit, certificate, pass, Singapore visa or document;
[Act 18 of 2012 wef 19/12/2012]
(k)
prescribing the penalties not exceeding imprisonment for 6 months or a fine of $1,000 or both for the breach of the regulations;
[Act 18 of 2012 wef 19/12/2012]
(ka)
prescribing the penalties for the late payment of any fees prescribed under the regulations; and
[Act 18 of 2012 wef 19/12/2012]
(l)
generally for the better carrying into effect of the purposes and provisions of this Act.
[34/98; 53/2004; 33/2007]
(2)  All regulations made under this section shall be presented to Parliament as soon as possible after publication in the Gazette.
(3)  If a resolution is passed within the next 3 months after the regulations are so presented disapproving the regulations or any part thereof, the regulations or such part thereof, as the case may be, shall thenceforth cease to have effect but without prejudice to the validity of anything previously done thereunder.
Power to exempt from provisions of this Act
56.
—(1)  Notwithstanding anything in this Act, the Minister may by order exempt any person or class of persons, either absolutely or conditionally, from all or any of the provisions of this Act and may in that order provide for any presumptions necessary in order to give effect thereto.
(2)  Every order made under this section which relates to a class of persons shall be published in the Gazette.
Offences
57.
—(1)  Any person who —
(a)
attempts unlawfully to enter Singapore in contravention of any provision of this Act, other than section 6(1), or the regulations;
(aa)
abets any person to enter Singapore in contravention of the provisions of this Act or the regulations;
(b)
abets any person to leave Singapore in contravention of the provisions of this Act or the regulations;
(c)
engages in the business or trade of conveying to or out of Singapore in or on any vehicle, vessel, aircraft or train any person whom he knows or has reasonable grounds for believing is a prohibited immigrant;
(d)
harbours a person —
(i)
whom the defendant knows has acted in contravention of the provisions of this Act or the regulations;
(ii)
with reckless disregard as to whether he has acted in contravention of the provisions of this Act or the regulations; or
(iii)
negligently failing to ascertain as to whether he has acted in contravention of the provisions of this Act or the regulations;
(e)
employs any person who has acted in contravention of section 6(1), 15 or 36 or the regulations;
(f)
makes or causes to be made any false report, false statement or false representation in connection with any obligation imposed by the provisions of this Act or the regulations;
(g)
resists or obstructs, actively or passively, any immigration officer in the execution of his duty;
(h)
without lawful excuse hinders or obstructs any removal under the provisions of this Act;
(i)
gives, sells or parts with possession of any entry or re-entry permit, pass, Singapore visa or certificate in order that it may be used in contravention of paragraph (j);
(j)
uses any entry or re-entry permit, pass, Singapore visa or certificate issued to any other person as if it had been lawfully issued to himself;
(k)
by making a false statement obtains or attempts to obtain an entry or a re-entry permit, pass, Singapore visa or certificate for himself or for any other person;
[Act 18 of 2012 wef 19/12/2012]
(l)
uses or without lawful authority has in his possession any forged, unlawfully altered or irregular entry or re-entry permit, pass, Singapore visa or certificate or other document issued under this Act or the regulations, or any permit, pass, Singapore visa or certificate or other document so issued on which any endorsement has been forged or unlawfully altered;
[Act 18 of 2012 wef 19/12/2012]
(m)
makes or has in his possession, without lawful authority, or traffics in any electronic template, stamp, seal, plate, paraphernalia or other instrument knowing that the electronic template, stamp, seal, plate, paraphernalia or instrument is or is intended to be used for forging or unlawfully altering any endorsement made under this Act or the regulations on any passport, entry or re-entry permit, pass, Singapore visa or certificate or other document issued or to be issued under this Act or the regulations; or
[Act 18 of 2012 wef 19/12/2012]
(n)
makes or has in his possession, without lawful authority, or traffics in any device, machine, paper, material or other thing knowing that the device, machine, paper, material or thing is or has been specially designed or adapted for making a forged entry or re-entry permit, pass, Singapore visa or certificate or other document issued under this Act or the regulations,
[Act 18 of 2012 wef 19/12/2012]
shall be guilty of an offence and —
(i)
in the case of an offence under paragraph (a), shall be punished with imprisonment for a term not exceeding 2 years and shall also be liable to a fine not exceeding $4,000;
(ia)
in the case of an offence under paragraph (aa), shall be punished with imprisonment for a term of not less than 6 months and not more than 2 years, and —
(A)
where the offence is abetted within the meaning of section 107(b) or (c) of the Penal Code (Cap. 224) and the offence abetted is punishable with caning, shall also, subject to sections 325(1) and 330(1) of the Criminal Procedure Code 2010, be punished with caning with not less than 3 strokes; or
[15/2010 wef 02/01/2011]
(B)
in any other case, shall also be liable to a fine not exceeding $6,000;
(ii)
subject to subsection (1A), in the case of an offence under paragraph (b) or (e), shall be punished with imprisonment for a term of not less than 6 months and not more than 2 years and shall also be liable to a fine not exceeding $6,000;
(iii)
in the case of an offence under paragraph (c), shall be punished with imprisonment for a term of not less than 2 years and not more than 5 years and shall also be punished, subject to sections 325(1) and 330(1) of the Criminal Procedure Code 2010, with caning with not less than 3 strokes;
[15/2010 wef 02/01/2011]
(iv)
in the case of an offence under paragraph (d)(i) or (ii), shall on conviction be punished with imprisonment for a term of not less than 6 months and not more than 2 years and shall also be liable to a fine not exceeding $6,000;
(v)
in the case of an offence under paragraph (d)(iii), shall be liable on conviction to a fine not exceeding $6,000 or to imprisonment for a term not exceeding 12 months or to both;
[Act 18 of 2012 wef 19/12/2012]
(vi)
in the case of an offence under paragraph (f), (g), (h), (i), (j), (k) or (l), shall be liable on conviction to a fine not exceeding $4,000 or to imprisonment for a term not exceeding 12 months or to both; and
[12/70; 60/73; 13/77; 35/84; 34/89; 38/93; 41/95; 34/98; 53/2004; 33/2007; S 22/89; S 227/95]
[Act 18 of 2012 wef 19/12/2012]
(vii)
in the case of an offence under paragraph (m) or (n), shall be liable on conviction to a fine not exceeding $8,000 or to imprisonment for a term not exceeding 5 years or to both.
[Act 18 of 2012 wef 19/12/2012]
(1A)  Where, in the case of any offence under subsection (1)(e), it is proved to the satisfaction of the court that the defendant has at the same time employed more than 5 immigration offenders, the defendant shall be punished, subject to sections 325(1) and 330(1) of the Criminal Procedure Code 2010, with caning in addition to the punishment prescribed for that offence.
[15/2010 wef 02/01/2011]
[41/95]
(1B)  Where, by virtue of sections 325(1) and 330(1) of the Criminal Procedure Code 2010, the defendant referred to in subsection (1A) is not punishable with caning, he shall, in lieu of caning, be punished with a fine not exceeding $10,000.
[15/2010 wef 02/01/2011]
[34/98]
(2)  Where a body corporate is guilty of an offence under subsection (1)(e) and that offence is proved to have been committed with the authority, consent or connivance of any director, manager, secretary or other similar officer of the body corporate or any person who was purporting to act in any such capacity, he, as well as the body corporate, shall be guilty of that offence and shall be liable to be proceeded against and punished accordingly.
[35/84]
(2A)  Where a body corporate is guilty of an offence under this Act for which a period of mandatory imprisonment or mandatory caning is prescribed, the body corporate shall, in lieu of imprisonment or caning, be liable on conviction to a fine of not less than $100,000 and not more than $200,000.
[41/95; 34/98]
(3)  Any person unlawfully entering or re-entering or attempting unlawfully to enter or re-enter Singapore or unlawfully remaining in Singapore shall, whether or not any proceedings are taken against him in respect of that offence, be liable to be removed from Singapore by order of the Controller.
(4)  Where the master of any vessel is charged with an offence under this Act, the clearance of the vessel may be refused until the charge has been heard and the fine (if any) imposed has been paid.
(5)  Where, in any proceedings under this Act or the regulations, it is proved that the defendant has failed to produce on demand by an immigration officer or a police officer —
(a)
any valid permit, pass or certificate issued to him under this Act or the regulations;
(b)
any other document accepted by the Controller as evidence that the defendant has entered or remained in Singapore lawfully; or
(c)
any other evidence showing to the satisfaction of the Controller that the defendant is exempted from section 6(1),
it shall be presumed, until the contrary is proved, that he has, as the case may be, entered or re-entered or remained in Singapore unlawfully.
(6)  Where, in any proceedings for an offence under subsection (1)(c), it is proved that the defendant has conveyed any prohibited immigrant in any vehicle, vessel, aircraft or train, it shall be presumed, until the contrary is proved, that he is engaged in the business or trade of conveying to Singapore in or on that vehicle, vessel, aircraft or train that prohibited immigrant knowing him to be, or having reasonable grounds for believing him to be, a prohibited immigrant.
[60/73; 38/93]
(7)  Where, in any proceedings for an offence under subsection (1)(d)(ii) or (iii), it is proved that the defendant has given shelter to an immigration offender, it shall be presumed, until the contrary is proved, that the defendant has harboured him with reckless disregard as to whether he is an immigration offender or negligently failing to ascertain as to whether he is an immigration offender, as the case may be.
[53/2004]
(7A)  In any proceedings for an offence under subsection (1)(d)(ii) or (iii), it shall not be a defence for the defendant to prove that the immigration offender harboured was in possession of a permit or pass issued to the immigration offender under this Act or the regulations unless the defendant further proves that he had exercised due diligence to ascertain that the permit or pass was at the material time valid under this Act or the regulations.
[53/2004]
(7B)  Where a defendant who is charged with an offence under subsection (1)(d)(ii) has rebutted the presumption that the defendant has harboured an immigration offender with reckless disregard as to whether he is such a person under subsection (7), the defendant shall be liable to be charged with an offence under subsection (1)(d)(iii).
[53/2004]
(7C)  For the purpose of subsection (7A) —
(a)
a defendant who is charged with an offence under subsection (1)(d)(ii) shall not be deemed to have exercised due diligence unless the defendant has carried out any 2 of the acts specified in subsection (7D); and
(b)
a defendant who is charged with an offence under subsection (1)(d)(iii) shall not be deemed to have exercised due diligence unless the defendant has carried out all the acts specified in subsection (7D).
[53/2004]
(7D)  The acts referred to in subsection (7C), to be carried out by the defendant in relation to the immigration offender harboured, are —
(a)
inspecting the permit or pass issued to the immigration offender under this Act or the regulations;
(b)
checking the permit or pass to ascertain that the particulars on the passport of the immigration offender materially correspond with the particulars set out in the permit or pass;
(c)
checking with —
(i)
the Controller of Immigration or the Controller of Work Passes, as the case may be, that the permit or pass was valid at the material time; or
(ii)
the employer to verify that the immigration offender is employed by the employer and that the particulars of the immigration offender correspond with the records of the employer, where the name of the employer of the immigration offender is specified in the permit or pass.
[53/2004; 30/2007]
(8)  Where an immigration offender is found at any premises or place, other than premises used solely for residential purposes, the occupier of the premises or place shall be presumed, until the contrary is proved, to have employed him knowing that he is an immigration offender.
[41/95]
(9)  In any proceedings for an offence under subsection (1)(e), it shall not be a defence for the defendant to prove that the person employed by him was in possession of a permit or pass issued to the person under this Act or the regulations unless the defendant further proves that he had exercised due diligence to ascertain that the permit or pass was at the material time valid under this Act or the regulations.
[38/93; 53/2004]
(10)  For the purpose of subsection (9), a defendant who is charged with an offence under subsection (1)(e) shall not be deemed to have exercise due diligence unless the defendant —
(a)
has inspected the permit or pass issued to the person employed by him;
(b)
has checked the permit or pass to ascertain that the particulars on the passport of the person employed by him materially correspond with the particulars set out in the permit or pass; and
(c)
where the person employed by him is a holder of a visit pass, has reasonable grounds for believing that the person had, at the material time, in force a work pass issued under the Employment of Foreign Manpower Act (Cap. 91A) or had obtained the written consent of the Controller of Immigration.
[53/2004; 30/2007]
(11)  No person, being the owner, tenant or occupier of any premises or place referred to in subsection (8), shall knowingly permit or suffer such premises or place or any part thereof to be kept or used as a place or premises in which any person is employed in contravention of subsection (1)(e).
[6/89]
(12)  Any person who contravenes subsection (11) shall be guilty of an offence and shall on conviction be punished with imprisonment for a term of not less than 6 months and not more than 2 years and shall also be liable to a fine not exceeding $6,000.
[6/89]
(12A)  Where, in any proceedings for an offence under subsection (1)(m) of possession without lawful authority of any electronic template, stamp, seal, plate, paraphernalia or instrument, it is proved —
(a)
that the electronic template, stamp, seal, plate, paraphernalia or instrument was in the custody or under the control of the defendant when it was used for forging or unlawfully altering an endorsement referred to in that subsection; or
(b)
that the defendant had in his possession the electronic template, stamp, seal, plate, paraphernalia or instrument which had been specially designed or adapted for forging or unlawfully altering an endorsement referred to in that subsection,
it shall be presumed, until the contrary is proved, that the defendant knew that the electronic template, stamp, seal, plate, paraphernalia or instrument, as the case may be, was or would be used to forge or unlawfully alter an endorsement referred to in that subsection.
[Act 18 of 2012 wef 19/12/2012]
(12B)  Where, in any proceedings for an offence under subsection (1)(n) of possession without lawful authority of any device, machine, paper, material or thing, it is proved —
(a)
that the device, machine, paper, material or thing was in the custody or under the control of the defendant when it was used to make the forged entry or re-entry permit, pass, Singapore visa or certificate or other document issued under this Act or the regulations; or
(b)
that the defendant had in his possession the device, machine, paper, material or thing which had been specially designed or adapted for making a forged entry or re-entry permit, pass, Singapore visa or certificate or other document issued under this Act or the regulations,
it shall be presumed, until the contrary is proved, that the defendant knew that the device, machine, paper, material or thing, as the case may be, was or had been specially designed or adapted for making a forged entry or re-entry permit, pass, Singapore visa or certificate or other document issued under this Act or the regulations.
[Act 18 of 2012 wef 19/12/2012]
(12C)  For the purposes of subsection (1)(m) and (n), “traffic”, in relation to any thing, means —
(a)
to sell, deliver or distribute that thing; or
(b)
to offer to do or to cause to be done any act mentioned in paragraph (a) in relation to that thing.
[Act 18 of 2012 wef 19/12/2012]
(13)  In this section and sections 57A and 57B, “immigration offender” means a person who has acted in contravention of section 6(1), 15 or 36 or the regulations.
[41/95; 53/2004]
(14)  A reference to a permit or pass in subsections (7D) and (10) in relation to a person shall be read as a reference to the original copy of the permit or pass issued to that person under this Act or the regulations.
[53/2004]
Prohibition of immigration offender entering or remaining at work place
57A.
—(1)  No occupier of a work place who has control of access to the work place shall permit any immigration offender to enter or remain at the work place.
[41/95]
(2)  Where an immigration offender is found at a work place, it shall be presumed, until the contrary is proved, that the occupier of the work place —
(a)
had control of access to the work place;
(b)
had permitted the immigration offender to enter or remain at the work place; and
(c)
had knowledge that he is an immigration offender.
[41/95]
(3)  The presumptions provided for in subsection (2)(b) and (c) shall not be rebutted unless the defendant proves that he had exercised due diligence to prevent the immigration offender from entering or remaining at the work place.
[41/95]
(4)  For the purposes of subsection (3), a defendant shall not be presumed to have exercised due diligence unless he had taken all reasonable measures to prevent any immigration offender from entering or remaining at the work place, including all the measures prescribed under subsection (5) in respect of the work place.
[41/95]
(5)  For the purposes of subsection (4), the Minister may, by notification in the Gazette, prescribe the measures that are required to be taken by the occupier of the work place.
[41/95]
(6)  Any person who contravenes subsection (1) shall be guilty of an offence and shall be liable on conviction to a fine of not less than $15,000 and not more than $30,000 or to imprisonment for a term not exceeding 12 months or to both for each immigration offender found at the work place and, in the case of a second or subsequent conviction, to a fine of not less than $30,000 and not more than $60,000 or to imprisonment for a term not exceeding 2 years or to both for each immigration offender found at the work place.
[41/95]
(7)  In this section —
“construction works” means the construction, extension, installation, carrying out, repair, maintenance, renewal, removal, alteration, dismantling or demolition of —
(a)
any building, erection, edifice, structure, wall, fence or chimney, whether constructed wholly or partly above or below ground level;
(b)
any road, motorway, harbour works, railway, cableway, canal or aerodrome;
(c)
any drainage, irrigation or river control work;
(d)
any electrical, water, gas or telecommunication works;
(e)
any bridge, viaduct, dam, reservoir, earthworks, pipeline, sewer, aqueduct, culvert, drive, shaft, tunnel or reclamation,
and includes any works which form an integral part of, or are preparatory to, the works described in paragraphs (a) to (e), including site clearance, earth-moving, excavation, laying of foundation, site restoration and landscaping, and such other works or activities as the Minister may, by notification in the Gazette, specify to be construction works;
“occupier”, in relation to a work place, means the principal contractor who undertakes any construction works at the work place and includes such other person as the Minister may, by notification in the Gazette, specify to be the occupier of the work place;
“principal contractor” means a person who has entered into a contract with an owner, a developer or a lessee of a property or his agent for the purpose of carrying out any construction works on the property;
“work place” means any place or premises where any construction works are being carried out and includes —
(a)
all the land within the vicinity of the work place which are owned by the person for whom the construction works are being carried out and to which the principal contractor has control of access;
(b)
any canteen, sleeping quarters, office and other structures or buildings erected on the work place; and
(c)
such other place or premises as the Minister may, by notification in the Gazette, specify to be a work place.
[41/95; 53/2004]
Assisting, encouraging or inducing giving of shelter to immigration offenders
57B.
—(1)  Any person who, for or in expectation of any fee, gain or reward, assists, encourages or induces any other person to give shelter to any immigration offender shall, if the second-mentioned person gives shelter to the immigration offender in consequence of such assistance, encouragement or inducement, be guilty of an offence and shall on conviction be punished with imprisonment for a term of not less than 6 months and not more than 2 years and shall also be liable to a fine not exceeding $6,000.
[53/2004]
(2)  In any proceedings for an offence under subsection (1), it shall not be a defence for the defendant to prove that the immigration offender was in possession of a permit or pass issued to the immigration offender under this Act or the regulations unless the defendant further proves that he had exercised due diligence to ascertain that the permit or pass was at the material time valid under this Act or the regulations.
[53/2004]
(3)  For the purpose of subsection (2), a defendant who is charged with an offence under subsection (1) shall not be deemed to have exercised due diligence unless the defendant —
(a)
has inspected the permit or pass issued to the person harboured;
(b)
has checked the permit or pass to ascertain that the particulars on the passport of the person harboured materially correspond with the particulars set out in the permit or pass; and
(c)
has checked with —
(i)
the Controller of Immigration or the Controller of Work Passes, as the case may be, that the permit or pass was valid at the material time; or
(ii)
the employer to verify that the person is employed by the employer and that the particulars of the person correspond with the records of the employer, where the name of the employer of the person harboured is specified in the permit or pass.
[53/2004; 30/2007]
(4)  No prosecution for an offence under subsection (1) or for an attempt to commit that offence shall be instituted unless the person whom the defendant is alleged to have assisted, encouraged or induced in fact gave shelter to the immigration offender in consequence of such assistance, encouragement or inducement.
[53/2004]
(5)  A reference to a permit or pass in subsection (3) in relation to a person shall be read as a reference to the original copy of the permit or pass issued to that person under this Act or the regulations.
[53/2004]
Marriage of convenience
57C.
—(1)  Any person who contracts or otherwise enters into a marriage —
(a)
knowing or having reason to believe that the purpose of the marriage is to assist one of the parties to the marriage to obtain an immigration advantage; and
(b)
where any gratification, whether from a party to the marriage or another person, is offered, given or received as an inducement or reward to any party to the marriage for entering into the marriage,
shall be guilty of an offence and shall be liable on conviction to a fine not exceeding $10,000 or to imprisonment for a term not exceeding 10 years or to both.
(2)  Any person who arranges or otherwise assists in arranging a marriage between 2 other persons, with the intention of assisting one of the parties to the marriage to obtain an immigration advantage, shall be guilty of an offence and shall be liable on conviction to a fine not exceeding $10,000 or to imprisonment for a term not exceeding 10 years or to both.
(3)  This section shall apply to a marriage entered into whether in Singapore or outside Singapore.
(4)  In any proceedings for an offence under subsection (1) or (2), it shall be a defence for the person charged with the offence to prove that, although one purpose of the marriage was to assist a party to the marriage to obtain an immigration advantage, the defendant believed on reasonable grounds that the marriage would result in a genuine marital relationship.
(5)  For the purposes of subsection (4), what constitutes a genuine marital relationship is a question of fact and the court shall have regard to all the circumstances of the case in determining the question.
(6)  In this section —
“gratification” includes —
(a)
money or any gift, loan, fee, reward, commission, valuable security or other property or interest in property of any description, whether movable or immovable;
(b)
any office, employment or contract;
(c)
any payment, release, discharge or liquidation of any loan, obligation or other liability whatsoever, whether in whole or in part; and
(d)
any other service, favour or advantage of any description whatsoever;
“immigration advantage”, in relation to a party to a marriage, means the grant or extension of the validity of any visa, pass, permit or re-entry permit under this Act or the regulations or any order made thereunder for that party or for a child or parent of that party.
[Act 18 of 2012 wef 19/12/2012]
General penalty
58.  Any person guilty of an offence under this Act for which no special penalty is provided shall be liable on conviction to a fine not exceeding $2,000 or to imprisonment for a term not exceeding 6 months or to both.
Composition of offences
59.  The Controller or any immigration officer authorised by name or by office in that behalf by the Minister by notification in the Gazette may compound such offence under this Act or the regulations as may be prescribed as being an offence which may be compounded by collecting from the person reasonably suspected of having committed the offence a sum of money not exceeding $500.
[13/77; 35/84]
Jurisdiction of Courts
60.
—(1)  All offences under this Act or the regulations shall be cognizable by a District Court or a Magistrate’s Court.
(2)  Any District Court or Magistrate’s Court may, notwithstanding anything in the Criminal Procedure Code (Cap. 68), impose the full punishment prescribed for any offence except that a Magistrate’s Court shall not impose a sentence of imprisonment for a term exceeding 12 months.
Disposal of fees, rates, fines and forfeitures
61.  All fees levied, all rates and fines imposed and recovered, all moneys forfeited and all costs and charges recovered under this Act shall be paid into the Consolidated Fund.
[Act 18 of 2012 wef 19/12/2012]
Amendment of Schedule
61A.  The Minister may, by order published in the Gazette, amend the Schedule, except that any other personal identifier so prescribed in the order must —
(a)
be an image of, or a measurement or recording of, an external part of the human body or a person’s voice; and
(b)
not be an identifier the obtaining of which would involve the taking of an intimate sample within the meaning of section 13A of the Registration of Criminals Act (Cap. 268).
[33/2007]
Saving
62.
—(1)  Any person in Singapore whose presence is unlawful under the provisions of any previous written law for the time being in force in Singapore or any regulations or orders made thereunder shall be deemed to be unlawfully in Singapore for the purposes of this Act.
(2)  Any authority to enter Singapore granted under the provisions of any law in force immediately before 16th April 1963 and valid on that date shall be deemed to be a valid permit issued under the provisions of this Act but subject to any limitations imposed by that law.
THE SCHEDULE
Sections 2 and 61A
Personal Identifiers
1.  Fingerprints or handprints of a person (including those taken using paper and ink or digital live scanning technologies).
2.  A photograph or other image of a person’s face and shoulders.
3.  A person’s signature.
[33/2007]

LEGISLATIVE HISTORY

Immigration Act
(CHAPTER 133)
This Legislative History is provided for the convenience of users of the Immigration Act. It is not part of the Act.
1.  
M. Ordinance 12 of 1959—Immigration Ordinance 1959
Date of commencement
:
1 May 1959
2.  
Ordinance 73 of 1960—Immigration (Amendment) Ordinance 1960
Date of First Reading
:
29 November 1960
(Bill No. 113/60 published on 9 December 1960)
Date of Second and Third Readings
:
29 December 1960
Date of commencement
:
1 April 1961
3.  
M. Act 6 of 1961—Immigration (Amendment) Act 1961
Date of commencement
:
1 April 1961
4.  
M. Act 27 of 1963—Immigration Act 1963
Date of commencement
:
16 September 1963
5.  
Act 1 of 1966—Immigration (Amendment) Act 1966
Date of First Reading
:
31 December 1965
(Bill No. 70/66 published on 3 January 1966)
Date of Second and Third Readings
:
23 February 1966
Date of commencement
:
4 March 1966
6.  
1966 Reprint—Immigration Ordinance 1959
Date of commencement
:
27 July 1966
7.  
Act 12 of 1970—Immigration (Amendment) Act 1970
Date of First Reading
:
22 December 1969
(Bill No. 26/69 published on 26 December 1969)
Date of Second and Third Readings
:
27 January 1970
Date of commencement
:
19 June 1970
8.  
1970 Revised Edition—Immigration Act (Chapter 81)
Date of operation
:
1 April 1971
9.  
Act 21 of 1973—Statutes of the Republic of Singapore (Miscellaneous Amendments) Act 1973
Date of First Reading
:
7 March 1973
(Bill No. 16/73 published on 9 March 1973)
Date of Second and Third Readings
:
20 March 1973
Date of commencement
:
6 April 1973
10.  
Act 60 of 1973—Immigration (Amendment) Act 1973
Date of First Reading
:
28 August 1973
(Bill No. 52/73 published on 31 August 1973)
Date of Second and Third Readings
:
30 November 1973
Date of commencement
:
1 March 1974
11.  
Act 13 of 1977—Immigration (Amendment) Act 1977
Date of First Reading
:
2 September 1977
(Bill No. 15/77 published on 7 September 1977)
Date of Second and Third Readings
:
9 November 1977
Date of commencement
:
16 December 1977
12.  
Act 35 of 1984—Immigration (Amendment) Act 1984
Date of First Reading
:
19 October 1984
(Bill No. 30/84 published on 27 October 1984)
Date of Second and Third Readings
:
20 November 1984
Date of commencement
:
7 December 1984
13.  
Date of operation
:
30 March 1987
14.  
Date of First Reading
:
16 January 1989
(Bill No. 8/89 published on 16 January 1989)
Date of Second and Third Readings
:
26 January 1989
Date of commencement
:
31 March 1989
15.  
Date of First Reading
:
4 August 1989
(Bill No. 36/89 published on 5 August 1989)
Date of Second and Third Readings
:
31 August 1989
Date of commencement
:
13 October 1989
16.  
Date of First Reading
:
12 October 1993
(Bill No. 32/93 published on 13 October 1993)
Date of Second and Third Readings
:
10 November 1993
Date of commencement
:
22 April 1994
17.  
Date of operation
:
15 March 1995
18.  
Date of First Reading
:
27 September 1995
(Bill No. 33/95 published on 28 September 1995)
Date of Second and Third Readings
:
1 November 1995
Date of commencement
:
1 March 1996
19.  
Date of operation
:
20 December 1997
20.  
Date of First Reading
:
31 July 1998
(Bill No. 35/98 published on 1 August 1998)
Date of Second and Third Readings
:
4 September 1998
Date of commencement
:
5 October 1998
21.  
(Consequential amendments made to Act by)
Date of First Reading
:
10 March 2003
(Bill No. 6/2003 published on 11 March 2003)
Date of Second and Third Readings
:
21 March 2003
Date of commencement
:
1 April 2003
22.  
Date of First Reading
:
19 October 2004
(Bill No. 51/2004 published on 20 October 2004)
Date of Second and Third Readings
:
16 November 2004
Date of commencement
:
15 January 2005
23.  
Date of First Reading
:
17 October 2005
(Bill No. 30/2005 published on 18 October 2005)
Date of Second and Third Readings
:
21 November 2005
Date of commencement
:
1 January 2006 (Fourth Schedule — Amendment of Immigration Act)
24.  
Date of First Reading
:
8 November 2006
(Bill No. 14/2006 published on 9 November 2006)
Date of Second and Third Readings
:
22 January 2007
Date of commencement
:
1 March 2007 (Section 10 — Amendment of Immigration Act)
25.  
(Consequential amendments made by)
Date of First Reading
:
9 April 2007
(Bill No. 17/2007 published on 10 April 2007)
Date of Second and Third Readings
:
22 May 2007
Date of commencement
:
1 July 2007
26.  
(Consequential amendments made to Act by)
Date of First Reading
:
21 May 2007
(Bill No. 21/2007 published on 22 May 2007)
Date of Second and Third Readings
:
16 July 2007
Date of commencement
:
1 December 2007
27.  
2008 Revised Edition—Immigration Act
Date of operation
:
1 January 2008
28.  
(Consequential amendments made to Act by)
Date of First Reading
:
23 November 2009
(Bill No. 23/2009 published on 23 November 2009)
Date of Second and Third Readings
:
12 January 2010
Date of commencement
:
11 February 2010
29.  
Date of First Reading
:
26 April 2010
(Bill No. 11/2010 published on 26 April 2010)
Date of Second and Third Readings
:
19 May 2010
Date of commencement
:
2 January 2011
30.  
Date of First Reading
:
9 July 2012
(Bill No. 16/2012 published on 9 July)
Date of Second and Third Readings
:
13 August 2012
Date of commencement
:
19 December 2012