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     Immigration - News 2004

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    - Update following earthquake and tsunami


Singapore welcomes 8 millionth visitor

Japanese visitor Tomika Kondo with husband

     - Singapore Labour Market Report - 3rd Quarter 2004


Police reject Snowball.04 application

...The Police recognise that there are some Singaporeans with gay tendencies. While Police do not discriminate against them on this basis, the Police also recognise that Singapore is still, by and large, a conservative and traditional society.
Hence, the Police cannot approve any application for an event which goes against the moral values of a large majority of Singaporeans...


Changes to Vehicle Entry Permit scheme for visitors from 6 Dec 2004

Reduction in VEP fees from S$30 to S$20 a day for foreign motorists driving foreign-registered cars into Singapore.
Reduction in the VEP operating hours on weekdays for the 6 December to 31 December 2004 period. The VEP will end at 12.00 noon instead of 7.00 pm.
Reduction in the fixed priced ERP charges from S$10 to S$5 a day, for visiting motorists who choose to use ERP-priced roads during ERP operating hours but do not have In-Vehicle Units (IUs) in their cars.
The normal toll charges for foreign-registered cars will still apply.


Foreigners can get PR status with S$5 million investment

Foreigners can secure Permanent Resident (PR) status when they put in at least S$5 million with MAS-registered financial institutions for a continuous period of five years in a new scheme which comes into effect immediately.

Source: Straits Times 1 Dec 2004 (3)

     - Government launches Unclaimed Monies Web site

     - Changi Airport tests automated check-in & immigration system

     - Amendments to the Immigration Act

     - Singapore facing an alarming AIDS epidemic

     - Employer ordered to compensate maid for failure to pay her salary

     - Update on cholera cases in Singapore

     - Resumption of poultry & egg imports from Malacca & Johor

     - New cases of HIV infection reported in first half 2004


Question No. 109 for Written Answer, 21 September 04

Question :

Ms Braema Mathiaparanam:"To ask the Minister for Home Affairs (a) what was the total number of applications for permanent residency made in 2002 and 2003 by (i) men and (ii) women; and (b) how many in each case were successful."

Answer :

In 2002 and 2003, ICA received an average of about 63,000 applications for permanent residence (PR) per year, of which 45% were submitted by males.

2 There is no significant difference in the approval rates for PR between male and female applicants. The PR approval rate is about 60%.

Source: Ministry of Home Affairs News Release 21 Sep 2004

     - Student Protection Scheme for international students

     - Singapore Labour Market Report - 2nd Quarter 2004

     - Extension of detention orders for 17 JI and MILF members


Q & A on immigration policies: Minister Wong Kan Seng

"We will continue to treat foreigners living and working in Singapore well.

" But we should make some calibrations such that Singaporeans have more privileges than PRs, who will in turn have more privileges than other foreigners.

" This is fair to our citizens and will also provide more incentives for suitable immigrants to take up PR and then citizenship..."

     - Minimum age for maids to go up to 23 in 2005


Suspension of poultry imports from Malaysia

AVA has concurrently imposed a suspension on imports of poultry and poultry products from Malaysia with immediate effect (18 Aug 2004).

AVA would like to assure the public that poultry and poultry products in Singapore are safe for consumption.

       - ICA introduces new disembarkation/embarkation cards


ICA blacklists six Singaporean travel agencies

The Immigration and Checkpoints Authority (ICA) has blacklisted six Singaporean travel agencies specialising in the China market because some of the tourists they bring in disappear. The six agencies account for more than half of all the errant tourists from China. Many of the these overstayers are later caught engaging in vice or other crimes here.

Source: Straits Times 28 Jun 2004 (4)

     - SARS situation in China; precautionary measures in Singapore

     - New Online Foreign Workers' Address System from 1 May 2004

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