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Government removed boyfriend/girlfriend category because of abuse

A halt to dodgy applications to enter Singapore by non- married individuals has also kept out legitimate requests

Published Tue, Jul 27, 2021 · 05:50 AM

Singapore

THE abuse of a "boyfriend/girlfriend" category in applying for Vietnamese nationals to come into Singapore as partners of locals resulted in the Immigration and Checkpoints Authority (ICA) scrapping the category altogether quite quickly, said Law and Home Affairs Minister K Shanmugam on Monday.

The first case linked to a KTV cluster, uncovered on July 12, was a short-term visit pass holder from Vietnam, who had entered Singapore in February via a "familial ties" lane, sponsored by her Singaporean boyfriend.

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