What to do when you discover you have overstayed in Singapore by more than a month?

“Applied a holiday visa for my father, and discovered that it was extended to 89 days. But soon, I would discover that it was automatically withdrawn. I only discovered it was actually not approved, but my father has already been in Singapore for over a month. What should I do?

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Various replies soon came in, offering help. One of them was particularly helpful, as he went to the ICA website (http://www.ica.gov.sg)

Under the Immigration Act (Cap 133), the penalties for overstaying or illegal entry are a jail term of up to six months plus a minimum of 3 strokes of the cane. In cases where caning cannot be administered, the offender will be fined up to $6000. The penalty for conveying illegal immigrants in or out of Singapore is a jail term of two to five years, plus a minimum of three strokes of the cane.

She was probably innocent and unaware, and hence overstayed by a few days. Once she realized it, her daughter quickly brought her to the ICA and did some paperwork. The documents to bring are: the foreigner’s passport, arrival card, birth certificate, plus any legal certificate that proves the relationship between applicant and the foreigner. In addition, a letter that can explain the reason of stay might be needed as well. Once all the documents are in hand, proceed to ICA, ask for the Form 14 to fill in.

This is how Form 14 looks like:

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One important reminder: When you appeal, you must state that you are a first-time offender. You must also prove that the offender really has no intention of committing the crime. Be sincere during the appeal session, and give assurance that you hope to leave Singapore as soon as possible.

Singapore is famed for being one of the strictest countries in the world. So, dear visitors, please take special note of their laws and regulations to avoid any unpleasantness.

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According to the latest figures from the ICA, there were 1591 overstayers in the year 2015, which is considerably lower by 100 as compared to 2014, where there were 1690 overstayers.

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