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PRC WOMEN OVERSTAYED IN S’PORE FOR MORE THAN A DECADE, JAILED 6 MONTHS & FINED

56-year-old Wei JianQin and 44-year-old Chen Mei, both Chinese nationals, pleaded guilty to one charge under the Immigration Act on 25 January, according to The Straits Times.

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They were both jailed 6 months and fined $2,000.

The two women were arrested on 9 January by ICA officers at a HDB unit in Bedok North Road, after they failed to provide any evidence that they were staying in Singapore legally.

Overstayed illegally

Wei previously held an employment pass that was valid for 1 year from 18 April 2007 to work as a waitress, while Chen held a pass that was valid for 2 years from 17 July 2009 to commence work as a general worker.

Wei’s pass was cancelled by MOM on 27 September 2007, while Chen’s pass was revoked on 5 August 2009 – both were required to leave the country on the day their employment passes were cancelled.

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However, Wei remained in Singapore illegally for 15 years, 3 months and 13 days, while Chen stayed here for 13 years, 5 months and 4 days.

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