(b) Have you ever been convicted in a court of law in any country?
I was convicted of a drug offense in the United States 14 year ago and finished my probation 12 years ago. In the United States and also in Canada once you have passed the 10 year mark with no additional problems with the law most agencies/companies consider your record to be something in the distant past and it isn't much of a factor anymore.
My question is does anyone know how the Ministry of Manpower views people with criminal records in their 'distant' past? Basically do I have any chance of getting a S Pass with my criminal record?
There are two type of crime in Singapore in a nutshell. Petty Crime and serious crime. A traffic offense is a crime but not a judicial crime per se unless bodily injury or death in result of the traffic offense.
Drug offense consist of two under the penal code, personal consume or trafficking. If consume and you have undergo a Rehab and all those that prevent a relapse, maybe.
Basically MOM does not want you to be a burden of the health system here
If trafficking the answer is NO.
MOM will pass your name to the Police i.e CNB at PCC for verification and checks.
You have to answer truthfully on the question as MOM will vet your application . So if you lied then you are done for.
If it helps clarify things all my university schooling and personal development/ work experience occurred after the drug conviction and me getting my life back on track.
SG citizen are given a second chance after incarceration but Foreign Talent will be viewed differently.SG has a very harsh view on drugs offenses. Death by penalty if found to be in a possession of of the weight of a 20 cents coin is all you need to go to the slaughterhouse
I believe you are getting back your life on track but IMHO your chance is slim but hey go for it just for the sake of it
rudolf wrote: So does anyone know the actual criteria that the MOM or the government agencies they defer to use in order to make their decision?
Sorry buddy not down here. No one knows
The Canadians have the policy that after 10 years have passed and you have not been in any other trouble they basically no longer care about the past criminal charge, at least this specific charge. Would there be some rule like this in Singapore?
Not sure but if a PR or SGer goes to jail for serious offense they have another added number on their ID card
To clarify the matter my charge was for what would be called here simple possession. That is their was no trafficking involved, what we would call here intent to distribute. I underwent counseling/analysis and it was determined that I didn't have a drug problem so no 'rehabilitation' was required. However I was regularly screened for drug usage for two years and never had a problem. It was all just a stupid error made in youth. Now its just a question of how various others including governments view it and that is what I am trying to find out about Singapore.
If you seriously considering to work here. Get all thore Rehab docs and all other supporting evidence to show you have turn a NEW LEAF
Additionally if anyone knows of attorneys that specialize in immigration matters I would be interested to know of them.
Try this linkhttp://www.helplinelaw.com/lawyers/singapore/singapore/5 OR www.lawsociety.org.sg
You can engage one that is not a cowboy if they come from this body. I am not sure about fees whether you are paying thru the nose or will cost you an arm and a leg but they do have lawyers specialize in immigration
Mad Scientist wrote:JR8 , if you are not able to give a proper advise , please don't. Others are trying to help and your advise is DEFINITELY not helping.JR8 wrote:Have you considered lying?
Whoaaaa.......JR8! Britons with a criminal conviction are not allowed to travel to the US - there are ways to find out. Since the OP wants to work in Singapore he/she could be asked for what Britions call a Criminal Records Burea check (CRB). I think the Singapore authorities will be well aware of it by now.JR8 wrote: And why do you think that lying is not an option that the poster might wish to consider? Do you think MOM have access to US criminal records... for misdemeanors, don't be silly.
But hold on, we are talking about a person with an American record. Wondering if they should declare it. Nothing says anything about providing a 'back-ground check [record]' unless of course you wish to declare one. Wow this was such a simple question... now getting so muddied.Plavt wrote:Whoaaaa.......JR8! Britons with a criminal conviction are not allowed to travel to the US - there are ways to find out. Since the OP wants to work in Singapore he/she could be asked for what Britions call a Criminal Records Burea check (CRB). I think the Singapore authorities will be well aware of it by now.JR8 wrote: And why do you think that lying is not an option that the poster might wish to consider? Do you think MOM have access to US criminal records... for misdemeanors, don't be silly.
You might care to examine the following link;
http://www.usembassy.org.uk/cons_new/ac ... tates.html
And why do you think that lying is not an option that the poster might wish to consider? Do you think MOM have access to US criminal records... for misdemeanors, don't be silly.
JR8 if you have been living in Singapore that long you should be able to understand that MOM , ICA, MHA works hand in hand. If the OP comes here to apply for a job, his application will be vetted thoroughly that I am very sure. Central Narcotics Bureau works very closely with other foreign agencies. If he lied, he is done for. If he declared truthfully, a background check with DEA and other agencies in US or Canada will be done. If he is found to be of good character after his punishment then at least he has a half chance of getting a job here rather than no chance at all thru lying. Here is the link
http://singapore.usembassy.gov/uploads/ ... ics_05.pdf
http://www.mha.gov.sg/news_details.aspx ... 6mq1ryE%3D
Sometimes you need to think out of the box, until SGns can that is why they'll continue to need FT
There is no correlation between SGer thinking out of the box and lying on official documents. I do agree Sger need to have this approach and the need of FT but this is not and I do not think nor it is an option for OP to consider.
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