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MOM hires firm in India to verify education certificates

Bid to spot work pass applicants who lie about qualifications

Published on Jan 18, 2014 8:55 AM

In an unusual move, the Ministry of Manpower (MOM) is turning to an overseas firm to ferret out foreigners who lie about their qualifications in work pass applications.

Last month, the ministry hired Dataflow Services (India) - a firm in New Delhi - to conduct random checks on education certificates and employment history declared by Indian nationals working in Singapore.

Even marriage and birth certificates are scrutinised, The Straits Times has learnt.

When contacted, the MOM said that although it is the employer's responsibility to ensure that the documents in work pass applications are genuine, the ministry will use "independent verification channels" like Dataflow to conduct its own random audits.

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