Vietnamese dating agencies
Vietnamese hairdresser Nguyen Thi Diem Huong, 24, is on her second trip to Singapore. In halting Mandarin, she said: "I am still waiting for the right man.
These agents make a loss on every woman denied entry into Singapore and put on a plane back to Vietnam, as they had paid for them to come.
Mr Francis Toh of First Overseas International Matchmaker said that in the past few years, up to half the women he flies here have not made it past immigration.
True Love Vietnam Brides Matchmaker's Mr Mark Lin said he now asks only Vietnamese women with relatives in Singapore to come, as he feels they are more likely to clear the immigration checks.
When asked, the Immigration and Checkpoints Authority (ICA) spokesman said: "Every visitor's entry into Singapore is neither a right nor automatic, and each entry is considered on its own merits." The spokesman added that visitors may be put through interviews and additional checks, and those who are not eligible for a visit pass are refused entry and repatriated.
The Sunday Times understands that those denied entry were caught using a forged passport or had assumed a fake identity, as they may have been blacklisted from entering Singapore for committing an offence here previously.