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OFW Advisories 2009

POEA extends balik-manggagawa services

he Balik-manggagawa Processing Center in the POEA main office in Ortigas shall be open on December 26, 2009 (Saturday) and December 30, 2009 (Rizal Day) from 8:00 a.m. to 5:00 pm.  in anticipation of the influx of OFWs  after Christmas Day. READ MORE 

Online registration for EPS and JPEPA applicants
Applicants for EPS-KLT and JPEPA are required to register online at http://www.eregister.poea.gov.ph/ereg/ereg.asp. EPS-KLT applicants can only be allowed to pay for the language test after registration. Nurses and caregivers should wait for further instruction from POEA.

Returning workers should process exit clearance early
Workers-on-leave (balikmanggagawa) who have just arrived are encouraged to apply for their OECs early either at the POEA Main Office or at the nearest POEA Regional Offices and Extension Units, or avail of the OEC delivery service, so that they can avoid last minute problems prior to their return flights. READ MORE

The Balik-Manggagawa Processing Center will operate from 7:00am to 12:00nn only (halfday-morning) of December 22, 2009 to give way to the POEA Year-end Assessment in the afternoon. Issuance of OFW Info Sheets will be cut-off at 11:00am. Regular operations  will resume on December 23, 2009 (Wednesday). Special processing days will be on December 26, 2009 (Saturday) and December 30, 2009 (Wednesday, Rizal Day).

Saudi requires licensure exam for foreign nurses
The Saudi Council mandates all foreign nurses to pass the Saudi Licensing Examinations for Health Specialties before working in the  Kingdom of Saudi Arabia. In the Philippines, the accredited testing center are  Prometric Testing Center, Ateneo Professional Schools, 130 H. Dela Costa St., Salcedo Village, Makati City. Telephone No.: (632) 892-0383, Website:   http://www.prometric.com and Tread, Inc., Suite 308, Centro Maximo D. Jakosalem St., Cebu City. Tel no. 032-2535514. The examination is scheduled Tuesday up to Friday, with a fee of US$90.00. A prometric exam is similar to the licensure exam for nurses given in the Philippines.

Beware of job offers in Russia
The POEA warns overseas job applicants against promises of employment in Moscow under the pretext of invitation from the Russian Olympic Committee but using travel agencies as front for deployment.

Foreigners holding commercial visas in Russia are not allowed to work. Applicants who want to work in Russia should undergo the legal process of OFW documentation at the POEA

Unclaimed insurance benefits for OFWs under EPS-KLT

Who can apply:
OFW returnees under EPS KLT who have not claimed their insurance benefits (DIRECT CLAIMANTS ONLY, NO FIXERS)


Where to apply:
HRD-KOREA - Resident Office in Manila
1607 Prestige tower
Emerald Street, Ortigas Center, Pasig City

Copy of Passport
Photocopy of Passbook (under the applicant's name)
Bank Swift Code (ask your local bank for their bank swift code)

Macau targets overstaying foreigners
A new immigration regulation  penalizes foreigners, including Filipino tourists, who overstay in Macau, Special Administrative Region for more than thirty days after their permit expires with a fine of 200MOP (US$26.00) per day. Offenders who commit the same violation within 180 days will not be able to "legalize" this overstaying by paying fines and will have to leave Macau immediately. Illegal immigrants will be deported and prohibited from entering Macau, SAR for a certain period as indicated in the deportation order.
    Filipino tourists with the intention to overstay in Macau for purposes of looking for job are advised to use the legal cannel for seeking overseas employment.

Beware of recruitment agencies with cancelled or suspended licenses

The POEA advises the public to be wary of recruitment agencies with cancelled or suspended licenses that are still actively recruiting for overseas jobs.

 The POEA, as of September 14, 2009, has cancelled the licenses of 454 recruitment agencies since the start of its operations and placed 44 others under preventive suspension. For 2008 and the first eight months of 2009 alone, the POEA cancelled 76 licenses and suspended or fined 57 agencies as a result of recruitment violations.   Please click HERE to verify status of recruitment agencies.

Filipino seafarers with transit visas not allowed to work in UK
The United Kingdom’s  Border Agency recently announced that Filipino seafarers who have been issued transit visas are not allowed to work in the UK fishing industry.

The UK transit visas are basically temporary visas for non-European Union seafarers, including Filipinos joining vessels in the UK which are bound for foreign ports or traveling international waters for a longer period.

No deployment of Filipino entertainers to Turkey
The Philippine Overseas Employment Administration  cautions female job applicants against accepting offers of employment as entertainers in Turkey.

The POEA  is not processing employment documents of overseas performing artists (OPAs)  to Turkey and  the Department of Labor and Employment is not keen on allowing their deployment due to lack of established protective and monitoring mechanisms.

DOLE Secretary Marianito D. Roque said deployment of OPAs shall be allowed only in the presence of a bilateral agreement between the Philippines and Turkey to assure protection of Filipino workers in that country.

hotline"  in Toronto
The provincial government of Toronto, Canada has set up a toll-free hotline for caregivers. The hotline, 1-866-372-3247, is will be used by caregivers to seek advise on their rights under Ontario's provincial labor laws, or to report cases of abuse and exploitation.

Online verification for expats in KSA
Expatriates in Saudi Arabia, including OFWs may inquire about their IDs, iqamas, and visas through the website www.moi.gov.sa, which was recently launched by KSA's Ministry of Interior.

Authentication of OFW documents

The POEA reiterates the standard procedure of authenticating documents of OFWs in the Philippines before it can be used for work overseas. Also, documents coming from where they are working abroad  must be authenticated by the Ministry of Foreign Affairs of that country and by the Philippine embassy accredited to that country, if they want to use the said documents anywhere else in the world later on.

Student visas for UK? Beware!

The public is advised to be wary of an illegal recruitment practice luring Filipino students to go to London on a student visa. The recruiters were Filipinos based in London who promise them work in nursing homes for twenty (20) hours with pay as part of the curriculum.
   The Philippine Embassy in London has reported that 34 Filipino students have been victimized by these recruiters. Police authorities raided the school for failure to open the courses offered to the students.
   The students are supposed to be attending the London School of Health & Management Studies (LSHMS) after payment of 2,500 - 3,500 British Pounds or some US$5,000 – US$7,000 for tuition and student visa fees. The victims also paid additional  150 British Pounds for transportation expenses upon arrival in the United Kingdom.

Qatar stops issuance of visa certification
Starting February 1, 2009, the Embassy of the State of Qatar shall issue Visa Stickers instead of visa certification to prevent falsification of Qatar visas.  POEA will not issue exit clearance to departing OFWs without the visa sticker. Visa certifications issued prior to February 1, 2009, however, are still valid.
Registration of applicants for Japan nurses and caregivers
Interested applicants for caregivers and nurses for Japan under JPEPA should register online at  http://www.eregister.poea.gov.ph. Pre-selected applicants will be notified through e-mail for submission of required documents. POEA shall only accept documents of applicants with e-mail notification. The last day  of accepting applications is on January 30, 2009. Nurse applicants may continue to register for vacancies in other countries like Saudi Arabia. Click here for recruitment schedule.

OFWs should leave UAE before visa expiry

Filipino workers in the United Arab Emirates (UAE) using tourist visa should leave on or before the expiration of their visa and return to the Philippines to avoid being stranded
in exit points. OFWs with expired visas should come home and apply for new visas in the Philippines.

The UAE government issued in July last year a new immigration policy wherein visitors to UAE must renew their visa in their country of origin.

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