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Dec
5
2014

OFWs Must Comply: No fingerprints, No Iqama

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Overseas Filipino workers in the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia must obey the final calling of the Jawazat or Passport department.

The Jawazat office emphasized on their warning that they will not issue any new or even renew residents permits or iqama unless all foreign workers and dependents over 15 years old have registered their fingerprints.

The department, assigned to gather all the residents of KSA’s fingerprints, have also started their responsibility when issuing iqama to arriving expatriates at the airports.

They have gradually introduced the system for the past years, not wanting to interrupt the residents and expatriates, including OFWs daily lives.

The fingerprinting system was introduced and implemented at the same time, dividing it into four stages.

First stage: Enforced more than six years ago when fingerprinting was applied at airports and land and sea inlets.

Second stage: Made mandatory for issuance of new iqama, their transfer, amendments and replacement.

Third stage: When fingerprinting became part of exit, re-entry and final exit visas.

Last stage: Implementing it for iqama renewals.

It is perceived that OFWs will comply to register their fingerprints until the given deadline which is on January 21, 2015.  Everyone in the KSA had been given enough time to obey this fingerprinting system.

Fingerprinting every person in the kingdom, which also includes expatriates like OFWs, is part of the Saudi governments’ efforts to improve protection for foreigners and citizens.

 

 

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Dec
4
2014

Got A Complaint Against Your Recruitment Agency?

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Overseas Filipino workers or OFWs who had been violated by the recruitment agency which deployed them for overseas jobs may file an administrative and illegal recruitment case against them. OFWs can go to the Philippine Overseas Employment Administration or POEA’s main office, particularly to their legal assistance division for assistance.

OFWs must obtain and fill out a verification form from the security guard at the POEA’s office. The legal officer will call the OFW’s name for counselling and legal assistance i the preparation/filling out of a complaint form.

 

Click here for detailed step by step procedure on how to ask for legal assistance and file a complaint in POEA.

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Nov
10
2014

Top Reasons Why OFWs May be Deported from Taiwan

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Overseas Filipino workers in Taiwan should abide the country’s laws in order to avoid deportation. But nevertheless, there are some grounds for an OFW to be extradite a week after their arrival.

OFWs will be deported back to the Philippines if:

 

1. The OFW failed in any of the medical examinations which include:

  • Surface antigen test for Hepatitis B
  • Chest x-ray
  • Blood test for malaria
  • Blood test for syphilis
  • Examination for HIV antibodies
  • Examination of stool for intestinal parasites
  • Urine test for amphetamines and morphine
  • Pregnancy test

 

2. The OFW brings his family for them to live together.

3. The OFW continues employment even if the skills are insufficient to the job requirements.

4. The OFW works for other employer, and not for who applied his work permit.

5. The OFW marries within the period of employment.

6. The OFW forged documents to obtain work permit.

7. The OFW violates the Employment Service Law or regulations governing the authorization and administration of expat workers.

8. The OFW violates any other laws of Taiwan.

 

OFWs will have to observe these guidelines to avoid inconvenience during their employment period in Taiwan. Filipinos should also make sure that they deal with POEA-licensed recruitment agencies to prevent any trouble that will be a hinder for their dream to work abroad.

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Sep
30
2014

OFWs OK to be Deployed Again in West Bank & Israel

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Overseas Filipino workers (OFWs) can now be deployed again in West Bank and Israel. This is after the Department of Foreign Affairs (DFA) had lifted the alert level earlier raised over these countries.

DFA had now placed West Bank and Israel to alert level 1 or the precautionary phase from alert level 2 or restriction phase.

OFWs can now apply for job openings from licensed recruitment agencies because the Philippine Overseas Employment Administration (POEA), the governing body that monitors deployment of filipino workers abroad, had lifted the deployment ban in these countries.

Department of Labor and Employment (DOLE) secretary Rosalinda Baldoz said that the deployment ban of newly-hired OFWs to the Gaza Strip are still strictly imposed. Only returning OFWs documents will be processed and deployed but are still subject to compliance with documentary evidence.
Baldoz also said that the resolution lifting the deployment ban in West Bank and Israel was made after the DFA had informed them of lowering the alert level of the said countries effective last September 11.
POEA had imposed a total deployment ban for OFWs bound to Gaza Strip, while processing and deployment of newly-hired OFWs to Israel and West Bank were stopped in July because of the security threats made by the Israel-Hamas conflict.

 

 

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Sep
25
2014

Placement Fee and Processing Fee

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