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Aug
25
2015

Waiting for Visa for Months, What to Do?

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Marami sa mga applicants for overseas jobs ay nakakaranas na maghintay ng issuance of working visa for a month or so. At hindi maikakaila na kasama sa dilemma ng paghihintay ay ang takot na ma-deny ang kanilang application o mapaso ang validity ng ilang dokumento tulad ng medical result.visa

Sa ganitong pagkakataon, ano nga ba ang mabuting gawin?

This is what OFWGuideForum.com guru Joshua_sx1 suggests:

“The normal processing (of visa application), from the time of job offer acceptance to departure, should not exceed 3 months. Matagal na ang 3 months para dito. At kung more than 3 months na, siguradong somewhere, somehow or someone has a problem.

Kung nai-submit mo na lahat ng kailangan at requirements from your side, you can eliminate yourself as the cause of delay which narrows the causes to two reasons: either the agency or the employer itself. This is the fact to be considered na dapat ay may backup plan tayo. dahil ibig sabihin, hindi na natin hawak ang sitwasyon at wala din tayong magagawa if worst scenario comes.

Hindi bawal o walang batas na nagbabawal sa atin na magtitingin-tingin pa ng ibang opportunity kahit sabihin pa na nagpro-process na tayo sa isang agency. At kahit saan namang application, hindi naman kinakailangan agad na ibigay natin ang ating passport, mga original, authenticated, at certified-true-copy documents. Kahit mismo ang POEA, hindi ito ina-advice dahil na nga sa wala pa naman kasiguruhan ang initial submission ng application. At that stage, lahat ng aplikante ay zero pa ang possibility na ma-hire.

Once na pumasa ka na nang exam (kung mayroon man), interview at assessment, at confirmed selected ka na thru job offer, doon pa lang natin dapat isina-submit ang ating mga original at authenticated documents. In which, if we are going back to the issue, hindi dapat maging sagabal na wala na sa atin ‘yung mga original at authenticated documents kaya hindi tayo makapag-apply sa iba, maliban na nga lang kung hindi ka nakapagtabi ng kopya.

When you limit yourself and give the your entire future to a certain agency, talagang made-depress ka lang habang naghihintay nang parang walang kasigurihan. Worst come to worst at hindi na nga natuloy ang pag-alis natin, at least, may isa pa tayong inaasahan. O kung sakali man at mas maganda ‘yung bagong opportunity nating nakita at mas sigurado tayong makakaalis, we have all the rights to withdraw our applications from the previous agency. We want also to eat 3 times a day and we also need to pay rent, electricity, bills, fares, etc. para mabuhay. The agency should realize na, like them, we are also human beings.

Again, nasa atin na po kung gusto nating i-limit ang ating opportuntity.”

 

Nakatulong ba ang payo ni Sir Joshua_sx1? If you are to ask about the same issue, ano ang maipapayo mo?

 

For more helps, tips, and concerns, you can join http://ofwguideforum.com/ for free.

 

May takot ka ba o agam-agam tungkol sa pagwiwithdraw ng application sa agency? Basahing mabuti ang article na ito » WITHDRAWAL OF APPLICATIONS: 10 MYTHS AND FACTS

 

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Aug
3
2015

Ako at ang Saudi

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OFW ako. Engineer. Sampung taon na. Dalawang taon sa Qatar, walong taon sa Saudi. Hanggang ngayon nandito pa din ako. Ilang sandstorm na ang lumipas, ilang Ramadan na ang nagdaan. Pero okay naman. Eto, nakaka-survive. Malayo sa pamilya. Pero ika nga ng Maynilad, kaunting pasensya lang, dadaloy din ang ginhawa.

Nung unang salta ko dito sa Saudi, aaminin ko, oo na-culture shock ako. Yung pakiramdam na napunta ka sa ibang dimensyon ng mundo. Ano ba naman malay ko, eh sa mapa ko lang nakikita ang Saudi noon; malay ko ba namang makakaapak ako ngayon. Sabi nila madami daw camels dito. Yun ang unang inabangan ko dito, eh kala ko ba disyerto to? Eh dinaig pa yata ang Makati sa gaganda ng mga building! Sabi nila matutusta ka daw sa Saudi, kasi nga disyerto, walang puno, waiting shed; puro kaktus at mumunting tubigan lang. Pero iba ang nakita ko. Isang bansang may asenso.

Unang salta ko sa Saudi. Maalam naman ako sa Ingles, kampante ako dun. Naka-dalawang taon na ako sa Qatar, so sisiw na lang ang Inglisan dito sa Saudi. Pero na-nosebleed ako sa lenggwahe ng Arabo, grabe mapapalaban ako. Pero dahil flexible ang dila ng mga Pinoy, naka-adapt naman. Sa pagsulat ng Arabic napapraktis na din.

Sabi nila yayaman ka daw sa Saudi. Naalala ko nung bata ako kapag ang tao may suot na makakapal na gintong alahas, ang laging dialogue “iba talaga pag nakapag-Saudi”. Grabe pala ginto dito! Gasolina? Walang problema, sagana sila dito. Yun nga lang kung anong mura ng ginto at petrolyo, yun namang mahal ng tubig. Di katulad sa Pinas, hanap ka lang ng poso, wantusawa na.

Taon-taon nagtyatyaga ako. Okay naman ako sa sahod, worth it dahil hindi kulang para may matira sa akin at may maipadala. Strikto sila dito sa Saudi, kaya ang mga luho naiiwasan. May naiwan akong asawa at anak sa Pinas, pero dahil ang mga babae dito sa Saudi ay kadalasang balot na balot, malayo ako sa temptasyon. I love you Ma!

Makikita sa balita na laging negatibo ang balita tungkol sa Saudi. Pero kung tutuusin, para sa akin, pakiramdam ko mas ligtas pa ako dito kesa dyan sa Pinas. Bihira ang krimen dito, lintik naman kasi ang parusa! Yun nga lang, meron talagang mga pang-aabuso. Lalo sa mga domestic worker. Mababa kasi ang tingin sa kanila eh. Ang hirap sa loob lalo kapag kababayan mo yung nababalitaan mong nagawan ng abuso. Yung iba naman, malakas talaga loob. Pati kagaguhan dinala dito, hindi natakot sa parusang pugot-ulo o death penalty. Kaya ikaw na nagbabasa nito, kung balak mo sa Saudi, sumunod ka lang sa batas, wag gagawa ng katarantaduhan. Kung lalabas ka, dalin mo ang iqama mo, basic lang yan pero ambigat ng parusa kapag hindi mo nagawa.

8 years and counting. Gaano pa kaya ako katagal dito? 2 more years para sarado isang dekada? O mag-stay sa lupa ng mga Arabo hanggang sa kaya?

Contributed post by JT

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Jul
15
2015

Q&A with POEA: The OFWs’ Go-To Forum on FB

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Workabroad.ph hosts a one-hour forum twice each month on its Facebook fan page with more than 800,000 likes as of this writing. Representatives from the POEA Anti-Illegal Recruitment Division willingly grace their presence in the forum dubbed as Q&A with POEA to answer questions and address the concerns of the followers from 3:00 pm to 4:00 pm.

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Here are some of the informative and significant conversations during the recently held session:

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To be able to join, simply like Workabroad.ph’s Facebook fan page and wait for their announcement as to when the Q&A with POEA will be held next.

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Jun
19
2015

Homecoming: A Touching Story of An OFW

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One of the absurd sides of being a helper abroad is that OFWs leave home and their family, their children to take care of other family and to look after other parent’s children.

This short film entitled “Homecoming” talks about the other side of motherhood. Watch and get moved.

“Homecoming” won multiple awards: Best Student Short at the China Independent Film Festival, Gold Panda award for Students and Special Jury Award in Drama at the Sichuan TV Festival, Best Film in Fiction at the Trans-Chinese Film Academy Festival in Beijing, the Gold Award in Open Category at the HK Independent Short Film Video Awards, three outstanding awards at the China International (King Bonn) New Media Shorts Award including an award for the actress Melendez Violeta T, and the Audience Choice Award at the International Student FIlm And Video Festival of Beijing Film Academy.
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May
20
2015

How to Stay Happy as an OFW

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The reality of a foreign working environment and the necessity to immediately adjust to a totally new culture and language can be overwhelming. It would not be surprising if an overseas Filipino worker (OFW) who always wanted to work abroad may seriously contemplate quitting after some time.

To snap out of these career busters, check out the tips below:

Love what you do. You can easily find joy in your work by recognizing the importance of your profession. Realize that your work makes the lives of others easier and better. The skills and the values you acquire while working also makes you a better person.

Count your blessings. Not everyone is qualified or is given the chance to work in a foreign land. Bear in mind that many Filipino workers back home aspire to be in your position.

Read more tips for migrant workers. 

 

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