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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.

Overseas jobs in Taiwan for Filipinos

 

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Oct
27
2014

Where OFWs can Remit Money in Saudi Arabia

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Since Christmas is approaching, OFWs in the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia, like many OFWs around the world, will be planning to send money for their family in the Philippines. We’ve compiled different remittance offices and partners OFWs can trust in remitting money.

 

BDO Remittance Offices and Money Transfer Partners

  • Bank Al Bilad – Enjaz Remittance Center Branch 153, Batha, Riyadh, KSA Saudi Arabia
  • Moneygram
  • Coinstar Money Transfer
  • Ary Speed Remit (Speed Remit Worldwide Limited)
  • EZ Remit (Bahrain Exchange Co.)
  • Xpress Money (Xpress Money Services Ltd.)
  • AFX Fast Remit (Al Fardan Exchange)
  • Turbo Cash (Turbo Cash – Zenj Exhcange)
  • SHIFT (Shift Financial Services Ltd.)
  • Speedcash Now (Samba Financial Group)
  • Alamoudi Exchange Co. – PO Box 123, Al Hazzaza Building, Al Balad – Gabil St, Jeddah 21411 Kingdom of Saudi Arabia
  • Al Rajhi Banking Saudi Arabia
  1. Riyadh – P.O. Box 22022 Riyadh 11495 KSA Saudi Arabia
  2. Alkhobar – P.O. Box 1362, Alkhobar 31952 KSA Saudi Arabia
  3. Jeddah – Mezzanine Flr. Queens Bldg Jeddah, KSA Saudi Arabia
  • Al Zamil – P.O. Box 83, King Saud St. Cor. Cross A, Alkhobar 31952
  1. Dammam – Dhahran St., Dammam, KSA Saudi Arabia
  2. Jubail – Jeddah St., Jubail, KSA Saudi Arabia
  3.           Riyadh – Al Ras St.(Old) Batha P.O. Box 4055 Riyadh 11491, KSA
  • Arab National Bank – P.O. Box 56921, Riyadh 11564, KSA Saudi Arabia
  • Samba Financial Group – 3rd Floor, SAMBA Head Office Bldg., P.O. Box 833, Riyadh 11421, KSA Saudi Arabia
  • The National Commercial Bank – King Abdul Aziz Street, P.O. Box 3555, Jeddah, 21481 KSA

BPI Remittance Offices

  • Saudi Hollandi Bank
  • Bank Al Bilad
  • Banque Saudi Fransi
  • JPMorgan Chase Bank, N.A. Riyadh
  • Al Inma Bank
  • The National Commercial Bank
  • Al Rajhi Bank
  • Samba Financial Group
  • The Saudi Investment Bank

DBP Remittance Office

  • Bank Albilad – Enjaz Remittance

Philippine National Bank (PNB) Remittance Offices

  • Riyadh Desk Office – Arab National Bank Telemoney Department (P.N.B.) 3/F, Beit 7 P.O. Box 56921, Riyadh 11564 KSA
  • Riyadh Batha Desk Office – Riyadh-Batha Telemoney Center, Riyadh Trading Center, Batha (Filipino Market), KSA
  • Aqaria Desk Office – Akaria Telemoney Center, Akaria Shopping Center, Olaya Road, Riyadh,KSA
  • Tabuk Desk Office – Shara Al Amn, near Gov. Basheer House, Tabuk, KSA
  • Jeddah-Balad Desk Office – Balad-Jeddah Telemoney Center, Aswaq Building, Corniche, Balad District, Jeddah, KSA
  • Rawdah-Jed Desk Office – Prince Sultan St., Jeddah, KSA
  • Yanbu Desk Office – Khair Baladi Int’l. Market, Yanbu, KSA
  • Al-Khobar Desk Office –  Al Khobar Telemoney Center, King Faisal St., 1st Crossing (Beside Glorietta Bldg.), P.O. Box 37 Al Khobar 31952, KSA
  • Jubail Desk Office – Jubail Telemoney Center, Jeddah St., Across Riyadh Bank, P.O. Box 351 Jubail 31941, KSA
  • ABC Riyadh Desk Office –  Enjaz Remittance Network Bank AlBilad Seteen Street, Al Malaz Riyadh, KSA

 

 

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Oct
24
2014

BM Online: The Easiest Way OFWs can get their OECs

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The Overseas Employment Certificate or OEC, also called the ‘exit pass’, is a requirement that needs to be presented on international ports of exit in the Philippines to prove that the person bearing it is a legitimate overseas Filipino worker or OFW.  The OEC is for any OFWs who are back to the Philippines for a vacation, and will be back again to the country where they are currently employed.

The OEC is also a requirement under the Philippine Overseas Employment Administration or POEA’s rules and regulations which would help guarantee that the OFWs are properly documented and protected. OFWs who have OECs exempt them from paying travel tax and the airport terminal fee.

OFWs that are on vacation, rehired or returning to the same employer, and those with existing record in the POEA database can use the Balik-Manggagawa  Online Processing System.  But Balik-Manggagawa’s that do not meet this criteria will be redirected to the BM Appointment page for the regular processing of OEC on the OFWS convenience, choosing their preferred date, time and processing site.

According to POEA administrator Hans Leo J. Cacdac, the BM online facilitates the validation by the immigration officers at the airport of the OEC being presented by the OFW.

OFWs need to follow these steps for the BM online processing of their OECs.

  1. Go to http://bmonline.poea.gov.ph/ and register or sign up by filling up the boxes with the information needed under the “New User” category.
  2. Check the email you provided for the verification link.  OFWs must confirm the registration by logging in using the account email address and password you’ve entered.
  3. Verify your current OEC number.  Input your OEC number on the pop up box that will appear.  OFWs can also check the validity of their OEC number.  In case you don’t have with you at that moment your OEC or you can’t remember, you can just click OK and ESC to remove the pop up box.
  4. Input all the needed information.  Fill out all the box with the necessary information needed like:
  • Passport number
  • Expiration date
  • Visa number
  • Address
  • SSS number
  • PhilHealth number
  • Pag-IBIG number
  • Contact number
  • Beneficiaries
  • Employer details

5.Click the Save button.  After entering all the correct information needed, OFWs must not forget to click the save button so the BM online OEC application will be successful.

For OFWs who have applied for their OECs abroad, your OEC number will not yet be found in the BM online system.

OFWs that will use the BM Online will have to pay for the processing fee worth Php 100 and Php 19.50 for the e-payment service fee.

 

Watch the  BM Online Instructional Video.

 

 

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Oct
16
2014

Medical exam needed before Pinoys Can Go Abroad

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A pre-employment medical examination is one of the many requirements before a Filipino can leave the Philippines and work abroad.  POEA said that medical examination is required only after the applicant has been interviewed by the employer, principal or the representative of the recruitment agency and the job offered has a job order from the POEA.

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A medical examination would determine if the applicant is healthy enough to go overseas and be employed abroad.  The main objective of this examination is to secure the deployment of healthy Filipino workers or OFWs so that the scenario of repatriation in the future is less likely to happen.  Medical examinations for Filipinos will help identify any health condition that may affect the OFWs ability to perform the job.  If anything is diagnosed, remedies may be taken to avoid recurrence of such problem for any Filipino who wishes to work abroad.

The medical examination for Filipinos or OFWs varies among each principals or hiring country.  But the goal of each medical exam is to evaluate the overall health and well being of the Filipino or OFWs and know ahead any health condition which may increase the risk of complications and injuries when they work abroad.

Normally, a medical exam for an OFW is composed of the physical exam and laboratory test.  This may include:

  • Urinalysis or Fecalysis
  • Chest x-ray
  • Height and weight
  • Vision, which includes acuity and color test
  • Heart
  • Lungs

PEME

  • ECG for those 40 years and above, and for those with cardiovascular findings
  • Complete blood count
  • Blood chemistries
  • Dental check-up which may include treatment/ filling or extraction.
  • Pregnancy test for women
  • Special tests like Hepatitis B screening, HIV, Drug test and more.

If there are no abnormal findings during the exam, the applicant will be cleared for deployment overseas.  The doctor will sign a form stating that the Filipino or OFW is fit for employment and can work abroad.

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Oct
15
2014

How OFWs can cancel Final Exit Visa in Saudi Arabia

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If an OFW wants to live in Saudi Arabia and his Kafeel also wants to keep him, cancelling the final exit visa should be processed.

How OFWs can cancel Final Exit Visa in Saudi Arabia

 

These are the requirements and procedures needed to process the cancelling of a OFWs final exit visa.

  1. Fill out the form that is needed to cancel the final exit visa.  The information provided should be the same information an OFW has in the passport.  A copy of the form can be obtained from the Jawazat office.
  2. After the form was completely filled out, OFWs need to bring the form to their Kafeel who processed their final exit visa.  The Kafeel must sign and stamp the form.
  3. OFWs must request a letter from their employer asking the Jawazat to cancel the final exit visa.  The letter should then be brought to and be authenticated by the Chamber of Commerce in the city where the OFWs employer is registered.
  4. OFWs employer or representative should be present when processing the documents.
  5. If the OFWs iqama is already expired, fee for its renewal should be paid as well.
  6. Attach 2 photos with white background, a copy of the final exit visa, iqama and passport.
  7. Submit these requirements to the Jawazat office and follow the next instructions given by the officer.

 

 

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