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Jan
27
2016

What Awaits Filipinos Overstaying with Visit Visa in Saudi

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A maximum of SR50,000 fine, imprisonment and/or deportation is what an overstaying visit visa holder in Saudi will get.

 

The General Directorate of Passports (Jawazat) warned foreign visit visa holders, as well as expat workers, not to stay beyond the validity period.

 

Expats or Saudi who issued the visit visa will be fined an amount of SR15,000 for their first offense. A three-month jail time and a penalty of SR25,000 is up for the second violation. While SR50,000 fine, six months in jail and deportation for expats will be the punishment for third offense.

 

Questions may be directed to Jawazat by contacting them online through their website gdp.gov.sa@992.

 

To avoid any inconvenience such as these penalties, the directorate encourage all visit visa holders to obey the residency regulations in Saudi and leave the kingdom before the expiration date.

 

 

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Dec
6
2015

10 Things OFWs Should Not Do in Saudi Arabia

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Saudi Arabia is very strict when it comes to their cultural values and traditions. It is only right for overseas Filipino workers to respect this and follow the existing laws and rules implemented.

 

OFWs in the kingdom should not do the following to avoid imprisonment, punishment or deportation:

  1. Wearing indecent clothes that shows off most part of the body when in public places. Women can wear an abaya to cover up.
  2. Female OFWs should avoid entering entertainment shops or stores.
  3. Women are not allowed to dine in at restaurants alone. They should be accompanied by their husband.
  4. Public display of affection is prohibited in the kingdom.
  5. Taking photos of mosques, airports and military bases without permission is forbidden.
  6. Persons of the opposite sex should not be together in a room unless they are married.
  7. Non-muslim OFWs are off-limits at mosques.
  8. OFWs shouldn’t carry or use illegal drugs.
  9. Bringing or displaying religious items like a bible, holy cross, etc. is strictly prohibited.
  10. Gambling and pornographic materials is also banned in the kingdom.

 

OFWs struggled hard just to find and land an overseas job in the hopes of providing a better future for their family. So one should be very careful not to do anything that can cause their deportation back to the Philippines.

 

 

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Oct
9
2015

Can You Work Abroad If You Have Lung Scar?

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I applied for a job opening in Saudi Arabia and got a job offer. Unfortunately, the employment offer was canceled because my medical exam results deemed me as unfit to work. Does this mean that I have to forget about my dream to work abroad? Is there a foreign country that is not so strict in medical results? Kindly advised me as I am losing hope.

The story above may seem familiar because a clear medical exam result is a major requirement prior to overseas deployment. Often, people with lung scars or pulmonary fibrosis are still rejected even if the scar is already inactive or non-infectious.

It will not be surprising if someone with lung scar would just give up his dream to work abroad. However, this testimonial from WorkAbroad,ph might be an inspiration to those who are in the same plight.

Mr. Adimar’s Story:

Halos hopeless na ako makapag-abroad dahil may scars ako sa lungs. Lagi na lang akong na-rereject lalo na sa parteng Middle East, pero hindi ako nawalan ng pag-asa. nag-post ako ng resume sa WorkAbroad.ph at nagsimulang dumami ang tawag sakin mula sa ibat-ibang agency.

Hanggang nakatagpo ako ng employer na nag-waive ng scars ko at dahil dun matutupad na ang pangarap ko namakapag trabaho sa abroad. Nakatakda na akong umalis ngayong buwan. Salamat sa WorkAbroad.ph

Mr. Adimar was hired by Cobil Recruitment Agency as an Agricultural Worker.

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May
28
2015

Employment Contract Replacement, A Threat to OFWs

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Overseas Filipino workers or OFWs are advised to be aware of employment contract substitution that is becoming a normal scenario for Filipinos who are to work abroad.

 

The Philippine government is taking up all measures to ensure the safety and welfare of OFWs in foreign countries by creating a standard employment contract. The standard employment contract stipulates various terms and conditions to be agreed upon by the hired OFW and the foreign employer.

 

Informations like job position, contract duration, salary rates, benefits, overtime pay, just causes for termination and other important matters should be included in an OFWs employment contract.

 

Most OFWs in Saudi Arabia and other Middle East countries encounter this replacement of employment contract. Upon arrival in the kingdom, OFWs are once again asked to sign a new contract which has a big difference from what they’ve signed before.

 

Contract substitution is one of the most common problems of OFWs and it usually leaves them underpaid and with extended contract duration. This will also be a mean for foreign employers to abuse and violate OFWs abroad.

 

OFWs should seek first the assistance of the Philippine Embassy in such cases of employment contract substitution.

 

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May
22
2015

OFW Guide: Avoid Investment Scams

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How To Avoid Investment Scam

Check the authenticity of the company or the recruiter–  If  the company or the group cannot present authentication from SEC or the Bureau of Internal Revenues (BIR), they are most likely illegal.

Check the product and the services– The product and services of a company is legalized and authenticated by the Department of Trade and Industry (DTI), Bureau of Food and Drugs (BFAD) and SEC. You can also try the product for yourself if it is real or fake.

Do not give your trust easily– Do not give your trust easily and make your own research before you give money. Also, to make sure that it is not a scam, inquire if you can visit the company and try their products to ensure their authenticity.

Observe– Observe the way they talk and their business proposals. The way they converse and their body contact can give you a hint if a person is sincere or just letting you bite their offer.

Be suspicious of e-mail and text alerts– Oftentimes, you receive spam alert through your email that asks you to join a group. You can also receive text messages saying that you won in a certain contest or if you can join them in their lucrative business offer.

Be wise and don’t be a victim of different scams targeting OFWs.

Read more information about Scam Alert for OFWs.

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