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Nov
26
2014

Pinoys in Yemen: Register for Repatriation Until 11/30

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Filipinos were called by the Philippine Embassy in Riyadh to leave Yemen amidst the alarming situation of violence over the country.

The Philippine Embassy encourages all Filipinos to register for repatriation or update their previous registration. Filipinos in all cities and regions of Yemen can accomplish the registration form found on the website of the Philippine Embassy in Riyadh.

A statement in the embassy’s advisory said that”Filipinos should decide and arrange to leave Yemen immediately, and not later than 30 November 2014.”

Filipinos can also reach designated Filipino community area coordinators and leaders for further information about the repatriation.

Filipinos in Yemen can also contact the Crisis Management Team at Movenpick Hotel Sana’a, Berlin Street, Sana’a, Yemen with mobile number +967-73-384-4958.

Related Article: DFA to Filipinos in Yemen: Leave Now!

The call for repatriation of Filipinos was reiterated by the Department of Foreign Affairs earlier this month after raising alert level 3 in Yemen due to the occupation of Houthi rebels in the city of Sana’a.

Alert level 3 in Yemen means voluntary repatriation and a total deployment ban for Filipinos, even for those who are on vacation.

 

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Nov
25
2014

Filipina Nurse Sentenced to Life in UAE

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Overseas Filipino workers or OFWs flock to UAE countries with the aim of having a job with higher salary offer. But sad to say, some OFWs do illegal activities abroad to earn more, forgetting that the family they left behind in the Philippines will suffer in the end.

And just recently, a Filipina nurse was sentenced with life imprisonment in the United Arab Emirates after the court found her guilty in possession of illegal drugs.

The 34-year old Filipina nurse was convicted of life term, denying her appeal, when she was arrested by the police officers.

Pinay nurse J.T. was hiding the illegal drug in her underwear when the police caught her in a buy-bust operation in Dubai.

J. T. confessed that she got the methamphetamine from a person named Louis and sold it to another Filipino, R.J., but denied consuming it.

J.T. and R.J. both pleaded not guilty before the Dubai Court of First Instance last July when they were first arrested for the possession of the banned substance.

Filipinos around the world, especially in those in Middle East countries, are called upon to avoid engaging in illegal acts that will result to possible deportation, imprisonment, or even death in the foreign country.

 

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Published in: OFW News, Uncategorized
Nov
21
2014

A Chance for Filipino Doctors and Nurses to work in KSA

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Filipino healthcare workers who desires of working abroad may find great opportunity in Saudi Arabia.

KSA’s Ministry of Economy and Planning announces that Saudi Arabia urgently needed at least 10, 000 doctors and 20, 000 nurses for its public hospitals and health centers by the end of the year.

Saudi Arabia targets to create one health center per 7,000 people in various parts of the kingdom, emphasizing the need to build around 3,000 new health centers to address the shortage of health services for citizens.

Saudi’s Health Ministry was criticized for its poor health services, adding that their centralized system often fails to make right decisions.

With this demand for 30,000 doctors and nurses, Filipino healthcare workers may find this as their lucky chance to work abroad and earn higher salary, as what most OFWs seek for.

It is now time to prepare those necessary documents for working abroad and check POEA-licensed recruitment agencies for job hiring’s.  But OFWs must remember to be careful when dealing with recruitment agencies.

 

Guides for OFWs:

How to Schedule a DFA Passport Appointment Online

Work Abroad 101 (A Useful Q&A for Filipinos)

Dealing with Recruitment Agencies

Dealing with Recruitment Agencies part2

 

Overseas job openings for Filipino nurses in Saudi Arabia.

 

Inspiring stories of Filipino Nurses from Saudi Arabia

Pinay Nurses Sent Off with Praises by Saudi Hospital

The Pinay Nurse’s Way to Success

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Nov
20
2014

Is this Real? No More Iqama Fee for OFWs in KSA?

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Don’t rejoice yet, fellow overseas Filipino workers in Saudi. This may sound like good news, right? But not all OFWs will benefit in this ‘No Iqama Fee’ policy announced last June by King Abdullah bin Abdulaziz.

The Iqama renewal fee for expatriates was lifted based on certain criteria that need to be met.

You are exempted from paying the SR 2,400 iqama fee if:

  • If you are an OFW who works for an SME and you’re one of the four expatriate employees.  An SME employs less than 10 employees.

 

Your iqama renewal is free if:

  • You are employed under a small and medium sized business in Saudi Arabia employing less than 10 employees. But this will only be applicable if the Saudi owner of the SME Company is working full time.

You are entitled to reimburse the iqama fee you paid if:

  • You are working in a company who have signed contracts with the Saudi government before November 15, 2012. The iqama fee they’ve paid in the previous two years are refundable.

Normally, OFWs employer will have to pay SR 2,400 plus the insurance, the iqama renewal fee of SR500, and some labor office fee.  This is still applicable if the OFWs’ company is not under the criteria of SME.

OFWs are reminded that their Kafeel or sponsor is the one to transact and pay for their iqama and it is against the Saudi Ministry of Labor if they fail to do so.

Saudi MOL also encourages OFWs to file an official complain if their Kafeel is delaying the renewal of their iqama, which is a necessary document for OFWs.

 

More articles to read:

Saudi MOL to Lighten Regulation on Sponsorship Transfer

OFWs Transferring Sponsor? Know Your Company’s Category in Saudi

Final Exit Visa Guidelines for OFWs in Saudi Arabia

How to Apply for a Driver’s License in Saudi Arabia

OFWs Returning to Saudi, Do You Still Need an NOC?

 

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Published in: OFW News
Nov
19
2014

OFWs: No to 2-year Ban in KSA for Exiting Filipinos

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Before, the only problem overseas Filipino workers in the kingdom of Saudi Arabia faces was the maltreatment of employers and delayed or low salary. Now, they have another thing to worry about.

A 2-year ban on expatriates was proposed which will also affect OFWs leaving KSA with a final exit visa.  The said proposal will only allow expatriates with final exit visa to return to the kingdom two years after they exited.

This action is in coordination with the kingdom’s Saudization program, creating more job opportunities to Saudi nationals rather than employing expatriates, with OFWs most of the time.

But OFWs protest to this proposal because for them, it is against the Saudi and Philippine government’s labor agreement.  If ever the idea will push through, OFWs deployment will be affected and more Filipinos will add to the number of unemployed individuals.  This will also affect the Philippine’s economy since OFWs remittances are of great help for the country.

Filipino migrant worker-supporting groups also emphasized that most OFWs were forced to leave KSA on final exit visas because of their labor disputes which is mainly matters regarding their salary, humane injustice and breach of contract they’ve signed before leaving the Philippines.

The 2-year ban for expatriates leaving KSA with final exit visas was proposed by the Council of Saudi Chambers (CSC) labor market committee, which reviewed the kingdom’s Saudization program.

The recommendation which will greatly affect OFWs was patterned to the same measure taken by Oman, Saudi’s neighbouring Gulf country.

Oman imposes a two-year visa ban on expatriates who leave their jobs because of labor arguments.  But they can return to Oman on a tourist, family joining, and visitor or investor visa.

OFWs are concerned that if ever the proposed two-year ban on expatriates were imposed, most Filipinos who work in KSA will suffer unemployment with their final exit visa. They call on to the government to settle the issue with the Saudi government so that OFWs will not endure in the end.

 

Related articles:

OFWs Returning to Saudi, Do You Still Need An NOC?

Final Exit Visa Guidelines for OFWs in Saudi Arabia

OFWs Transferring Sponsor? Know Your Company’s Category in Saudi

How OFWs can Transfer Sponsorship if in Red Category

Filipinos in Saudi Advised To Take Precautions Against MERS-CoV

How to apply for a Driver’s License in Saudi Arabia

 

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