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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:

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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.

 

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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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Published in: OFW News
Nov
7
2014

Job Openings by Salary Deduction in Saudi Arabia

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Working abroad will always be costly in the beginning because OFWs will have to pay for all the pre-employment processing fees. This is the reason why some OFWs look for job openings wherein the processing fees will be deducted from their salary.

 

Here we compiled overseas jobs offered by POEA-licensed recruitment agencies that allows salary deduction scheme for placement fees.  To know more about each job openings, just click on the job title.

 

 

** For manpower pooling only. No fees to be collected during the application process.

Mag-ingat sa illegal recruiter. **

 

Click here for more overseas jobs.

 

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Oct
30
2014

Pinay Nurses Sent Off with Praises by Saudi Hospital

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The time has come for two Pinay nurses to bid goodbye to their colleagues in a hospital in Qassim, Saudi Arabia.  But their send-off was filled with compliments and admiration from the hospital staff and fellow nurses whom they’ve known and worked with for years.

After 35 years of dedicated service both for Saudi nationals and foreigners, Pinay nurses Elercy Cruz and Zenaida Lescano will go back to the Philippines to spend time with their families.  Cruz is from Pangasinan while Lescano is from Bataan.

 

Cruz and Lescano

Cruz and Lescano

 

 

The two Filipina nurses were commended by Buraidah Central Hospital director Ahmad Abdullah Al-Omar who also gave them plaques of appreciation for their compassion on their jobs, whether on-duty or off-duty.

BCH assistant nursing director Edna S. Jampil said that Cruz and Lascano were doing community service on weekends, looking for medicines to be given free to fellow Filipinos who need medical help.

The Pinay nurses were also praised on how their caring attitude and selfless services have showed how good and noble their nursing profession is.  Fe M. Gatbonton, in-service control practitioner at BCH told the Arab News that the two Pinay nurses were the epitome of the model Filipino nurse.

Fellow nurses not only from BCH, but also from other hospitals, testified on how well the two Pinay nurses were, showing their compassion and keeping calm even under stressful situations.

Cruz and Lescano, will return to the Philippines to spend their retirement with their families.

 

 

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Carry your Iqama at all Times in Saudi Arabia

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How OFWs Can Cancel Final Exit Visa in Saudi Arabia

Final Exit Visa Guidelines for OFWs in Saudi Arabia

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