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Dec
22
2014

Saudi Arabia Wants Filipino Safety Officers

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Saudi Arabia is home to thousands of construction jobs where overseas Filipino workers or OFWs are in demand employees. With the hazards of working in construction companies, OFWs and other expatriate workers must be ensured of their safety.

 

This arise the need for safety officers, whose main job is to monitor workplace activities to make sure that policies of the company and the government regarding safety is followed.

Safety officers are responsible for the policy development, safety inspections, safety training and compliance with federal Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA).

 

According to statistics by WorkAbroad.ph, safety officer is the top 8th job position searched by most Filipino applicants who are looking for overseas jobs this December 2014. Collated below are the job openings for safety officers in Saudi Arabia for Filipinos from POEA-licensed recruitment agencies.

 

50 Safety Officers (Free Placement Fee) – Open for male, 30 to 54 years old, engineering graduate, with OSHA certificate  and with 5-years work experience.

 

45 Safety Officers – Open for male, 21 to 45 years old, at least with high school diploma and with 3-years work experience.

 

10 Fire and Safety Officers (No Placement Fee) – Open for male, 28 to 45 years old, at least with bachelor’s/college degree and with 3-years work experience.

 

10 Safety Officers (No Placement Fee) – Open for male, not more than 50 years old, at least with bachelor’s/college degree and with 8-years work experience.

 

15 Safety Officers – Open for male and female, 25 to 40 years old, and with 2-years work experience.

 

5 Safety Risk Officers – Open for male, 25 to 45 years old, at least with vocational diploma/short course certificate and with 5-years work experience.

 

5 Safety Officers - Open for male, 25 to 48 years old, at least with bachelor’s/college degree and with 5-years work experience.

 

5 Safety Officers – Open for male, 27 to 47 years old, at least with bachelor’s/college degree and with 4-year work experience.

** For manpower pooling only. No fees to be collected during the application process. Mag-ingat sa illegal recruiter. **

Job openings abroad for Filipinos.

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Dec
5
2014

OFWs Must Comply: No fingerprints, No Iqama

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Overseas Filipino workers in the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia must obey the final calling of the Jawazat or Passport department.

The Jawazat office emphasized on their warning that they will not issue any new or even renew residents permits or iqama unless all foreign workers and dependents over 15 years old have registered their fingerprints.

The department, assigned to gather all the residents of KSA’s fingerprints, have also started their responsibility when issuing iqama to arriving expatriates at the airports.

They have gradually introduced the system for the past years, not wanting to interrupt the residents and expatriates, including OFWs daily lives.

The fingerprinting system was introduced and implemented at the same time, dividing it into four stages.

First stage: Enforced more than six years ago when fingerprinting was applied at airports and land and sea inlets.

Second stage: Made mandatory for issuance of new iqama, their transfer, amendments and replacement.

Third stage: When fingerprinting became part of exit, re-entry and final exit visas.

Last stage: Implementing it for iqama renewals.

It is perceived that OFWs will comply to register their fingerprints until the given deadline which is on January 21, 2015.  Everyone in the KSA had been given enough time to obey this fingerprinting system.

Fingerprinting every person in the kingdom, which also includes expatriates like OFWs, is part of the Saudi governments’ efforts to improve protection for foreigners and citizens.

 

 

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Nov
28
2014

How Can OFWs 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.

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.  OFW’s employer or representative should be present when processing the documents.
  5.  If the OFW’s iqama is already expired, fee for its renewal should be paid as well.
  6.  Attach two 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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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.

 

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

 

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