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Jun
16
2016

Saudi imposes mid-day work ban for workers

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Overseas Filipino workers (OFWs) who works under the heat of the sun will benefit to the new memorandum issued by the Ministry of Labor and Social Development.

 

The Ministry announced that midday work under the sun will be banned between 12 pm and 3 pm.

 

Employers have been advised to make sure that workers will stay out of the sun for three hours for the next three months which will end on September 15.

 

But exceptions will be given for oil and gas workers and maintenance workers who do emergency duty. There will also be exemptions for outdoor work ban in some regions of the kingdom where there is low temperature.

 

OFW can contact the ministry’s customer service No. 19911 for any queries or filing  complaints or visit the ‘Rasd’ portal (https://rasd.ma3an.gov.sa).

 

 

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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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May
29
2015

Does Iqama Expires Upon OFW’s Resignation?

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Dilemma ito ng ilang mga OFWs na nasa Saudi Arabia – ang usapin tungkol sa iqama o ang residence permit ng mga foreign workers sa bansang ito.

 

If an OFW resigned from his job prior to his contract’s end and if the iqama is not yet expired, this is what will happen according to one of OFWGuideforum’s resident forum guru:

 

“If you resigned, your visa will be cancelled including your iqama – regardless it is still has few months or even a year of validity.

And without NOC and unfinished employment contract, you will have an automatic ban for 2 years.”

 

And talking about the 2-year ban, read here for some enlightenment.

If you got more questions and clarifications, you may join the forum:  Blocked Iqama

 

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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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Jan
26
2015

OFWs, You Know You Shouldn’t Do This

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Overseas Filipino workers or OFWs are constantly reminded not to make illegal acts abroad to avoid consequences.

 

Earlier this month, six Filipinos were arrested for smuggling diesel from Saudi Arabia to another Gulf country.

 

In a news report from Arab News, the OFWs, together with an Egyptian and a Pakistani, were to face 10-years jail term and to pay large amount for stealing diesel from the kingdom.

 

The Filipino community in Saudi Arabia were embarrassed about the news and appeal to all OFWs submit to the kingdom’s existing laws. OFWs must limit their activities to their work abroad and basic lifestyle requirements to survive in Saudi Arabia.

 

Saidy Malic, a Filipino community leader,  appeal to OFWs to be loyal to their employers and exercise professional conduct.

 

Before leaving the Philippines for their overseas jobs, OFWs undergo pre-departure orientation seminar or PDOS to give them an overview about their destination country’s culture, laws and other informations.

 

FB Etiquette for OFWs to be Included in PDOS

 

OFWs represent the Philippines as they work abroad, and so committing such crimes will define not only them but all other OFWs and the whole country as well.

Guide articles for working in Saudi Arabia

Breach of Contract in KSA: All You Need to Know

OFWs in KSA Learn This: How to Compute for OT Pay

OFWs Transferring Sponsor? Know Your Company’s Category

Beware of Employment Contract Substitution

Final Exit Visa Guidelines for OFWs in Saudi Arabia

 

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