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Aug
12
2016

KSA King offers assistance to stranded OFWs

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Overseas Filipino workers or OFWs will received support from the Ministry of Labor in Saudi Arabia as ordered by the king.

 

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Department of Labor and Employment Secretary Silvestre Bello III said King Salman bin Abdulaziz Al Saud of Saudi Arabia instructed the Ministry of Labor to give assistance to the more than 11,000 jobless OFWs affected by the crisis in Gulf states.

 

Among the support to be given are:

  • Waiver of immigration penalties due to expired working visas
  • Plane fares for OFWs returning to the Philippines
  • Food aid
  • Re-employment assistance for OFWs who wants to work in other companies
  • Legal assistance to money claims

 

*source here

 

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Published in: OFW News, Uncategorized
Jul
1
2016

PhilEmbassy in Riyadh close for Eid El-Fitr

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The Philippine Embassy in Riyadh posted in its website that they will be close on July 5-7, 2016 for the celebration of Eid El-Fitr of the Muslims in Saudi Arabia.

 

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Overseas Filipino workers in the kingdom are advised to do transactions in the embassy when they return to regular working hours on July 10, 2016.

 

 

 

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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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Published in: OFW Warnings, Uncategorized
May
29
2015

Does Iqama Expire 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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