Thursday, September 22, 2022

OFW Reminders: Get Work Visas, Not Tourist Visas

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For Filipinos wishing to work abroad, take this simple note: Visitor visas are for tourists, work visas are for workers.

To avoid getting in trouble with authorities in the Philippines and abroad, the Philippine Overseas Employment Administration (POEA) issued the warning to Filipinos taking on overseas jobs, stressing that they should get approved work permits or visas before leaving the country.

“Foreign workers without the proper employment documents cannot work legally in any country and are a constant target of crackdowns on illegal expatriates. They are also more prone to abuse and exploitation by employers,” POEA Administrator Hans Leo Cacdac said in a statement.

Cacdac added that job applicants should not fall for false promises of recruiters who promise immediate job deployment on countries that do not require visit visas for Philippine passport holders, such as Malaysia, Singapore, Thailand and other member countries of the Association of Southeast Asian Nations (ASEAN).

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The POEA chief urged Filipino workers not to accept job offers without being issued proper work permit or be made to leave using tourist or student visas, even on promises that partner agencies abroad will help arrange their employment abroad.

“The legal way is to obtain an employment contract and employment visa or work permit and submit them to the Poea for processing and issuance of exit clearance,” Cacdac said.

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  1. Eh panu pag gusto ko lng mag tourist tlga for wek there is no need visa right for any ASEAN countries unless I would stay for 1 month. So kilangan invitation eh panu pag walang I invite o sadyang Walang invitation importante round trip ticket, hotel accommodation at mga pera ko kung gusto nyo mga taga jan sa immigration.at tlgang tourist lng ang pakay ko tapos ino offload? Anu pa kulang? Padulas?

  2. Eh panu pag gusto ko lng mag tourist tlga for wek there is no need visa right for any ASEAN countries unless I would stay for 1 month. So kilangan invitation eh panu pag walang I invite o sadyang Walang invitation importante round trip ticket, hotel accommodation at mga pera ko kung gusto nyo mga taga jan sa immigration.at tlgang tourist lng ang pakay ko tapos ino offload? Anu pa kulang? Padulas?

  3. There are two types of visa, tourist visa and vesit visa, kahit may invetation litter. sa pagka-alam ko d2 sa middle east ang vesit visa pwede makahanap ng work. kung may offer.. like wise sa tourist visa, tourist lang no option..may mga visa doon kana makakuha pagdating doon sa bansa napupuntahan sa immigration..

  4. kala nyo naman mga nasa authorities n ganun kadali kumuha ng work permit…esp sa pinas k magapply na lagi n lang me age limit..u cant blame kung bakit nag tu tourist yung iba then look for work ,,if there is a way than saka apply sila ng work permit sa country n pinupunthan nila..but not all are lucky to get work permit …pero palaban kasi mga pilipino kahit tourist work p din dahil sa hirap ng buhay sa pinas…makikipagsaplaran n lang sila..i pray n lang natin n wala mangyarai masama sa kanila…

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