Thursday, September 22, 2022

You’ll Get Offloaded From Your Flight at NAIA Immigration Counters: Here are 3 Probable Reasons

More OFW Updates

Imagine you are falling in line waiting for your turn at the immigration counter at Ninoy Aquino International Airport.

Even with a passport, boarding pass, and other documents on hand, you still tremble at the possibility that your answers might not impress the immigration officer. Worse, your fears become a reality. The immigration officer thinks you lack the necessary document or your response to his queries is inconsistent. You are denied entry beyond the immigration and disallowed for embarkation.

As Bureau of Immigration (BI) Commissioner Ricardo A. David Jr. urged immigration officers at the Ninoy Aquino International Airport (NAIA) to step up their vigilance and intensify the agency’s campaign against human trafficking, we can expect more Filipinos bound overseas to be offloaded from their scheduled flights. The purpose of doing so varies, from preventing human smuggling activity or illegal recruitment. According to BI most of the offloaded passengers are bound for countries like Singapore, Malaysia, Hong Kong, and those in the Middle East. Let’s find out the reasons behind such action:

You are unable to provide the necessary documents.

As a legitimate overseas Filipino worker, you are expected to bring with you important documents not only to prove to Immigration officers your travel is valid but also to ensure you are properly documented as OFW. This is especially helpful in times of emergency. Being a documented OFW — membership of government-sanctioned welfare agencies like Overseas Workers Welfare Administration — it is easier to track you and offer you assistance than those undocumented workers. Otherwise, if you’re in trouble and wish to be repatriated, you’ll get lower priority than documented workers — if ever you get tracked at all.

- Advertisement -

If you are an aspiring worker abroad but only armed with a passport with a tourist visa stamp, you could be in trouble too. One of the schemes illegal recruiters do is deploy workers under the tourist-worker scheme. In this approach, applicants will be asked to secure tourist visas, and promised work visas will be issued only when they arrive at the desired destination. Such an approach is especially obvious if the country you’re about to ‘tour’ isn’t a popular tourist destination for Filipinos: the Middle East or African countries. And even if your purpose is different (visit friends, visit family members, etc), if your passport is stamped only with a tourist visa, it may be harder to get a nod from the immigration officer especially if you don’t have supporting documents.

Falling in line at the Immigration counter can be an anxious moment for travelers.

You are unable to provide consistent statements.

When an officer starts asking about visas or your destination, you have to be certain that you know how to respond calmly and directly. If you tell them you’re going to a country to work but your passport only shows you can visit the country only as a tourist, that raises a red flag. If you’re trying to sneak into another country by making up stories, you’re bound to fail and will likely be prevented from boarding your flight. You can thank the officer for doing so as he could save you from further trouble; you may be barred — or banned — from entering your destination country with questionable statements.

You are bound to a country where OFW deployment is currently banned.

It is easy to understand that when your passport has explicit orders for you not to enter Iraq or issues a statement that prohibits travelers from places like Bahrain, Libya, or Yemen, it’s close to impossible you will be able to fly to your intended destination. They just want you to be kept in harm’s way. But for certain reasons, many Filipinos are willing to cross the danger zone. Some would succeed in getting around the prying eyes of Immigration but could end up as victims of international human smuggling or drug syndicates.

There may be other causes of why passengers get offloaded. Unfortunately, some of them are inconsistent, and puzzle passengers who present complete documents and claim to have answered queries satisfactorily.

- Advertisement -

The problem is that some officers raise arbitrary questions. For example, officers may require the passenger to produce a document stamped by the Philippine consulate of that destination country even if a visa is already issued. Or someone claimed to have paid thousands of pesos to an officer after failing to convince the latter of his religion by singing a Gospel song.

The objective is clear: allow Filipinos to travel abroad if they have proper documentation. But the problem is that such an objective is open to different interpretations or that the BI’s process is part of the long bureaucratic red tape that Philippine government agencies are often accused of. People can only lament that even at the last moments of their stay in the country, fellow Filipinos continue to make things hard for them.

 

- Advertisement -
Email Newsletter
- Advertisement -

19 COMMENTS

  1. Naku! ganyan ang mga yan… kahit completo pa ang document mo kapag gusto ka nilang e offload gagawin nila. nangyari sakin ng 2 besis yan. I send Invitation letter to my Nephew granted by Brunei Court with “seal” Ticket roundtrip Royal Brunei Airline pero hindi parin nila pinaalis. 2nd time isa ulit sa pamangkin ko completo rin ang papers dala ko pa at ako nag sponsor kasabay ko sa flight pabalik ng Brunei dahil Brunei Residence ako pero inoffload parin nila.wala talagang mga puso ang mga yan. e kung Brunei nga pumayag na makapasok as a tourist yong pamangkin ko sila lang ang ayaw. Hanggang ngayon nakatago parin ang Letter of Invitation na ito at yong roundtrip ticket.

  2. My sister been offload , just yesterday and I am very furious about it I’m a frequent traveler so I make sure my sister have all the things she need and making sure she follow all the guidelines as it’s is her first tour , well well well this imigration officer Name FLORDERIZA FLORA GIVE MY sister a 3 reason why she is being denied to leave the COUNTRY. 1 SHE DONT HAVE FAMILY LEAVING IN THAILAND HELLO WHY THE F&ck she need family there for? She is only going there for holiday syempre nag provide ng hotel booking ang sis ko as I ask her to have it on hand, NO 2 . HINDI DAW PWEDI MAG TRAVEL ANG SIS KO MAG ISA .BAKA DAW MAY MANGYARE SA KAPATID KO SYA MASAGOT, WHAT ? I DON’T THINK THIS PERSON KNOW WHAT SHE IS TALKING ABOUT , MY Sister is not under ages she is f€£king 21 yrs old. NO.3 MATAGAL N DAW N BOOK ANG TICKET AT BAKIT MAHARAJA DAW ANG BAKASYON NG SISTER KO (8 DAYS) EXCUSE ME LANG I don’t think Mrs FLORDERIZA FLORA it’s you’re business to worry how long we want to go on holiday you’re not the one paying for it, now tell me are you gonna reenburse lahat ng na gastos namin at pano ang travel tax at mga I binayadan namin sa airport kaninong bulsa mapupunta ang mga iyan. , sadly hindi lang ang sister ko ang na biktima ng immigration officer na ito ang dami daw nila , at binawalan silang gumamit ng phone , denied din ang reguest ng sister ko to see someone regarding these, anu ba ganyan naba talaga kabulok mga nasa airport.

  3. BWISIT NA MGA UTAK TALANGKA MGA BUWAYA NA YAN! YUNG PINSAN KO DIN NA OFFLOAD LIMANG BESES, PATI STATEMENT OF ACCOUNT KO IPANADALA KO SA KANYA, WALANGHIYA, KITA NAMAN NILA SA SOA KO SA USD AT AED ACCOUNT KO NA KAYA KO SIYANG SUPORTAHAN. WALA DAW AKONG KAKAYANAN SUPORTAHAN SIYA. HININGAN NG MGA BIRTHCERTIFICATE, NAKAHANDA NAMAN LAHAT, HINDI DAW KAMI MAGKAMAG ANAK KASI 3RD COUSIN LANG KAMI. HANGGANG SA HULI KAILANG DAW YUNG BIR RECORD NG COMPANY PINAPASUKAN NYA. AY NABWISIT NA YUNG AMA, NASAYANG ANG 75000 PESOS DAHIL LANG SA MGA PATAY GUTOM NA MGA IMMIGRATION OFFICER NA YAN, WALA NAMANG ALAM KUNDI MAGTINGIN NG DOCUMENTS. MAG ISSUE KAYO NG LIST OF REQUIREMENTS PARA SA MGA TAONG GUSTO MAG TOURIST AT MANGIBANG BANSA, HINDI ANG KUNG SINO LANG MATRIPAN NYO ANG PAPALUSUTIN NYO AT TINANGGALAN NYO NA NG KARAPATAN LAHAT. SANA MANGYARI YAN SA MGA ANAK NYO AT KAMAG AKAN NYO.

  4. Tang ina nyo mga immigration officer kayo sobra kayo mapakialam. Kahit anong klaseng visa pa ang dala ng tao maglalakbay ano naman ang pakialam nyo mga hayop. Makaka alis ba ang isang tao kung walang pera? Ang trabaho nyo ay magbigay ng tamang papel or advise sa aalis. Putang ina eh ang dami nyo tinatanong at sinasabi.mapakialam kayo. Pero oag pera ang inabot sa inyo kabit anong problems pa ng aalis papayagan nyo. Huwag kayong umastang parang pag aari nyo ang Pilipinas. Mga putang ina nyo diyan sa airport.tandaan nyo mga trabahador kang kayo lahat jn. Mga tax naming OFW ang pjnangsu sweldo sa inyo.sana mahiya naman kayo kahit konti lang. Ang kakapal naman ng pagmumukha nyo! Sana lang matalo na si pnoy para sibak na kayong lahat diyan mga walanghiya kayo!

  5. Experience ko naman eh nong mag tour sana ako ng Singapore di ako pinalusot kesyo maghahanap lang daw ako ng trabaho sa Singapore. Nong nagbalak naman ako mag tour ng France eh wla naman naging problema na approve naman yong application ko. So anong ibig sabihin non na mas may tiwala pa saken ang ibang lahi keysa sa mismong kalahi pa natin? Tang ina Singapore lang di ako makapag tour eh samantalang nakapag tour pa nga ako ng France, Germany at Netherlands! Isa lang ang sagot jan nagpatripan ako ng officer na yon at gusto lang nya ng under the table. Letche talaga!

  6. Yung iba kung maka-react, trabaho naman pala ang pakay sa abroad. Mga Pinoy din may kasalanan kaya naghihigpit Immigration, sasabihin mag totour yun pala may dala ng employment visa or maghahanap ng work sa abroad. Nadadamay lang inosenteng Pinoy na tourist talaga.
    Kung gusto nyo mag work abroad, sa POEA kayo dumaan and secure an OEC para maging legal na OFW kayo. Nakakahiya mag wowork kayo sa abroad as undocumented worker pa kaya nadadamay mga ibang Pinoy na akala may ibang pakay pa bukod sa pagtotour.

- Advertisement -

Latest News

Games We Played as a Kid: Pinoy Children in the Past

We live in modern times, but it did not seem too long ago when many of us experienced a...
- Advertisement -

More Articles Like This

- Advertisement -