POEA: No Domestic Helper Jobs For Filipinos in Russia

At the moment, Russia remains a closed market for Filipino household service workers, the Philippine Overseas Employment Administration said.

“There is no visa category in Russia for household service workers,” POEA said in its Advisory 17, series of 2017.

The advisory was issued amid growing number of Filipino domestic workers are being recruited to work in Russia.

Citing a report from the Philippine Embassy in Athens, Greece, POEA said many Filipino HSWs in Greece, Cyprus, Hong Kong, Singapore and the Middle East have already become victims of the scam.

“There has been increasing cases of illegal recruitment of Filipinos already overseas for deployment to Russia…household workers are often charged huge fees by illegal recruiters,” POEA said.

Without a valid work visa, Filipino domestic workers arrive in Russia using tourists and commercial visas. The practice, POEA said, is illegal under Russian laws and could lead to the arrest of Filipinos HSWs once they arrived in Russia.

“Improperly documented workers are subject to detention, fines and deportation,” POEA said.

POEA advised Filipinos domestic workers abroad not to accept such job offers to avoid facing sanctions from the Russian government.

In 2016, the Department of Labor and Employment announced it is conducting exploratory talks with the Russian government for the possibility of expanding the categories of deployed overseas Filipino workers in Russia to include HSWs.

However, DOLE has yet to sign any formal agreement with the Russian government on the said matter.