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Q. I was hired as a consultant in facilitating the documentation of immigrant workers recruited for employment in US hospitals. Do we have to secure a license for dealing with immigrant workers?
Ans. Yes, you need to secure a license from POEA if your immigration consultancy and other similar entities do not limit your assistance to processing and facilitation in the issuance of immigrant visa but will engage in the recruitment and placement of workers, whether on worker's visa or employment-based immigration visa, without a license or authority issued by POEA, you shall be subjected to prosecution for illegal recruitment and such other appropriate action as may be necessary pursuant to the pertinent provisions of RA 8042 and its implementing rules and regulation (MC #10).



Q. Our company wants to hire Filipino workers for our overseas projects. What are the requirements before we can recruit the workers?
Ans. Only entities licensed by the Department of Labor and Employment through the Philippine Overseas Employment Administration may recruit Filipino workers for employment overseas. A foreign company may therefore hire Filipino workers by engaging the services of a licensed recruitment agency in the Philippines.



Q. I want to withdraw my application from an agency because it has failed to deploy me after so many months now. Can I claim for reimbursement of my expenses?
Ans. Yes, you can claim for reimbursement of placement fee, documentation and processing expenses from the agency if deployment did not take place without your fault. You may file an administrative case against the recruitment agency through POEA''s Legal Assistance Division.



Q. My husband is an OFW. My children and I want to go to the place where he is working. Do we have to pay for the travel tax?
Ans. The family of an overseas Filipino worker may avail of a reduced travel tax when they go abroad while the OFW has an existing employment contract. The reduced travel tax certificate is issued by the Department of Tourism.



Q. I was able to secure a work visa from a foreign country. Do I need to go through POEA for processing of my documents? What are the requirements?
Ans. Yes, you need to have your documents processed at POEA. A visa merely allows entry into another country. It does not specify the terms and conditions of work for a particular employer. Name hires or Filipino workers who have found jobs on their own should have their documents processed at POEA. The requirements are the following: passport, work visa or work permit, employment contract verified or authenticated by the Philippine embassy or Philippine consulate in the country of your destination. You are also required to undergo a medical examination by a DOH-accredited clinic or hospital and a pre-departure orientation seminar.



Q. I am applying for a foreign job through an agent or recruitment agency. What shall I do to avoid illegal recruitment?
Ans. Verify to make sure the agent you are dealing with is authorized or licensed by POEA and has the proper job order and the person transacting business with you is legitimately connected with the licensed agency. You should apply only at the registered office of the recruitment agency. If the recruitment is conducted outside the registered office address, verify if it has a provincial recruitment authority issued by POEA or has been allowed to conduct recruitment activity outside their office. Ask for a copy of employment contract and study the terms and conditions. Do not pay any fee unless you have been hired and signed the employment contract. Always ask for a receipt corresponding to any payment.



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