The Philippine Overseas Employment Administration yesterday warned job seekers, particularly Filipino domestic helpers in Hong Kong and Macau, to be cautious of recruiters who promise jobs in China using tourist or business visas.
Administrator Hans Leo J. Cacdac said the Department of Foreign Affairs has reported the increasing number of undocumented Filipino workers in China, most of them domestic workers who transferred to the Mainland after finishing their employment contracts in the two administrative regions.
Cacdac said foreign nationals cannot work legally as household service workers in China, as the country has not relaxed its immigration policy with regard to unskilled labor including nannies, caregivers, and household helpers.
“Most importantly, business and tourist visas cannot be converted to work visa, which is required of foreign workers before they can work legally in China,” Cacdac said.
Cacdac also warned teachers regarding offers of employment found in the internet supposedly for English language teaching positions in China.
“Some Filipino teachers were able to work in China but most of them were eventually deported because they were not given work visas by the Chinese government,” Cacdac said.