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Tuesday, May 2, 2017
Batch of 300 undocumented OFWs in Saudi Arabia apply for exit visa
Consul RJ Sumague from the Philippine Consulate in Jeddah supervises the transport of 300 undocumented OFWs to the Al Shumaisi Deportation Center for the processing of their exit visa application.
The Philippine Consulate General in Jeddah, Saudi Arabia on Wednesday endorsed 300 undocumented Filipinos workers as they turned up to avail of the amnesty program of the Saudi government.
Pinoy expats trooped to the Al Shumaisi Deportation Center on Wednesday morning for the processing of their exit visas.
Some of them are runaway workers or those declared "Huroob," who have no more records at the Saudi Immigration Office and whose Iqamas (residence permits) have expired.
Consul RJ Sumague told GMA News Online that the Philippine Consulate will try to help OFWs not declared as Huroob secure exit visas.
Sumague also said that the consulate has endorsed some 200 Filipino children for DNA testing as part of the deportation process.
DNA testing results usually takes two weeks, he said.
Some of the exit visa applicants were Filipino domestic helpers who had absconded without finishing a year's service to their employers.
Most of the reasons for running away are maltreatment, non-payment of salaries and sexual molestation.
Over 4,000 undocumented OFWs have already applied for exit visa since the start of the 90-day amnesty program (starting March 29 and ending June 30, 2017), the consulate said.
Last April 21, the consulate also assisted
a batch of 150 Pinoys
applying for exit visa.
As of this week, more than 400 Pinoy expats have been given exit visas and over 100 have returned home.
—LBG, GMA News
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