By RONALDO CONCHA
JEDDAH – More than one thousand undocumented overseas Filipinos in the western region of Saudi Arabia have already claimed their their exit visa, over a month after the Saudi government launched an amnesty program for undocumented foreign workers.
Consul RJ Sumague said more than a hundred of those who received earlier their exit visa have already returned home with their air fares shouldered by the Philippine government.
As of last Thursday, Sumague said some 2,500 OFWs who had sought the Philippine Consulate's assistance have been endorsed to the deportation center.
He said the endorsement has helped speed up the processing of the exit visa.
Late last week the Consulate endorsed another 280 undocumented Filipinos for visa processing, bringing to 800 the total number of those being endorsed for visa processing.
Sumague reminds those who are applying for amnesty to keep their mobile phone open all the time for consulate calls regarding their endorsement for deportation.
“Sayang ang slot 'pag hindi sumisipot ang mga tinatawagan, dapat sinasamantala natin ang pagkakataong ito,” Said Sumague
Sumague calls on all undocumented Filipinos in the Kingdom to avail of the 90-day amnesty program that began on March 29.
The Amnesty program aims to clear the statuses of undocumented foreign workers in the Kingdom as requirement for exit visa. —LBG, GMA News