Tuesday, August 18, 2009

Transit Visa not allowed for working in UK

The Philippine Overseas Employment Administration warned Filipino seafarers who were granted of transit visas in the United Kingdom are not allowed to work in the country as well as in the UK fishing industry.

The UK Border Agency reported that there are some Filipino seafarers who are working in Scotland and Northern Ireland as fisherman and they are receiving salaries below the UK minimum wage and poor accommodation; they are living in harbors and on board fishing vessels.

The POEA Administrator Jennifer Jardin-Manalili quoted from the UK Border Agency that transit visas in UK is basically temporary visas issued for non-European Union seafarers, including Filipinos joining vessels in the UK which are bound for foreign ports or traveling international waters for a longer period.

Manalili pointed out that these visas do not apply to UK-based work, instead it requires a working visa.

Meanwhile, the British Embassy in Manila is now implementing a new point-based system in assessing applications for permission to enter the Unsited Kingdom.

The new system replaces some 80 ways to work and study in the UK and consists of five tiers: Tier 1 for highly skilled workers; Tier 2 for skilled workers with job offer; Tier 3 for low skilled workers filling specific temporary labor shortages; tier 4 for students; and Tier 5 for youth mobility and temporary workers.


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