Thursday, September 2, 2010

POEA and US Embassy: No Recruitment Fee Policy For Guam-bound OFWs

The Philippine Overseas Employment Administration (POEA) releases an advisory in its official website to inform the public that the United States of America (USA) is implementing a no-placement fee policy for workers under the H2B visa category. This is the type of visa given to short-term or seasonal workers in non-agricultural positions such as construction, cleaning, hotel, restaurant and landscape. Foreign workers who enter the USA under this category can stay up to 10 months.

The Philippine Embassy in Guam alerted the POEA because of several reports that Philippine recruitment agencies continue to collect fees from applicants for the said visa category. Prior to the advisory, the US State Department disclosed that they are processing applications of possible Filipino workers for the Guam construction projects that said they have paid placement fees to the Philippine recruitment agencies. According to Bayani S. Mercado, Philippine Consul General, he had a meeting with Clay Allen, acting manager of US State Department’s Fraud Prevention and they discussed joint measures to make the public aware that US has a “no recruitment fee" policy for the H2B visa.

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