DOLE to Pinoys in Saudi: Don't dilly dally, correct status now
MANILA – The Department of Labor and Employment (DOLE) appealed once more to undocumented Filipinos based in Saudi Arabia to correct their status while there is still time.
"There is no time to waste. It is not wise to procrastinate. I strongly urge overstaying Filipinos in Saudi Arabia to visit the Saudi Deportation Office, or Jawazat Wafideen, while there is still time and immediately correct their status by complying with the requirements," DOLE Secretary Rosalinda Baldoz.
The Saudi Arabian government has set the deadline for the correction of status to November 3. Those who fail to do so faces fines, jail time and deportation.
Baldoz's call comes as Philippine Ambassador to Saudi Arabia Ezzedin Tago noted there will be the E’id il Adha holidays from October 11 to 20 in Saudi and had thus advised all overstaying Filipinos to proceed as soon as possible to the Saudi Deportation Office to avoid delays in the processing of their documents.
Baldoz also reminded overstaying OFWs in Riyadh of the schedule and the requirements of the Saudi Deportation Office which the Philippine Embassy had announced, as follows:
For women, Tuesdays and Wednesdays at the Women’s Section, from 5:00 P.M.; documents to bring: original iqama; or original passport with entry visa or records; or those with fingerprint, or basamat, record or printout; and valid travel document or passport.
For men, Thursdays at the Men’s Section, from 5:00 P.M.; documents to bring, original iqama; or original passport with entry visa or records; or those with fingerprint, or basamat, record or printout; and valid travel document or passport.
The Philippine embassy said that overstaying OFWs in the Eastern Region should go to the Jawazat in Dammam which accepts Filipinos any day of the week.
"Filipinos who do not have (1) original iqama; or (2) original passport with entry visa records; or (3) those whose fingerprints have not been registered in the Immigration database, or those who cannot secure a printout of their immigration records are advised to coordinate with the Philippine Embassy. Such cases will be brought by the Embassy to the attention of concerned Saudi authorities," the embassy said.
It also reminded overstaying OFWs to proceed early to the Wafideen because nationals from other countries are also included in the designated schedule for Filipinos. It also said they should ensure that they have no pending car registrations, bank loans, or unpaid traffic violation penalty, or any other derogatory record before going to the Wafideen.
"Those who have pending blotter or police records will not be issued exit visas. Ensure that all documents presented are authentic. Possession of fake documents may result in imprisonment," the embassy finally said.