Get visas on your own, OFWs told


POEA Administrator Hans Leo Cacdac photo from his official Twitter account.

MANILA, Philippines—Overseas job seekers need not hire immigration consultants who charge them exorbitant fees to obtain a working visa, the Philippine Overseas Employment Administration (POEA) said.

The POEA issued the rejoinder, particularly to Filipinos looking for jobs in Canada.

“Even without a consultant, your application will be processed if all the required documents are in order,” said POEA Administrator Hans Leo Cacdac.

Free information about working in or migrating to Canada is available on the website, Cacdac said.

The POEA chief, however, issued a warning against a firm looking to hire Filipinos for Canada without the proper permit.

Cacdac said Canadian Provincial Nominee and Immigration Services Inc. (CPNIS), an immigration consultancy, was not authorized by the POEA to recruit Filipino workers.

CPNIS, with address in the Philippines at Unit 2006 Orient Square, Emerald Avenue, Pasig City, last month put out a newspaper ad announcing 5,000 vacancies in Canada for engineers, computer programmers, medical workers and technicians.

“Immigration consultants are required to obtain a license from the POEA before they may engage in recruitment and placement activities, regardless of the visa under which deployment shall be made,” Cacdac said.

CPNIS, represented by a “Dr. Fereidon Alemi and Ashkan Alemi,” has schedules on its website of interviews for applicants in the cities of Pasig, Davao, Cebu, Baguio and Cagayan de Oro this month, the POEA said.

The POEA cited Republic Act No. 8042, as amended by RA 10022, which states that offering overseas employment in the guise of visa assistance without the necessary license or authority from the POEA constitutes illegal recruitment.

The POEA likewise warned prospective overseas Filipino workers about an e-mail invitation to a coaching session for a working visa interview.

In an advisory posted on its official Facebook account, the POEA said the e-mail, which claims to be from “Extendicare Hospitals & Hospices,” was a scam and should be ignored.

“If you received this e-mail inviting you to attend a ‘Working Visa Interview Coaching for the year 2013 on July 20 & 21, 2013,’ Please ignore it. This is a scam!” the POEA said.

The e-mail, which the POEA posted on Facebook, indicated the sender was a “Deborah Bakti” who identified herself as the human resources vice president of Extendicare.

E-mail recipients were told they were chosen for the position of staff nurse in Extendicare hospitals and hospices in Canada.

However, the e-mail said, recipients must first attend a coaching for a working visa interview on July 20 and 21.

The coaching fee was P3,800 and the e-mail recipients were instructed to remit the amount via wire transfer.

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  • desi derata

    Mga kabayan,

    Telus (BC, Canada) is hiring Filipinos with UNIX skill, Oracle and SAP experience.

    In my previous posts, I tried to re-direct your attention away from Windows and prepare the young to be competitive in the computing field.

  • kanoy


  • Ornbort

    true! you don’t even need travel agents. the last thing on their mind is your welfare. learn to do research before you work or vacation abroad. it will be worth it and it’s more enriching, cheaper and faster! agencies just like complicating simple things.

    • Ornbort

      hint: visit the websites of consulates, go to the embassies themselves and inquire or the actual poea. better yet, work hard, tour, get to know people and get directly hired.

      • themask celestial

        There are even some blogs by pinoy travelers that give some advice on getting the visa. Very useful stuffs First time I heard from government head some advice like this? Most often pahihirapan ka ng mga taga gobyerno

      • Ornbort

        all governments everywhere are like that, though in europe and canada a lot genuinely care for their people. we don’t really idolize americans…our politicians are just a lot like them that’s why they get along…

  • mynnyx

    dapat ito ang tutukan ng ating gobyerno………….mga sakim sa pera na bumibiktima ng mga kawawang ofw……..dati napakadali sa canada……magapply magbigay ka lang ng self address envelope eh makakakuha ka na ng appilcation mo tapos filing fee kung papalarin ka eh makakaalis ka na ngayon ang ginagawa ng raket ng mga agency ito……..may mga paseminar pa………hay naku ala na bang maisip na pagkakakitaan itong mga sakim na agency…………..paano uunlad ang mga pinoy kung ganito ang kalakaran sa atin…..kaya dapat magsumikap tayong mga pinoy huwag lang puros……kayabangan………….si tatay ko mayor, gobernor…kapitan…pagdating sa trabaho ala naman alam……………….

  • shane oy

    problem is these agencies (EMployment agencies kuno) would be the ones to process your visa kuno (ulit). Kaya dapat gawing illegal na lahat ng employment agencies na yan at paghulihin na yang mga walang kwenta at ubod ng kurakot, mangingikil, mamemera, mga swapang na mga agency na yan

  • Diepor

    I never use those blood sucking agencies, companies appriciate ptivate initiative.

  • boybakal

    Immigration consultants are helpful too but if it is up to applicants if they chose one like Law Offices with fee.
    Nothing wrong with as long as the visa is valid.

  • md’c™

    If they do not charge any fees, use them. But, go direct to Canadian Embassy to apply directly yourself. All you need are complete documentation required by the Canadian embassy. They will tell you exactly what you need and that is all you need to produce. DO NOT PRODUCE ANYTHING EXTRA NOT required or requested by the Embassy. Its the same on the interview, do not say anything they do not ask for. Answer only what they ask about you and do not volunteer anything else.

    If you have a job offer, just ask the embassy for information what necessary documents you need to produce and required. They will be very happy to assist and give you a different application form to fill out. Be informed also that there necessary procedures/documents you need to accomplish before leaving the country as required by the state.

    The last thing, you must produce is at least $10,000.00 in your bank account as seed money. That money should be in your account for x number of months making you as legitimate applicant. That is required by the Canadian embassy to make sure you do not get into hardship when already in canada. If you are a visitor or tourist, you need to produce documents of your intention to come back home, ie. most important and legitimate are real estates, bank accounts, current job (on vacation etc).

    I can give you better information than the paid consultatns, for free. I dont need anything from you, just be safe. I am a us born citizen from american-filipino parents and happily living here in the Metro.

  • raptor_d_lonewolf

    kung si panis….. i mean CPNIS is not authorized by the POEA, then by all means shut it down, raid its premises or issue an arrest warrant. the owner it seems to me is of mid-eastern nationality.

    • acerva

      maybe you should check the company’s background first blabber mouth

  • acerva

    well maybe you should investigate first before conducting a conclusion. you judge with your mouth without seeing with your eyes. that is why this country is not growing. you tend to sat something against others without you actually knowing them. am a filipino, but people like you make me sick & sometimes make me ashamed of my nationality

    • raptor_d_lonewolf

      you should be ashamed really becoz you have already jumped to your own personal conclusion. and no, you don’t make me sick………………. you make me puke!!!!!!!

      where in my post that I have judged CPNIS? I am basing my opinion/comments based on the above report. did i ever said that they are already guilty? here it is again, “Cacdac said Canadian Provincial Nominee and Immigration Services Inc. (CPNIS), an immigration consultancy, was not authorized by the POEA to recruit Filipino workers.”
      “The POEA cited Republic Act No. 8042, as amended by RA 10022, which states that offering overseas employment in the guise of visa assistance without the necessary license or authority from the POEA constitutes illegal recruitment.’

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