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OFW’s in Middle East stranded | Immigration Matters

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An alliance of overseas Filipino migrant rights group in the Middle East disclosed Friday that they had been receiving request for assistance from 22 stranded Overseas Filipino Workers (OFWs), who supposedly sought refuge under the Khandara Bridge in Jeddah, Saudi Arabia, reports.

The Khandara Bridge in Jeddah, western capital of Saudi Arabia, has been known to be like refuge camp for stranded migrant workers in the hope that local immigration police called Jawasat would apprehend them and eventually deport to their respective countries.

According to John Leonard Monterona, Migrante-Middle East regional director, staying under the Khandara Bridge is not a safe haven for stranded OFWs especially to their children.

Monterona pointed out that that Philippine Overseas Labor Office (POLO)-Overseas Workers Welfare Administration (OWWA) used to rent a villa inside the Al-Mina Hajj terminal to temporarily accommodate stranded OFWs seeking refuge under the Khandera Bridge.

The stranded OFWs were temporarily housed there in the fourth quarter of last year while attending their deportation formalities with the local authorities as we campaign for their repatriation. Source: Roy Mabasa


Overseas workers and students in the UK enjoy the same employment rights as their local counterparts and tough anti-discrimination and human rights laws protect migrants.

Foreign workers are free to buy freehold property, join a union, bring their dependant and change their immigration status.

Students can apply for a working visa under Tier 2 whilst still in the UK provided they have a sponsoring employer and a skill which the country needs.

Many NVQ Health and Social Care students have obtained working visas under Tier 2 after qualifying and some have gone on to become managers.

Current immigration rules allow migrant workers under Tier 2 or the old Work Permit visa to qualify for permanent residence (Indefinite Leave to Remain) and British Citizenship.

See also:

Tier 4 students switch to Tier 2 working visa before new rules hit

Filipino movie musical’ on OFW life as a Nanny

Fast track your visa with UKBA’s ‘Super Premium’ service

United States to introduce new entrepreneur visa

International students face new global crackdown 

Weekly Immigration News Round up 16 May 2010

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