The Philippine Government’s Department of Labor and Employment (DOLE) urged overseas Filipino workers (OFWs) to be cautious of websites claiming to be affiliated with the official website of the Government of Canada.
Bogus jobsites lure Canadian job applicants to apply for non-existent jobs and then charge illegal fees banned in Canada.
Hundreds of Filipinos are duped by heartless scammers into parting with upfront payments, usually sent via Western Union to an untraceable location, for work permit fees or flights.
Western Union refuses to accept any responsibility for the action for its fraudster clients and continues to transact money transfers for international criminals.
In a statement, Labor Secretary Rosalinda Baldoz said : “We want our OFWs to be vigilant against illegal and predatory overseas employment operations. They themselves should become their own lookout during their job hunting to avoid falling victims.”
Fraudulent website operators are using the Canada woodmark or Citizenship and Immigration Canada (CIC) logo to target individuals aiming to work or live in Canada.
Baldoz urged OFWs intending to migrate to Canada to go through the proper processes of the Department of Foreign Affairs (DFA).
“As recruitment scams proliferate, jobseekers should be watchful and should guard themselves against too-good-to-be-true offers that might merely lead them to the path of those who have victimized by scammers,” Baldoz said.
Only immigration consultants, lawyers, Quebec notaries, and paralegals regulated by a law society are the only entities authorized to charge fees.
Baldoz noted that based on the 2011 report of the Philippine Overseas Employment Administration (POEA), the Philippines deployed 15,658 documented OFWs to Canada in 2011 compared to only 13,885 workers in 2010. Source: VVP, GMA News.
The situation is not helped by the fact that there are probably millions of of unemployed nursing graduates in the Philippines, with hundreds of thousands joining them every year.
Their only hope is to land a nurse job in Canada, the Middle East or the US, but without clinical experience they are trapped.
One solution is to go abroad to upgrade their degrees to enable them to practice as a nurse in the west.
Some UK universities offer 1 year masters or top-up nursing degrees to nurse graduates from countries like the Philippines and India.
Student adviser Joanna Garlitos said the 1 year top-up or masters has proved popular with students holding nursing degrees which are not acceptable to the NMC.
‘The top-up degree option saves years of study and over £20,000 in fees.’ She said.
‘A student with an overseas nursing degree can obtain a full UK degree by taking the final year only of a 3 year course.’
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