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Oo nga, interested din ako mag abroad. marami akong questions regarding dito sa pag aapply, like dapat po ba na walang placement fee? Ikaw ba normally nag aapply ng VISA or yung employer na ang mag aapply for you?

Tapos ano ano benefits kunyari sa POEA? Bakit kelangan po mag member ka sa POEA?


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It's always a protocol to always check the agency from the list of accredited agencies from POEA.
Pag wala sa list ng POEA, don ka na mag question, for sure illegitimate at maraming work papers and placement fee ang kailangan bago maprocess application mo .  Ang dami ko pa man din naririnig na mga stories coming from friends about their friend or acquaintance na di natuloy sa pag abbroad and to think dumami pa utang nila.


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Here's a good article regarding illegal recruitment. Always stay vigilant.


People who are looking for overseas job opportunities should be extra careful as they are the targets of many illegal schemes and scams. Many falls into the trap of job scams because they are lured by the attractive promises and sweet tongues of swindlers. Illegal recruiters usually succeed in getting the hard-earned money of unsuspicious individuals by promising jobs abroad with high pay and great benefits.
Listed below are some of the most common ways to identify
overseas employment scams:
Illegal recruiters doesn’t have a permanent office address: Many operators of job scams would only provide a post office addresses or they may have an office address but it would be based on remote locations that it is hard for an applicant to actually visit the place.
Take note that there are also instances when an illegal recruiter would have an office but it would only have a small desk and one telephone. Most of them only operate a fly by night operation so their office would not have complete facilities as they do not intend to stay in the place for long. Once they have victimized enough number of people, they can easily move to another place and victimize more people.
Agencies that demand advanced payment: Illegal operators would usually post an attractive job opportunity in newspapers or magazines. The opening is usually directed to construction-related jobs and once an interested applicant contact the number provided in the ad, they would immediately be informed that the job opportunity is very urgent and they are perfectly suited for it. However, to grab the job offer, the applicant needs to pay an advanced placement fee
The charge starts a minimum of USD50 and it is usually obvious that the firms are so eager to get the money that they would suggest couriers that offer one day delivery or would even be willing to pick up the cash deposit. All charges in sending the money would be at the expense of the applicants. Some of them would promise a refund if the job offer does not push through but in most cases, the promise of refund does not materialize.
Illegal firms would ask an applicant to call a third party number: When an applicant requires further information about the job, they would usually be ask to call
"900" number operators while other job advertisements would have an "800" toll-free number. The said numbers charges a high flat fee or per-minute rate. The recruiters would not inform the applicant about the call rate and would just be surprised when their phone bill arrives. Another thing is that those numbers would only be just be a recorded message instructing jobseekers to send a self-addressed stamped envelope so they can receive a job application form.
How to Avoid Being a Victim of Job Scams
Do a lot of research: To avoid being a victim of overseas job scams, it is important that one has adequate knowledge about the legal process of obtaining overseas employment and to conduct thorough investigation about a job offer before trusting a job recruiter/s.   
Look for references. You should request as much information about the job offer as you could. Ask for the by name of the employer and the company where you would be working. Swindlers may usually not be able to provide the information you want by reasoning out privacy concerns. 
Check if the recruiter is reliable. You may contact the local Better Business Bureau or the state's consumer protection agency to check for past complaints against the firm. 
Do not deal with firms that only communicate via telephone or mail. A licensed agency would not offer you employment or let you sign an employment contract only thru phone or email. You would certainly need to report to the actual office in person and go through an interview process.
Be suspicious of companies that would meet you in addresses that are different from the ones that are stated in their job ad. Some illegal recruiters would advertise an office address in their advertisement but they would ask the applicant to report to another office address.
All POEA-licensed agencies are allowed to conduct employment activities only in their registered addresses. Any recruitment activities conducted outside their registered office address is considered illegal recruitment unless they have an approved Special Recruitment Activity (SRA) from POEA.
Do some research about the recruiter. These are some of the things you should be curious about:
How long have they been operating: A reputable company should have been in the business for a while.
Check the present financial state of the agency:  Some agencies may already be in the brink of bankruptcy that they would resort to illegal activities.
Check out their competitors/. There are so many licensed recruitment agencies around so you can check out other agencies that offer the same job openings in your field. Check out their services and choose the one that can offer you the best services.


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Maiiwasan mo na mascam sa pamamagitan netong guidelines... 

1.      Do not apply at recruitment agencies not licensed by POEA.
2.      Do not deal with licensed agencies without job orders.
3.      Do not deal with any person who is not an authorized representative of a licensed agency.
4.      Do not transact business outside the registered address of the agency. If recruitment is conducted in the province, check if the agency has a provincial recruitment authority.

5.      Do not pay more than the allowed placement fee. It should be equivalent to one month salary, exclusive of documentation and processing costs.
6.      Do not pay any placement fee unless you have a valid employment contract and an official receipt.
7.      Do not be enticed by ads or brochures requiring you to reply to a Post Office (P.O.) Box, and to enclose payment for processing of papers.
8.      Do not deal with training centers and travel agencies which promise overseas employment.
9.      Do not accept a tourist visa.
10.    Do not deal with fixers.

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Re: Kung interested ka mag apply abroad, paano mo maiiwasan na mascam ka?
« Reply #5 on: September 20, 2013, 04:01:01 PM »
Paano mo maiiwasan na scam ang prospective employer?

Magresearch sa internet... yan ang pinaka mura at effective na paraan.
You can validate all the companies mismo by going to POEA Listing of companies nila sa website nila.

Tapos may POEA Number at registration number dapat. By then you can validate if that company is legitimate or not | Your smart guide to money matters and entrepreneurship.

Re: Kung interested ka mag apply abroad, paano mo maiiwasan na mascam ka?
« Reply #5 on: September 20, 2013, 04:01:01 PM »


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