- Instantly asks for placement and other fees but does not give official receipts.
- Promises fast and early deployment.
- Immediately requires medical examinations even without a definite contract or employer.
- Conducts transactions with applicants in public places, such as restaurants, malls, etc. and not in licensed agency’s office.
- Conducts house-to-house recruitment.
- Does not give enough information regarding the job applied.
- Claims to have contact with direct employers abroad, and asserts that applicants do not need to go through POEA requirements.
- Promises quick deployment, but only through tourist or visit visas.
- Could not produce employment contract or visa.
- Claims to work for a legitimate agency, but could not show any ID.
- Claims to be connected with a travel agency or a training center.
- Persuades applicants to look for other applicants so that deployment would be quickened.
- Does not give enough or hides personal information, such as full name, address, etc.
- Promises to process documents through the POEA’s government to government hiring program (especially for applicants to Korea).
- Claims to have deployed one or more workers abroad using tourist or visit visas, and tries to entice you by using the same scheme.
Ten Commandments to Avoid Illegal Recruitment
- You should not apply in an agency not licensed by the POEA.
- You should not accept jobs without job orders. Ask the POEA.
- You should not deal with somebody who is not an authorized employee of a licensed agency.
- You should not transact business outside the registered address of the agency. If recruiting outside Metro Manila, ask for Special Recruitment Authority.
- You should not pay for a placement fee that is more than the equivalent of a month’s salary.
- You should not pay for a placement fee if you are not given a receipt and an employment contract.
- You should not readily believe advertisements or pamphlets advising you to contact certain P.O. Box addresses and urging you to pay a fee for the processing of your papers.
- You should not transact business with agents of training centers and travel agencies offering jobs abroad.
- You should not accept a tourist visa for your overseas employment.
- You should not deal with fixers.
Source: A Simple Life
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