How much does it cost to work abroad?
Laws such as the Migrant Workers and Overseas Filipino Act protect migrant workers’ rights and set limits on fees that are shouldered by workers and employers or recruitment agencies.
Before an OFW can even start at his construction job in Qatar, a worker and his employer or recruitment agency would have to shell out an estimated P66,415 at the very least, based on latest posted fees.
Despite this, workers end up paying more than they legally should. (READ: Are zero placement fees for OFWs scam or solution?)
The Philippine Overseas Employment Administration's (POEA) pre-employment orientation seminar lists appropriate fees for various employment requirements. It also provides extensive information to help Filipinos decide if they should work abroad – and it's free online.
Below is a list of fees needed to place a land-based worker overseas:
– Sofia Tomacruz with reports from Don Kevin Hapal/Graphics by Alejandro Edoria/Rappler.com
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