Illegal Recruiter

The promise of greener pastures in USA, Australia, Canada, UAE, Japan, etc. is what encourages hardworking Juan dela Cruz to pursue overseas employment. However, application for a job overseas is not as easy as A-B-C.

Granting there is already an opportunity for one to work out of the country, there is still a series of procedures to follow. Such procedures are not only cumbersome but costly and time-consuming as well, so applicants seek help from immigration consultants that promise immediate departure. Unfortunately, many applicants just end up being victimized by illegal recruiters.

To avoid becoming victims, here are some tips from Philippine Overseas Employment Administration.

How to avoid illegal recruitment
Do not apply at recruitment agencies not licensed by POEA.
Do not deal with licensed agencies without job orders.
Do not deal with any person who is not an authorized representative of a licensed agency.
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.
Do not pay more than the allowed placement fee. It should be equivalent to one month salary, exclusive of documentation and processing costs.
Do not pay any placement fee unless you have a valid employment contract and an official receipt.
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.
Do not deal with training centers and travel agencies, which promise overseas employment.
Do not accept a tourist visa.
Do not deal with fixers.

Tips to job applicants using the internet in job search
Read the entirety of the website. Examine whether the company name and profile appear believable. Check for its company profile or the about us page to see its office location and phone numbers.
Examine the website design plus all links and pages available. A legitimate company would not mind spending a large money to have a website designed beautifully as the same serves as the businesss window to the world.
Take note of the websites invitations to send resumes and application papers through postal mail or drop boxes. Most legitimate websites would like you to fill up your resume online or send them through e-mail.
Take note of their offers. Most of them offer too-good-to-be-true salaries and other job perks including free accommodation and bonuses.
Use search engines (yahoo!, google, etc.) and look for the company’s name or topics similar to those discussed in the website you have visited.
Check the domain name of the website to secure additional information.
Report to the POEA or other law enforcement authorities any illegal recruitment activities conducted through the internet.

What to do if you are a victim
For violations of recruitment laws and rules and regulations by any recruitment agency such as overcharging of placement fee, pre-mature collection of placement fee, misrepresentation, withholding of travel documents, failure to deploy without valid reason, failure to reimburse documentation expenses when deployment did not take place without the workers fault, and substitution and alteration of employment contract, you may file administrative cases at: Legal Assistance Division, Anti-Illegal Recruitment Branch, 4th Floor, POEA Building. You may also file your complaints at the nearest POEA/DOLE regional office and NBI/PNP headquarters in your area.