DFA says it will pay ‘overstaying fees’ of OFWs in UAE

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An official from the Department of Foreign Affairs (DFA) promised that it will pay the overstaying fees consumed by overseas Filipino workers in UAE after the latter announced the cancellation of extension of expired residence visas and permits until December 2020. 

DFA Undersecretary Sarah Arriola was asked in one of her Facebook live sessions by Bulacan Representative Jonathan Sy-Alvarado on what the department can do for overstaying OFWs in the host country after the UAE Cabinet amended a resolution. 

Alvarado revealed that he has been receiving reports from OFWs being worried about their status as well as the overstaying fees they have to settle before they could even leave the country for good. 

The undersecretary said that OFWs with the same case and want to be part of the repatriation program but have to pay for overstaying fees must go to the nearest Philippine embassy or consulate in UAE. 

“What we usually do for this is we also pay for the overstaying fees for us to be able to help our kababayans. We have an embassy in Abu Dhabi at may konsulado tayo sa Dubai. Ang pinakakailangan mangyari is mapauwi sila as fast as we can,” she added. 

Despite the diminishing budget, Arriola assured OFWs that the department will use its last cent to help Filipinos in need. 

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