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Good news: OFWs can still return to Saudi Arabia

Labor Secretary Rosalinda Baldoz

For Filipinos who returned to the country from Saudi Arabia due to the kingdom’s crackdown on illegal migrants, Labor Secretary Rosalinda Baldoz has good news.

The 38,939 undocumented Overseas Filipino Workers (OFWs) can seek reemployment in Saudi Arabia.

“Filipino workers who left during the seven-month correction period can return to the kingdom if they wish to do so,” Baldoz said.

OFWs who left during the correction period can return but those who have derogatory records can no longer return to Saudi Arabia even if they left during the correction period.

Baldoz said that among those who exited the Middle East country are the OFWs who have contracts that expired or were not renewed by their employers.

So far, there are 157,494 undocumented OFWs there and have regularized their status and can continue to work in Saudi Arabia.

For those who were unable to regularize their status during the grace period can stay but OFWs have to pay fines and penalties.

“The Saudi government and the Philippines have good relations, so we are not expecting problems with the crackdown,” Baldoz added.

Legal assistance has been provided to the illegal OFWs while waiting for deportation. with Rommel Fuertes

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