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‘Balik Manggagawa’ not covered by Kuwait ban – BI

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The Bureau of Immigration (BI) clarified that those Filipino workers who are currently here in the country for vacation can return to their jobs in Kuwait.

BI Commissioner Jaime Morente issued this in a statement on February 14 following the Department of Labor and Employment’s (DOLE) issuance of a new directive exempting “Balik Manggagawa” passengers from the deployment ban of overseas Filipino Works (OFWs) to Kuwait.

“With this development, there is no more obstacle and impediment for these ‘Balik Manggagawa’ OFWs to return to their jobs in Kuwait,” he said.

“As for those who have just been recruited to work in Kuwait. We are sorry but we cannot let you leave,” Morente added.

He also said Kuwait-bound Filipinos with shirt-term non-working visas are not covered by the ban, and will be allowed to leave the country.

Meanwhile, DOLE reiterated that the ban would only apply to newly-hired workers.

“The total deployment ban covers all types of workers being deployed for the first time for overseas employment in Kuwait, without distinction as to skill, profession or type of work,” said the agency’s Administrative Order No. 54A.

“The ban exempts Balik-Manggagawa or the OFWs who are vacationing in the Philippines and will be returning to the same employer to finish their contacts, at the end of his/her vacation; and OFWs who are returning to Kuwait on a new contract with the same employer,” the DOLE said.

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