Being offered work in a country different from where you’re currently working is probably tempting for some. However, that offer is not always what it seems and might only lure you into a trap—this is third country hiring, and our OFWs are urged to be wary of these offers.
The Philippine Overseas Employment Administration (POEA) advises Filipinos who are currently working overseas to be more careful about accepting third country work invitations since the POEA has received reports from OFW household service workers in Singapore, Hongkong and Cyprus who were lured to transfer to countries like Dubai, Mongolia, Russia and Turkey.
These OFWs later on discovered that the offer was not as it was promised or worse, the offer was non-existent. There were even reports of OFWs who paid outrageous fees for their employment. After being hired they were later abused by their employers; and eventually arrested and deported for lack of proper documents.
What You Should Do in This Situation
Kabayan, third country hiring is illegal if neither the recruiter nor the employer has proper authorization from the Philippine government. Unless you are 100% sure about the employer and the offer, and have researched thoroughly, don’t take the bait.
The POEA reminds the Filipinos that applicants for overseas jobs should have the proper work permit or visa or employment contract approved by the Philippine Overseas Labor Office (POLO) and processed by POEA before leaving the country.
Always be careful about these things kabayan, don’t always trust third country offers. It can’t hurt to do your research and background checking before even considering these offers, better safe than sorry!