The supposed return of work of 11 Overseas Filipino Workers (OFWs) was delayed because of the lack of required documents from an agency in the United Arab Emirates.
According to Consul General Paul Raymund Cortes, head of the Philippine mission in Dubai, the incident happened last October 9 and the Filipinos were able back to the Philippines.
The 11 OFWs were supposed to return to Dubai for work but they were prompted to return to the Philippines because they failed to acquire the necessary documents needed so they can enter the country.
“Airline diligence dapat ‘yan. The airline paid for their (OFWs’) return (flight). This was the reason why we had to remind our kababayans,” says Cortes.
The Philippine Consulate General (PCG) released an advisory towards the returning OFWs in UAE who will pass through the Dubai International Airport to secure the necessary requirement from designated UAE agencies before they leave the Philippines.
Three days following the said incident, the Public Advisory 18-2020 was released stating that the re-entry approval must be acquired from the General Directorate of Residency and Foreign Affairs (GDRFA) in Dubai for those who have Dubai-issued residence visa. For those who have a visa from 6 emirates, you must acquire the said re-entry approval from the Federal Authority for Identity and Citizenship (ICA) of UAE.
“Without approval to return to Dubai, you will not be allowed entry,” says in the announcement especially now that the operation of the Dubai Airport is starting to return to normal and more OFWs are returning to the emirate.
According to the PCG, you can apply for the said “approval” online from the GDRFA website. For those who are applying from the ICA, they can visit the uaeentry.ica.gov.ae.
Source GMA News