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BI to stop issuing work visas to POGO workers
BI to stop issuing work visas to POGO workers
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BI to stop issuing work visas to POGO workers
by Kristan Carag09 May 2024

Following the lead of the Department of Labor and Employment (DOLE), the Bureau of Immigration will also stop issuing working visas to workers of Philippine offshore gaming operators.

DOLE - National Capital Region announced that the agency will no longer accept applications for alien employment permits for employees of companies identified as POGOs

The said policy took effect on May 2.

"Ang working visa ay dependent doon sa alien employment permit. Iyon ang basehan natin ng length nung kanilang working visa," BI spokesperson Dana Sandoval said on Tuesday, May 7, during DZRH's Magandang Umaga Pilipinas.

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Sandoval said that the directive of DOLE could affect not only those applying for alien employment permits but also POGO workers seeking to extend their stay in the Philippines.

"Kung meron na silang dating working visa, at gusto nila na i-extend ito, kung ito na ang bagong policy ng DOLE, hindi na nila iyan ma-extend dahol dependant ang ating working visa doon sa alien employment permit "

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