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ok my exp is good for china no problems was back in 2013 i went for one month only thing i did was letter of invite from chinese friend. now first visa is 30 days not mulitiple entry for everyone i was told but after first visit you can get multi np. i never had to say where i was going or what hotel or any details . only thing in china is foreigner can only stay in hotels registered with gov to house them as each will report your stay to local police for records.i traveled around china no plans what id do each day went on trains to different city's without any issues but im on British passport  so not sure how they treat other country.

< I am guessing wages in Dubai and those places are as good or better than in the U.S., hence OFWs prefer to take jobs there and not in the U.S., Canada, Australia,  etc.    >

Having first hand knowledge of the hiring system/procedures of foreign workers in the GCC, it is not the level of renumeration that most OFWs go there for (although well qualified and experienced professionals are very well paid, the less skilled obviously paid less, but all are well paid when set against what they earn in their home country) but the relative ease of being hired, getting a working visa and arriving in the country to start earning.

The UAE (Dubai being one of the Emirates) and other GCC States have a very efficient and quick visa processing system. If a Government agency or private company have a specific requirement for, say 50 carpenters or 5 specialist professionals or a medical IT tech, most can get their future employees a visa within 2 working weeks and an OFW can be there in 3 after signing the initial contract in the Philippines.

Put that up against the hoops that a potential employer in the UK/USA/Australia/wherever has to jump through to get a foreigner a working visa to their country.

Most OFWs need to start earning as soon as possible and not have to wait for an undetermined length of time to be deployed. So waiting for a (Western) megabucks job, comes down to taking what I can get now.

"Bird in the hand, is worth two in the bush", comes to mind.

IMHO of course, tempered by 30 odd years of GCC experience.  8)  8)  8)

I made a couple of business trips to mainland China about 10 years ago.  The company I was visiting arranged for the visa without any drama and their was no hassle at all.  May be different now of course.
Travel: Countries to Visit from the Philippines / Re: Restrictions for China-travel
« Last post by JoeLP on April 20, 2018, 12:54:18 PM »
When i was working I had to do work in china.  Their system is VERY rigid and strict.  It's crazy, but, you better do EVERYTHING that is asked.  Had a co-worker that our company screwed up on their exit Visa.  She is American, but was living in Germany because that is where our company had her based.  She was suppose to go back to Germany from China.  but, because the company screwed up her exit visa, she was held for 24 hours and then forced back to America because she is American.  The company paid for it all, but still sucked for her. 
They were nice to her when detaining her.  Put her up in a hotel even for the night.  They understood she was just a worker and the company messed up.  Still, that was after 10 hours in a room while they sorted it out and learned what all happened.
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The intense transformation is ongoing at what seems breathless pace, all pointing towards a grand opening by the third quarter of 2018.
Travel: Countries to Visit from the Philippines / Restrictions for China-travel
« Last post by Pelican on April 20, 2018, 02:09:50 AM »
I'd like to travel from Cebu to China, but found restrictions terrible.       1.Notification to Chinese embassy in Washington of itinerary, day by day.  2.  Visa acceptance only through Chinese Representative in host country.   3.  No dollars  changed by Chinese banks.  4.Notification of hotels to be used before landing, meaning reservations made and reported before take-off.  Is this as complicated as it seems?   Any past visitors?           (Am I asking the right questions?)    Thank you. 
3 former US Army soldiers convicted in contract killing ordered by international crime boss

By Lucia I. Suarez Sang | Fox News

Three former American soldiers were found guilty Wednesday for the murder-for-hire of a female real estate agent in the Philippines whom an international crime boss accused of cheating him in a land deal.

Joseph Hunter, a 52-year-old former U.S. Army sniper and a onetime sergeant with a Special Forces background, was working as a security chief for weapons and drug trafficker Paul Le Roux when he recruited two former soldiers for what was called “ninja work.”

In 2012, he contacted Adam Samia, 43, and Carl David Stillwell, 50, and had them travel from their homes in Roxboro, North Carolina after Le Roux promised to pay them $35,000 a piece for the hit job.

Prosecutors said Samia and Stillwell pretended to be potential real estate clients for a property in the countryside outside of Manila. On their return trip to the capital city, Samia pulled out a .22-caliber gun and killed the broker by shooting her twice in the face as she sat in the back seat of a van.

After being paid, the killers were ordered back to the United States, where they were subsequently arrested in 2015.

“This horrifying real-life murder-for-hire case included details usually seen in action movies,” U.S. Attorney General Geoffrey S. Berman said in a statement. “Hunter, Samia and Stillwell conspired to end the lives of people overseas whom they had never met.”

The three men had denied they planned the execution-style hit.

During their hearing, defense attorneys argued the case lacked eyewitness, forensic and other conclusive evidence needed to convict. They also said government witnesses such as Le Roux should not be trusted.

All three men face up to life in prison. Hunter is already serving 20 years over a plot to kill a federal agent. Le Roux has pleaded guilty in the murder-for-hire plot and was cooperating, prosecutors said.

The Associated Press contributed to this report.
Lodging: Finding A Place to Stay "for a while" / Re: vs AirBnb
« Last post by piozam13 on April 19, 2018, 11:35:33 PM »
hotel rooms (hotels/motels) are generally more expensive than rooms (provided by airbnb) because of the services, amenities and location.  most have been rated and reviewed. if you do not  not need or care for these, airbnb might be less expensive, again depending on condition, location, size or whether you have a kitchen, etc.   
Expat life in Philippines / Re: ‘Foreigners should follow the law’
« Last post by FastWalk on April 19, 2018, 10:48:00 PM »
Almost very part of life is run that way.  The opportunities are there...but it's up to you and in a way, your parents to teach you how to take advantage of what is there.  But if you are lazy, ungrateful, or just don't's real real easy to fall between the cracks.

Exactly how I see it also.  I believe that a person can/could do/live better in the Philippines than even western countries if the parents can and WILL  and are able to help and teach the child.  In western or places like USA,  a young person can really blaze there own path in case they don't have any help.  In the Philippines it is almost impossible to bootstrap from nothing and without capital.  But with an expat parent that really care like the ones I read about here,  they can have every opportunity.  The common theme here seems to be wanting to do the right thing,  albeit disagreeing on how to do it.

Foreigners should follow the law...   of course they should.  The difficult thing (for me)  is to watch others that do not follow the law and get away with it.  After a while I feel like a chump for following the laws.  It does sometimes catch up with them.
Expat life in Philippines / Re: ‘Foreigners should follow the law’
« Last post by JoeLP on April 19, 2018, 10:11:32 PM »
The complete "law system" is different in the Phils than what I think most of us "1st world foreigners" are used to.  I think you have to let it grow on you.
I sat in the embassy talking to an American who has been in the Phils now for 22 years.  During his time fighting in Vietnam he would do is R&R in the Phils.  When he finished his time in the Army he couldn't take it in the USA.  As soon as he had the chance he went back to the Phils and has been her since.  At one point in our talk he said if he did the same stuff he did here in the Philippines but in the USA, he'd probably be locked up 20 times over already in some form or fashion.  From getting his little niece and nephews to buy him some beer from the SariSari to the way he drives and much more.  And the stuff that didn't get him arrested would earn him dirty looks like the fact that his GF is 35 years his junior and looks 50 years his junior. 
When I was in Germany for work, I enjoyed the whole way they handled their drinking legalities with the age and all that.  I think it was much better setup than what the US does.  It allows for more of the teaching to be done at home.  Put the responsibility on the family/parents.
The Philippines is that way also, but in much more ways of life than just alcohol.  Almost very part of life is run that way.  The opportunities are there...but it's up to you and in a way, your parents to teach you how to take advantage of what is there.  But if you are lazy, ungrateful, or just don't's real real easy to fall between the cracks. 
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