Can Filipino domestic helpers relocate with their employer directly to Hong Kong?
Normally, when a Filipino domestic helper is moving from one country to another for work, she has to first return to the Philippines, so that her status can be properly documented with the Phillipine Overseas Employment Administration (POEA).
With the impact of COVID-19, Filipino domestic helpers are being allowed to transfer with the same employer to work in Hong Kong, without having to return to the Philippines. Employers who are moving to Hong Kong can start the visa application after they have an activated working visa upon entry and with a document proving a permanent address. Before the signing of the contract, employers should provide either photos or a written description of the domestic helper’s accommodation. Read more about documents needed for hiring a domestic helper.
If the domestic helper is changing employers as they move to a new country for work, they will need to return to the Philippines first.
Please note that the current arrangement is subject to change and the discretion of the Hong Kong and and the Philippine Immigration authorities. There is a chance your worker may need to return to her place of origin to start the process as an overseas applicant upon the decision of Immigration and the Philippines authorities or this arrangement may have an impact on the worker’s future travel from the Philippines to Hong Kong.
- Read more: What does domestic helper hiring look like right now with the impact of COVID-19? (Philippines)
Fair Agency can help you and your domestic helper as you move to Hong Kong with our Direct Hire service. As mentioned above, the current arrangement is subject to change and the discretion of the Hong Kong and and the Philippine Immigration authorities. Please reach out to learn more:
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- phone: +852 3568 6858, +852 3611 2997
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Last updated on August 31st, 2021