MIGRANT WORKERS NEWS: UK ALLOWS 9-YEAR RESIDENCY FOR OFWs



[Migrant workers’ relatives flock to the World Trade Center in Pasay to try their luck for the house and lot gift donated by the Villar Foundation during the OFW and Family Summit 2012 on Thursday. At the summit are (inset): Senator Manuel Villar Jr., former Las Pinas City Rep. Cynthia Villar, Go Negosyo founding trustee Joey Concepcion, and Ramon Lopez, executive director of the Philippine Center for Entrepreneurship. DANNY PATA/EY ACASIO]

MANILA, DECEMBER 3, 2012 (MANILA STANDARD) By Sara Susanne D. Fabunan- Highly skilled Filipinos working in the United Kingdom as intra-company transfers can prolong their stay up to nine years, the British Embassy in Manila said on Tuesday.

The new UK immigration rules, published last November 26, said that the British government was extending the customary five-year residency to nine years.

Immigration Minister Mark Harper said that “UK is open for business to the brightest and best migrants and today’s changes will ensure we remain an attractive destination for global talent.”

The new immigration rules stated that highly skilled workers entering the UK as Intra-Company Transfers and who are currently able to stay in the UK for five years, will now be able to stay for nine years if they earn £150,000 or more.

“The government remains committed to supporting a private sector led economic recovery. At the same time we continue to cut out abuse of the immigration system and remain focused on bringing net migration down from the hundreds of thousands to the tens of thousands,” he said.

Online travel site eyes OFWs, balikbayans for Christmas deals By Manila Standard Today | Posted on Nov. 29, 2012 at 1:45pm 

AGODA.COM IS A HOTEL BOOKING SITE

Asian booking site Agoda.com is offering hotel deals in five of the most popular Philippine destinations in the lead up to the Christmas holidays, when many Filipinos return home to celebrate the festive season with their loved ones.

The deals are made available in the major cities Manila, Cebu, Palawan, Davao, and Bohol.

The country is noted for celebrating the world’s longest Christmas season, with carols sung and decorations hung as early as September and continuing right through until the middle of January.

Another reason that the holiday is such an important time is because of the large number of Filipinos who live and work overseas, and use their vacations to return home.

Known as OFWs (Overseas Filipino Workers) – or balikbayan, if referring to returning Filipinos in general – they play a unique and vital role in the country’s development.

Mostly due to high English proficiency and technical expertise, there is a high demand for Filipinos in a diverse range of professions, such as nurses, caregivers, teachers, engineers, seafarers, technology experts, domestic or construction workers, and entertainers, all of whom send money home to their families.

According to the National Statistics Office, there were approximately 2.2 million OFWs between April and September of 2011 who sent a total of $3.7 billion back home.

In fact, OFW money plays an important role in the economic development of the Philippines that OFWs are often called Modern Day Heroes.

To prepare for the influx of Filipinos returning home this season – as well as the large numbers who live in the Philippines but are still traveling in-country to see family during the holidays – Agoda.com is offering special deals in these major destinations.

Agoda has prepared a special Web page for the campaign. Or also check out the hotel deals below to take advantage of the special offer to help make a visit home a warm and rewarding one.

Hotel H20, Manila, 4*
Book a minimum of 2 nights and enjoy a 15-percent discount. Valid until March 31, 2013.

Best Western Premier F1, Manila, 5*
Enjoy a 25-percent discount on City Suite Double, Deluxe & Fort Suite Rooms. Valid until January 12, 2013.

Linden Suites, Manila, 4*
Book 14 days in advance and enjoy a 15-percent discount. Valid until March 31, 2014.

Sofitel Philippine Plaza, Manila, 5*
Stay for 2 nights and enjoy a 3rd night for free on Club Sofitel, Luxury, Suite & Superior rooms. Valid until October 31, 2013.

Hotel Kimberly, Manila, 3*
Book 14 days in advance and enjoy a 10-percent discount on Deluxe Executive Suite, Premier Suite, Superior Room w/ Breakfast. Valid until January 23, 2013.

Marco Polo Plaza Cebu, Cebu, 5*
Stay for a minimum of 2 nights and enjoy a 20-percent discount. Valid until March 31, 2013.

Quest Hotel & Conference Center, Cebu, 3*
Book 14 days in advance and enjoy a 40-percent discount on a Junior Suite. Valid until June 30, 2013.

Crimson Resort & Spa, Cebu, 5*
Enjoy a 50-percent discount. Valid until December 26, 2012.

Radisson Blu Hotel, Cebu, 5*
Book 21 days in advance and enjoy a 25-percent discount on a Business Class, Superior & Superior w/ Breakfast. Valid until January 17, 2013.

Agila Pool Villas, Cebu, 4*
Enjoy 30-percent off. Valid until June 30, 2013.

Dos Palmas Island Resort and Spa, Palawan, 4*
Enjoy a per-night discount of 1,900 Philippine pesos on a stay at a Beach Front Villa. Valid until January 10, 2013.

A&A Plaza Hotel, Palawan, 3*
Enjoy a 50-percent discount. Valid until December 31, 2013.

Capari Resort, Palawan, 3*
Enjoy a 30-percent discount on a minimum stay of 2 nights. Valid until February 28, 2013.

Nikos Cabanas Resort, Palawan, 3*
Enjoy a 20-percent discount on Deluxe Executive Suite, Premier Suite, Superior w/ Breakfast. Valid until December 31, 2012.

GMG Hotel, Palawan, 3*
Enjoy a 20-percent discount. Valid until September 29, 2013.

Casa Leticia Business Hotel, Davao, 2.5*
Enjoy a 30-percent discount. Valid until December 31, 2013.

Casa Leticia Boutique Hotel, Davao, 3*
Book 31 days in advance and enjoy a 30-percent discount. Valid until March 29, 2013.

Home Crest Residences, Davao, 3*
Stay for 2 nights and enjoy a 40-percent discount. Valid until January 15, 2013.

Apo View Hotel, Davao, 4*
Book 7 days in advance and enjoy a 20-percent discount. Valid until January 31, 2013.

North Zen, Davao, 2.5*
Stay for 2 nights and enjoy a 20-percent discount on Standard, Twin and Zen Suite. Valid until June 30, 2013.

The Peacock Garden, Bohol, 5*
Stay for a minimum of 2 nights and enjoy a 30-percent discount. Valid until December 23, 2012.

Sherwood Bay Aqua Resort & Dive School, Bohol, 3*
Stay for a minimum of 3 nights and enjoy a 20-percent discount. Valid until October 31, 2013

Drive Thru Scuba Resort, Bohol, 3*
Enjoy a 20-percent discount. Valid until December 31, 2013.

Bohol Vantage, Bohol, 3.5*
Stay for a minimum of 2 nights and enjoy a 50-percent discount. Valid until May 31, 2013.

Vitamin Sea, Bohol, 3*
Enjoy a 5-percent discount. Valid until December 31, 2102.

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