MANILA, Philippines - The Department of Foreign Affairs (DFA) has reminded aspiring overseas Filipino workers (OFWs) that there are no job openings for household service workers in strife-torn Iran.
The DFA issued the advisory following reports from the Philippine Embassy in Tehran that some Filipino women are stranded while facing illegal employment charges in Iran.
"Since the Iranian government does not allow foreign domestic helpers, no permit will be issued, thus OFWs will end up as illegal workers [if they go there]," the DFA said.
Foreign nationals who work illegally in Iran will be fined IR 3,000,000.00 or equivalent to US$30.00, for each day of overstay in the country.
Unwitting Filipinos often enter via Dubai using tourist visas believing that their work permits will be processed upon their arrival in Iran.
There are around 1,500 Filipinos in Tehran, consisting mostly of spouses and children of Iranians.
Meanwhile, Philippine authorities have advised Filipinos based there to take precautionary measures at home and at work amid the continued tension over alleged electoral fraud. [See: Take safety precautions, RP tells Pinoys in Iran]
The DFA reiterated that the Philippine Embassy in Tehran is in touch with Filipinos in the area and is prepared to activate and carry out its contingency plan, "if needed." - Joseph Holandes Ubalde, GMANews.TV