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jeanmrodriguez

Hey guys!

 

I am interested in moving to Cebu from the Dominican Republic, would it be advisable to get a 9A visa (then file for extensions).

Then apply for a job there and either let the company start the work permit procedure or ask the company for the sponsorship papers (is this something common that most companies do?) and ask for a work permit or SWP at the BOI.

 

Also I am interested in knowing if companies for example in the call center industry in cebu are friendly to immigrant workers for example, if it is common for them to accept workers new to the phillippines without work permits or SWP in the first few days and if it common for them to either file for a work permit for the new hire or provide you the company sponsorship papers so you can apply for the work permit, also I am interested in only applying for spanish call center work, which I believe is a position that is not as desirable as a english call center position . Also I know in my country this is very common, to hire new talent from overseas they do the whole process for getting your work permit I want to know if this is common in phillipines, because I would be only going with 9A visa.

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Monsoon

You will have a difficult time finding a call center willing to go through the time and expense in sponsoring you for a work visa for a position where there exists an abundance of Filipinos qualified for that position.

 

Typically non immigrant work visas are for technical specialists and experience executive management.

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SkyMan

If you have some skill that is impossible or at least difficult to obtain locally you have a chance but for call center work it's unlikely they will bother to go through the extra paperwork to hire you.  Sorry.

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jeanmrodriguez

If you have some skill that is impossible or at least difficult to obtain locally you have a chance but for call center work it's unlikely they will bother to go through the extra paperwork to hire you.  Sorry.

For example, I see these ads for Urgently looking for Spanish Call Representatives, I know that phillipines was a spanish colony, but spanish speaking filipinos are much harder to find than english right? would that not be a harder to find position than a english speaking cust rep job, like I said I would be happy to take the harder to fill Spanish position as long as it lands me a job.

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lazydays

Pretty much a non starter i would say. Millions of Filipinos chasing them call centre jobs.

New batch leaving Uni end of this month too.

Could you even live on P15k (USD $375) a month anyway.

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smokey

the only people i ever saw get a permit for a foreigner was big robs company he did it right and legal ..

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tripsigg

For example, I see these ads for Urgently looking for Spanish Call Representatives, I know that phillipines was a spanish colony, but spanish speaking filipinos are much harder to find than english right? would that not be a harder to find position than a english speaking cust rep job, like I said I would be happy to take the harder to fill Spanish position as long as it lands me a job.

 

Actually those call centers do a lot of recruiting in Zamboanga City where they speak a Creole Spanish dialect. They run them through a course and they are good to go.

 

The big question for me is why do you want to go to the Philippines? You do know that most call center workers start at about $400 to $500 a month and the cost of living is higher in Cebu than it is the DR?

 

Maybe if you let us all know why you want to live in the Philippines, we can help you out with some good ideas.  

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jeanmrodriguez

Actually those call centers do a lot of recruiting in Zamboanga City where they speak a Creole Spanish dialect. They run them through a course and they are good to go.

 

The big question for me is why do you want to go to the Philippines? You do know that most call center workers start at about $400 to $500 a month and the cost of living is higher in Cebu than it is the DR?

 

Maybe if you let us all know why you want to live in the Philippines, we can help you out with some good ideas.  

 

The reason I want to live there is, is I would like a change of scenery and very bored of my lifestyle from what i have seen from media and friends is that phillippines is a beatiful breath taking place, and the people are very nice and welcoming so this is mostly because i want to go live there, also I have never lived in phillipines and do not have as much info to make a completely accurate comparison to cost of life compared to Dominican Republic and Phillipines as you mentioned above that my country cost of living is less expensive, its a tough topic to compare but I shall try.

 

 I believe living in middle class or lower middle class in phillipines is actually less expensive than DR, funny thing is that dominican peso and philipine peso are nearly the same in comparison to the dollar, which allows me easier comparisons, also "surviving" (below poverty level or poverty) in DR I believe is less expensive compared to below poverty or poverty level in phillipines and people who work for 4-8 thousand dominican pesos a month (the conversion to PHP is the same amount 5-10 thousand PHP), and I am talking real serious jobs like, accountants, laborers, PUBLIC TEACHERS!, police officers!, compared to living a middle class life style in dominican which i would say it is very similar economically to phillipines or muchh more expensive, 

 

If I had to put our DR salaries on a ecomonic level, just for entertainment purposes,  it would be.

 

one income family of a marriage and 2 kids,

 

4-8 thousand pesos a month, below poverty level

9 to 17 thousand poverty level

18 to 27 thousand lower middle class

28 to 49 thousand middle class

50 to 100 living comfortably

100+ thousand living very comfortably.

 

a comparison of money

 

PHP TO USD = 40.73

DOMINICAN PESO TO USD =  40.95

 

Also a call center job here in DR would pay, around 17-24 thousand PHP.

 

I currently have an income equivalent to 33,000 PHP, which I would continue to receive in cebu, I also would like to cushion my monetary situation by working in cebu, so it would be 33,000 + whatever I make in a local filipino job. Also the real purpose of working is, I do not like to be unemployed, and feel unproductive.

 

Back to my original topic, can you give me some ideas on how life is living in cebu with a 33 thousand PHP income, for example 33 thousand php would be enough to live for one person a good middle class life, bout me, I would be moving alone I am 27, studied computer engineering (have not completed my degree), I am not a womanizer, not a heavy drinker or partier, so this really will not be something i would be spending money on monthly, also what jobs can I apply for, I speak english and spanish natively without noticeable accent on either language.

 

Thank you for your feedback!

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Thelandofku-an

Check out two websites that are the major advertisers here "JOBSTREET" and "MYNIMO", sometimes they advertise for Spanish speakers.

You would probably only be employed as a "NATIVE SPANISH SPEAKER" since the department of labour and employment (D.O.L.E.) does not permit foreigners to take jobs that can be done by Filipinos (others have already stated there are many "Spanish" speakers here)!



 

+ whatever I make in a local filipino job

 

A bowl of rice and a Jeepney fare is about all!

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