3 Filipinos bound for Dubai barred from travel over fake visas

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At the Ninoy Aquino International Airport in the Philippines. Picture for illustrative purposes only.

Three Filipinos were barred from traveling to Dubai after airport officials found them using fake visas, according to the Bureau of Immigration.

According to the authority, the incident happened on June 10 at the Ninoy Aquino International Airport’s Terminal 3 in Pasay City.

An immigration officer flagged the trio after they presented passports with fake visas before they could board their flight to Dubai on a Cebu Pacific Airlines flight.

During interrogation, the trio initially said they were offered to work in Dubai as cleaners and were given employment documents. However, upon inspection, it was revealed that their UAE employment visas were fake.

Investigation further revealed that the trio were unaware that they were given fake visas by the recruitment agency that allegedly facilitated their employment. The case has been handed over to the Inter-Agency Council Against Trafficking for further investigation.

Meanwhile, Commissioner Norman Tansingco warned Filipinos against dealing with recruitment agencies or employers on social media.

“Be wary of any agency or individual promising expedited or guaranteed visa processing, as this could be a red flag for potential fraud or exploitation,” Tansingco advised. ICA/Expat Media

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