The Middle East countries are one of the favorite destinations for those looking to work abroad. Qatar has opened many work opportunities for different nationalities, including Filipinos.
If you want to work in Qatar, you could research the companies that are hiring. You should also prepare your documents.
Disclaimer: The information posted here is based on the personal experiences shared by the OFW in the video. Please let this post serve as a guide only. If you have specific questions, you may ask the OFW by commenting on their video on their accounts.
What is the Hiring Process?
A lot of Filipinos want to work abroad legally, but don’t know how to do it. Our kababayan, Joven Garcia, made a vlog on YouTube on how he got a job in Qatar. He shared his experiences in his YouTube channel JOVSTV.
The basic requirements that you need to prepare are your passport, valid government ID, and authenticated certificates. Once you have documents, know that there are three ways to look for a job in Qatar. First, if you know someone in Qatar, you can ask that person for any job openings. Next, you can apply through the placement agencies. Finally, you can send your application directly to the company.
- Through family or friends
If you have friends or family members in Qatar, you can go there on a tourist visa or family visit visa. You have a month to look for a job. If you are fortunate to get hired within the one-month period, then your employer can sponsor you to get a work visa. Holders of a family visit visa are given until 6 months to find employment.
- Through an employment agency
There are many employment agencies with job openings in Qatar. If you want to go through this route, you need to check with the Philippine Overseas Employment Administration (POEA) if the agency is legitimate. Visit poea.gov.ph to see if the agency you are applying with is on the list of valid companies. On the other hand, there are some companies classified as delisted or canceled.
You can also go to workabroad.ph to see job listings.
- As a direct hire
You can check the company’s website to see if they have any vacancies. You can send your application online and wait for the company to contact you.
Our vlogger got his job in Qatar as direct hired. A friend submitted his application to a company in Qatar. He received a call from the company where they discussed the job.
He received the offer letter after they have agreed on the terms of employment. The offer letter contains the visa and contract.
How to Process Your Job Application as Direct Hire
If you will be employed in Qatar as direct-hire, here are the steps you can follow:
- Verify the company with POEA.
- Go to the embassy of Qatar to have the visa stamped.
- For the visa to be stamped, you need to take a medical exam at an accredited clinic. Once you pass the medical exam, you can proceed to the embassy for visa stamping.
- Check if the company has a former agency in the Philippines. If they have one, then they cannot hire anyone directly.
- Once you have completed the embassy’s requirements, you will go to POEA for assessment. You will pay an assessment fee.
- Wait for your Pre-Departure Orientation Seminar (PDOS) schedule. After attending the seminar, you can now schedule your flight.
You can watch the full video here:
We hope that you can use these bits of information as you process your job application in Qatar. Good luck, kabayan!