By Roy Mabasa
With the increasing demand for Filipino workers in Poland, the Philippine Embassy in Warsaw has launched various seminars and forums to educate the members of the Filipino community on the different types of visas they can avail of and their rights and obligations while staying in the central European country.
Philippine Ambassador to Warsaw Patricia Ann Paez recently invited an expert from the International Organization for Migration (IOM) to discuss the various process of legalization of the stay of foreigners in Poland, samples of visas issued by the Polish government, the purpose of each visa, and border-crossing procedures.
IOM Immigration specialist Konstanty Sawczenko explained the three kinds of residence permits: temporary residence, permanent residence, and long-term residence.
He likewise enumerated the procedure for each permit, the required documents, and the corresponding fees to be paid by the applicants.
Earlier, Paez and IOM Warsaw chief Anna Rostocka agreed to work together in ensuring the ethical recruitment of OFWs for the Polish labor market.
The Embassy and the IOM held two seminars last September for newly arrived migrant workers on cultural matters and their respective rights and obligations under the Polish law.
The IOM official informed Paez about the International Recruitment Integrated Standards, a tool to verify recruitment channels and promote ethical international labor recruitment standards.
In her recent meeting with officials of the Polish Ministry of Family, Labour and Social Policy, Paez disclosed that the Polish government conveyed their preference for Filipino workers to fill their labor shortage, most specifically in the information technology, construction, and nursing sectors.