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Your ePassport features microchip technology. An integrated circuit (chip) within its pages contains the data that are essential in verifying the identity of the passport holder. These data include the personal data found on the data page of the passport, the biometrics of the passport holder, the unique chip identification number, and a digital signature to verify the authenticity of the data stored on the chip.

The chip technology allows the information stored in an ePassport to be read by special chip readers at a close distance.


What are Biometrics?

Biometrics are the unique and measurable physical characteristics of an individual that include face recognition, fingerprints, and iris scans.

The Philippine Electronic Passport (or Philippine ePassport) uses the digital image of the passport photograph that can be used with face recognition technology to verify the identity of the passport holder.

It captures the fingerprints of the passport holder, for identification using the Automated Fingerprint Verification System (AFIS).

What are the special features of the Philippine ePassport?

The Philippine ePassport allows information stored on the chip to be verified with the information visually displayed on the passport. It uses contactless microchip technology that allows the information stored on the chip to be read by special chip readers at a close distance. It contains an integrated photograph of the holder, a digitized secondary photo, and an electronic print of the holder’Â’s signature. It contains overt and hidden security features such as Invisible Personal Information (IPI), letter screen, microprinting, and UV reactive ink, among others.

What is the difference between the existing maroon machine readable passport (MRP) and the ePassport?

In MRP is a passport that contains a machine-readable zone (MRZ) printed in accordance with International Civil Aviation Organization (ICAO) standard. It is capable of being read manually and with the use of a machine.

An ePassport has an embedded IC chip where the photograph and personal information of the bearer are stored in accordance with ICAO specifications. These information can be read by chip readers at close distance. An ePassport also contains a machine-readable zone.

What advantages does the Philippine ePassport offer?

The ePassport is highly secure, hence avoids passport reproduction and tampering. The ePassport database is enhanced with AFIS that guards against multiple passport issuances to the same person and enhances imposter detection.

It facilitates fast clearance of travellers at immigration checks. ePassports provide travellers benefits such as use of automated border clearance or “E-gates”, automated issuance of boarding passes, and faster travel arrangements with airlines.

For countries, the use of electronic passport also provides better border protection and security.

Why do we have to use ePassports now?

The MRP has the minimum ICAO standards in travel documents. The ePassport is the world standard in travel documents. As member of ICAO, the Philippines has an international obligation to enhance the security of its travel documents.

The issuance of ePassports will allow the Philippines to offer world-class consular services to its nationals.

Countries have greater confidence and acceptance of the ePassport since it is enhanced with biometric technology.

ePassports are already being used in more than 60 countries worldwide. In ASEAN, five countries have already issued e-passports (Singapore, Brunei, Malaysia, Thailand and Cambodia).

Who can avail of the Philippine E-Passport?

Filipino citizens who can comply with the documentary requirements may avail of the ePassport. Regular issuance of the ePassport started at the Philippine Consulate General on 14 June 2010.


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Pinoys can now get working holiday visa to New Zealand »

Source: Posted at 02/03/2014 2:10 PM

MANILA, Philippines – Filipinos will now have the opportunity to stay in New Zealand for one year to study or work temporarily.

This comes as the Philippines and New Zealand have finally launched the working holiday scheme (WHS).

Under the scheme, New Zealanders will likewise be allowed to stay in the Philippines for a year.

Starting February 5, 2014, Filipinos and New Zealanders, ages 18 to 30 years, will be able to apply for the WHS visa.

The WHS visa will give Filipinos and New Zealanders the opportunity to stay for one year in New Zealand and the Philippines, respectively, for leisure, holiday or temporary work.

WHS visa holders can enroll in training or study in New Zealand or the Philippines for a maximum of three months, or work for one year with a limit of three months per employer.

They will have to leave the country at the end of the temporary 12-month entry visa.

A quota of 100 WHS visas per year will be issued to successful Filipino applicants, and the same number to successful New Zealand applicants.

This is the first of its kind agreement entered into by the Philippines. The agreement was signed by Foreign Affairs Secretary Albert F. Del Rosario and Minister of Foreign Affairs Murray McCully and witnessed by President Benigno S. Aquino III and Prime Minister John Key in Wellington, October 23, 2012.

To be eligible for the WHS, Filipinos must:

have a passport from the Republic of the Philippines that is valid for at least three months after your planned departure from New Zealand
be at least 18 and not more than 30 years old
not bring children with you
hold a return ticket, or sufficient funds to purchase such a ticket
have a minimum of NZ$4,200 available funds to meet your living costs while you are here
meet health and character requirements
hold medical and comprehensive hospitalisation insurance for the length of your stay
have a tertiary qualification granted in respect of a minimum of three years’ full-time university study
have a level of proficiency in English that is assessed as at least functional
be coming to New Zealand to holiday, with work or study being secondary intentions for your visit, and
not have been approved a visa under a working holiday scheme before.
Interested applicants from the Philippines may contact the Embassy of New Zealand in Makati ( while those from New Zealand can get in touch with the Embassy of the Philippines in Wellington ( for the requirements and relevant details of the WHS Arrangement.


What is the difference between a limited and an unlimited employment contract in UAE Labor Law? »

The characteristics of a limited contract has the following:
It has a commencement and completion date.
Its term cannot be in excess of a period of 4 years. It can however be renewed on mutual consent for a similar or lessee period.
The employment will terminate at the end of the contract period.
If the employer terminates the contract for reason other than those specified in Article 120, he would be liable to pay compensation to the employee. This compensation shall be determined on the basis of the wages due for a period of three months or for the remaining period of the contract whichever is less, unless an article in the contract states otherwise.
If the contract is cancelled by the employee for reasons other than those stipulated in Article 121, he will be liable to compensate the employer against any loss resulting from its cancellation. The amount of compensation shall be computed on the basis of half-a-month’s wages for three months or for the remaining period of the contract whichever is less, unless the contract states otherwise.

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No expat will be allowed to bring friends on visit to UAE »

Abu Dhabi: All visitors to the UAE will be required to have health insurance once the new visit visa rules are enforced from August 1, said a senior official.

Also, a Dh1,000 deposit will be collected by the Naturalisation and Residency Department before issuance of any type of visit visa. This will be refunded once a visitor exits the country.

However, the Ministry of Interior is studying the possibility of exempting certain nationalities from paying the deposit.

No decisions has yet been taken made on this.

“A visit visa will cost Dh500 across all the emirates from August 1,” Lieutenant General Mohammad Salem Al Khaili, the Director-General of Federal Naturalisation and Residency Department (FNRD) told press conference on Sunday.

The change in fee structure comes following a recent Cabinet decision to amend the fee structure for visit visas and introduce new types of visas.

Valid for 30 days, residents can apply for visit visas for their spouse or first degree relatives. Sponsoring visitors who are second degree relatives will need the approval of senior officials.

New rule

As per the new rule, only UAE nationals will be allowed to sponsor visitors who are friends.

Some 16 types of visit visas have been defined by the FNRD specifying the reason for visit, such as education, treatment or for participating in an exhibition or conference.

Announcing the details, Al Khaili said: “Visit visas valid for 30 days will cost Dh500. This cannot be renewed. A person wishing to stay for an extended period must obtain a visit visa valid for 90 days which will cost Dh1,000.”

A new type of visit visa permitting multiple entries has been introduced. This visa is valid for six months from the date of issuance and a person can stay in the country for only 14 days at a stretch.

“The new types of visit visas are being introduced so that we are able to go hand in hand with the fast paced ongoing development of the country,” noted Al Khaili.

Student visit visas, valid for 60 days, will cost Dh1,000. To obtain this, a person must be registered in one of the universities in the UAE.

Those wishing to undergo treatment must take visit visa for treatment purpose which will cost Dh1,000 for 90 days. This can be renewed for a similar period for Dh500.

Those visiting to attend conferences or exhibitions can obtain a visa for Dh100.

One-month-long tourist visas, procured by tour operators and hotels will cost Dh100, as before. This may be renewed only once. Transit visas will cost Dh100 while mission visas will cost Dh200.

Source Gulfnews

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Philippines tourist arrivals lag behind ASEAN neighbors »

MANILA – The Philippines remains the least favorite tourist destination compared to its peers in the Association of Southeast Asian Nations (Asean) in 2012, data from the United Nations World Tourism Organization (UNWTO) show.

The UNWTO data show that despite the “More Fun in the Philippines” campaign, the country’s total tourist arrivals only reached 4.27 million in 2012, the lowest when compared to other Asean members.

The UNWTO said that in Asean, foreign tourist arrivals were the highest in Malaysia with 25.03 million in 2012, followed by Thailand, with 22.35 million; Indonesia, 8.04 million; and Vietnam, 6.85 million.

“Southeast Asia posted the highest growth among Asian subregions, with 9 percent more arrivals, largely due to continued strong intraregional demand. In absolute terms, growth was led by Thailand with a 16-percent increase in tourists over 2011. Cambodia [+24 percent] and Vietnam [+14 percent] also posted strong double-digit growth last year. Myanmar saw the highest relative growth with a surge of 52 percent,” the UNWTO said.

But UNWTO said in terms of big tourism spenders, the Philippines was among the markets that posted substantial growth in recent years.

The Philippines joined the list with tourists from Norway, United Arab Emirates, Switzerland, Malaysia, Kuwait, Poland, Thailand, Qatar, Ukraine, Egypt and Colombia.

The top five tourist spenders include those from China who spent $102 billion in 2012, followed by Germany, with $83.8 billion; United States, $83.5 billion; United Kingdom, $52.3 billion; and the Russian Federation, $42.8 billion.

“Although the highest growth rates in expenditure on travel abroad came from emerging economies, key traditional source markets, usually growing at a slower pace, also posted encouraging results,” UNWTO said.

“Source markets beyond the top 10 showing substantial growth were Norway, United Arab Emirates, Switzerland, Malaysia, Kuwait, Poland, the Philippines, Thailand, Qatar, Ukraine, Egypt and Colombia,” it added.

The Department of Tourism (DOT) missed its 4.6 million-tourism target in 2012. But tourist arrivals picked up in the first five months of 2013.

Data from the DOT showed that visitor arrivals from January to May 2013 reached 2.01 million, a 10.54-percent increase from 1.82 million arrivals in the first five months of 2012.

The DOT recorded the most number of tourists at 436,079 in January, while the month of February recorded the highest growth at 15.52 percent. The first five months corresponded to 37 percent of the target arrivals for the year.


Source ABSCBN News

by Cai U. Ordinario, BusinessMirror


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