The Philippine government has urged Filipinos abroad to follow immigration laws after the United States banned Filipinos from applying for temporary work visas.
The Department of Foreign Affairs (DFA) said Filipinos abroad should avoid staying beyond the period of term granted in their visas. The DFA issued the reminder in view of the decision of the US Department of Homeland Security to remove the Philippines from its list of countries eligible for H-2A and H-2B visas, ABS-CBN News reported.
The DFA said it acknowledges the US prerogative to cancel the eligibility of Filipios to apply for the work visas. The department said it will work with the US government to address concerns that led to the Philippines being made ineligible for specialized work visas for foreigners.
“The Philippines is open to the possibility of working with the United States in addressing these issues, as it has previously done so with similar concerns involving the Filipino community there,” the DFA said.
Presidential Spokesperson Salvador Panelo said the government may appeal the US government’s decision should its enforcement be marred with unjust practices.
“We will only react if our workers are being mistreated, maltreated. We need to know whether there is basis for the decision. If there is none, we can ask for reconsideration,” Panelo said.