Abu Dhabi-bound Filipinos warned against visa ‘facilitators’

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The Philippine Embassy in Abu Dhabi warned Filipinos on Thursday against travel agencies and “facilitators” processing visas for the entry of Filipinos to the Arab nation.

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In a statement sent through the Department of Foreign Affairs (DFA), the embassy said it is not “in any way” connected with any travel agency or facilitators offering such services.

It also denied affiliations with “any person, company or entity that offers or claims to offer facilitation services for the execution of the Affidavit of Support and Guarantee [ASG].”

“The personal appearance of the applicant at the embassy or the Philippine Consulate General in Dubai is required before an ASG could be issued,” the embassy reminded Filipinos.

ASGs provided by travel agencies or private persons are fake, it added.

The unauthorized issuance of these affidavits is illegal under Philippine and UAE laws.

“We urge out countrymen to report such activities to the embassy or consulate general,” the embassy said.

The Philippine Embassy in Abu Dhabi expedites the release of ASG from five to three working days to better serve the Filipino community. BERNICE CAMILLE V. BAUZON

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