“To work” is one of the most common reasons why many Filipinos travel abroad.
To seek greener pastures and to find better paying jobs to better support the family is what drive most of us to try and take risks outside the country.
Unfortunately, this is also one of the most common reasons why it is difficult for Filipinos to travel abroad. Our passport is not very powerful and more often than not, we need to secure a visa to enter foreign territories. Sometimes, even with a visa, we get grilled with tons of questions at the immigration of foreign countries that we visit just to get in.
Just recently, a video clip from National Geographic Channel’s TV show called “Border Security: Canada’s Front Line” that details a story about a Pinay traveling to Vancouver started to get a buzz on social media.
Oddly, the Pinay who was traveling to see her sister for a holiday visit, has brought a lot of documents with her that show her educational background and certifications that proves of her skills in Information Technology (IT). This served as a red flag to the immigration officer especially if the length of stay she mentioned is 150 days (approx. 6 months).
The Pinay traveling to Canada is an IT teacher in the Philippines. She appeared to be quite smart especially in her manner of answering every question the immigration officer asks her.
The immigration officer called her sister on the phone to verify if she was expecting the said visit.
After a few moments of beating around the bush about her long stay in Canada and why she brought the said work-related documents on her trip, she admitted that if there is an opportunity for her to work, she will take it provided that she is issued a permit to work in Canada.
Since it seemed that she understood that she is not allowed to work without a permit, the immigration officer allowed her to enter Canada but cut her trip short from 6 months to only 2 months. The immigration officer believed that she does not have enough financial capability to support a lengthy stay in the said country.
The immigration officer mentioned:
She does seem to understand that she is not allowed to work without a work permit. There’s nothing wrong with looking for work, applying for jobs, that’s totally okay, but I don’t feel that she has personally the financial means to support herself for six months without working in Canada.
Watch the full video clip below.
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