News : 155 Foreigners Working in Call Center Face Deportation
Manila, Philippines, July 22, 2015 -- A total of 155 foreigners, mostly Chinese nationals, are facing deportation as they were caught working in the country without proper documents, the Bureau of Immigration (BI) said Tuesday.
BI spokesperson Elaine Tan said the foreign nationals, who are working as call center agents/online gambling operators, were apprehended in Pasay City on Monday, July 20, for failure to present the necessary immigration documents to allow them to work.
Tan said the foreign nationals were charged with deportation under Section 37(a)(7) of the Philippine Immigration Act.
The arrested foreigners were brought to the BI main office for inquest proceedings. They will be held for about two weeks before being deported, said an Immigration Bureau press officer, Dana Mengote.
According to Philippine immigration records, at least 215 foreigners, mostly Chinese, were nabbed separately last year without work visas, and 58 others were apprehended in January.
Mengote said the number represents only those arrested in "major operations" and does not include occasional apprehensions of only one or two foreigners violating immigration laws.
The Immigration Bureau said 659 foreigners, including 80 who are criminal suspects and fugitives, were arrested in 2013.
Posted by Veronica Silva Cusi, news correspondent
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