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BI intercepts 3 Dubai-bound OFWs with tampered UAE visas

The Bureau of Immigration said it intercepted three Overseas Filipino Workers (OFWs) en route to the Middle East with tampered visas at the Ninoy Aquino International Airport Terminal 3.

According to a statement on Wednesday, the three OFWs planned to board a flight to Dubai last Monday, claiming that they were offered employment as cleaners and presented documents as proof.

However, Immigration officers were able to confirm that their United Arab Emirates (UAE) employment visas have been tampered with and that they were unaware that they were victims of a travel agency. 

The Inter-Agency Council Against Trafficking (IACAT) is now conducting further investigation of the incident.

BI Commissioner Norman Tansingco  advised the public to verifying the authenticity of their travel-related documents.

“Be wary of any agency or individual promising expedited or guaranteed visa processing, as this could be a red flag for potential fraud or exploitation”, he said.—Jiselle Anne Casucia/RF, GMA Integrated News