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Monday, May 26, 2008

Migrant Tales - Kwento ni NB

With the expiration of his work permit fast approaching and still no firm job offer, NB begins to doubt himself and contemplates on going back home. One obstacle after another can often break one's spirit. It is during those situations that one feels it easier to give up than to carry on. But it is also during those situations that you'll find that some luck, a little support from strangers and a regathering of one's determination can often be the difference between failure and success.
Early this year I had a valid work permit running, as I do now, however time was running out on my employer. It was going through dire straits, and I was one of the few employees remaining in the office. Partly for loyalty and gratitude but also because, my WP being one limiting which employer I could work for, I didn't have much choice but to stay on.

My worst fears were confirmed when the company folded late Feb. Like some of our kababayan, my meager Filipino credentials were not suited to the Kiwi setting and though I have had a rich resume of varied jobs and work experience, I found myself turned down, one job after the other, nahilo ako sa rejection.

Redemption came in the form of a miracle referral, when a compassionate Pinoy who remembered me asking around for a job rang me, saying there was an opening in their company.

Incredibly, NO qualifications were necessary, since all training was to be provided, and even more incredibly, training included "guild qualifications" that, once attained, could be helpful in the event of an Expression of Interest under the Skilled Migrant Category. All I needed to do was show up and apply for the position. Wow.

It was here where a series of delays served to frustrate me and cast doubt on whether I could go through the gauntlet of staying in NZ beyond my WP's expiry.

First, I lost my passport. I went through the employer's application process and got accepted, and though the employer initially didnt see the loss as a problem, the prospect of reapplying for a new passport and the hassles associated with it raised issues later as the employer's admission procedure would be lengthened.

Fortunately, I found my passport a week later but all the same, a week had passed. I almost didn't start but, the training being extensive, started one week after i was hired.

Again, I just couldn't get a break. After only four days, it was found out that my medicals needed to be renewed under work permit policy, and more disappointingly, my immigration consultant warned me that until I had a new WP, I couldn't work for any other employer except the one that had already gone under. The egg couldn't come before the chicken, despite my new employer's best intentions.

So I left abruptly (midday) on just my fifth day with my new employer, almost crushed but still determined to get a new WP. This started the second delay. At least, I had time to take a new physical.

Incidentally, even before that I had already been declared good to go by the company's own physical. From their resume check, I also had no ACC claim pending, no criminal record, and didn't care that I had to join the union, all elements important to the employer. Too good to be true nga eh, on both sides.

Of course, I had to wait another 10 days to find out what I already knew: I was in good health, physically fit, and agile enough to hold up to the requirements of the job, which involved going up and down stairs, a bit of running from time to time, and prolonged periods of standing. Desperation and urgency are good incentives to keeping fit pala.

Guess what? After completing my physicals and submitting my WP application, my application papers were returned just a week after, with a note stating that I had no qualifications or experience necessary under NZ policy. The letter furnished by the employer offering to provide all training was ignored. Another week's delay.

Fortunately, a second and more enlightened V.O. took note of the letter and the fact that all of the employer's new hires did not require experience, and six weeks after I was engaged for work, I finally got my new work permit. The day I received the package, I was already starting to make plans going home, to disappointment of family and friends, and worse, to my own disillusionment. Amazingly, the package was even delivered by a Pinoy courier, who winked at me saying, "mukhang good news, kabayan."

During those six weeks, I admit I had my darkest doubts on whether or not I could stay here, and even though I had earlier resolved to stay under the most trying of circumstances, I never knew if I could ever stay beyond the 30th of June, the last day of my old WP.

It appears I have been given a second chance here. I join those AKLnzPINOY members who say that, for good or ill, we have been adopted (or are trying to be adopted) by this overachieving little country, and for as long as we stay here, we can say nothing bad about it. Otherwise, nothing stops us from returning home, in my case, returning to little or no opportunity.

That's my little tale. Pasensya na po kung medyo mahaba.

Mabuhay ang AKLnzPINOYs ! Kudos to the organizers and moderators, you do the Filipino community an excellent service. Probably more than you will ever know.

13 Comments:

  • Hello Ka Uro! Off-topic po... my family applied for residency in New Zealand. My interview is set for June 12. My questionnaire's deadline is today. I still have a couple of questions to answer. Ang kinakabahan ako ay wala akong masagot sa last portion, asking for linkages and support in new zealand kasi wala naman talaga kaming kilala sa NZ. At any rate, wish me luck!

    By Blogger watson, at 2:47 PM, May 30, 2008  

  • watson, it is not a reqmt to know someone in nz. it is only an indication to INZ that if you know someone in NZ, it means you have resources/advice to go to in case you need some. ibig sabihin in times of need, may malalapitan ka at hindi mo bibigyan ng problema ang NZ. sali ka sa Pinoyz2nz para marami ka makilala.

    By Blogger Ka Uro, at 3:44 PM, May 30, 2008  

  • Happy Father's Day!

    By Anonymous Anonymous, at 9:02 PM, June 15, 2008  

  • Hello Ka Uro!

    Medyo out of topic rin, but just want to know if there's job openning in your office. I have a Work to Residence Visa but still having hard time finding a job and my WTR will expire soon, need to get a job.

    By Blogger Minnie, at 11:20 PM, June 19, 2008  

  • Hi Ka Uro,

    I'm inspired by your story. I have a question, medyo off topic. But, just curious if you still have opening in your company. Because I have a work to residece visa and it will expire soon. So, needed to secure a job. Your help will be greatly appreciated. Not sure how to get in touch with you, so just post a comment. Thanks in advance for your help.

    By Blogger Minnie, at 11:29 PM, June 19, 2008  

  • Hello KU! Nice to see you back. Malaking tulong ito sa mga kababayan natin na gustong pumunta sa NZ.

    Keep it up and God Bless!!!

    By Anonymous ann, at 7:24 PM, June 30, 2008  

  • sir, link kita sa site ko. :)

    libertad.multiply.com

    By Anonymous tims, at 9:31 PM, July 10, 2008  

  • Advance Happy Birthday! May the Lord continue to bless you and your family. God bless!

    By Anonymous Anonymous, at 5:11 PM, August 08, 2008  

  • Magandang hapon po ka uro,

    Sobra pong inspired kami ng mama ko, andito ho kami sa nz holding a visitors visa and was sponsored by my sister. Ang plano namin dito nalang magfile ng work permit but till now wala paring job offer ang mama ko, i managed to get a job offer for a caregiving job and filed for a work permit but the immigration officer sent me a letter saying they are not convinced that there are no locals available to do the job. My employer gave me other infos, nasubmit ko na po sa immigration. Guess all I can do now is to pray.

    May kilala ho ba kayong maaaring tumulong sa amin?
    Ayaw ho namin mawalan ng pagasa.
    Here is my e-mail louiepagarigan@yahoo.co.nz

    Hope to hear from our fellow filipinos soon. Thanks

    By Anonymous Louie, at 1:57 PM, October 17, 2008  

  • ka uro,

    hirap pala mag apply dyan ng trabaho. di basta basta. gusto ko sa magtrabaho dyan assistamt cook.

    By Anonymous jake m, at 4:55 PM, October 30, 2008  

  • really inspiring.....

    By Anonymous online casino games, at 10:20 PM, December 17, 2008  

  • Hindi ba automatic na na yearly renew na lang ang work permit kasi me address ka na naman to stay sa NZ?
    ke wala work or meron?
    meaning resident ka na ng nz for so long, paying taxes as a worker, at least me sss ka na to back you up even ma out of work?

    also as permanent resident to citizen if given a chance?

    sorry, kasi bakit ganun dyan sa nz?
    they seems to use your skills, then ma out ka ng bansa nila after wala ka na work.eh tax payer ka nila. ang daya ata?

    By Blogger Francesca, at 11:01 AM, December 18, 2008  

  • hello po, Thank you for posting about the stories of many Filipinos dyan. I would like to take this time also to invite you to join the Pinoy Expats Blog Awards 2009 by submitting an entry relative to the theme of this years contest, "Filipino's Abroad, Hope of the Nation, Gift to the World."

    Sana magjoin po kau, visit our site to learn more.

    By Anonymous Pinoy Expats Blog Awards 2009, at 8:00 PM, July 12, 2009  

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