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    Mama,

    You need to submit the Green Contract to the Consulate first and not immigration.

    But before you can do that I guess it needs the agency stamp.

    Jessie, which agency did you use?

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    Hi,

    I just called Phil. consulate, they DO NOT allow a direct hire without an agency, i'm getting a helper who will work here first time. IF the helper is ex-hk, then i can do the leg work and just have it stamped by an agent.

    It will turn out more expensive for me than just paying for an agency fee to look for a helper for me. As the agency fee for a direct hire is higher.

    Can anyone receommend an agency that is reasonably priced?

    I called the Overseas employment, Rani, and it will turn out to be around $5,000+.........unbelievable!!!

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    First time direct hire

    "Do not allow direct hire without an agency" doesn't mean that you have to pay for the agency to do the ENTIRE process! Get it?

    Find an agent and negotiate the fees for JUST stamping your contract and submitting them to the Phil consulate for you or with you, get them stamped by the Phil consulate, and then submit your forms and contracts to the HK immigration yourself, you will then have to wait for a few days up to a few weeks (depends how busy they are) before they assign you with a case number, which they called VSA number. With this number, you can then communicate with them.
    Last edited by hermoine; 05-25-2006 at 04:33 PM.

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    Hi Hermoine,

    YES, they mean i have to go thru an agency to do the entire process, it's because my helper is FIRST time to be working in Hk, so she has to have an agency. If it's ex-Hk, then i can do the procedure that you've mentioned. I've asked around aside from the consulate and it's correct.

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    $5K is way tooo high! Call a few other agencies and see if you can get a better price.

    This company is charging $1.8K

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    Hi Rani and to all who is planning to get a direct hire helper.....

    The agency fee ranges from 1,600-2,000 dollars, BUT this is just the fee that we should pay in Hk. The poor helper also has to pay another 20,000 pesos in Manila, so it turns out to be expensive too.

    What i did is find an agency that i pay all the expenses here, around $3,200, the helper won't pay anything in Manila anymore.

    The processing takes 4-6 weeks.

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    Thanks MamaS for the update.
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    hi all,

    i didn't do it thr any agency. but my helper used to work in hk before. maybe that was why they didnt need me to do it thr an agency?

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