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Anyone Hire a Filipino Helper Recently?

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    DrCookie,

    HK Immigration usually takes 4-6 weeks. It's this new training policy in the Phillipines that has got everyone confused. SCMP covered it last week and the Consulate has said the training is only 23 days, but it includes Cantonese/Mandarin and some of the helpers are afraid they will not be able to pass the test. The cost of the training is HK$1600 and if they fail they need to re-take the test, which is around $160. Not sure how many times they can sit for the test.
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    The newspaper clipping said the training was 23 days right? Just found an online article stating its only 3 days.
    http://www.gmanews.tv/story/28032/PO...experienced-DH
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    I have a friend who has just got her helper and the training is only 3 days but you then have to wait for a certificate before they can book a flight.

    It took me 3 months to get my helper here and it has taken my other 2 friends this long as well. We all found that immigration was 4-6 weeks but it was the phillippine consulate and other things like this course that held up getting the helper here.

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    my agency said a way to expedite the approval process is to show proof that you are expecting a baby or need help urgently. I didn't provide any proof but my helper's visa was approved within 4 weeks after I submitted all paperwork.

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    Urgent application

    In response to ELT, recently I left it a bit late to start the visa applications for my new helper (4 weeks prior to when we needed her to start). The agency supplied me with the form to ask for a speedier consideration as we have 1 child who needs care during the day when I was at work and I was also 6 months pregnant and could really do with the help. The request was totally ignored and it took 8 weeks to get my new helper back from the Philippines...thank goodness for grandparents to bridge the gap!

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    so so far.. aside from the timing, seems like agency fees and practices has been staying the same?

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    kellyst, can you pm me the details of your maid agency. seems like they have pretty reliable and good maids since you have been using them for ages.

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    LittleLams, pls check pm.

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