Jobs For Americans Philippines.
Here’s some excerpts from a recent comment/question I received. I answered this fellow directly, but his questions were so appropriate to so many folks who come here looking for answers about working in the Philippines I felt I just had to write an article here for the “main blog. paage
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Hello Philly. I have been reading your blog, and you seem like a very reasonable man, with well thought out advice. I thought I would get your take on my situation.
I am an American male. I have a serious girlfriend in Cebu, and we are ready to take things to the next level. I have visited there several times and have enough cash to sustain myself with no job for about 6 months. Maybe more if I can be really conservative.
If You Can Get Through The First 6 Months ….
My take on this is, your first month or two living here will likely be the most expensive months you’ll ever encounter.
Once you are set up in a place to live and have your living arrangements (and expectations) managed, things will be easier, but when you feel you have “six months in the bank” be sure to allow WAY more for the first month or two than you will need for future months.
I can see that finding employment over there is difficult, but it does not seem impossible. I have a business degree, and experience in Call Centers, and marketing.
A lot of guys apparently DO find some sort of work here, but to my mind the work they find is often pitiful, to say the least. And working conditions here … how can I put this succinctly? Well, they SUCK.
You should do yourself a favor and read this:
and related articles like this one:
How Old Are You?
You don’t state your age. Are you aware that the majority of jobs here have upper age limits around 25 or 30? Age discrimination is not only legal here, it’s the norm.
My Girlfriend has employment so does not need my support. She has her own house, so we will not be living together.
A few questions…
How does marriage affect the ability to find a job for a western man?
Does Being Married Help Or Hurt?
I really can’t think of any way that getting married here could have a negative effect on job chances.
The only way I know it could affect employment opportunities is in a positive way if your wife to be has any decent connections. You don’t say where she is employed or what her job is. This can make a big difference in some cases.
“Who you know” here has way, way more importance than “What you know“.
Also she’ll be an important asset in helping you through “sticky places” because there are many things here which, as an American going into a situation, you think you know what’s involved and what action you should take, but you DON”T.
I’m here ten years now and my wife has bailed me out innumerable times. (Not real bail, “social bail”, LoL). Likewise my dearly departed father-in-law, a former bank examiner, who steered me right on a number of money and business decisions.
A Big Positive is a Visa
All that being said the ultimate way that being married to a Filipina affects your employment chances is that once you obtain a 13(a) visa (Permanent Residency visa, which is roughly equivalent to a Green Card in the US), you then have the right to work in the Philippines. This is a HUGE benefit.
Is there any hope of finding a job once I am there?
There’s always hope, but see the next paragraph.
Should I secure a job with an American Company before I travel overseas?
The Best Way To Work Here is Via a US-based Company
If you are bound and determined to stick with the “last century” model of a J*O*B, then you absolutely should be looking now, not waiting until you come here.
You mentioned call centers (More properly, BPO’s (Business Process Outsource) Centers).
I have 4 nieces working long-term in this industry right now in Manila and not one of them makes calls, many of these companies are so much more than “Call Centers”.
A few years ago I did some research and found the top ten call center/BPO companies in the Philippines were almost all branches or subsidiaries of US corporations. In fact a number of the big names here also operate under the same name back there in the USA. Look at this list and Google to find the corporate headquarters and locations in the USA.
Is it possible to get the necessary documents to work without the assistance of a company?
As a single foreigner basically no. Others may have done it, and I’d be glad to hear from them if they read this, but in general terms the job comes first.
The main reason for this is the fact that to be allowed to work here your employer has to prove there are no qualified Filipino applicants for the job. “Equal Opportunity”, so much that it exists here at all, most assuredly does NOT apply to foreigners.
You then need an AEP (Alien Employment Permit) and this permit essentially “belongs” to your employer.
There are some online who argue you do not need an AEP if you are on a 13(A) visa, but there are others who have been deported for working without one.
I find the Philippine laws, especially those regarding immigration and working here “Consistently Inconsistent” in the way they are interpreted and enforced. See:
Thank you for your thoughts and advice.
Find a job in the USA which allows you to work from home, or build your own business in Internet Marketing (you don’t need much to equal the pittance you’d be paid in the Philippines), blogging, affiliate marketing etc., and then avoid all this hassle. As a plus your first ~$100,000 USD of earned income while you live overseas is excluded from your US tax base and also not taxable by the Philippines. Godspeed.
That’s it for today on Jobs For Americans Philippines.