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Farm Work Programme selection and placement is free — Ministry of Labour reminds public

Published:Thursday | March 16, 2017 | 1:57 PM

The Ministry of Labour and Social Security is reminding members of the public that selection for the Overseas Employment (Farm Work) Programme to United States and Canada is free of cost.

The Ministry says the warning becomes necessary against the background of unscrupulous persons — purporting to be agents of the Ministry — collecting monies from members of the public for selection or placement.

The Ministry says persons seeking to access the Farm Work Programme should not pay monies to anyone for selection or placement.

It says the only fees payable are for US visas or Canadian Work Permits, biometric and medical processing and these fees are paid only on advice from the Ministry after the selection process is completed.

The Ministry says persons who have been approached and offered placement in the Ministry’s Overseas Employment Programme in exchange for a fee should report the matter immediately to the police.

The Ministry is warning that persons engaged in any illegal activity regarding access to the Overseas Employment (Farm Work) Programme will be prosecuted to the full extent of the law.

Meanwhile, the Ministry is also urging persons to exercise caution with job offers through the Internet or on Social Media to avoid becoming victims of scamming, human trafficking or identity theft.