This time I would like to write about expatriates.
I work in the Philippines and am an expatriate worker, so I will focus on my situation and the circumstances of my acquaintances.
Basically, expatriates belong to Japanese companies.
However, since I am an employee or president of a local corporation, my working visa is supported by the company and given to me.
I feel that I am living overseas, but the visa is the most necessary thing for us overseas workers.
Without this, I have no choice but to go home.
Explaining the situation of me and other expatriates and Japanese hired locally, visa will be approved by the company for the first time.
And the local staff of the company will assist you in applying for that visa.
My local Filipino company is Filipino.
There is one problem here.
They Filipinos do not know the importance of visas. Because they are Filipinos and can live in the Philippines without any special application.
But Japanese are foreigners in this country.
I want you to feel the importance of visas first.
The one thing that happened to me was that my working visa in the Philippines is renewed every year, so at that time, I will tell the local staff about the renewal about a month ago.
I thought that I immediately went through the update procedure after this.
Then, when the remaining 3 weeks of the renewal period came, I suddenly felt uncomfortable and confirmed with the local staff whether the visa renewal application had been completed.
At that time, the staff was busy with another job.
After that I forgot and kept it in the drawer for a long time.
When I hurriedly instructed to apply for a visa again, I was able to renew the visa at the request of the ministry of the special economic zone, which asked me to take one month later to update the visa.
I think this is close to the presence of many Japanese expatriates and local hires.
Especially, I often hear about companies that submit their passports to small and medium-sized companies.
Visas are the lifeline of foreigners who live and work abroad. Since I have had this kind of thing once, I am very careful now when updating my visa.
Certainly, when I was working in Japan, a colleague’s foreigner once returned to my home country because of a visa, revisited my visa, and came back again.
At that time, I was wondering if getting a visa was such a big deal, would I want to work in Japan until I returned home?
I even felt that it was a great nuisance because the foreigner temporarily left the company, and because the foreigner left the company, he was busy.
But now that I am in the same situation, I am keenly aware of the importance of visa. If you want to work abroad, or if you are going to work overseas as an expatriate, you should check the importance of visas and the types of visas.
In the Philippines where I work, most of the people basically work with 9G or PEZA visas.
PEZA visas are very effective, so long as you have a special working visa that can be obtained by expatriates of companies registered in the Philippine Economic Zone Authority (PEZA), a special economic zone in the Philippines. I can. However, in addition to this, another work permit called AEP (ALIEN EMPLOYMENT PERMIT) is required from an organization like the Labor Standards Bureau in Japan called DOLE (Department Of Labor and Employee).
This PEZA visa allows you to pass through the airport immigration in the same way as a traveler without having to do anything special when leaving or entering the country.
And although it is a 9G visa, this visa is basically for expatriates and local hires of companies outside the PEZA special economic zone. Of course AEP is also required. I can work in the Philippines and I have no problem with my living, but what is overwhelmingly different from a PEZA visa is that an exit tax is required when leaving the country. I also don’t know who decides and manages it with a system that I don’t know, because every time it comes out, a different amount is charged.
These two visas are overwhelmingly large, but some of them are different investment visas and retirement visas because I married a Filipino woman during my stay in Japan or quit the company but want to live in the Philippines as it is. There are various visas such as a quarter visa that is issued to only about 50 people a year, a marriage visa obtained by marrying a Filipina woman, so it is a good idea to check once.
For expatriates, it depends on the discretion of the company, but the place to live is usually one that rents one room in the condominium and gives a driver to the vehicle.
There seems to be some companies that move to the Philippines with their families to help them with maids, support English school costs for work, and help children go to Japanese schools.
Basically, the salaries of expatriates are usually paid in Japanese yen to the account and the salaries in the Philippines are paid separately, but due to taxes, they are all paid in Philippine pesos or paid in US dollars. And various.
I think there is also a choice of company, but there are often problems in accounting, so there are companies that change their salary payment method every time while exploring various patterns.
It seems that it is very favored for expatriates who receive salaries in the Philippines while receiving salaries in Japan, but for expatriates it feels stressful to be here and hopes to return home early even if this treatment is abandoned It seems that there are people.
By the way, I don’t care which term I am in, and I am a bit uncertain about the term of office.
If you live, you say the city.
There are not many expatriates complaining about salary and treatment. I think that the head office provides us with such great support. (I always complain)
And the first problem is that there is a difference in how to proceed with the work that is the main subject of this time.
It takes at least a year to get used to it.
It’s not as easy as in Japan. It may not be easy in Japan, but I will express it that way.
Most of the Japanese companies are located in the PEZA special economic zone, and will be responsible for their work there.
There are many manufacturing factories here, and it is not uncommon for companies to have manufacturing departments especially in developing countries due to the shortage of human resources and rising wages in Japan.
Many employees here manufacture under the guidance of Japanese instructors. Filipinos work hard but often take a rest.
You don’t understand the meaning, right?
This means that there are some people who work the same as in Japan and some employees often take a rest, but developing countries have no resistance to taking a break from the company. Of course, full-time employees are paid and have the right to use it, but they can rest without any problems.
Especially on Mondays, many employees are absent from work.
Although a company wants to operate machines and humans at full capacity, employees often take a break and the operating rate drops.
The company understands this and reserves about 10% of the required number of employees. However, the Japanese head office is not silent. There are many expatriates who are struggling because they cannot understand and explain how much they do.
So when all the employees come to the office, it can create the illusion of being such an employee, and I wouldn’t be surprised if a great man from Japan came to visit.
And as is often the case with manufacturing companies, machines often break.
It’s not because the Filipinos use it badly and it doesn’t break.
In particular, the company that brought the Japanese dropout will break even if it introduces an electric ballast.
A place that would not be broken in Japan is blamed for the Filipinos, and expatriates have trouble explaining.
I also have a hard time teaching the Japanese work style to work.
Of course, it will be difficult for the leaders to come from Japan to support us.
In particular, there are many patterns in which excuses start when you make a mistake and proceed by arranging what you have been taught and working on a style that you think is good for you.
It is a common phrase that the leader should have taught after returning to Japan.
The number of defective products is fooled, and in the worst case, the purchase price of parts may change without notice. Before I knew it, I couldn’t understand what happened to the amount of money that I had bought from a parts shop I knew from the procurement staff at a slightly higher price.
Developing countries are still under sleeve or under money. That is a fact.
When I hear the reason why the supplier has changed, the most common reason is that the new supplier has a faster delivery date and payment terms are better, but in the first place I do not respect my boss as an employee who does not report when changing the supplier It will be the same employee as No.
It’s not all that bad things happen, but you need to crack down on anything for any reason to prevent fraud.
After that, the number of expatriates is basically one to two SMEs.
A few of them have to look at all the local employees, and when they overlook something wrong or wrong, the head office gets angry.
I think, but honestly, I think it’s very difficult to do everything from document confirmation to site confirmation. It is said that it is not good to hold all of them because the expatriate has employees to entrust the work, and if that is the case, reduce the number of employees.
It’s reasonable, but I can’t quite do that.
There are various difficult circumstances.
I want to finish the difficult situation again later this time around here.
By the way, I think this case is more realistic because it happened in the Philippines and in other companies around me.