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Switzerland to legalize illegal Pinoy workers

  • Written by Cristina Lee-Pisco
  • Published in Nation
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Good news for undocumented Filipino workers in Canton of Geneva, Switzerland.

They now have the chance to legally work and reside in Geneva through a new scheme offered by the Geneva authorities dubbed “Operation Papyrus.”

“Operation Papyrus” aims to allow undocumented migrants in Geneva to apply for a legal residency permit provided they meet certain qualifications.

Undocumented foreign workers should show that they have resided in the Canton for at least 10 years, an A2 level French proficiency, and demonstrated capacity to support themselves.

Once granted, the legal residency permit entitles the undocumented migrant to legally work and reside in Geneva.

“Operation Papyrus” will initially be implemented for two years from 2017 to 2019.
   
The Philippine Consulate General in Geneva has coordinated with the “Ugnayang Bayan,” a federation of Filipino community organizations in the Cantons of Geneva and Vaud, to set up a task force to provide information to qualified undocumented migrants.
   
As of the latest count, there are an estimated 1,697 Filipino undocumented migrants in Cantons of Geneva and Vaud.