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Helpers' stay can be extended: CS

November 12, 2017

The Hong Kong Special Administrative Region Government will exercise flexibility in extending the stay of Filipino domestic helpers affected by the Philippine government's suspension of issuing overseas employment certificates.


Chief Secretary Matthew Cheung made the statement today, saying the Immigration Department will consider the circumstances of each case and make appropriate arrangements.


The Social Welfare Department will provide assistance to affected families, such as occasional childcare and elderly services, he added.


Reiterating the Philippines' move is not targeting Hong Kong, Mr Cheung said the HKSARG has urged its Philippine counterpart to resume issuing the working certificates as soon as possible.