Nurses Are In-Demand in Saudi Arabia: Application Procedures of Saudi Recruitment Office Aug 23, 2010
Filipino nurses and other
healthcare workers who wish to work abroad may want to look at Saudi Arabia as
a possible destination. This is because the oil-rich country has great demand
for foreign nurses and other healthcare professionals. As compared to other
favored destination of nurses such as United States of America (USA) and United
Kingdom (UK), deployment of foreign nurses in Saudi Arabia is relatively easier
Government hospitals in Saudi Arabia deploy Filipino nurses and they conduct their recruitment through the
Government Placement Branch (GPB) scheme. This is the government to government type
of overseas recruitment where government agencies of other countries hire
foreign workers and deployment is handled by the Philippine Overseas Employment
Arabia, the Saudi Recruitment Office (SRO) is
the agency that is exclusively tasked to handle the deployment of foreign
medical workers to their government hospitals and other medical
institutions. Their office in the Philippines can be found at the 18th floor of BDOTower along Makati
Ave. corner Paseo De Roxasin MakatiCity.
To send an application to
the SRO, one needs to register at the POEA Manpower Registry
System. They also have to personally submit required documents at the POEA
office in Mandaluyong.
After sending an
application to the SRO, the applicant needs to wait for a message from the
agency. The message will be for the scheduled examination and interview at the
SRO. They usually send an exam and interview notice at least a week before the
actual date so applicants would have time to prepare.
On the day of the exam
and interview, applicants are advised to observe punctuality. They should arrive at least 30 minutes before
their schedule because they still need to search for the files that they
submitted at the POEA registry.
The SRO and POEA do not require
specific dress codes. Still as part of being a responsible jobseeker, an applicant
should strive to look his or her best. As Arabs are known to be conservative people,
applicants should refrain from wearing skimpy clothes and donning heavy make-up.
Look decent and professional by wearing simple clothes and women should only wear
At the SRO, applicants
would first be asked to answer an examination composed of 50 items within one
hour. The exam will be checked right away and only those who will get a passing mark will be
interviewed. Unsuccessful examinees will be asked to go home.
Successful examinees will
go through the interview process which usually lasts for 10 to 15 minutes. The
questions are mostly of clinical nature. The result of the interview will also
be known right away and those who will pass will be given an appointment letter
indicating the salary offer.
They will then present
the letter of employment and medical report to the POEA. After which, they will
be asked to attend an initial orientation to know the
requirements that they need to submit. Applicants will only be given a month to
comply with all the requirements prior to deployment.