MSF advises seafarers to avoid brokers for SID applications

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The office of the Myanmar Seafarers Federation.

The Myanmar Seafarers Federation (MSF) has issued a notice advising its members to apply for SID cards through middlemen, urging new applicants not to engage with brokers.
Online booking must be done to apply for SID, and only a small number of people will be accepted during the trial period.
Weaknesses in the process were revealed during this test. According to the report, after fixing the defects, up to 300 SIDs can be issued per day.
In addition, when applying for SID, it is advised not to engage with any brokers or intermediaries concerning the withdrawal process.
In the current scenario, there is a noticeable trend of brokers publicly declaring their intention to assist seafarers in applying for the SID card. Additionally, there have been reports indicating that these brokers are demanding a service fee that exceeds the value of the SID card by at least twice.
“It is quite difficult to apply for SID Online Booking. Since it is a trial period, 50 applicants each are accepted in the morning and afternoon section, totalling 100. Now, I saw that the SID department has issued a letter to submit online bookings for the next week starting at 4 pm on Friday. There is no difficult in doing it yourself, and it is quick to take only the necessary documents for office matters. Applicants do not need to spend K28,000 on all processes. Some brokers say they pay around K50,000 but except for the online booking and filling out the form, the rest is lined up by myself,” Ko Aung Naing, a sailor who applied for the SID himself, told The Global New Light of Myanmar (GNLM). — TWA/KZW

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