Direct Hire Workers: What You Need to Know In Case Someone from Abroad Hired You

There are two types of Overseas Filipino Workers:

  • Agency-hired, which means you apply and got accepted through a recruitment agency;
  • Direct Hire, wherein a foreign employer contacted and hired you directly.

Agency-hired workers have less to worry about, especially when you applied in legitimate recruitment agencies. On the other, being hired directly can be an issue since you have to handle everything yourself.

Here’s what we know, so far, about POEA’s latest rules and guidelines on Direct Hire workers:

Ban on Direct Hiring

As of POEA’s Memorandum Circular No. 8, Series of 2018, no employer can directly hire an overseas Filipino worker for overseas employment. Still, there are organizations who are allowed to recruit Filipino workers. Those who are exempted from direct ban hiring includes:

  • International organizations
  • Members of the diplomatic corps
  • Heads of State and government officials with at least Deputy Minister rank

Those who bear a lesser rank may be allowed IF endorsed by Philippine Overseas Labor Office (POLO) or Head of Mission in case there’s no POLO.

Other exempted individuals are:

  • Professionals and skilled workers with duly executed authenticated/verified contracts, with terms above the prescribed guidelines set by POEA. The number of workers hired must not exceed five workers.
  • Those who were hired (except domestic workers) by a relative or family member who is already a permanent resident in the host country.

Employment Standards as Shown in the Employment Contract

Despite being a direct hire, your foreign employer must still set forth acceptable and reasonable terms to make sure your rights are protected. In line with this, the following employment standards must be set forth in the Employment Contract, which includes the following, but not limited to:

  • Compulsory life / repatriation insurance coverage
  • Basic compensation package, which includes position, job location, and basic monthly salary
  • Commencement and duration of the employment contract
  • Employee benefits such as bonuses, food and accommodation (or their monetary equivalent), overtime pay, transportation to and from work, end of service rewards, and emergency and medical treatment among others
  • Work hours and leaves (vacation and sick)
  • Just or valid causes of termination
  • Repatriation

POEA Requirements to Process Direct-Hire Deployment

  • Pre-employment medical examination, as evidenced by Certificate of Medical Fitness
  • Certificate of Attendance to Pre-Employment Orientation Seminar (PEOS) and Pre-Departure Orientation Seminar (PDOS)
  • Verified or authenticated original Employment Contract, each page signed by employer or its authorized representative
  • Philippine passport with at least six months validity prior to intended departure
  • Valid work visa or permit
  • Proof of certificate of insurance coverage
  • Notarized statement of the worker as to how the employment was secured, which also includes contact details of your employer
  • TESDA Skill Certification and Certificate of Attendance to Comprehensive Pre-Departure Education Program (CPDEP) for domestic workers

Procedure for Direct Hire Documentation:

Documentation of Direct Hire Workers will be managed by Direct Hire Assistance Division (DHAD) under Pre-Employment Services Office. In case your employer doesn’t fall under the exempted category, then here are the procedures you need to follow:

1. Submit requirements for documentation and evaluation. You will then be informed if your employer may be allowed to hire workers directly after the DHAD makes recommendation.

2. If allowed, a Clearance will be issued by POEA administrator.

3. Once the Clearance is granted, the following steps must be made:

  • Proceed to DHAD so that the DHAD authorizing officer can approve and sign the Employment  Contract.
  • Fill up the OFW Info Sheet.
  • Relevant information will be encoded in the Direct Hire E-Processing System
  • Pay appropriate fees with POEA (processing of documents), OWWA (OFW membership), Philhealth, and PAG-IBIG. Your Overseas Employment Certificate will be issued once fees on respective government agencies are paid. Take note that the foreign employer should pay OWWA and POEA processing fees as well as visa, work permit, airfare, and insurance coverage. Membership to government agencies like SSS and Philhealth will be shouldered by you, the worker.
  • Your records will be endorsed to POEA Central Records Division.

Take note that the registration of Direct Hires can be done in POEA main office and Regional Centers and Units through Regional and Overseas Coordinating Office.

482 Replies to “Direct Hire Workers: What You Need to Know In Case Someone from Abroad Hired You”

  1. I reckon that the government should not make it difficult for Filipinos to be hired directly specially by large foreign companies. I am giving example to my own experience. I used to be an agency supplied Oil Field worker and had to be content with the salary which after the agency’s cut is not even a quarter of what the company is paying to the agency. We were not also covered by the international health and sickness benefits. Not until the company was recruiting agency personnel for direct hiring and promotion and of course, the offer was beyond your wildest imagination. To make the story short, I got hired directly and climb up the ranks through completion of company sponsored training. My monthly income went as high as 15,000 USD and even got paid the same amount of salary during a month off on a Month On/Month Off rotation. My family was covered by the company’s health benefits,and I am covered by a lifetime pension plan.
    To step back in time a bit, before I got hired, I have to go through a lot of scrutiny through POEA/OWWA. I have to present to them the contract I signed with the company which must be registered thru POEA. They were so concerned that I may fall into an illegal recruiter or a bogus company hence the figures were too good to be true. I got prostrated at this point because how can I get my company to go through all these hassles, they might just drop me off instead. Eventually, it was sufficed with a certification from my new employer and a direct fax from my company HR in the US. I presented to them my Insurance and health benefits which is a thousand folds better than the local standards.I also have to present my membership in a company Stock options which is a dream if I were an agency hire. To sum it up, I was employed by the largest Oil Drilling Company for 25 years and just recently retired. My children went through prestigious schools and earned their degrees. We managed to build and expand our family business and still have enough to look forward to for the years to come.
    The bottom line is…how come the government have to the right to ban Direct Hiring and be selective whom to be hired? I reckon that the government should encourage foreign companies to directly hire Filipinos for better future rather than limiting their opportunities.

    1. Hi Manuel! We understand your concern. We also get a lot of questions and sentiments regarding direct hire workers. Unfortunately and as harsh as it sounds, this is government policy and there’s nothing we can do but to abide by these rules. Surely, there are sound reasons behind this. Nonetheless, we’re happy to read that life overseas worked well for you.

      1. I think these is not the righf thing that you ban direct hired especially in a good country,actaully the government give oppurtunities to agency that can get more money for those people who want ta have a work outside the country .please if you do this kind of rule not only for ofw you must have rule also for agency that they cant put high price on there service.dont put ofw for suffer alot that these things must select the country that need to ban direct hire like kuwait saudi the middle east country why have alot of ofw there can go more faster that country you must to focus and must strict that countries..
        than the countries like usa canada or australia

        1. Hi Nara. Direct hired workers are not totally banned. The government now requires more documents to be submitted to avoid possible cases of human trafficking. We understand that this could be hassle, but surely, the government has a reason why this was imposed.

          1. Good eve mam..Do u have any idea how to write a letter of appeal for the exemption from ban? Any sample letter that can u share pls…Need it badly…thank u in advance..

          2. Hi Mica. We don’t have a sample po. Just indicate the request that the foreign company wants to hire you directly as their worker.

          3. Hi Lara! Any recommendation on what to do if employer of direct hire hired more than 5 workers.

          4. Hello Kaye. As per POEA Memorandum Circular, the limit is five for companies hiring Filipino workers for the first time. We’re not sure if this applied to companies who had previously hired Filipino workers.

          5. Ms Lara, I just want to ask a question. Three of my friends were confronted with the same dilemma right now.

            They came to South Africa a few months back on a visit visa with business related condition for six months. When their visa expired they went back to the Philippines but the company wants to hire them back directly.

            They have acquired all the necessary documents and the employer is more than gracious to provide them with everything that the POEA has ask.

            Now, when it comes to the Authorization letter for the exemption of direct hiring ban, they reached a dead end because we don’t have POLO here South Africa. And the embassy representative said that they cannot issue such documents because they have no labour authority to do so. So what is the remedy to this? What would be their next course of action? The authorization letter is the only thing missing in their list.

          6. Hi Joie. If there is no POLO, the Philippine Embassy or Consulate may issue the said requirement as per POEA rules.

          7. What do you mean not totally banning the direct hire? A friend did a direct hire for Singapore helper, she processed all Singapore permits and OWWA but helper cannot be issued OEC in Singapore as she is a direct hire and a first timer in SG. When my friend processed her OEC in Phils, she’s asked to go through an agency as direct hire is not allowed. Agencies do not know what to do since her Singapore permits are already done. I am in the same situation. We are so confused how to move forward with our helpers OEC.

          8. Hi , Lara , I had an offer as direct hire that will be based on Melbourne Australia , I would like to ask what will be the legal documents i need to secure or my employer ?

          9. Hi Ms. Lara, saan po ba ako dapat magpunta para sumangguni para sa mga katanungan ng tamang pagproseso ng direct hiring? Meron po kasi akong employer from Australia handa po silang makipag-ugnayan para sa mga kakailanganin na proseso dito sa Pilipinas papuntang Australia para maging stay-in caregiver. Salamat sa pagtugon

          10. Hi po Ms. Lara curious lang po, I have a business here in the US and planning to direct hire 2 of my relatives is that possible po ba? Please advise.
            Salamat po.

          11. Hello Nick! You still need to comply with the documents listed above with the POEA. There will also be visa requirements as well otherwise, baka maharang agad sa Immigration if there are no corresponding travel docs.

          12. Hi Ms. Lara.
            Good day! Direct hired worker allowed or still need go through agency here (UAE-Philippines).
            GOD bless po.

          1. Hi Conchita. Please refer to the post as it indicated the process and documents you need to prepare in case you are directly hired. Thanks!

      2. Hello i have a concern po. nag tourist ako sa sweden and was very fortunate to get a job as direct hire bale hindi na ako nakauwi ng pinas kasi start na agad ng contract pero dinala ko yun contract and employer ko sa phil. Consulate to sign mu contracy infront of the head consul. I was advised na pag uwi ko ng pinas mag change status ako sa poea as ofw. Pano po ang process nun?

        1. Hi Ashley,

          Di ba ibig sabihin nun undocumented ofw ka?
          So, tourist ka and for how long ka nag work dun?

          Di ka na-sanction ni POEA nung nag apply ka na sakanila pag balik mo?


      3. Hello – Any recommended recruitment agency who can help me with my OEC? I was hired as a director and looking for an agency who can process executive positions.

        1. Hi Macy. You may check authorized agencies sa POEA. They do have a list of recruitment agencies that could help process your documents depending on the location.

          1. Hi po. galing po ako Dubai dati. now po sa Qatar na po ako nag wowork. ask ko lang po if pagkatapos ma verify ung contract, ano pa ping requirements para maka kuha ng OEC? need po ba sa POLO or sa POEA manila tlga? mag PDOS pa ba ko ulet kahit natapos ko na un nung nag Dubai ko? ang sabe po kase sa BMonline pwedeng sa POLO maka kuha, pero ang sabe naman sa POLO sa POEA lang daw. mejo magulo po kase kaya po nag seseacrh search ako online until nakita ko tong thread. sana po matulungan nyo ko. salamat po.

          2. Hi! Does this apply to universities as well? I applied directly and got a job at a university in Singapore to work as a postdoctoral research fellow. I’m currently waiting for my work visa.

          3. Hi Andy. We’re not sure. Pls consult with POEA regarding this since from our end, this seems like a job where you are hired directly; hence the need to comply with all the requirements.

    2. Same experience here bro although not as high as your salary. I’m here at the airport at the moment and just been offloaded by immigration because they wont believe me. Largest mining company in the world is trying to hire me but they might drop me off because of all this bullshit requirements. Sometimes you ponder if the government is there to really help you or they are there to make your life harder. Hayyy buhay!!. Sabihin pa na marami na tayo visa exempt/ visa on arrival countries tas hnd rin nman maniniwal ung immigration. Bwisit

    3. I strongly agree, ginagawa nilang pahirapan ang processing. We do understand na it’s a government policy they can bend the rules naman e, for example yung OEC,nakikiusap na to follow nalang kasi ipapadala naman the following day, di ka padin eendorse for PDOS kahit almost complete na ang requirements at OEC nalang wala. Dahil sa processes nagdadalawang isip ang ibang employers to employ Filipinos just because of the process. Waste of time din kasi and resources e.

  2. I had a sponsor to get working visa in dubai,a foreigner who also own a company in dubai,What is ECC (Exit Clearance Certificate),with this document He said, I will skip POEA,OWWA, PDOS…He hired as Skilled worker and promised a good salary,But still askingfor opinion ,might be illegal ..He gave me the entry permit number invisa approved,but when i checked online no records me.. 09957885154

    1. Hi Rolando! Skipping POEA, OWWA, PDOS is illegal. These agencies as well as attending PDOS are mandatory. There is a possibility that it might be scam so it is best to stay away from that so-called sponsor.

      1. hi lara, ask ko lang po, may nag message kasi sakin about direct hiring sa australia and USA, and they said naka registered daw sila sa POEA-152-LB-101014-R yan yong binigay nila sakin. how can i check po if legit po ba tong info nato. thanks

          1. Hi Lara,

            Medyo naguguluhan lang ako kung saan ako magpapa verify ng employment contract since sabi dubai both has POLO and Philippine Embassy, I wonder which is the right action to take.

            Thank you!

          2. Hi Rogel. From what we understand, sa POLO. But if Dubai requires both POLO and Philippine Embassy, then sunod po tayo para sigurado.

        1. hello maam ask ko lang po sana nag applypo ako sa us then yong employer gusto nya po doon e process yong papers ko totoo po ba yong ganyan sabi kasi nang lawyer na ipadala ko daw yong pera na 500,dollar kasi doon daw e process yong working viza at yong iba pa

          1. Hi Loreme. Why do you need to send money from them? Usually po kasi, employer ang magprocess without you paying any amount. Baka po scam din ito.

        2. Hello can I asked questions, ammm, I have received working permit from Canada, is this legitimate working permit? Does scammer can copy the format of it. Is this possible that I only got my IELTS through waivers. I am direct hire. According to HRD I will pay php. 40k for biometric process and lastly medical. Thank you

      2. Hi Ms.Lara! Just want to ask if rehire-direct hire with same employer, jobsite, position need to undergo same procedure with first time direct hire ofw? Thank you.

  3. I currently hired as an Administrative Assistant at KLM ROYAL DUTCH AIRLINES COMPANY, Amsterdam Netherlands (direct hire). My working Visa is on process and handled by a lawfirm and needed my presence for verification and finalisation of my working visa application at Naturalisation Immigration Service Netherlands. Do I still need to comply requirements for OWWA AND POEA?

    1. Hi Aive! Good to know that everything is working well for you. If you will be returning to the Philippines, then you have to get an OEC sa POLO in Netherlands to avail of exemption.

    1. Hi Ambot. Ideally, no since that would be unfair on those directly hired prior to the ban. Upon expiration of contract, that’s the time when you have to apply through licensed recruitment agencies.

        1. Hi Jeffrey! Direct hire is not allowed, but there are exemptions. Please refer to the post on what to do in case you were hired directly 🙂

          1. Hi Ms.Lara! Just want to ask if rehire-direct hire with same employer, jobsite, position need to undergo same procedure with first time direct hire ofw? Thank you.

      1. Hello mam, I have an employer in korea who want to sponsor me as a direct hire nanny she said she can provide me a working visa but I’m here in hongkong if i work to Korea from Hong kong is it illegal? And when I finish my korea and exit to Philippines to work with the same employer in korea is it possible?

        1. Hi Lucia. Pls coordinate with the Philippine Embassy regarding this. The embassy has dedicated POEA and OWWA representatives who could better assist you regarding this. Salamat!

          1. Hi, recruitement firm from UK contacted me via email and chat. She told me that employer urgently needed a worker and if im interested to proceed my order Full Package Application so they can inform the employer. Before to proceed i need to pay 27 + 18 euro via paypal or debit as the processing fee of my papers. As a requirements they need some docs from me like CV, diploma and other ID’ that I should send to them to be able to process the employment. After processing employer will contact me for interview and to discuss salary package. Would like to ask for your advise.

          2. Hi Jomar! Did you check the legitimacy of the recruitment firm? Do you know the name of the company where you will be assigned? It’s hard to judge but to be safe, you need to inform the firm about the requirements for Direct Hires and see if they are amenable to that.

          3. Hi maam, paano po kung inadvised ng POEA to pass through recruitment agency dahil d nla pwede i process dokumento dahil s regulasyon n ang employer ay entitled lng mag hire not exceeding 5 employees., pang 6 n daw kc ako.
            Im still waiting pro wala prin refferal from employer through one of any licensed recruitment agencies? Ano po pwedeng gawin kahit meron na nmn employment offer and visa?

          4. Hello. Limit remains at five po, so no choice but to go through an agency talaga. You may follow up with POEA kung ano ang agency na pwede ma-refer sainyo na maaaring mag-process ng inyong application.

  4. Hi, ask ko lang i got a job contract and already ipa spass to work in singapore in a big company like samsung, when nagpunta ako sa poea for oec, nasa list nila si samsung na may accredited agency na,but in different country, not singapore,. When i ask the agency hindi sila accreditedbfor singapore na magprocess.. Now im stuck in a loop..any recommendations?

    1. Hi John! Unfortunately, direct hiring is not allowed by POEA. You can check the list of accredited agencies in POEA and see po kung sino ang pwedeng agency ang pwede mag-process ng iyong work documents for job overseas. Salamat po.

  5. How long does it take to get oec? If you go now and come back for vacation are you exempted for oec or you will pay for insurance again pay other fees?

  6. Hi!
    Naexpired yung oec ko a few days before i leave kasi namove yung vacation ko. I reapplied again and nag generate nman ng new oec is this valid? Thanks

      1. Hi Lara

        I was able to get a Job in Malaysia. Since POEA banned direct hirin abroad, this company went through one of the recruitment agencies here in the Philippines. It is clearly stated in my contract that I was hired for a managerial job (Bank Company) . However, the visa given by the recruitment agency stated that I’am employed as a Cleaner? Would this be an issue?

        1. Hi Juan. What is stated in your employment contract? POEA will check this po ang kapag nakakita ng discrepancy, baka po magka-problema. Have you checked with your recruitment agency kung bakit ganito?

  7. I got transferred from Singapore to US through a working VISA and got here through a flight from Singapore (hindi na ako umuwi ng pinas). Now, plano kung mag bakasyon sa pinas for 2 weeks. Do I still need to go through POEA and acquire OEC? Thanks.

    1. Hi John! We’re not sure about this but to be safe, yes, just acquire OEC. This way, you can show proof that you are a documented OFW. Thanks!

        1. Hi Weng. We’re not aware po of any advisory or travel ban sa Bulgaria. If wala naman po, please submit all the requirements listed sa Direct Hire Division para po ma-process ang inyong documents.

    2. Hi, you may contact POLO USA to process your OEC before going home to the Philippines. As long as you’re in US, they’ll be able to help you. OEC is only valid for 60days though, so this is advisable for OFWs who are only planning to stay in the PH for less than 2months.

      I’m bound to US and still here in the PH, i thought POLO USA could help me with OEC processing. They advised me to coordinate with POEA because I’m out of their jurisdiction since I’m currently in the PH.

  8. Good mporning i am directly hired from one of the prestigious hotel in miami florida already my documents send thru scan copy and thy told me to receive all hard copy thru courier but i need to pay 250usd for my documents bfore thy send me to us embassy to my visa application just i ask is this a scam but still i didnt send any thing for the payments. Thankyou

    1. Hi Lorna! Direct hire workers are not allowed by POEA. Please course through your job application with legitimate recruitment agencies. Thanks!

      1. Hi, may i ask lang po if accredited na ng poea amg website na Nakalagay po don ang logo ng POEA and they are hiring filipino workers “daw”. Please help po..thankyou

          1. Hi ms.Lara ask kO lng pO,may nag direct hire kc sken sa USA po na maging nanny pO sa anak nya,kailangan po ba ako ang mag bayad ng registration fee NA $600 po sa agency nila sa USA? At ganOn pO ba tlga ang babayaran para sa registration fee? SALAMAT.

          2. Hello Carla. We’re not familiar as to the amount po at kung talagang nagre-require na magbayad ng registration fee. Have you checked the legitimacy of the company?

  9. I am a graduate school student in Tokyo, Japan and doing job hunting just like a regular student in Japan would do. I got my written job acceptance notification in one company and can start this November. I currently have a student visa and can be easily switched to a working visa if the necessary requirements are submitted to the Japanese Immigration Bureau. Can I go through this POEA/OWWA process while I am in Japan?

    It seems as if this regulation would require students with a Philippine passport studying abroad to go back to the Philippines and go through the OWWA/POEA system which seems impractical and costly for both the employers and employees. Honestly, I am already in Japan and quite stable already in terms of finance and housing. Going back to the Philippines just to do this would revoke my job acceptance which I have worked hard for in months.

    1. Hi Albert! We suggest that you coordinate with the Philippine Embassy or POLO in Japan just to be sure. We’re not familiar with this kind of “arrangement” and we don’t want to give the wrong advice as well. Thanks!

    2. I would suggest that you coordinate with POLO Tokyo. You may ask their assistance in obtaining your OEC. I believe they can process it since you’re in Japan. POEA only processes OEC, if you’re coming from the Philippines.

  10. I was recently hired directly here in Singapore last August 2018. And plan to go for 3 days vacation in Philippines on first week of September 2018. What do I need so I can return in Singapore as OFW.
    Thank you.

    1. Hi Jeanne,

      Please let me know what happened to you. I will be returning home too for a 3 days vacation. I have registered at BM Online and scheduled an appointment at Trinoma. I am too worried that I won’t be able to fly back on time due to this OEC requirement for a first time OFW like me. I might lose my job if I won’t be able to come back after 3 days.

      1. Hi Jo,

        I have tried the process before when I went home for the holidays. It was an easy process If you already have booked for an appointment, just be there on time and provide the needed documents as posted on their site or sent in your email. It took me less than an hour (depending on the number of people, I did this in Baguio) . They will just update your details in the site and will let you pay for processing fee. after that they will print out the OEC and that is it.

    2. Hi Jeane. May I know how youre OEC processing went? Im a direct hire here in Sweden and Im planning to go home for Christmas. I also dont have records in poea yet so I think I’ll be like a first time OFW in this case. Let me know how things worked with you. Pleas enad thank you.

      1. CJ,

        I have tried the process before when I went home for the holidays. It was an easy process If you already have booked for an appointment(BM online), just be there on time and provide the needed documents as posted on their site or sent in your email. It took me less than an hour (depending on the number of people, I did this in Baguio) . They will just update your details in the site and will let you pay for processing fee. after that they will print out the OEC and that is it.

          1. Hi Carah. Yes, OEC is required since this is proof that you are a legitimate and documented OFW. You may apply through the BM Online System 🙂

    3. Hi Jeanne,

      May I know if you successfully returned to Singapore and ano po ang process na ginawa nyo. i have a similar scenario.

      Thank you po.

  11. Hello. Ask ko lang po ilang days na ang lead time for processing ng oec for direct hires ngayun from step 1 to finish? Thanks

    1. Hi Sara! That we cannot answer. From what we know, it would take around three months (and hopefully less than that) to complete all documents.

  12. Anyone who can help me here? I submitted my documents August 17,2018 for evaluation. It has reached the 2nd signatory on August 23, Thursday. I was out for Medical Exam for whole day on Friday so I wasn’t able to get an update yesterday.

    I was supposed to fly to the US on August 15, after learning about the process, I requested my employer to rebook my flight. They rebooked my flight on September 2 (Sunday).

    I’m really stressed out with the signatories. I’m still waiting for the original contract tho. My employer mailed them out to me Thursday and said I should expect 1-3 days shipping.

    I only have to go through PDOS to acquire my OEC. But it’s crunch time for me since Monday is declared holiday. I only have 4 days in total to process my OEC. Is there any way that I can expedite the process? 😭

    1. Hi Hannah! Are you a direct hire worker? We’re sorry to hear about this, but processing documents for direct hire has been challenging for most. Recruitment agencies’ hands, who are qualified to help you on this process, are tied as well since they follow guidelines.

    2. Hi hannah! I was just curious as you mentioned you are still waiting for your original contract. Isn’t the contract a requirement to process the OEC?

    3. Hi Hannah, have you already finished the oec process? is 2 weeks enough to process from step 1 to finish? Thank you. Looking forward for your reply

  13. Hi can i ask a question po,,meron kasing kumukuha sa amin sa singapore bilang isang musician,,gusto nyang mag self process kami sa poea,,ang tanong ko po pede bang mangyari na wala nang agency na pagdadaanan kasi nagawa na namin ito dati pa,,meron na po bang pagbabago sa rules ngayon ng processing tnx po

      1. Hi mam lara. Through one site, May nahanap po akong job vacancy sa US (direct hire) with private agency based sa US din po. The employer said, ang agency na bahala to do processing of travel and documents, provided i will pay first all the 50% fee as an applicant. Scam po ba ito? Thank you po sa response.

      2. Hi Good evening, ask ko lang po yun po bang notarized letter na ipapasa sa POEA is form employer or si employee po gagawa? Kasi direct hired po ako e . Tanungin ko lang po

  14. Good day po! I found a job in Vietnam through my Vietnamese friend and the company already processed my working Visa. What’s the best thing to do po since bawal na ang direct hire. Do I still need to find an agency even if I am already hired? I don’t know what to do po because my boss wants me to go there by the end of October. Thank you and I’m looking forward for your help.

    1. Hi Ken! Mayroong accredited agencies that could process your employment sa Vietnam. This is a requirement from POEA na since may ban po on direct hiring.

  15. Good day..someone in dallas texas send me a msg if I like to work there asand a nanny and offered me a great salary 5,900 us dollar a month.and he told me to wait for 3 weeks for the processing of my working visa and permit..and then send to my current address and then go to the us embassy here in the that true? They will apply my papers in usa agency..

    1. Hi Neth! This sounds fishy to us, especially now that the Philippine government is strict when it comes to direct hire. This is also the reason kung bakit naghihigpit sila upang maiwasan ang “panloloko” sa mga Pilipino.

    2. what are the documents needed in direct hire..Dito po kasi sa qatar and my employer need another one..i recommend my hire her as a direct hire..

  16. Hello Ms. Lara

    I am preparing all the necessary documents for my Direct Hire Employment. My Employment contract was already submitted to POLO in China and got it in red ribbon. I have my other docs in red ribbon na din po and authenticated by both Phil and Chinese embassies.
    I was a Direct hire OFW back in 2015 pero mas mahirap na pala ngayon ang processing. Still, I want to abide the new rules kaya binabasa ko po lahat ng possible steps para sa new application ko.
    Can you help me po how to appeal to POLO? Pano po gumawa ng endorsement letter seeking exemption?
    I hope you could help me on this,
    Maraming salamat po

    1. Hi Mary Jane! Apologies but we’re not sure on how to go about this since we’re not familiar with it. We don’t want to give wrong information.

      1. Hi. How many days does it take to finish phase 1 and phase 2 in the checklist of requirements for evaluation of direct hire application? I already completed all the documentary requirements listed. Thank you.

  17. Hi ma’am lara. Currently working dto po sa Saudi pero this september end na ng kontrata kong 2yrs, so nagvisit ako ng isang worksite, nakahanap po ako dun ng job vacancy sa US. (Direct hire) then i tried to send my CV. Nagreply ang employer saying he has private agency daw po sa US which was based on miami florida at sila na dun ang bahala sa travel and processing of documents ko, provided i will pay first a 50% of it. Scam po ba ito? Thank you sa response ma’am.

    1. Hi Lhea! We’re not sure, but legitimate recruitment agencies should not ask for fees outright. Kunin niyo po ang pangalan ng agency and check online for reviews para mas makasiguro po tayo. Salamat!

  18. Hi, what do we mean by “The number of professionals and skilled OFWs hired for the FIRST TIME by the employer shall not exceed five (5).” Thank you.

  19. If sponsored by a relative in Canada, kailangan pa rin ba through placement agency to get an OEC? We asked an agency and they said its around 40,000-50,000 yong fee. Bakit ganun kamahal?

    1. Hi Janice! Will your relative hire you? If yes, exempted naman po kayo sa direct hire ban. Still, you need to undergo medical exam, PEOS, and PDOS among others. Baka po yung amoung na sinabi ng agency is for their processing fees; hence ganun kamahal since medyo complicated po kapag direct hire.

  20. Bakit ang tagal mgprocess ng agency ko to get Owwa seminar and OEC,, ? Sabi nya it will take a Month after August 29.. depende daw sa mgpipirma sa PoEA..meron na ako visa, verified contract, ngPEOS online nakaPDOS na rin ..waiting na lang kung kelan yang Owwa Seminar at oec..ganun ba talagah Katagal? 2 years lang ang contract ko to Canada naapproved July 2018 habang tumatagal nababawasan ako mg Buwan para makaipon..Wala N ba talagah ibibilis ang processing via my agency to get Owwa Seminar and OEC?

    1. Hi Zeta! We feel you! Medyo matagal po ang pag-proseso ngayon ng mga dokumento sa POEA and nakakalungkot isipin na wala po tayong magagawa kundi maghintay. Makipag-coordinate po kayo sa inyong agency para sa status ng inyong papeles. Salamat.

  21. Bale sasabihin mo sa company that wants to directly hire you na “Sir, since direct hire is banned in the Philippines, please find a legitimate Philippine agency and complete their requirements? The agency will process our transaction ,That is the only way you can hire me.” Ganun po ba?

  22. I have an employer from Monaco that wants to hire me directly as a nanny bacause my mom used to worked for the family will it be possible for me to be hired directly?

    1. Hi there! Yes, direct hire is still possible, but the process will be more complicated compared to when you apply through a recruitment agency.

  23. No, you still need to hire an agency. Although he/she is your relative you need to get a Recruitment Agency. I filed the documents of my nephew here at POLO in Toronto, Canada; they will not process/authenticate the documents if I don’t have a Recruitment agency.

    1. Hi Jes! The foreign recruitment agency must still coordinate with a legitimate recruitment agency in the Philippines so you can process your employment.

  24. Good afternoon po Mam, I’m directly-hired by a school in the UK. They have provided me with a job offer and I am set to apply for my visa this coming week. I wanted to know how the process of the OEC is for my case since literally all the work is on me. Ano po ba ang benefit kung kukuha pa po ako ng agency? Kasi po during the processing of job hunting to visa application, hindi ko naman po kinailangan ng agency. Thanks po!

    1. Hi Nicole! We’re not sure if this is allowed by the POEA since there is a ban on direct-hire employees. They might require you to coordinate with an agency to process your employment.

    1. Hi there! Same jobsite lang ba? If same employer and jobsite, then exempted na sa OEC. Still, please confirm this with POEA since we are not in a good position to answer this concern. Thanks!

  25. Hi. Right now,I just received a dirext hire offer as a domestic helper from a diplomat family from swedish who’s staying in US right now. How would I to know if it’s legit??? And how will I start the process? Because, as what she told me that the requirements are;
    1. Birth certificate
    2. Scanned copy of my passport
    3. Passport size picture
    4. Updated resume.
    Please help me to know if this is legit. It’s my first time. Would appreciate your help. Thank you.

    1. Hi Anna! We have no way of knowing whether the employer is legit based on the requirements they are asking. As of now, direct hire is banned, so we suggest you coordinate with them and follow the necessary procedures indicated in the post para makaalis ka ng bansa.

  26. hi, direct hire po ako going to czech republic as production operator.meron na po akong visa and im just waiting for the insurance and ticket that my company will i still need to get tesda skill certification and yung POLO Endorsement letter?thanks please reply po

  27. Hi,


    What if si ako ay direct hired. Tapos nag cross country ako to skip the long process of POEA here sa Philippines, then pagkarating ko sa ibang bansa while working doon na ako magprocess lahat since may Phil Embassy naman sa kanila. Pwedi ba yon?

  28. Hi amg inquire lng po din ako same po kami ng mga centiments about direct hire po, gaanu po katagal ang processing pag pasa ng requirements or if mg hihire ng agency dto sa pinas, anung mas mabilis,

    1. Hi Kleri! Sorry but we cannot give you a specifi answer on that. Some say it would take at least three months since mas mabusisi ang pag-process sa direct hiring.

  29. Good evening po,
    kanina lang po nag message yung boss ko dati sa south Korea. tinatanong nya po kung paano ako makabalik sa korea, gusto daw nya akong i-hire ulit. sana may makakasagot po kung pwede direct hiring sa korea. sobrang malayo po ang POEA sa amin.. salamat po ng marami

    1. Hi Mang Juan. You can check sa POEA kung ano ang mga allowed agencies to transact with Korea then sa agency na yun po kayo mag-aaply. As of now, direct hiring is not allowed unless it will be coursed through sa agency.

      1. Hi ask lang hire ung husband k going to qatar.may visa at contract n cia…ask lang poh kungwhat ibig sabihin ng contract should be autheticated or verified.kasi ung contrat nia with company stamp at signATure ng employer.tha nk

  30. hello po maam lara..maam ask ko lang po i was hired by foreign employer para canada po nakaprocess na po ang work permit ko kelangan ko pa po bang magprocess dito thru agency dito sa pinas kahit mi agency na po ako dun sa canada na nagprocess ng papers ko

    1. Hi! POEA will advise you to process your employment through accredited agencies since bawal po ang direct hiring. We’re not sure lang what agency, although they would recommend one naman po.

  31. Hi ask lang hire ung husband k going to qatar.may visa at contract n cia…ask lang poh kungwhat ibig sabihin ng contract should be autheticated or verified.kasi ung contrat nia with company stamp at signATure ng employer.tha nk

    1. Hi Joyce. From our understanding, the contract must be authenticated and verified sa embassy ng country where you intend to work.

  32. Hi Miss Lara, how are you? Paano po ba at saan kinukuha ang “POLO Endosement Letter addressed to the Administrator seeking for exemption on ban in direct hiring?

    1. Hi Helen. We think this is a letter you should make and submit to allow na i-exempt kayo sa ban against direct hiring. There is no specific format to be followed naman po ata when you draft the Endrosement Letter.

  33. Anyone I need help po regarding ENDORSEMENT LETTER.
    Hello Ms. Lara, how are you. I was hired by a member of diplomatic missions and she is exempted sa ban in hiring. But POEA is still asking me to provide POLO endosement letter addressed to the Administrator seeking exemption on ban in direct hiring as one of their requirements for OEC. Paano po ba at saan kinukuha ang letter na to?

    1. Hi Helen! We think there is no specific format for this. You simply have to draft a letter explaining your reasons on why you should be exempted from the ban on direct hiring.

  34. Hi po. Ask ko lang po. Nag work po ako dati sa oman as a waitress pero wala po akong record dahil ang cross country lang po ako. Pero 1 year lang po dahil nag pa cancel ako last july 2018.Ngayon babalik po ako same employer din po bibigyan po ako ng employer ko ng NOC para allowed akong bumalik sa oman. Kailangan ko po bang dumaan sa Agency direct hired working as a waitress po.
    Salamat po.

    1. Hi Awesha! Yes, kailangan po dumaan sa agency kasi hindi po allowed ang direct hire UNLESS ico-comply po ang procedure na nakasulat sa post na ito.

  35. Good Afternoon, what if i’m currently working in the Philippines for a foreign company and the company wanted to transfer me to another location overseas, what procedure would I need to undergo? what are the requirements? thanks!

    1. Hi Kenneth! Working overseas means you will have to convert your status as OFW. You can course through your employment through a recruitment agency na magpa-process ng iyong application. This would mean that your employer must coordinate with the agency as well.

  36. Hi,my former boss in Japan want me to work with him again,as a direct hire… He wants me to work with his farm…..the problem is I really don’t know the procedure or the process..please give an advice how and what should I do first….thankyou..

    1. Hi Marlon! Direct hiring can be tricky and a tedious process as enumerated in the post. POEA will also advise you to course through your employment overseas through recognized recruitment agency.

      1. Hi just wanted to ask. I called POEA and ask if direct hiring is ban specifically in Singapore. The lady that I spoke to mention Na hinde daw po ban ang direct hiring. I also mentioned about the article na ban ang direct hiring she mention that they didn’t received any memo ang ban lang daw is for domestic helper. Just wanted to confirm if its true.

          1. How long does this process take? I have been asked to do this and is just starting with POEA. I have all the necessary requirements passed and the OIC in POEA said she will have to evaluate my contract and other documents, etc. Can I possible know how long does this take?

          2. Hi there! We can’t give you an exact timeline but based from the insights given by other OFWs, this would take months. Since you submitted complete requirements naman, hopefully, yours will be processed faster than usual 🙂

  37. I was directly hired in Myanmar thru the referral of my brother who’s also working with the same employer. I’ve already processed all the required documents of POEA for OEC only to find out that they couldn’t release me an OEC and required me to go thru its accredited agency. And so I inquired on the referred agency but I was told that agency’s license is still about to be released by POEA so they cant help me process my OEC on my target deadline which is Nov. 18.
    How can I meet my target deadline? My employer told me that he will cancel our arrangement if I cant get there on the target date.

    1. Hi Jerna! Apologies but direct hire is banned by POEA. If you were hired directly, then kailangan po talaga that you go through an agency na makakatulong mag-process ng inyong documents. You can still push through as Direct Hire worker, but you need to comply with the requirements indicated in this post. I’m afraid that if you do, you won’t be able to meet the Nov. 18 deadline. I’m sorry but we cannot help you anymore on this.

  38. Does anybody know what is the rationale behind the ban?
    Also why limit to 5 employees per company?
    This is a bit outrageous, it’s keeping companies without local agencies from hiring skilled Filipino workers just because it’s inconvenient.

    1. Hi C. We understand how you’re feeling. We think that the reason behind the ban is to reduce incidents of human trafficking din and exploitation of Filipinos. We’re just not sure if POEA will lift this ban.

  39. POEA Direct Hire is totally tricky. I and my one colleague apply for professional and skilled workers that included in other exempted from direct ban hiring , even you give all the necessary documents on their requirements list they still asking other documents yun tipong lahat na authenticated letter from DFA, DOLE, POLO,Embassy nakuha mo na then they still pushing us to go thru an agency(just weird). For this matter I advise that you must depend all the documents you had and have a full blast supporting documents to prove. Pabalik balik na lang kami dun sa bansa na pupuntahan under business or tourist trip pero yun application naming for OEC para maging formal yun working visa na nakatatak at approve sa amin passport ,eh kaso pending pa din for approval sa POEA direct hire assistance ng ilang buwan na,LOL#justsharing#patienceismust

    1. Hi Mic. Thanks for sharing your experience. Yes, we understand how frustrating this could be and hopefully, POEA can do something to make direct hiring easier and more convenient.

  40. Hi ms lara! Ask ko lang if paano yung mga balik manggagawa na directly hired before like in my case. 2015 upto 2017 ako nagwork sa qatar. Ngayon gusto ako pabalikin ng employer ko may visa at contract na ako, need ko pa rin ba dumaan sa agency?

    1. Hi Gi, yes, kailangan na po dumaan sa agency para ma-process ang inyong documents. As of this writing po kasi, may ban sa direct hiring.

  41. Sir May I ask kasi same case sa bf ko. Nakakaalis pa din ba kayo? Employment visa na sya pero pahirapan sa oec kaya alanganin kami kung uuwi sya for vacation baka d na kasi makaalis?

  42. Hi ms. Lara.. kung kompleto na yung mga requirements ko as direct hire, ilang araw nalang hihintayin para makuha ang OEC .. thanks

  43. I was directly hired by a US employer. They processed my working visa is approved, my only problem is the poea processing. How long does it take to process a direct hire for professional/skilled workers for the evaluation of direct hire application?

    1. Hi there! As long you complied with all the requirements, then there won’t be any issue. We’re just not sure how long will it take and we don’t want to set any expectations as well.

  44. If a person is directly hired but is exempted from the ban, would that mean that person does not need to do all these medical, PDOS and all other stuff?

  45. my uncle is a seafarer aftr 18 months onboard in one of the vessell of dubai based shipping company unluckily he died last october 2018 he is on duty that time.he is direct hire.he has 3 kids all those below 18. Years old. My question what is the process in able to claim the insurance benifits for the wife and the 3 kids. how much the benifits for the benificiary.thank you

  46. Hi Lara.,
    I resigned from cruise ship then I got hired from luxury hotel in Dubai, I’ll be working as waitress. Is hotel international group is exempted. Do i still need to get PDOS and medical certificate?or can I still use the same certificate. Which is still valid.

    Thank you.

  47. Hi lara,
    I just want to ask a question, would it be possible for me to apply my oec at poea? I got hired directly by an employer in canada as child caregiver.

  48. Hi miss lara my employer is now processing my visa do i need to wait for my visa before i undergo medical? I am direct hired for kuwait..thank you..

  49. hello po lara, pag may visa kana sa employer na direct hire,
    ilang week po ba lahat bago ka makakuha ng OEC assumming komplete lahat requirements. kaya ba itong 1 week lng

  50. Hi, I have a bit of a problem. I looked for a job in Japan as a Software Engineer and found a company. We’ve finalized everything and accepted a job offer from them. Here comes the problem. Obviously, I’m a direct hire as I found this company myself, went through interviews and such and accepted an offer directly with them. By the time we have to process my documents for visa sponsorship, they were advised that we have to go through an agency for the processing of my documents in POEA. So far everything’s done and all but now the agency is asking me for a placement fee. Which I think is wrong because placement fee is for the fact that they PLACED you in that job. Where they connected you to the employer etc. Like when you applied through the agency and got the job through them, right? But that’s not the case for me. So do I have a choice not to pay them the placement fee? Or since they’re the ones who processed my documents in POEA means I have to pay them? Can I just cancel all that and try to process on my own? I’m qualified as a skilled worker being in the engineering/IT field.

    1. Hi Kim! POEA will advise you to go through agency since sila na po mag-process ng documents mo to legitimize your status overseas. Perhaps, you can negotiate the fees since hindi naman totally sila ang nakahanap ng employer.

      1. Hi Kim, If you took the the PEOS Certification online, it was indicated that the recruitment agencies are prohibited to ask for placement fees if you are going to certain countries. The list includes Japan, UK, USA (H2B), etc

  51. Hi this is my first time to work as white collar employee in abroad as direct hire, my question is, is the employer required to shoulder the payment in POEA and OWWA?

  52. Hello, ask ko lang po kung ang local agency po ay ban na ng POEA to hire or deploy workers abroad because of some requirement technicalities what will happen to its workers who are still working in a company abroad and contract not yet finish. Pag-uwi po ba nila di na sila makakabalik sa abroad or they can find another agency to process their papers?

    1. Hello! You can try looking for other employers that will need your skill set. We suggest po na apply through agency nalang para mas convenient ang proseso. Salamat.

  53. Hi po. Meron po akong kilala na Chinese na naging estudyante ko po noon, isa po siyang travel agent. Gusto niya po akong hire na maging tutor sa anak niya at maging nanny. Sabi niya, i.submit ko lang daw mga requirements nato para sa working visa ko po:
    Submit material list: (provide scanned first)
    1. Certificate of work qualifications (full time work certificate):
    Certificates of work experience, including position, issued by the unit where the applicant had previously worked, relating to the work of the current employment post.
    Work hours or projects that have been done should be signed by the applicant’s original work unit with the official seal or the person in charge, and the applicant should have a valid contact telephone or e-mail.
    2. The highest degree (academic degree) certificate or relevant approval document, professional qualification certificate.
    If the highest degree (diploma) certificate is obtained abroad, it shall be certified by my embassy or consulate abroad or by the embassy or consulate of the country in which the applicant has obtained the degree (diploma) or by the certification institution of the diploma certification in China.
    3. No criminal record.
    It shall be issued by the police, security and court departments of the applicant’s nationality or habitual residence and certified by our embassy or consulate abroad or by the foreign embassy or consulate in China. The issuing time is within 6 months.
    4. Physical examination certificate
    Certificates of verification of physical examination records or certificates of health examination for foreigners issued by China’s inspection and quarantine organs or certificates of physical examination issued by overseas medical institutions approved by China’s inspection and quarantine organs shall be issued within six months.
    5. Applicant’s passport or international travel document
    The valid period of passport is not less than 6 months.
    6. The applicant has a positive bareheaded photo within 6 months.

    Ngayon, hindi ko po alam kung ano po gagawin since first time ko po mag work abroad. Kailangan pa po ba pumunta sa POEA office? Please advice kung ano anu ang mga gagawin para maging successful po. Maraming Salamat po. God bless

    1. Hi Juna! Please check with POEA kung anong agencies ang accredited na mag-process ng employment sa China. Based on OFW accounts, nagre-require daw po si POEA ng recruitment agency since sila po ang mag-process ng employment on your behalf.

  54. Hi! Just wanna ask po, I was direct hired from Oman to QataR Last Dec 17,2017 as Sushi chef in a Japanese restaurant.then i gave my resignation on Nov 23,2018 and my last day is Dec. 17, 2018. on Dec. 15 i was told by the manager I am terminated and that no need to go on duty anymore the company has no more enough funds to pay for the staffs. I went to polo and labor to file a complaint against the company since we had delayed salary for than a month and 8 months overtime still wasn’t paid, and settlement until now was not yet given. AMD first and second invitation for hearing and settlement in Labor, the employer didn’t showed up. On third invitation the PRO showed up but still my settlement wasn’t given.then yhe polo told us to come back on sunday for the settlement. My question is, do I have the rights to get all my unpaid overtime, my vacation pay,gratuity and 1 month salary even though I am direct hired? Please response. thank uou

    1. Hello Mario! Yes, you can still claim your unpaid salaries and benefits, with the help of Philippine Embassy, of course. We’re not aware lang po kung ano ang process na ito so we suggest that you coordinate with the embassy as well para sa status ng iyong complaint. Salamat.

  55. Hi madam….just want to thank you for this thread helps a lot……akin lang naman…why do they need to make it very hard for us filipinos to go outside the country…all we want is to have a better future for our family..and direct hiring from someone you know or relative is one of the fastest way to go out and maybe cheaper…why is this ban….ban….ban…….just imagine a caregiver here in phil…directly hired by a relative in canada or what so…do you think his/her salary here can pay all that expenses for agency or so so so…

    1. HI Jhon. We understand your sentiment and yes, we know how frustrating this could be. Apparently, rules are rules and these are the policies set forth by the government. We have no choice but to comply with it.

  56. Hi po. Currently an OFW here in Thailand and might be moving to Europe for another opportunity. OK lang po ba if dito (sa Thailand) ko na lang iprocess lahat (working VISA, etc.) and di na muna umuwi sa Pinas? Thank you po.

  57. Ask lang po if sponsored by employer to work in Canada as forklift operator, kailangan parin ba ng placement agency para kumuha ng OEC….I asked the agency and they said to me 45000 -50000 for the payment which is expensive…what are we going to do…need help…

  58. Hi po ask lng po may ngdirect hired po kc skin from japan npdla q ndin po ung mga papers q dun sknla as of now w8 q nlang po ung agreement contract q for signing pra ma apply po ung eligibility visa q dun.nid q pa po ba ung OEC slmat po and more power..

  59. Good Day, Maitanong ko lang po, ano pong pwedeng gawin kapag gusto akong idirect hire sa Korea as a Factory Worker, kakilala kasi namin yung CEO nang Company at gusto akong kunin para magtrabaho sakanila, ano kayang pwedeng gawin na paraan para ma process? salamat

    1. Hi Nikki! The post enumerated the process and requirements na kailangan sundin at i-comply para po ma-process ang inyong employment 🙂 Please prepare the documents and submit sa POEA. Thanks!

  60. Hi! I would like to ask is there a special requirement that kuwait has for medical examination? My friend was diagnosed for having a scar on her x-ray but not a transferrable/infectious disease. The clinic reject her and gave her unfit to work. We already had a second opinion from an intellicare clinic and she was diagnosed normal. No scar at all. We went back to the said clinic and showed the result and was advised to wait for another result for the comparison of their doctor. What shall we do if they still give the same verdict? Please help us

    1. Hi! We’re not sure regarding this. Did you talk to a recruitment agency regarding this? Mas aware po kasi sila sa requirements sa Kuwait compared to us. Thanks.

  61. Hi Ms Lara nag wowork po ako sa Qatar more than 2years na po as a direct hire.. Nasa pinas po ako ngayon for vacation.
    Tanungin ko Lang po Sana Kung ano mga requirements Para mkakuha po ako ng oec or balik manggagawa?

    Salamat po

      1. OK Lang po ba mag register sa bmonline kahit wala ako record sa poea or owwa.. Nag businesses visa po kasi ako nun nag Punta ako sa Qatar tapos nag exit Lang ako sa Dubai Para MA transfer ung visa ko for working visa..
        Kailangan ko na po kasi kumuha ng oec or balik manggagawa

        Salamat po

  62. Hi po. Nasa china na po yung kpatid ku and may kakilala po sya dun na naghahanap ng magbabantay ng anak nya. Gusto nya po aku eh hire directly. Is it allowed po ba? And if yes po what are the steps po?

  63. Hi po,
    Tungkol po sa direct hiring, is it the same procedure po if the worker is going to work in Europe?
    Best Regards,

  64. Hi Lara. I was sponsored by an employer in canada as a caregiver. I have everything needed, PDOS nalang but POEA won’t let me pass kasi 21 palang daw ako. Can you suggest what i should do?

    1. Hi MC. We’re not aware regarding the age limit. Were you able to ask POEA regarding this? We’re not sure din po if waiver will suffice. Thanks.

  65. Hello, do we need to get oec still if direct hire sa cambodia, but they dont have working visa.. pwede ba na sa cambodia nlng mgprocess ng oec?
    .sabi dn nila kelngn kumuha ng agency kahit direct hire.. wala nmn kmi pera masyado, diba additional fee na nmn yun. Ok lng ba na hindi na dadaan sa agency?? At di na kukuha ng oec.

    1. HI Marivic. Required po ang OEC before kayo umalis ng Pilipinas, otherwise, baka po ma-offload kayo. This is a mandatory requirement po since it shows that you are a legitimate OFW. Pwede naman po kahit walang agency as long as lahat po ng requirements na nakalista ay masu-submit ninyo. Salamat.

  66. Good morning!
    I am permanently residing in Oman, married with Omani citizen, and would like to direct hire one of my neighbor there in Philippines as a housemaid. She is ex abroad. How to process, does she need to repeat other procedures which was conducted before as mentioned above rules?? Please help me in this regard, as you know going thru agency takes longer time and too expensive. I am pregnant with complications that’s why I need a housemaid which is known to my family back home in my province. Thank you. Hoping for your urgent response.

    1. Hi Joan! Yes, all the procedures mentioned must be properly complied with. We understand that this could be a tedious process, but we need to follow the rules to avoid being offloaded or deported. Thanks.

      1. Hi. I would like to ask regarding my status. Im working in KSA but I resigned kasi na hire ako sa ibang country. My employer fixed all my documents and I was granted a work permit and they will send my visa next week. My friend asked me kng dumaan ako ng agency, syempre hindi kasi direct hire ako. Hindi ko kasi alam na bawal pala. Ano po pwdeng ma suggest nyo na gagawin ko to make it legal? Nka process na at lahat and im expecting to start my job nxt month. Di na kasi ako uuwi ng pinas due to financial constraints. Pls help. Thank you.

  67. Hi, im a Filipino legally employed here in Vietnam with Work Permit and Temporary Resident Card already.. but I’m not yet registered in the Philippines as OFW. I am planning to go back to the Philippines for vacation. What are the process and requirements for needed for me to register? Thank you.

    1. Hi Wilma! Please visit the Philippine Embassy regarding this. Bring identification documents as well as copy of your passport, Employment Contract, work permit, temporary resident card, and other work-related documents. We’re not sure po kasi regarding the requirements kapag nasa ibang bansa na. Hope this helps. Thanks!

    2. Hi Ms. Wilma pede po ba magtanong about sa application nyo sa POEA para makapag register ka na OFW kung ano po nangyare? . same situation po kase tayo thanks and GodBless.

  68. Hi Ms. Lara, I’m a direct hire, I went to the agency to seek help to process my documents in POEA. The agency asked me/the employer to pay them $2500 for them to do it. Take note I will be working ad DH, my question is $2500 is just enough or they over charge us? Salamat po.

    1. Hello! We’re not familiar po kasi with the charges imposed by POEA since this is internal. Have you tried looking for other agencies po para makapag-compare ng prices?

  69. Therefore, I will just tell my employer to hire any employee other than a Filipino or else they have to deal with the consequences:
    1. Pay hefty fees to the agencies or
    2. Suffer the difficulty of complying to the direct hire requirements.

    1. Hi Rey! There are direct hire workers who were able to leave the country na. I do understand the hassle of this but the best way to do this is to comply with the requirements.

  70. Hi po. May friend po ako na nagwowork sa singapore as security. ipapasok nya po ako ng trabaho sa singapore dun sa boss nya. Kinausap na po nya yung boss nya and ang sabi ipaprocess na daw po nya yung work permit at employment contract Ko. First time ko po kasi na magtatrabaho sa ibang bansa kaya dko alam gagawin. Like mga requirements na kailangan ko.

  71. hi ms.lara good morning,direct hire po ako morethan 5 months na po ako nag wowork dito sa abroad,then anu po dapat kong gawin para makakuha ng oec,may original contract po ako and working permit,need ko po immediate response nyo,thank you and god bless po

  72. Hi, I just got a Direct Hire Offer to work in Vietnam as a School Manager for a English School in one of Vietnam’s Province since I was Recommended by a friend who’s currently working there. How do I go with the process so I can leave Philippines without any hassle since I plan on Going this April?

  73. Hi good day po,, pls do advice me,, someone was sponsoring me to go to russia ,, hes a electrical engineer in engand and currently may project cla sa russia.. He told me n wla aqng bbayaran except sa mga requirementa s n hinihingi ng company, he told me also n ndi ndin aq ddaan sa agency kc ung company ndaw po ang bhala para dun magbbgay daw cla ng Letter of Intent sa POEA para mprocess papers q… Pls i need ur advice ndi po kaya aq mpahamak nito if i pursue q ang pag apply? Anu anu po kayang process ang ggwin nila…slmat po

  74. Good day po,

    I was hired po here in Japan since 2007.
    Nag pag pa register po ako sa OWWA Tokyo. 2013 then when I change employer here po up to present. But hindi na po ako naka pag pa renew ng membership ko since then. Please advice me for po for the necessary steps so I can avoid hassle when I go back to Philippines for holidays.

    1. Hi Cherry. Do you have an existing employment contract? You may present that plus your valid working visa ang passport sa POLO in Tokyo so you could get an OEC when you go back to the Philippines.

  75. Hi, my OWWA membership will expire on Dec. 2019 but i won’t be going back to Philippines. Is there any penalty if I’m going to pay it a year after? Or can my immediate family pay in behalf of me while during the expiry i’m still on outside the country?

  76. Hi good day!

    I’m working with a private company in the UK and we are looking to hire nurses from the philippines.
    I’m wondering if we can still directly hire nurses without going through a recruitment agency.

    And can you enlighten me on the recruitment process..

    Thanks in Advance

      1. Hi Lara. Is it possible to file for OEC as a seafarer via direct hiring? Or do I have to go through an agency? Thanks!

        1. Hello! Yes, you may apply for OEC even if direct hire. Just make sure you have all the requirements para mas mapabilis ang processing. Thanks!

  77. Hi, meron po akong ipa mula sa employer ko sa singapore newly hired po ako andto sa pinas, ang isa po sa requirements ng poea ay contract signed sa polo, problema po snbhan n ko ng employer ko na valid lng yung contract once na makpag pamedical ako sa sg mismo at personal appearance sa mom sg, so in short hndi po ako mbgyan ng contract unless mgpunta ako dun sa sg pra sa processing ng medical etc. hndi po ba ngbbgay ang poea ng consideration pra sa ganitong sitwasyon? Baka pede nila ko bgyan ng oec pra mpakita ko sa immigration at palabasin ako ng bansa

    1. Hi JR. Why would your employer not want to give you a copy of the contract? Unfair naman po ata yan since dapat, mayroon kayong contract na napirmahan bago po kayo umalis papuntang SG. Hindi po talaga papayag si POEA without presenting verified employment contract.

  78. HI, my friend got an offer sa Vietnam, the contract is already authenticated from Ministry of foreign affairs and Philippine Embassy in Vietnam, (POLO)and she has visa na rin
    Ano pa.po next step? Thanks

  79. Hello,

    I’m a direct hire under IT field way back 2013, does it mean that I am affected by the ban on direct hire?

    According to the exemption:
    “Professionals and skilled workers with duly executed/authenticated contracts
    containing terms and conditions over and above the standards set by the
    POEA. The number of professional and skilled Overseas Filipino Workers hired
    for the first time by the employer shall not exceed five (5). For the purpose of
    determining the number, workers hired as a group shall be counted as one;”

    Does it mean that if my contract is above the standards I can process my own papers without going through an agency?

    Thank you for the response

  80. Hai ma’am/sir, I sent my resume to ask and last day someone from medlink international recruitment incorporated contacted me and said I was being reserved a slot for their seminar / orientation this may 4-5 and ask me to pay 3800 for the reservation fee po kasi daw direct hire po yung recruitment process nila. I just want to ask if I’m in the good hand or is it a scam? Thank you very much for the kindhearted people who will reply to this matter

    1. HI Jocel. It’s hard to “judge” based on this information alone. Have you checked the company? Where is it based? What kind of work will you render? Sino ang recruitment agency na magprocess ng inyong documents sa POEA? Who will shoulder the fees? These are some of the things you need to look into para malaman kung legit or scam lamang po ito.

  81. hi maam magtatanong lang po ako if posible po ba na mag ka visa ka.kahit wala kang pinasa na requirements at wala po medical sabi.po kasi direct hire tapos royal family. daw ang employer kaya ganun,??

    1. Hi June. No po, hindi po possible yan. Kailangan po magsubmit ng requirement para ma-issuehan ng visa and ma-process ang inyong status as direct hire. Salamat.

  82. I was hired in an IT company in Dubai. I was referred by a friend. Now the problem is the company already exceeded 5 Filipino. But from the memorandum, it says The number of professional and skilled workers hired by the employer FOR THE FIRST TIME must not exceed 5. Meaning I am still exempted from processing through an agency. Tama ba? This is not their first time hiring Filipino. Although most of the Pinoy there were hired when they were already in Dubai. If everything goes well, I will be the very first to come from the Philippines directly. Right now I am waiting for the POLO verified contract be shipped to me before I can go to POEA and process this bullshit (OEC). From what I read, why is POEA insist of getting an agency when you are a professional/skilled worker and already have the documents they need to be exempted from the ban? Is this agency a legitimate scammer? If so, then we wouldn’t need this Direct Hire Department since they will just ask us to go and get an agency to process your paper. Well, I will still try my luck dealing with these scammer (POEA). If it didn’t go well, I’ll ask my employer to book a ticket going Dubai from somewhere and I’ll go there as tourist. Just so I can leave this country hassle free. From my research, processing OEC in POLO Dubai is as simple as ABC.

    1. Hi Marbsz. The worker has an option to go through an agency who could help process the documents or proceed directly to Direct Hire Division. Getting OEC in POLO Dubai could be risky but as long as you presented sufficient documentation, they’ll issue the OEC naman.

  83. Hi Miss Lara,
    Ask ko po if anong magandang gawin kasi nahire po ako sa Cambodia as teacher, sabi po doon ng embassy need ko ng agency na magproprocess ng papers ko, may mga agency po ba na maibibigay ang poea sakin? Ano pong mga steps nag dapat kong gawin kasi hindi talaga nila maprocess papers ko doon.

    1. Hello Andrea. You can ask POEA for accredited agencies na pwede nila i-refer para po matulungan po kayo na i-process ang inyong documents papunta sa Cambodia.

  84. Hi po. Direct hire po ako from Canada. My employer po is employer din nang ate ko na citizen na ng Canada. Nag undergone na rin po kasi ako ng medical kasi one of the requirements po iyon ng Canada bago ako mabigyan ng working visa. Bale may mag assist po sa akin na consultant agency based sa Canada paid by my would be employer. Last april po, na grant na yung visa ko. Need ko pa rin po ba ulit mag pre-employment medical exam since isa yun sa requirement ng poea for direct hire? And matagal po ba bago maaprubahan at maibigay oec ng mga direct hire? Thank you.

    1. Hi Mary. You could present po yung existing medical ninyo. If valid pa, then no need to undergo another medical exam. As to the OEC, mabilis lang po yan as long as complete po lahat ng requirements.

  85. Hi! I’ve been working with the same school here in China for many years and this coming school year 2019-2020, I will be moving to another school. Since I’m already in the country of employment, how do I go about with acquiring for an OEC when I go back to Pinas for vacation. I plan to go home to the Philippines in January 2020, 6 months after I have started my new work. What would be my status? Balik -Mangagawa? If not, how do I go about securing an OEC?

      1. Thanks, Lara! I already have an account. But if I change my information details: name of employer/work unit and address, would I be able to secure OEC online? Or do I need to go to POEA in person for that? What documents would they be requiring from me?
        Salamat ulit. God bless!

        1. Hi Bern. You have to go to POEA since you cannot manually edit this. You have to present original copies of your Employment Contract, working visa, and passport when you go to POEA.

  86. Hello! if a person on a tourist visa in another country was offered work while there, and was able to get the corresponding work visa, how will they register for poea? is it the same process as in the philippines?

    1. Hi Chichi. You can have your employment contract verified by the Philippine Overseas Labor Office so you will become a POLO-registered worker. Thanks!

  87. Hello po. May kumuha po kasi samin ng friend ko as a caregiver sa California. Nakilala ko po sya through may cousin. Hinigan nya po kasi kami ng 3000USD each for visa processing na magtatagal daw po for 6 months. Binigyan nya po kami ng options kung san ipapadala yung pera. Pinili ko po maghulog na lang ng pera through bank account dito sa pinas since sabi nya mas mahal pag usd kasi bibili pa ng dollar tapos may charge pa pag sinend sa kanya. Currently working din po sya sa california and 14yrs na syang resident dun. May sinend po sya samin nung nakaraan na photo ng binayad nya at acknowledgement letter from the lawyer na nag aasikaso ng working visa namin. Possible po ba na scam ito? Sabi nya po kasi na ibabalik nya yung money kung hindi maapprove yung visa. Pero wala pa naman daw po nangyari na nadeny ang working visa. Please someone help me po. Thanks in advance.

    1. Hi Myrna. This sounds like a scam to us. $3,000 is a big amount din po. Pero nakakausap niyo pa naman yung person na nagrerecruit sainyo? Constantly ask for the status as well. Thanks.

  88. Hello… i am in process of hiring someone from philipines to be my live in caregiver and now applying for the oec certificate and have hired an agent from phillipines to do this process but not an agent in canada ..i am the employer and have a non violent criminal record 10 years ago ..on the polo list of requirments in Vancouver they want my police clearance…will this affect the exit clearance for my worker to leave the phillipines …thanks

    1. Hi Jamie. The police clearance could be for formality nalang po. As long as your worker completed all the requirements, then wala naman po magiging problema sa pag-exit sa Pilipinas.

  89. Hi good day,ask ko lang po kung yung direct hired from finland is kailangan pa magundergo nung mga nirerequired ng poea,kumpleto naman po yung contract ko and authenticated din to.

    1. Hi Chel. Yes, kailangan i-submit ang mga documents na hinihingi upang maging legal ang status as OFW. Otherwise, hindi po siya mabibigyan ng OEC.

  90. Hi!magtatanong lang ako nahire kasi sa bansang Finland. Direct hired sya. Kung dadaan ako ng POEA matagal bang proseso yun?

    1. Hi Ann, it is advisable na dumaan sa POEA para legal ang iyong status as OFW. We can’t give a specific turnaround time, but as long as complete ang documents, maaaring mapabilis naman po ang pag-proseso. Salamat.

  91. Sir / madam gusto k lang poh malaman if puwede b kami makauwi kapag na reach namin yung six months stay as ofw im in kuwait , kapag sarili muna ang susuko at di na kaya ang pagod liable pa ba kami sa nagasto nang amo pero direct hire poh ako idinaan lang kmi sa agency

    1. Hi Bhelle. Depends din po kasi yan sa inyong employment contract. We suggest that you coordinate with the Philippine Embassy para po mas matulungan nila kayo na makabalik sa Pilipinas.

  92. hi,
    for the Company Profile, Business License/Commercial Registration of the employer and
    POLO Endorsement Letter addressed to the Administrator seeking exemption from the ban on direct-hiring, do these requirements also have to be the original or can they be just scanned or faxed copies. your response will be truly appreciated.

    1. Hi Kenny. It is advisable to have the original on hand as well as photocopy of these documents for their perusal. Thanks.

  93. Hi Ms Lara, I am european base permanent contract worker at OFW din po ako, due to my wide work experience on different field and good performance in the company, my employer is interested to hire some workers back home (at least 8 OFW) directly and to work on the same company. Just wondering, what are the requirements for direct hiring to avoid those recruitment agencies? My employer will provide the necessary visa’s, work permits, plane tickets and employment contract. Please advice

  94. Hi! Do you have any samples of the narrative statement as to how one is hired directly? I was hired by a school directly and this is my first time so I don’t have any idea as to how this should be written properly. Also, how long does it usually take for the OEC to be processed?

    Thank you!

  95. Hi ma’am ask ko lang po kung ang artist visa direct hire po ba ay kasama sa mga excemption ng poea direct hire? Thanks maam..

    1. Hi Mary. Per POEA Circular, only the following are exempted:
      – International organizations
      – Members of the diplomatic corps
      – Heads of State and government officials with at least Deputy Minister rank

  96. Good day mam…direct hired po ako dito sa japan…at mag end na ang contract ko this year..illegal po ba yun? Hindi kami dumaan sa kahit anong goverment agency..ngayon humihinge ako ng jitco certificate hindi po ako binibigyan..pero nakapasa po ako sa exam…dapat meron kami nun kase trainee ako dito matatapos ko ang 3 years contract ko dito…makakapag apply ba kami sa poea or owwa paguwi ng pilipinas? Help naman po kung ano ang dapat ko gawin

    1. Hi Carlo. You can present the original copy of your Employment Contract and working visa as proof na nakahanap po kayo ng work sa Japan. You may present this po sa POLO na magi-issue ng OEC. Thanks.

  97. Dear Sir/Madam,

    I would like to request if you can verify the existence and legality of a company in Malaysia, the “United Construction Malaysia Bhd (UCB)”.

    I received an email from UCB 2 weeks ago, containing job invitation. They saw my CV in jobstreet database, and asking if I am interested. I tried to response to them and accomplished Application Form and Online Interview Questionnaire. After two(2) days, they emailed me that I passed the online interview and got the job. They informed me also regarding the terms and conditions.

    On May 15, they sent me the job offer & acknowledgement letter. It is really a great offer!!! I will not
    placing any money except for the personal bond (Php13,160) for the work permit. And it is refundable after the contract with the company. The company will pay for my Visa/Work Permit fees together with flight and accommodation.

    Then last week, I submitted reqts for the Employment Pass / Working Permit. Then yesterday, they sent me Approval of Employment Pass in Malaysia from immigration. And asked me to pay the Bond immediately until today morning.

    I just want to ensure if the offered job at “United Construction Bhd” is legal or not before anything else.

    Hoping for your help.

    Thank You

    1. Hi Ivy. Have you checked the legitimacy of the company? Perhaps, you could ask assistance from the Malaysian Embassy to help you verify the company. You also need to inform them regarding our requirements since POEA is strict when it comes to direct hire.

  98. Hi Ms Lara,

    l have a job offer as a teacher at an international school in Malaysia. Former worker din po ako doon. Pero kailangang umuwi ng Pilipinas dahil pinashorten ko na ang visa ko from my former employer while waiting for the visa from my new employer.

    Question, exempted po ba ang job description ko sa DHAD? It is is, pwede na ba kumuha ng OEC directly?


  99. Hi ms Lara

    Ask ko lang if I’ll be directly hired and went out of the country as tourist then comes back a year after, magkakaproblema b ko with immigration? Thanks!

    1. Hi there. You need to present po your original employment contract and working visa so you could apply for OEC sa POLO. This way po, ma-legitimize din ang status niyo as OFW.

  100. Hello po! Dati po ko ofw sa qatar, nagresign po ko last August 2018. Kinukuha po ko ulit ng dati ko employer. Working visa po ang ibibigay nila. Wala po agency. Is it possible pa po ba makabalik direct on same employer or need ng agency? Thank you po.

    1. Hi Ai. Yes, possible naman po na makabalik kayo as long as complete po lahat ng inyong requirements. The post enumerated the requirements you need to submit po so use this as your guide 🙂

      1. Hi Ms Lara,
        I have an existing OEC and I’m a registered OFW. I supposed to leave last January to Mongolia where I am working as a teacher. But di ako nkaalis beacause of personal reasons. The validity of my OEC (balik manggagawa) is last March only. A school in China hired me and the contract will start in August. My question is, will I still go through the same process for direct hire like the first time or I can just apply for a balik mangagawa change of employer?

        1. Hi Jules. If different employer, then you might be required to go through the process for direct hire. You will be asked to submit documents (enumerated on this post) to verify your status as OFW.

          1. I know na if different employer (change of employer) I just need to present an authenticated contract by Philippine consulate galing sa country na lilipatan ko, last time kc un hiningi sa kin dhil lumipat ako ng Indonesia to Mongolia. Un lng po b ung need ko ipasa or may iba pa ko dpt gwin, may new regulation or policy po ba?

  101. I`m currently working here in Hongkong and got job offer on my cousin`s company in Bahrain. They are processing now my work visa. Is it possible to go directly from Hongkong

      1. Hi Rodel. Is this work-related? We’re not sure as to the exact requirements though it is best to prepare the usual docs – passport, working visa, original employment contract.

    1. Hi Rodel. You can go to POLO in Hong Kong so they could issue you Overseas Employment Certificate. Make sure you have original / certified employment documents with you when you apply for OEC.

  102. Hello. Just want to ask if direct hire ang isang agency ok lng na hindi sila registered sa POEA? may nag offer po sa akin work as DH sa dubai. I can search them in google and also mayroon FB page wherein mababasa ko po mga remarks and other information pati photos po ng agency mismo ay meron.

    Mukhang legit naman po at may videos rin sa YouTube. Upon checking sa poea site hindi naman nka register.
    I asked them po and they say na direct hire kasi sila. Wala po bayad at sila mag process lahat pati visa namin. Visit visa lng dw po muna kasi doon na asikasuhin ang papers or contract with the employer. They will assist us in everything po at monitoring din dw kmi sa employer. Kapag ayaw namin sa employer pwede bumalik sa agency and change employer. Same din kapag ayaw ng employer sa amin. Ibabalik kami sa agency.

    Tama po ba ang process ng agency?

    1. Hi Rose. Looks like there are red flags there. A legitimate recruitment agency MUST be registered sa POEA. Kahit direct hiring, dapat dumadaan parin sa POEA. Also, hindi pwede na visit or tourist visa ang ibibigay sayo because kung may legitimate na trabaho, dapat WORKING visa. Huwag po tayo nagpapaniwala agad sa nakikita sa Facebook page. If you could share the name, much better po para maiwasan na mabiktima ang ibang mga kababayan natin.

      Please check this post about illegal recruitment –

  103. Hi,Ms Lara my fiance and i have a spa bussiness here in czech republic and we want to hire my sister to work with us here is it possible for us to hire her directly since the agency is asking for too much for a placement fee considering my sister will do all the paper work and stuff.
    thank you.

    1. Hi Cielo. Yes, that is possible as long as all the documentary requirements are complied with. Please refer to this post as well for the list that your sister will submit in the Direct Hire Division of POEA. Thanks!

  104. hello ma’am i have a employer willing to provide working visa for me to work as a nanny there in dubai, is there any document i need to provide here in the philippines before going there to dubai?

    1. Hello Ermelyn. Please check the post since we listed the documents that you need to submit in the Direct Hire Division of POEA. Thanks!

  105. Hello, i got this inviatation from a UK recruitment firm called Silver Swan. The project they offer is bound to Saudi Arabia, I have never done any contract without a local agency before .would like to ask what process do I need to go through since the recruitment firm said that “if application is successful, visa will be applied for immediately”. Thank you.

  106. we are supposed to wait for our work visa as per agency after completion of required docs for direct hire applicants, weeks passed agency informed us that our employer dropped as out despite of the signed job offer letter. if this is legal, are we entittled for a refund or lumpsum on the expenses of securing pertinent papers and damages from previous jobs that we left?

    1. Hi there. We’re sorry to hear about this. We suggest that you consult a lawyer regarding damages since they are more knowledgeable regarding this. We’re not sure as well as to what case/s to be filed.

  107. Hi mam lara, paalis n po ako ngaung jun21 punta dubhai. Agency sa dubai ang nghire sakin bilang dh.nirefer ng kakilala ko na isang buwan ng nsa dhubai ngaun.kaso binigay lng po sakin tourist visa. Dun na daw po kami sa dhubai mgsign ng contract.ano po ba mgiging problema ko kung sakali.lehitimo po ba ito. Pa advise nmn po .kelangan din po ba na registrado dito sa pilipinas ung agency n nghire sakin? Salamat po

    1. Hi Hanzo. Looks like there are lots of red flags here. For starters, they should give you a working visa and NOT tourist visa. Also, you should be asked to sign an employment contract here at hindi sa Dubai. Maaari po kayong harangin sa Immigration dahil hindi legal ang pag-alis ninyo sa bansa at baka po ma-offload kayo.

  108. Dear Ms Lara, I am an OFW for 13
    yrs in UAE and decided to take a short break in the Philippines, currently there is one employer who is willing to hire me back, as this is considered direct hire, what will be my options to pursue with the offer? Do I have go through an agency and PDOS and medical again or i can apply to POEA directly with all the requirements? Thanks for your help

  109. Hello po. I need your help on how to get oec, I’m already working here in Malaysia for almost 2 years as direct hire. Here in Malaysia they allowed employer to direct hire maid, so my relative here hired me, I went here from Philippines as tourist then when i got here we applied working visa in immigration here. So now my question are how to get oec and where to get and what are the requirements? because i want to visit my family in Philippines for a week and come back here with the same employer.

    Hoping to get help immediately. Thanks

    1. Hi Sasha. You may get an OEC through POLO. Submit your Certificate of Employment, working visa, and passport po, preferably all original form.

    2. Hi Lara, I already have my visa and working permit to work in Romania as a cleaner sa isang company yung tita ko po nag recommend sakin as a direct hired… Hindi ko po alam kung Ano next step? Kasama po ba ito sa mga banned?

  110. Hello,

    I’m working here in Kuwait as a direct hire. I am currently on a commercial visa. Do I need to go back home in the Philippines and apply for an OEC or can I do it from here in Kuwait through the POLO office?

  111. Hi ms Lara. I was hired as operation manager in qatar. I have already working visa. Tumwag ako dhad dept sabi need POLO authentication s qatar. Nung ngpa verify employer sabi need dw agency . Agent n mgaackso saken .. ano png silbi ng dhad? Bkit still require ng agency? Prang contrast ata s dhad n tntwag at bkit pnpygan ng ph gov ung placement fee n yan dpt wala n yan maciado pnapahrapan mga pilipino..d cla nghanap ng job pra saken.. employer nkalita saken.. totoo bng bbwasan dn ung monthly sahod? Hoping n hind…

  112. Good day! I came across this article as I was getting myself updated about the employment abroad for Filipinos. I’m a direct hire from the school where I’m working right now. I have been here for 2 years and this will be my third year (my visa has been extended as an Instructor every year). My question is, if ever I will go back to the Philippines just for vacation, do I need to show or apply on something in the immigration office/ POEA in order for me to be back to Japan again? Thank you!

  113. Hi Lara, I’m already in phase 2 of my application for my OEC, now I’m just waiting for my name to be posted in poea website, I already prepared all the phase 2 requirements except for the PDOS, I want to ask if I can get PDOS schedule while waiting for the posting of approved clearance? Or it’s really necessary to have the POEA clearance first in order to get PDOS schedule? Thanks.

  114. A school in Taiwan hired me, is it okay if we process the work permit without Agency? If no where can we find one

    1. hello Gianne. Yes, you can process your application even without an agency. You may check this POEA Memorandum Circular for the procedure as well as the requirements to be submitted to the Direct Hire Division.

  115. Good day. I was directly hired by a relative because he owns a restaurant in Italy. Nulla Osta from Italy was already sent to Italian embassy and I have work visa what other documents do I need to
    be able to exit and go to Italy for work.

    1. Hello Jenna. Congrats on the job! As to the requirements, please check this POEA Memorandum Circular, which contains procedure and documents to be submitted 🙂

  116. hi my name is darwin i am currently employed in alberta canada i am a direct hire there i came to canada due to a training program it is w1 worker visa but i still manage to exit philippines without the oec eventually i extend my work permit for another 2 years but i think im employed not just training now after 1 on that 2 years contract i decided to go home for a vacation now im thinking getting one oec so i can return to canada but i can get one.. my question is do i need the oec to exit philippines or not

    1. Hello Darwin. Yes, OEC is required since this will serve as proof that you are a legit OFW. You get exemption on airport fees and travel tax as well.

  117. Hello po may nag hired po sa akin na employer to US , nanny po ung inaaplayan ko wala po ditong agency sa pilipinas sa US po ung process tapos nanghihingi po sa akin ng for commitment fees for visa daw, through 711 . Scam po ito?

    1. Hello Queenie. Hard to say given the info you shared but there is a possibility that this is a scam. Normally po kasi, hindi dapat humihingi ng kahit anong fees if legitimate ang trabaho na nag-aantay sainyo.

  118. Hello, I already have all the documentary requirements of POEA, do I need to book an appointment to pass these? Also, may I inquire as to how long it would take them to process my application once I passed the documents. Thank you for your response! 🙂

    1. Hi Jane. No need for appointment. You may go directly to the Direct Hire Division and submit documents. Usually, processing takes days or up to a week.

  119. Hi Lara,

    I was hired last year with the company, then I resigned from them and got hired currently with new company. What would be the best process for me to still acquire my OEC since I am now started my work with the new company.

    Your advise is highly appreciated.

  120. hi, i just want to ask i applied thru online my employer hired me after she interviewed me thru email after a week she sent my job offer letter . how would i know if this kind of application(direct hired) is legit or not?

    1. Hi Jean. Your supposed employer must be willing to comply with the requirements enumerated on this post. Also, you must be given a working visa and NOT tourist visa otherwise, hindi po legit ang employer.

    1. Please check upper right side. Type the name of agency on the box stating “Status of Recruitment Agency” then click Search 🙂

  121. Also, my brother recently received a direct hire offer from a manufacturing company in Saudi Arabia for a Furniture Designer position. They have couriered him the Original signed Employment Contract with all his comp/benefits stipulated on it as per labor law requirements, his original Work Permit/Employment Visa, Copy of Company’s Business License/Commercial Registration and Owner’s ID and contact details. Now he wants to know where can he obtain the POLO endorsement letter to be addressed to the Administrator to seek exemption from the ban on direct hiring? And what does “Contingency plan” to be issued by the Employer mean? Thanks for your advise,

    1. Hello Marie. The foreign employer must submit the Request Letter to the Labor Attache, which indicates the request to hire the specific worker.

  122. Same po kay maam queenie villariez hinired din po aq as a cleaner sa US ipprocess tas pag natapos ung processing klangan mo muna bayadan ung para courier bgo nla isesend sayo ung mga papers.then after daw matanggap ung mga papers cocontackin daw po aq ng US embassy dito for interview para matatakan ung mga papers.ask q lng po if totoo po b to?or nd b aq mapapahamak dito.thank you.

    1. Hello Chi. If the “employer or agency” requires you to pay before processing your application, then there is a possibility that this could be a scam. Have you checked the profile of your supposed recruiter?

  123. Hi. I have been directly hired to teach in a university in China. However, biggest hurdle now is the authentication of the employment contract since the HR processing my application is not familiar with it. Is there any alternative for that? Thanks.

  124. Hi po, itatanong ko lang po sana,May apply po kasi kami for direct hire sa Quebec Canada skilled po kami, refer po kami ng aming kaibigan sa employer nya,sa ngayon po pina process na po ng employer namin ang aming LMIA/CAQ sa Goverment nila,may idea po ba kayo kung anong susunod namin na gagawin dito sa atin,once ma approve po yung LMIa/CAQ namin,
    Ano at pano po ang kailangan asikasuhin dito sa pinas para po mag continue yung pag process namin..ano po ba gagawin namin na proseso dito..

    Pag ganito pong sitwasyon kailangan pa ba mag agency dito,,,
    or pedeng hindi na,,,



    1. Hi Micahel, pag mga ganyan na job offer is a scam.. pag wala kang abbayaran yan legit yan pero pag gaynayn humihinmgi hayaan mo 3X time ako may ganyan gigawaa ko I justgo with the flow yon lang you waste time and effort.

      sa emaila dd palang may sablay an jan like meron .. pag silipin mo yong domain nila hindi talga domain ng company.. bugus po yan.

  126. Hi Lara,

    Na-hire po ako ng dati ko kasama papunta Oman, arrange n po nila flight ko on Aug 25, 2019; ano po dapat kong gawin kasi mukha di aware ang HR ng employer ko?
    Tinatanggap po ba nila mga photocopy ng visa? yung contract naman offer sheet p lang ang napirmahana ko po.
    Pls advise po.

    1. Hi Allan. All documents must be original and authenticated. The post indicates po yung mga requirements na kailangan i-submit para legitimate ang status ng worker as OFW.

  127. Hi! I’m trying to process po my POEA. I called their Cebu branch just to ask Kung papaano mag process nang POLO since direct hire po Ako sa US. Ang sabi po nung sumagot, Hindi Nya daw po alam. Pa help naman po. Ani po Bang una kong gagawin? Thank you.

  128. Nagaaply po ako sa jobsite as florist sa kuwait ang sabi po ng company mghanap dw ako ng agency dito and then contakin sila ganun po ba pag dirct hire kelangan maghanap ng agency to process the paper. Thank you

    1. Hello Ellis. Kapag direct hire, this means no agency na po. Kaya po siguro humihingi ng agency para sila na ang mag-process ng inyong documents sa POEA.

  129. Hello, ask ko lang po kong ito po ba process kong direct hire going to kuwait. My Friend’s boss is opening business and she wants to hire me as her staff directly. Please help. Thanks

    1. Hi po, ask ko lng po ng resign na po ako s employer ko dito s saudi, na hire po ako papunta ng germany, paano po ba process ng direct hire at saan po ako pupunta para I process yun? Hndi na po kc ako uuwi financial difficulty po.

      1. Hi Rosey. POEA is the agency qualified to process direct hire applications. You may try din sa POLO. Just bring your valid working visa, original employment contract, and other proof of employment.

  130. Hello Po,

    Just wanted to seek for advise.
    Na employed kasi ako sa Germany. Pero wala pa po akong Visa. Sabi kasi ng employer ko ako na daw mag process dito sa Pinas. Then nag try dn ako pumunta sa POEA about sa Permission to leave the country which is they called OEC. Then they said na mismo talaga ang employer ko yung mag process nang Visa.
    Ganun po ba talaga ang process?

    Please reply. Thank you po.

  131. Maam may company na gusto ako e direct hire from oman, gusto po nila mangyari maghahanap po ako ng agency dito sa pinas para ma hire nila ako doon, ask ko lang po ano ang requirement sa POEA para sa direct hire ko. Salamat

    1. Hi Mesh. The post indicates the process on what to do in case you are directly hired 🙂 You may also check this Memorandum Circular issued by the POEA. Thanks!

  132. You guys know how much agency are charging you to acquire all the requirements just to do POLO and PDOS ? They are asking for $1500!!! Mas lalo Lang pinapahirapan ang mga Filipino to work a living para sa pamilya nila .

      1. Hi Mam, I was hired in Oman and worked for 10months. When the project was done, they transferred me to their branch in Saudi Arabia and working 9months ’till now with a different contract. Ang problema po ay nagwowork ako with visit visa only. Ano ang kailangan kong gawin at anong mga requirements na dadalhin ko sa POLO Khobar. Thanks in advance for your reply.

  133. Hi Ms. Lara,

    I am currently working in Dubai but my visa will expire on December 3, 2019. Meron nko flight ticket to philippines for 2 weeks vacation. if ipapadala nlng nila sakin ng employment visa ko sa pinas same procedure din po ba? need to undergo PDOS and etc etc… and if ever, ilang weeks po ang processing nyan? thank you

    1. Hi Malou. You can submit original copy of your employment contract sa POLO so they can have it verified. Present your passport and work visa as well. This way, male-legitimize ang inyong status as OFW and they will issue you OEC.

    1. Hi Malou. This depends. As long as you submitted all the documents, the agency could release your OEC in two days time, then attend PDOS, and you’re good to go 🙂

  134. Hi Lara,

    We have submitted the all the original requirements through the POEA authorized agency (Androme Recruitment Agency) and they have submitted to the POEA already, how long will it take before we receive a status from POEA? My brother is a direct hire in Australia and was advised by his employer that if he is still struggling with the proceasing of papers here in the Our BELOVED COUNTRY PHILIPPINES then maybe they will consider hiring them next season considering that everything are already ready except for this ORC and PDOS things which is to be done after your very GOOD OFFICE has done the necessary and very slow review process. We really don’t know why it is very slow like a snail or we need to pay you under the table for the fast processing. Do you have a standard time of proceasing for these kind of application? I wanted to write an open letter to the president regarding these issues, I am really dissappointed that even employears abroad were so dissappointed with how our government process things!! It is like a snail! Hope to receive your response on this and is there any means to expedite the process? Or it will take months before we can get feedback from your good office?

    1. I mean *OEC and PDOS.
      By the way my brother is a direct hire and comply all requirements for 3 months now and his visa was approved 2 months ago.

    2. Hi Lara. Just to clarify, we are not POEA and not, in any way, related to them. As much as we would like to help you on this matter, we are not well-versed as to the process and only get our information based on what the POEA post on their website. Have you checked with the POEA or the agency already? We notice that the POEA issues OEC after one or two days upon submission of requirements.

  135. Hi Lara,

    Hope you can help me. I did my internship in the Netherlands for a year, then the company decided to absorb me. I did not need any documents from the Philippines nor did I go back to change my status.

    Recently, I got hired in Germany. I have my work permits and all. Next month, I will go back to the Philippines for a 2-week vacation, but I’m worried that it might cause problems when I return in Europe.

    Do I need to undergo all the procedures mentioned above?


  136. Hello, I received a job offer (via direct hire) to work in the Netherlands last December 2018. Unfortunately, we were not able to proceed because we learned about the limit of 5 direct hires per employer (they already have 7 OFWs on record when I checked with POEA), and my employer was not willing to go through an agency. 🙁 It really crushed my hopes of working abroad!

    I’m just wondering if there has been any update on the limit of direct hire OFWs? Also, what are other legal options if I don’t go through an agency?

    1. Hi Cho. Sorry to hear about this. Unfortunately, the limit is still at 5. Anything in excess would mean POEA will require you to go through an agency.

  137. Hello po, Nahire po ako as a Secretary sa Kuwait thru agency po. mag3months palang po ako dito pero gusto po ako ilipat ng Boss ko sa ibang employer pero sinisingil nya ang new employer ko ng 1,200kd. Willing naman po magsponsor ng visa yung new employer ko. Ano po ang dapat ko pang ayusin paguwi ko po ng Pinas?

    1. Hi Christine, sa POLO, just present your new and original Employment Contract, as well as passport and work visa. POLO must validate and authenticate your contract po para mapalitan ang inyong employer.

  138. Hi,

    I am a direct hire here in Sweden working as a software engineer, but I did not register with POEA when I left the country last year.

    Now I want to go back to the Philippines this Christmas. How can I ensure that I can leave the country and go back to Sweden to continue my work after the christmas holidays? Thanks!

  139. 2016 ako umalis sa Taiwan. Then kinontak ako recently for an offer to work from them again, Kapag balik sa same employer at same location, at may old oec na din, need pa ba magprocess sa simula? Or thru bmonline na lang ung processing?

    1. You may get an exemption through the BM Online System. Please make sure na complete lahat ng employment documents para hindi po magkaproblema.

  140. Hi Lara! My husband got already his working permit/visa for Canada. Direct hired. Na offload po siya kasi need ng OEC. Ngayon, can the employer directly verify the contract to POLO or need pa rin mag agency? Kasi direct naman po. Thank you.

    1. Hi Azi. The employer may coordinate with POLO so that the contract can be verified / authenticated. No need naman po to go thru an agency.

      1. Hi! Same po kami ng problem ni Azi. Ok lang po ba if hindi na ko mag agency? Ano po ba mga kailangan para employer ko na lang po mag ayos saka ako. Ty!

        1. Hi Charisma. The post indicates the requirements you need to submit to process your work papers. No need for an agency 🙂

    1. Hi. Original employment contract with authentication is required. We indicated in this post po yung mga requirements na dapat i-submit para ma-issue ang OEC 🙂

  141. hi lara apply po kami direct hiring 7 kami ngayon yun lima labas na visa tapos kami daw dalawa dadaan ng agency tanong kulang po kung pwedi yon tsaka hindi ba madedeny visa namin salamat po

    1. Hi Alvin. The limit is five for direct hires so the remaining two have to go thru an agency. Hindi naman po siguro made-deny as long as complete ang requirements and legitimate ang job overseas.

  142. What to do if I’m a direct hire and employer has hired more than 5 filipinos throughout its operation? Company is a very big australian company operating more than 50 years. Surely there can be something done to be given exemption on ban on direct hiring.

    1. Hi Joy. The government limits it to five lang po. The rest must have to go thru an agency (I think the POEA could recommend an agency for that) for the processing of documents.

      1. Hi Lara!
        Do you know a recruitment agency that can process this kind of situation? My employer also exceeded on the 5 direct hired employees.

  143. Hi Ma’am, I am working in Saudi Arabia now, can I process my documents as direct hire for UK dito sa Philippine Embassy? Thank you sa reply.

    1. Hi Russel! Please coordinate with POLO as well since sila po ang may authority when it comes to processing documents for OFWs 🙂

  144. Wala ako sa Pilipinas nung 2018 ‘at nung mga nauna pang taon. Miserable pa ko sa employer kaya di ako updated sa ban ng direct hire. Nagresign ako at tumanggap ng job offer as direct hire. Anu yun bawal? Kailangan umexit?

  145. Hello Lara ask ko lng po X abroad ako from Singapore as Domestic helper ngayon po my gustong kumuha sa akin direct hire po as domestic helper sa Singapore ulit ano2 po ba ang mga steps na dapat gawin at papers na kailangan i prepare??? Looking forward to your reply ma’am thank you….

    1. Hi Katherine! Please refer to the post. We listed the requirements and procedures on what to do for direct hire workers. Thanks!

  146. Hi Lara,

    I am currently on a dependent visa here in Japan and might be changing it to working visa soon as I got a job offer recently. What do I need to do to register as an OFW?

    1. Hi Keeziah. We’re not familiar with all the requirements but you must present your passport, employment contract, and working visa among others sa POLO. Thanks!

      1. Hi Ms. Lara, good morning. I’m a direct hire OFW here in HCM Vietnam. I will have my 2019 Christmas vacation in Ph and booked a return flight to Vietnam on 6 Jan ’20 with a secured OEC. Just recently, I was assigned to have a business travel to Taiwan (Nantou) on the same date, 6 Jan ’20. Do i need to secure an OEC for my business trip to Taiwan?

        1. Hi Popoy. There’s no need. But, it’s important to have documents on hand to prove that you are in Taiwan for a business trip.

  147. hi lara ok na po visa namin ngayon hinihintay nalang authenticated contract namin may agency na din kaming nakausap at nakausap na sila ng employer namin tanong kulang po sa authenticated contract po ba naka lagay pa name ng agency o hindi na salamat po

  148. Hi, my visa will end on January 2020 and i will be in the country this December ’til my visa expired. I just want to ask do i still need an agency to process my papers bound to Bahrain again if someone wants to hire me directly. Thanks

    1. Hi there! You can process your papers yourself. Just make sure that all of the documents will be complied with and submitted so you will be issued an OEC. Thanks!

  149. Good Day po.

    Ask ko lang po kung pwde po ba akung mkakuha ng OEC under Permanent Resident Visa po sa Canada? Salamat po sa sagot. GOD BLESS US ALL

  150. Hi Ma’am Lara .. I’m Domestic Helper from Hong Kong and now po my nangunguha po sakin sa Arizona . Direct hire po siya , and the employer asked me to pay the Labor Certificate /Visa registration fee. Is it right that I’m the one who will pay for this? Thanks

  151. Hi maam i just want to ask po.. may naghire kc sa akin s UK as a nanny direct hired po through online ano po ba ang kelangan na documents galing s kanya para maprocess ko mga requirements ko for poea. What if Hgh School graduate lng po ako.. Makakapunta parin po ba ako ng UK?

    1. Hi Mary Joy. It doesn’t matter if you are a high school graduate. As long as you complete and submit the documents listed on this post, then you can go to UK to work.

  152. Hi Mam Lara just want to ask If someone contacted me through wats app but I applied to him as Nanny then we have conversation that he will hire me as nanny of her children then after that he said her lawyer verified first my passport then after she verified he sent me the contract, is it legal?

    1. Hi Joce. Is the job offer legit as well? If your potential employer is willing to give all the required documents and send it here in the Philippines so you can submit sa POEA, then much better. Otherwise, asking for your passport first sounds dubious already.

  153. Hi po! I was interviewed and hired here in Phils. as local IT in a big company sa Japan. I already have working visa and the contract signing is supposed to be done in Japan so I’m not sure how will I be able to apply for EOC for now since wala ako copy ng contract pa. Makaka exit po kaya ako ng Pinas without a problem?

    1. Hi Tish. Ideally, you must submit all the requirements so they could issue an OEC. Do you have work visa already? Can you request for a certified true copy of the employment contract from your employer?

  154. I would like to seek your assistance for some information about standard procedure and requirements in approval of a job order and employment contract of an applicant(employer) in Vietnam for Philippine applicants thru Phil agency

    I’m JayR and I have an active application for Lecturer in a University in Vietnam. I applied here in the Philippines few months ago thru an agency .Currently the employer(Vietnam company) doesnt have a job order and approved job contract yet for their deployment of Filipino employees.

    I just want to ask if the work permit and work visa are pre requisite requirements before the approval of the job order and contract of employer in Phil Consulate or Phil embassy in Vietnam .or can you give me all requirements needed for a Vietnam employer to have his job order and job contract approvwd by Phil embassy/consulate in Vietnam

    Thank you for your quick response.

    1. Hello! We’re not sure regarding this but there should be an approved job order first. Please coordinate with the agency as well since they will be the ones processing and finalizing your work and travel documents.

  155. hi i would like to ask po , i have a friend he came here in dubai as tourist visa and luckily he got a job here directly. so his planning to go vacation on may and coming back from vacation on june. so how it will work for him ? what we need to do once we coming back here from vacation? what are those requirements that we need ?? please reply..

    1. Hi! Your friend needs to get an OEC from POLO. Pls submit the working visa, original certificate of employment or employment contract, and passport so your friend can get an OEC.

    1. Hi Nichelle. No need. You can get your OEC by submitting your complete requirements at the Direct Hire Division of POEA.

    1. Hello Jeffrey! We’re not sure if there is prohibition from MARINA. Please check with them as well since we dont want to give out wrong info on the readers. Thanks!

  156. Hi, I would like to directly hire my niece to be caregiver to my husband as he is now suffering dementia. As my niece has taken good care of my mom in the Philippines until she died at ripe age of 92, I would really prefer her to come to Canada rather than hiring somebody local that I do not know. She will be applying through the Pilot Caregiver Program. Is this exempt from the ban on direct hiring?

  157. Hello po. Agency hire ofw po ako sa CHINA now. Mae-expire po ang visa ko sa August 2020. Natanggap po ako ng isang employer directly, at magsastart sa after ng contract ko sa agency. May magiging problema po ba kuha ng mga papeles ko? Uuwi pa po ba akong pinas para mag exit at asikasuhin ulit as direct hired? At LEGAL ko po ba itong magagawa? Salamat po

    1. Hello Natalie! You can coordinate with POLO para maayos ang employment papers na hindi na kailangan bumalik pa sa Pilipinas 🙂

  158. Hi –
    I am returning OFW from my previous company but of different country location. I used to work at Corporate Office in Taiwan but will now be relocated on China operation from the same company.

    I am a direct hire and would like to process my OEC. I went to POEA main office this morning but was held by the premise guard as I do not have an appointment. I told the guard that I am securing an OEC as direct hired OFW and there was no instruction nor guidance on POEA website and related blogs that requires prior appointment for OEC application specific to my case. The POEA staff stationed outside the building instructed me send an email to certain and request for an appointment.

    Please confirm authenticity of requiring prior appointment in securing OEC for direct hire. If indeed a requirement I would suggest for POEA to update the guidance accordingly for future accurate reference.

    Thanks in advance for your feedback.

  159. hi.
    ask ko lang po. medyo naguguluhan na din ako sa process.
    direct hire po ako sa canada. ask ko lang kung direct naba ako mag apply for OEC upon receiving my visa and POLO authentication? or dadaan and process pa uli ako sa direct hire department ng POEA? please help.

    1. Hello! Direct hire means wala ng agency. Still, kailangan niyo parin dumaan sa POEA thru Direct Hire Division at isubmit ang lahat ng documents na hinihingi upang ma-issue ang inyong OEC.

  160. Hello Ms. LARA
    Ask ko po kung ano ang kailangan na requirements kung direct hire ka ano ang kailanagn ng poea at kailangan pa ba na dimaan ako ng poea? O hindi na.

    1. Hello Polly. Please check post for the list of requirements. yes, POEA ang mag-proseso ng inyong application as long ma-submit ang mga kailangang documents.

      1. Hi Ms. Lara,
        I would like to ask info. I’m presently working in Saudi Arabia but my contratct will end on Dec 2020. And I applied to Poland and looking forward for a good news there. It is possible for me to exit in Saudi Arabia and directly go to Poland ( when I got a job there) right after my contract here in Saudi?
        Thanks for replay

        1. Hello! As long as you have necessary documents, then that could be possible. You also need to coordinate with POLO in Saudi so they can authenticate your employment contract and to prove that there is a job waiting for you in Poland. We’re not exactly sure as to the procedure so we suggest that you consult POLO regarding this. Thanks!

  161. Hello Ms. Lara. I want to clarify the number of people that can be recruited. If direct hiring only up 5 persons. If referred to an accredited agency how many persons can a foreign company hire? Let say professional and skilled employee.

    Thank you for your reply.

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