What You Need to Know about Overseas Employment Certificate or OEC

This was heard everywhere: President Duterte issued a deployment ban against Kuwait while suspending the processing of Overseas Employment Certificate or OEC for all Kuwait-bound OFWs.

Before the year end, the Department of Labor and Employment ordered a temporary suspension for processing of OEC to give way to investigation related to illegal recruitment activities and practices. Thankfully, this suspension was lifted.

What exactly is OEC? How important is this document in your life as an Overseas Filipino Worker? Read on to find out.

What is an Overseas Employment Certificate?Β 

Also known as travel exit clearance, OEC serves as a proof that an individual is a documented OFW. This signifies that you are allowed to legally leave the country and work abroad. Take note that this document is only valid for 60 days from the date the OEC was issued.

The OEC is something you present at the airport before you leave. This will exempt you from paying travel tax and terminal fee. It will also serve as your exit pass and clearance at the airport.

In case you plan to apply for a loan or open an account with banks and be tagged as OFW for additional benefits, make sure you present your OEC as well. In fact, this is among the required supporting documents by lenders.

How can I apply for OEC?Β 

You need to submit the following documents:

  • Passport, with at least six months validity from date of departure
  • Verified Contract of Employment or Offer of Employment
  • Completely filled out Balik Manggagawa Info Sheet. You can access it here.
  • Valid work permit, work visa, or any equivalent document

Take note that POEA requires other documents aside from the above-mentioned depending on what kind of worker you are (professional workers, low-skilled workers, workers heading to US or Canada, or household service workers). You can check this post to learn more about the additional requirements list.

Aside from the documents required, you will also be asked to pay fees, which includes:

  • POEA processing fee – P100 per OEC
  • OWWA membership fee – USD 25 or its Peso equivalent
  • Philhealth contribution – P2,400 for one-year coverage
  • PAG-IBIG contribution – minimum P100 every month

How to apply for OEC:

Agency-hired workers means you don’t have to worry about this. Still, what if you were hired directly by your employer? This means you have to apply on your own, either through walk-in or Balik Manggagawa (BM) Online System.

If you prefer walk-in, you have to apply directly at POEA Main Office in EDSA cor. Ortigas Avenue. You can also apply through POEA Regional Offices.

Online application would be easier. Simply register and log-in at the BM Online Appointment System to set a schedule and assign a venue for processing. On your scheduled appointment, make sure to bring two copies of accomplished BM Information Sheet, required documents, and money for payment of fees.

Is it possible that you don’t have to apply for OEC? The answer is yes. If you are a returning worker with the same employer or job site, then you don’t have to apply for OEC.

Don’t forget to log in to you BM Online account and click “Acquire OEC or Exemption.” You will see a confirmation message together with BM Exemption Number, which you must present upon departure.

Tips in Applying for OEC:

  • Bring both original and photocopies of the documents required. File them separately so you won’t get confused.
  • Arrange the documents according to the POEA list. You can check this link as a guide.
  • Make sure to pay for the corresponding fees. We know how heavy this could be on your budget, but non-payment would mean you’ll forfeit your opportunity to enjoy services such as medical insurance or housing loan.

249 Replies to “What You Need to Know about Overseas Employment Certificate or OEC”

  1. Hi po,i would like to ask regarding for oec,because my boss open my account and help me to set appointment like what we did last year,so he continue press the month of my flyt,after that press again,then they replied congratulation,were shock because its automatically oec number,but the validity until may 7,but my vacation is april 22-may 13,so can we change this one?we didnt know,we want only appointment like we did last year

    1. Hi Sheryl! You can contact POEA regarding this since they are in better position to assist you on your concern and make necessary adjustments. You can call them at 722-11-44 / 722-11-55 or email them at info@poea.gov.ph πŸ™‚

    2. Hello Sherl! Kumuha ka ba ulit? Kasi ganyan din nangyari sakin nagrequest ako ahead of time thats why bago pa yun alis ko ng Pinas expired na yun oec ko. Nag request ako today may na generate naman na new code. Ganon din ba yun ginawa mo? Thank you.

    1. hello Mario! The Overseas Employment Certificate will serve as proof that you are a documented OFW. Lahat po ng paalis na OFW ay mai-issue-han po nito as soon as you submit the requirements πŸ™‚

      1. Hello po,
        What if I’m Documented OFW already but changing my employer and employment country and going to work as season worker (6months). Is it still the same procedure on acquiring OEC? Or is it possible to book appointment and just change the Employer and the place of employment?


        1. Hi! No exemption here since different employer and jobsite. You have to schedule an appointment through the BM Online facility to get OEC πŸ™‚

  2. Hi,
    I have been an US L1 holder until last year and transferred to H1B as my home base company has decide to hire me directly. First i tried to see if i fit as a Balik Manggagawa but the officer said i shoud be considered a new hire. Now i went to the POEA ortigas so i could process as a new hire, but they said i should get an agency because they only allow direct hires for international organizations, members of the diplomatic corps and lastly head of state and government officials ONLY thus i need to go through an agency.
    Now i callled an agency and they said they need to register my US employer with the POEA and they need a lot of docs from them.

    Can anyone advise what i should, please. ANG SAKIT NA NG ULO KO SA MGA IBA IBANG PROSESO DITO. Gusto lang maghanap buhay ng tao tapos pinapahirapan pa ng mga rules ng gobyerno. Nagbabayad naman ako ng tamang tax pero ganun nalang kahirap pagkuha lng po na OEC.

    1. Hi JT! We’re sorry to hear about this. From what we know, direct hire is allowed as long as registered din ang US employer mo with POEA. We’re just not sure on how the process of registration will work, but we assume that there are documents to be submitted. If you can get an agency’s help to process the registration, then that could be helpful since they are more knowledgeable on how to handle this matter.

      1. I am experiencing the same thing. hired ako directly sa japan then when we went to poea for oec they said we have to contact an agency to process it for us. Mind you it is not free. May placement fee na sisingilin ang agency na katumbas ng isang buwang sahod mo abroad. They have an option na si employer mo muna ang magbayad tapos salary deduction pero sobra sobra naman ung sahod mo sa isang buwan para lang pambayad ng placement fee para lang masunod ang kapritso ng bulok na sistema ng poea. ang ending neto baka bawiin ng employer ko ung trabaho at maghire nalang ng ibang nationals na hindi ganito kahirap at kabulok ang sistema.

        1. Hi! We hope we could help, but this is beyond our scope. Unfortunately, POEA follows a process. Para maging direct hire, dapat accredited ng POEA ang employer mo. We really hope you could work this out with a local agency so you can work overseas.

    2. HI JT,

      I have the same issue with you, can get your personal email address for private messaging?

      Thank you!

      1. Hi Rizza, JT,

        Do you have an update on your exit clearance in terms of the process? Does this apply to all types of employment (professional/ skilled workers)? I’m also about to process mine next week. Thanks in advance.

    3. Hi JT just want to know your process when you tried to secure an OEC from POEA. Im on the same scenario Direct Employment and no agency.

    4. JT, you need to request an exemption from the direct hire ban. The direct hire department in POEA asked me to write a letter to Undersecretary Bernard Olalia to explain my situation and request exemption from direct hire ban. Then once they approve that, your name will appear in the POEA website. You need to have your contract authenticated by the POLO in the USA, your employer needs to send the requirements to POLO USA. Then submit that to POEA along with visa and other requirements.

      When you were on L1 visa, did you need an OEC? Did the Philippine immigration in NAIA require you to submit anything before letting you out of the country? When I called immigration, they said I need a secondment agreement.

  3. Hi JT, I also went through the same thing. As per POEA hindi na allowed ang direct hire and we need to go through a local agency. In my case willing naman ung employer ko overseas(Malaysia) na isubmit ung mga requirements. Mas better if ung employer mo mismo po ang kakausap sa local agency para maayos lahat. As of now nasa POEA(OEC) processing na ako, although nahold dahil sa bagong na issue na online system ng POEA.

  4. Hi po ask lang kasi umalis ako tourist visa punta ng dubai.now may work n ako naaus n dun.need ko b clearnce sa future apply ko sa agency sa pilipinas.anong clearance need ko.ty

    1. Hi Kojic! What do you mean by clearance? If you will apply for another job, then panibagong Employment Certificate po ulit πŸ™‚

  5. Saan ko din po makukuha mga need n clearance.hinahanapn b ng agency sa pilipinas pag nag apply ako uli sa iba.dto pa ako sa dubai.umalis ako pinas last year tourist visa now nagwowork n ako dto.anong cleance need ko para mkapag apply ako uli abroad at saan kukunin

    1. Hi Kojic. You can only apply sa Philippine-based recruitment agency to be classified as OFW. Mabibigyan ka lamang ng OEC kung sa legitimate recruitment agency kayo nag-apply ng trabaho.

  6. Hi, uwi ako ng pinas by june. Tourist visa akong dumating dito sa uae at eventually nagkawork. Okay lng ba na sa pinas na lang ako kukuha ng oec bringing with me my original contract and visa? Nkpgpaschedule na din ako ng appointment sa pinas. Sabi kasi nila hndi daw ako makakakuha ng oec sa pinas kasi tourist visa akong umalis ng pinas. Help pls.

    1. Hi Jane. Yes, tourist visa is different from working visa. If the purpose is to work abroad, then dapat working visa ang binigay sainyo ng recruitment agency para ma-document ka sa legitimate OFW. You can confirm with your agency kung bakit tourist visa ang ibinigay sayo since hindi po ito ina-allow ni POEA. You won’t be able to enjoy OFW benefits dahil hindi po kayo documented.

  7. Im a returning ofw to same employer. May flight is on may 23. I tried na magpaappointment pero may 25 na next available sched sa main office ng poea. Dito ako pinakamalapit. Is it ok na may walk in dun? Matatapos din ba un ng isang araw lang? Ty

    1. Hi Alicia! Pwede naman po ang walk-in pero take note po na hindi kayo ang priority. Ang warning din po nila is baka po buong araw kayo doon. Salamat po!

  8. Hi Lara, returning to same employer ako pero different work place (different country). Previously ay online application lang ako sa pagkuha ng OEC. This time ay I think hindi pede online kasi different work place. Also, new contract din kasi different terms and conditions din. Direct hire din ako from overseas employer. So papaano na ang processing ng OEC ko for this time? Thank you.

      1. Hi lara. When you said that β€œhe might not clarify for an oec exemption anymore” does that mean he has to undergo the same long process as everyone else as first timers in getting oec?

          1. Mam may tanong po ako since first time ko po na mag trabaho sa abroad. Nag apply po ako direct hire sa new zealand as industrial worker. Yung visa ko inaasikaso na rin po ng employer ko. Ano po ba ang mga susunod dapat kong gawin?

  9. Ask ko lng po..how long it takes po b kpag po processing na sa poea kc po sbi ng agency un nlng daw po.processing na daw po 2weeks na po kc wala pa rin daw po..nkpagmedical. biometric and may visa na din daw po..tnx po

    1. Hi Chacha! As much as the agency wants to fastrack everything, talaga po hindi agad makakaalis ang OFW-applicant. Basta po walang problema, kumpleto ang requirements, at legal ang mga dokumento, makakaalis din po kayo in time. Salamat!

    1. Hi Ahmi! There could be some delays because of the new system and per OFWs, OECs were released weeks after from the time they applied.

  10. Hi po tourist akong nag pasok sa sabah tapos na hire ako as D.H at nagkaroon ng working visa.Nag trabaho ako for 3years tapos uwi ako ng pinas para bakasyon,nagpa register ako sa OWWA then nag pa appoinment sa poea tapos hinanapan ako ng AUTHENTICATED contract,is it really needed pa na authenticated.Thanks

      1. Documented OFW po from turkey unang availed ko ng OEC nung year 2005 considered agency hired kasi caregiver ako sa israel then latest na kuha ko ng OEC was year 2015 change employer and jobsite kasi sa turkey na pero na sa line ako ng balik mangagawa walk in lang not thru bm online and now andito ako sa pinas umuwi ako last year dahil sa family problem and need to stay long naisip ko baka di na ako babalik pero may visa pa ako that time and bago pa ma expire na transfer na uli ng boss ko sa under sa name nya yng visa kasi before ang visa ko is under the name of company skilled workers now sa mismong name na talaga ng amo ko and yung work as a nanny na mas prefer ko kasi mas malaki yung salary so ang tanong ko po is need ko pa bang mag agency or considered pa rin akong balik mangagawa ? complete documents ako red ribbon verified by polo and authenticated sa country ng work ko may visa at working permit certification of employment letter from my employer parang lalabas kasi its either rehire ako verified by POLO or change employer since sa boss ko na naka name ang visa pero sila rin naman ang previous employer kasi sa knila company

        1. Hi Ej! You can be considered as balik manggagawa narin since babalik ka naman po with the same employer. Exempted narin po kayo sa OEC since same employer naman. Please register nalang sa BM Online System to make sure na exempt po kayo πŸ™‚ Salamat!

  11. Hello. Ask ko lng po sana kung needed po ba ako uli magpa medical examination para po mka kuha ng OEC? Before po naibigay approval ng workmpermit ko po nagtake na po ako ng medical examination ko po last April 20 po. Need ko po ba uli magpa medical before mka kuha ng OEC?

      1. Helo.. Ng paappoinment ako s poea Para makakuha ulit ng oec. Khit same employer pa rin ako kasi nung I inter ko ang oec number previous bgo ako umalis 2yrs before. It’s shows not found kya ngpa a appointment nlng ako ulit but the schedule is June 6 ma release b agad oec nun same day sa schedule kc ung flyt ko ay June 9. Slamat po..

        1. Hi John. Usually naman po, binibilisan na ang pag-issue ng POEA ng OEC at hindi na umaabot ng weeks. You can try walk-in din po, pero baka po mag-antay kayo since priority ang may appointment.

  12. Hi po…. His long it will take to release your oec if agency-hired? Parang ang tagal kc mag feedback ng agency almost 1 week na pero ito na ung last doc na ipaprocess nila un ang alm ko…nkapagpdos n ko…. Tagal tumawg ng agency….haysss

    1. Hi JM! We got feedback from other OFWs who said that the release of OEC is taking weeks. Please coordinate regularly with your recruitment agency para ready ka na umalis anytime πŸ™‚ Salamat po!

  13. Hi po ask ko lng kc direct hired ako my visa nako papuntang turkey ang instruction sakn ng boss ko kumuha n daw akong ticket no need oec daw… makakalusot po ba ako ng airport if walang oec? Thanks

    1. Hi Unica! OEC is an essential requirement because it not only exempts you from payment of travel tax but also shows that you are a documented OFW. There is a possibility na illegal ang pagpasok mo sa Turkey, so we suggest to apply in legitimate and POEA-recognized recruitment agencies para mas sigurado.

  14. Hi, I need help. Hindi ko dala ang contract ko. Only a photocopy of my hospital ID sa Jeddah, KSA. Nagregister na din ako online. Okay lang kaya yun? Salamat!

  15. Hi can i get an oec eventhou my work permit is this being proccessed. But the ministry of labor cambodia will issue a certification that work permit is on process. I have a job contract

    1. Hi Jose! Please register po through the BM Online System to get an appointment. They will inform you narin po kung ano pa po ang kailangan para ma-issue ang inyong OEC. Salamat po!

  16. Hi po,9mos. Pa po aq sa saudi and ng emergency leave ako nung june 11,2018.Ng pa appoinment na po aq sa poea sa june 20 para sa oec ko po,mgkano po babayaran q sa oec ko po this time? Kailangan pa talaga po ma original ang contract po? Salamat po..

    1. Hi Glenn! Exemption is applicable if you are returning to the same employer and job site, and you have an existing record in the POEA πŸ™‚

  17. Hi! Directly hired ako dito sa vietnam at first time ako uuwi sa pilipinas. wala pa po ako OEC before. kelangan ko pa po ba dumaan sa isang agency kahit may work na ako at kumpleto na papeles ko (work permit, visa, etc).? Thanks po sa pagsagot.

  18. Hi, I just want to ask what’s the process for change of last name. My last OEC was issued with my maiden name but I had my passport info changed upon renewal into my married name. Should I go ahead and register in my maiden name to get the online exemption? But my passport shows my married name. Will this cause me trouble at the immigration upon exit?

    1. Hi! We’re not sure as to the process, but your passport name should reflect the same name in your OEC to avoid issues with the immigration.

  19. Hi i’m working here in israel ofw, want to know if true, if i have oec i need to photocopy with my passport and i give to my mother and she give cityhall our province and they 5000pesos to my mother?thank you

    1. Hi Margie! There’s no such rule from POEA. Mayroon po tayo tinatawag na BM Online System kung saan lahat po ng documented OFWs ay kinakailangan mag-register upang makakuha ng appointment para sa OEC. Wala pong kapangyarihan ang city hall na mag-issue nito.

  20. Hello po. Ask ko lang po kung gaano katagal ang pag process ng OEC kung agency ang nag file? inaabot po ba ito ng almost a month???

    1. Hi Ronn! Unfortunately, hindi po agad talaga makukuha ang OEC, based on previous experiences ng mga OFWs. Yes, it is possible that it will take a month.

      1. Hi mam pwede po ako mag ask. Kasi flight ko po ng july 9 ng umaga pwede pa po ba ako makakuha nun. Kasi po nag ka problema po ako nung appoint ment ko.

          1. mam gaano po katagal makuha oec kasi sa 08/13 na po flyt ko monday, ang appointment ko po ay sa 08/09 thursday posible ko po ba na mkuha din oec ko thaT day.., kasi po ay kung friday po pa i release ay libing po ng tatay ko

          2. Hi Denn! This depends po eh. Some say days lang while there are others who said it will take months daw.

  21. 1st time to work abroad ~~ Canada. I applied for OEC thru an agency. It has been 3wks, had a problem last week (June 21) POEA said that my 2nd employer should submit a police clearance also but POLO Canada said that its not required because she is not staying in the house of my primary employer. Then my agency insisted this to POEA and they accepted and continued processing. Now almost a week had passed and still did not hear from POEA.
    Do you think this will still push through? It has been 4mos since I got my visa and I am still here in PH. πŸ˜”πŸ˜”πŸ˜”

    1. Hi Irish! Are you a direct hire worker? This will take time po talaga since direct hiring is banned by POEA. Please coordinate nalang din po with your agency regarding the status. Thanks!

  22. Hi Lara. I have a question. Yung friend ko, pumunta dito sa Mongolia as tourist. Nagkaroon siya ng working visa. Now, uuwi siya ng Pinas para maayos ubg papeles nya. Direct Hire pala siya ha. Nakakuha na siya ng appointment for OEC. Dadaan ba siya ng agency? Gaano katagal yung process if ever? Thank you.

  23. Hello po. Any link/reading material on OEC exempted traveler i.e. for those holding a resident visa? I was assigned to the parent company based in Germany for 2 yrs. Now they absorbed and localized my contract. Wanna know if its the same as direct hire. Thanks.

      1. Salamat Lara. I have applied for an OEC exemption online (via BMonline) and was approved by POLO Geneva. But unfortunately, the system says “pending”. I do not have the specific certificate, but I have OR proof of payment of certification and proof of appointment that I was approved.
        BUT, no OEC certificate itself. Will I need that/will the immigration office required the certificate? Thanks.

        1. Hi Mathew! Did you get an OEC Exemption Number? This will be automatically transmitted naman sa system ng Immigration so no need na for certificate πŸ™‚

  24. Hi, itanong ko lang sana, nag apply ako ng OEC this July 2, and eventually nakakuha din ng OEC agad dito sa Dubai. Bali ang binayaran ko lang is AED 40 and AED 10 for processing. Hindi naman ako siningil ng fee for PAG IBIG, PHILHEALTH AND OWWA pero na-issue han naman ako ng OEC. Magkakaron ba ko ng problem sa immigration just in case pag return flight ko na sa Dubai?

    1. Hi Trish! Hindi naman po ito magiging issue. Mas importante po na may OEC ka, which means you are a documented worker πŸ™‚

  25. hi mam good evening po..kukuha po ako ng oec for first time kasi po nag emergency leave lng po ako sa company nkalimutan ko po dalhin ung contract ko ..possible pa din po ba makakuha ako ng oec?

    1. Hi Robelyn! Make sure po you login sa BM Online System para makapag-set ng appointment sa pagkuha ng OEC. Makakaiwas narin po kayo sa pila. Salamat po!

  26. Hi all,

    Just an update. Nakuha ko na OEC ko. Just a background, umalis ako ng pilipinas as a tourist and then dito na sa vietnam inayos lahat ng papers ko. So nung nakuha ko work permit ko saka palang ako umuwi ng Pilipinas to secure my OEC.

    Overall naging smooth lang ng pagkuha ko ng OEC. Ang ipinakita ko lang eh passport, work permit and yung printed form ng balik manggagawa. Make sure lang na nandun kayo sa POEA sa oras ng appointment.

    1. Hi! Sang poea po kayo nagpunta? same din kasi kayo ng situation ng asawa ko. sa september plan nya umuwi, wala pa din sya oec pero sa same employer sya babalik. makukuha din ba agad ung permit? 2 weeks lang kasi ung vacation nya. thanks.

      1. Hi Yan! If same employer po, no need na for OEC. Mag-log-in lamang po sa BM Online System para po maka-avail ng OEC exemption. Salamat po!

    2. Hi I have a question. Same here. Sa Vietnam dn ako. The problem is wala pa akong work permit. Can I apply an OEC without work permit? Kahit yung contract, passport at business visa lang ? And do I really need to pay
      OWWA membership fee – USD 25 or its Peso equivalent
      Philhealth contribution – P2,400 for one-year coverage
      PAG-IBIG contribution – minimum P100 every month

      What if wala ako ng mga neto?

      Please reply asap. Thanks!

      This is Nadi

      1. Hi Nadi! The fees must be paid po since this is your proof din na documented OFW po kayo πŸ™‚ You can apply for OEC sa POLO in Vietnam. Thanks!

  27. hi ung sakin po for OEC na lang kaya lang na hold docs namin sa POEA dahil expired na license ng agency ko gaano ba katagal ang pag renew ng license ng agency?? or pwede ba kami ang kumuha ng OEC??

    1. Hello Miss Cancer! Kinakailangan po ang agency para legal na makaalis po kayo sa bansa. Hindi lang po namin sigurado kung gaano katagal ang renewal, kaya we suggest din po that you coordinate closely with your agency. Salamat po!

  28. To CC
    Did you have to go through an agency or can we process it ourselves?
    Do we need to go back home and process the OEC or can we get it from where we are abroad? I am currently studying Nihongo in Japan and I plan to work afterwards.

  29. Hi po ask ko lng po bakit need irefer ng poea s agency ang pag process ng oec kahit direct hire tapos sobrang mahal ang bayad s agency…Thanks…

  30. Good day po. I can’t make an appointment online because my passport validity is less than 6 months (my flight is on July 30 and my passport will expires on 6th of August) Can I get an OEC thru walk-in? If yes which branch po? Since OEC is needed for passport renewal for walk- in on ofw’s things seems so complicated. What would be your best advice po? Can I travel also going back to Phil without any problem on immigration? Thank you!

    1. Hi Teresa! We suggest that you renew your passport first since it has less than six months validity narin. Baka po magka-problem kayo sa country destination kung expired ang passport ninyo. There is a possibility na ma-offload kay because of passport validity so it is best to renew passport first. Hope this helps.

  31. Hi po! Direct hire po ako. Ako po ng ayos ng working visa k for kazakhstan, s jakarta.Tapos pagkarelease po dun po ako ngstart to kazakhstan.uuwi po ako ng sept ng pinas para s bakasyon. Paano po ako makakakuha ng oec? Thanks po

      1. hello po, ask ko lng po pwede ba e fax or email ang kontra sa pinas or iba pang documents para sa oec, kasi umalis aq wla mga employer q ang ministry of labour ayaw mag issue ng kontrata kasi need nila ang original emirates id…pag uwi nila saka pa nila kukunin ang kontrata ko…at sa pinas naq mg process…pwede po ba yun?

    1. Hi Loralyn,

      Nakakuha ka na ba ng OEC nung umuwi ka sa Pinas and what documents you presented sa POEA? I am also working here in Kazakhstan and same as you Direct hire sin ako.


  32. Hello,

    My ofw friend needs to know the requirements or documents needed in accompanying a co-worker that will be sent home by their employer due to medical reasons. He want to know if there is still a need for him to process OEC since this is work related travel, he just returned to work after vacation last February 3, 2018. Your feedback is much appreciated. Thank you!

    1. Hi Ruby! Your friend must log-in to the BM Online System to make sure that he will be exempted from securing OEC. The database transmits information to the Bureau of Immigration so that his name will be among those who need not secure departure formalities.

    1. hello! Yes, PDOS is a mandatory requirement. Bibigyan po kayo ng certificate of completion after, which you will show sa Immigration upon exit πŸ™‚

  33. Hello po. Nag-acquire na po ako ng exemption ng OEC online. Pero po nalaman ko na nag-acquire din po ang Tita ko for me. So bale po may dalawa akong na-acquire na OEC na may magkaibang OEC number. Pano po kaya yun? God bless po.

  34. Good afternoon po! My husband has a valid employment pass pa till 4 August 2018… He went back to Philippines last 23 January 2018 and only now he will be back as required already by his employer. His OEC which we got from the country where we worked already expired…His expired OEC was lost also…. help us with this on how he can go back to his work in other country by Friday, 3 August 2018. Will he be allowed to go out of our country? Thank you.

    1. Hi Jean! If same employer, then exempted na po yun for OEC. Please register po sa BM website para makakuha po ng OEC exemption at para i-allow siya lumabas ng bansa.

  35. Hello po..Ask ko lng po..Paano po gagawin ko if nakalimutan ko update OEC EXEMPTION ko eh nakauwi na po ako dito pinas…pls.need po advice if what to do?thanks

    1. Hi Jemma! You should’ve asked for a refund in the airport palang. I’m not sure lang po if papayagan parin ng airport authorities na i-allow ang belated refund since you are exempted.

  36. Good day po!
    Paano po ba pag may OEC na then last minute umatras ang employer – the project will no longer be pushed through. 7 months po kaming natingga dito sa kahihintay ng processo para sa finalization travel documents and related formalities. I do have the copy of our signed contract together with OEC.
    Ano po ang habol namin dito?

    1. Hi RP! We’re sorry to hear about this experience. You can alert POEA regarding this to warn future workers. In case you’re seeking monetary damages, civil case will do, although this would be a gruesome process.

  37. hi lara is walk in still allowed at the main POEA. I need to acquire an OEC but forgotten to set an appointment. whne i check online theres no more slot left since im flying off already on 7th.

  38. Hi po. Is it possible to get OEC while you’re abroad. My friend is on vacation when she was hired by an employer. She was issued a visa to work po. It was her first time to work abroad and she doesnt have any OEC since na hire siya nung nasa abroad na siya. She would like to know how to get an OEC while abroad.

  39. Ano po pwde gawin kung high school graduate ka lamg then hinahanpan ka diploma supporting documents daw for job application accdg poea. Un position kc s visa m e pang skilled workers and then un magiging work m e ndi nmn talaha un magiging work m? So complicated lang tanggap n s work asawako same company kami hnggang ngyon dpa din makakuha oec. Ayoko naman gawan peke diploma. Sabi p 2 weeks na dw processing oec.

    1. Hi Angel! Kailangan po ng supporting documents like mga trainings na iyong inattendan na related sa trabaho na ina-applyan mo. Ito ay para masiguro na fit and qualified ka to do the job. You can check TESDA trainings na related sa work na gusto mong pasukan. Salamat po!

  40. Hi po I want to ask if your job is not the same on the position on your working visa are you consider illegal? Let’s say for example my work in abroad in abroad will be like in purchasing but my position in my visa is nurse. And my diploma also shows also that I did no graduated as a nurse.

    1. Hi Angel! We’re not sure about this, although this could raise concerns in the Immigration because of the discrepancy. This could be a cause for being offloaded.

  41. good day sa monday po ang flyt ko aug 13
    ang avail appointment nlang po ay sa thursday ng 4pm at sa ortigas branch pa po iyon manggaling pa po ako Laguna kaya po kaya na makuha ko din sya same day ng sched at pano po kung walang copy nbg contract biglaan po kasi uwi ko last 07/31 namatayan po kasi akong tatay kaya biglaan please reply po

    1. Hi Denn! Will you be going back to the same employer? You can avail of OEC exemption po pag ganun. Just log in to the BM website para ma-avail ang OEC exemption.

  42. Hi i just want to ask why poea need me to go to a agency as a direct hire, and not thru them, me record sila na may agency n nagproprocess sa company for algeria,,,but im goint to singapore.. Then nag check ako sa agency na accredited nila, wala daw sila accreditation for singapore kaya need i process pa,…im in a loop..any advice

    1. Hi Ken! Will you be returning to the same employer? If yes, no need to get an OEC since you are already exempted. Just make sure you log-in to BM (Balik Manggagawa) Online System to make sure that you are exempted from securing an OEC based on the POEA database.

  43. Good day po..ilang days po ba ang hihintayin ko sa pagfile ng agency ko ng oec sa poea?Kase po sa September 2 ang expiration ng Working visa ko kaya need ko na pong makaalis within that day…Thank you.

    1. Hi Brando! Nakapag-online appointment po kayo? Usually, makukuha naman po ang OEC within the day kung may online appointment. Please coordinate din po with your agency and ask for an update of your status. Salamat po!

    1. Hi Honey! Iba-iba po ang accounts ng OFWs regarding this. Some say weeks while yung iba, within the day naman daw po. Please register sa BM Online System para po may schedule na kayo and posibleng makuha kaagad ang OEC. Salamat!

        1. Hi Marlyn! You should register po sa BM Online System para maka-claim ng OEC exemption. TO be exempted, dapat po ay babalik ka sa same employer and will work sa same jobsite.

          1. Thanks Ate Lara, same employer din po ang babalikan. This is the 2nd time using BM Online System po pero no appointment po, ang nakasaad lang po yung Status na Exempted po.

  44. Hi Good day, is it require to process again in POEA? naka vacation ako ng 6 months then will be going back again with the same employer but different jobsite. nag acquire na ako ng OEC exemption sa BM online. meron ba necessary process to change the jobsite or wala naman magiging problem un when I go out the country?thank you

    1. Hi John! Different jobsite means you are no longer qualified na po for OEC exemption. Dapat po same employer AND jobsite per POEA. Thanks.

  45. Hi there, sobrang tagal namn magproseso ng OEC sa POEA tru agency kase po almost a month napo nasa POEA ang mga complete documents ko eh hangang ngayon wla parin improvement sa OEC na yan in short walng approval eh nakakainis lang kase ilang days, weeks o months ang nasasayang kakahintay sa OEC nayan, baka mamuti na ang mata namin ng employer ko kakahintay dyan eh baka nangangamba pa ako na hindi na ituloy ng employer ko ang contract namin. Nakakainis isipin.

    1. Hello there! Pasensya na po pero eto po ang proseso na kailangan sundin upang masiguro na lehitimo ang inyong status bilang OFW. Konting pasensya pa po at sigurado ay mare-release din ang inyong OEC πŸ™‚

  46. Hi! After attending the PDOS and completion of requirements, gaano katagal usually bago makuha yung OEC? Thanks for your help!

    1. Hi Ellaine! Sadly, we can’t give you a definite answer regarding this. Many say it will take a month, but hopefully, it will be less than that.

  47. Hi, Ma’am pano po if tourist ka and nahire ka sa China, with complete contract and z visa. Need pa po ba bumalik ng Pinas para kumuha ng OEC. Gusto kc ni employer mag start.na agad.

  48. Hi! I already have my visa and working permit approved for a job in Ireland. I am a direct hire which I know is banned at the moment pero meron naman pong exemptions diba? Is it possible po ba na to follow nalang ang OEC and sa POLO nalang iprocess when I arrive there? Thank you.

    1. Hi JM! Immigration officials will ask you to present OEC kasi upon arrival in the airport. This will serve as proof that you are a documented OFW, which also means exempted kayo sa fees. Baka po dito kayo magka-problem if hindi kayo maka-apply ng OEC while still in the Philippines.

  49. Hi po.
    Ask ko lang po. Kapag po ba visit visa tapos kasama mo din ang sponsor mo
    (Asawa ko din sponsor ko.) need ko pa bang kumuha ng OEC?
    Salamat po.

  50. Hi po ask ko lng po tourist visa po aq pumunta dto sa abu dabhi then nagkawork po at naayus yun papers magbbksyun po aq kc finish n po yun 2years then bblik sa sames employer makakakuha po ba aq ng oec sa pinas?..

  51. Hi, itatanong ko lang po kung kailangan ko pang kumuha ng POEA CLEARANCE exit. 4 years na po ako sa Singapore at pabalik balik narin ng pinas tapos po nag pahinga ako for 1 year noong 2017, pero this year 2018 nag palit lang ako ng employer pero sa Singapore parin ang trabaho ko. Kailangan ko pa ba dumaan sa direct hire ng poea na maraming hinihinging documents or pwede akong kumuha lang ng oec kasi change employer lang nmn ako? Salamat po.

    1. Hi Ben! OEC is not required if you will be returning at the same jobsite AND employer. Otherwise, you need to apply again πŸ™‚

    1. Hello Shasha! You need to apply for OEC since this legitimizes your status as OFW. If you are returning sa same country, employer, and jobsite, then exempted na po for OEC πŸ™‚

  52. hi po,kukuha po ako ng oec kc magbabakasyon ako first time pero ibang employer. nag sign up ako as new user pero yun email na naipasok ko ay diko mabuksan para tignan yun confirmation link. anu po dapat gawin. salamat

    1. Hi Acire! Have you contacted POEA already? They are the ones who could check out your account since we are not related to them πŸ™‚

  53. Hi Ms Lara, my concern is I was about to acquire oec exemption thru BMonline.. My flight is on january 10,2019 but didnt realize that my passport will be expiring on june 5,2019 , as per acquiring it , it appears that i have to renew my passport first. If i renew my passport here in tokyo philembassy it would might take 60 days. I have two things in my mind but i wonder if its possible to do or if it would be acceptable and wont cause any trouble.. please help me thanks.
    Option 1, go home in ph , renew my passport then after acquire oec exemption after updating my passport details.

    Option 2. Adjust the flight schedule from january 10 to december 5 to acquire oec yet still fly on january 10😬 does that make sense? Please enlighten me thanks

    1. Hi Ysay! It seems that the more convenient thing to do is to go home early to ensure that your passport will still be valid πŸ™‚ Just make sure to renew your passport as soon as you get home. Thanks!

  54. Hello po Ms. Lara! I’m planning to go home next year to have a vacation for a week and will come back to my job site and same employer po. I already registered in BmOnline pero my records wasn’t found when I entered my Old OEC. What’s wrong about it po?

  55. Maam Lara, tanung ko lang po kung paano ako makakakuha ng OEC kasi sa bm online di po ako maka log in kasi below six month nalang passport ko eh dec 15 vacation ko sa phil. Anu po dapat kong gawin para makakuha ng OEC? salamat po

    1. hello Jeric! Apologies but we’re not sure about this. Some say mabilis lang daw but there are others who say na it will take a month (or more) before you can get your OEC.

  56. Hello po,
    Ofw po ako from qatar, pero babalik po ako dun different company na po, may working visa na po ako, contract, noc, coe, and job offer,. May oec na din po ako kc po nag avail po ako nung kakauwi ko lang po galing vacation, dahil po May contract po akong dala at id sa dating employer ko po,. Pero ung id po is already cancelled kc po nakakuha na po ung bagong employer ko ng working visa. Lahat po ng documents ko is authenticated (original copy sent via courier) Pwede po kaya ako mag avail ng oec?

    Thank you ma’am

  57. Hi. OEC application online via POLO. Ok na po ba proof yung OR for OEC fee? May certificate ba na ini-issue online (bmonline.gov.ph)? Unfortunately, system says pending, but according to POLO office, ok na daw yun. Pa advise please. thanks.

    1. Hi Shine! If POLO says okay na po, then pwede na po yun. Not sure po if there is a certificate po since kapag may OEC, nata-transmit sa Immigration ito and makikita na po doon na you are a documented OFW.

  58. hello po.gusto ko po malaman kung anu po gagawin ko para makakuha ng oec kse nag change employer ako 3months ago po.balak ko po magbakasyom ngaung january 20 for 10days lang po.anu po requirements para makakuha ng oec po? please help po.thank you

    1. Hi Jeramie. You need to login / register sa BM Online website. You also have to present verified employment contract and valid working visa sa POLO para po ma-issue-han kayo ng OEC.

  59. Ask ko lang po, nag wwork po ako ngayon sa isang employer sa NZ pero nag resign na ako, effective next week na. Kailangan ko pa po ba kumuha ng OEC? Thanks po.

  60. Good evening ms. Lara. Pag agency ba ang ayos ng OEC it will take a month para makuha? Papunta po kasi ako ng Canada. Natatakot ako na baka magalit na yung employer ko sa sobrang tagal.

  61. Hi Lara,
    Malaysia Calling visa already done, passport stamped with single entry visa to Malaysia with remarks : for issue of employment pass… kailangan pa ba ng oec bago lumabas ng pilipinas ? Kung kailangan ng oec panu makakuha

  62. I changed employer in Vietnam and they told me that I need to have an authenticated labour contract. Unfortunately, Vietnam is now on Tet Holiday from Feb 1-10 and it will take at least 5 working days to process the authentication. My flight will be on Feb 13 and I can’t catch up with the time. Is there a possible for declaration statement or promise note stating that I will get an OEC and go back to Vietnam and process it once I am there and comply once the embassy is back to office. It will be too expensive to wait for them to authenticate my work contract and I need to be back soon. Please advise for a better and faster alternative.

    1. Hi! OEC is required po since this is proof that you are a documented OFW. Baka din po magka-problem sa Immigration and i-question ang inyong pag-alis. Please check with POEA po for a better alternative since they are more qualified to answer this concern. Thanks!

      1. Hi po.. Good eve.. Ask ko lang po Kung nakasked ako sa ortigas, pede ko po ba ipacancel, then sa trinoma na po ako magpa appointment.. Please reply. Thanx po

        1. Hi Yen. We suggest na ituloy niyo na sa Ortigas since may schedule na kayo. Para din po sigurado na makakakuha kayo πŸ™‚

    2. Hi Well! Nakakuha ka ba ng OEC kahit hindi verified/authenticated yung contract mo?
      Same concern kase tayo eh, I hope you will reply.


  63. Hi , pwede po ba ako mag apply ng OEC kahit may record ako ng departed sa ibang bansa? hindi na renew ng employer ko ang visa ko kaya ng umuwi ako ay na tatakan ang passport ko ng departed. gusto ko ulit maka alis paano po iyon?

    1. Hi Ruth. If you have a new employment contract, you need to present that po together with other documents para ma-issue ang inyong OEC.

  64. Hi po..ask ko lang po kng kailangan ko paba kumuha ng oec pabalik ng dubai husband visa ako kasama ko baby ko..
    At kng wala kami oec magkano ang travel tax babayaran namin sa naaia?thanks.

  65. Good day po.ask ko lng po govt hired po kami and for change of employer.hindi po kmi mkakuha ng oec kasi need ng verification of contract ang problema po andito na po kami sa pilipinas for vacation.
    Hospital po ba ang nagpprocess ng verification of contract?
    Thanks in advance

  66. Hi miss lara.. Visit visa po misis ko dto sa UAE last year.. Ngayon may working visa na siya.. Nka maternal leave sya ngaun sa pinas.. Balik sya dto UAE
    by april to same employer..pano po cia mkakakuha ng OEC sa pinas at ano-ano po mga requirements… Salamat po

    1. Hi Jona. OEC is required so you will be considered as documented OFW. Baka po hanapin ito sainyo. As to the airport fee, it is P750.00

  67. Hi, i just want to ask if there’s any chance na hindi na po muna ako mgpasa ng validated contract/job offer if i want to change my employer and get an oec? contract/id/payslip lang po kasi ang meron ako..thanks..

      1. Miss Lara,
        Tatanong ko lang po kasi babalik ako sa dati kong employer same job same company and country,my mga employment certificates at visa na po ako at nakakuha na ako ng info shit.Nagpaappointment narin po ako for OEC pero sched ko June 4 pa,sa contract ko June 1st join ko.Senend nila contact ko for signing and I sent it back to them for attestation sa POLO once masend nila sa akin pwede koba ma scan at yon ang submit sa POEA?

  68. Hi, nagbakasyon lang po ako dito sa pinas, yung oec ko expired na. Nag try po akong mag renew sa bmonline pero record not found po. Kailangan ko daw magpa appointment. Babalik po ako ng qatar this month same employer and job site. Tanong ko.lang po kung kailangan ko pang magpunta sa POEA. thanks sa reply.

    1. Hi Jardine. Yes, you still need OEC pero this time, you will apply for an exemption since same employer and jobsite naman. Required po kasi ang OEC na i-present sa airport.

  69. Hi! I’m on vacation now and will return to work (with same employer and jobsite) pero upon applying for exemption for oec it shows na i’m not exempted and i need to set an appointment. And that’s what I did. Ask ko lang why I’m not exempted yet im going back to the same employer and jobsite? Do i need to pay fees including philhealth, pag ibig and owwa? What if i will not pay for philhealth ’cause I have health insurance already, would it be possible? Thank you.

    1. Hi Lanie. It’s possible po kasi na hindi pa po na-register ang inyong existing OEC kaya kailangan muna po magpa-appointment. No need to pay for fees na po, although we suggest that you bring extra cash to be sure sa mga payments πŸ™‚

  70. direct hired po sa qatar pero na miss ung appointment sa poea doha, pwede po ba kumuha ng appointment sa pinas na lang since ung open slot po sa qatar is May 13, ang bakasyon po is May 9. thank u

  71. Hi po.. i need an ASAP reply. First time ko po umuwi ng pinas from NZ. Umalis po ako ng pinas as tourist coz i have to look after my auntie na nagkasakit kaya din po na approved visa ko dahil valid po reason namin attached with complet docs. But nung nag try po ako na maghanap ng work doon kasi nalaman ko na pwede po pala maghanap ng work with my multiple visa nakahanap po ako and the company sponsored me and gave me valid work visa. Its all legal and i have legal papers aswell. But galing po ako ng POEA anr they asked me a employment contract validated by POLO. I have the copy of my contract here with me pwede ko po ba ako na lang mag pa validate sa Philippine embassy dito sa Pinas. Kasi sabi po sa akin company daw po dapat mag process but i dint have much time my flight is on May 8. Na po but i already emailed my boss.pls help me thanks much

    1. Hi Ces. Kailangan po validated ng POLO ang inyong employment contract since hindi kayo dumaan sa POEA noong nakahanap kayo ng work. Otherwise, POEA might require you to go through the process talaga. Thanks.

      1. Hi ask ko po pano po kung wla ng slot n schedule ngaun May pero ang alis nia May 28 din ang slot n sched lng June 4 n ang start pano po ang gagawin

        1. Hi Jackie. You can do walk-in naman po pero baka po matagalan. Some say halos isang buong araw daw po naga-antay since pririty daw po ang may schedule.

  72. Re-hiring from UAE to KSA, same company different country, I am holding work visit visa now. Do I need to get OEC? Thank you

  73. Hi, I entered Singapore as a tourist and got employed. I was directly hired and already have my employment pass from Singapore government, and authenticated contract from the Philippines Embassy. When I was about to apply for am OEC, the embassy staff told me that it I should apply in the Philippines since it’s my first time to work in Singapore and have no employment record. Is there a chance that I will not be given an OEC when I return to Manila?

    1. Hi Jack! You can apply thru POLO po. You can present an original copy of your Employment Contract so you could get an OEC πŸ™‚

  74. Ilang weeks or buwan po ba mag process ng POLO? Direct hire din po kasi ako and plano ko po sana mag tourist na lang sa Thailand tapos tatawid ako dun to my country of destination. Possible ba yun or risky masyado pag nakita nila na may working visa ako?

  75. Hi maam, direct hire po aq in qatar. May working visa na po.processed by the company.. Walang agency ang company po. Ni refer po aq through my cousin. First timer po.. Ano dapat e process sa POEA para mkalabas po aq? Yung pinsan q dumaan sya sa agency dati. Pero ngayon, hindi na daw tumanggap ng agency ang company nila.

  76. nag check ako online pro wala na available slot bago ang flight schedule ko on june 4.2019 ang slot na nakuha ko ay june 10.. mai process kya ang oec ko since nagpalit na ako ng company kaya di ako kasali sa exemption.

  77. Hi po, how long po and processing ng OEC sa POEA? Naka visit visa po ako pumunta ng Dubai then now naka employment visa na. Naubusan na po kasi ako ng slot sa POLO for OEC appointment so sa POEA nalang ako mag apply ng OEC. 1 day processing lang din po ba and OEC sa POEA like sa POLO?

    1. HI Charlene. Not sure as to the turnaround time, but usually po, around 1-2 working days, nai-issue na nila ang OEC.

  78. Hi, ask ko lang po, im already registered OFW for 8 years in China , and then this year nagpalit ako ng employer but the same jobsite, ano kaya ung requirements for change employer? I already have my appointment this week, gusto ko lang sana magka idea about sa process.

    1. Hi Anthony. You may present a verified employment contract po with new employer plus your working visa, and passport.

      1. Thanks Lara, actually I’m starting to complete my requirements now, change employer means back to zero, just like new hire so you have to start from the beginning, and I still need to wait for the authentication of my employer contract from Philippine embassy in China. And there are a lot of new requirements. Sad but have to follow.

  79. Hello,

    My worker went for vacation is Philippine and she suppose to be back on 3rd or June and her OEC is not ready yet, can she come without it?

    1. Hi. OEC is required so that she could come in and out of the Philippines legally as OFW. She can apply in POLO and present employment documents like employment contract, working visa, and passport.

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