Author’s Note: This article was originally published on 9 October 2018 and was republished to update some important information.
An Overseas Employment Certificate (OEC) or POEA Exit Pass is a clearance issued by POEA to Overseas Filipino Workers (OFWs) who exit from the Philippines for employment purpose, regardless of their visa status.
So if you’re going to work abroad, my dear friend, then you MUST secure an OEC because the Immigration Officer will not allow you to go out of the Philippines without it.
BEFORE YOU BEGIN
This article is a step-by-step guide for first time — name/direct-hire — Overseas Filipino Workers (OFWs) on how to get a POEA Overseas Employment Certificate (OEC). If after reading this you still have doubts or questions, you can always leave a comment at the end of this article. I will respond to all of them!
So without further ado, here are the documents I prepared for the whole—grueling—process.
Bring original and two (2) copies of each; submit these documents at Window 8, Second Floor, Direct Hire Assistance Division, Landbased Center from Monday to Friday, 8:00AM to 4:00PM:
• Passport with validity period of not less than six (6) months
• Valid Work Visa
• Work Permit
— In my case, I submitted my English and Chinese Work Permit.
* If visa assurance or guarantee is issued by employer, the same should be noted/acknowledged by the Government or Immigration Office in the jobsite
• Employment Contract
— In my case, my Employment Contract had to be authenticated by the Philippine Embassy/Consulate in China because China has no Philippine Overseas Labor Office (POLO).
* Check this list if your jobsite has POLO
• Company Profile, Business License/Commercial Registration of the employer
• Proof of certificate of insurance coverage covering at least the benefits provided under Section 37-A of RA 8042 as amended
— I personally bought mine from Paramount Life & General Insurance Corporation beside POEA, near 7-Eleven, and paid for PhP equivalent of US$30 good for one (1) year coverage.
* POEA specifically requires the type of insurance that covers the OFW’s Repatriation of Remains; Insurance Certificate for Visa is insufficient
• Notarized Affidavit of Explanation on how I secured my employment, with attached photocopy of my employer’s passport/ID and contact details
Additional documents to support job application — proof that you are a qualified candidate:
• Certificate of Employment from my previous job
• Authenticated Diploma and Transcript of Records
• Curriculum Vitae/Résumé
1. I applied under Skilled/Professional worker, Name/Direct-Hire category.
2. You are to process your OEC after you get your Work Visa.
3. Required documents are country-specific. For more details, click here: MC-08-2018 for the Guidelines on the Registration of Direct-Hire OFWs and Checklist of Requirements for Evaluation of Direct Hire Application that POEA e-mailed me in September 2018.
Before proceeding to Phase 2, you will need to wait for your name to be posted at: Direct Hire OFWs with Approved POEA Clearance. Processing takes 4-5 working days. Print a copy of the Notice/POEA Clearance.
Bring original and photocopy of your documents; Submit these documents at Window 6, Second Floor, Direct Hire Assistance Division, Landbased Center from Monday to Thursday ONLY, 8:00AM:
• POEA Clearance (for employers under Section 124d of the POEA Revised Rules & Regulations)
• E-Registration Account
— Create your account. Go to www.eservices.poea.gov.ph then print your Worker’s Information Sheet.
• Compliance Form (if necessary)
• Valid Medical Certificate from DOH-accredited medical clinic authorized to conduct medical exam for OFWs
— I submitted the one that I used to apply for a Chinese Work Permit since the clinic is DOH-accredited as well.
Angelus Medical Clinic
Address: 104 Rufino Street, Legaspi Village, Makati
• Pre-Employment Orientation Seminar (PEOS)
— Go to www.peos.poea.gov.ph, complete the online seminar, then print your PEOS Certificate.
• Pre-Departure Orientation Seminar (PDOS) Certificate issued by OWWA
— Attend PDOS; Monday to Thursday only. It starts at 9:00AM so make sure to arrive at POEA around 8:00AM and ends at 11:00AM.
After the seminar, photocopy your PDOS Certificate, then go back to the Guard-On-Duty to get your number. Wait for your number to be called, then submit all your requirements at Window 6.
They will have you fill out an OFW Information Sheet; submit it once your name is called. You will then be asked to proceed to the Cashier for payment of POEA processing fee, OWWA membership, and PAGIBIG.
POEA processing fee — PhP equivalent of US$100
OWWA membership — PhP equivalent of US$25
PAGIBIG — PhP 300
I paid a total of PhP 7,038.75
After payment, they will FINALLY give your OEC! Buuuuut, lastly…
Before leaving POEA, make sure to visit Philhealth at the ground floor as it is mandatory to pay for your Philhealth contribution before you leave the country. I paid PhP 2,400 which is valid for two (2) years. There’s also an SSS booth at the ground floor, and you may pay a minimum of PhP 500 for your SSS contribution.
That’s it! Finally! Finally! Finally! I hope you find this article helpful!
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P.S. If you have questions, you may leave a comment at the end of this article, or direct message me!
Happy & safe travels!