As of November 2016, direct hiring of Filipino workers by a foreign employer is no longer allowed by the Philippine Government. You will need to seek the assistance of a POEA-accredited agency to process your Overseas Employment Certificate or OEC, unless you qualify under the below exemptions.

Per the advisory released by POEA dated April 26, 2018:

“Pursuant to DOLE Administrative Order No. 196, Series of 2018, in relation to Article 18 of the Labor Code of the Philippines (Ban on Direct Hiring], Republic Act10022, and the Revised Rules and Regulations Governing the Recruitment and Employment of Landbased Overseas Filipino Workers of 2016. while observing the fundamental principle of deployment of workers only to countries with certification as compliant destination for our workers, the following guidelines shall govern the registration of Direct-Hire OFWs by this Administration.

I. Coverage.

No employer shall directly hire an overseas Filipino worker for overseas employment. The following, however, are exempted from the ban:

a. Members of the diplomatic corps;
b. International organizations;
c. Heads of state and government officials with the rank of at least deputy minister; or
d. Other employers as may be allowed by the Administration, such as:

  1. Those provided in a., b., and c. above who bear a lesser rank, if endorsed by the Philippine Overseas Labor Office (POLO), or Head of Mission in the absence of the POLO;
  2. Professionals and skilled workers with duly executed verified/authenticated contracts containing terms and conditions over and above the standards set by the POEA. The number of professionals and skilled OFWs 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; or
  3. Workers hired by a relative/family member who is a permanent resident of the host country, except domestic workers (Iive-in caregiver/care worker or household service workers).”
    Read the full memorandum which includes the list of documentary requirements for exempted applicants in this link:
     http://www.poea.gov.ph/memorandumcirculars/2018/MC-08-2018.pdf

This means that if you do not qualify under any of the above conditions, you may need to seek the assistance of an agency to process your Overseas Employment Certificate or OEC. This way, the employment will no longer be technically considered as direct-hiring since it will go through an agency.

Bring your complete documents to an agency so that they can discuss the process with you. Depending on the circumstances of your application, the processing may take as short as two weeks, or up to three months.

Make sure that the agency is accredited. For the complete list of POEA-certified agencies, visit http://poea.gov.ph/cgi-bin/aglist.asp.



214 thoughts on “How to Get an OEC for Direct Hires”

  1. I write a letter of appeal to be exempted on direct hiring ban and it is granted. I already submitted my documents to POEA last March 6, 2018. and yesterday as I call POEA manila they said my paper is for the second signatory. May I know please how many days does it take for the DOLE clerance to be release. Thanks

    1. Hi Emie, that would depend on the schedule or availability of the signatory, whoever he/she is. It could take as short as 1 day to as long as 1 week, or more. You may try calling POEA again after 2-3 days.

    2. Hi Emie.

      I would like to know where did you send your letter of appeal to be exempted on direct hiring ban. Thank you.

      1. Hello po, pwede po kayo pumunta either sa DOLE Intramuros and write ng letter of appeal kay Sec Bello, or mag write to POEA Admin. I advise po dun na mismo sa poea admin kayo mag-appeal kasi kay sec Bello ay sobrang lengthy daw. Yung sakin po umakyat akong 4th floor ata ng POEA makkita nyo dun office of Administrator. Mas maganda po wala pang ka-tie up na agency ang employer, otherwise sasabihin nila ay kumuha ng job order pa ang employer if ever meron na pala silang agency. Maganda din po ilagay sa letter if in financial difficulty po kayo or yung employer ninyo ay malaking kumpanya at based sa contract ay iuuwe kayo in case may mangyari sa inyo.

          1. Hi Ms. Thank you po sa information. Kanino po ia-address yung letter of appeal kapag dumiretcho sa POEA admin office?

          2. Sir, punta muna po kayo sa POEA Admin office at hingi appointment to Admin. Tapos po interviewhin muna kayo then ppasulatin kayo ng letter at sasabihin nya kanino iaaddress

        1. Hi. Thanks for the information. Actually nakapagsend na ko ng appeal and ok na and na-sign na yung appeal ko. Thank God. Accdg sa poea pede na ko magpa-evaluate. Ano ano po ba requirements? Di ko kasi sure since di pa ko nakakapag-pdos and medical.

          1. Gano po katagal bago napirmahan ung appeal? Dumiretso po ba kayo sa poea admin office or nag email kayo?

          2. Ibig sabihin maam pwede na po ievaluate yung contract nyo, dalhin nyo po sa direct hire second floor yung contract at kung may visa na din kayo. Then bigyan po kayo list of requirements to complete

          3. Hi Kiana. Yung nagsend ng appeal for me is yung employer ko mismo to DOLE. I think mabilis lang kaso di ko kasi nafollow up agad, kala ko kusa nilang iinform employer ko hindi pala. So pagtawag ko, pinasend lang yung ibang requirements like visa, passport and work permit. After 2-3 working days ok na. So baka this week punta na ko sa POEA.

          4. Hi Supergirl. If punta na ko sa POEA for evaluation, iiwan ba original documents ko? Yun kasi yung worry ko. Thank you.

          5. hi Miss Fergie:
            ask ko lang kung papano ngsend ng letter of appeal ang employer at knino naka address,,, is it by mail? or by email? what is the content of the letter… thanks in advance… pede pm mo ako sa fb salamat… naabotan kc ako ng memo,,, ang tagal kc ang verification ng polo ng contract.. halos 1 month.. my visa na rin ako at oec na lang kulang,,, skilled worker to canda
            https://www.facebook.com/marlon.badillo.7

        2. Hi IamSuperGirl, ask ko lng po kung ngpunta kayo sa POEA admin may dala na kayong VISA at Contract?
          Salamat sa sagot.

        3. Hello, galing ako POEA last Friday and asked paano maensure na compliant ung contract ko para maexempt dun sa dire hire ban(email lang kasi ung contract), sabe sa akin nung guard need daw pa-authenticate sa POLO nung bansang pupuntahan ko. The problem is hindi niya nabanggit sa akin ung sa letter of appeal. Pwede na ba akong pumunta sa POEA para dun sa letter of appeal habang inaasikaso ni employer ung pagpapa-authenticate ng contract ko? Or no need na magletter of appeal kapag pasok po dun sa memorandum circular no.8 section 1.d.2 ung kontrata?

          Thank you!

          1. Hello neequole,

            We have the same problem, ano na status mo ngayun? Ng email ako sa POLO to proceed with contract verification/authentication sa bansa na magwowork ako kaso ang reply nila sakin is direct hire is still banned daw. Eh meron namang Memorandum Circular No 8 series of 2018.

      1. Hi Dred,

        Kung may work visa na, kailangan lang po ung contract na may signature ni employer. Yung ibang requirements po, si agency na magdi-discuss kasi depende un sa trabaho at minsan sa bansa na pupuntahan. Pag wala pa pong work visa, si agency din ang magbibigay sayo ng listahan ng mga kakailanganing requirements.

      1. Hello po, pwede po kayo pumunta either sa DOLE Intramuros and write ng letter of appeal kay Sec Bello, or mag write to POEA Admin. I advise po dun na mismo sa poea admin kayo mag-appeal kasi kay sec Bello ay sobrang lengthy daw. Yung sakin po umakyat akong 4th floor ata ng POEA makkita nyo dun office of Administrator. Mas maganda po wala pang ka-tie up na agency ang employer, otherwise sasabihin nila ay kumuha ng job order pa ang employer if ever meron na pala silang agency. Maganda din po ilagay sa letter if in financial difficulty po kayo or yung employer ninyo ay malaking kumpanya at based sa contract ay iuuwe kayo in case may mangyari sa inyo.

      1. Hello po, pwede po kayo pumunta either sa DOLE Intramuros and write ng letter of appeal kay Sec Bello, or mag write to POEA Admin. I advise po dun na mismo sa poea admin kayo mag-appeal kasi kay sec Bello ay sobrang lengthy daw. Yung sakin po umakyat akong 4th floor ata ng POEA makkita nyo dun office of Administrator. Mas maganda po wala pang ka-tie up na agency ang employer, otherwise sasabihin nila ay kumuha ng job order pa ang employer if ever meron na pala silang agency. Maganda din po ilagay sa letter if in financial difficulty po kayo or yung employer ninyo ay malaking kumpanya at based sa contract ay iuuwe kayo in case may mangyari sa inyo.

        https://ofwmoney.org/guide/direct-hire-requirements/

        Basahin nyo po ito for more info, please note na yung employment contract ay need ipaAuthenticate sa POLO/Embassy sa bansang pupuntahan nyo AFTER nyo makakuha ng DOLE Clearance/permit.

        1. Hi. Na-sign na ni Sec. Bello yung appeal ko. Does that mean pwede na ko humingi ng authenticate contract from POLO? If pwede na, pano po? Thank you.

        2. Hi IamSuperGirl. May I know paano yung process ng pagpa-authenticate ng contract sa POLO once ma-sign na ng DOLE yung appeal? Thank you.

          1. Mas maganda po tumawag muna sa POEA kung paano iauthenticate/verify ang contract, then call POLO after. Kasi iba iba daw requirements depende sa bansang pupuntahan.

        3. pwede po ba authenticated lang ng embassy dahil sa IRCC, LMIA connected naman yan sa Canadian Embassy???

      1. Hello po, pwede po kayo pumunta either sa DOLE Intramuros and write ng letter of appeal kay Sec Bello, or mag write to POEA Admin. I advise po dun na mismo sa poea admin kayo mag-appeal kasi kay sec Bello ay sobrang lengthy daw. Yung sakin po umakyat akong 4th floor ata ng POEA makkita nyo dun office of Administrator. Mas maganda po wala pang ka-tie up na agency ang employer, otherwise sasabihin nila ay kumuha ng job order pa ang employer if ever meron na pala silang agency. Maganda din po ilagay sa letter if in financial difficulty po kayo or yung employer ninyo ay malaking kumpanya at based sa contract ay iuuwe kayo in case may mangyari sa inyo.

        https://ofwmoney.org/guide/direct-hire-requirements/

        Basahin nyo po ito for more info, please note na yung employment contract ay need ipaAuthenticate sa POLO/Embassy sa bansang pupuntahan nyo AFTER nyo makakuha ng DOLE Clearance/permit.

    3. Hi Emie Joy,

      May I know what is the content of your letter of appeal? What grounds you have stated on the letter to have it approved? Do you also already included your contract and visa? Does your contract contains repatriation as what poea requires? Could you please advise and help me?

  2. Good day. Medyo confused lang po ako regarding sa case ng direct hire. I inquired na rin po sa POEA hotline. So it means po ba, lahat ng direct hire need na maghanap pa rin ng agency to process the application sa POEA? For example po direct hire po na Nurse to the UK. So parang hindi na din direct hire pag nagkataon? Confused lang po. Thank you sa magrereply.

    1. Hi Ralph,

      Tama po. Dahil nga bawal ang direct hiring (unless qualified dun sa exemptions), nire-refer nila mga applicants sa mga agency. At dahil may agency na, hindi na siya considered direct-hiring so pwede na ma-issuehan ng OEC (still subject to the approval of POEA and DOLE) at makalabas ng bansa.

      1. Sir Ely, just curious po kung may idea kayo. Pano po kung yung nahanap na employer ng direct hire eh wala naman ka tie up na agency dito sa Manila. So hanap na lang si applicant ng kahit ano poea accredit agency for OEC purposes lang? Thanks sir.

        1. Hello po, pwede po kayo pumunta either sa DOLE Intramuros and write ng letter of appeal kay Sec Bello, or mag write to POEA Admin. I advise po dun na mismo sa poea admin kayo mag-appeal kasi kay sec Bello ay sobrang lengthy daw. Yung sakin po umakyat akong 4th floor ata ng POEA makkita nyo dun office of Administrator. Mas maganda po wala pang ka-tie up na agency ang employer, otherwise sasabihin nila ay kumuha ng job order pa ang employer if ever meron na pala silang agency. Maganda din po ilagay sa letter if in financial difficulty po kayo or yung employer ninyo ay malaking kumpanya at based sa contract ay iuuwe kayo in case may mangyari sa inyo.

          https://ofwmoney.org/guide/direct-hire-requirements/

          Basahin nyo po ito for more info, please note na yung employment contract ay need ipaAuthenticate sa POLO/Embassy sa bansang pupuntahan nyo AFTER nyo makakuha ng DOLE Clearance/permit.

  3. Good day po. So ung #2 is consider na pasok sa exemption. Ksi tumawag din ako ang sabi yung abc lng ni proprocess nila. Pde po ba pclarify thanks.

    1. Hi Kel,

      Dapat po pasok sa exemption. Wala pa naman atang revision ang Section 124.

      Sa POEA hotline po kau tumawag? Sinabi po ba kung sino ang mag-process nun kung hindi sila? Baka mas makabubuting sa POEA office na mismo mag-inquire kasi kung number 3 (Workers hired by a relative/family member who is a permanent resident of the host country) ay pina-process nila, I don’t see any reason why ung number 2 (Professionals and skilled workers with duly executed/ authenticated contracts…) ay di nila pina-process.

      Thanks!

      1. Ahh ok. Yep s direct hire office ako tumawag and agency dw ang magprocess dpat. Sige check ko na lang sa mismo office.Maraming salamat!

        1. Hello sir. Confused nga din ako sir, dapat yung sa no. 2 pasok pa rin. Pero according nga sa nakausap sa hotline a,b,& c lang process nila. Baka nga dapat sa poea personally mag inquire para maclarify. Thanks.

          1. Hmmm. Confusing nga po. Pa-share naman po dito kung ano advise nila sa POEA office pag nakapunta kayo, para malaman din ng iba.

            Salamat!

        2. Sir Kel if ever makapunta po kayo sa POEA, pwede po pa post ng update po dito. Para ma clarify po sa mga intend mag direct hire. Thank you po. Parang pointless kasi na daan pa sa agency, additional fee pa pag nagkataon eh ikaw naman ang nageefort sa paghanap ng work opportunity at umayos ng requirements. At aasikasuhin mo na nga sa POEA para legal ang pagiging ofw. Anyway, sa nakakaalam po, ano naman po yung DOLE Clearance at letter of exemption? Thank you po.

          1. Hi ulet! Nagbago na po wala na dw tlaga ang section 124. Abc lang ipprocess nila or balik manggagawa. Hassle talaga and need to go to agency pa. Not sure if before kung matagal din makuha oec nung wala pa agency.

          2. Thank you Kel, for sharing. Wala akong mahanap na update from POEA or DOLE regarding this. Hopefully, mag-labas sila ng official advisory.

    2. Thanks sir Kel for the update! Hopefully mag labas nga ang POEA ng official advisory regarding sa change ng Sec. 124 para clear sa public.

    3. Hello po, pwede po kayo pumunta either sa DOLE Intramuros and write ng letter of appeal kay Sec Bello, or mag write to POEA Admin. I advise po dun na mismo sa poea admin kayo mag-appeal kasi kay sec Bello ay sobrang lengthy daw. Yung sakin po umakyat akong 4th floor ata ng POEA makkita nyo dun office of Administrator. Mas maganda po wala pang ka-tie up na agency ang employer, otherwise sasabihin nila ay kumuha ng job order pa ang employer if ever meron na pala silang agency. Maganda din po ilagay sa letter if in financial difficulty po kayo or yung employer ninyo ay malaking kumpanya at based sa contract ay iuuwe kayo in case may mangyari sa inyo.

      https://ofwmoney.org/guide/direct-hire-requirements/

      Basahin nyo po ito for more info, please note na yung employment contract ay need ipaAuthenticate sa POLO/Embassy sa bansang pupuntahan nyo AFTER nyo makakuha ng DOLE Clearance/permit.

  4. Hello kapag nag agency ka kahit na direct hire na at may visa bakit pa naghihingi ng 1month placement fee ang agency e hnd naman sila ang nagpagod na maghanap ng employer may visa na nga ung tao oec nalang ang kulang para makaalis

    1. Pwede ba mag diretso na sa poea ang tita ko e may visa na cya at all docs e naka sign na sa POLO at red ribbon, kasi ang agency naghihingi ng 1month placement fee plus 350$sa processing fee ng poea daw para sa license at insurance

    2. Hi An,

      Pagdating sa fees, discretion na po kasi un ng agency. Totoo po na hindi sila ang naghanap ng employer or pwedeng hindi sila ang nag-process ng work visa, pero kung gusto po talaga makaalis, no choice na din si applicant kundi magbayad. Pwede po mag-inquire sa ibat-ibang agencies baka sakaling may mas mababa ang singil, kasi hindi rin po sila pare-pareho minsan.

      Unfortunately, yun na ung last option na tama at legal (basta siguraduhing active, legit at licensed si agency). Please refer to this list:

      http://poea.gov.ph/cgi-bin/aglist.asp

      Yes, makabubuti ring pumunta po siya sa POEA office para makakuha sya ng advise mula sa kanila mismo.

      Thanks!

        1. Hi An,

          Paki-tanong po un sa agency. Hindi po kasi ako affiliated sa kahit anong agency so hindi ko alam ang breakdown ng fees nila. 🙂

          Thanks!

          1. Napaka unfair naman 6months lang ang contract tapos ung isang buwan kukunin pa ng agency eh hnd nmn nga sila nagpagod kasi direct hire si tita

  5. Hello po. Ask ko lang po sa case ko na nakakakuha n ako ng oec for the past 6 years with the same employer. Then pag uuwi po ako ng Pilipinas and babalik ako dito sa Indo with new employer pano po processing ng oec ko?

    1. Hi Bing,

      Ang pagkaka-alam ko po pag new employer at direct hiring, kailangan din dumaan sa agency para makakuha ng OEC. Pwede po kau dumiretso mismo sa POEA office para ma-confirm to.

      Andito po ang listahan ng mga agency, just in case gusto nyo din mag-inquire sa kanila:

      http://poea.gov.ph/cgi-bin/aglist.asp

      Make sure po na ang agency na pupuntahan nyo ay may “Valid License” na status. Makikita nyo din po mga status nila sa listahan na yan.

      Thanks!

    2. Hello po, for direct hire pwede po kayo pumunta either sa DOLE Intramuros and write ng letter of appeal kay Sec Bello, or mag write to POEA Admin. I advise po dun na mismo sa poea admin kayo mag-appeal kasi kay sec Bello ay sobrang lengthy daw. Yung sakin po umakyat akong 4th floor ata ng POEA makkita nyo dun office of Administrator. Mas maganda po wala pang ka-tie up na agency ang employer, otherwise sasabihin nila ay kumuha ng job order pa ang employer if ever meron na pala silang agency. Maganda din po ilagay sa letter if in financial difficulty po kayo or yung employer ninyo ay malaking kumpanya at based sa contract ay iuuwe kayo in case may mangyari sa inyo.

      https://ofwmoney.org/guide/direct-hire-requirements/

      Basahin nyo po ito for more info, please note na yung employment contract ay need ipaAuthenticate sa POLO/Embassy sa bansang pupuntahan nyo AFTER nyo makakuha ng DOLE Clearance/permit.

      1. Base po sa mga info dito, dapat po ba ganito ang steps para makakuha ng OEC (pakitama nalang po kung may mali)?

        1. ACQUIRE DOLE/POEA Clearance – Write Letter of Appeal to POEA Admin or DOLE Intramuros to be exempted from the Direct Hire Ban.

        Steps:

        (1a) Go to POEA Office of Administration, express your intent to aqcuire POEA Clearance (Clearance or proof na exempted kn sa Direct Hire Ban) and present your VISA and Work Contract. Read: http://www.poea.gov.ph/memorandumcirculars/2018/MC-08-2018.pdf

        (1b) Wait for POEA/DOLE to release your clearance, follow up as necessary. Check this website for list of OFWs granted with clearance: http://www.poea.gov.ph/hswclearance/hsws.html

        (1c) Follow instructions as stated in the Clearance. Sample: http://www.poea.gov.ph/hswclearance/notices/NOTICE%20NO.%20361.pdf

        “NOTICE TO WORKERS
        FOR PROCESSING THROUGH THE DIRECT HIRE ASSISTANCE DIVISION
        (No. XYZ)

        The POEA Direct Hire Assistance Division (DHAD) hereby serves notice to the following
        workers whose Clearance from the ban on direct hiring were granted by the Administrator of POEA
        and were received by the POEA DHAD on May 23, 2018

        1. Juan delaruz
        2. Juanita delaruz
        3. Dona delacruz

        Above stated worker may proceed to your respective Regional Centers or Regional
        Extension Units, or at Window 6, Second Floor, Direct Hire Assistance Division, Landbased Center
        from Monday to Friday, 8:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m. for the issuance of your Overseas Employment
        Certificate (OEC). Please bring original and photocopy of your documents.

        Please print a copy of this notice and proceed to the Guard-On-Duty to get a schedule for
        Step 2 DHAD approval, encoding, releasing, payment of POEA processing fee (PhP equivalent of
        US$100.00) and OWWA membership (PhP equivalent of US$25.00). For workers who were
        processed at the POEA Regional Offices, your OECs shall be processed through the POEA Regional
        and Overseas Coordinating Office.”

  6. Sorry Ely, forgot to inform na, may working visa n ako then contract authenticated ng Phil Embassy dito sa Indo. I just need to inform/mag report sa poea ng new employer ko. Need ko pa talaga dumaan ng agency just to get OEC?

    tnx.

    1. Hi Bing,

      Ang alam ko po ganun, kasi yung balik manggagawa program ay para sa mga babalik sa same na employer. Pero may mga naririnig din ako na hindi na ulet dumaan sa POEA, so I think it is best to consult the POEA directly about this. Let us know po kung ano advise nila sayo in case makapunta ka. 🙂

      Thanks!

    2. Hi Bing,

      You can also try to register here to check if you are qualified for the exemption: https://www.bmonline.ph/

      I was informed by an OFW friend that you may only need to update your employer information. Please see step number 6 of the instructions from the above link.

      Thanks, and Good Luck!

  7. Yes yun nga ang mali nila. Hinde nila inuupdate site nila, sasabihin nila internal pa lang daw sya. Anyways may nakakaalam ba po sainyo sir Ely kung need mag bayad ng pagibig and philhealth as part ng requirement to secure oec? And paano ang process neto? Salamat

    1. Hi Kel,

      Pwede rin sa loob mismo ng POEA (Ortigas) mag-process nyan. Kung meron ka na existing na Pag-IBIG at PhilHealth, pwede na sila gamitin. Di ko lang sure kung magkano bayad or kung may babayaran pa kung existing member na.

        1. Hi Kel,

          May mga gumagawa din po nyan. I think diretso sa DOLE ata ung appeal kung hindi na-approve ung clearance/OEC. Nag-try ang brother ko at mga kasabayan nya dati na hindi nabigyan ng OEC pero hindi sila inentertain ni Sec. Bello. Pumunta pa sila sa Malacañang pero wala pa rin, kaya no choice nag-agency sila lahat. Pero may iba na nag-appeal na na-approve. Hindi ko sila kakilala so hindi ako makakuha ng concrete info. Let’s hope na mag-reply pa si Emie dito. 🙂

          1. Hello po. Sir pwede po malaman kung ano po yung agency na nahanap ng brother nyo? And pano po assistance ang binigay ng agency sa brother nyo, as in process lang po talaga ng OEC? or sila na din po nag provide ng flight bookings? Nag bayad din po sila ng fee? Thank you so much po.

          2. Hello, Golden Horizon po sa Novaliches. OEC lng po prinocess nila pero if you need their assistance sa buong process from visa to oec, pwede rin naman. Sa case namin, kami naglakad ng visa at nagbook ng plane ticket. Last minute lng kc ung OEC kc at that time we had no clue na kailangan pala un. 🙂

          3. Thanks sir sa reply. Try ko po mag inquire sa agency nila about sa OEC processing. Super helpful sir ng blog nyo. 👍🏽

          4. Good morning po. Sir ano po mga documents ang nirequire sa brother nyo for OEC Process ng agency and magkano po ang naging fee? Mabilis din po ba narelease? Thank you sir.

          5. Hi Karl,

            Around Php60K po. Major requirement yung authenticated contract plus additional docs from the agency na kailangan pirmado ni employer. Si agency na po magbibigay sa inyo ng complete list ng required documents. Two weeks lang po inabot kasi yung mga documents namin ready na.

        2. Hello po, for direct hire pwede po kayo pumunta either sa DOLE Intramuros and write ng letter of appeal kay Sec Bello, or mag write to POEA Admin. I advise po dun na mismo sa poea admin kayo mag-appeal kasi kay sec Bello ay sobrang lengthy daw. Yung sakin po umakyat akong 4th floor ata ng POEA makkita nyo dun office of Administrator. Mas maganda po wala pang ka-tie up na agency ang employer, otherwise sasabihin nila ay kumuha ng job order pa ang employer if ever meron na pala silang agency. Maganda din po ilagay sa letter if in financial difficulty po kayo or yung employer ninyo ay malaking kumpanya at based sa contract ay iuuwe kayo in case may mangyari sa inyo.

          https://ofwmoney.org/guide/direct-hire-requirements/

          Basahin nyo po ito for more info, please note na yung employment contract ay need ipaAuthenticate sa POLO/Embassy sa bansang pupuntahan nyo AFTER nyo makakuha ng DOLE Clearance/permit.

          1. Thanks mam for the input. So pagpunta mam sa POEA diretso na sa Admin sa 4th floor po? Pag nag pa set ba mam ng appointment sa POEA admin dapat dala mo na yung mga documents? Sino po ang person na kakausapin? Or somebody will direct you po? Thank you so much.

          2. Hi Karl, hingi po kayo appointment sa guard sa 4th floor to meet POEA Admin. Tapos immeet kayo ni Attorney. Iinterviewhin po kayo then papasulatin kayo ng letter of appeal. Maganda po na dala nyo ang contract nyo, if may visa na pwede din dalhin pero pinakaimportante po yung contract kasi basahin nya iyon. Maaga po kayo magpunta para within the day ay maka kuha kayo results at requirement list to complete for direct hire.

  8. Good evening po,
    Galing po ako sa POEA kanina para mag process ng OEC, DIRECT HIRE/NAME HIRE,un din sinabi skin a,b,c lang pwede sa excemption.
    Pero may na basa kc akong POEA Advisory No.16 may singnature pa ng Secretary Bello . na resume na ang Ban ng OEC,
    Pki clarify lng po kung kasama ba sa ban ang a,b,c,d na excemption.At pag resume tinanggal na yung d which is na belong yung skilled worker.

    1. Hi Rey,

      Ang alam ko po na latest ban ng direct-hiring is November last year. Na-lift yung ban at nag-resume ang processing nung December 4, 2017. Pero based po sa mga comments dito, mukhang ung a, b, and c na nga lang ang exempted ngayon. Unfortunately, wala pa official advisory from POEA or DOLE tungkol dito.

    2. Sir ano po advise sa inyo nung nakausap nyo sa POEA? Hindi nyo po ba namention sa kanya yung about sa letter d exemption. Thanks. Sana magkaroon sila ng official advisory about sa changes. Mukang di naman sila nagrereply din sa email. Sino kaya ang dapat na tanungin pa about this matter, yung hotline naman parang general din ang answer. Pahirap tuloy sa mga direct hire. 😑

    3. Hello po, for direct hire pwede po kayo pumunta either sa DOLE Intramuros and write ng letter of appeal kay Sec Bello, or mag write to POEA Admin. I advise po dun na mismo sa poea admin kayo mag-appeal kasi kay sec Bello ay sobrang lengthy daw. Yung sakin po umakyat akong 4th floor ata ng POEA makkita nyo dun office of Administrator. Mas maganda po wala pang ka-tie up na agency ang employer, otherwise sasabihin nila ay kumuha ng job order pa ang employer if ever meron na pala silang agency. Maganda din po ilagay sa letter if in financial difficulty po kayo or yung employer ninyo ay malaking kumpanya at based sa contract ay iuuwe kayo in case may mangyari sa inyo.

      https://ofwmoney.org/guide/direct-hire-requirements/

      Basahin nyo po ito for more info, please note na yung employment contract ay need ipaAuthenticate sa POLO/Embassy sa bansang pupuntahan nyo AFTER nyo makakuha ng DOLE Clearance/permit.

  9. Pano po kung complete na ung requirements at may working visa na tpos ung asawa ung nag apply sa kanya na nandun din sa bansa na un? Need pa din ba dumaan sa agency?

    1. Hi Jane,

      Yes po, based sa guidelines ng DOLE/POEA regarding direct hires. Pwede nyo po i-confirm to sa POEA office mismo, or call their hotlines at 722-11-44 and 722-11-55.

    1. Hi Neil,

      Hindi po sila consistent. Latest na listahan po na ni-release nila is dated March 28. Prior to that, March 9 ang huli. Ibig sabihin pwedeng abutin ng 1week to 1month ang processing.

  10. Sir Ely, tanong ko lang po paano po ba maregister ang foreign agency sa POEA?We are running small recruitment agency and we have license and certificates to operate pero nong nabasa ko po na kailangan pa ng agency dyan sa pinas pra makakuha ng OEC so mangyayari di pa rin namin makukuha ng direct ang aplikante namin at ng dahil dyan another gastos ulit ng aming aplikante.sana po mabigyan nyo ako ng advice.salamat po.

    1. Hi Roselle,

      Sorry, I couldn’t answer you question. It would be best if you inquire from the POEA directly about this. But I would assume na pwede mag-process ng OEC ang isang POEA-licensed agency, kahit hindi located sa Pinas.

      1. Good morning sir ely.nag inquire po ako sa isang agency na ang assist ng oec, at ang hinihingi for oec assistance is 1000 usd.my god mas malaki pa sa monthly sahod ng isang aplikante.parang isang pahirap lang at dagdag gastos ang pagkuha ng oec sir ely.sana nmn po hindi ganito kamahal dahil di nmn pupulutin ng mga aplikante ang pera sa abroad.sana at wish ko lang na ibalik ang direct hiring or wag nmn silang ganyan sumingil ng oec.
        Salamat po sir ely at sana makarating sa POEA ang ganyan sistema ng paniningil ng mga agency sa OEC.

        1. Hi Roselle,

          Thanks for sharing. I agree, medyo unreasonable ung singil ng mga agency. Pero we cannot blame them entirely kasi ang dating ay sa kanila pinapasa ng DOLE at POEA yung responsibility. In case may mangyare sa OFW, si agency ang unang masisisi.

          I don’t know kung may future plans pa ang Government sa process na to; umasa na lang siguro tayo na maayos nila yung proseso.

        2. Hello po. Pwede po malaman kung ano po yung name ng agency? Para ma compare po sa fee na offered ng iba. Ano daw po inclusion sa 1000 USD fee?Thank you.

  11. Hello pahelp naman po Sir Ely, pano magfile ng letter of appral sa dole para makakuha ng OEC na hindi dumadaan sa agency? May visa at contract na ako kaso ang employer ko against sa rule nila ang makipagtie up in any agencies. Catholic school po kasi. Many thanks sa reply.

    1. Hi Gerlie,

      Sorry, di ko po sure kung pano mag-appeal sa DOLE. Pwede po cguro dumiretso sa office nila sa Intramuros, at mag-inquire po kayo dun. Try nyo din po pumunta sa POEA muna kung ano ma-aadvise nila. Ang normal process kasi is POEA muna, then sila magpapasa ng documents niyo sa DOLE. Saka po mag-decide si DOLE kung approved or not.

      1. Thank you Sir Ely for the reply. Galing na po ako sa POEA at they insisted the a,b,c. Pwede kaya akong mag direct sa DOLE para magpass ng letter of appeal? Thanks.

        1. Hi Gerlie, pwede nyo po i-try. May mga gumagawa din po nun, hindi ko lang alam kung paano. I’m guessing na dadalhin na lang dun mga available documents.

      2. Hello po. Sa mga direct hire. Pakibasa nyo po comment n I am super girl. Para nde na po kau mag agency. Salamat po!

    2. Hello po, for direct hire pwede po kayo pumunta either sa DOLE Intramuros and write ng letter of appeal kay Sec Bello, or mag write to POEA Admin. I advise po dun na mismo sa poea admin kayo mag-appeal kasi kay sec Bello ay sobrang lengthy daw. Yung sakin po umakyat akong 4th floor ata ng POEA makkita nyo dun office of Administrator. Mas maganda po wala pang ka-tie up na agency ang employer, otherwise sasabihin nila ay kumuha ng job order pa ang employer if ever meron na pala silang agency. Maganda din po ilagay sa letter if in financial difficulty po kayo or yung employer ninyo ay malaking kumpanya at based sa contract ay iuuwe kayo in case may mangyari sa inyo.

      https://ofwmoney.org/guide/direct-hire-requirements/

      Basahin nyo po ito for more info, please note na yung employment contract ay need ipaAuthenticate sa POLO/Embassy sa bansang pupuntahan nyo AFTER nyo makakuha ng DOLE Clearance/permit.

    1. Hi Alyssa,

      Major requirement po yung contract na autheticated ng Philippine Embassy ng bansang ppuntahan mo. Plus lahat na ng supporting documents depende sa trabahong inapplyan mo. Mas makakatulong po kung mag-inquire sa mga agency, you can find the complete list of POEA-licensed agencies here: http://poea.gov.ph/cgi-bin/aglist.asp

  12. Hi Sir,,

    Ask ko lang if approved na ung IPA from MOM and may copy ndin akong CONTRACT.. Need ko padin bang kumuha ng agency para maprocess mga needed documents ko.? and normally gaano katagal yung processing under agency kasi ma expiration yung IPA ko which is valid for 2 months lang.

    Thank You

    1. Hi Aldrich,

      Kung direct-hiring po kailangan po ng agency. Pero pwede naman po kayo dumiretso sa POEA para mag-inquire kung pwede nyo i-process mga documents nyo.

      Thanks!

  13. Hi Sir Ely,

    Provincial nominee po ako ng Saskatchewan, Canada. May visa na din po ako at nung pumunta ako sa POEA ipinakita ko sa kanila yung LMO exempt letter ko at sabi nila na hindi sila nagpoprocess ng applicant na may LMO exempt letter. Direcho na daw ako sa immigration upon departure. Ang kinakatakot ko baka hanapan ako ng immigration ng docs gaya ng pdos at oec. May alam po ba kayo na ganito ang case?

    Thank you po.

    1. Hi Gil,

      I asked as a former co-worker who also went to Canada as a provincial nominee. Nag-PDOS din daw sya at OEC, pero that was 2015 pa so baka iba process that time.

      Siguro naman hindi ka ipapa-hamak nung nakausap mo sa POEA by giving you a wrong info. Baka nga hindi na kailangan mga yan ngayon if you have that LMO exempt letter. Maybe try calling their hotline to verify, and see if same lang ang sasabihin nila, just to make sure that they are all aligned.

      Thanks!

    2. Hello po sir Gil,pwede po mag tanong?Sabi nyo po provincial nominee po kau from saskatchewan?kmusta napo?hindi po talaga kau pinah process nang oec??nkaalis napo ba kau nang pilipinas?

  14. Hi po sir ely! Tanong ko lang po kng ilang araw ang aabutin pra ipaauthenticate ang contract ko,nag apply po kc ako s hongkong dati kya hnd n kailangan ng authentication at kmuha ng oec kaso nandito po ako pinas now kya need ko po dumaan requirements ng immigation.May visa n po ako s canada,kulang nlang po ang oeoec at authenticated employment contract. Tjanks po

    1. Hi Rose,

      Based sa experience namin, mabilis lang po. Dalhin lang sa Philippine Embassy sa Canada yung contract, makukuha din agad on the same day.

  15. Hello po Mr. Ely, ask ko po sana kung kailangan ko pa po bang mag secure ng OEC sa agency thru agency with my case po na direct hire po ako sa Canada as caregiver pero galing napo ako sa Saudi as Registered Nurse noong 2011 po?
    Thank you po.

  16. Hello po Sir Ely,
    Can I just ask you any agnecy names na pwedeng mag process ng OEC? I am directly hired po but this is my problem no agency here in Cebu will process OeC for direct hired. Just wanna ask if may alam kang mag paprocess. Thanks.

      1. Hi sir Ely,

        This agencies process OEC for all countries? I’m flying for Japan. Problem ko nalang ung OEC. Thanks.

          1. Sir Ely,
            Good Day po!
            Nag apply po kami ng Atlantic Immigration Pilot Program at approve na po kami ng provicial nominee or selected by the province ng NB canada . Considered na po ba kami for direct hired? Professional or skilled worker po kami.

          2. Hello,

            Based sa kwento ng kakilala ko na naging provincial nominee din, nag-OEC din daw siya. But that was in 2015 pa, so I think it would be best kung sa POEA kayo mismo mag-inquire.

        1. Hello mam. Mam may I know what’s the reply of the agency regarding your concern about the OEC? How much daw po yung fee? Thank you so much.

  17. Sir Ely,
    Good Day po!
    Nag apply po kami ng Atlantic Immigration Pilot Program at approve na po kami ng provicial nominee or selected by the province ng NB canada . Considered na po ba kami for direct hired or need parin nmin dumaan ng agency para makakuha ng OEC? Professional or skilled worker po kami.

    1. Hi Jopet,

      Based sa kwento ng kakilala ko na naging provincial nominee din, nag-OEC din daw siya. But that was in 2015 pa, so I think it would be best kung sa POEA kayo mismo mag-inquire.

  18. Good day po!
    I was offloaded last week kasi kulang daw yung docs ko. Meron akung z visa para china for an esl teaching job kaso kulang dw ako ng eoc at nung authenticated employment contract duly certified by the phil labor office,phil embassy. PweDe ho ba oec lng ippa process ko sa agency?or dapat talaga agency lahat ang mg process?puede rin ho ba yung employer ko ang mag secure nitong authenticated employment contract? Maraming salamat po…

    1. Hi Jizzon,

      Yes, I think, pwede po employer ang mag-process ng documents mo China. Pero kailangan pa rin i-submit sa agency kasi sila ang magpprocess ng OEC mo sa POEA and DOLE. Parang need lang po ang agency para lumabas na hindi na “direct hiring” ang employment mo.

      1. Ah I see…req ba yang authenticated employment contract for oec or iba r in yan?may idea ka ba kung standard yung rates/processing fee for oec ng lahat ng accredited agencies or depende sa agency?my alam ka bang agency na mkkamura tayo sa processing fee for oec d2 sa cebu?maraming salamat po

        1. Magkaiba po. Yung Authenticated contract is one of the requirements to obtain an OEC. Hindi po standard ang processing fee, depende po yan sa agency. Hindi rin sila pare-pareho ng processing time. Sorry, wala po akong alam na agency sa Cebu or kahit anong agency na makakamura kayo. You can check the complete list of agencies here: http://poea.gov.ph/cgi-bin/aglist.asp

          1. Sir elly my follow up question ho ako…tumawag ho yung friend ko sa phil embassy sa Beijing kung saan doon xa nka based ngayon about direct hired at ang sagot ng phil embassy is meron dw…at kapag nka secure na ako ng authenticated contract from my employer galing ng phil embassy sa china,pwede dw ho akung mg process ng oec sa poea manila directly without going to an agency?may idea ka bah nito?salamat

          2. Hi Jizzon,

            Sorry hindi po ako familiar dito. You may call the POEA hotlines directly to verify: 722-11-44, 722-11-55.

  19. meron akong friend direct hired from bahrain kaso umuwi ng pinas, so galing na cya bahrain need nya oac, dapat daw daan sa agency, ano ang need na papers kasi meron na cyang working permit and visa for the country na pupuntahan. prob lang walang philippine consulate sa country na pupuntahan nya kasi sa Caribbean. anong proceso kaya un?

  20. sir elly
    im a direct hired and here now in maldives as my new jobsite and company
    and been here for one year already and i got another year contract
    extented.
    got my new visa and work permit
    i want to go for vacation in the philippines
    for a month

    do i need to go to a agency to get my OEC?

    i already have schedule from bm online
    this coming may.

  21. hello po sir ely
    change employer po ako at jobsite…from thailand to maldives
    naka 1year nako dito at na extend ulit ng one year
    me visa na ulit ako at work permit for one year

    balak ko po mag bakasyon sa pinas
    me schedule napo ako sa BM online appointment
    this coming may

    kaikangan ko papo mag agency para sa oec?
    e naka 1 year nako po ako dito na extend pa po
    at me visa na at working permit

    for vacation lang po ako ng 3 weeks
    me ticket nadin po.

    thanks po

    1. Hi Jeffrey, pagkakaalam ko po hindi na kailangan ulet ng agency pag Balik Manggagawa. Tawag po kayo sa POEA to confirm: 722-11-44, 722-11-55.

    2. Kapag direct hire kna aabutin ka ng mahigit sa isang buwan dahil kailangan mo ng signatures ng mga directors para ma approve! Kung gusto mo mas madali dapat dyan pa lang kumuha kana ng OEC sa embassy para hindi mo na problemahin ang pag balik mo! Kasi siguradong matatagalan ka pag dito pa! Pero kung dumadaan ka prin ng agency dito sa pinas pwede na balik mang gagawa mahigpit sila sa mga direct hire! Patola kasi an gobyerbo natin mabagal pa sa pagong bago ka ma approve

  22. Need po pumunta personal at kausapin ang Attorney or Administrator dun, then write po ng appeal stating paano nyo nakuha job na yun etc…

  23. Yung Direct Hire Division po ang magbibigay sa inyo ng requirements to complete once nabigay at naapprove po ang appeal nyo. Punta po kayo aa direct hire division sa second floor

    1. hello po can i ask,I am directly hire po ask ko lang po kasi hinihinga po ako nang OEC processing fee po w/c is im applying to UK po and i have a host family there.. usually magkano ba magasta when applying for OEC to work in UK?

  24. Hello po kuya ely

    Me limit po ba ng dami ng nga tao o ofw na
    Pwede i hire ng isang company po
    For example resorts or hotel na me name
    Naman po.

    Me law po ba ang poea na nag lilimit ng bilang
    Ng tao na pwede i hire specialy direct hires?
    For one company ?
    Thanks po

  25. Hi Sir! Ask ko lang po paano po ba na che-check ng Immigration kung valid ang OEC para sa balik mangagawa? Naka link po ba ung database nun sa Bureau of Immgration? Thanks!

  26. Hi po,

    Good day! Ask ko sana kasi direct hire ako ng school sa Thailand. Kompleto po docs ko kasi di member ng International organization ang school na pagtrabahuan ko sa Thailand. Papano po ba magkuha ng OEC may employment contract po ako at red ribbon from Philippine Embassy sa Bangkok. Twice na po ako na offload last April 10,3017 at ngayong araw ding ito May 1,2017 na offload na naman ako kasi nakita sa system na need ko mag comply ng OEC.

    1. Hi Mel, I feel you kasi na-offload din ako. Pwede po direct hire pumunta po kayo either sa DOLE Intramuros and write ng letter of appeal kay Sec Bello, or mag write mismo to POEA Admin. I advise po dun na mismo sa poea admin kayo mag-appeal kasi kay sec Bello ay sobrang lengthy daw. Yung sakin po umakyat akong 4th floor ata ng POEA makkita nyo dun office of Administrator. Mas maganda po wala pang ka-tie up na agency ang employer, otherwise sasabihin nila ay kumuha ng job order pa ang employer if ever meron na pala silang agency. Maganda din po ilagay sa letter if in financial difficulty po kayo or yung employer ninyo ay malaking kumpanya at based sa contract ay iuuwe kayo in case may mangyari sa inyo.

      https://ofwmoney.org/guide/direct-hire-requirements/

      Basahin nyo po ito for more info, please note na yung employment contract ay need ipaAuthenticate sa POLO/Embassy sa bansang pupuntahan nyo AFTER nyo makakuha ng DOLE Clearance/permit.

  27. Hi All,

    My wife also inquired in person sa POEA last April and got the same reply: get an agency kahit na direct-hired ka. This is even after we highlighted SECTION 124.d.2 (exemption on professionals/skilled workers).

    What’s even more confusing is that they continue to release list of names exempted from the ban on their website. Please see http://www.poea.gov.ph/hswclearance/hsws.html.
    Latest release is yung NOTICE No. 358 release last 07 May 2018.

    I even contacted at least two person from the older list (hinanap ko sa FB) and learned that recently lang sila nag apply for exemption.

    So POEA frontline personnel is saying hindi pwede pero this exemption document/list they are releasing says otherwise.

    Oh well. If mas mabilis naman siguro makakuha ng OEC thru agency pwede na rin as long as reasonable yung cost.

    Thanks by the way Ely and IamSuperGirl for the informative replies.

    Btw @Ely, do you have a contact number nung agency that helped you secure ng OEC? Golden Horizon ba yun? Thanks in advance!

  28. HI Angelo, ganun din po ung advice sa akin nung una. Hindi po nila ineenteertain ang walang letter of appeal addressed to POEA Admin or Secretary Belo. Then after nun bibigyan po kayo requirements to complete for direct hire.

    1. Hi IamSuperGirl!

      Yes. Thank you for pointing out na dapat may prepared na na letter of appeal.
      More or less gaano katagal from appealing/stating your case sa POEA Administrator until makuha mo yung OEC?

      I’m just trying to compare processing times between exemption path (what you did) vs. hiring an agency para ma secure yung OEC (what Ely did).
      Medyo nagmamadali kasi si employer eh.

      1. Hi Angelo, within the day po. Punta po kayo sa POEA Admin office sa 4th floor at hingi kayo appointment for iAdmin. Then interviewhin po kayo then pasulatin ng letter of appeal. Tapos po, ibababa sa Direct Hire division iyon then bibigyan po kayo requirements to complete. Kuya kapag agency kasi may accreditation pa at ang daming fees. Yung employer ko din nga po nagmamadali pero naayos po lahat sakin more than 1 month. Ang matagal po ay ang pagkuha sa isa sa mga requirements, which is yung DOLE Clearance na pipirmahan ni Sec Bello. Minsan more than two weeks, yung iba halos one month na depende sa time ng pagpirma ni sec.

          1. Hehe okay lang po happy to help

            Once po nainterview na kayo at naka write ng appeal, hintayin nyo lang po then ididirect kayo ulet sa second floor Direct Hire Division, then they will give you a paper of the list of requirements. One of the requirements po dun ay yung DOLE permit na mejo matagal po kasi pipirmahan pa ni Sec Bello. Yung mga na-publish po na names sa website ay yung mga nakacomplete na ng all requirements, then magbabayad na lang ng fees. Ako po wait ko pa yung authenticated contract ko. Best of luck po and God bless

          2. Hi IamSuperGirl!

            Nice! So sa POLO ka na pala. Konting antay na lang.
            I will give the exemption a try.

            Balitaan mo kami how it will turn out ha.

            Thanks again!

          3. Hi Angelo! Thank you. Actually may bagong Memorandum ngayon sa POEA that will take effect on May 27, wherein yung mga Skilled/Professional wont need POLO authenticated contracts, sa halip contract + copy of company profile and business permit na lang, and OFW insurance.

          4. Hi IamSuperGirl,

            Meh mga tanong po ko regarding nung bagong memo sa POEA. Totoo po bang hindi na kelangan ipa authenticate yung contract sa POLO for skilled/prof.? Paano po ba yung verified/authenticated original employment contract at OFW insurance? Si employer po ba kelangan mag shoulder nun insurance? Salamat po.

          5. Hi Rene, opo yung Household Workers na lang po need magpaauthenticate aa POLO, yung Skilled and professional hindi na dw po need but need to submir Company profile and copy of business permit of employer. Regarding po sa insurance, hindi ko po sure if pwede tayo or employer dpat and bumili. Kindly call na lang them po…

      2. Hello Sir. Sir nakapag inquire na po ba kayo sa Golden Horizon? If ever po, nagbigay na po ba sila ng quote kung how much yung fee at yung time frame po na makakuha ng OEC? Thank you po.

        1. Hi Chris,
          I haven’t inquired yet sa Golden Horizon but based sa comment ni Ely and I quote:

          “Around Php60K po. Major requirement yung authenticated contract plus additional docs from the agency na kailangan pirmado ni employer. Si agency na po magbibigay sa inyo ng complete list ng required documents. Two weeks lang po inabot kasi yung mga documents namin ready na.”

    2. Hi super girl, i plan na pumunta sa poea tomorrow to appeal for direct hire. As you said, punta lang ako 4th flr and will wait to be interviewed. But yung letter of appeal, nabasa ko that you need to prepare it before pumunta? Or sila magpapasulat sayo? Also nabasa ko sa comments that you need to write na ung company ang mashhoulder ng repatriation mo, and I just need to sign it. So ako po yung magsasign? Not the employer? Sorry I’m confused. Appreciate your response. Thank you!

  29. Hi, magtatanong lang po ako. I was working in the UAE from 2008 to 2015, then bumalik ako sa Pilipinas in Jan 2016. Now, I got a job sa Singapore and already have an approved employment pass and signed contract with employer. Am I still qualified sa balik manggagawa OEC since hindi naman ako first time OFW? Or considered ako as new hire? Thanks in advance.

  30. goodday po,matagal po ba ang evaluation ng poea kasi pabalik po kami ng japan may polo na din po at visa ipinasok po yung papers namin sa poea nung march 8 2018 ilang araw po kaya ang processing time nun yung agency kasi medyo di pa sila procedure ng mga pabalik na xtrainee ng japan kaylangan namin makaalis ng june 4 or else maeexpire na yung certificate of eligibility namin kaya medyo nagaalala ako kung aabot yung sa oec march 8 po sya ipinasok san po kaya pwedeng iupdate yun salamat po

  31. Magtatanong lang po at manghingi ng advise kung realistic pa ba snsb ng agency qo..

    My visa na po as caregiver sa canada sa 2019 pa nmn po maexpire..kaso ung oec qo po ang problem..and dami pp hnhnap ng agency like inabot na ng 7months hanggang ngyn my bago nnmng sila snsb na my bgo memorandum ang poea nid ng police clearance ni employer and now just today my bgo nnmn dw n form n isesend sa canada isign ni employer at ibabalik sa pinas..so waiting game nananamn ng bongga..

    Advise po sna kung mkatotohanan pa ba to kc sayang nmn ung visa qo kung nghhnty nlng aq sa wala..

    1. Hi Cla,

      Last year po, required po lahat yan except for the police clearance. I suggest that you contact POEA directly to verify, or inquire from other agencies if they are also asking for those same documents. Pabago-bago din po kasi process ni POEA kaya kailangan din sumunod mga agency.

  32. Hi,
    Same with my case. Pinapakuhanan ng police clearance ang employer ko. Pwede bang malaman anong agency mo? Thanks

  33. But 7months is sooo impossible sa for that simple oec..nkakastress..kc magiisip kn kung mkaalis kpb..
    😢😭
    Cwss ang visa consultancy pro ung secondary agency na magprprocess ng oec nd qo pa alam ang name..kaya tatawag ulit aq bks sknla..ksi paisa isa ang hinhingi na requirements..ngresign nq sa local work q thinking n mkaalis aq agad..but here I am andto pdin sa pinas..
    Thank you kuya ely

    1. Sorry to hear that. Kung 7 months na para sa OEC lang, medyo matagal na nga po. Sa mga napag-inquiran namin noon, pinakamatagal na ung 3 months.

  34. My possibility b n Maquequestion aq sa immigration kung bkt ang tagl q mkrting despite 2019 pa ma expire visa qo

    1. I don’t think so, but just be prepared to answer any question. At kung sakali man tanungin, just be honest and tell them na mabagal processing ng OEC. And that’s not your fault. Ang importante po ay dumaan sa tama at legal na proseso.

    1. Mam Sheng, 1st dynamic po..ung agency pra oec processing..sa bngy n link ni sir ely licensed nmn sya..

      Thank you sir ely..

  35. Hi,

    Just wanted to clarity if I need to undergo the medical examination for getting OEC even if I already had a medical exam before when I processed my work visa. I will be working in Australia with Working Visa 482 which required me to undergo a medical exam. Do I need to do another medical exam or am I exempted from it or not required?

    Thank you. 🙂

    1. Hi Vanessa,

      From my brother’s experience, a medical exam after the Visa issuance was not required. But this may not be the same for everyone, I recommend that you contact POEA directly to clarify:

      Hotlines: 722-11-44, 722-11-55
      Email: info@poea.gov.ph

  36. Hi.

    I just read na may bagong memo si POEA which is not required na yung POLO authenticated contracts. Kaso, nakapagasikaso na yung employer ko and baka this friday ma-release na siya. Na-process nung employer ko yung authentication through the help ng agency.
    1. I-honor pa din ba ni POEA yung authenticated kahit may bago ng memo? Sayang kasi yung effort ng employer ko.
    2. Yung other requirements ba, aside form the authentication, si agency na din bahalang magprocess? Yung employer ko kasi yung nakikipagcommunicate kaya di ko alam. Like yung schedule ng PDOS, Medical Clearance, etc.
    3. Normally po ba, how many days with the help ng agency, possible ma-release yung OEC?

    Thank you po in advance!

    1. Hi Fegie, tumawag ako sa poea regarding that kasi parehas din tayo ng case. Sa may 27 pa mag take effect ang memo, however yung mga previous direct hire na naprocess na, iyon pa rin daw na luma and ifofollow. Sa mga bagong mag aapply sa May 27, sa knila magtatake effect yung bago.
      No, syempre medical at PDOS kayo po magaasikaso nun, iaadvice nman kayo cguro ng agency kpag iyon na ang next.
      Im not sure po how long it’ll take for the agency-assisted, pero po kung direct hire sariling sikap abutin ng more than one month.

      1. Hi IamSuperGirl.

        I-honor pa din kaya nila yung authenticated? Kasi hindi pa ko na-start i-process. Yung employer ko kasi may kausap na agency and inasikaso nila yung sa POLO. Kaso may biglang memo so worry ko na masayang yung effort niya. Hindi kasi ako ang kausap ng agency, so di namin alam dapat namin gawin. Ang gusto ko sana, simulan ko ng asikasuhin yung iba like pag-secure ng medical clearance and pdos.

      2. Nagpunta po ako ng POEA last week at nagdala din ako ng letter of appeal. May listahan sila ng requirements na dapat i-submit bago mai-evaluate at ma-exempt sa direct hire ban.

        ipinakita din nila sakin itong memorandum at mali po yung intindi naten na di na kailangan ng POLO Authenticated Contract. In fact, kailangan ng POLO Authenticated Contract at dapat maipasa sa POEA yun directly kasama ng ibang legal docs naten.

        http://www.poea.gov.ph/memorandumcirculars/2018/MC-08-2018.pdf

        Eto po yung laman ng listahan na binigay akin:

        PHASE 1:

        A. Passport with validity period of not leas than six (6) months

        B. Valid work visa/entry work permit (whichever is applicable per country)
        NOTE: If visa assurance or guarantee is issued by the employer, the same should be noted/acknowledged by the government or immigration office in the jobsite

        C. Employment Contract: original copy of employment contract or offer of employment:
        C.1. Verified by the Philippine Overseas Labor Office (POLO)
        C.2. Authenticated by the Philippine Embassy/Consulate for countries with no POLO

        D. Company profile, business permit/Commercial Registration of the employer

        E. POLO endorsement letter addressed to yhe administrator seeking exemption from the ban on direct hiring

        F. Additional country-specific requirement:

        F.1. CANADA – Labor Market Opinion (LMO), Labor Market Impact Assessment (LMIA) for Canadian Letter, and Employer’s Certificate of Registration from ECON
        (Province of Saskatchewan Executive Council) or Saskatchewan Immigration Nominee Program (SINP) are required from workers to Saskatchewan in lieu of LMO
        F.2. USA – Labor Condition Application and Notice of Action
        F.3. MIDDLE EAST and AFRICAN COUNTRIES – contingency plan issued by the employer

        G. Additional documents to support application:
        G.1. Certificate of Employment or Business Permit (if self employed)
        G.2. Diploma and Transcript of Records (TOR)
        G.3. NC II/PRC License
        G.4. Curriculum Vitae or Resume

        H. Proof of Certificate of Insurance coverage covering at least the benefits provided under Section 37-A of RA 8042 as ammended
        NOTE: POEA Officer emphasized REPATRIATION

        I. Notarized Statement on how the worker secured his/her employment with attached photocopy of employer’s Passport/ID and contact details

        PHASE II:

        A. Valid medical certificate from DOH-accredited medical clinic authorized to conduct medical exam for OFWs
        B. Pre-employment Orientation Seminar Certificate (PEOS)
        C. Pre-Departure Orientation Seminar (PDOS) Certificate issued by OWWA

        Hindi po lahat yan applicable. Ti-tsekan nila yung applicable sayo depende sa bansa na pupuntahan. In my case, New Zealand, items A, B, C.1, D, G.1-4, H, and I sa phase I ang tsinekan nila.

        Yan po, sana makatulong.

        Ang problema ko ngayon, ayaw ng employer ko na magpa-POLO Authenticate. May iba pa ba na way para makapunta sa NZ without OEC? Pwede ba mag cross country nalang? Any thoughts?

        Eto yung few facts about my employment:

        1. Employer – one the best and largest engineering company worldwide. As in malaking kumpanya.

        2. Professional and Permanent Position

        3. Reimbursable ang gastos ko up to NZ$3000 for visa related expenses (kasama asawa ko)

        4. Work to Residence Visa (TALENT VISA) ang ipinapakuha sakin kasi INZ accredited employer yung company

        5. May relocation allowance worth NZ$7000. reimbursable or they will hire a contractor to have my appliances/anything i want (legal na dalin) to move in to NZ.

        Yang mga yan din ang dahilan kung bakit hesitant ako mag pursue ng visa kahit alam kong qualified ako at lahat ng documents ko ay nakahanda na. Gagastos ba ako para wala? Papakawalan ko ba ang napakagandang opportunity? Ano na gagawin ko ngayon na ayaw kumuha ng POLO Authentication ng company ko para sa contract ko? Yun nalang ang kulang.. please help.. give me any idea.. ayoko sana pumunta sa NZ illegally at mag cross country.. mapapakiusapan ko ba ang POEA Admin dito?

  37. Hello po! Exempted na po ako sa ban ng direct hire. Now phase 2 na daw po ako sabi ng POEA ortigas.. nakita ko sa copy ko from them amedical and PDOS na lang po yung step 2. Gaano po katagal matapos ito? Kailangan ko pa po ba ng authenticated contract? 😊 thank you in advance!

    Btw kailangan ko na po lumipad by first week of June 😊

  38. Hi
    What will happwn if you leave the country without OEC. I already have a flight schedule on 1st week of June and when I called POEA, sa Monday pa daw ung effectivity ng direct hire ban exemption. I’m afraid na hindi ako umabot.
    Pwede bang to follow ang OEC? Thank you!

  39. I just came from POEA, and sabi nung nakausap ko sa 2nd floor, apparently, even if you are skilled/professional worker, need pa din ng POLO verified contract. and wala pa rin pala talgang guarantee kung gaano katagal ung processing. 🙁

    1. Hello po. Is this for the updated memorandum po ba? So need pa rin talaga ng POLO Verified contract. Need pa rin po ba mag submit ng letter of exemption under the new memorandum? Thanks po.

  40. pede po ba ako mag process ng OEC dito sa cebu ,, got my visa to canada ,, na kabooked na din ako.. ask ko lang kung pede ba ako ma excempt kc skilled po work ko at sagot ng company ang plane ticket ko..

  41. Hello po ask lng po direct hired by company po ako at lahat ng documents ko ay outside country destination process tas isend sakin authenticated migration except passport visa na issue nila sa embassy nila dto sa pinas and need ko LNG ng oec my consedirasyon ba yon sa ban for direct hire.kc sa mga latest advisory parang ang hirap nmn ata pashare nmn po ng idea sa mga nakakarelate sa status ko. Salamat.

  42. Hi, I was directly hired by an international bank in Ireland and can be considered as intercompany transfer. I was hired for a permanent job (thus wala pong nakastate na number of years). Do I need OEC po?

    If I need OEC, then can I apply as direct hire? The repratriation clause though says sa contract na it will be covered by the insurance policy. I am really confused.

  43. Hello, galing ako POEA last Friday and asked paano maensure na compliant ung contract ko para maexempt dun sa dire hire ban(email lang kasi ung contract), sabe sa akin nung guard need daw pa-authenticate sa POLO nung bansang pupuntahan ko. The problem is hindi niya nabanggit sa akin ung sa letter of appeal. Pwede na ba akong pumunta sa POEA para dun sa letter of appeal habang inaasikaso ni employer ung pagpapa-authenticate ng contract ko? Or no need na magletter of appeal kapag pasok po dun sa memorandum circular no.8 section 1.d.2 ung kontrata?

    Thank you!

      1. Hello Jane,

        I visited again (since no one is answering the direct hire hotline) the POEA office to clarify the memorandum and the personnel told me that pwede na nga maexempt dun sa direct hire ban (see the Memorandum Section.1.d). On my case as a professional/skilled worker, no need na daw ung letter of appeal/clearance, I just need to have my contract authenticated by the POLO of Canberra(Australia kasi destination country ko).

        I read your post and on my case, the POLO gave me naman requirements to have my contract authenticated.

  44. I hope to shed some help and awareness to those employers from around the world who wanted to hire Filipino workforce or employee/s in their company directly, or vis-a-vis, to Filipino people in the Philippines who got a job offer from an employer abroad.

    As I entered our government overseas administrative labor office in the Philippines (POEA – Direct Hire Division), I felt utterly sad to see that many of my countrymen who were able to secure a job offer through referrals, internet search, or Skype interview were taken aback by unhelpful government employees. “That sorry, they can’t help you even if you found a job abroad. If you want, contact your employer and let them deal with an agency in the Philippines.”

    $$$!!!

    They could have mentioned or recommended about the other way, which is legal and cheaper – Direct Hire procedure through DOLE Clearance. As I saw the man walked away with a broken hope, I had to discreetly talk and write a small note that apparently, there is a way.

    1. In the memorandum, Section 1 – Coverage, category “D”, if the employer meets stated criteria, then you could be processed as a Direct Hire or be registered as an Overseas Filipino Worker in POEA without consulting and paying for an agency. (Ofcourse, the employer or the applicant could always seek the help of an agency if you guys do not want any stress in dealing with the steps of documentations). They usually ask if the employer has ever accredited or contacted an agency in the Philippines, if that is the case, then the government will most likely to say the same: let the employer be re-acquainted with the agency. (See item number two under category “D”, it says there “OFW hired for the first time…”)

    2. If your employer meets criteria under category “D”, then you have to get a clearance from the Department of Labor and Employment or DOLE, usually by meeting the POEA administrator/labor secretary and writing a “LETTER OF APPEAL”. You could choose to go either to DOLE office in Intramuros, or to POEA in Ortigas. The Administrator’s office is located at the 4th floor of POEA building. Go to the guard and ask for an appointment slip to see the Admin. As per my experience, I had to wrote down how I found the job, I also indicated the employer has no partnered/accredited agency in the Philippines, current situation, and financial difficulty.

    From there, they will finally give you the list of requirements to fulfill for Direct Hire processing!

    P.S
    There is a new memorandum effective since MAY 27, 2018 where the procedures were alot simpler, and it says there is no need for contract verification in POLO in the host country for Direct Hire under Skilled/Professional, because POEA will be the one to verify and sign the contracts.

    As per my experience, since the new memorandum was just out and I’ve already been processing under the old procedure, POLO QATAR was very unprofessional and rude, especially to the email officer who refused to read and to act upon the memorandum-email from POEA regarding a request to stamp my contract! She did not even reply or verify it with POEA. Insisted that my employer should submit all “agency” requirements (11 items) which some are totally unnecessary!! The contract stamping requirements are in POLO’s website and it just consisted 3 items.

    P.SS
    I’m not sure if POEA still needs a letter of appeal for DOLE clearance in the new memorandum, for more clarification read the memorandum or contact Direct Hire Division +63-2-722-1160.

    http://www.poea.gov.ph/memorandumcirculars/2018/MC-08-2018.pdf

    1. hi IamSupergirl same with the POLO in KL when I emailed them about the new memorandum of 2018, they replied to me that direct hiring is still banned. Dapat sila mauna at mas nkakaalam ng mga processes tungkol jan. iba-iba kasi yung mg info nila e hindi nagkakatugma.

  45. Hello po. Regarding sa Copy ng Contract, hindi na po ba talaga need na authenticated ng POLO or Embassy? As in original copy na lang po ng contract na may signature ng employer ang provide? Everytime kasi tumatawag ako sa POEA direct hire, ojt ang sumasagot so di clear ang explanation. And based po sa experience nyo, how long po ang pag process ng papers for OEC? Less than a month po ba? Thank you so much.

  46. Hello!

    Direct hire din ako. Nasa gitna pa lang ako ng processing at nakaka stress. Iba iba ung nababasa ko. Pag tumatawag ako sa poea. Need daw ng authenticated contract. Tapos may bagong memo na? Totoo na ba yon? Kasi papa athenticate ko pa lang ung contract with the help of employer. Hindi na pala kelangan. Sure na po ba yon? I poproceed ko muna kasi ung step na sinabi sa direct hire ban exemption na sinabi ni Iamsupergirl. Please advise po. Salamat!

  47. 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.

      1. Hi Ely,

        Thanks sa pagreply. nakaregister na ako sa bm online. ang worry ko lang is baka hanapan pa ako ng agency. sana hindi na.

  48. Sir ely
    OFW po ako na kakauwi galing qatar. Before ako magexit at makauwi dito sa pinas last june 10 swerte na naselect ako ng new employer. Last week pinadalahan na nila ako ng employment contract and entry work visa for Qatar. Wala po affiliated o tie-up na local agency yun company. Considered na direct hire po ba ako? paano po kaya mapapadali na makakuha ako ng OEC para makaalis agad? Stress na po kasi…Please advise po…

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