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What is the Overseas Employment Certificate (OEC)?

Current Overseas Employment Certificate (OEC) Issuance Situation

The Philippine Overseas Employment Administration (POEA) has had technical difficulties with the system for issuing OECs (official advisory: HERE) at the end of 2020.  A new system was put in place in December and being smoothed out. The OEC is the last step before the domestic helper flies out from the Philippines to Hong Kong. This means if you are just beginning the hiring process right now, there are still 6-8 weeks before this affects your case.

What is the Overseas Employment Certificate (OEC)?

The OEC is a document issued by the Philippines Overseas Employment Administration (POEA) to Filipinos working abroad. OECs are issued after the visa is released by Hong Kong Immigration and the document is the final stage in the process. It is proof that the government allows the worker to migrate and workers cannot leave the Philippines without it.

I am an employer or domestic helper about to start the process of hiring, how does this affect me?

We do not expect you to be affected by the changes and recommend you continue with processing as usual. If you are using an employment agency, read our guide to choosing a responsible agency to avoid illegal recruitment practices.

I am a domestic helper about to go on holiday to the Philippines and will return to the same employer, how does this affect me?

If you are going to the Philippines on holiday and are not changing employer, you will not be affected. You should apply for your OEC number online as usual.

I am a domestic helper currently on holiday in the Philippines and returning to the same employer, how does this affect me?

If you are currently on holiday in the Philippines and are returning to the same employer, you will not be affected. You should apply for your OEC number online as usual.

Who should I contact with questions?

If you are using a responsible employment agency, they should tell you how this might affect you. You should contact them directly if you have questions.

If you are self-processing, this means your worker is able to process locally in Hong Kong and the suspension does not affect you. You do not need to do anything.

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Last updated on January 10th, 2021
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