What is the Overseas Employment Certificate (OEC)?
What is the Overseas Employment Certificate (OEC)?
The OEC is an exit clearance document issued by the Philippines Overseas Employment Administration (POEA) for domestic workers to exit the Philippines and work abroad. It is proof that the government allows the worker to migrate and domestic workers cannot leave the Philippines legally without it.
If your worker is processing from the Philippines, your employment agency would be processing on her behalf. If she is travelling back to her home for vacation, she would need to obtain an OEC by herself so she could exit the Philippines and return to Hong Kong.
The OEC is valid for 60 days from the first day it is issued. It is only valid for a single exit from the Philippines so domestic workers need to apply for a new OEC everytime they exit from the Philippines.
If your worker is processing from the Philippines and her OEC has expired, they can renew her OEC at the Labour Assistance Centre inside the airport.
How to get your Overseas Employment Certificate (OEC) or Exemption?
- Go to the Philippine Overseas Employment Administration (POEA) website: https://onlineservices.dmw.gov.ph//OnlineServices/POEAOnline.aspx
- For New User, register in the system using your personal email account and click the Sign Me Up button. Open your email account to click the confirmation link.
- If you are a previously registered user, enter your most recent OEC number.
- If no record is found, set an Online Appointment.
- If a record is found, update your Personal Data, Contract Particulars, and Beneficiaries, as needed.
- Click Acquire OEC or Exemption for online assessment. Enter flight date and confirm if returning to the same employer and jobsite.
- If returning to the same employer and jobsite, the system will display a confirmation message indicating that you are exempted from securing the OEC and payment of processing fee. Remember to print the confirmation notice indicating that you are exempted from getting an OEC or paying a processing fee.*
- If no record is found, you will be redirected to the Appointment Page.
- Book an appointment. Select your preferred POEA office in the Philippines and schedule for processing of OEC and payment. If you are in Hong Kong, book an appointment with the Philippines Overseas Labour Office (POLO) before departure.
- Go to the scheduled appointment date and time to acquire your OEC.
Remember to bring the following with you:
- Appointment Sheet (2 copies)
- Notarized Employment Contract (1 copy)
- Work Visa (original and 2 copies)
- Philippine Passport (original and 2 copies)
- OWWA membership fee receipt
- Direct to the designated booth for OEC Issuance and obtain OFW Information Sheet and fill up the necessary information
- Go to the counter and present all the needed requirements and pay the processing fee.
The processing fee for OEC in Hong Kong is HKD$20.
If you are processing the OEC at a POEA office in the Philippines, the processing fee is 100 PHP.
Philippines Overseas Labour Office (POLO) – Hong Kong Address:
2902, 29/F United Centre, 95 Queensway, Admiralty, Hong Kong.
Phone +852 2866 0640 / 2865 2445
Monday-Thursdays 10:00am – 3:00pm
Sunday: 9:00am – 3:00pm
Latest update (May 2022):
The POEA requires all domestic workers to have the PAG-IBIG Member ID number. OEC will not be processed if the domestic worker does not have the PAG-IBIG Member ID number.
Steps for Online Membership Registration:
1. Log on to PAG-IBIG Fund official website www.pagibigfund.gov.ph and click E-Services,
2. Under Membership, click Membership Registration then click Continue to Register,
3. Enter your Last Name, First Name, Middle Name and Date of Birth followed by security code and click Proceed,
4. Start online membership registration by filling out all mandatory field and then click Submit.
Upon successful registration, you will receive your Registration Tracking Number (RTN) and after 48 hours you can now obtain and use your PAG-IBIG Member ID number.
About POEA Online Processing System for Balik Manggagawa
The Philippines Overseas Employment Administration has launched a new web-based processing system known as POEA Online Processing System for Balik Manggagawa (POPS-BaM).
Domestic workers are directed to transfer their existing records under the old BM Online system and transfer them to the new POPS-BaM.
- Go to onlineservices.poea.gov.ph
- Fill out the registration form then submit by clicking “Register”
- Log-in with the temporary password sent to your registered email
- You will be asked to enter a new password. Enter and confirm your password.
- Upon login, go to “My Profile” and fill out your information to access your account.
Please note that you do not need to make an appointment at POLO or POEA office or pay the processing fee if you have:
- Previously registered in the online processing platform or POPS-BaM;,
- Obtained previous OEC number,
- Returning to the same employer and workplace
Log in to your BM Online account before your scheduled return to your job to request an OEC exemption. Then select “Acquire OEC or Exemption”. If you are exempt, the system will show a confirmation message with your BM Exemption number and pre-departure instructions on what documents to bring with you to the airport.
I am an employer or domestic helper about to start the process of hiring, how does this affect me?
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. See more: How long does processing a domestic helper visa take?
I am a domestic helper planning to go on holiday to the Philippines and will return to the same employer, how should I obtain my OEC?
If you are going to the Philippines on holiday and are not changing employers, you should be able to get an exemption in your BM online account. You may log into your BMonline and print out the exemption proof.
I am a domestic helper currently on holiday in the Philippines and returning to the same employer, how should I obtain my OEC
If you are currently on holiday in the Philippines and are returning to the same employer, you should be able to get an exemption in your BM online account. You may log into your BM online and print out the exemption message.
Who should I contact with questions?
If you are using a responsible employment agency, they should tell you how the OEC processing might affect you. You should contact them directly if you have questions.
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Current Overseas Employment Certificate (OEC) Issuance Situation
The Philippine Overseas Employment Administration (POEA) is working with limitations on their workforce to be in compliance with government regulations to prevent the spread of COVID-19. Due to the limited manpower available, there are quotas for applications per day imposed on each agency. Expect delays if you are currently waiting for your OEC to be released. See more: the current COVID-19 situation in the Philippines.
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 8-10 weeks before this affects your case.
Last updated on May 23rd, 2022