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19 August 2022

The Philippines Overseas Employment Certificate: your guide

The Overseas Employment Certificate allows Filipinos to leave the Philippines.

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Philippine passport holders require permission to leave the country. Filipinos need to get what’s called exit clearance to leave the Philippines. The main route people use to leave the Philippines is the Overseas Employment Certificate (OEC).

What is the Overseas Employment Certificate?

The Overseas Employment Certificate is required by any Filipino national who is moving overseas with a work visa. They are issued by the Philippine Overseas Employment Administration (POEA) and must be applied for before you leave the Philippines.

The requirements for the OEC depend on what type of job you have. There are two options when applying for the visa: as a direct hire, through an agency. 

What are the documentary requirements?

Below are some of the documents that must be presented or submitted to the Office of the Labor Attache, Philippine Embassy, London:

  • Original passport with valid re-entry visa/work permit (with photo copy)
  • Duly accomplished OFW Information Sheet – form available from the Philippine Embassy
  • Proof of valid OWWA membership
  • Copy of employment contract/employer’s certification.

Do you need a notary?

Yes. Many of your employment documents need to be signed in front of a notary. These documents form part of your application for a OEC and are listed below:

  • Certification that employer is public/government
  • Service agreement between employer and FPA: Call off Terms & Conditions for the International Healthcare Professionals Recruitment and Associated Services Framework
  • Manpower request/job order from employer to FPA
  • Manpower request FPA to PRA
  • Master Employment Contract and Addendum to Contract of Employment
  • Visa guarantee for sufficient CoS
  • Undertaking by employer to monitor employment of workers
  • Copy of employers’ passport
  • Copy of FPA’s reps passport.

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We can attest to the truth and accuracy of translations. Each document that is notarised will bear the notary’s signature, which will confirm that the document has been certified.

We can provide the consular services you require to get your visa. We are contactable via the details below.

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Call us on 0800 049 2471 or email info@woodcocknotarypublic.com.