POEA Direct Hiring Requirements and Process: Name Hire Procedures (2023)

Processing Employment Documents to Work Overseas

POEA Direct Hiring Requirements and Process: Name Hire Procedures (1)

Finding an overseas job without the assistance of a recruitment agency is called a direct hire or name hire.

Some of the benefits of finding work this way are:

  • No placement fees to a recruitment agency.
  • Direct contact with your employer. You are in touch with them from the beginning.
  • A feeling of fulfillment. You negotiate it all to your own satisfaction.
  • Fewer complications.
  • A learning experience you can share with others.

The following is my advice, based upon my experience, about how to successfully complete a direct hire application.

What You Need for a Direct Hire

Many Filipinos find work abroad in this manner, but they must complete certain steps in order to avoid problems.

  • Before you do anything else, make sure you have your visa and working permit.
  • Depending upon the type of job you will be doing, you are required to process your employment documents and other permits with the Philippine Overseas Employment Administration (POEA).
  • After you have completed these steps, you will be a registered Overseas Filipino Worker (OFW) with the benefits of being a member of the Overseas Workers Welfare Administration.

Note that there are different procedures for skilled workers and household workers. The differences are detailed below.

Requirements for Professional and Skilled Workers

When you go to the POEA, be sure to bring a black ballpoint pen and money to pay fees. Professional workers in any field must also bring an original and two photocopies of the following valid documents to the POEA office:

  • passport (picture page and last page)
  • employment contract
  • working visa
  • money for fee processing
  • 2X2 photos of yourself
  • PDOS certificate (this will be issued in the POEA)
  • medical certificate (except for Canada, Australia, and New Zealand)

Household Service Worker Requirements

When you go to the POEA, be sure to bring a black ballpoint pen and money to pay fees. Household employees of all types must also bring the original and photocopies of the following documents to the POEA office:

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  • passport (picture page and last page)
  • employment contract
  • working visa
  • money for fee processing
  • 2X2 photos of yourself
  • request for exemption from the direct hiring policy issued by the POLO/Labor Attache, as applicable
  • TESDA NC II for HSW (except for Canada and ex-overseas HSW)
  • workers heading to Taiwan need a COC from TESDA
  • workers heading for the Middle East, Hong Kong, Taiwan, Israel and China workers need an OWWA certificate on language and culture orientation
  • family driver Middle East workers must have personal accident insurance and motor vehicle insurance verified by the POLO/Labor Attache
  • PDOS certificate (this will be issued in the POEA)
  • medical certificate (except for Canada, Australia, New Zealand)

Pre-Departure Orientation Seminar

Attend your Pre-Departure Orientation Seminar (PDOS) at the scheduled time. All OFWs are required to have a PDOS certificate. It is very important to attend and the seminar will provide information about the country where you will live and work. Keep your PDOS certificate and have it photocopied.

Medical Examination Requirement

Have your medical exam done in any accredited medical clinic. The POEA usually provides a list of accredited clinics. Once you have completed the exam with a bill of good health, it means you are fit to work. Keep your original medical certificate and have it photocopied. You will need them at the next step.

Final Approval and Issuance of Order of Payment

Submit your evaluated documents together with your PDOS certificate and medical certificate. Once you are approved, they will give you an OP (order of payment) which you will pay.

Release of Papers and Documents

Go to window eight in the central office, or the releasing area, for the release of your original papers. Make sure you receive your passport and PDOS certificate.

Proceed to window one for your assessment of payment.

Payment of Processing Fees

Go to Window J and pay all required fees. These will include your POEA processing fee, OWWA and Philhealth.

After paying you will receive an E-receipt or Overseas Employment Certificate (OEC), which will serve as your OFW travel exit clearance at the immigration counters in the airport. Keep it, because you will use it in the airport for free travel tax, airport terminal fee, and reduced travel tax for dependents.

This article is accurate and true to the best of the author’s knowledge. Content is for informational or entertainment purposes only and does not substitute for personal counsel or professional advice in business, financial, legal, or technical matters.

Post your comments in English please

evelyn on May 17, 2019:

Can i attend pdos while processing the polo of my employer in vancouver canada bec.my employer had an agency there but me here in the phils

I dont have agency i just prepared and submitted all the papers by myself and now i have already my working visa can i attend now the pdos pls. Help me thank you.

Juan Fuentes Jr. on March 19, 2019:

I am a seaman by profession and is being hired to work in Italy as a motorman on one of their manage yacht but my problem is they wanted me to process my Schengen visa and ENG1 medical certificate if ever I could process this required documents what other procedures do I have to undertake to be legally hired and work on this company that is going to hire me and likewise be a registered OFW?

Joana marie oleverio on September 05, 2018:

Do i have a certificate of tesda for waitress?

Mark abseta on December 28, 2017:

Do I need to take the tesda training for household?because I graduated as an HRM and has a work experience in housekeeping..and some certificates with regards to household...just asking..need answer asap..thanks

Helen Lagnason Pada on December 10, 2017:

I understand the rules and all explanations

Thanks .

Pearlvienhans on December 04, 2017:

Direct hiring for us a ofw I great but,...lots of us disire that.,hoping that have a real person to talk about this. That will not cheat.

Aurora on November 07, 2017:

I'm a direct hire in Singapore. I have employer already they are my employer for almost 9 years as a domistic helper. I have a singapore visa already. My IPA expire this coming December 5,2017. I process my papers here in POEA Davao City. How many days i need to wait to realese the approval of my papers? thank you so much. GOD BLESS

Nathan on September 08, 2017:

I have the original signed contract from my employer in NZ. How will I have it POLO Certified here in Manila? Or does it have to be POLO Certified in the Consulate in NZ? Please advise. thank you.

Eufenia Atienza on September 06, 2017:

Is it necessary to have agency in the Philippine to process the papers in POEA? As of now my husband have complete documents, the medical result already done, employment visa chop on his passport, the only thing he is waiting is the documents verified & chop by the Philippine embassy in Brunei. My problem now they don't want to process the document because they insist to have agency in the Philippine which is hindrances for the Filipino Workers who want to work abroad. Is there any other way to proceed it without any stamp by the Philippine Embassy in Brunei?

Jeraldine Rasonable on August 03, 2017:

How to get the COE for direct hire in korea?

jofs on July 09, 2017:

Is it necessary that the work contract must be red ribbon where the job offer is

Bhem on June 27, 2017:

@joemart martin. We qre facing the same problem. What did you do so far?

joemart martin on June 06, 2017:


i go to poea last june 5 2017 i ask to the information where to apply the oec. she told me to go on the 2nd floor name hire office for the verification of my documents, when the staff call my number he check my documents and he ask if i have the work visa and job contract etc. after checking he told to me that i need to get the 0riginal job contract verified by POLO from consulate on the job site which is i dont have. may i ask if there is onther option for this because it very complicated to get that documents

im Jelser B.Bautista on June 04, 2017:

I hve already employer fr UK i need to help i wnt to work as Nanny i hve passport & my employer telling me im the one to pay my overseas working permet. He want to know how can i get my ovearseas perment hre. Pls! Help me i wnt to know also

Hi... on June 02, 2017:

I'm Judith.. wat showd i do? I have a visa approval in waitress now.and I don't no how to process this in embassy because i am directly hired to may employer in brunei..i want to know her f we need to do a placement fee???

Thanks hope you reply...

Emmanuel on May 24, 2017:


currently i am working here in saudi arabia and i was directly hired as a Manager for a certain service company in UAE free zone, my employer will provide the visa and employment contract. then i was instracted to complete my requirements, Red Ribbon my school credentials and then submitted to UAE embassy for authentication. after on UAE authentication i will send my documents to my employer for my visa application. my question is if i have already my working visa, will the POEA office allow me to travel without passing through recruitment agency?


Donna on May 23, 2017:


Since direct hire is banned! To those not under the category for


International org

Higher rank

Relatives/ family (resident host country)

To those not under this kind of category You will be denied by the POEA and you may proceed or you find a recruitment agency to process your docs

Which you will pay additional expenses.

It was so dissapointing

Everthing is complete

Resident permit, TESDA , passport etc , but you cannot proceed due to their regulations.

Can you help which recruitment agency to go? To process such docs and get OEC for future departure!


Janet on May 01, 2017:

I heard to the news that is not allowing anyone for direct hire because of the government that they stop for giving oec is that true

Gerlie Sardalla on April 12, 2017:

How much will be the total amount of processing fees?

imelda anta on April 12, 2017:

How much is the procesing fee?

Leonor Dologuin on January 23, 2017:

We have a client in Ethiopia who needs 120 Light Duty/Hvy Duty Drivers Steel Fixers, Form Workers and Labors. Problem is the attestation of the Philippine required documents in Ethiopia which our client found hard to secure. Then our client informed us that their sister company recently hired 40 Filipino workers through their Turkish representative--40 more is coming through a very simple procedure--- only attest the workers contract, visa, passport copy and other documents in Ethiopia and then process in the Philippines for deployment.... i would like to ask under what kind of Recruitment is this? Direct Hire? Name Hire? and is this allowed with participation of an Agency in the Philippines? Thank you for shedding some light on this....

Clarita Villaruz on December 18, 2016:

Madam/ sir,

What does COC from TESDA mean?

Daisy B. on November 19, 2016:

Good evening, somebody asked me to apply for direct hiring in the UK but he told me that i should pay all the working visa expenses first then the company will pay me back once i arrived to UK. Do i need to pay for the visa expenses because all i know the employer will provide and pay the visa for direct hiring. What will i do?

Rudyl Posas on November 02, 2016:

Good day sir/maam; I need your advice if possible.I am a seafarer usually under a manning agent here in philippines.But because Iam looking for a better salary i tried to apply direct to a yacht.My situation goes like this:The captain of the yacht i was applied was asking if they will hire me can i exit here in philippines going to france since the yacht was based in france.exiting here not as a seaman but when i arrived in france i will be working on the yacht as a seaman.Is it possible that i have only my passport and a schengen visa then i can enter to france already?looking forward your good advice and thank you.

chaniikam on August 22, 2016:

Do you know if I can re-hire my domestic helper to come back to HK under Name hire? she used to work for our family...

annetanio on March 01, 2016:

I have sponsor under the name of company in kuwait. They hire me as direct. When I was in poea to get a list of documents I need for my clearance to exit, they just told me that I need visa, working permit and original contract authenticated by polo in kuwait with official reciept. But when my sponsor stars processing my papers and went to polo in kuwait, they adviced him to get registered and need agency to process my papers as skilled worker. I dont understand, what is the use of direct hiring if we still need agency to assist me so I can work abroad? It doesnt make sense to me. I need help how to get a verified or authenticated contract from polo without hassle and not need agencies to assist us? Please teach us how? Will apreciate your advice. Thank you

gene on February 26, 2016:

hi im a direct hired from korea as nanny,

but my employer processed F1 visa for me instead of working visa..

the immigration did not allow me to fly because they ask me OEC,,

this morning i went to poea and told me that i should provide same requirements...

im just worried because i read a comment that the poea did not give her OEC because the employer should accredited to poea,,,what's the sense of direct hiring?..

i don't want to waste my money and effort :(

i started to get medical exam..

pls email me for the reply generosebellingan@gmail.com

thank you soo much..

Leo Calimutan on February 24, 2016:

Mam, this is leo calimutan from iloilo city. I have a employer abroad and my working visa is under process in washington D.C because theirs no Philippine Embassy in Antigua and Barbuda. Do I need to undergo Medical Exam accredited by poea before departure? Please I need your help.

jean on January 27, 2016:

hi ,i ask Juan noel in London if the job order is active?I hire for direct .thanks

liezyl on January 13, 2016:

Hi good day. .just wanna ask that I have work in uk someone sponsor me to process my visa ... and also they will be one to get a tickket for me ...is their any documents that I need . ? Hope someone help me

jes on December 13, 2015:

Hello. Applicable po ba ito for "Direct hiring of FDH in Singapore"

Please advice

Salamat po

ggf on December 09, 2015:

Good Day.. its true that direct hire in Dubai is no longer accept in POLO? because HR in my employer told me that. I want it to confirm this to you ... please i need you favorable answer my concern ...

thank you......

ggf on December 07, 2015:

I have a offer letter and working Visa , it can approve in Philippine Embassy in Dubai and Verified my offer Letter with out my contract? what if the better way. So I can process this as soon as possible ...

Glenn A on December 07, 2015:

I was working before in Qatar, so my contract of my previews company is already finish. so I decide to go back here in Philippines. Before that one company hiring me a same position of my previews work. But base in Dubai, as a direct hire. But first I come home and waiting for my working Visa. But I don't have a contract . they told me if i reach to Dubai after i have my contract to process . I have a Visa and offer letter. So it possible that our Embassy in Dubai can verify my offer letter and approve this , so I can process this as soon as possible.

jingldc on October 03, 2015:

Hi there,

I just want to ask if u have an idea how to get an oec in manila poea. Im a performing artiste in singapore with a 6 mos contract. I dnt have a poea record coz i left as a tourist. I went to the phil embassy here bt they said i must apply that from manila. I have my orig contract and work pass ID here and i need to go bk for 5 days only this oct. Pls help coz i dnt want to spend my days at d poea.


rob on September 19, 2015:

Good day sir/ma'am i just want yo ask, how to get pdos online registration going to qatar?

Because when i get to online registration there's no qatat in the selection country.

I'm a direct hire from qatar i have my visa and employment contract. I hope you can advised me how to start to get pdos and medical. I really dont have idea what to do

maye anne on September 06, 2015:

This concern is for my husband, he is hired directly to work in Taiwan. His broker told him that he cannot be able to work there because he's registered late by our PSA (Philippine Statistic Authority). We had complied all the requirements, and we are even willing to pay for the necessary fees. How does it's true, regarding this matter? I just can't believe them because I know that they only have a hidden agenda, I think they just mislead us to back out for they have their own person to take the slot. I am aware that we don't need an agency neither a broker, if we are direct hire. But can you give us more information and guidelines about the qualifications and other concerns on how to ask a residence permit in Taiwan.

Karen Guingaban on July 16, 2015:

Good evening,could you please help me with this,when I applied for OEC last May of 2013, I paid my philhealth-Medicare,now, I wanted to pay for 2014 and I forgot that I don't even have card.could you please help me how to get a card.

Kk on July 16, 2015:

im a direct hire to UK, just want to ask how to have my contract verified by PoLo in UK? Who will send it to them, me or the employer?

To Ryan RN. Please answer I guess we have the same situation . Thanks a lot

mariateresa on July 08, 2015:

hi twentyfive,

May i ask where does "outlet manager" (for singapore job) belong? professional or skilled worker? pls answer me, im confused... i am an Associate Graduate direct hired from SG.. THANKS a Lot..

eden consulta on July 02, 2015:

gud day im looking an employer that can be hire me, im have ten years experience in sales.

liz ino on June 16, 2015:

Hello! I really hope you could help me coz i am about to give up my job in China because i cant get an OEC.

I am also direct hired and have already my working visa. I went to POEA a month ago but they looked for an authenticated contract. Mine wasnt. The company in china who hired me went to the Phil Embassy there to have it authenticated. But, they advised that it should be notarized and that's only step 1. But, they cant have it done since the notary office wants my employer who resides in Canada have a personal appearance.

Now, I dont know what to do. Is there an agency that can help me get OEC? Or is it possible that my unauthenticated contract be accepted? Kindly give me advice. Thank you very much.

tracyG on May 25, 2015:

Hi I need advice po from those who have successfully processed a Direct Hire for a Professional (Telecom Engineer)

i have doubts with the contract - sabi nila kahit iauthenticate POLO pag dating sa POEA sa pinas pede madecline kasi may template daw. Ang authentication daw dito as Dubai ay hindi in parallel sa POEA with regards as format etc.,

(d daw yata maganda ang coordination ng dalawang gov;t agency??)

Rossel ombao on May 20, 2015:

Good day, ahm, may i ask some question please,. is there any of us here familiar with "GOOD HIRE"? This is located at 343 PRESTON STREET OTTAWA, ONTARIO K1S IN4 based on location attached to their email.... I am applying for a job for canada tru online, but they required me to pay for "JOB MATCHING" worth 69$ about 3,900 pesos.. then i want to make sure that this true because i want to pay it.. hope you can help me based on your experience please!!!!!!!

ricky cordova brigole on May 15, 2015:

For me good applicant no comment , thank you sana ganyan tayo mga filipino hindi lang pakitang tao .if qualifeid ,complet paper for The hiring position in poea and immigration no problem will successful applicant .

Ace on April 30, 2015:

Hi good day,

Can i use my medical certificate (the one i used from embassy visa stamping) for acquiring oec at poea? The clinic who issued my certificate is a GAMCA accredited and POEA accredited. Would that be possible?

Khjean Henecia on April 30, 2015:

Hell twentyfive, hru? I just wanna ask what are d reqrments for direct hiring to Jeddah, KSA? And how much is the processing fee to PEOA?,Pls I Need ur advise asap... Thank u ver much..

Angel on April 26, 2015:

A question and i need a further advice that may can help to work in abroad. Situation:

I was directly hired by my employer in south america. Since the company that hired was not able to be accredited again by the agency that they use before me. Therefore, i have my working visa, contract, and itinerary. To pass on Philippine Immigration in the Airport, i need OEC as one of the documents that i need to provide. I went to POEA to get this OEC. Sadly, POEA never gave me an OEC. Reason; my employer was not accredited by POEA anymore and POEA suggested to me that my employer should apply an accreditation to any agency so i can get my OEC. In this connection, what is the sense of direct hiring. Some employer doesn't want to work with Philippine Agency because some agency are really abusive. Please i need your advice. I lost a lot of money, time and effort about my situation. Please thanks.

Mary Ann lopez on April 16, 2015:

Good evening ma'am/sir.i am in taiwan now and this coming august is my finish contract.and then my employer wants me to come back but my problem is i have 1year left because i work here in taiwan for 11years already.is there any possible that they will give me or issue me a visa to work for 1year only.

GardoB on April 12, 2015:


where should I go for the authentication of my employment contract? I've only received the scanned copy of the contract from the employer the we've both signed and a copy of IPA from MOM in Singapore. Thank you

shin on April 09, 2015:

Hi maam. Im a call center agent i have a passport and im looking for a job in dubai do you have any suggestions? Website or company that i can submit my resume?

Thank you

twentyfive (author) on April 07, 2015:

you don't need to pay anything if that was a real employer

DENNIS GALERIA on March 30, 2015:

apply agree follow the intruction

Teepee on March 18, 2015:

hi ms jenalyn and evryone! How true is this, need ba ng agency low and high skilled workers sa qatar kahit direct hire ka? What's the sense of being "direct hired" if u will undergo an agency??

Janice achame on March 16, 2015:

I want to be a agents to help many people want to have work in other country

ice on March 12, 2015:

Hi... just want to ask why it took so long for my exit clearance? 9th day today (9 working days) and still no update when it will be release...

Fidel B.Duellosa on January 20, 2015:

good morning,im an ofw skilled worker before as a distribution lineman.for now i am applying in the internet on direct hiring but still no response.i need your help for me to apply any direct hiring for uk,australia and canada as a distribution lineman.thank you very much hoping to hear you as soon as possible.ive been applying for almost two years now.

stanley atienza - Qatar on December 17, 2014:

Hi there!

I am trying to hire 2 Filipinos, who is actually my friends and I directly recruited them. Unfortunately, POLO here in Qatar were requiring them to go through an agency in which I am confused since I recruited them directly. Is this a new policy that everyone has to have an agency coming out from Philippines?

leejay on November 26, 2014:

My Question sir/maam.:direct hired po ako sa sister company namin sa china.my 2 years contract po ako kaylng po hanggang 1 year lang po yung pinatapos nila after ng 1 year working visa ko pinauwi napo ako/kami sa dahilan pong ayaw napo daw ng gov't china mag renew ng visa sa company namin dahil po daw binabawasan nila yung nagtatrabahong pilipino sa companing pinapasukan kopo sa china dahil narin po daw sa isyu ng spratlyst island before.pinauwi plang po ako last august 2014...tanong kopo makatarungan poba yung nangyari sa akin/sa amin?..sabi din po ng company namin wala po daw magagawa ang company namin dahil po it's a gov't issue po daw.salamat po.

Dubaiprob on November 13, 2014:

bakait kailanagn pa dumaan ng agency sa polo? Paano pa natin matatawag na direct hire kung dadaan pa ng agency? Sobrang laki ng hinihingi ng agency 5k aed. Around 50thousand sa peso. Paano dun sa hind masshoulder ng company at walang pambayad? Wag po sana natin perahan ang mga bagong bayani ng bansa. Hindi po naghahakot ng pera ang trabaho nila. Nagpapakahirap sila lumayo sa pamilya tapos yung iba mamemera lang.

tee_pee on October 30, 2014:

regarding the working visa, must it be authenticated (visa-stamped) by the embassy first before submitting it to POEA? like, should i bring my qatar working visa first to qatar embassy in makati before I go thru the whole POEA procedure?

candelaria, girl on October 08, 2014:

Im waiting for my visa and contract, im already waiting... ill ask if it is ok if my medical is photocopy because my original copy gives my employer in oman....

marie chel rosario on September 12, 2014:

good afternoon po...magkno po ang tamang babayaran sa agency pag babalik sa dating employer...?

Happy Birth from Las Piñas on September 04, 2014:

20five,naiinip na! tryhard to apply for locomotive field tech. i am also a direct hired like the others at riyadh and got passed the two interviews .!passed the medical exm. Vaccin i got signed contract have been waiting a month even if my joining date is A.S.A.P. i am STILL follow up like the agency also sad "STILL waiting for another job order" Until i decided to ask CEO employer & HR Manager who have both signed at my contract for that matter. And finally wonder that the agency have differrent alivi beetween us ,, for the reason why my sister husbond tHe HR manager and CEO have same answer trough their follow up '' We still have fully airlinebook and trying to book for another airlines.

emerson vocal on August 18, 2014:

hello there i am emerson vocal from kuwait 20 visa but my employer said that he want me to transfer at 18visa so he will send me back to the philippines to process my papers he said he will send me the thru DHL the visa in the philippines and i have to process this one without using any agency ....is that possible???? and if that is possible what is the processing i need to do ?how and how much i need to spend for everything from papers to medical??? pls send me back yur answer because maybe this end of the month he will send me so pls. help me.... thank you all and more power to you/.....

Faith on August 17, 2014:

i am a skilled worker, direct hire going to kuwait, agency process my documents here in philippines, i got my valid visa, employment contract, medical clearance and PDOS , my agency process all the required documents and filed up to POEA, it took almost a week already in POEA, how long it takes to be approved by POEA? my visa will expire this august 30,2014.

Theresa Jequinto on August 11, 2014:

Hi mom sir good day! I have a cousin she will come here in Bahrain she already a visa and she will process her papers in agency but I'm worry because her medical is 2 weeks expire and she need to give that to agency. It's ok to give that medical even 2 weeks expire or she need to take a medical again. Thank you and god bless

Clinique on August 06, 2014:

Hi twentyfive, i resigned from work 2months ago from an institution to which i've been employed for 5 years,but then my back up plans didn't really work out so i contacted my previous employer and applied for reinstatement which they gladly accept and started processing. They said they will make pass for the 2 months that i'm away as an unpaid leave. My question is, since it's just 2 months and it's with the same employer, do i still have to undergo PDOS and medicals if i get reinstated?

sapphire on July 20, 2014:

Good day to all!I'm also a direct hire from dubai.. so the first step I did was go to poea. Poea told me tat they need my contract to verify by polo dubai. So my employer go in polo but unfortunately polo said tat I need to use agency coz direct hire is not allowed now in Philippines. I'm wondered y poea don't know this issue.. and my employer needs to pay 4500 dhms for everything.. my question is how many days does the agency will process my papers?

purple cherry on July 03, 2014:

@Batch85 : thanks for the GAMCA info. How long and how much did you spend for the medical process? Thanks!

twentyfive (author) on June 25, 2014:

You should verify 2 things in POEA first before you decide if the job abroad is legit:

1. Verify if that job has a valid Job Order

2. Verify if the agency in POEA is accredited and its licensed is not yet expired

Verification can be done via phone call or online at the POEA website.

twentyfive (author) on June 24, 2014:

Yeah sounds like scam coz if they are legit and real, they won't ask you money. They will process everything if they really want and need you

Raymark on June 24, 2014:

How to apply? I have a complete requirements tnx

Batch85 on June 21, 2014:

Advice to all direct hire or name hire. As my personal experience this month of June 2014, you can have your Medical Clinic Referral direct from GAMCA in their office at Arkansas cor. J Bocobo St . Just prepare 2 photocopy of passport for GAMCA and for the Medical Clinic.

Batch85 on June 20, 2014:

Good day, twentyfive

I received a direct hire job offer from Qatar. I passed the online interview, we both affixed our signature on the contract and they send me work visa.

When I process my documents at the POEA, it was found that the company still have valid agency accreditation until July 2015 and according to the POEA the agency should process my documents.

However, the agency also could not process my documents because the company job order was already expired.

And the bad news, the company have no more intension to re-new the JOB Order on the agency.

Now, I’m nowhere to go.

Kindly give me assistance to my situation.

mike on June 12, 2014:

Hi po pls answer my question?

R9 on June 10, 2014:

Hi twentyfive

i already have my working visa it was process by my employer, i already signed a contract, now i already have my medical, but the POEA requires me to give a document to my employer to sign, a document that state an additional benefits, my employer did not signed, because we already have a contract between me and my employer, what should i do, because my employer doesn't want to sign.

rosariopasoot on June 08, 2014:

Hi good afternoon,ask ko Lang po kung ok Lang na scanned copy Yung visa at contract ko na dadalhin ko Sa poea..direct hire po ako Sa Oman at ok Lang po na na mag take n ako mg medical bago pumunta Sa poea

salamat po

benjie quiamco on May 26, 2014:

hi twentyfive, i want to know if the poea is also updated with new rules in polo all over the world, I'm currently working here in Abu Dhabi and i was employed here as direct hire, i did not go any agency same with my brother in law, last year my employer also give working visa but this recent days i want to take also my other relative i was surprise that we need to go to agency,and they show me the new rules which is last september 1,2013 my question is that why the poea don't know this new rules this is 9 month already from the implementation so that we were aware on this, 2nd labor department in the Philippines,polo,poea don't have the same rules when it comes to employment abroad,I always in poea website if there is new memorandum publish on its site but i did not see any memo that direct hire is not allowed in u.a.e its make me disappointed because i can no longer help my relatives my employer don't want to shoulder the agency expenses worth 5000 plus Dirham thank you.

Nehemiah B Sagun on May 22, 2014:

toto po ba ang direct hiring ng taiwan for factory workers..?may hiring kasi dito s mindanao..

April on May 20, 2014:

how many days evaluation process from your agency POEA to get the Certificate? after all the requirements done?

nelson on May 10, 2014:

i am an Education graduate and a SMAW NCII tesda,and i am now still looking for a job overseas or in local..thnks godbless

mitch on May 04, 2014:

good day, my employer already give my visa and contract to kuwait agency last april 24, according to my employer the agency will call to do proces my paper here in philippines, want to ask how many days more should i w8 for they call to start the process because my visa will expired on june 12, thank you,

Maxima Tindugan on April 23, 2014:

Good morning po my name is Maxima Tindugan i am from Bohol i just want to know how long to wait my clearance certificate from DOLE so that i can get my oec going to Tokyo Japan i really need it this month before my sister end her contract for her employer. I hope the department of Labor understand my situation i was there in Japan as tourist just to introduce my sister employer so that i can work there legally . My sister spend a lot of money for this i was so worried because might be her employer will change his mind to get other maid

alen alivio on April 10, 2014:

hello. I already have my temporary working visa as a live-in caregiver for canada. I am now for pdos. I would like to know the requirements for me to bring.

alen on April 10, 2014:

hello, meron na po ako visa for canada as a live-in caregiver. Nabasa ko sa mga post na kelangan pa i-aunthenticate ang cotnract sa POLO. Applicable pa po ba ito until now?Meaning, bago ako pumunta sa POEA to register at mag attend ng PDOS. I still have to wait for the authenticated contract from Canada?

liela on March 29, 2014:

magkanu ba babayaran sa pag process sa pinas aside sa verified contract..lahat lahat po..as household..tnaks

joan on March 18, 2014:

hello po ulit may dagdag po sana akong tanog kasi ang visa po na na send sakin nang amo ko ay arabic language ang gamit popwedi po lang ba ito ano po ang gagawin ko sana po matulongan u po ako kasi ito po ang una kong trabaho sa ibang bansa salamat po at chaka po pla kay langan ko po bang humingi nang employment contract gling sa amo ko sa kuwait? sana po mtolongan u po ako maraming salamat po

joan on March 18, 2014:

hi po ask ko lang po sana kasi may visa na poako galing sa amo ko sa kuwait may passport narin po ako direct hired kasi ako bilng dh doon. nasa bacolod kasi ako ano pa po ba ang mga requirements n dapat kong i comply at saan po ba ako dapat pomonta salamat po

raymundo regala on March 06, 2014:

ask ko lang po kung magPDOS pa po ako nandito pa po ako sa Dubai pero nakahanap po ako ng malilipatan ko work direct hire po ako at uuwi muna po ako ng pinas kase nagfinish contract n din po ako sa dati ko work at dyan po ako maghintay ng visa ko para sa bago kong work ditto sa Dubai...yun po ang sabi skin ng bago ko papasukan ditto..magmedical pa din po ba ako dyan kase kakatapos ko lang magmedical ditto last December 2013 po....salamat po...

Marilou Mercader on March 04, 2014:

Hello po good afternoon I'm a direct hiri from Liberia need po kc sa poea is contract verified contract in countries were there is polo or authenticated employment contract from Philippine embassy and request for exemption from derict hiring pero wala pong Philippine embassy sa Liberia wala din pong polo please give some advice magkakaproblema po ba Aq sa poea Dahl dito thank you...

John on February 14, 2014:

Good day,

I already went to POEA this day and they told me that I need to have my contract verified at a POLO office in Japan.

They told me to scan a piece of paper and fill it up, and send it to my employer to fill up some parts and let them apply it to the POLO office.

I'm just wondering if how long is the processing.

3 weeks from now I will be going to Japan and the last thing I need is the POEA exit clearance.

Thank you

Kriz on February 11, 2014:

hi good afternoon po, ask ko lng po if want ng mlaysia mag direct hired workers from philippines like construction, mgkno po lahat ang bbyaran? at gaano katagl ang processing. Pede o b direct ng d n dumaan ng agency, mhal ksi bnbyran s agency s fees nila. halos wala n kikitain yung workers. ano po mga dapt at step gawin para mkkuha ng direct filipino workers ng d n need dumaan ng agency. salamat po. sana masagot nyo ang mga tanong ko.

Lea A. Roldan on January 15, 2014:

Hello!!!! I'm Lea A. Roldan 33 years old,currently work here in hongkong taking care of twin boys for 29 months now,( and they'll gonna be 3 years old early this year 2014). I'd like to know if there is license agency here in hongkong that the poea can recommend for an applicant like me to apply as a caregiver in israel.can e-mail me at lea_ roldan@ymail.com or u can call me in mobile # ( +85294339263 ),,,, hope for your consideration.much appreciated thank you so much!!!!

maricel on January 01, 2014:

Hello po good morning I ask lang po may kakilala AQ sa Germany need maid direct hiring anu po requirements?

Cherry on December 24, 2013:

Hello miss 25 :) I just want to asked , my aunt's flight is scheduled this 2nd week of january but she need to pass the test in OWWA . We have no idea for what she will take . Miss 25 I would like to asked for the test reviewer of domestic helper in rhiyadh .

Thanks for a hundred times :)

Richard A. Jampit on December 10, 2013:

Good Day!


I look here your advertisement in workabroad direct hired for Lineman transmission line in Canada; I am interested to apply in my skilled as a Lineman Erector high voltage transmission line. I must be experiences 6 years the above,please reply via email or contact the number.


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nice on November 28, 2013:

@nessa. can i get your number? i have the same problem as your sister have. also direct hire from malta.email me nice09arkhi@yahoo.com

nessa on November 06, 2013:

hello good day...I need your help,my sister was directly hire for a work in Malta,Europe.Her employer send already all the documents and she even got a visa from Malta embassy from china..the problem is the papers that her employer send to POLO office in Tripoli Libya that asking for her clearance to work until now there is no response...no result..employer said they are calling and asking for the result yet until now nothing?do you have any idea why?what should we do..thank you.

Cass on November 05, 2013:

Hi po,

Im Cass from Davao i was offered po as Direct hired in Saudi hes our family friend, i dnt hve visa yet, but i hve passport already what's my 1st step to do po?

hoping for your response .


What is the process of direct hiring? ›

A direct hire is a position that reports directly to the employer, not to an agency. After accepting a job offer, a candidate becomes an employee of the hiring company and goes on their payroll and benefits immediately. Candidates for direct hiring may be recruited by an agency or directly by a company.

What are the requirements for OFW direct hire? ›

  • Employment Contract;
  • Valid visa/ entry/work permit/ no objection certificate (NOC), or equivalent document;
  • Valid Passport with 6 months validity period;
  • Valid Medical Certificate from DOH-accredited Medical Clinic for OFWs;
  • Pre-Departure Orientation Seminar (PDOS) Certificate from OWWA;

Who may hire a Filipino worker for overseas employment through direct hiring? ›

According to the Memorandum Circular 08-2018, “No employer shall directly hire an overseas Filipino worker for overseas employment” except if the employer is one of the following: Member of the diplomatic corps.

How long does it take to process direct hire in POEA? ›

The POEA Phase 1 can also take 1-2 weeks. As long as you're scheduled for Phase 2 and you got the OEC, you should be able to fly. Make sure that you have all the documents ready to avoid delays. I would say, give yourself two months or so to process everything else.

How much is POEA processing fee? ›

POEA Processing Fee – Php 100.00 per e-receipt.OEC. OWWA Membership Fee – USD 25.00 (or its Peso equivalent) Pag-IBIG Contribution – minimum of Php 100.00/month. PhilHealth Contribution – Php 2,400.00/one-year coverage.

What is contract to direct hire? ›

Contract-to-hire is when the employee (or contractor) is placed in a short-term position for a set period of time, with the possibility of being brought on as a full-time, direct employee at the end of the contract.

Is direct hire faster? ›

A DHA allows agencies to more quickly hire qualified applicants. It expedites hiring by eliminating rating and ranking, veterans' preference, as well as typical selection procedures.

What is a name hire? ›

Name hire shall refer to a worker who is able to secure an overseas employment opportunity without the assistance or participation of a recruitment agency.

How do I get a PDOS certificate for direct hire? ›

What are PDOS Requirements?
  1. Original passport (must be valid about six months before the date of travel)
  2. Original visa (attached to the passport)
  3. One valid government-issued ID with photograph such as: Alien Certificate of Registration (ARC I-Card) ...
  4. Country specific documents such as:

Why is there a ban on direct hiring Philippines? ›

Ban on Direct Hiring Print

Due to the developments on the policies of overseas employment, the Philippines is currently implementing a ban on direct hiring. This means that a foreign employer cannot deploy a worker to his country without processing through a licensed Philippine recruitment agencies (PRA).

Can I go directly to POEA without appointment? ›

You don't have to set an appointment if you're qualified to get an online OEC. Qualified OFWs are those who: a) have a valid work visa/permit, b) will be returning to the same employer and job site and c) have existing POEA records.

Why direct hiring is not allowed? ›

Based on the rationale that direct hiring affords no protection to OFWs (no joint and solidary liability between the recruitment agency and the foreign employer, no POEA approved contract containing the required minimum standards; no bond posted by a recruitment agency), direct hiring had been banned under Article 18 ...

How do I hire a Filipino employee? ›

How to Hire Employees in the Philippines
  1. Set Up an Entity in the Philippines. ...
  2. Partner With an Employer of Record. ...
  3. Hire and Pay Contractors in the Philippines. ...
  4. Incorrect Payroll Contributions. ...
  5. Permanent Establishment. ...
  6. Withholding Statutory Benefits. ...
  7. Misclassification Risk.
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How can I hire a foreign employee in the Philippines? ›

Alien Employment Permit

Application for one may be done personally by the foreign worker or by the company petitioning for his services. Application has to be filed with the Department of Labor and Employment office with jurisdiction over the area where the foreign national will principally be assigned.

Can you work abroad without OEC? ›

Under the rules and regulations of the Philippine Overseas Employment Administration (POEA), all overseas Filipino workers (OFWs) are required to have an Overseas Employment Certificate (OEC) when departing for, or returning to their work overseas.

What is the next step after PDOS? ›

After completing the PDOS, you will be given a Certificate of Completion. And yes, you've guessed it – this, along with other documents, must be submitted to the POEA for processing. You must also present this document at the airport upon departure. Make sure to keep all your documents complete and well organized!

Can I get OEC without contract? ›

The POEA requires the verification of the employment contract of the OFW before he/she is granted an OEC. Contract verification ensures that there is actual existence of job and employer for the OFW and that the provisions in the contract meet the minimum requirements of the POEA and that of the host government.

Who pays the placement fee? ›

When should one pay the placement fee? Applicants will only pay the placement fee once they have already signed an employment contract. They can choose to pay only half of the placement fee at this point. The other half can be paid when the agency gives the plane ticket and other travel documents of the OFW.

What is the salary of OEC? ›

The POEA OEC Processing Fee costs ₱100.00 and because online payment is through Dragonpay, you'll have an additional fee of ₱19.50 for a total of ₱119.50.

What is POEA process? ›

The process for agency-hired Overseas Filipino Workers

POEA will check the papers and then ask for payment of your OWWA contribution, PhilHealth-Medicare and POEA processing fee. Your agency will collect these fees from your employer. The POEA will issue your E-receipt upon payment of the fees.

What is the difference between direct hire and contract to hire? ›

Contract-To-Hire Definition

Whereas direct hire recruiting immediately makes the new hire an employee of the end-user client, the contract-to-hire process offers more flexibility by providing an option to hire the contractor directly after the end of the contract period or decide not to move forward.

Which is better direct hire or contract? ›

In a nutshell, contract employees are cost effective for high-skill projects and workload peaks. Direct hires typically make more sense for long-term and core tasks. Contract-to-hire gives you the flexibility to hire stellar contractors into a permanent position.

What is difference between contract and contract to hire? ›

The short contractual roles allow both employer and employee the opportunity of a trial period before committing to full-time employment. A contract-to-hire employee is technically employed by the staffing agency but is under contract to work for the client company.

What is a direct hire announcement? ›

A Direct-Hire Authority (DHA) enables an agency to hire, after public notice is given, any qualified applicant without regard to 5 U.S.C. 3309-3318, 5 CFR part 211, or 5 CFR part 337, subpart A. A DHA expedites hiring by eliminating competitive rating and ranking, veterans' preference, and "rule of three" procedures.

What is a 12 month register direct hire? ›

12 month roster means that the posting for the job is open for 12 months. They can hire anytime during that period of time without having to have a new posting.

What is a direct candidate? ›

Direct hire refers to position where the company intends to hire a candidate and offers him/her the job directly. Direct hires are usually used for filling permanent roles as opposed to a temporary or contract-to-hire roles.

What is origin of hire? ›

Etymology 1

From Middle English hire, hyre, here, hure, from Old English hȳr (“employment for wages; pay for service; interest on money lent”), from Proto-West Germanic *hūʀiju (“payment”), from the verb *hūʀijan, from Proto-Germanic *hūzijaną, from Proto-Indo-European *kewHs-.

How do I get a PDOS certificate for direct hire? ›

What are PDOS Requirements?
  1. Original passport (must be valid about six months before the date of travel)
  2. Original visa (attached to the passport)
  3. One valid government-issued ID with photograph such as: Alien Certificate of Registration (ARC I-Card) ...
  4. Country specific documents such as:

Is OEC still required for OFW 2022? ›

Under the rules and regulations of the Philippine Overseas Employment Administration (POEA), all overseas Filipino workers (OFWs) are required to have an Overseas Employment Certificate (OEC) when departing for, or returning to their work overseas.

What are the documents needed for OEC? ›


How much will I pay for OEC in POEA? ›

The POEA OEC Processing Fee costs ₱100.00 and because online payment is through Dragonpay, you'll have an additional fee of ₱19.50 for a total of ₱119.50.

Whats next after PDOS? ›

After completing the PDOS, you will be given a Certificate of Completion. And yes, you've guessed it – this, along with other documents, must be submitted to the POEA for processing. You must also present this document at the airport upon departure. Make sure to keep all your documents complete and well organized!

Who is exempted from PDOS? ›

The following emigrants are exempted from attending the PDOS: Minor emigrant ages 12 and below; Senior citizens (60 years old and above); Those incapacitated due to permanent or long-term ailments; or.

Is POEA also conducts PDOS? ›

Commission on Filipinos Overseas (CFO) through the partnership with Philippine Overseas Employment and Administration (POEA) and Overseas Workers Welfare Administration (OWWA) offers a free PDOS online in which an applicant can attend before departure.

Can I go directly to POEA without appointment? ›

You don't have to set an appointment if you're qualified to get an online OEC. Qualified OFWs are those who: a) have a valid work visa/permit, b) will be returning to the same employer and job site and c) have existing POEA records.

Can I exit Philippines without OEC? ›

A worker exiting from the Philippines without OEC can be prevented by the Immigration Officer from leaving the country. An OFW, who is a holder of an OEC enjoys the following privileges: (a) travel tax exemption; (b) airport terminal fee exemption; and (c) reduced travel tax for spouse or dependents.

How long does OEC processing take? ›

This takes 1–2 hours if you have complete documents. You can expect to leave POEA with a copy of the accomplished checklist and instructions to wait for POEA Clearance. POEA's Notice Board is updated regularly with the clearances. It takes around 7 working days for POEA Clearance to be given.

Can I get OEC without contract? ›

The POEA requires the verification of the employment contract of the OFW before he/she is granted an OEC. Contract verification ensures that there is actual existence of job and employer for the OFW and that the provisions in the contract meet the minimum requirements of the POEA and that of the host government.

How can I get OEC in the Philippines 2022? ›

Table of Contents
  1. Go to the BM Online Processing System.
  2. Create a BM Online account.
  3. Log in as an “Already Registered” user.
  4. Upload your photo.
  5. Fill out the online forms.
  6. Provide your flight schedule.
  7. Pay the OEC fee.
  8. Print your OEC.
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Can I process my OEC at the airport? ›

Issuance of OECs at Philippine airports:

The POEA may issue an OEC through the Labor Assistance Center (LAC) stationed at the airports, but only to returning workers who are on special/emergency leave for one (1) week or less in the Philippines and those with expiring visa within the next seven (7) days.

How long is OEC valid for? ›

The OEC is valid only for 60 days from the date of issuance.

Can I process my OEC in the Philippines? ›

In case you are not able to apply for an OEC before leaving Dubai for your vacation in the Philippines, you can still apply for an OEC when you are at the NAIA Terminal 3 in Manila. Below are the procedures how to apply for this certificate to make sure that you do not pay the travel tax.

How much is the overseas employment certificate? ›

The fee is 100 PHP. A valid work visa, OWWA membership fee receipt and copy of their employment contract will be needed for processing the OEC.

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