How to get OEC online (Overseas Employment Certificate)

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POEA’s official Balik-Manggagawa Online Processing System allows OFWs to apply for an OEC online.

Are you an Overseas Filipino Worker (OFW) going home for the holidays? Save time and money and apply for an Overseas Employment Certificate (OEC) online. Here’s how to get OEC online.

Frequently Asked Questions about the Overseas Employment Certificate (OEC)

What are the requirements for an OEC?

These are the requirements for applying for an Overseas Employment Certificate (OEC) for non-exempt Overseas Filipino Workers (OFWs) in Canada.

  • Philippine passport
  • Work Permit
  • Proof of Employment (letter from Employer, employment contract or payslip)
  • Flight itinerary

Note: Photocopies will be accepted; all documents must be valid.

How much is an OEC?

An OEC will cost you CAD$2.75 and is valid for 60 days.

OWWA membership is CAD$33.00 and is valid up to 2 years.

Do you have questions about applying for an OEC? Contact the Philippine Overseas Labour Office (POLO) which has jurisdiction over your province of employment.

Where can I get an OEC in Canada?

You can get an OEC at your nearest POLO. Call or email them at the addresses below:

Philippine Overseas Labour Office (POLO) Toronto
ADDRESS: 160 Eglinton Ave. E. Suite 200, Toronto ON M4P 3B5
TELEPHONE: (416)975-8252
FAX: (416) 975-8277
EMAIL: [email protected] | [email protected]
WEBSITE: https://www.philcongen-toronto.com/
FACEBOOK: https://www.facebook.com/Polotoronto/

Philippine Overseas Labour Office (POLO) Vancouver
ADDRESS: 999 Canada Place Suite 601, Vancouver BC V6C 3E1
TELEPHONE: (604) 641-1234 | (604) 767-3354
FAX: not available
EMAIL: [email protected]
WEBSITE: https://www.vancouverpcg.org/polo/
FACEBOOK: https://www.facebook.com/POLOVancouver

Can I apply for an OEC online?

Yes, in most cases, you can also apply for an OEC online. Click here to go to the official Philippine Overseas Employment Administration (POEA) Balik Manggagawa Online Processing System.

What is an OEC?

An Overseas Employment Certificate (OEC) is a document issued by the Philippine Government to Overseas Filipino Workers (OFWs) to help keep track of Filipino nationals leaving the Philippines to work abroad.

OEC is also called an Exit Clearance.

Officers from the Bureau of Immigration (BI) at the airport will check your documents before you board your flight.

If you have a Work Permit or Work Visa (or similar document) attached to your Philippine passport, you will need to have an OEC or an exemption.

Who needs to apply for an OEC?

OFWs who are leaving the Philippines for the first time, and OFWs returning to work overseas need to apply for an OEC or an exemption.

How to apply for an OEC online?

Register online

If you are a new user, go to : [http://www.bmonline.ph/] and register as a New User.

You will need a valid email address in order to register.

LOG IN TO YOUR ACCOUNT

You’ll have to have your last OEC number. If not, you’ll have to schedule an appointment online.

UPDATE YOUR PERSONAL INFORMATION

If you have already registered, take a look and make sure that all your personal details are up-to-date.

GET OEC OR EXEMPTION

Click Acquire OEC or Exemption for online assessment.You’ll need to have your flight details available. Enter the date of your departure and confirm that you are going back to work for the same employer.

HOW DO I KNOW IF I NEED TO APPLY FOR AN OEC?

If you are going back to work with the same employer, you do NOT have to apply for an OEC.

HOW DO I KNOW IF I NEED TO APPLY FOR AN EXEMPTION?

If you are NOT going back to work with the same employer, you will need to apply for an OEC. Schedule an appointment at your local POEA office to apply for your OEC.


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