Determine the Need for OEC: The OEC is a requirement for Filipino workers who are leaving the Philippines for employment purposes. If you are a Filipino worker in Abu Dhabi planning to visit the Philippines on vacation or for other non-employment reasons, you may not need to apply for an OEC.
Gather Required Documents: Prepare the following documents before applying for the OEC:a. Passport: Ensure that your passport is valid for at least six months from the date of your intended departure from the Philippines.b. Valid Visa: Provide a copy of your valid employment visa or work permit in Abu Dhabi.
c. Proof of Employment: Obtain a certificate of employment from your employer in Abu Dhabi. This document should include your job position, salary, and contract duration.
d. Plane Ticket: Purchase a round-trip ticket to the Philippines. This is required as proof of your intention to return to your work abroad.
- Schedule an Appointment: Visit the official website of the Philippine Overseas Employment Administration (POEA) to schedule an appointment. Select the Abu Dhabi office and choose a suitable date and time for your appointment.
- Attend the Appointment: On the scheduled date, visit the POEA office in Abu Dhabi with all the required documents. Present your documents to the designated officer for verification. If everything is in order, you will be asked to proceed to the next step.
- Pay the Required Fees: Pay the necessary fees for the OEC processing. The officer will provide you with the exact amount and the payment process. Ensure that you keep the payment receipt for future reference.
- Attend the Pre-Departure Orientation Seminar (PDOS): As part of the OEC application process, you will be required to attend a PDOS. The POEA officer will inform you about the scheduled seminar and provide the necessary details.
- Receive your OEC: After completing all the steps, you will receive your OEC certificate. This certificate serves as proof that you are a documented overseas Filipino worker and can leave the Philippines to return to your employment in Abu Dhabi.
Remember to check the official POEA website or contact the Abu Dhabi POEA office for any updated information or additional requirements specific to your situation. It is advisable to start the application process well in advance of your planned travel dates to avoid any delays or complications.
For Overseas Filipino Workers (OFWs) who intend to temporarily return to the Philippines and then promptly go back abroad, you have the option to obtain an Overseas Employment Certificate (OEC) in Abu Dhabi by completing the necessary requirements listed below:
- Accomplished application form for OEC.
- Valid passport (with at least six months validity).
- Valid work visa or employment permit.
- Round-trip airline ticket.
- Proof of existing employment abroad, such as employment contract or certificate of employment.
- Proof of financial capacity or remittance records.
- Overseas Workers Welfare Administration (OWWA) membership verification.
Please note that these requirements are subject to change and it is advisable to verify the specific requirements with the Philippine Overseas Labor Office (POLO) in Abu Dhabi or the Philippine Embassy.”
OEC Requirements for Domestic Workers
If you work as a Domestic Worker in the United Arab Emirates (UAE) or hold a position as a Housemaid, Babysitter, Private Driver, Private Nurse, Cook, Servant, or Household Service Worker, you need to obtain the following essential documents:
- Provide one original copy and a photocopy of the Ministry of Human Resources and Emiratisation (MOHRE) Contract, properly filled out, which should include a DW code from 25 to 20.
- Submit a POLO Verified Employment Contract or UAE Domestic Worker Contract that bears the signatures of both the Domestic Worker and the Employer or Sponsor.
- The Employer or Sponsor’s signature on the contract should match the signatures on their Passport and Emirates ID.
- Submit two copies of a valid Residence Visa.
- Provide the original and two photocopies of a passport that is valid for a minimum of six months from the departure date.
- Present any proof of employment, such as a Certificate of Employment, company ID, or the most recent payslip.
- Pay an OEC fee of AED 10.
- Personal appearance is required.
Please note that the above information has been paraphrased. It is always advisable to refer to official sources and consult relevant authorities for the most up-to-date and accurate information regarding document requirements.
Additional Documents from the Employer or Sponsor
- Two photocopies of Valid Passport
- Two photocopies of Emirates ID
Two photocopies of Valid Visa (if the Employer or Sponsor is an Expat)
“If the Employer or Sponsor does not have a signature on their passport or Emirates ID, they must personally visit the POLO office to provide a signature or thumbprint. However, if the Employer or Sponsor is too old or sick to visit the POLO office, the OFW (Overseas Filipino Worker) may present a video where the Employer or Sponsor provides their signature.
Additionally, for OFWs working in Abu Dhabi but whose visa is issued by another country, they must submit documents that prove their Employer or Sponsor is living or working in Abu Dhabi. Examples of such documents include a tenancy contract, billing statement, telephone bill, or DEWA bill.”
Additional Requirements for OFWs currently in the Philippines
To obtain an Overseas Employment Certificate (OEC) for your return to Abu Dhabi for work from the Philippines, you need to submit the requirements mentioned earlier along with the following documents:
- Copy of your UAE departure boarding pass.
- Copy of your Philippine Immigration arrival sticker/stamp.
- If someone else is submitting the documents on behalf of an Overseas Filipino Worker (OFW), they must present an authorization letter from the Sponsor or Employer. Alternatively, the Sponsor or Employer can personally appear if the worker is unavailable.
- Photocopy of a valid ID for the authorized person.
Please note that these documents are necessary to acquire an OEC and facilitate your return to Abu Dhabi for employment purposes.
“Before applying for an Overseas Employment Certificate (OEC), make sure that you are eligible and meet the following criteria:
- Overseas Filipino Workers (OFWs) who obtained employment directly from an overseas employer or sponsor.
- OFWs who were hired through a recruitment agency.
- OFWs who were hired through the Government Placement Branch (GBP) of the Philippine Overseas Employment Administration (POEA).
Please note that these criteria apply to individuals seeking an OEC.
How to Book an OEC Appointment in POLO Abu Dhabi
“After you have gathered all the required documents, the subsequent action is to schedule an appointment with the POLO Abu Dhabi office, as they strictly enforce a ‘No Appointment, No Entry’ policy.
Moreover, the procedure for obtaining an Overseas Employment Certificate (OEC) in the POLO Abu Dhabi office is similar to other POLO offices. OFWs are required to secure an online appointment for Contract Verification prior to obtaining an OEC.”
Please note that the paraphrased version retains the original meaning but may have slight variations in sentence structure and wording for clarity and readability.
Booking an OEC online Appointment via POPS-BaM
“To schedule an OEC appointment with the POLO Abu Dhabi office, please follow the instructions below if you already possess a Verified Employment Contract.
- Visit the POEA Online Services Portal website at https://onlineservices.dmw.gov.ph//OnlineServices/POEAOnline.aspx.
- Log in to your e-Registration account. If you are a new user, click on ‘Let’s Go’ to create an account and provide your profile details.
- On the dashboard page, navigate to ‘My Links’ and select ‘Balik Manggagawa.’
- Enter your departure date and click ‘Next.’
- If you are returning to the same employer or are a Balik Manggagawa, you can opt for exemption and print your OEC. If not, proceed to the next step for booking an appointment.
- Verify and update your contact details, then click ‘Submit.’
- Choose the Processing Location and select an available date for your appointment.
- After successfully booking an appointment, print the confirmation.”
Please note that the content has been rephrased to provide an accurate and concise representation of the original text in English.
How to Get OEC Balik Manggagawa in POLO Abu Dhabi
To schedule an appointment with the POLO Abu Dhabi office for your OEC (Overseas Employment Certificate), please follow these instructions if you already have a Verified Employment Contract:
- Go to the POEA Online Services Portal website at https://onlineservices.dmw.gov.ph//OnlineServices/POEAOnline.aspx.
- Log in to your e-Registration account. If you’re a new user, click on ‘Let’s Go’ to create an account and provide your profile details.
- On the dashboard page, go to ‘My Links’ and choose ‘Balik Manggagawa.’
- Enter your departure date and click ‘Next.’
- If you’re returning to the same employer or you’re a Balik Manggagawa, you can choose exemption and print your OEC. If not, proceed to the next step to book an appointment.
- Verify and update your contact details, then click ‘Submit.’
- Select the Processing Location and choose an available date for your appointment.
- After successfully booking an appointment, print the confirmation.
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How to Get OEC Online in Abu Dhabi
Alternatively, if you meet the qualifications to obtain an Overseas Employment Certificate (OEC) online, it is highly recommended and convenient to apply for it through the POPS-BaM online system. Follow the steps outlined below:
- Visit the official POEA Online Services Portal website at https://onlineservices.dmw.gov.ph//OnlineServices/POEAOnline.aspx.
- Log in to your e-Registration account.
- On the dashboard page under “My Links,” click on “Balik Manggagawa.”
- If there are any missing or outdated details in your profile, provide the necessary updates before proceeding.
- Enter your departure date and click “Next.”
- Review and update your contract details, if applicable.
- If you are a Balik Manggagawa or returning to the same employer, answer “yes” to the provided questions in order to proceed.
- Verify the accuracy of your OEC details before printing it. Additionally, ensure that you obtain your OEC at least 60 days prior to your departure date.
How to get OEC using the new system for OFW Balik Manggagawa
As demonstrated in the video, the POPS-Bam online system provides a platform for Overseas Filipino Workers (OFWs) to update their contract information. Additionally, OFWs have the ability to transfer their previous BM (Balik Manggagawa) account to their e-Registration account within 2-6 hours after registration by locating their record.
Furthermore, returning workers or Balik Manggagawa can easily generate and print their Overseas Employment Certificate (OEC) using the new system, eliminating the need to pay any fees. This makes the POPS-BaM online system a convenient solution for OFWs who require an OEC.
Frequently Asked Questions
Here are some common questions and answers for Filipinos based in Abu Dhabi regarding how they can obtain the OEC (Overseas Employment Certificate) at the POLO (Philippine Overseas Labor Office) office in the Philippine Embassy in UAE:
1. How can I get an OEC exemption in Abu Dhabi?
“You may be eligible for an OEC (Overseas Employment Certificate) exemption if you are a Balik Manggagawa or a worker returning to the same employer with a verified employment contract, visa, or work permit.”
2. How can I get OEC online in Abu Dhabi?
- Access your POPS-BaM (Pre-Departure Orientation Seminar-Balik Manggagawa) account. Ensure that you have registered for an account on the official website.
- Log in to your POPS-BaM account using your credentials. If you haven’t registered yet, you may need to create an account and provide the necessary details such as your personal information and employment details.
- Make sure that you meet the qualifications to be considered a Balik Manggagawa. Typically, this term refers to Filipino workers who have previously worked overseas and are returning to the same employer or job site.
- Once you have logged in, navigate to the appropriate section for OEC processing. Look for options related to OEC application, renewal, or issuance.
- Follow the instructions provided on the website to complete the application process. You may need to provide details such as your employment contract, flight details, and other relevant documents.
- Pay the necessary fees online. The website should provide information on the payment methods accepted.
- After submitting your application and payment, wait for the processing period to receive your OEC. The timeframe for processing may vary, so check the website or contact the appropriate authorities for updates.
Remember to regularly check your POPS-BaM account for any notifications or updates regarding your OEC application. It’s important to comply with all the requirements and guidelines set by the Philippine Overseas Employment Administration (POEA) to ensure a smooth and hassle-free process.
3. How can I book an OEC appointment online?
You can book an OEC appointment online using the POPS-BaM online system.
4. Is OEC still required for OFW in 2022?
, the Overseas Employment Certificate (OEC) is still required by the Philippine Overseas Employment Administration (POEA) for all Overseas Filipino Workers (OFWs). It serves as an exit clearance that is necessary for OFWs to leave the country for overseas employment.
5. Can I get OEC in Abu Dhabi without an appointment?
No, you will not be able to obtain an Overseas Employment Certificate (OEC) in Abu Dhabi without an appointment. The POLO (Philippine Overseas Labor Office) Abu Dhabi office strictly enforces a “No Appointment, No Entry” policy. It means that you need to schedule an appointment in advance to visit the office and obtain your OEC.
6. Can I get OEC at the airport?
You can get OEC at the Philippine airport, especially if you’re on emergency leave or have confirmed flight booking.
7. How long is OEC valid?
The OEC is only valid for 60 days.
8. How much is the OEC fee in Abu Dhabi?
The OEC fee in Abu Dhabi is AED 10.
9. Can I get OEC without OWWA membership?
You need to have an active OWWA membership before you acquire an OEC.
10. Do I need OEC to go back to the Philippines?
No, you don’t need an OEC when returning to the Philippines. It is only required if you’re leaving the country for work.
“Overall, applying for Overseas Employment Certificate (OEC) in Abu Dhabi is very easy for Overseas Filipino Workers (OFWs) as long as they provide the necessary documents.
Moreover, OFWs who are returning to the same employer can conveniently obtain their OEC through the POPS-BaM online system, which exempts them from paying fees.
Most importantly, the OEC benefits OFWs by granting them the privilege of exemption from travel tax and airport terminal fees.”
I hope this helps! Let me know if you have any further questions.
MWO Abu Dhabi Office
Operating Hours: 7:30 am to 3:30 pm, Monday to Thursday, 7:30 am to 12:00 noon every Friday
Address: W-48, Street No. 8, Sector 2-23, Plot 51, Villa 2, Al Quisaibat, Abu Dhabi, United Arab Emirates
POLO Hotline Number: +971 56 270 9157, +971 54 557 2121
OEC Issuance: +971 50 880 6718
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