How to be an OFW or Overseas Filipino Worker? That is one of the main questions we get from our readers.
We know that working abroad can give you more earning opportunities, but many of our kababayan does not have an idea on how to start on processing their papers.
Some of the needed documents when applying for a job abroad are your valid passport and your RESUME or Biodata. You will also be required to present your training certificates, school diploma, Transcript of Records among others.
Then other documents should be procured if you want to become an OFW. See the list below to see what documents to secure:
Philippine Overseas Employment Administration
REQUIREMENTS FOR EVALUATION OF DIRECT HIRE APPLICATION
PROFESSIONAL AND SKILLED WORKERS
(All documents to be submitted must be in duplicates)
- Passport with validity period of not less than six (6) months.
- Valid Work Visa, Entry/Work Permit (whichever is applicable per country).
- If visa assurance or guarantee is issued by employer, the same should be noted/acknowledged by the Government or Immigration Office in the jobsite.
- Employment Contract:
- Original copy of Employment Contract or Offer of Employment.
- Verified by the Philippines Overseas Labor Office (POLO) Authenticated by the Philippine Embassy/Consulate for countries with no POLO.
- Company Profile, Business license/commercial registration of the employer .
- POLO Endorsement Letter addressed to the Administrator seeking exemption from the ban on direct-hiring.
Additional country-specific requirements:
- Canada – Labor Market Opinion (LMO), Labor Market Impact Assessment (LMIA) for and Canadian Letter and Employer’s Certificate of Registration from ECON (Province of Saskatchewan Executive Council) or Saskatchewan Immigration Nominee Program (SINP) approval are required from workers to Saskatchewan in lieu of LMO
- USA – Labor Condition Application and Notice of Action
- Middle East and African countries – Contingency plan issued by the employer
Additional documents to support job application:
- Certificate of employment or Business Permit (if self-employed)
- Diploma and Transcript of Records (TOR)
- Curriculum Vitae/Resume
- Proof of certificate of insurance coverage covering at least the benefits provided.
Once the documents above are submitted to POEA, the verification process will take 3 to 5 business days. Once all the documents are fully verified, you will be allowed to proceed with phase 2.
Phase 2 procedure:
- E-Registration Account
- Compliance Form (if necessary)
- Valid Medical Certificate from DOH-accredited medical clinic authorized to conduct medical exam for OFWs
- Pre-Employment Orientation Seminar Certificate (PEOS)
- Pre-Departure Orientation Seminar (PDOS) Certificate issued by OWWA
- POEA Clearance (for employers under Section 124d of the POEA Revised Rules & Regulations)
Use the list above as reference on what documents and certificates you should secure in order to apply for a job abroad.
Securing these documents will also allow you to register at the POEA website, https://eservices.poea.gov.ph/. Registering will get you a chance to attend the Pre overseas-employment Seminar (PEOS).
Hope you can get all the needed documents para malakad na nyo ang mga kailangan para maka pag trabaho abroad.
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