Processing an Overseas Employment Certificate (OEC) is important if you are an OFW in Abu Dhabi, United Arab Emirates. OEC is required at the immigration counter when departing from the Philippine airport. You will not be allowed to leave the Philippines under a work visa if you do not have this OEC certificate ready.
The overseas employment Balik manggagawa certificate is also known as an “exit pass”. You need to process this at the Philippine Overseas Employment Administration (POEA) before flying to your job site. The OEC is valid for only 60 days from date of issuance and is single-entry. This means that you can only use it once to depart from the Philippines.
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Please follow the guidelines below on the process for Abu Dhabi-based migrant workers.
The following individuals are qualified to process the OEC.
- Directly employed Filipino workers by an international employer
- Individuals who are employed by a recruitment agency
- OFWs employed by POEA’s Government Placement Branch (GPB)
Each document should be submitted in two (2) copies: an original and a duplicate or photocopy.
Basic Document Requirements
- Printed Online Appointment (POPS-BAM)
- Printed Balik-Manggagawa Information Sheet
- Sworn Statement
(For OFWs who have never had a POEA record or who are applying for OEC for the first time)
- Passport (valid for at least six months) from departure date
- Verified Employment Contract
- Valid Work Visa, Work Permit, or any equivalent document
- Confirmed Airline Ticket
- OEC fees
- For company-based Employer – Company trade license/ commercial license/ company ID
- For Domestic Worker – Employer’s Emirates ID
What Should I do Before Applying for an OEC in DMW POLO Office Abu Dhabi?
You must prepare yourself before going to Abu Dhabi, UAE Office; otherwise you will only waste your time. Here’s what you should consider:
1. Philippine labor laws and regulations prohibit foreign employers from directly recruiting Filipino workers, so you should determine if you qualify for an exemption from the restriction on direct employment.
The employer must hire you through a POEA-accredited recruitment agency. However, some firms are exempt from the restriction on the direct hiring of OFWs. These include:
- Employers of Professional and Skilled Workers with Verified or Authenticated Employment Contracts that Comply with POEA Standards
- Foreign Diplomats
- Heads of State and High-ranking Government Officials
- International Organizations
- Lower-ranking officials from the first three items who are approved by the POLO
- Residents of the host nation who are permanent residents and who hire their family members, excluding domestic workers
2. Prepare all the required documents. As soon as you have confirmed that your employer is exempt from the direct hiring restriction, get everything ready right away.
How to Get an OEC Appointment in Abu Dhabi, UAE (POPS-BAM System)
Prior to visiting POLO Abu Dhabi, UAE office, an OEC appointment is required.
Follow these instructions to quickly make an appointment. Keep in mind that having an online appointment simplifies things because the government workers can immediately verify your information.
Step 1: Visit the POEA Online Service Website here – https://onlineservices.dmw.gov.ph//onlineservices/poeaonline.aspx
Step 2: Click the “Let’s go” button on e-Registration
Step 4: Fill in the required information and then click register (a message will display indicating that your registration was “Successful”)
Step 5: Log in to the email address you provided when you registered (there is a message containing your “temporary password”)
Step 6: Return to the link provided in Step 1 and login using the registered email address, then click “next.”
Step 7: Use the temporary password sent to your email, then click “log in.”
Step 8: Set your preferred password.
Step 9: Update your profile by clicking “My Profile,” after completing your profile, click “Update Profile” on the upper right side of the page
Step 10: Input your identification data (passport) and beneficiary on your profile
Step 11: Click the “Balik-Manggagawa” on your dashboard then click the “Next” button
Step 12: Enter your return flight date then click the “Next” button
Step 13: You will be asked about whether you are returning to the same employer, jobsite, and position if you are a returning BM.
If so, you can print your OEC exemption immediately.
If not, go to step 9 instead (change employer or new BM)
Step 14: Input all your contract details then click the “Submit” button
Step 15: Select your host country as processing site then click the “Next” button
Step 16: Choose and select your preferred appointment date
Step 17: Take a screenshot and print your scheduled appointment date
How to Apply for Overseas Employment Certificate in Abu Dhabi, UAE
Step 1: Gather all of the necessary requirements.
Step 2: Go to POLO Abu Dhabi, UAE office on your scheduled appointment day. Show your approved appointment letter, valid ID, and full-dose vaccination card / certificate to the assigned security personnel.
Step 3: The assigned security personnel will check your name to the list of approved appointments for the day. To avoid long lines, bring the complete set of requirements.
Step 4: Get a token number from the assigned personnel.
Step 5: Go to the processing window and submit your documents.
Step 6: Pay for OEC fees.
Step 7: Wait for the OEC processor’s advice before printing your OEC in POPS-BAM System
Make sure that all the information and details in your OEC are correct and in line with your credentials.
Step 8: Sign into your POPS-BAM account and select “Print OEC” from the “My Transaction Tab” menu.
- It is easier and more convenient to pay for your OEC online using services like GCash or online banking than paying over-the-counter.
- You are only permitted to acquire an OEC once every time you visit the Philippines. Getting more than one OEC simultaneously is not allowed.
- Just remember to bring three copies of your OEC to the airport on the day your departure.
- Please keep in mind that the OEC can only be used for sixty (60) days beginning on the day it was issued.
- If a worker leaves the Philippines without an OEC, they might not be able to finish their check-in or they might be stopped by an immigration official before they leave. Prior to departing, you must make sure that you have this document with you at all times.
- Balik-Manggagawa OFWs must also present a copy of the contract they have with their company, along with their plane ticket and any other necessary travel documents.
- Once the OFW has all the proper documents, they can head to the airport and show the OEC to the immigration official there. OFWs who have an OEC can travel without issue and know that they are complying with all legal obligations related to their employment.
- Feel free to call +971 56 270 9157 / +971 50 880 6718, Monday to Friday – 8:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m. (Closed on UAE and Philippines public holidays).
Video: Requirements to Get OEC in POEA
To find out more about the requirements for acquiring an OEC, see Alvin Alz’s video vlog below. Alvin Alz, an OFW working in the UAE, discussed the requirements needed to acquire an OEC.
Frequently Asked Questions
If you have any further questions regarding “How to Process OEC in Abu Dhabi, UAE”, see the list of frequently asked questions and answers below.
1. Who can get OEC exemption?
The following requirements must all be met in order for a Balik-Manggagawas to be exempt from acquiring an OEC:
- Has a valid work visa or work permit
- Returning to the same employer and workplace
- Has a record in the POEA database
(Has previously received an OEC at any POEA offices or facilities, including the POEA main office, extension units, regional offices, POLO offices abroad, and BM mall processing centers)
2. Are OFWs allowed to travel without an OEC?
No. All OFWs leaving the Philippines, whether they are returning employees or new workers, must acquire an OEC.
The OEC serves as an exit clearance; therefore if you try to leave the country without it, Immigration will stop you. Additionally, you are excused from paying the terminal fee and travel tax thanks to this certificate.
3. How long is an OEC or OEC Exemption Number valid?
From the date of issuance, the OEC or OEC Exemption Number is valid for 60 days. You are required by POEA to obtain this as a Balik-Manggagawa before returning to your employer.
4. Is my OEC valid for many uses?
OEC or OEC Exemption Number is only intended for one use. Once you have given it to Immigration, it cannot be used again.
5. Why does the system want my most recent OEC number? What does it mean?
The most recent transaction record you have with POEA is your most recent OEC number. This information is required by the system in order to get your record and most recent employment information.
6. What happens if I forget my OEC number?
You will be redirected by the system to the APPOINTMENT page, where you must manually visit POEA to process your OEC.
7. What should I do if I lose my OEC?
Log in to your BM Online or POPS-BAM account and reprint your OEC.
8. Where can I settle my OEC fee?
- You can pay your fees in a number of ways, including:
- Globe G-cash
- Over-the-counter thru Banks
- Over-the-counter thru Bayad Centers
- Online Banking
- POLO Abu Dhabi, UAE office
Instructions on how to complete the payment process will be sent to you through email.
9. What is the POLO Abu Dhabi, UAE’s office hour?
The POLO office in Abu Dhabi, UAE is open Monday to Friday – 8:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m. (Closed on UAE and Philippines public holidays).
10. What is POLO Abu Dhabi, UAE’s address?
POLO Abu Dhabi, UAE’s address is Philippine Overseas Labor Office, W-48, Street No. 8, Sector 2-23, Plot 51, Al Qubaisat – Abu Dhabi.
11. What is the POLO Abu Dhabi, UAE’s hotline number?
You can reach the POLO Abu Dhabi, UAE office at +971 56 270 9157 / +971 50 880 6718.
The information above will help you obtain your OEC and keep you out of difficulties with the taxes and other fees. All OFWs are required to acquire an OEC, which acts as an exit pass, if they plan to leave the Philippines. To ensure a smooth application procedure, follow to the above procedures.
In conclusion, the Overseas Employment Certificate, or OEC, is essential for all OFWs returning to their jobs in the UAE. The certificate allows Filipino workers to travel without having to pay various fees, including the terminal fee and travel tax. Applying for an OEC is a simple and straightforward process, as long as you have all the necessary documents. You can also apply for an exemption from acquiring an OEC, provided that you meet all the requirements.
We hope you found this article helpful. If you have any further questions about processing your OEC in Abu Dhabi, please don’t hesitate to contact the POLO office.
POLO-OWWA Abu Dhabi Office
Address: W-48, Street No. 8, Sector 2-23, Plot 51, Al Qubaisat, Abu Dhabi, United Arab Emirates
Tel. Nos.: +971 56 270 9157 / +971 56 947 4771
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