What is an Overseas Employment Certificate (OEC)?

The Overseas Employment Certificate (OEC) is a document issued by the Philippine Overseas Employment Administration (POEA) to certify that a Filipino domestic worker has employment abroad. The document is also commonly known as the Exit Permit. 

The OEC is required when your worker is exiting the Philippines for a destination country. Workers may be turned away at their own border if they do not have an OEC, and the application process takes no more than 1 week. Note that the validity is 60 DAYS ONLY from the date of issuance and that a valid work permit in Malaysia is not sufficient to prove a worker’s employment at the Philippines Airport (a valid POEA Employment Contract is also required).

As of 2022, Overseas Employment Certificate (OEC) can also be applied online through the POEA Online Services portal!

Based on the Philippine Embassy in KL’s advice since mid-2021, OEC applications can no longer be filed at Embassy in KL. Your helper is now required to file her OEC either online on the new POEA Online Services portal or in-person at the closest POEA branch to her hometown/ location (a branch appointment must be made on the online POEA system, too). Kindly contact the Philippine Overseas Labour Office in Kuala Lumpur at +60178837089 (WhatsApp hotline) or email polo_kualalumpur@yahoo.com for more assistance.

The Philippine Embassy in Kuala Lumpur encourages all Filipino workers in Malaysia to carry out this online process on their own as their personal accounts would store confidential data and Philippine government-related information.

If you are an employer of a Filipino domestic helper, and if this is your helper’s first time applying her OEC, she may refer to this YouTube video for further instructions as this is a new platform: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=MONGo9jkSyY 

Alternatively, you may get in touch with the OWWA team in the Philippine Embassy (+60193330156) and they are known to be quite helpful for Filipino workers’ OEC processing.


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