Sunday, February 26, 2012

POEA Overseas Exit Clearance for OFWs

The exit clearance come in the form of an E-Receipt (electronic receipt) or an Overseas Employemnt Certificate (OEC) certifying to the regularity of a workers recruitment and documentation and ensures exemption from travel tax and airport terminal fee. It is presented at the POEA Labor Asistance Center (LAC) and the Bureau of Immigration (BI) counter at the airports, prior to departure.

The E-Recipt or OEC serves as the worker's guarantee that he/she is covered by government protection and benefits.

Who are considered as Balik-Manggagawa?
A balik-manggagawa or a worker-on leave refers to an overseas Filipino worker (OFW) who is on vacation or on leave and is returning to the same employer.

Use of exit clearance
Having an exit clearance is proof that the worker has undergone the legal and right procedure of overseas employment. Being a registered OFW, the worker is accorded the full protection and benefits from government institions while he is working abroad and upon his return to the Philippines.

It also exempts the OFW from payment of travel tax and airport terminal fee.

POEA Overseas Exit Clearance Requirements for OFWs Per Country of Work

This page contains requirements lists per country or jobsite that the OFW is working. Find the country/jobsite and refer to the list of requirements you will need to prepare.

    Valid Passport
    ( Valid for at least 6 Months before Departure Date )
    Re-entry Visa, Work Permit, or any equivalent document.
    If Visa is newly issued or Visa stamped in Manila, submit proof that OFW is returning to the same employer.
    For U.A.E., Qatar, and Kuwait, photocopy of old Visa, Contract or Certificate of Employment are also required.

POEA Processing Fees P 100.00
Pag-IBIG P 100.00
OWWA Membership* P 1,090.00
Philhealth* P 900.00
2GO / ABoitiz Courier Fee P 160.00
Teleserv Service Fee P 400.00
Total P 2,750

Overseas Exit Clearance processing fees are composed of the OEC processing, renewal of OWWA and Philhealth memberships, Pag-IBIG contribution, Teleserv's service fee, and the delivery charge. The whole stated amount must be paid by the applicant initially.

* If the OFW's OWWA and Philhealth membership are still valid, then the amount must given shall be refunded to the applicant along with the delivery of the Overseas Exit Clearance.

OFW OEC Processing Procedures

Overseas Exit Clearance processing empowers every OFW/OCW to enjoy more quality time with the family during their vacation break. Below are the step by step summary on how to have your OEC processed and delivered to your doorstep.

STEP 1: Click Apply Now. Fill up the online application form. Click the Submit button after filling up the online application form. Download your filled-up application form by clicking the download button. Print the downloaded application form. List down to remember your reference number.

STEP 2: Download, print and fill-up Pag-IBIG Member’s Data Form here.

STEP 3: Place the application form, accomplished Pag-Ibig Member's Data Form and your documentary requirements in a brown envelope. Write your return address at the top left corner of the envelope and "POEA-TELESERV c/o 2GO SPD Manila" in the center of the envelope. Seal with masking tape and place your signature on the seal area.

STEP 4: Prepare the payment for BM OEC Processing, OWWA, PhilHealth, Pag-IBIG and delivery service fees. If your OWWA or PhilHealth membership are still active, the membership fees for these will be refunded together with the delivery of your OEC.

STEP 5: Go to the nearest Aboitiz branch to make your payment and drop off your envelope.

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