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A verified employment contract is a requirement for returning OFWs to secure an OEC.

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Contract verification noncompulsory for workers with OEC exemption

Overseas Filipino Workers (OFWs) in the UAE who are exempt from getting an Overseas Employment Certificate (OEC) don’t need to have their employment contract verified, according to the Philippine Overseas Labor Office in Dubai (POLO Dubai) in a recent circular.

According to POLO Dubai, the exemption from employment contract verification applies to returning OFWs who have not changed their jobs and jobsite and have subsequently gotten an OEC exemption.

Contract verification for Filipinos in UAE: How to know if you need it

“May we reiterate that returning workers (bot skilled and domestic workers) who are going back to the same employer and jobsite and have successfully acquired an OEC exemption are not required to have their employment contract verified,” according to Labor Attaché John Rio Bautista.

The POLO Dubai official, however, advised exempted OFWs to bring a copy of their employment contract when traveling to the Philippines in case of inspections.

“Returning workers who were able to secure an OEC exemption will see to it that their employment contract, whether POLO-verified or not, is always with them and readily available for evaluation by relevant government agencies if the need arises,” Bautista said.

A verified employment contract is a requirement for returning OFWs to secure an OEC.  Without an OEC, the OFW may be barred from returning to their job site after visiting the Philippines. ICA/Expat Media

Contract verification for Filipinos in UAE: How to know if you need it


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