The Overseas Employment Certificate is a must for Filipino workers abroad.


No OEC for Filipinos who enter UAE on visit visa, tourist visa


The Philippine Overseas Labor Office (POLO Dubai) in Dubai gave a fresh reminder that it will not issue an Overseas Employment Certificate (OEC) to Filipinos who entered the UAE on visit visa or tourist visa.

Labor Attache John Rio Bautista issued the reminder in an announcement sent to on Thursday (June 9).

The rule applies to those who left the Philippines on tourist visa or visit visa, and therefore have no POEA record prior to landing abroad, but changed their visa status to employment visa at the host country.

“In this case, individuals will then have to apply for the OEC at POEA (Philippine Overseas Employment Administration) in the Philippines,” Bautista said.


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Those who left the Philippines on an employment visa for their jobsite abroad can apply for OEC at POLO Dubai or POLO Abu Dhabi or at POEA in the Philippines.

The OEC, also known as exit clearance or exit pass, is a document certifying the regularity of recruitment and documentation of an OFW and proof of his or her registration with POEA.

Guide: How to apply for OEC in Dubai

The OEC is presented to the immigration officer at the airport of exit in the Philippines. A worker exiting from the Philippines without OEC may be prevented by the immigration officer from leaving the country.

The OEC grants the OFW travel privileges, such as travel tax exemption, airport terminal fee exemption and reduced travel tax for spouse or dependents. ICA/Expat Media


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