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How to Apply for an Overseas Employment Certificate (OEC) in Singapore

Overseas Filipino Workers (OFWs) need to acquire certain documents in accordance to the rules and policies set by the Philippine Overseas Employment Agency (POEA). One of these requirements includes an Overseas Employment Certificate (OEC) which serves as proof for the legality of an OFW’s stay abroad.

Since the issuance of the OFW ID card is still in the works, all OFWs must settle for an OEC. This applies to all work permit holders in Singapore such as Household Service Workers (HSWs), S-Pass, E-Pass, as well as PEP holders.

Getting an Overseas Employment Certificate in Singapore: What You Need to Know

The requirements in applying for an OEC are standard for all work permit holders.

Requirements:

  1. For Household Service Workers (HSWs)

– Two (2) copies of your printed appointment sheet

– A valid Employment Contract verified by the Philippine Embassy

– Your original Work Permit and two (2) photocopies of the document

– Your original passport and two (2) photocopies of the document

– A valid proof of OWWA membership

(Note: The OWWA membership is only valid for 2 years, at most. So make sure that you are still an active OWWA member prior to filing for an OEC at the Embassy.)

– An updated slip of your Pag-Ibig Membership contributions

 

 

  1. For S-Pass / Employment Pass Holders

– Two (2) copies of your printed appointment sheet

– Your original work pass and two (2) photocopies of the document

– Your original passport and two (2) photocopies of the document

– A valid proof of OWWA membership

– An updated slip of your Pag-Ibig Membership contributions

 

  1. For Personalized Employment Pass (PEP) Holders

– Two (2) copies of your printed appointment sheet

– Your original Employment Contract

– Your original PEP and two (2) photocopies of the document

– Your original passport and two (2) photocopies of the document

– A valid proof of OWWA membership

– An updated slip of your Pag-Ibig Membership contributions

Recently, the POEA has implemented a new online system that returning and aspiring OFWs can access to apply for an OEC. However, this does not mean that you no longer have to visit the Embassy to settle your payments and to claim your document/s.

First-time applicants can schedule for an appointment through bmonline.ph. Simply follow the instructions on the website and provide all the information required. Filing of OEC applications are done at Windows 3 and 4 of the Philippine Embassy in Singapore. On regular days, processing time would take about 20-30 minutes granted that all required documents are readily provided. The OEC processing fee is S$3.00 and is paid in cash only.

July of last year, news erupted that the iDOLE OFW ID will replace the OEC. However, the issuance of the iDOLE was delayed when the design of the ID card drew flak among the OFWs during the launch of the first phase of the iDOLE OFW ID Card System last December. As of the time being, only OFWs under the Balik-Manggagawa Program (worker-on-leave) with passports issued from July 2016 or later, an OEC or exemption number valid from Dec. 17, 2017 onwards, and active OWWA membership can apply for an iDOLE Card from the iDOLE website.



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