Overseas Employment Certificate (OEC) Brief Overview

What is an OEC?

Short for Overseas Employment Certificate. It is an OFW’s travel exit clearance, which is a proof of being a documented overseas worker. Having this will grant you permission to leave the country not as a tourist but as an overseas worker.

This document is presented at the immigration upon departure and it is only valid for 60 days from the issuance date. Thus, if you’re planning to fly out the country or planning your trip to the Philippines, your exit must fall within the 60-day period.

Online appointment setting for both departing and returning OFWS

Just log in to the BM online appointment system ( Online registration is needed to get on the scheduling system.

  1. Choose a schedule and venue for processing.
  2. On your appointment date, submit your documents and two copies of accomplished BM Information Sheet.
  3. Once POEA approves your application, proceed with paying the required fees and then wait for your new OEC.

Basic Document Requirements

  • Passport with at least six months validity from departure date 
  • Valid work visa, work permit, or any equivalent document
  • Verified/Authenticated/Acknowledged employment contract or offer of employment
  • Printed Balik-Manggagawa Information Sheet

OEC Exemption

Only OFWs who are returning to the same employer or workplace and have a record in the POEA database can be exempted from securing an OEC.

To get an OEC exemption, log in to your BM Online account before your scheduled return to your employer. Then click on “Acquire OEC or Exemption.” If you’re exempted, the system will display a confirmation message with your BM Exemption number and pre-departure instructions on what documents to present at the airport.


Warsaw, 13 August 2019.

Source: Pilippine Overseas Labor Office (POLO Milan) , Philippine Consulate General, Milan, Italy