OFW Talks: Direct Hire Requirements


BY ANNE QUINTOS

So you have an offer to work abroad? Here are some of the things that you should do next (as we have experienced it). Remember to always check with the concerned agencies for the complete requirements, and make sure that your offer is legitimate.

Phase 1: GET NOTARIZED CONTRACT FROM YOUR FOREIGN EMPLOYER
  1. Print out, sign, and then send back three sets of your employment contract and send it back to your foreign employer the soonest. 
  2. Ask the HR department to notarize it with a local court in your place of future employment.
  3. Ask the HR department to send back one set for you to submit to the embassy (requirement for authenticating your school and work documents).
Phase 2: AUTHENTICATE DOCUMENTS SCHOOL DOCS
  1. Photocopy one set, bring originals.
  2. Submit to your school for a "certified true copy" stamp.
  3. Submit to CHED for authentication.
  4. Submit to DFA for authentication.
    TIP: Use your school or DHL's document delivery service to route the documents to CHED and DFA to avoid red tape.
WORK DOCS
  1. Photocopy one set (better if from a colored photocopier).
  2. Have it notarized.
  3. Submit to Regional Trial Court for authentication (there should be one in your city hall).
  4. Submit to DFA for authentication.
    TIP: Use DHL's document delivery service to route the documents to DFA to avoid red tape.
SUBMIT DOCS TO EMBASSY
  1. Once you receive your authenticated documents from DFA, put documentary stamps on the allotted boxes.
  2. Prepare photocopies of ALL pages of your authenticated contract, school and work documents. TIP: Back-to-back photocopying please where applicable.
  3. Submit the documents to the embassy.
  4. Claim the documents from the embassy.
ETD: 15-21 days. Phase 3: ASK FOR WORK PERMIT FROM YOUR COMPANY
  1. Send back authenticated shool and work documents to HR.
  2. Ask HR to file for a WORK PERMIT.
  3. Ask HR to send you the WORK PERMIT.
ETD: Up to 10 days. Phase 4: APPLY FOR A WORK VISA Please make sure to contact or visit the embassy's website to find out other requirements that you need to complete before applying for a work visa. Prepare for your interview. Phase 5: GO TO POEA FOR YOUR PDOS AND OEC To avoid immigration problems, it's best to get your Overseas Exit Clearance / Overseas Employment Certificate from POEA. We can't guarantee, however, that it'll be a smooth ride as there might be other requirements that you need to complete. In Anne's case, for example, POEA required her to get No-Objection Letter from all the six recruitment agencies that her company is listed with (which took her more than a month to complete). We recommend this article for further reading.

10 comments:

  1. hi! i just got my authenticated documents from DFA via DHL this morning.I'm a bit confused coz there are no documentary stamps.will I be the one to buy & paste it on the designated box? (just want to clarify) & also, where can I get the stamp? I mean, do I have to go back to PRC just to buy the stamp?

    thanks in advance!

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  2. Hello! Yes, you're gonna be the one to buy and paste the documentary stamps. You can get the stamps from a BIR office near you.

    http://www.bir.gov.ph/taxinfo/tax_docstm.htm

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  3. In my case, I bought the documentary stamps from the security guard at the embassy. You can ask, maybe your embassy will have it too...Although it might be overpriced, as I was charged with P50 for a five peso worth of stamps (it saved me the hassle of going to the BIR office though. Hope this helps. :) Good luck! - Rachel

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  4. Hi Good PM...
    In my case, Pwede ba yong Temporary Certificate sa TESDA ang Ipapakita sa POEA?

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  5. hi good pm,, panu po yung mga direct hire na hindi skilled worker or like nanny, domestic helper..? anu po b ang reuirements n dapat din sundin from immigration here in phils.? tanx po...

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  6. Hi Cel, please refer to the requirements as described by POEA: http://www.poea.gov.ph/ofw/nameHire.pdf

    Good luck with your overseas job, and check back with HayPinas.org if you need other OFW-related info.

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  7. good pm sir/ma'am
    apat po kaming mga direct hire na hindi skilled worker bale sa farm lang po kami magwowork sa korea, ano po ba ung requirements na kailangan? kailangan po ba college graduate?
    thank u very much

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  8. Hi Wilma, you don't need to be a college graduate for many types of overseas jobs. Please check the POEA requirements here:
    http://www.poea.gov.ph/ofw/nameHire.pdf

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  9. Mirasol Villarin CincoJanuary 26, 2014 at 3:49 PM

    hi good am,
    may friend po ako sa singapore bale fil-british po siya gusto po ako nya kunin bilang domestic helper and she don't know kung saan siya kukuha nang employment contract..saan po ba and paano?.
    thanks in advance

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  10. Hi po, isa po ako sa mga avid readers nyo..tanong ko lng po kung paano magprocess ng direct hire as a domestic helper sa hongkong?since dati na po ako nagwork doon pero dumaan po ako sa agencies.for now may employer po ako na gusto akong kunin for direct hire?

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