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POEA Direct Hiring Requirements and Process: Name Hire Procedures

Processing Employment Documents to Work Overseas

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Finding an overseas job without the assistance of a recruitment agency is called a direct hire or name hire.

Some of the benefits of finding work this way are:

  • No placement fees to a recruitment agency.
  • Direct contact with your employer. You are in touch with them from the beginning.
  • A feeling of fulfillment. You negotiate it all to your own satisfaction.
  • Fewer complications.
  • A learning experience you can share with others.

The following is my advice, based upon my experience, about how to successfully complete a direct hire application.

What You Need for a Direct Hire

Many Filipinos find work abroad in this manner, but they must complete certain steps in order to avoid problems.

  • Before you do anything else, make sure you have your visa and working permit.
  • Depending upon the type of job you will be doing, you are required to process your employment documents and other permits with the Philippine Overseas Employment Administration (POEA).
  • After you have completed these steps, you will be a registered Overseas Filipino Worker (OFW) with the benefits of being a member of the Overseas Workers Welfare Administration.

Note that there are different procedures for skilled workers and household workers. The differences are detailed below.

Requirements for Professional and Skilled Workers

When you go to the POEA, be sure to bring a black ballpoint pen and money to pay fees. Professional workers in any field must also bring an original and two photocopies of the following valid documents to the POEA office:

  • passport (picture page and last page)
  • employment contract
  • working visa
  • money for fee processing
  • 2X2 photos of yourself
  • PDOS certificate (this will be issued in the POEA)
  • medical certificate (except for Canada, Australia, and New Zealand)

Household Service Worker Requirements

When you go to the POEA, be sure to bring a black ballpoint pen and money to pay fees. Household employees of all types must also bring the original and photocopies of the following documents to the POEA office:

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  • passport (picture page and last page)
  • employment contract
  • working visa
  • money for fee processing
  • 2X2 photos of yourself
  • request for exemption from the direct hiring policy issued by the POLO/Labor Attache, as applicable
  • TESDA NC II for HSW (except for Canada and ex-overseas HSW)
  • workers heading to Taiwan need a COC from TESDA
  • workers heading for the Middle East, Hong Kong, Taiwan, Israel and China workers need an OWWA certificate on language and culture orientation
  • family driver Middle East workers must have personal accident insurance and motor vehicle insurance verified by the POLO/Labor Attache
  • PDOS certificate (this will be issued in the POEA)
  • medical certificate (except for Canada, Australia, New Zealand)

Pre-Departure Orientation Seminar

Attend your Pre-Departure Orientation Seminar (PDOS) at the scheduled time. All OFWs are required to have a PDOS certificate. It is very important to attend and the seminar will provide information about the country where you will live and work. Keep your PDOS certificate and have it photocopied.