As a very kind-hearted OFW, I would be sharing to you dear reader of this specific page my POEA processing experience. Because as you can see if you already know… POEA has new rules for processing our papers that you may read further on this page. I got hired as an art director in Japan so before anything I would like to clarify which path did I take.
After aquiring my Certificate of Eligibility (Oct 22) the 1st thing I did was to apply for my Japanese visa via Reli Tours in SM Megamall. My employer mailed my COE and received it around Oct. 27, I applied for Japanese Visa by Oct 31. The travel agency said that I can get my passport back after 10 days but I got it by Nov. 4. Then I opted to have my medical exam prior to my POEA process application. I checked POEA’s website for the list of accredited medical centers for medical examination and I booked a date. Well on my case the medical center that I went on is open Monday-Saturday and okay for walk-ins so I decided to go there very early last Nov. 12. I received my medical examination results by tuesday the next week after I got my dental examination. I did everything while waiting for my papers from my employer. After I received my complete document papers I went to POEA asap!!!
As per my experience for medical exam, have it prior your plan to go to POEA to save time because if you go to POEA first before your medical exam it might take awhile to process your papers. There’s a long list of medical centers but if I were you get the one near your home. I have read and heard a lot of horrors about the dreaded medical examination. There’s nothing to be scared about just be confident, drink a lot of water, don’t skip meals, keep your chill and have faith on yourself that you will pass medical exam! On the process of medical examination, there’s dental. If I were you and you have a family dentist or trusted dentist on your own. Have your teeth checked and cleaned days before you go to the medical center to save time.
My employer made sure that I have complete requirements and even sent me a xerox copy of everything. The moment I received my papers from Japan I immediately photocopied everything 5 times because I assumed that I’ll be needing a lot of copies of those and I was right! A little bit of FYI… if you have read other blogs that you can get your OVERSEAS EMPLOYMENT CERTIFICATE within a day please erase it on your mind starting today, yes today! Because POEA has new rules now.
*Unang una, make sure that you have your papers complete and you should communicate well with your employer/contact person so both of you will have a smooth process.
DAY 1 – STEP 1
I went to POEA as early as I can because I want to be first in line. POEA’s office opens at 8 am but you can fall in line as early as 5 AM there. Guards at POEA’s gates are very kind. Since I got everything and had my medical in advance I just passed my papers in a breeze because I made sure that I have everything with me. Especially the papers from POLO, employment contract, addendum contract, typewritten statement on how I got the job and photocopy of my college diploma as attachment. For more kinds of attachments for your statement please see this page. After passing everything, the next thing to do is to patiently wait for your name to show up on POEA’s announcement page
The moment I saw my name on their announcement page I shouted for joy and immediately went to POEA the next day!
DAY 2 – STEP 2
I again went to POEA as early as I can because I want to be early and be the first in line. I brought everything with me again and extra photocopies because I assumed that I need those copies again and I was right! Anyway ,upon entering POEA… I went straight to second floor and told the receptionist that my name is on the DOLE Clearance list already and he directed me which window to go. They once again asked for another set of photocopies of my documents and the original ones. To make things organized prepare yourself a LONG folder and clip your papers there using a paper clip. They will tell you which side you will place your original docs and photocopies. After submitting it to them they will ask you to fill up some forms and after filling it up they will tell you to attend PDOS seminar. PDOS seminar is one of the requirements for you to have your Overseas Employment Cert. (OEC) it is a very informative seminar about OFW stuff. After the PDOS seminar you will receive your PDOS cert. right there and then! After the seminar you need to have your certificate photocopied then you may go back to the NAME HIRE Division room. Upon entering the NAME HIRE you need to get a number for you to be in queue to submit your papers. Once they will call you they will get your papers for review again and while they’re reviewing your papers they will give you again another form for you to fill up and just wait for your name to be called for the release of papers and payment… and you are good to go!!! ~~ GOOD LUCK FELLOW BAGONG BAYANI!!!!!
- If you have an Ñ or any special character on your name, please do yourself a favor and have a notarized affidavit according to the spellings of your name. In my case Piñero and Pinero is also I.
- Bring a list of your official numbers: TIN, SSS, PAG-IBIG, and PHILHEALTH
- Bring kutkutin with you! What I mean by kutkutin is bring pastries, cookies and water because you cannot go outside POEA
- Bring extra money just to be sure!
- If you will bring a car, THERE’S NO PARKING SLOT. You will park in Robinson’s Galleria or if you have a driver just ask your driver to drop you off in Robinson’s Galleria just to be safe.
- REMEMBER to have your medical examination on an accredited medical center only. You may see the list of accredited centers on POEA’s website.
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