Why exactly do you need an OEC or an OE? Surely, it’s not just another identification document. A balik-manggagawa appointment in Dubai serves as your permit so you can go out of the country to your destination. It is also a certification that you have paid your contributions and your obligations as an OFW. These payables include Pag-ibig, Philhealth, POEA and OWWA membership fee. This certificate will also help you save money from terminal fees and travel taxes.

Here’s the most Ask Question About Overseas Employment Certificate (OEC)

1. Who may avail of the OEC Exemption of Balik Manggagawa (BM) per GBR No. 12, S 2016?

A Balik Manggagawa worker with employment visa / work permit, who has
served or is serving his/her employment contract and is:
a. returning to the same employer;
b. returning to the same job site; and
c. has record in the POEA Database

2. What is meant by “has record in the POEA Database”?

OFWs who have been previously issued OEC by the POEA at any of its offices/centers (POEA Main Office, Regional Offices, Extension Units, BM Mall Processing Centers, POLO offices abroad).

3. I am an OFW returning to same employer or jobsite how do I avail of the OEC Exemption?

BM worker returning to the same employer and jobsite may avail of the OEC exemption by registering thru the BM Online Processing System direct link at bmonline.ph or thru the POEA website address at poea.gov.ph and click BM Online. For already registered user, he/she need only to log-in using his/her registered email and password. The web page of the BM Online System displays the Steps on “How to Use the Online System” that will guide the worker in using the facility and how to avail OEC exemption.

4. How would I know if I am already exempted from securing OEC?

BM worker shall log-in to his/her BM Online account prior to scheduled date of return to employer. It would be the system that would determine if the worker is already exempted from securing OEC.

5. What if I have forgotten my email address and password?

You may contact our System Administrator in case you have forgotten your email and password thru telephone numbers 02-7219496 / 02-7277778 / 02-7210785 / 09173257397 or thru email gvpictpoea@gmail.com or bm_oec@yahoo.com.

6. Can I still change the email address/log-in account I used when I signed up?

No. Your registered email address and password serves as your permanent log-in account. Thus, you cannot change the email address you used when you signed up.

7. I have been issued an OEC at the POLO and was also issued an E-Receipt in my last vacation at the POEA main office but have not registered with the BM Online, will I be exempted from OEC?

For workers who have record in the POEA database but not yet registered in the system need only to register as new user. They will be guided by the system in the registration process. For registered user, they need to log-in using their registered email and password. If returning the same employer and jobsite, the system will validate if the worker is exempted from obtaining OEC.

8. I am returning to the same employer and jobsite and have previous OEC but the System still re-directs me to Appointment page. What happened?

The system automatically redirects to Appointment Page Balik Manggagawa who may be in any of the following situation and therefore not exempted from securing OEC and warrants personal processing at the POEA/POLO or any processing site:
1. BM workers returning to different employer and/or jobsite
2. Watchlisted worker and/or OFW with watchlisted employer
3. OFWs returning to restricted or non-compliant country
4. Workers without POEA records / No record found / Discrepancy in any record
5. Undocumented workers (i.e., Tourist to OFW, Dependent to OFW, Student to OFW, etc.)
6. Seabased workers who changed position to Landbased Worker

9. What is the procedure in the availment OEC Exemption?

LOG IN to the BM Online System thru the direct link bmonline.ph or go to
POEA official webpage poea.gov.ph and click BM Online.
For NEW USERS: REGISTER in the system using personal email account and click the Sign Me Up Button. Open email account to click the confirmation link. Once registered, log-in as Already Registered. Enter the last issued OEC number. If no record found, set an Online Appointment. If record is found, update Personal Data, Contract Particulars and Beneficiaries, as needed. CLICK “Acquire OEC or Exemption” for online assessment. Enter “Flight Date” and confirm if returning to the same employer and jobsite. For USERS: LOG-IN, UPDATE and SAVE Profile Page (Personal Data, Contract Particulars, and Beneficiaries) then CLICK “Acquire OEC or Exemption” for online assessment. Enter “Flight Date” and confirm if returning to the same employer and jobsite. If returning to same employer and jobsite the system will display a CONFIRMATION MESSSAGE indicating that worker is exempted from
securing the OEC and payment of processing fee.

10. What is the content of the Confirmation Message?

The confirmation message would indicate that the worker have an existing record of the same employer and jobsite in the POEA database hence, would entitle him/her to exemption from securing OEC. It also include reminders and information what to do on worker’s departure.

11. What will happen if I do not receive a pop-up confirmation message in the system?

The BM Online System will automatically redirect you to the appointment page once you do not receive the confirmation message. It would mean that the system has not found a match in your data that you are returning to the same employer and jobsite. Thus, you need to set an appointment for OEC issuance at any preferred POEA Office/Center at your own date and time.

12. What is the BM Exemption Number issued by the BM Online System?

The BM Exemption number is your transaction number generated by the system and transmitted by the system through the link with the Immigration Officer showing that you are exempted from securing OEC.

13. Is there a need to print the BM Exemption Number and present to the Immigration Officer on the date of my departure?

No. There is no need to print the BM Exemption number since it is a generated number electronically transmitted by the system to the link used by the Immigration Officer.

14. How do I update some of the information on my Personal and Employment Details/Contract Particulars?

You may log-in using your registered email and password thru the direct link:
bmonline.ph. The System will show the PROFILE PAGE. You may edit and
save some editable fields such as:
1. Personal Data
Passport Number; Civil Status; Home Address in the Philippines; SSS, Pag-Ibig RTN/MID; Telephone/Mobile Number; Name of Spouse; Contract Particulars; Address of Employer; Telephone Number/Fax of Employer; Contract Duration; Last Deployment Date to the Worksite; and Last Arrival Date to the Philippines.
2. Beneficiaries:
Name of Beneficiary; Relation to OFW; Gender of Beneficiary; Date of Birth of Beneficiary.

15. What are the fields in my Profile that I cannot edit?

Fields in your OFW Profile that you cannot edit are:
1. Personal Data
Name (First, Middle, Surname); Birthdate; Mothers Full Maiden Name;
2. Contract Particulars
Employer’s Name; Jobsite; Position; Salary

16. What will I do if I need to change the non-editable fields?

If there is a need to change the non-editable fields you may set an appointment at your preferred POEA office/center, date and time.

17. Does the system require an updated picture?
Yes. Your picture appears in the System and used by the Bureau of Immigration for identification purposes and final departure formalities. Thus, you need to update your photo which must not exceed one (1) MB. Your recent photo must be a clear picture showing your full face similar to passport picture.

18. I already got my confirmation from the system that I am exempted from OEC, do I need to go to POEA office?

No. You may proceed directly to the airport for your final departure formalities.

19. What will I present at the airport on the day of my departure since I don’t have my OEC?
On the day of departure, you may proceed directly to the Airline counter at the airport for check in. After check in, proceed to the Immigration counter and present your:
1. Passport valid at least 6 months from date of departure;
2. Valid Work Visa/Work Permit indicating employer and jobsite.

20. How about if my visa do not indicate my employer, what will I present at the Immigration Officer?

For workers hired by companies, they may present any of the following proof
of employment stating the name of employer:
1. Valid employment contract;
2. Current Employment Certificate;
3. Valid Employment ID;
4. Recent Pay Slip.
For domestic workers, valid POLO Verified Employment Contract may be

21. I am returning to the same employer and jobsite and a previous user of the BM Online System but I forgot to log-in to my BM Online account and I am already at the airport, what will I do?

You may log-in to your account in the BM Online system anytime, anywhere being a web based program as long as there is internet connection and provide the information required by the system until confirmed of your exemption from securing OEC. Proceed directly to Airline counter and Immigration counter for final departure formalities.

22. What will happen if I did not log-in and I am already in front of the Immigration Officer for departure?

The Immigration Officer will refer the worker to the Labor Assistance Center (LAC) for assistance. The LAC officer will encode the data of the worker to facilitate exit such as: Name, Birthday, Position, Employer and Jobsite and advice the worker to return to the Immigration Officer for final departure. The worker is however reminded to register in the BM Online System for his next vacation.

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23. Do I need to register at the BM Online System every time I have vacation in the Philippines?

Yes, it is the BM Online System that determines if the worker if exempted from securing OEC based on the POEA database. Also the system transmits to the Bureau of Immigration the data of the worker that he/she is exempted to clear the worker of his/her departure formalities. Hence, worker must register/log-in to the system prior to every return to his/her jobsite overseas.

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Hi My flight is within this december 2017 i supposed to get oec po kaso nakita ko to acquire oec needs at least 6months ang validity ng working visa. My return flight is on jan 2018 kaso ung visa ko less than 3months nlng pde pa kaya ako mg acquire ng oec since im returning to the same employer po?

Jamie Presa

I am currently on my vacation. I arrived here in Phils. August 21, 2016 I will return in Kuwait with the same employer on September 19, 21016. Do I still need to get OEC or am I included at the exemption?

Jaymar domingo salem

Im goin back to philippines this comin oct 5 2016,for 10 days..do i still need to take oec?


Hi. I still have. My old OEC multiple receipt. It’s still valid up to 2018. I’m only here in Manila for 4 days can I still use this? Even without going on BMOnline?

Please reply soon as possible. Appreciated. Thank you.

cherelyn apostol

hi ….I want take oec through online but my old oec no.cnnt found …wat should I do

Ihad log in already and as i clicked the oec or exemption they asked me to update my photos. I was trying to upload my photos but it wont be accepted. How can i upload photos using ipad or my phone? Pls reply i wanna know what must i do. Im going for vacation this feb 11,2017 but still dont know if am exempted in oec. Thanks.. first time i replied.

linalyn coralde

I tried several times on BM online and i received 2 confirmation messages stated that I’am exempted.
Is it ok if 2 confirmation code appeared. Does it will cause any problem on airport once i leave the country?

Good day po.

My wife po use to show my printed OEC (latest) to avail the travel tax exemption because she has a husband’s visa. Pano po sya mkaka avail ulit ng exemption kung wala na akong ipiprint na OEC because i am an OFW na exempted na sa OEC? Salamat po sa makaksagot ng tanung ko. =)

bmonline does’t work. municipality field not working.


Hi PO. Ask ko lng PO.ang contact PO ba ay kelangan na IPA red rebbon… Thank you PO sa sumagot nito… GOD BLESS!

Hi poh tanung ko lng poh bakasyon poh ako ng 30days at babalik din poh ako sa work ko sa abroad kaylangan pa poh ba ako kumuha ng oec salamat poh..nd God Bless….

I have secured an oec exemption on my return abroad, then my family has to come here. So how can they avail of the reduced travel tax when i dont have the oec when i left the country.

amante b. reyes

hi madam / sir,
for follow up po sa aking printed oec copy ko po bakit wala pa po lumalabas na oec aproval nakapagbayad na poh ako. sa sm manila now ko lang po cheneck kc now lang po ako nagka time. ng open ko po yung aking account naka pending pa poh. nag bayad na poh ako ng almost 1,000 pesos.

Ramon T. Moralde

tanong ko lang po, kung halimbawa ay nalipat ang sponsor ko sa ibang kompanya, ano-ano ba ang mga requirements para makakuha ako OEC? salamat po


yong E2 Investors Visa ba sa US kailangan pa ng OEC?

Imelda Combasa

My flight will be July 7, 2017 coming back to my the same employer on August 29,2012, I already registered BM Online exempted this June 17,2017 and have the BM number: I just want to ask if this BM number valid on the day of my return? Thank you very much.

Hi! i’ve filled up wrong application! and i want start again as i’m a new user ! i want to make appointment for oec!! ive noticed i after logging in! I so t have oec yet and i want to make appointment !! please help me to change my registration so that i could proceed to dates , and time! Thank you ! anybody could help how to start filling up again as a new user!

Hello…my boss put the wrong job for me instead of my job she puts her husband job…what will i do thank you

anna marie louise v. moriel

pano po makakuha oec kung dna maopen dati email???

Marites S. Gajelan

Good afternoon po..ask lng po kng maka avail po ako ng iDole/OFW ID,ung last n bakasyon q po nung 2010 p at plano q pong mgbakasyon ngaung Dec. 2017….Feb.2018 p po mta2pos ung 2yrs contract q sa mga amo q,npag usapan po nmn ng mga amo q n ngaung Dec. aq mgbakasyon instead n sa Feb.2018 pgkatapos po ng contract q..tnx in advance po s sagot s tanong q…GOD BLESS po..


hi ask ko lang po..nagparenew po kasi ako ng passport at di ko pa nakukuha ung new passport ko.pwede po ba ako paappointment na for OEC tas edit ko na lang po ung passport details ko once i get a hold of my passport?.. makukuha ko po kasi ung passport ko on oct 13, tas flight ko po sa nov 5..thank you


paano po b kung ngbayad uli ako ng owwa fees tapos malalaman ko exemption ako s oec paano ko marerefund pera ko n 1271 pesos


good day! tanong ko lng po kung ano ang dapat kong gawin pumunta po ako dito sa libya using tourist visa 4yrs ago nag apply po ako ng work sa hospital at natanggap nman po at nabigyan ng working visa..now,im planning to go for a vacation..nag register na po ako sa BM ONLINE pero hindi po ako ma direct sa set appointment..ano po ang dapat kong gawin..
any concern citizen plz.help me what to do.

Teresita Dipasupil

Good day po! My passport will expire on june 2018 at magbbakasyon po aq s pinas ng Dec 18, 2017 nung iupdate ko po ang aking previous oec sinsabi po n kelngan ko irenew ang passport ko.. Balak ko po sana irenew ang passport ko pgbalik ko dto s dubai one month lng po bakasyon ko..makakabalik b aq ng dubai kahit walang oec?

Edwin D.

Tanong ko lng po,ilang buwan ba ang validity ng OEC exempyion? Nag apply kasi ako ng exemption bago ako umalis ng Saudi Arabia (Nov 23,2017) Ang pagkakamali ko ang nailagay kong daye of departure ay yung date ng alis ko sa Saudi (Nov 30, 2017 sa halip na Jan 30, 2018) Valid pa ba ang OEC exemption ko sa petsa ng balik ko?


good pm,im cielo jurado abad,anu po ang gagawin ko kung nakalimutan ko po ang email at password ko po?nka gamit lang po ako emai add sa kapatid ko po.kaso po kukuha po ako nang OEC.at same company po ako,sa FEB 26,2018 po ang flight ko pabalik ng UAE,thanks



anu po kailngan ko i present sa immigration na papers maliban sa visa ko at passport..ung visa ko tier 2 general migrant..30 days lng valid..kasi kukuha ako ng brp dun kailangn ko pa ba ng oec..direct hire po ako at firstime ko pumunta.


I am a BMonline users and exempted in OEC since my rotation in my previous company/country is every 2 months. Peru ngayun nasa ibang country na ako at schedule na rin for my first vacation by next month, peru nung na check ko ang account ko sa BMonline hindi po na update ang latest OEC ko sa transaction list ko sa POEA , hindi ngayun ako maka acquire ng exemption kasi ang nakalagay ay yung previous country parin.
Paano po ba ito gawin para mailagay yung latest OEC ko sa transaction at maka acquire na ulit ako ng exemption?


Hello good pm poh .exempted n poh aq sa OEC ang problema q poh is nagkamili poh aq ng date ng Alis q. OK lang poh b ung or kylangang q poh ipabago.


I entered accidentally my birthdate on my profile, unluckily I saved it. I tried to amend it but cannot edit again. What will I do?


Hello, I have a question I have 5 months remaining on my visa but I need to get EOC since this is my first vacation are they going to give me OEC? how many months they required to give you OEC??

Awaiting for your answer. Thank you very much.

Donnabelle Potestas

Ask lang po ako, nka pag online nko ng oec sa cagayan de oro nakabyad nko sa owwa pra sa oec ko pinabalik ako dahil ang gusto nla yng contrata at ngayn meron iba ang employer ba nkapangalan sa contrata ko at doon s online iba din, pede po b mapalitan ang name ng employer ko?nakabyad n kasi ako sa owwa ang gusto k lang palitan ang name ng employer ko


Good day po. Tanong lang panu p nakavacation po ako ngaun balik po ako by august 1 ngaun po kuha ako oec pero ang nalagay ko po sa bm online ee name po nung restaurant na pinapasukan ko which is iba po ang name nung nasa contract ko na dapat na restaurant na papasukan ko, may employment certificate naman po ako at may salary cert galing po dun sa pinapasukan ko ngaun na restaurant na nakapangaln dun. Tanong ko po anu po dapat na gawin ko makakakuha po kaya ako ng oec na gamit na ung pangalan nung restaurant na… Read more »

Marry Jane

Good dAy pO tAnOng ko lAng po nkApAg register nApo Ako online sA OEc online appointment po at di ako nkapunta sA schedule ng appointment ko gagawa po bA ako uli ng bAgong appointment? o yun nAdin yung ipapakita ko? slamat po


Hi i hope someone can help me on what is the best thing to do. I am acquiring an oec exemption online and my flight is january 10,2019 but i didnt notice that my passport will be expiring on june 5,2019. I wonder if i could go back to philippines without any problem and then have my passport renewed there then after i will update my passport details . Do you think i would be able to acquire oec by then? Thanks to those who may help.


Hi good day everyone. Can anyone help me. My mother just got the oec number earlier march 12,2019.She will have a vacation in the phil. on march 30,2019 and returning to lebanon after the validity of the oec on may 16,2019. the validity of the oec said until may 12,2019. what should we do.

Jonalyn Balbin

How I can change my employer to set my appointment

Donna Castro

I dont know if this is the proper forum to post my question… but i hope someone can help me with this… i am an ofw with valid oec number. My husband who is with me in paris, have to go home to the philippines. He is one of my beneficiaries and he will travel without me. What will he show when he travel back to paris?


isa akong seaferer nagbabakasyon ngayon,pero babalik ako sa dating jobsite pero sa landbase na, paano ko pede i update ang oec ko at ano ang mga requirements

Juliet Torculas

Hi, my crazy friend forget his BM online account, he don’t like to call the numbers provided and also he don’t like to email instead he make new account and make an appointment again. What will be the POEA officer requires? He will be returning back on same employer, he is just crazy and would like to go thru the process again. Will he be ask with authenticated contract?


When shall i secure my OEC?