Overseas Employment Certificate (OEC) Now Free For OFWs Rehires

Overseas Employment Certificate (OEC) Now Free For OFWs Rehires


The DMW has declared free issuance of OEC for rehires, effective last July 29, 2023, aligned with the new OFW Pass and ongoing app pilot tests.

The Department of Migrant Workers (DMW) announced that Overseas Employment Certificate (OEC) issuance for rehires will be free starting July 29, 2023.

DMW’s Facebook shared the following post – “From July 29, 2023, all categories of Overseas Employment Certificates (OEC) for rehires or Balik-Manggagawa (BM) will be issued free of cost, eliminating the need for an Official Receipt.”

This change is in line with Memorandum 110 dated July 25, 2023, which implements Department Circular 02, renaming OEC to OFW Pass and removing associated fees.

The DMW is conducting pilot tests for the OFW Pass and the agency’s mobile app, but users should expect initial operational challenges.

The pilot test extends beyond the Philippines, including countries like Saudi Arabia, UAE, Singapore, Hong Kong, Malaysia, Qatar, Oman, Taiwan, Japan, and the United Kingdom.

Participants in the pilot test are advised to anticipate delays due to high usage and are encouraged to provide feedback.

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