The Process of Hiring Overseas Filipino Workers (OFWs)

hiring processFilipinos are probably one of the most in demand workers around the world. Thanks to the essential characteristics of Overseas Filipino Workers (OFWs) that make them hireable in various industries across different countries. However, hiring OFWs is not as easy as it sounds, despite the fact that majority of Filipinos are eyeing an overseas job. There are processes that foreign clients should follow before they get to experience how it is like to work with a Filipino.

SubNet RTA has outlined the legal process of hiring Filipinos in this week’s feature:

  1. Choose a Philippine Overseas Employment Administration (POEA) licensed recruitment agency that will serve as your recruitment partner. If you are in need of a land-based recruitment agency, SubNet RTA should be your top choice. We search, recruit, document, process, and deploy highly skilled, professional, and competent workers from the Philippines to any international destination.
  2. Submit the documentary requirements to the nearest Philippine Overseas Labor Office (POLO) for verification purposes. This process will normally take five (5) to fifteen (15) working days. Documentary requirements include the following:
    1. Recruitment Agreement – An agreement between your company and your chosen recruitment agency stating terms that allow the latter to recruit workers for you.
    2. Special Power of Attorney – A document that gives your chosen recruitment agency legal permission to issue employment contracts between your company and the OFWs you are hiring before they leave the Philippines.
    3. Master Employment Contract – The master employment contract between your company and the OFWs you are hiring.
    4. Manpower Request/Job Order – A formal request from your company to your chosen recruitment agency seeking for specific personnel, their job description, etc.
    5. Business License/Commercial Registration (Foreign Principal)
    6. Identification of Authorized Representative
    7. POEA license
  3. After the POLO verification, you may submit the requirements to your chosen recruitment agency. If you have chosen SubNet RTA, we will be the one to submit your requirements to the POEA for accreditation, which can last either for a minimum of seven (7) working days, an average of fifteen (15) working days, or a maximum of thirty (30) days. To avoid the latter, kindly ensure that you have completed and submitted all the necessary documents.
  4. Please take note, nonetheless, that the recruitment process can take place from the moment SubNet RTA received your signed Recruitment Agreement. Basically, the entire recruitment selection includes sourcing and pre-screening, interview (phone, Skype, or personal), skill/trade testing, final selection, and signing of letters. This process will take seven (7) to twenty (20) working days.
  5. After recruitment comes the different processes of mobilization, documentation, briefing, and deployment/flight itinerary. These specifically include the following:
    • Mobilization
      1. Certificate of Employment Notarial at the Regional Trial Court (only when applicable) – minimum of three (3) working days
      2. Medical Examination – minimum of five (5) working days
      3. Visa Processing by Employer – three (3) to five (5) working days
      4. Authentication of Documents for Professionals (only when applicable) – minimum of seven (7) working days, maximum of twenty-one (21) working days
      5. Attestation of Individual Contracts (for drivers) – minimum of fifteen (15) working days
    • Documentation
      1. Master Employment Contract POEA Processing – minimum of three (3) working days
      2. Visa Stamping (for Qatar and KSA) – three (3) working days
      3. Overseas Employment Certificate – one and a half (1.5) working days
      4. Pre-Departure Orientation Seminar (PDOS) – half (.5) working day
    • Briefing – half (.5) working day
      1. Pre-Departure Orientation by SubNet RTA personnel
    • Deployment/Flight Itinerary – three (3) to five (5) working days
      1. Booking Reservation
      2. Ticketing

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