Establishing a good first impression to the recruitment agency is one of the secrets to secure your dream overseas career. Be ready to present all the primary documents together with your updated resume when the hiring manager asks for it.


As your career partner, prepared a list of the necessary documents and their corresponding costs to give you an idea on how much you need to prepare for each requirement:

  • Birth certificate issued by the Philippine Statistics Authority (PSA), formerly known as National Statistics Office or NSO

P140.00 (walk-in)

P315.00 (online, delivery destination is within the Philippines)

  • Marriage contract from PSA, for married women

P140.00 (walk-in)

P315.00 (online, delivery destination is within the Philippines)

  • Philippine Passport

P950.00 (Regular Processing, 15 working days)

P1,200.00 (Rush Processing, 7 working days)

Additional P200.00 fee will be charged for Lost Passports application if it is still valid.

  • NBI Clearance

P140.00 (Purpose: Travel Abroad)

  • Police Clearance

Around P100.00

  • Barangay Clearance also known as Certificate of Residency

Around P100.00

  • Certificate of Tribal Membership (CTM) from the National Commission on Muslim Filipinos for Muslim applicants
  • Transcript of school records (TOR) and diploma authenticated by the Department of Education (DepEd) or Commission on Higher Education (CHED)

Fees vary

  • Valid Professional License from the Regular Commission (PRC) ID, if applicable


Remember to double check and verify your personal information on each document to avoid discrepancies. Upon getting hired and signing an employment contract, aspiring OFWs are also expected to settle the following:


  • Placement Fee

This should not be more than the worker’s one-month salary. Note that household service workers (HSWs) or domestic workers, caregivers, and seafarers are exempted from paying such fee. Moreover, collection of placement fee is not allowed in countries such as United Kingdom (UK), Netherlands, Ireland, Japan and four provinces of Canada (British Columbia, Alberta, Manitoba, Saskatchewan) and for workers with H2B or H1B visa for USA. On the other hand, there are countries like Taiwan, that allow charging of fee more than the one-month salary because of the additional dues like broker’s fees, etc.

  • POEA Processing Fee

Agency hired – P200

Name hired – $100

  • OWWA Membership Contribution

$25 per contract, valid for 2 years

  • PhilHealth Insurance Premium

P2,400, valid for 1 year (P200 per month)

  • Pag-IBIG Membership Contribution

P1,200, valid for 1 year (P100 per month)

  • Pre-Departure Orientation Seminar (PDOS)



Always remember to ask for an official receipt reflecting the purposes of each amount to properly document the settlement of such fees.


Sending your applications together with the appropriate set of required documents is a big step towards pursuing your overseas job. Ensure that your job application will go smoothly without having to go to the agency’s office. Build your WorkAbroad profile now and start sending your applications online!


Source: POEA/PEOS Online