How Long Is the Validity of an OEC or OEC Exemption Number?

The OEC or OEC Exemption Number is valid for 60 days from the date of issuance. As a balik-manggagawa, you’re required by POEA to secure this before you return to your employer. 

The OEC or OEC Exemption Number is for single-use only. It can’t be re-used after you’ve presented it to Immigration.

Even if you’re exempted from getting an OEC, you still need to use the BM Online or POPS-BaM system to get a BM Exemption Number each time you return to the Philippines. 

The system determines if you’re really exempted based on your POEA record and then forwards the OEC exemption to the Bureau of Immigration, so you’ll be cleared of your departure formalities. 

Go back to the main article: An OFW’s Complete Guide to Getting an OEC through BM Online or POPS-BaM