How to Set an OEC Appointment Online: A Quick Guide for OFWs

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If you’re not qualified for online OEC processing and exemption, you’ll be required to use the appointment system of BM Online.

This is where you’ll schedule regular OEC processing on your preferred date, time, and POEA branch or Philippine Overseas Labor Office (POLO).

Here’s how to set an appointment through BM Online:

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  1. Access the BM Online system.
  2. Under “Already Registered,” enter your email address and password. Click the Login button.
  3. At the bottom of the OEC Number Verification pop-up, click the link for appointment setting.
  4. Upload your latest photo.
  5. Fill out the My Profile page with the required information.
  6. Click the Acquire OEC or Exemption button.
  7. Enter your expected flight schedule (in MM/DD/YYYY format). Click the Submit button.
  8. You’ll be taken to the Select Locations page. Click the drop-down menus to choose your preferred POEA or POLO location and branch for OEC processing. Click the Next button.
  9. A calendar will be displayed where you can view available slots in your chosen location. Click on your preferred date and time.
  10. A Schedule Details pop-up will show. If you’re okay with the schedule, click the Set Appointment button.
  11.  Click “My Transactions” on the left side. Under the Appointments tab, you’ll see your confirmed appointment schedule.
  12.  Click the Print Info Sheet button. This will take you to your Online Appointment Information Sheet.
  13.  Click the Print Appointment button to print your appointment form.
  14.  At the bottom of your printed appointment form, put your printed name and signature.

Related: How to Get OEC Exemption Online: An Ultimate Guide for OFWs

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On your appointment schedule, visit your chosen POLO or POEA office and bring the following OEC requirements:

  • A printed online appointment sheet 
  • (Original and photocopy of) valid passport 
  • Photocopy of valid work visa, work permit, alien resident certificate, or any equivalent document
  • Valid and verified employment contract


Frequently Asked Questions.

1. I tried to set an appointment but there are no more slots left. Can I walk in at POEA/POLO instead?

Yes, provided that you have a valid reason. For example, you can explain that you only have 10 days of vacation and are scheduled to leave soon. You can support this by showing your visa and other requirements listed above.

Take note, however, that priority shall be given to those who have secured an appointment online.

As a last resort, you can get the OEC directly at the airport. However, they can only issue an OEC if you have a valid reason that may have prevented you from going through regular processing. For instance, you can get an OEC at the airport immediately before your departure if you can prove that you’re on emergency leave and you already have a confirmed flight booking.

Go back to the main article: BM Online System: An OFW’s Complete Guide to Getting OEC


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145 thoughts on “How to Set an OEC Appointment Online: A Quick Guide for OFWs

  1. Hello po sa inyong lahat! tanong ko lang po kung paano ako makakakuha ng OEC ko, kasi po lumipat na po ako ng bagong company last 2018. Ngayon po iba na ang Company name ko, Pero sa BM Online account ko po yung old company ko parin ang nakalagay. Babalik na po ako sa Saudi this Jan. 25 pano po ba ako makakakuha ng bagong OEC ko eh hindi na po ma edit yung Old company name ko sa BM Online account ko, Please Help me po . Thanks and God Bless,

    1. You can’t change your employer or company name through your profile page. You have to go through the regular OEC process of setting an appointment first and then personally getting your OEC from a POLO or POEA branch.

      Read this for more info:

  2. Hi, I wanted to edit my last name as I got married. I applied for exemption earlier and it was processed. But when i want ro edit my last name the system wont allow me. Can you advise me of what to do?

    1. Since changing your last name is not included in the list of fields that can be edited on your profile page, you have to go through regular OEC processing. You should set an appointment first and then personally go to a POEA or POLO branch to get your OEC.

      Read this for more info:

  3. Hello,
    I go to a vacation this 3rd week of Jan in Phil and I return with the same company. I already got the OEC excemption online. I have already record in POEA but my contract recorded only for 6 months translated here in VIETNAM because company assigned me to work here in Vietnam, my original contract for 3 years is from Taiwan authenticated by MECO. I have a temporary residence card also, Is there any problem in immigration in Philippines when I’m return.
    And I can’t edit the company profile for my record, please reply asap. Thanks.

    1. The company profile and job site can’t be manually edited on your profile page. You have to go through regular OEC processing. You must first secure an appointment online and then personally go to a POLO or POEA branch to get your OEC.

      Read this for more info:

  4. Good Day,

    I already registered in bm online, but when I’m trying for oec appointment it’s showing under 6months validity because my passport will expired next month February 2, 2020. I already have my schedule for my renewal of my passport on January 8, 2020 . Can i change my passport details in my bm online after getting my new passport? so i can set an appointment for my oec .

    1. You can get an OEC exemption if you have a valid work permit/visa, you’re returning to the same employer and job site, and you’ve previously been issued an OEC.

      Read this for more info:

  5. Hi I did access my account online to set an appointment because I need to change the country on the info sheet. Yung POEA officer kasi sa airport advised me to change the country to HK since China yung nalagay ko before and I can’t edit it online. However, I couldn’t find the popup box for me to click and set an appointment. Hope you could help me on this. Thanks.

  6. Magandang araw po. Paano po makakuha ng OEC kung wala na po schedule ng appointment hanggang sa araw ng flight pabalik po ng ibang bansa .

      1. Pwede po ba magtanung paano po makakuha ng oec or balik manggagawa same employer pa din po aq pero dto na po aq ng pinas balik po aq ng feb sa saudi meron na po akong ticket at re entry visa. Thanks po sana matulungan nyo po aq pleasa

      2. You can get an OEC exemption if you meet the following requirements:
        If you’re not exempted, you can get your OEC online since you’re going back to the same employer. You should also have a valid work permit/visa and a previous record in the POEA database.

  7. Hi good evening ask ko lang po first time ko po kasi mag vacation ngayon. May OEC na po pala ako before Same company pa din po ang babalikan ko, But the problem is Nakalimutan ko na po ung email address at password na naenter ko po noon past 2years ago. Mag set po ba ako ng appointment or direct na lang po ako pumunta sa main branch ng POEA po. Salamat.

    1. You can find the answer here:

  8. Hi!
    It’s my first vacation, i thought i can take my oec online but everytime i input my old oec from my agency, it’s appearing record not found. It redirected me to appointment.. but my problem is that the only available date is january 10 2020 onwards.. and my flight will be on january 5. All the branches are fully booked.. what will i do? Thank you

    1. Regarding your concern, it’s best to call POEA’s hotline at 722-11-44 / 722-11-55 to see what they can do about your situation.

      1. Dear Sir madam,

        Good morning!

        I’m asking for advice because I can’t get an appointment slot in your office. since my flight date is Feb 3 2020. But your slots are available from Feb 4 onwards. what can i do to get an OEC appointment.
        Thankyou and Best Regards
        Rosalie Rodriguez Reyes

    2. Nung January 13 po kuha ng oec ko kaso po hindi ko po napuntahan panu ko po ulit makukuha oec ko

    1. You might be required to get another OEC even if you’re returning to the same employer.

      For more info, read this:

      1. You can change your password, but not your registered email address.

        Read this for more info:

  9. hi, i can not edit my employer name, i take an oec before and i have change already new company but fortunately i can not edit it,

    1. Unfortunately, you can’t edit the employer’s name online. You’ll have to go through the regular OEC processing.

      For more info, read this:

      1. hi i cannot put the OEC Number, how can i edit and put the OEC Number, it is not in the options

  10. Hello, possible po ba.makakuha ako ng oec exeption. Kahit wala akong record sa poea? Pero my working permit ako and at residence visa. Sa hk po kasi ako nag process ng working permit ko nun para mag work dto sa china.

    1. No. Only an OFW who has a record in the POEA database can get an OEC exemption.

      For more info, read this:

  11. Hi hello i ask i have appoinment in December 17 2019 in my city but my flight extend in December 23 2019, how can appoinment again? Thank you

    1. Sorry for the late response. You can change your appointment details by following the steps indicated in this guide:

    2. Ask ko lang po kung okay lang ba na dalawa nabigay na oec exemption number? Kase nung una ko pong nag try e march 20 validity nya which is same date po ng departure ko pabalik ng UAE so nag worried po ako baka hindi ako tanggapin, den nung nag try ulit ako kanina, napalitan na po yung expiration date na march 26,2020. Okay lang po ba yun?

    1. Yes. OEC processing only takes 10-15 minutes on the day of appointment if there’s no issue with your profile details and you’ve submitted all the required documents.

    1. Unfortunately, you can’t edit the employer’s name online. You’ll have to go through the regular OEC processing.

      For more info, read this:

      1. Regular OEC processing simply means that instead of getting your OEC online, you have to set an appointment and personally get an OEC from a POEA or POLO office.

    1. This article is a quick guide on how to get an OEC appointment online. You can find everything that you need to know by reading the whole article.

  12. Hello,

    I tried applying for an OEC appointment online but I cannot leave the BM ONLINE registration page. I registered already but I can get through to my bm online account.
    Hope you can help me, thanks in advance!

    1. Unfortunately, you can’t edit your jobsite online. You’ll have to go through the regular OEC processing.

      For more info, read this:

    1. Yes. You can change your appointment details by following the steps indicated in this guide:

  13. Yeah why there’s no slot In poea ortigas or trinoma for December until now. I only have Dec 23 to process everything. Pls help. Are they close for Dec 23 or walk in is possible?

    1. Sorry for the late response. It’s best to inquire at POEA either personally, online, or through a phone call. You can also regularly check the availability of slots.

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