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

    1. Hi po.. I plan to go back to the Philippines in March po. I have the original copy of my work permit, TRC, and contract. Question po, do I still to go to Phil embassy in Vietnam para malegalized po itong 3 documents na ito? Or hindi na po. Salamat po!

  1. Hello good afternoon…ask ko lang poh pag second vacation ko po ito nag same company before last vacation mo June 2019 and this Jan 2020.. Feb 17 2020 ang flight ko…pero yong OEC BM account ko nka register n yong company ko ngayon kailangan ko pba kumuha nag OEC or puwde n yong EXEMPTION..

    1. To know if you’re qualified for OEC exemption, read this guide:

  2. Tanung lang po, may POE online napo ako with existing employer ngayun under same company subsidiary (in other country) ililipat po ako sa ibang bansa to work, kelangan kupa bang kumuha nang bagong OEC or Exemption nalng? Kahit ibang bansa na work place ko. Salamat po

    1. To know whether you’re qualified for OEC exemption or not, please read this guide:

  3. Hello po. Ask ko lang po if normal ba na wala ng slot? first time ko kukuha ng OEC. Verified na po contract ko ng POLO Asia. Pero ngaun po mag aappointment sana ako sa pinas for OEC pero wala na agad slot for March and April and so on. Normal po ba yun? Or mag rerefresh po sya every start of the month? Thanks po

    1. If you’re not scheduled to leave anytime soon, you can try again and again to check for available slots. Otherwise, you can walk in at POEA instead. Please check the FAQ section above.

  4. Hello po, hindi po ito ang first ko na kumuha ng oec… i thought pwede na gamitin bm online kapag my account na kaso nagulat po ako kasi need daw verify yung documents ko… Balik po ako sa the same employer ko and the same address po ang problema ko po di ko po nadala kontrata ko nung nagbakasyon po ako dito sa pilipinas… Makakakuha pa ba ako ng oec kahit wala akong maipresent na contract?

    1. You should ask your employer for a scanned copy of your employment contract since it’s one of the requirements when requesting for an OEC.

    1. You can try to walk in instead. That’s what other OFWs who were in the same situation did. Check the FAQ section above for more info.

  5. Hi Admin,

    Wondering po as I am a first timer to work abroad. Kase I checked online for direct hire employee requirements and here they are
    ** Emp Contract
    **Valid Visa
    **Valid Passport with 6months validity
    **Valid Medical Certificate from DOH accredited medical clinics
    please guide me with the steps.

    Thank you!

  6. Hi..kukuha p b ako ng OEC kahit iba ng EMPLOYER ko pero same country p rin pupuntahan ko..

    1. POLO (Philippine Overseas Labor Office) or the Philippine Embassy will verify your work contract.

  7. Tanong ko lang po first time ko palang po kukuha ng oec ano poba mga requirements pero direct hire po ako

    1. Since it’s your first time to request for an OEC, you have to set an appointment and personally go to POLO (Philippine Overseas Labor Office) or a POEA branch.

      Here are the requirements:
      1. A printed online appointment sheet
      2. (Original and photocopy of) valid passport
      3. Photocopy of valid work visa, work permit, alien resident certificate, or any equivalent document
      4. Valid and verified employment contract

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