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

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OFWs with OEC exemption are not required to get an OEC and pay the POEA processing fee.

If you get this exemption, the processing of your OFW documents at the airport before your departure will be faster.

Related: How to Get Overseas Employment Certificate (OEC) Through BM Online


Who can get OEC exemption?

Only balik-manggagawas who meet ALL the following requirements can be exempted from securing an OEC:

  • Has a valid work visa/work permit
  • Returning to the same employer and job site
  • Has a record in the POEA database (has been issued an OEC before at any POEA offices/centers including the POEA main office, extension units, regional offices, POLO offices abroad, and BM mall processing centers)

OFWs hired through the Government Placement Branch are also qualified to get OEC exemption if they fall under the above categories.


How to get an OEC exemption number.

To avoid inconvenience at the airport during departure, exempted balik-manggagawas are still required to get an exemption number from BM Online. This allows the POEA to validate if the OFW is really exempted from getting an OEC.

If you’re qualified for OEC exemption, here are the steps to get a Balik-Manggagawa Exemption Number.


1. Log into the BM Online System.

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On the Already Registered box, enter your email address and password. If you are not registered yet, click here for the instructions on creating a BM Online account.

After logging in, enter your last issued OEC number. If the system finds no record in the POEA database (which means you’re not exempted), you’ll have to set an online appointment for regular OEC processing. Click here for the steps to set an OEC appointment.


2. Update your profile.

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If your record is found, you’ll be directed to the My Profile page. Update your personal data, job contract information, and beneficiaries. 

You can edit almost every field except some specific information under Personal Data such as your name (first, middle, surname), birthday, and your mother’s full maiden name. You can’t also edit some data under Contract Particulars specifically your employer’s name, job site, position, and salary.

If you want to change or update the information in any of these non-editable fields, you will need to secure an appointment with POEA at your preferred date and time.

Lastly, you need to make sure that you still look like the photo in your profile. The profile photos in the system are used by the Bureau of Immigration for identification purposes, especially during the final departure.

If your appearance has changed, you need to update your profile photo by uploading your most recent photo that doesn’t exceed one (1) MB. This recent photo must show your full face clearly similar to the passport picture.

Once you’re done filling up/updating all the required fields, don’t forget to click “SAVE”. Otherwise, you’ll not be able to proceed to the next step.

The BM Online system will transmit your records to the Bureau of Immigration, which the Immigration officer will refer to when validating your OEC exemption during your departure.


3. Click the Acquire OEC or Exemption button.

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Enter your flight date (in MM/DD/YYYY format) and confirm if you’re returning to the same employer and job site. 


4. View your BM Exemption Number.

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A message confirming your OEC exemption with a BM Exemption Number will appear. Your exemption number is transmitted to the Bureau of Immigration, proving that you’re exempted from getting an OEC.

On your departure date, just go directly to the airline counter at the airport to check-in.

After checking-in, proceed to the Immigration counter and present the following:

  • Passport valid at least 6 months from the date of departure
  • Valid work visa/work permit indicating your employer and job site

If your work visa doesn’t have your employer’s name, you can present any of the following instead (provided that it states your employer’s name):

  • For company-hired: Valid employment contract, current employment certificate, valid employment/company ID, or latest/most recent payslip
  • For domestic workers: Valid POLO Verified Employment Contract

No need to go to the POEA Labor Assistance Center at the airport for revalidation of your OEC exemption.

On the other hand, if you don’t receive the pop-up confirmation message shown above, it only means that the system is unable to retrieve the data proving you’re returning to the same employer and job site, in which case you’ll be redirected to the appointment page so you can set an appointment for OEC issuance at any POEA office/center at your preferred date and time.

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


Tips and Warnings.

1. There’s no need to print the BM Exemption Number.

OFWs qualified for OEC exemption don’t have to print the confirmation message containing the BM Exemption Number since it’s electronically transmitted by the system to the link used by the Immigration Officer.

On the day of your departure, all you need to do is check-in and proceed to the Immigration counter to present your passport and work permit/work visa.


2. Update your profile picture.

Since it’s been a while since you uploaded the picture, your appearance may have already changed. Hence, it’s important to update it by uploading your most recent passport picture with a file size not exceeding one (1) MB.

It’s important to update your photo because it’s used by the Bureau of Immigration for identification purposes and final departure formalities.


3. You need to log-in to the BM Online System every time you return to the Philippines in order to avail of the OEC exemption.

All returning OFWs are required to register to the BM Online System.

If you already have an account and have been issued an OEC before, all you need to do is log-in to the system.

Without logging in each time you go on vacation in the Philippines, you can’t obtain OEC exemption. This is because logging in and updating your information online is the only way BM Online System can determine whether you’re exempted from securing the OEC or not.

If you’ve been proven to be qualified, the data will then be transmitted to the Bureau of Immigration who will then clear your name of departure formalities.


Frequently Asked Questions.

1. Should I get an OEC or BM exemption each time I return to the Philippines?

2. I can’t access my account due to an incorrect password. How can I reset my password?

3. I can’t log-in to BM Online System because I’ve forgotten my email address and password. What should I do?

4. How do I avail of the travel tax and terminal fee exemption?

5. I forgot to get an exemption number through BM Online, and I’m already at the airport. What should I do?

6. Do I need to print my OEC exemption number?

7. I am returning to the same employer and job site and have previous OEC but the System still re-directs me to Appointment page. What’s wrong?


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57 thoughts on “How to Get OEC Exemption Online: An Ultimate Guide for OFWs

  1. Ask ko. Lang po yung exemmtion oec pp ba is valid for 2months kasi kakahuha ko. Lang lo ng oec today naka lagay po na validith is 2020/03/02 nito ako ku g feb 02 2020 ba yan or march 02 2020 kasi ang balik ko is feb 24 2020 nalilito ko kung 1month validity or sa march 2 2020 pa till valid and oec exemption ko

    1. It’s definitely March because OEC is has a 60-day validity. Read this for more info:

  2. Hi Good morning po. Can I get my OEC at the airport? Kasi I’ve read articles only those under emergency leave lang daw allowed. I forgot my account and password kasi. I tried to make another account kaso wala ng slot. And I am departing on 04 Jan.

    1. Yes, you can but only those who are qualified: If you’re not, then you need to reach out to POEA to see what they can do.

  3. Hello yung passport ko less than 6 mos validity na yung expiry and hindi ko pa narerenew and paguwi ko ng Pinas 4 days lang ako so di rin makakapgrenew pano ako makakakuha ng OEC?

    1. A passport with at least 6 months of validity is one of the requirements for OEC Exemption. If you still have a lot of time, you can try to get in touch with the Philippine Embassy in the country where you’re currently residing and inquire if they’re accepting passport renewals. You can also contact POEA and inquire about what you can do about your current situation.

  4. Hi I have been trying to contact POEA with the numbers provided but none of it seems working. I wanted to ask them why I can’t get any confirmation email to activate my account. I secured my latest oec before when I got my contract verified in our consulate in Dubai and paid all necessary fees I was able to go home last year and I’m returning to the same employer this new year. I’m stuck with the activation of email and never received any even on my spam box.

    1. You can contact them through their online helpdesk (

  5. Hello ask ko lang po, hindi kasi ako dumaan ng poea kaya wala akong record ng oec nung umalis ako ng pinas, kasi sa china ako nag process ng working visa ko dahil sobrang urgent nung work. Ngaun mag babakasyon ako ng pinas, pano po ako makakakuha ng oec? At gano po katagal ang pagkuha?

    1. You can’t get an OEC exemption or even an OEC because having a record at POEA’s database is one of the requirements.

  6. BAKIT PO UNG EXEMPTION SA OEC NGAYON AY MAY EXPIRATION NA? 3 months po bakasyon ko tapos ung exemption na ibinigay ay magexpired before ako makabalik! paano po un?

    1. It’s best to contact POEA directly regarding this matter. You can call their hotline or inquire through their online helpdesk (

  7. Hi,

    Hire po ako ng manpower contractor sa ibang bansa and my new visa is other company, but the manpower contractor are doing the payment for me. do i need to udpated my BM online for new employer o okay na same employer lang dahil manpower contract naman nag papasahod sakin?

    1. You should directly contact POEA regarding this matter by calling their hotline or reaching out through their online helpdesk (

  8. Hello po!
    Tanong ko lang po.nakakuha na po ako oec,ang nilagay ko po kasi uwi ko December 22. Kaso po sa 25 pa lang po uwi ko..kailangan ko po ba papalitan yun/ or kuha po ba ako bago?
    Thank you po!

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

  9. anong kailangan pag makuha ako ng oec change employer at jobsite pero my record na ako sa poea itong lilipatan ko freelance kase ako kaya palipatlipat ng comp at jobsite

    1. The employer name and jobsite can’t be edited online so you’ll have to go through regular OEC processing.

      For more info, read this:

  10. Dipo ako makaselect Kung saang polo poea ako kukuha,try ko Santiago Isabela…hanggang Jan 8,9,10 Lang PO available Ang slot …paqnonpo…Jan 3 magpamanila na PO ako…Jan 5 PO ako balik hongkong.. Wala PO kasi nakalagay don na polo HK….

    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.

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