FYI OFWs: Fees that You Should Pay to Work Abroad
Audrey, Jan 9, 2015
Thinking of working abroad gives light for Filipinos dream of better future for their family. Once a Filipino heard what his neighbour is earning abroad and how it had changed their lives, he become excited knowing his family will experience the same if he works abroad.
But to work abroad is not that easy. Aside from the long process of application, processing of documents, and possibility of being a victim of discrimination and maltreatment abroad, a Filipino will have to release a huge amount of money as well before he can board the plane bound to his destination.
WorkAbroad.ph’s facebook page usually receives questions from OFWs about the different fees they have to pay at the agency they applied for.
So, what are the fees that OFWs have to pay to their agency and to the government before they can work abroad? Read on.
Placement Fee. This is the recruitment agency’s share for helping you land an overseas job. But you should only pay them with an amount equivalent to your one month’s salary and once you’ve signed an employment contract. You can also choose to pay them first half the amount, completing the payment after you’ve received your visa and plane ticket.
Documentation Fees. OFWs must prepare all the needed important documents for you to be able to work abroad. These documents are:
- NBI/Barangay/Police Clearance
- Authenticated Birth Certificate
- School credentials/Training Skills certificate
- Medical examination certificate
- Trade Test (if needed)
- Immunization (if required by the destination country)
- Contributions for PhilHealth, Pag-IBIG and SSS
- Pre-Departure Orientation Seminar (PDOS)
OFWs should also be aware that the processing fee, which includes visa, airfare, POEA processing, OWWA membership and insurance coverage, is to be paid by the employer.
Any payments or costly amount required by the agency rather than what is specified above should be informed to the POEA office so legal actions can be taken.