Do not apply at recruitment agencies not licensed by POEA. Check if the said agency had active POEA license.
2. Do not deal with licensed agencies without job orders. Even if the said agency had a licensed, make sure that they have proper job orders. A job order is a request from an agency abroad to recruit and deploy a certain number of OFWs to work in a certain country, with the approval of the consulate.
3. Do not deal with any person who is not an authorized representative of a licensed agency. When dealing a representative always ask their ID or their company’s business card.
4. Do not transact business outside the registered address of the agency. If recruitment is conducted in the province, check if the agency has a provincial recruitment authority.
5. Do not pay more than the allowed placement fee. It should be equivalent to one month salary, exclusive of documentation and processing costs.
6. Do not pay any placement fee unless you have a valid employment contract and an official receipt. House Hold Workers (HHWs) are excepted to pay any placement fees.
7. Do not be enticed by ads or brochures requiring you to reply to a Post Office (P.O.) Box, and to enclose payment for processing of papers. Ask their complete address, or you may call and visit their recruitment agency’s office.
8. Do not deal with training centers and travel agencies, which promise overseas employment. Apply only on licensed recruitment agencies that currently listed and not banned by POEA.
9. Do not accept a tourist visa. If you’re planning to work overseas, accept only working visa or working permit not a tourist visa. A tourist visa does not guarantee you a job and work permit.
10. Do not deal with fixers. Avoid any trouble. Transact only on POEA licensed recruitment agencies and their authorized representatives.