Accreditation of Foreign Principals/Employers/Agencies (Landbased Workers)

ACCREDITATION is the grant of authority to a foreign employer /principal to recruit and to hire Filipino workers through a licensed recruitment agency (Philippine Recruitment Agency or PRA) for overseas employment.

The Department of Migrant Workers (DMW) has the exclusive authority to accredit principals/employers although such authority may be delegated to the POLO in countries/territories where it has jurisdiction.

For employers and principals in the United States and the Caribbean Islands, the following shall be observed:

  1. All documents for accreditation shall be verified by the POLO and indorsed to the POEA for appropriate action. The indorsement may carry with it a recommendation to deny accreditation.
  2. In the absence of the POLO, the documents shall be duly authenticated by the Philippine Embassy/consulate which has jurisdiction over the jobsite. Authentication does not take the place of verification, however.
  3. The accreditation shall be valid for four (4) years.
  4. Job orders approved by the POEA shall be valid for a period of two (2) years, subject to revalidation for another two years upon confirmation of the principal/employer.
  5. Renewal of Accreditation may be done at the request of the principal/employer or licensed recruitment agency and upon submission of the following:
  • Reconfirmed recruitment agreement
  • Revalidated or new job order
  • Affidavit of Undertaking (that jobs are existing and vacant)
  • Affidavit of Undertaking (PAOS)
  1. For Guidelines on Multiple Accreditation of Principal/Employer, please refer to POEA Memorandum Circular No. 18, Series of 2019.

For details of the procedure, please refer to the 2016 POEA Rules on Land-based Workers.