Accreditation of Foreign Principals/Employers/Agencies for Recruitment of Landbased Professional/Skilled Workers
Procedure Requirements
1.     All employer/s seeking to hire professional/skilled workers from the Philippines must hire through a licensed Philippine Recruitment Agency (PRA). Please visit the POEA website to get a complete list of licensed PRAs.


2.     Submit a complete set of requirements to the POLO-WDC by sending original copies at:


POLO-WDC Mailing Address:

Philippine Overseas Labor Office

Embassy of the Philippines

1617 Massachusetts Ave., NW

Washington DC, USA 20036


Please take note that the Philippine Embassy’s state is the District of Columbia (DC) and NOT WASHINGTON (WA).


3.     Upon receipt of documents, the POLO-WDC shall check and review all required documents.


4.     The process of accreditation shall include Pre-Accreditation Zoom meeting if said employer/s will be hiring Filipino workers coming from the Philippines for the first time.


5.     Within five working days from the submission of all documents and after the pre-accreditation virtual meeting, POLO-WDC shall act on the application/request for accreditation, and which action may either be an indorsement or outright denial.


6.     POLO-WDC will inform the representative of the employer/s through email immediately within said period.


7.     The employer will pay the Verification Fee made payable to “Labor Office” or “Office of the Labor Attache” via:

FR US: US Postal Money Order

FR ISLANDS: US Bank Draft for island banks with a US Bank Counterpart


1.     Hiring only one worker – US$40.00

2.     Hiring more than one worker – US$140.00


8.     POLO verified documents will be released through courier either to the foreign employer/company or to the PRA. POLO-WDC is currently using the services of FedEx.


If the employer has a FedEx account, prepare an electronic FedEx shipping form, sample:


Sender: Name of the FedEx account holder

(Do not put POLO-WDC as the sender)

Address: The Philippine Embassy

1617 Massachusetts Ave., NW

Washington DC, USA 20036


If the employer has no FedEx account, please go to the FedEx website, determine the cost by typing the Philippine Embassy address as the shipping address and the PRA’s address as the recipient. Then make payment payable to “FedEx” via:

FR US: US Postal Money Order

FR ISLANDS: US Bank Draft for island banks with a US Bank Counterpart


We will not accept shipping labels acquired/prepaid directly from FedEx stores using the old FedEx hand-written form.

Please provide us information on where to send the documents: Name of Representative/Company, Complete address with zip code, and contact number.

9.     The PRA will file the POLO verified documents with the POEA for approval of accreditation. Accreditation is valid for four years provided that the PRA must deploy workers to the Employer within the first year.


For any concerns regarding this process, send an email to




1.     [Template from PRA] Job Order – indicating the positions, the number of positions required and salary per position

2.     [Template from PRA] Recruitment Agreement

3.     [Template from PRA] Contingency Plan, whenever applicable

4.     Master Employment Contract for Various Skills – signed on all pages by the principal or his/her authorized representative and notarized

5.     Letter of Visa Guarantee, whenever applicable

6.     [Template from PRA] Special Power of Attorney

7.     Copy of valid/existing commercial registration and business license of the principal issued and authenticated by the chamber of commerce or a relevant government office – including information on business activities, number of years in operation and volume/size of current labor force

8.     Affidavit of Employer on COVID-19 – notarized

9.     PAOS Undertaking – notarized

10.   Secretary’s Certificate OR Authorization of the person signing for and on behalf of the company/employer – notarized

11.   Copy of Official/Valid ID of Signatory

12.   Business/Employers Information Card




·      For Foreign Placement Agencies (FPA)

1.     Copy of business license or valid commercial registration of the actual employer hiring skilled Overseas Filipino Workers

2.     Master Employment Contract – from the employer, signed jointly in all pages by the FPA and the actual employer or his/her authorized representative

3.     Manpower request from the employer

4. Service agreement between the FPA and the client/employer

5. Undertaking by the FPA/employer to monitor the employment of Overseas Filipino Workers and to submit a report of significant incidents


·      For Staffing/Sourcing Company

1.     List of names and addresses of its clients

2.     Manpower Request from the client
Service Agreement between the company and its clients

*All documents must be signed by the PRA representative and notarized in the Philippines.

*If accreditation is being done with identified Filipino worker/s already, the employer may include verification of Individual Employment Contracts. Please refer to Verification of Individual Contracts for Landbased Professional/Skilled Workers.