The minimum age for the deployment of female household service workers is 23 years old, while the minimum compensation is US$400.00 or the minimum compensation in the host country, whichever is higher.


Accreditation of Foreign Placement Agencies for Recruitment of Landbased Domestic Workers
Procedure Requirements
1.     All employer/s seeking to hire household service workers from the Philippines must hire them through a licensed Foreign Placement Agencies (FPA) and Philippine Recruitment Agency (PRA). Please visit the POEA website to get a complete list of licensed agencies.


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


4.     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.


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


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


  • Hiring only one worker – US$40.00
  • Hiring more than one worker – US$140.00


7.     POLO-verified documents will be released through courier either to the FPA or to the PRA. POLO-WDC is currently using the services of FedEx.


If the FPA 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 FPA 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 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.

8.     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

4.     [Template from PRA] Master Employment Contract for Domestic Workers – signed on all pages by the FPA and PRA representatives principal or his/her authorized representative and notarized

5.      [Template from PRA] Special Power of Attorney

6.     Letter of Visa Guarantee

7.     Copy of valid 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.   Employers Information Card

13.   Police Clearance of the Employer – in the absence of an FRA, or Employers dealing directly with a PRA


*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 Land-based Household Workers.