In order for a foreign Principal (direct Employer/Contractor/Placement Agent) to legally hire or bring in Filipino workers to an overseas worksite for employment, there are specific steps they need to follow. This guide will walk you through the process.

1. Accreditation and Registration: Before anything else, the foreign Principal must be accredited with our Migrant Workers Office (MWO) or the relevant Labor Office that has jurisdiction over the jobsite. Additionally, its registration with our Department of Migrant Workers (DMW) is required.

2. Required Documents: The accreditation and registration process involves submitting the following documents:

a. Recruitment Service Agreement (RSA): This document outlines the roles, obligations, and terms of agreement between the Principal and the Philippine agency they are partnering with.

b. Master Employment Contract: A work agreement between the Employer and the worker. It contains the Employer’s employment policies and conditions, which must comply with the DMW’s minimum employment requirements. The Employment Contract should have the Employer’s signature on every page.

c. Job Order or Manpower Request: This document, which must also be on the employing company’s logo or stationery, lists the Principal’s current, immediate, and upcoming manpower requirements, as well as the basic monthly salary for each position.

d. Commercial Registration or Business License: The Principal must provide evidence of their legal existence, such as a commercial registration or business license. An English translation of the document is required, indicating the nature and scope of the Principal’s business, the manpower complement, and the number of years in operation.

Additional Requirements (if applicable)

      • Contingency Plan (required in selected work destinations): This document outlines the Principal’s contingency measures or safety programs for their hired employees in case of war or emergency situations at the worksite.
      • Visa Assurance or Visa Guaranty: The Principal must confirm that they will obtain an appropriate visa for the selected worker before or upon arrival at the overseas jobsite.


3. Country-Specific Requirements: It’s important to note that there may be additional documentary requirements imposed by the Migrant Workers’ Office (MWO) specific to each jobsite.

For further guidance on how to follow these steps and prepare the necessary documents, please email