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POEA Employment Hiring Application Rules: How much to pay for recruitment agency costs fees and contributions


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If you are applying for work abroad and you still don’t know or understand why some agencies do charge recruitment fees and the like, here is a valid information straight from the POEA website online where you can base the costs, fees, extra charges, contributions and so on so you know where the fees charged on the worker being hired come from.

Please do note that other than these sources of fees to pay for, there are not other authorized fees allowed to be collected by involved parties such as recruitment agencies and principals. Any unauthorized fees and charges should be reported to the POEA directly for proper handling. This is also found in the POEA rules and regulations of the agency of the Philippine government as stated in RULE V FEES, COSTS, CHARGES.

Section 1. Service Fee. Agencies shall charge from their principals a service fee to cover services rendered in the recruitment, documentation and placement of workers. The Administration shall provide incentives to agencies and employers who are able to comply with this rule.
Section 2. Fees and Costs Chargeable to Principals. Unless otherwise provided, the principal shall be responsible for the payment of the following:

a. visa fee;
b. airfare
c. POEA processing fee; and
d. OWWA membership fee

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Section 3. Fees/Costs Chargeable to the Workers. Except where the prevailing system in the
country where the worker is to be deployed, either by law, policy or practice, do not allow the charging or collection of placement and recruitment fee, a landbased agency may charge and collect from its hired workers a placement fee in an amount equivalent to one month salary, exclusive of documentation costs. Documentation costs to be paid by the worker shall include, but not limited to, expenses for the following:

a. Passport
b. NBI/Police/Barangay Clearance
c. Authentication
d. Birth Certificate
e. Medicare
f. Trade Test, if necessary
g. Inoculation, when required by host country
h. Medical Examination fees

In the event that the recruitment agency agrees to perform documentation services, the worker
shall pay only the actual cost of the document which shall be covered by official receipts.
11 The above-mentioned placement and documentation costs are the only authorized payments that
may be collected from a hired worker. No other charges in whatever form, manner or purpose, shall be imposed on and be paid by the worker without prior approval of the POEA. Such fees shall be collected from a hired worker only after he has obtained employment through
the facilities of the recruitment agency.

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