Your agency would probably charge you these fees
You may have heard that working abroad is an investment. This is why parents spend a lot to send their kids to a maritime school or families sell properties in order to pay for a member's agency fees because they all know it's going to be worth it in the end.
You may also have heard of tragic stories of OFW hopefuls who were ruthlessly scammed by agencies. This could be avoided by 2 things:
First, choose an agency accredited by POEA.
You can find this information here.
Second, you should know what are the possible fees you have to pay and how much will it cost you.
There are four main fees that your agency will ask you to prepare:
(1) POEA Processing Fee - US$100 or PHP equivalent
(2) OWWA Membership Fee - US$25 or PHP equivalent; this is valid for 2 years.
(3) Placement Fee - usually equivalent to one month basic salary; this is what you pay the agency for "placing" you in a job.
(4) Medical Fees - average of Php 5,000
(5) Documentation and agency processing fee - average of Php 10,000 for all the paper works. If you pay for this, it means the agency will pay for all clearances and certificates, you need to prepare. All you need to do is just show up. However, the average rate for this is too high compared when you process these paper works yourself.
These are the fees that you DON'T need to pay for:
- Visa - Your employer should take care of your visa from their end, including all charges
- Plane ticket - Since your potential employer made the decision to hire a foreign worker, it's also their responsibility to get you there.
💗 When in doubt, ask. 💗