HIRING OF DOMESTIC WORKERS FROM THE PHILIPPINES

Pursuant to the revised UK immigration rules that took effect on 6 April 2012, only diplomats stationed in the UK/Northern Ireland (NI) are allowed to hire domestic workers from overseas.

As such, POLO will only verify employment contracts of domestic workers from the Philippines whose employers are diplomats stationed in the UK/NI.

Following are the requirements for verification:

A. For Direct Hires:

1. Duly-accomplished POEA-prescribed Employment contract*, notarized by a UK/NI solicitor and legalized by the UK Foreign and Commonwealth Office (FCO)
2. Duly accomplished employer’s profile*
3. Certified true copy of the data page of employer’s passport
4. Certification from the employer’s Embassy or Consulate that s/he is a diplomatic staff
5. Copy of the data page of the employee’s passport
6. Copy of the employee’s visa
7. Letter to POEA requesting exemption from the No Direct Hiring Policy and/or Minimum Age Requirement for HSWs (since prospective employee should be 23 years old and above)  

*Please go to link on downloadable forms.

B. For Agency Hires:

1. Job Order (JO) issued by the employer to the Philippine Recruitment Agency, legalized by a UK/NI solicitor and legalized by the UK Foreign Commonwealth Office (FCO)
2. Special Power of Attorney (SPA) issued by the employer to the Philippine Recruitment Agency, notarized by a UK/NI solicitor and legalized by the UK Foreign Commonwealth Office (FCO)
3. Duly accomplished POEA-prescribed Employment contract*, notarized by a UK/NI solicitor and legalized by the UK Foreign and Commonwealth Office (FCO)
4. Duly accomplished employer’s profile*
5. Certified true copy of the data page of employer’s passport
6. Copy of the data page of the employee’s passport
7. Copy of the employee’s visa

*Please go to link on downloadable forms.

Procedure:

1. Submit two (2) sets of the above documents (1 original and 1 photocopy) to POLO at Building 6, Philippine Embassy, Suffolk Street, London SW1Y 4HG. Office hours are from 9:00 am to 1:00 pm then 2:00 pm to 5:00 pm, Monday to Friday except on holidays.
2. If found complete and in order, pay to POLO the verification fee of £14.00 per document (i.e. employment contract, JO, SPA). Payments should be in cash.
3. The documents will then be processed and verified.
4. Pay to the Philippine Embassy the authentication fee of £18.00 per document (i.e. employment contract, JO and SPA).
5. Wait for release of documents.

For those transacting by post:

1. Payment/s by postal money order for verification fee/s should be made to “POLO-London.”
2. Payment/s by postal money order for authentication fee/s should be made to “Philippine Embassy-London.”
3. Enclose a self-addressed stamped envelope for mailing of documents back to sender.