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How to Know If a Recruitment Agency is Illegal Using POEA Website

If there is a job abroad for Filipino workers, you can only apply for it via local recruitment agency. And that agency must be accredited by the POEA.  This is the rule for overseas recruitment in the Philippines.  If the agency does not have a POEA license that means the company you are applying to is an illegal recruiter.

But how will you know if a company is recruiting illegally?

There is a simple way to do this.

How to Check if a Recruitment Agency is illegal using POEA website

1.  Visit POEA website at

2. Look for “Status of Recruitment Agencies”  search box. You can find it at the upper right side of POEA home page.

3. Type the name of your recruitment agency then click the search button.

4.  You should see the name of your agency as well as the address and contact numbers. The  Status should also say “Valid License”. The result should look like the image below.

5.  If the search says “Zero Result Found”. Then you are dealing with an illegal recruiter and should report them to the POEA.