How to Verify Employment Contract in Los Angeles, California, USA

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One of the main functions of the Philippine Overseas Labor Office (POLO) is the individual employment contract verification for OFWs. The Labor Attaché will make sure that the contract terms are legal in the host country. The Philippines’ POEA BM Centers will get the validated contract as a requirement for OECs.

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There are Outreach Missions for Filipinos in California, so regularly check on the Philippine Consulate General in Los Angeles’s Facebook page to see where they’re doing outreach.

Due to the pandemic, it is advisable to always wear face mask and keep your distance when visiting the POLO California office. The process and requirements for obtaining an Employment Contract Verification in California are discussed in the article.

individual contract verification process in california usa


  • Filipino workers that have changed jobs onsite and are registered with POEA.
  • Filipinos working in California without a POEA record.
  • Filipino nationals who have been authorized for an employment visa by the Immigration Department.
  • Change of employer and/or name of employer for the first time in California (for example, from a tourist or from another nation).
  • Others on a fixed-term contract (this needs contract verified every renewal).

Note: OFWs who have already had their contracts verified with their present employer do not need to have their renewal contracts verified again. They can just show their old verified contract and their renewed contract when applying for BM, as long as the Employer remains the same.


The qualified Filipinos’ employers will process the verification of their employment contracts.

Agency Hire – Individual Employment Contract Verification for Professional and Skilled Workers

Agency Hire – Individual Employment Contract Verification for Land-Based Domestic Workers

Note: Please attach a copy of the POLO verified Job Order if the Individual Employment Contract verification will take place after the accreditation process with the POEA.

Direct Hire – Individual Employment Contract Verification for Professional and Skilled Workers

Note: If the Employer just has an Offer Letter (US) or its own Employment Contract. Please submit an ADDENDUM that is verbatim from Sections 8, 12, 14, and 15 of the Individual Employment Contract for Various Skills and have it notarized. (Link:

Direct Hire – Individual Employment Contract Verification for Land-Based Domestic Workers

Note: Employers from California, Guam, Hawaii, and other US states can send their workers employment contracts for verification to the Philippine Overseas Labor Office, Embassy of the Philippines, 1617 Massachusetts Ave., NW, Washington DC, USA 20036. The employer or its representative must call POLO Washington at 1-202-467-9425 or email before mailing any documents.

How to Process Contract Verification in California

Check out the procedure below on how to process employment contract verification in California.

Step 1: Wait for the POLO employment contract verification outreach mission in California to be confirmed.

Step 2: Gather all the requirements.

Step 3: Send an email to with a PDF file of all of the documents, your phone number, and a request for an appointment.

Step 4: Check the final list of applicants with confirmed appointments at the Consulate General’s website.


Step 5: Visit the POLO outreach mission office on your scheduled appointment day. Show your approved appointment confirmation, fully vaccinated vaccination card, and valid ID to the assigned security personnel.

Step 6: The assigned security personnel will check your name to the list of approved appointments for the day. To avoid long lines, bring the complete set of requirements.

Step 7: Get a token number from the assigned personnel.

Step 8: Go to the processing window and submit your documents.

Step 9: Pay for the US$10.00 verification fee (per document).

 Important Reminders

  • Make sure that the employment contract is dated and signed on all pages by both the employee and the employer.
  • All documentation should be submitted in two (2) sets or copies.
  • Incomplete document submissions, payments, or other deficiencies, such as missing signatures, will not be accepted.
  • If the employer completed the employment contract verification, the employer must give the original processed document to the employed worker or to the Philippine Recruitment Agency, which will then present it to POEA as part of the procedures for the issue of exit clearance.
  • OFW’s in California, Guam, Hawaii, and other US states that are visiting the Philippines and returning to work after can process their employment contract verification to POLO Washington through mail.
  • All applicants must bring their own pens, as well as self-addressed and self-stamped envelopes.
  • All applicants are encouraged to arrive at the POLO outreach office well-dressed. Shorts, transparent clothing, or slippers are not permitted.
  • To avoid delays, employers should closely comply with all requirements.
  • Feel free to call +1 213-944-2599 / +1 213-223-1120 Monday to Friday 9:00am to 4:00pm (Closed on California and Philippines public holidays).

Frequently Asked Questions

If you have any further questions regarding “How to Verify Employment Contract in California”, see the list of frequently asked questions and answers below.

1. What is Employment Contract Verification?

Employment Contract Verification verifies that the OFW has a job and an employer, and that the contract conditions match the POEA and host government’s minimum requirements.

2. Is it possible to get OEC without a verified contract?

A verified employment contract is the most important requirement for the issue of an OEC. Only the POLO or the POEA can provide verification services.

3. Can I skip getting employment contract verification?

No, you can’t skip getting your employment contract verification because it’s one of the first steps in getting your OEC.

4. Can I go to the POLO California office directly to verify my employment contract?

No. The employment contract verification in California was performed by POLO-Washington DC. If you’re an OFW in California, the POLO Los Angeles, California has outreach missions available; all you have to do is schedule an appointment.

5. What is the POLO Los, Angeles California’s office hour?

The POLO Los Angeles, California is open from Monday to Friday 9:00am to 4:00pm (Closed on California and Philippines public holidays).

6. What is the POLO Los Angeles, California’s address?

The POLO Los Angeles, California address is Philippine Overseas Labor Office, 3435 Wilshire Blvd., Los Angeles, CA, United States, California.

7. What is the POLO Los Angeles, California’s hotline number?

You can reach the POLO Los Angeles, California office at +1 213-944-2599 / +1 213-223-1120. You can also send a message to Philippine Consulate General in Los Angeles and Philippine Overseas Labor Office – Los Angeles via messenger.

Philippine Consulate General in Los Angeles Link:

Philippine Overseas Labor Office – Los Angeles Link:

8. What is the email address of POLO Los Angeles, California?

The email address of POLO Los Angeles, California is

9. Can I verify my employment contract instead of my employer?

Yes, as long as you have all of the requirements, you can process your employment contract verification, although it is preferred that the employer perform it. Because foreign employers that hire Filipinos must work through a legally licensed Philippine recruitment agency and sign a recruiting agreement with them.

10. How much does it cost to process employment contract verification?

The processing fee for employment contract verification is US$10.00 (per document).


May we remind all OFW’s in California that it is very important to verify your employment contract because the Philippine Overseas Employment Administration (POEA) requires POLO contract verification in order to register a recruited or employed Filipino worker and process the Overseas Employment Certificate (OEC).

Make sure your contract is verified because authorities in California are on high alert for illegal immigrants. Once you’ve verified your contract, you’ll have access to all of POLO’s benefits and services as well as those provided by POLO’s partners in California.

There are regular outreach mission for employment contract verification, OEC, and other services by the POLO Los Angeles, California office in California.

This is an opportunity for you to process your employment contract verification in person. But you need to set up an appointment before you can go to the outreach mission offices.

Contact Information

POLO-OWWA Los Angeles, California
Address: Philippine Consulate General Los Angeles, 3435 Wilshire Blvd., Suite 3040, Los Angeles, Los Angeles CA, 90010Telephone Number/s: +1 (213) 944-2599, +1 213-944-2519, +1 (213) 223-1120
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