Filipino fiancées and spouses of foreign citizens who are leaving the country are required to attend the Commission on Filipinos Overseas (CFO) guidance and counseling programs in order to secure the Guidance and Counseling Certificate (GCC) and the CFO sticker. This Pre-Departure Orientation Seminar (P.D.O.S) is a pre-requisite to the issuance of passports. This program helps Filipino fiancées and spouses of foreign nationals make informed decisions regarding their marriage to foreign nationals and to prepare them for their adjustments in cross-cultural marriages. The two-hour seminar include topics about migration laws, welfare and support services available in their country of destination, their rights overseas; and tips on how to cope up if in case there’ll be problematic or difficult domestic situations. Those who are leaving the country ages 13 to 19 years are requires to attend the Peer Counseling Seminar a special session for which aims to prepare them emotionally for the adjustments they will have to take.
After the seminar, the Commission on Filipinos Overseas (CFO) issues a counseling certificate as proof that the applicant has attended the guidance and counseling session. Here are the sample pictures of CFO certificates and CFO Sticker.
Sample CFO Guidance and Counselling Certificate
Sample CFO Guidance and Counselling Certificate of Attendance
A Filipino emigrant who has properly registered with the Commission on Filipinos Overseas will have the CFO sticker affixed to his/her passport which will be inspected by the Bureau of Immigration upon departure.
Sample Commission on Filipinos Overseas, CFO Sticker in Passport
Filipino fiancées and spouses of foreign citizens and their kids can attend the CFO Pre-Departure Orientation Seminar for Filipino Emigrants or CFO Peer Counseling Seminar for Filipino Youth Emigrants in the Philippines at either CFO Manila or CFO Cebu offices.
Commission on Filipinos Overseas CFO Cebu City
Those who come from Visayas and Mindanao part in the Philippines may come to CFO Cebu City. There are two CFO places that a foreign citizen’s spouse or fiancee can visit in Cebu to obtain the CFO Certificate:
1. St. Mary Euphrasia Foundation, Inc – Center for Overseas Workers (SMEF-COW)
Located right across University of San Carlos North Campus.
Office hours is Monday to Friday from 8:00 am to 5:00 pm.
Address: 60 3rd floor, Ayaay Arcade, Gen. Maxilom Avenue
Cebu City, Philippines
Tel.No: 32 2353745
Email address: firstname.lastname@example.org
2. Commission on Filipinos Overseas, CFO Cebu Main Office
Located beside Department of Foreign Affairs (DFA) Cebu
Address: Causing-Lozada Building, Osmeña Boulevard corner MJ Cuenco Street
Cebu City, Philippines
Telefax: (032) 255-5253
Commission on Filipinos Overseas CFO Manila
1. St. Mary Euphrasia Foundation – Center for Overseas Workers (SMEF-COW)
Good Shepherd Convent
1043 Aurora Boulevard
Tel. (632) 913-6439
Fax (632) 913-6438
2. Commission on Filipinos Overseas – Main
Address: Citigold Center, 1345 Pres. Quirino Avenue
Corner South Superhighway, Manila
Tel. (632) 561-8321 ext. 104, 105, 201-204, 300-304
Fax (632) 561-8332
To find out the most recent fees, schedules and requirements for CFO registration and more, please visit the official Commission on Filipinos Overseas CFO website at http://www.cfo.gov.ph.