Friday, March 20, 2015

CFO Guidance and Counseling Certificate: a Less Known Immigration Requirement

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She writes...

The Commission on Filipinos Overseas (CFO) Guidance and Counseling Certificate (GCC) is an immigration requirement that I would not have known if I did not have a friend who used to work there. Even the petition forms that Ray and I filled out did not mention the certificate.


Those immigrating on a fiancée/fiancé
visa will probably only learn about the GCC requirement when they get their visa packets since the US Embassy of Manila sends a leaflet reminder along with them. Spouses who decide to legally change their names to their husbands’ find out they need this when they apply for a passport.

From chatting with US-bound spouses I met when I attended the counseling, renewed my passport and underwent the medical exam, I learned that the CFO GCC was the requirement that most of them did not know about. This was especially true for those who hired law firms to handle their immigration papers.

Spouses or 
fiancées/fiancés and even partners of foreign nationals or former Filipino citizens need to attend the four-hour guidance and counseling session. Spouses are required to bring their NSO marriage certificate or certified true copy of the marriage certificate printed on security paper and identification to attend the counseling.

The CFO GCC is needed for the following reasons:

1. Aside from the marriage certificate, a spouse who wants to renew her passport under her husband’s last name and a spouse applying for a passport for the first time are required by the Department of Foreign Affairs (DFA) to present the original and photocopy of the CFO certificate.

For spouses applying for passports, not knowing about this requirement can become a costly delay. While I was processing mine at the Aseana Business Park office in Manila in February last year, I met a lady from Mindanao who was married to a British national. She said that she had to extend her stay in Manila and rebook her flight because she had to go back in line to re-submit her requirements since she was unaware that she needed the CFO GCC.

2. Spouses and 
fiancée/fiancé cannot leave the Philippines without a registration sticker from CFO.  Stickers are only given after issuance of visa. A photocopy of the personal data page and the GCC must be presented for the sticker issuance.

If you attended the session while your visa application was ongoing, you will have to return to the CFO office after you receive your visa packet. I was told that I could get my registration sticker at the airport but we could not find any CFO officer or stall in NAIA II. It was a good thing we made sure that we accomplished all requirements a week before our flight.

3. When I attended the counseling in January of last year, I met someone who had a Singaporean boyfriend and was not allowed to board her flight to Singapore without a CFO GCC. According to her, she frequently flew to Singapore but usually with friends or on her own. She said immigration officers refused to let her board the plane because that time she was leaving with her foreigner boyfriend for the Chinese New Year. She was required to undergo the GCC (even if they had no plans of getting married) so that she will be allowed to leave the country.

I could only assume that she was asked to undergo the session regardless of her relationship status because Singapore is a destination country for human trafficking. After all, CFO is mandated to “conduct pre-departure counseling services for Filipinos in intermarriages” under Article 16 (j) of the Expanded Anti-Trafficking in Persons Act of 2012.

Sessions

In the CFO guidance and counseling session, participants are grouped according to country of immigration. Since the United States is the top destination of emigrating spouses, two sessions are scheduled twice a day everyday.




Filipino Spouses and Partners of Foreign Nationals | CFO Guidance and Counseling Certificate: a Less Known Immigration Requirement
Number of Filipino Spouses and Other Partners of Foreign Nationals by County (1989-2013 CFO data)

When I attended, the four-hour session was divided into group and one-on-one sessions. First, our facilitator asked us to introduce ourselves and then make a timeline of our respective love stories after which he proceeded to discuss cross-cultural relationships. During the one-on-one interview, the facilitator asked me about how I met my husband and how we got married.

(I didn’t know what to get Ray for Valentine’s day last year, so I wrote about the CFO experience for him. The article was entitled Love conquers immigration woes.)

Schedules and Appointments

When I underwent counseling, there was no option to register online and set a schedule yet.

As I got to their Manila office around 6:00 a.m., there were no longer slots for the morning session so I just registered for the afternoon session. I waited for five hours at a nearby Shakey’s for the afternoon session.

Since May 2014, participants in Manila can book an appointment at http://gcp-appointment.cfo.gov.ph/. Even Cebu started an online appointment system at http://gcp-cebu-appointment.cfo.gov.ph/ last December.

Address

CFO has only two offices nationwide and these are located in Manila and Cebu. See the addresses below.

CFO Manila
Citigold Center
1345 Pres. Quirino Avenue
Corner Osmena Highway
Manila, Philippines
Contact Number: (02) 552-4700
Email: info@cfo.gov.ph
Website: cfo.gov.ph

CFO Cebu
4th floor, K&J Building
#4 Don Julio Llorente Street
Capitol Site, Cebu City 6000
Contact Number: (032) 255-5253
Email: cfocebu@cfo.gov.ph
Website: cfo.gov.ph

The CFO, which was established in 1980, “registers and provides pre-departure orientation seminars to emigrants.” An agency under the Office of the President, it is “tasked to promote and uphold the interests, rights and welfare of the Overseas Filipinos, and strengthen their ties with the Motherland.”

There is a one-time registration fee of P400 for the CFO guidance and counseling certificate. #


Related Entries

CFO Online Registration Now a Requirement
FAQs Part I: CFO Sticker for Filipino Spouses of Foreign Nationals
FAQs Part II: Who needs to attend the CFO Guidance and Counseling Seminar?



278 comments:

  1. can you tell me what is needed to get the cfo sticker? do i need to make an appointment?but i already have the certificate. thanks

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    1. You don't need an appointment anymore, Lilac. You can go to CFO anytime to get your sticker. Bring your CFO GCC (guidance and counseling certificate), a photocopy of your immigrant data summary (the one outside your visa packet), your passport, a copy of your CFO receipt (if you still have it) and an ID.

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    2. i got the sticker but i dont have the certificate!! do i need a certificate? or just the sticker

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  2. can you tell me what is needed to get the cfo sticker? do i need to make an appointment?but i already have the certificate. thanks

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  3. hello good day!
    i just did the set appointent in cebu.Would like to know they gave me ref.no.did it has same to what u have when u do the online appointment? is that goes with the details?
    thanks & more power!

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  4. Hi Therese, online appointment was not yet available when I attended the CFO counseling but I do know that you get a reference number when you register online. When you go for your counseling though, I think you'll need to print your form and of course bring the requirements (NSO marriage cert, ID, etc). Hope it goes smoothly!

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    1. oh i see this is very helpful just done print in out!
      Thanks! :)

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  5. Hi. Can you give me good advice. Is it better to wait for my visa to get approved before I have my appointment to attend to CFO? I plan to attend to CFO CEBU instead in manila. Even tho I live near in manila only for 2 hours travel

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    1. Anyway, I am married to Japanese man and I received my COE last week. Don't know what to do first. If i should go to Embassy or take a CFO in cebu

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    3. I don't know if a CFO guidance and counseling certificate is a requirement for your visa as a Japanese spouse, but if I were you, I'd check on the earliest availability of counseling for spouses of Japanese nationals so that you can set your schedule/make an appointment with CFO already. Besides, you will also need the certificate if you plan to take your husband's name in your passport and other official documents.

      Based on experience, it's better to accomplish all requirements before you get your visa so that once you get your visa, you can just focus on packing and meeting family and friends before your departure.

      If a CFO GCC is not a requirement, then you can schedule your counseling after you get your visa so that you can get your sticker on the same day. Best of luck to you, Ishii!




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    4. Hi. I really appreciate your time to answer all my questionaire. Thank you very much!

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  6. Hi, do u have an idea regarding my case. I attended counselling from cfo this year it was month of April because I was applied a tourist visa to norway but unfortunately they didn't gave me a certificate because in my form i wrote i am annulled which is my annullment is still on going until now. But before I wrote that I asked to the guard for my assistance regarding what would I write at that time. but if I wrote I am single yes all my credentials are single but since my annullment is on process and I have plan to marry a norwegian and maybe next month I would apply a family visa. But my problem is can I apply a family visa even my annullment is on process and I don't know yet when to finish this case. And if so, my another problem is when visa granted and I need a cfo certificate which is the cfo asked me to submit cenomar authenticated and nullity. but how can I sumbit if it is not yet done...please give me an idea on what to do...thank you so much..God bless

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    1. Hello Azil! Thank you for your comment and question. We aren't legal experts, so please consult a professional or do more research for your complex question. What it sounds like you need though is to complete your annulment before anything else. I don't believe you can apply for a family visa for the Norwegian you wish to marry because they wouldn't technically be considered family yet. We recommend completing your annulment so you can obtain a notarized CENOMAR for CFO. Furthermore, we don't recommend taking advice from guards or people you don't know, and you shouldn't indicate you're single when you're still married on paper. Good luck, and best wishes! Keep us posted.

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  7. Thank you so much for your reply mam, that would be the best that I would do. Thanks and God bless!

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  8. Can I ask a question im alreasy registered online my problem is my visa category is wrong i dont know how to edit or change it i already change my email add but keep returning to my first file so the printed barcoded form has wrong visa category what should i do my appointment is nextweek.

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    1. Maiza, if you're referring to your visa category for your registration for CFO guidance and counseling, I'm sure that you can make that correction when you attend it on the scheduled date. It shouldn't really count against your application. But if you're really worried about it, I suggest contacting them to appease your mind. Hope all goes well!

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  9. Hi! I just went to CFO today and I have my fiance visa already they advised me to take the GCP guidance counseling program. I just forgot to ask them if after that seminar I can get the CFO sticker at the same time? And do I still need a cenomar even if I have already the visa?

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    1. What I know is you can get your sticker on the same day if you already have your visa packet. You can check this link to see if you have all your requirements ready for the counselling:

      http://www.cfo.gov.ph/index.php?option=com_content&view=article&id=2345:requirements-with-images&catid=110:frequently-asked-questions&Itemid=858

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  10. Hi! Makukuha ba agad yung sticker pag may visa na after ng GCP guidance counseling program? Saka po kailangan paba ng cenomar kahit na grant na yung visa? Thanks!

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  11. Hi! Makukuha ba agad yung sticker pag may visa na after ng GCP guidance counseling program? Saka po kailangan paba ng cenomar kahit na grant na yung visa? Thanks!

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  12. hi ask ko lang matagal ba sila mag email pag naka pag register kna..
    ndi kase ako maka pag proceed dahil wala pa email nila

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    1. You should be getting your email confirmation from CFO right away. Perhaps check your junk mail or spam folder of you haven't yet.

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    2. Ako din been waiting for the email confirmation but never received it..maybe I don't need to get it or it is not required in UAE..Please reply my flight is very soon and nobody advice me to get like this. Only I discover it today as well.

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  14. Hi tanung po lang po. On process po ung de facto partner visa ko dito sa australia. Ung visa po na un ay para lang sa live in partner since dp kmi pwede ikasal kasi dpa tapos ung annulment namin ng dati kong asawa. Panu po un sa pag attend ko ng cfo seminar? Salamat po

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    1. Hello Glaiza, I think you can attend, but please verify by emailing the CFO office at info@cfo.gov.ph. The requirements for attending the Guidance and Counseling Program can also be found here: http://cfo.gov.ph/index.php?option=com_content&view=article&id=2345:requirements-with-images&catid=110:frequently-asked-questions&Itemid=858. Please check them to see what would apply to you. Good luck!

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  15. hi ask ko lang po,planning to married this january 2016 to an EU citizen.Can i attnend this CFO with only a copy of our marriage certificate from the local registrar while waiting for my Marriage cert from NSO.can i attend as well before renewing my passport using my husband name as one of the requirements to renew my passport is a copy of my marriage cert from NSO.what name will i use in filling up the form at CFO form since i don't have my new passport yet with my husband name?thank you

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    1. Hello Anonymous, yes you can use a copy of your marriage certificate from the Local Registrar's office as long as, again, it's printed on security paper (secpa) and certified by the local NSO. We suggest that you definitely attend the CFO seminar before renewing your passport because you'll need it to renew. Once you're married and you want to use your husband's name, you may do so for your CFO forms.

      For more on the requirements for the CFO seminar, please check here: http://cfo.gov.ph/index.php?option=com_content&view=article&id=2345:requirements-with-images&catid=110:frequently-asked-questions&Itemid=858

      Good luck!!

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  16. Hi tanong ko pang po... Makukuha ba agad yong CFO cert. At same day

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    1. Hi Mai, thank you for your question! Yes, you can obtain the CFO cert the same day that you attend the seminar. CFO usually distributes them after you complete the lecture and interview.

      Good luck!!

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  17. hello po, tanong ko lang kasi nakapag register na ako ng PDOS at ung date is Jan 08 pero hindi po ako nakaregister ng GCP. paalis na po ako ng Jan 14 kasi maeexpire ung visa ko ng Jan 20 at hindi na rin po ako makapag sched ng GCP kasi puno na lahat ng slot until Jan 20.
    -Meron po bang ibang place para makapag GCP?
    -iisa lng po ba ung seminar sa PDOS at GCP?

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    1. Yen, we didn't go through PDOS so we can't answer your question pertaining to PDOS.
      You only need to go through guidance and counseling if you are a spouse of a foreign national and there are only two CFO offices where you can attend- Manila and Cebu. I am not sure if CFO still entertains walk-ins because they now require you to register online so it's best to call them. Best of luck to you!

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  18. Hi will be traveling with my boyfriend to Singapore on April 2016. He is a British national, we've been in a a relationship for almost 9 months now but I knew him since 2011. It's going to be a brief vacation 3 days and after that I will go back here in Manila and he will fly back to the UK.He will be in Manila for five days before we leave for Singapore. Do I still need to process the CFO? Because it's just a three day holiday. Please I need your advice. Thanks.

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  19. Hi will be traveling with my boyfriend to Singapore on April 2016. He is a British national, we've been in a a relationship for almost 9 months now but I knew him since 2011. It's going to be a brief vacation 3 days and after that I will go back here in Manila and he will fly back to the UK.He will be in Manila for five days before we leave for Singapore. Do I still need to process the CFO? Because it's just a three day holiday. Please I need your advice. Thanks.

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    1. Hi, this is a good question but one that you might want to ask the CFO. The thing is that Singapore is a human trafficking destination and there is no way of telling how the immigration or airport personnel are going to assess the fact that your travel companion/boyfriend is a foreign national. I would consider playing it safe by getting a clear/written answer from the CFO. Hope this helped somehow. Happy New Year!

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  20. Hi girl, thanks for blogging about this. I gotta ask something which you or the others might have experienced already. Can I do lodge my emigrant registration and get my Sticker in CFO Manila even if I had my seminar in Cebu? Thanks a lot!

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    1. Hi, thanks so much for this great question. We checked with a friend of ours who used to work at the CFO office, and yes, you can get your sticker in Manila if you had your seminar in Cebu. Just make sure you have all the required items to obtain the sticker, such as your certificate, the visa packet, your passport, and so forth. You can also contact the CFO Manila office if you would like to check further. Good luck!

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    2. Thanks a lot for the info. Such a great help. God bless your endeavors.

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  21. Good day! I have an appointment on January 12, 2016 - 2-4 PM. I just noticed that the appointment letter says I have to be at the office at 8 am exactly. y flight will arrive in Cebu at 7:50 am and I am worried I would be late. Do they let people in after 8 if they have appointments? Thank you.

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    1. Hi Anonymous, thanks so much for your question. We're not sure why the letter would direct you to arrive at the CFO-Cebu office at 8:00am for an appointment at 2:00pm, even though their website does say that you need to arrive for your appointment 1-1/2 hours before your appointment to allow time to register. We recommend calling or emailing them, and review the letter again carefully. The GCP seminars at CFO-Cebu are also only scheduled from 2-5pm Mon-Fri according to their website, but again, please contact them to make sure. Best of luck to you!

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    2. Hi just a question for Anonymous, where will you be flying from? I'm thinking of making an appointment as well but I'll be flying from Davao and it's a bit difficult as there are no late night flights going back to Davao same day. And I will need to be back same day as my toddler will definitely look for me at night. Thanks. Just want to know of such situation.

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  22. Hello,
    I will be flying from Davao and thinking of making an appointment for Manila because they have night flights going back same day. Is it possible to do this in one day? I can't do overnight as I have a toddler who always looks for me at night. I already have a visa by the way. And what "Other Documents as may be required by the counselors" are there? I just want to be prepared as I really don't want to waste my time especially I do not want to go back to Manila just for this. Thanks very much.

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    1. It's possible to do it in one day but there's the horrible Manila traffic to consider. You can opt to schedule between Tuesday and Thursday when traffic jam isn't as bad as say Monday or Friday

      "Other documents" can mean photos, letters, plane tickets/hotel receipts that prove you've travelled together, etc but I don't think the counsellor would require these unless he/she finds a reason to doubt the relationship/union.

      You may also want to check this link for the requirements:
      http://cfo.gov.ph/index.php?option=com_content&view=article&id=2334:frequently-asked-questions-on-cfo-guidance-and-counseling-program&catid=110:frequently-asked-questions&Itemid=858

      You can also always call the CFO hotline if you have more questions and clarifications to make.
      Hope everything works out for you!

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  23. Hello,

    Is divorce decree a requirement for CFO if your fiance is divorced??
    Thank you and more power!

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    1. Hello, Sheena. We're not really sure how to answer your question because neither of us were previously married.

      However, there is no mention of a divorce decree of the foreign partner in the requirements (http://cfo.gov.ph/index.php?option=com_content&view=article&id=2345:requirements-with-images&catid=110:frequently-asked-questions&Itemid=858) but when in doubt, it's always best to call CFO.

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  24. Hello Good Evening my Visa is already approve but we did not meet with my boyfriend personally he is a close friend of my Auntie. Can i get the CFO certificate and the Sticker?

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    1. Congratulations on your visa approval. You have to attend the CFO seminar prior to departure lest all your efforts in processing as well as your plane fare might all be for naught.

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  25. i am worried because i never meet my boyfriend personally...

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    1. That is a tough situation to be in Sherilyn especially since the K1 visa has come under a lot of criticism because of recent events like what happened in San Bernardino.

      Just be prepared to prove the authenticity of your relationship, especially during your interview at the American embassy.

      I found this excerpt from https://travel.state.gov/content/visas/en/immigrate/family/fiance-k-1.html

      "In general, the foreign-citizen fiancé(e) and U.S. citizen sponsor must have met in person within the past two years. USCIS may grant an exception to this requirement, based on extreme hardship for the U.S. citizen sponsor to personally meet the foreign-citizen fiancé(e), or, for example, if it is contrary in the U.S. citizen sponsor’s or foreign-citizen fiancé(e)’s culture for a man and woman to meet before marriage."

      All the best to you!

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  26. thanks for the reply and Godbless this site its really usefulll

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  27. Hi,good day everyone. I need some help . I already got confirmation from cfo cebu before 2016 came.They told me ,Im out of date with regards to my system. But, I dont know where I apply online to have schedule for seminar .I would like to set schedule on january15,2016. My Spouse is american.Please do help me.Its my first time to get passport and my visa stillon process too.thank you so much.

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    1. Here are the online appointment links, Dev:

      For CFO Manila: http://gcp-appointment.cfo.gov.ph/

      For CFO Cebu: http://gcp-cebu-appointment.cfo.gov.ph/


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    2. thank you so much for the reply,this much helpful.

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  28. does cfo cebu still accept walk in ?

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  29. Hi , would just like to ask some question. I had my visa grant alraedy for partner visa to Australia. One of the requirements is Marriage cert , can i just bring my Original marriage certificate from Australia? Hindi pa kasi namin na report ang Marriage nmin to the embassy there? We got married there whilst im on my tourist visa.
    Thanks so much....

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    1. Angie, check item 3 in this link of CFO requirements for attending the Guidance and Counselling- http://cfo.gov.ph/index.php?option=com_content&view=article&id=2345:requirements-with-images&catid=110:frequently-asked-questions&Itemid=858

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  30. Hi there! You say this:


    2. Spouses and fiancée/fiancé cannot leave the Philippines without a registration sticker from CFO.  Stickers are only given after issuance of visa. A photocopy of the personal data page and the GCC must be presented for the sticker issuance.

    Do you mean that spouses and fiance/s cannot leave the Philippines on spousal and settlement visas, but can under different circumstances? There is surely legally nothing to stop my wife who married in Hong Kong (and the marriage wasnt registered at the Philippine Embassy as we forgot) flying to Hong Kong and presenting it as a return journey, then in Hong Kong taking a one-way flight to the UK as the CFO only matters in the Philippines? Also are records kept on who does or does not get stickers?

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    1. Hello, we only know that every Filipino leaving the country as a partner/spouse of a foreign national needs to undergo the Guidance and Counselling seminar. You can read more about this here- http://cfo.gov.ph/index.php?option=com_content&view=article&id=2341:what-is-cfo-guidance-and-counseling-program&catid=110:frequently-asked-questions&Itemid=858

      If you wish to make further clarifications, you can also send your email questions to: Info@cfo.gov.ph.

      Good luck!

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  31. Hi im mich... ask ko lang if pwede b ung ctc ng marriage certificate from registrar authenticated na sa nso pero hnd xa secpa hnd pa kasi narerelease sa nso ung mc. I badly needed na ksi para mag pa change ng surname.
    Thank you very much

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    1. Hi, Mitch. CFO is very specific about its requirement for the counselling- either you present an NSO marriage certificate or a certified true copy of the marriage certificate printed on security paper. You can request the latter at the city hall/municipal hall. If you're using the MC to change your name in your passport, the DFA requirement is the same.

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  34. Hi,
    You Are Doing a fantasic job. i would like to know if its possible to change my wife's surname on her cfo certificate because dfa can not accepted it as it is in order to renew her passport

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    1. A wife can legally take her husband's last name and use it in her CFO certificate. But if you mean that your wife already has the certificate but did not use your last name and therefore needs to get it changed, then you'll have to contact the CFO about how to make the necessary change.

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  35. Hi po tanong lang nakakuha na po ako ng CFO certificate aalis na po ako papuntang sg with my fiance. Yung singapore d naman po kailangan ng visa so okay lang na certificate lng? makakaalis po ba ako? thanks

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  36. Hi po tanong lang nakakuha na po ako ng CFO certificate aalis na po ako papuntang sg with my fiance. Yung singapore d naman po kailangan ng visa so okay lang na certificate lng? wala pong nilagay na sticker ang CFO sa akin dahil wala po akong visa or hindi na po kailangan daw..makakaalis po ba ako? thanks

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    1. Thank you for your question. We can only assume that you will only need your certificate but it would still be best to call CFO for an answer so you can be sure that there won't be any issue with immigration. Please refer to the email and telephone number in the blog entry above. Best of luck!

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  37. Hi good afternoon me asawa aq n American citizen. Nakaaatend n aq nang seminar s CFO kasi requirements q s pag kuha nang passport. Nais q Lang malaman kelangan q pa ba umatttend nang PDOS or Hindi na at pag mag papa sticker n aq kelangan ko paba ulit magset nang appointment tnx

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    1. When immigrating as a spouse to the US, one doesn't need to attend PDOS, MJ. You also don't need an appointment to get your sticker.

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  38. hello po. Itatanong ko lang po sana yun sitwasyon ko. Kinasal po ako sa UK. Yun marriage certificate ko po at visa ay galing dito at hindi sa pinas. Kelangan ko pa po ba umattend ng seminar sa Pilipinas pag umuwi ako?

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    1. Based on our understanding, all Filipino spouses of foreign nationals must attend the CFO counselling. Please email or call CFO so you can be more certain about this.

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  39. Hi!
    Planning to get my appointment for CFO seminar in Cebu this month but unfortunately my marriage certificate from NSO is not yet in my hand it's because I just got married last month Feb. It is okay if I use my marriage certificate from the civil local registrar office only to attend that said seminar? Please help, thanks

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    1. Hello, this question was also asked by Mitch in this thread and this was our response:

      "CFO is very specific about its requirement for the counselling- either you present an NSO marriage certificate or a certified true copy of the marriage certificate printed on security paper. You can request the latter at the city hall/municipal hall."

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  41. hello po y daughter is 5 years old pwede nlng po ba kameng kuuha ng sticker or certificate sa naia since taga surigao kame at ang flught po nain sobrang aga please gave an advice thanks

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  42. hello po y daughter is 5 years old pwede nlng po ba kameng kuuha ng sticker or certificate sa naia since taga surigao kame at ang flught po nain sobrang aga please gave an advice thanks

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    1. Hi, Sweetanne. If you mean you don't have a Guidance and Counselling certificate yet, you can only get a certificate from the CFO offices in Manila and Cebu. Please check the above entry and related entry for details and scheduling, respectively.

      If you already have the certificate but don't have a sticker yet, I think you can get the CFO sticker at the airport. I would call the CFO office to double check though because we were not able to personally verify the existence of a CFO desk at any of the NAIA terminals.

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  44. Hello. I have a question. My girlfriend is hoping to come to Ireland by Christmas or latest just after the new year 2017. Se will only be going to Ireland for vacation to visit my parents and myself as well as visiting the various sites Ireland has to offer. She will be coming back to Philippines. Will she still have to do the course in order for Philippines immigration to let her pass? We did meet in person before when i went over to her for her birthday in 2014. We spent 2 weeks together.I got to meet her family and friends and she has been wanting to come to Ireland to meet my parents and so we can spend some time together too make future plans for me possibly moving to the Philippines. Thank you for taking the time to read this.

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    1. That's a very good question. She shouldn't need a CFO certificate because she's only going to visit Ireland as a tourist but there is no harm in getting the certificate if she has time. Having a CFO certificate could avoid unnecessary entanglements, especially if an immigration officer feels the need to question further.

      We can tell you that we know of at least two separate incidents where two passengers were not allowed to board the plane without their CFO certificates because one was leaving with her foreigner boyfriend and one told the immigration officer that she was visiting her bf in Europe as a tourist.

      The immigration officer might ask your gf about the purpose of her visit, who she will be visiting and staying with and once the IO finds out that she's visiting you, the IO might require her to present her CFO certificate lest they disallow her from leaving the country.

      But of course it would still be best to send an email to CFO or give them a call to inquire just to make sure that all will go smoothly as planned.

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  45. Thank you for your response.

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  46. Hi... Just wanna ask about sa 2 valid ids requirements for cfo gcp.. I have my Electronic postal ID and philhealth only.. Is it fine I could use the philhealth? Do they accept it?. I have already my nso marriage certificate..
    Thanks for the reply..

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  47. I have my 2 ids only postal id and philhealth for my husband family name.. It will be acceptable in cfo gcp? Though i have my nso marriage contract..
    My appoinment is on April 5th.. Do i need to get another ID?

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    1. Hi Hopefully, the PhilHealth ID is considered a valid identification by most institutions. If you want to be absolutely sure about its validity with CFO, you can always verify with them too. Good luck!

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  49. Hi... Just wanna ask about sa 2 valid ids requirements for cfo gcp.. I have my Electronic postal ID and philhealth only.. Is it fine I could use the philhealth? Do they accept it?. I have already my nso marriage certificate..
    Thanks for the reply..

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  50. Hi good day,I just want to ask what are my first step and requirements to get so I can attend cfo.were married last March 2,2016 and my husband want me to process all the requirements so I can apply my visa to go with him.
    I really need your help.
    Thank you

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    1. Hello, Harlene.

      The first step is to get an NSO copy or a certified true copy of your marriage certificate printed on security paper. Here's our entry on how to speed up the marriage certificate processing: http://www.loveonexcel.com/2015/03/speeding-up-nso-marriage-certificate.html

      After you have secured a copy of the MC, you make an appointment with CFO
      (For CFO Manila: http://gcp-appointment.cfo.gov.ph/ and for CFO Cebu: http://gcp-cebu-appointment.cfo.gov.ph/)

      You can search this blog and read the entries for more tips. Good luck!

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  51. Naka-pag apply na ako ng aking Fiancee visa sa Norway but am waiting for the decision. and I have already booked an appointment to the CFO in Cebu this coming May 2017, my question is I am allow to have the Guidance and Counselling while waiting for my visa decision and the Embassy of Norway have my passport, Do i need the CENOMAR in my guidance counseling in cebu this coming May 2016?

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  52. Yes, Jesie, you may attend the CFO guidance and counselling session even without a visa. This link with help you determine the requirements:

    http://cfo.gov.ph/index.php?option=com_content&view=article&id=2345:requirements-with-images&catid=110:frequently-asked-questions&Itemid=858

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  53. Hi, I would like to ask if it is ok if the first application at CFO Cebu status is "On-hold" on their website and then I applied for CFO Manila and they gave me the barcode already. Is it ok? If I'll go through with my Manila application? Please reply. Thank you!

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    1. It seems like you have a sure slot in Manila. As long as you have all the details of confirmation and you have printed all the necessary forms that you need to bring for the Manila appointment, then there shouldn't be any issue that your Cebu application is on hold. If your Cebu application ever comes through, then just cancel it.

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  54. Hi. Can i attend the CFO seminar even without my actual passport? My US interview will be on April 12 and my cfo is scheduled by april 13. And it would taken them one week to give me back my passport right? They had to send it to my home address. So my passport wouldnt be with me on april 13. Can i still attend and get even a certificate? Im from Davao and it would be very expensive traveling back and forth. Thanks

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    1. Hi Karissa, unless you are using your passport as identification, you do not need to bring your it as it is not a requirement for the CFO seminar.

      After you get your visa however, you will need to bring your passport back to CFO so that they can attach the CFO sticker.

      You don't need to leave your passport in both cases.

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  55. Hi,Good evening.I have a question about Appointment online. I have my vist visa for visiting boyfriend in Sweden.And now ko lang nalaman about CFO.Fully Booked na kasi this month.My flight is nextweek na po.Can I go there as a Walk in?Thanks..

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    1. I think they don't entertain walk-ins anymore (also read this entry- http://www.loveonexcel.com/2015/08/cfo-online-registration-now-requirement.html).

      What I would do though is try to call and see if there have been some cancellations.

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  56. hi! good day! i would just like to ask, nag pa appointment ako nung march 31, 2016 sa cfo napili ko ung may 9,2016 unfortunetly it was already too late before i realized na may 9 nga pala is election day (holiday),wala pa kasing color blue ung date na un (na meaning walang session) nag email ako agad sa cfo about that matter and after 8 days (today) my tumawag sakin sa cfo regarding that matter sinabi nya sakin na mag pa appointment na lang daw ako ulit my mga scenario daw kase na pwedeng ma double ung appointment, binigay nya ung contact no. ng cfo incase my questions pa ako so ginawa ko ung sinabi nya pero still lumalabas pa din ung unang schedule ko tinry kong tumawag sa cfo after 30 mins pero walang sumasagot nag riring lang, ano po kaya ang pwede kong gawin regarding this matter?
    nag hahabol kase ako ng araw since june 30 expiration ng visa ko at laging full slot ang cfo kung aantayin ko pa ung may 9 para makapag pa reschedule

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    1. Hi Mae. Sorry to hear that you are having problems with setting up an appointment with CFO. However, this is something that we cannot resolve for you. You will just have to give them a call or email them again and request that they accommodate you since it was a glitch in their system that prevented you from getting an appointment before the expiration of your visa.

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  57. Do i need to get my Guidance and Counseling Certificate?? But i already have mf sticker from CFO attached in my passport?? I hope u will answer this

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    1. Hi Stickoh. If you are immigrating as a spouse, you need to attend the guidance and counseling session of CFO. The attendance is a requirement in order to get the certificate and the certificate is a requirement for the sticker.

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  58. Hi.. i have another question. Im already done with my CFO GCC Seminar on April 13..they gave me a certificate but no sticker yet since i dont have my passport with me, its still with embassy. So im planning to get the sticker on the actual day of departure to US. But my flight is via Cebu -LAX, is it okay to get the sticker in Cebu even if i did attended my seminar in Manila? What do i need to do? Hheeeelp!

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    1. To the best of our knowledge, you can get the sticker from either CFO office regardless of where you attended the seminar. You just need to make sure that you bring all the requirements (guidance and counseling certificate, visa packet, etc).

      It won't hurt to call the CFO Cebu office though to verify this information with them also. Good luck, Karissa!

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  60. Hi... I've already set a GCP appointment online last April 11, unfortunately I wasn't able to attend due to an emergency.. I am trying to make a new reservation but it says that I could only make a new appointment when my previous reservation expires.. How long would I have to wait for the expiration?... :(

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    1. Thank you for your question, Tinkerbelle. Unfortunately, your concern is something that we cannot address since it's an administrative issue that you need to work out with CFO.

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  61. Hi! Omg. This is really getting frustrating. So i called CFO cebu and Manila but getting to their hotline is too hard. Imagine im calling on long distance i dont know how huge my bill will be. Manila CFo asked you to press 0 to get to a rep but would loop on the welcome tone. CEbu has an inaccessible line. They are not even replying to emails. I dont know how to communicate with them. Please help.

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    1. Sorry to hear about that, Karissa but there's also nothing we can do on our end. You can keep on trying to call the numbers- try calling at a time when you think there won't be as many callers. Also, give them at least a week to respond to your email.

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  62. Hi! Omg. This is really getting frustrating. So i called CFO cebu and Manila but getting to their hotline is too hard. Imagine im calling on long distance i dont know how huge my bill will be. Manila CFo asked you to press 0 to get to a rep but would loop on the welcome tone. CEbu has an inaccessible line. They are not even replying to emails. I dont know how to communicate with them. Please help.

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  63. Hi. I wanna ask. My son is 1 year old and we are planning to immigrate to the states. Do my son need to have a certificate and sticker even if he is 1 year old?

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  64. Hi. I wanna ask. My son is 1 year old and we are planning to immigrate to the states. Do my son need to have a certificate and sticker even if he is 1 year old?

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    1. Hello, this counseling session in this blog entry is only a requirement for the spouses of foreign nationals. If I remember correctly, minors whose parents attended this counseling will also be issued a sticker. I think there's an option somewhere where you can list the name of your minor child immigrating with you. You may want to give CFO a call to double check.

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  65. Hi, would like to ask. My wife is Filipina and is currently working in UAE. We have decided to live in UAE with her. She has already applied for family VISA for me and my son. I was trying to check and reserve for counselling in CFO online reservation so that me and my son can get the CFO emigrant registration sticker but there is no UAE in the country of choices, so I can't proceed with the online reservation. Can I just go to CFO office to get the sticker for me and my son? Thanks in advance.

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    1. Please note that the CFO guidance and counseling that we refer to in this blog entry is only for Filipinos married to foreign nationals. If your wife is a Filipino citizen then you might want to double check the requirements for your trip/plan.

      For spouses of UAE citizens however, we believe that the schedule of counseling falls under Middle East.

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  66. Hi this blog is so helpful. I have a schedule with cfo cebu tomorrow and wanna ask po if the duly accomplish form na required by CFO,dun na ba mismo yun sa cfo office? Wla akong makita na form for download. Thanks

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    1. The duly accomplished form referred to in this link ( http://cfo.gov.ph/index.php?option=com_content&view=article&id=2909%3Aattend-the-gcp-in-manila--cebu&catid=102%3Atabs&Itemid=858) is a form you need to fill up when you already have a visa. The CFO will provide a copy of said form. For the guidance and counseling appointment, you need only to print the confirmation form or save one in a mobile device. All the best, Mae!

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  67. Pwede b s 2 valid ids license driver at passport q?

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    1. Yes, J Prap. A driver's license and a passport are considered valid identifications.

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  68. Please advice I don't have immigrant data summary which you posted in first comments.my situation maybe different from other since my visa
    Was all done in Ecuador country.I have my visa stamp on my passport.we have attorney in Ecuador who help us to make it work.what do I need to do I already have CFO certificate I just need sticker stamp.thank u

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    1. Your requirements are definitely different from ours, Tessie because the country of destination was US. You might want to call CFO and ask them about the specific requirements for Ecuador. If you can't reach them through phone/email, be sure to bring your entire visa packet along with the rest of the requirements for the sticker.

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    2. Thank u for taking time answering my question. Appreciate it

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  69. hi maam. i have a question po. andto po kc ako sa australia ngayon, waiting po ma grant ang spouse visa that we applied onshore. my plan is to go back to philippines on june, mag renew ng passport pra mgamit ko ang last name ng husband ko. bbalik po ako ng pilipinas with a BRIDGING VISA B (This visa allows you to leave and return to Australia while your application for a new substantive visa (spouse visa) is being processed​​. ang question ko po, if mag attend ako ng CFO, ok lng ba na ang ipakita kong visa is my BRIDGING VISA? cause am still waiting for my spouse visa to be approved. mag kaka problema po ba at bka hindi ako paalisin ng pinas. thank you po

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    1. We're sure you could attend the CFO guidance and counseling seminar, Rochelle. Just make sure you go over the requirements and bring everything needed (NSO/PSO marriage certificate, IDs, online registration form, etc). We're not sure if you'd be able to get your sticker though so you might want to ring CFO and clarify that.

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  70. Hi maam im planning to attend my GCP sa may 16 after po ba ako mag attend ay ma kukuha ko ba agad ung certificate?kasi the fallowing day May 17 naka plano pag alis ko punta usa..tnx

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    1. Yes. Just bring all the requirements for attending the counseling as well as all the requirements for the sticker.

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  71. Hello po. thank you for answering my question.
    Sa tingin nyo po ba kailangan ko mag attend ng CFO kung ang nakalgay sa visa ko ay ganito
    "A bridging visa has been granted to allow you to remain in Australia during the processing of your application for Parner Visa"
    Kung ndi ako aatend ok lng ba na ipakita ko sa Immigration officer ang Visa ko na walng magiging problema? thank you po ulit

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    1. Yes, Rochelle. You still need to attend. The CFO guidance and counseling is required for all spouses and partners of foreign nationals. Make sure you schedule an appointment online.

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  72. Hello Kira! What were the documents that they asked from you? I have read in their website for the requirements but was just quite bothered to the #4 requirement which states:
    "4. Other documents as may be required by the counselors; and"


    Were u asked for other documents aside from a photocopy of two valid ids with picture & original & photocopy of ur marriage cert.

    Hope to hear from you really soon!
    Thanks and god bless 😊

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    1. Hi, Mrs. Wanderlust. I wasn't asked to produce "other documents" but I had photographs in my wallet, some of the receipts of the care packages I sent to my husband as well as cards he sent me- just in case they needed more "proof."

      "Other documents" can mean photographs, letters, plane tickets/hotel receipts that prove time spent together or reinforce the authenticity of the relationship.

      Hope everything goes smoothly!




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    2. Alright. Thank you for taking time to reply and for your well wish. Take care & god bless!

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  73. Hello! I was granted a spouse visa to UK. My husband who petitioned me is still a holder if phil.passport but already a permanet resident in the UK. My question is do i still need to attend the GCP even if he's still a Filipino by nationality based on his phil.passport or should i attend the PDOS? Please help me. I need to leave the country asap since the embassy only gave me 30 days to travel to UK. Thank you and God bless!

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  74. Hello! I was granted a spouse visa to UK. My husband who petitioned me is still a holder if phil.passport but already a permanet resident in the UK. My question is do i still need to attend the GCP even if he's still a Filipino by nationality based on his phil.passport or should i attend the PDOS? Please help me. I need to leave the country asap since the embassy only gave me 30 days to travel to UK. Thank you and God bless!

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    1. The CFO guidance and counseling program is for Filipino partners/spouses/fiancees/fiances of foreign nationals/former Filipino citizens and Filipinos with dual citizenships. If your husband is still a Filipino citizen then you don't need to attend the GCP.

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  75. Do you also need a CFO guidance and counseling certificate when applying for a co-habitation visa (schengen)? Plus is it applicable for the same-sex?

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    1. Hi, I believe the co-habitation visa is for partners of EU nationals or partners of foreigners who are legally residing in the EU. If your partner is not Pinoy then yes, you will need to attend the CFO guidance and counseling seminar. Also, the seminar is applicable to same-sex partnerships.

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  76. Hello, how much po ba ang pay sa seminar ng CFO sa Cebu? Immigrant visa po ako to U.S.A.

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  77. Hello, how much po ba ang pay sa seminar ng CFO sa Cebu? Immigrant visa po ako to U.S.A.

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    1. The couseling fee is P400, Glenda (this is if you are referring to the GCP for spouses and partners of foreign nationals immigrating to another country).

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  78. hi, may gcp certificate na aq. then i am planning to travel on a visitor visa, do i need to have the sticker? Tia

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    1. I think you only need to get a sticker if you're immigrating for good but best to check with the CFO

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  79. Does NAIA Terminal 3 have CFO desk where I can get the sticker? If yes, do I need to set an appointment for that? TIA!

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    1. Hi, please check our answers to previous comments in this thread. This question has already been asked and we have already responded.

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  80. Hi,

    We are granted resident visa to Australia overseas and we already made our initial entry to Aus as well. If we are going on a vacation to the Philippines and return to AU afterwards, are we not going to be restricted from leaving the PH back to AU if we don't have PDOS or CFO sticker?

    I heard some said based on their experience, once you have entered Aus as a resident and just spend holiday in the Philippines, you can leave the country without any hassle from IO asking for the CFO sticker.

    Is this true and confirmed?

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    1. We appreciate you dropping by our blog and for asking this question. We apologize though that we may not be able to provide the answer you seek because our experience is with US immigration. We can only tell you that If you are the spouse of an Australian citizen, you are required by law to attend the CFO guidance and counseling session and might not be allowed to leave unless you have the certificate and sticker.

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  81. Hi! Confused po ako that's why I needed to send this message for clarification. My husband is a PR in Canada. FILIPINO citizen by birth. I'm waiting for my Passport request. Filipino citizen dn po ako. No need na po ba to attend GCP? Thanks!

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    1. Hello, if your husband is a naturalized Canadian citizen, you need to attend. Please refer to our May 5 answer in the comments thread of this blog for more details.

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  82. I'm married to a foreigner and my passport has been changed to my married name. Planning to travel as tourist without my husband to Malaysia. Do I need a CFO?

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    1. Hi, Marichu. I'm not sure I understand your question clearly- are you asking if you need to attend the CFO counseling or did you want to know if you needed to bring your certificate with you?

      If you're married to a foreigner, a CFO certificate is a requirement for your passport renewal. Since you've already renewed your passport under your married name, I'd like to assume that you already have a CFO certificate., In this case, just bring it with you to prevent any hassle.

      If you were able to renew your passport under your foreigner husband's last name without the certificate, you should contact CFO and inquire if this is something that airport officials will be looking for even if you're just leaving the country as a tourist. If you haven't yet, I suggest that you attend the counseling anyhow because you will be required to anyway in case you plan to immigrate to your husband's country.

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  83. hello
    magtatanong lang po sana.
    kasal po ako ng norwegian dito sa pinas, pero po galing na po ako sa norway at naglived-in na din po kami ng boyfriend ko na asawa ko na ngayon for 5 years sa norway din po.
    tanong ko lang if necessary pa ba mag attend ng seminar?
    di ko kc to alam before about this seminar, tapos ngayun natanggap ko na ang visa ko to Norway at merong ticket na rin po. at hindi din nagbigay ng info nung pag apply ko ng visa na my seminar pala.

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    1. Yes, Dexter. The CFO guidance and counseling is a requirement. Schedule an appointment before leaving so there won't be any issue/reason to hold you on your scheduled departure.

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  85. Tanong ko lang po. Yung cfo sticker ko, ang name ko ginamit na ang husband's surname, pero sa passport is still my maiden name. My conflict po ba dun? Or dapat same ng name ang passport and Cfo sticker?

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    1. Hi, I'm not exactly sure if this will be an issue. But using your husband's name on your CFO certificate means that you're taking his name and you might want to renew your passport for consistency. You may want to further clarify this with the CFO or with other concerned government agencies.

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  86. Hello po good morning. ask ko lang po, yung 2 valid i.d ko kasi ay passport at philhealth i.d pero single pa po status ko don.. Ok lang po ba na yon ang ipresent ko sa CFO for 2 valid i.d? Naguguluhan po kasi ako.. Salamat po

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    1. I don't think it would be an issue, Nelle. I used my identifications (passport and company ID) with my maiden name also. Your marriage certificate should be able to verify your identity because your maiden name is used in the document.

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  87. Good day,
    I just want to ask po..do i need CFO before po ako kumuha ng passport? Ngayon ko lng din po nalaman na may CFO pala..I am planning to get my passport in Legazpi City branch..Kasal po kami ng husband ko dito sa Pinas last January 2016 lang po, Canadian po ang husband ko at same po talaga ang lastname namin even nung dalaga pa po ako kaya po ngayong kasal na kami, hindi na po nagbago ang lastname ko...

    thank you po and God bless :)

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    1. If your husband is a Canadian citizen, you need to attend the CFO guidance and counseling session even if you have the same last name. If you're married to a foreigner, you'll need your CFO certificate to renew your passport. You should make an online appointment- there are only 2 CFO offices (Cebu and Manila).

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  88. Can my wife attend a cfo seminar with out a passport and visa not being approved yet? DFA told her that before she can apply for passport she needed to provide A CFO certificate of attendance and bring it back to dfa for them to issue her passport. I am a filipino but american citizen And her petition is on going..

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    1. Yes, your wife can attend because the passport and visa are not requirements for attending the CFO guidance and counseling session. You can check here to see requirements: http://cfo.gov.ph/index.php?option=com_content&view=article&id=2345:requirements-with-images&catid=110:frequently-asked-questions&Itemid=858

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  89. Hi ask ko lng need ko pa ba umattend ng CFO Siminar yng fiancee ko pa sa Australia sya mg file ng 461 VISA pra sa akin..thank you po

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    1. If you are an Australian citizen then yes. If you are a Filipino citizen, the requirement might be different.

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  90. Hi po ask ko lng po.. may appointment na po ako sa CFO kaso po. Yung date po ng schedule ko.. may klase po ako pwede po ba ulit magpareschedule pag ganyan.

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    1. Hello Lyn. We appreciate your question but we are not from the CFO. You will have to call/email them to check on how to reschedule. Good luck.

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  91. Hi po ask ko lng po.. may appointment na po ako sa CFO kaso po. Yung date po ng schedule ko.. may klase po ako pwede po ba ulit magpareschedule pag ganyan.

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  93. good evening po napadala na po ng asawa ko na japanese citizen yung eligibility ko ask ko lang po kailangan ko pa po ba tlga ng seminar at ng sticker galing sa cfo nag tatry po ako magpa appointment kaso mula po ngayong june 14 umabot po ako ng 2018 lahat po ng ng buwan walang available slots puro kulay red and green lang po 3months validity lang po yung eligibility ng japan ano po ba dapat kong gawin.

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    1. Sorry to hear about your scheduling difficulty but we are not CFO employees so there is really nothing we can do about your situation. Please call their office and find a way to get in one of their counseling sessions.

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  94. Questions lang po, kailangan ko pa ba iischedule ng appointment ung registration ng 5 yr old son ko? Im here in Us and my husband is going to get my son from the Philippines. Im not sure if they need power attorney from me. My son jusy got his visa.Thanks.

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    1. Hi, this particular requirement is for spouses and partners of foreign nationals. If you attended this counseling already and listed your son, he should be able to get a sticker also. Please call the CFO office for more accurate info. Hope this helps even if the response is late.

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  95. Hi good day,
    Ask ko lang if kung nakapag CFO na may certificate na rin. At sa certificate eh pinalit na yung surname ng husband ko. Pero ayoko pang palitan ang apelyido ko dito kse di pa naman expired ang passport ko sa 2018 pa. Possible ba na makaalis ako pauweng norway. And i will just change my surname there. Thank you.

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    1. KC, it should be okay to keep your maiden name in your passport but you should consider using the same last name for all your legal documents for consistency. Please also double check with concerned agencies.

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  96. hi good evening po, tanong ko lang po.. pano po kapag russian citizen ang husband mo pero sa japan sya ngwowork, kelangan po ba russia pa din hanapin kong slot khit sa japan nman kme titira? or japan na ako mgpasched. ng appointment? thank you

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    1. You should find a slot based on your husband's country of citizenship, not residency. Good luck!

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    2. thanks a lot :)

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  98. hello po good morning :)
    ask ko lang po, pwede po ba mabago yung birth date ng husband ko kapag andun na po ako sa CFO office on my appointment date? nagkamali po kasi ako pala ako ng lagay ng birthdate nya, instead na June 17, June 13 po pala ang nailagay ko nung nag fill up ako para sa online appointment..nung naprint ko po na po yung schedule ko, saka ko lang napansin..ang schedule ko po ay sa July 26, 2016, 1st session po...thanks po and God bless..

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    1. Yes, we believe you could make the changes when you attend the guidance and counseling session. Just let the CFO know about the correction that you need to make.

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  99. Hi good day, I'm gay and planning to get a settlement visa to the UK and be with my boyfriend, I want to ask if i need the CFO GCC as well? I don't know if it's only applicable for women, might be a silly question but I would appreciate if you reply. Thank you and have a good day.

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    1. Thank you for your question. The CFO GCC is applicable to all partners of foreign nationals regardless of sex and gender identity.

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  100. Ok, just the place I have been looking for. I am Sailing across the Pacific on my boat from Panama. I have been trying to bring my partner from Philippines to the south Pacific, to spend some time on the boat and see some of the beautiful sites. She has been denied boarding twice costing me at least 1000US in cancelations and service fees. CebuPacific will not refund their tickets in this case since you are a no show. Each time the Immigration demanded she have the GCP Certificate, I could not get my fingers around this and am not sure I do now. So I am my way to Manila, and we have scheduled the GCP. We assume they issue the certificate after the session and then she would be free to leave the Philippines, to travel together with me to my boat. Of course with proper return tickets and passports. So am I missing anything here? Is there anything more I have to do to make this reality before I go broke.? Please, some insight here this is the most crazy thing I have ever heard of.

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    1. We are sorry to hear about your experience, Stephen. We have heard of similar experiences from other Filipino partners of foreign nationals. If the Bureau of Immigration has prevented your partner from boarding the plane because of not having the CFO GCC, then attending the session and getting the certificate should solve the problem of not being allowed to board the plane.

      Just to be on the safe side though, please have your partner call the CFO and the Bureau of Immigration to double check on all the possible requirements so that your partner can be ready in case authorities ask to provide other documents and pieces of evidence, which were not required before. It is best to anticipate so that it won't cost you another $1,000.

      We wish you all the best!

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  101. GOOD AFTERNOON
    JUST WANNA ASK PO YUNG REQUIREMENT NA Duly completed guidance and counseling form to be secured at the CFO SAAN KO PO PWEDE I DOWNLOAD PO YAN. AT ANONG MAS MDALING ROTA GAING PO NG ALAMINOS PANGASINAN PAPUNTA PO DIYAN SA OFFICE?

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    1. Shy, if have already made your online appointment and you were not prompted to accomplish any other form aside from your online registration, then we could assume that the rest of the forms that need to be accomplished will only be available at the CFO office. As per your route, please check waze or google maps. For further inquiries, please call or email the CFO office.

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  102. Hello... Do i need CFO to visit my Spouse in Ireland? Thank you

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    1. If your spouse is not a Filipino citizen then you do.

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  103. Good pm po,just want to ask po.
    Japan citizen yung husband ko pero meron po sya recognition as a filipino citizen, kung magpapachange status po ako sa passport ko kailangan ko pa po ba ng CFO certificate/sticker?

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  104. Good pm po,just want to ask po.
    Japan citizen yung husband ko pero meron po sya recognition as a filipino citizen, kung magpapachange status po ako sa passport ko kailangan ko pa po ba ng CFO certificate/sticker?

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    1. The CFO website clarifies this. Please refer to the answer to Question #1 on the link below:

      http://cfo.gov.ph/faqs/2014-06-20-06-35-41.html#question-1-who-are-required-to-attend-the-commission-on-filipinos-overseas-cfo-–-guidance-and-counseling-program-gcp

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  105. Good day. Nag online registration po ako kanina and may wrong entry po ako sa Suffix name, nilagay ko po duon NONE. Ang nangyari po nag appear po duon sa Form yung NONE after ng name ko. Hindi na rin po sya ma edit dahil may barcode na po ako na naprint. Pano po gagawin? Sa monday August 22 na yung schedule ng PDOS ko po. Thank you.

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    1. This reply comes late but you should have been able to make the correction at the CFO office when you attended the counseling.

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  106. Good day! Already went to Korea last April with my husband via tourist visa for filipino married to korean and wla nmang problema pagdating namin sa immigration. We're planning to back again next year for a visit kasama na ang new baby namin and still thinking of getting the same tourist visa for me. Do I still need to secure a CFO certificate kahit na I'm still using my maiden name sa passport ko? Thank you.

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    1. Hi, Anne. If you read through this comment thread, you will see that there have been instances that partners of foreign nationals have been disallowed to board their planes for not having the GCP certificate.

      Even if there was no previous problem, please note that every Filipino partner of a foreign national is required to attend the GCP.

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  107. Referred this post to a friends and he was very thankful for the detailed post. Thanks for this admin.

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    1. You and your friend are welcome, Nickolai! We're glad that we were able to help.

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  108. hi tanong lng poh plan nmin nh bf q (british citizen )na mgholiday for his bday for just a week sa SG kasama bb namin.. his flying from uk to sg mauuna cya samin cyempre.. kkuha parin bah aq ng cfo e both tourists lng nmn kami tas his been n the phils twice already...ang pgkakaintindi q poh kc sa cfo for fiance/spouses or partners nah mgmigrate o balak pakasal at 1st time na mgmemet. up... tnx poh...

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    1. Ruth, if you scroll through this thread, you will see that there have been instances where Filipino partners of foreign nationals have not been allowed to board the plane with their partners/to visit their partners because they didn't have the CFO certificate. To provide delays and hassles, we recommend that you go through the counseling.

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  109. Hello there.
    Please advise me on what to do... I set my passport appointment 3 days ago and I've got an appointment scheduled on September 26. But the prob is there aren't available dates for CFO GCP before September 26.
    I've got an appointment for CFO on October 24. But how am I going to get my passport if one of the requirements is not yet available?
    I wasn't informed that the cfo is one of the requirements in getting passport if married to a foreign national.
    Please advise me...
    Badly needed your reply...
    Thanks so much

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  110. Hello po, ask kulang po approved na kc visa ko to UK at sabi ng embassy kailangan ko daw attend ng seminar on cfo para makakuha ng cfo sticker as required by the philippine authorities. Tanong ko po pariho po ba yung cfo counseling and cfo-pdos? O kailangan mag seminar both? Need to know.

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  111. Hello po, ask kulang po approved na kc visa ko to UK at sabi ng embassy kailangan ko daw attend ng seminar on cfo para makakuha ng cfo sticker as required by the philippine authorities. Tanong ko po pariho po ba yung cfo counseling and cfo-pdos? O kailangan mag seminar both? Need to know.

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  112. Hello good pm po,meron lang akong concern regarding sa sticker,naka attend nako sa cfo para sa orientation at nakuha ko na ang certificate ko pero hndi ko pa nakuha ang sticker ko nagkaron kc nag prob during my interview.Nakuha ko yung cert.ko nung 2012 at ngyon ay nagprocess ulit kami ng petition ko,my question is kung kailangan ko po ba ulit kumuha mg bagong cert.kahit na meron nako?Thank u!

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