k-1 fiance CFO Pre-departure Orientation Seminar (PDOS)
The commision on Filipino Overseas Cebu office is a first come first serve basis. It is located at the 2nd floor Causing Lozada Building, the same building of the DTI Department of Trade and Industry (old DFA CEBU ofc).
Seminars are conducted daily from 8:00am -12:00pm and 1:00pm – 5:00pm. For USA spouses/fiancees, seminars are at 1:00 pm.
For filipino spouses/fiancees, morning and afternoon session are available. I also heard from the guard that Norwegian fiancees seminar is at 8am. He also said that they only accept 15 people. So the fiancées must go there early to get a slot. Everybody are entitled to do the seminar before leaving the country.
Registration requirements for the fiance/fiancees:
1. Birth Certificate – (I was not able to bring mine but I had to present 3 IDs.
2. Passport – must be presented and 2 photocopies of it.
3. Visa sticker - if visa sticker has been issued in your passport ,
1 photocopy must be submitted.
4. Other government issued IDS – are required.
I was asked to submit 2 other ids that I had, my philhealth and previous student ID.
Upon submission of the documents, you are given a priority number. Your number will be called and the lady will give you papers to fill. The papers are personal data of you and your fiance. After filling it up, you can submit them to the lady at the counter and wait for your number to be called..
Prepare P 400- payment. The lady will call your priority number once more and will give the receipt.
The seminar started with a video of OFWs and their experiences abroad.
Canadian and USA immigrants were called to transfer to Room 2 .
Room 2. We had an orientation that covered the following topics:
- what we are going to do once we enter the US or Canada.
- Where can people go just in case of emergencies.
- The counselling officer opened a powerpoint about the value of marriage.
- What to know about our fiances. How to make a relationship harmonious.
The seminar finished within about 5 hours. We waited outside and were called for
one on one interview.
1. Why did I decide to marry my fiance?
2. What made me decide to marry him?
3. What is the reason of his divorce?
4. When did he get divorce?
5. Do you have the copy divorce papers?
6. What was the nationality of his ex-wife?
7. Does your fiance have kids?
8. How many? How old are they ?
9. How many times did he visit you?
10. How long did the visits take?
11. Are you aware that he is supporting his ex wife and kids?
12. Whats the arrangement ? Will the kids be with him on saturdays?
13. Do you have photos with you? I need printed photos.
Once all the questions are asked, she asks:
Do you have any concern?
Do you have anything that you want to ask ?
The interview was fast and she wrote some details about my fiance’s divorce.
She asked me to bring a copy of my fiance’s passport,2 to 3 photos and a copy of his
divorce decree. She also told me to submit it either 9 am or 1pm before she starts conducting
A day after, I went to submit the lacking papers. The counseling officer re-confirmed the information about my fiancé and his divorce. She asked me once more if I had any questions and concerns. I handed my passport and waited for a few minutes. I got my CFO sticker, immigrant checklist and the booklet. The lady gave me another folded paper. She instructed me to fill it after my month of stay in the US and send it to the CFO address. The paper is a feedback sheet of your situation abroad and suggestions for CFO services and projects.
IMPORTANT NOTE: Read the booklet thoroughly. It is a guidelines preparation after arrival in the US. It also provides information of whom to contact for emergencies. Contact information of Philippines Consulate offices within the United States are listed in this article. http://efilipinowomen.com/philippines-consulate-and-its-offices-in-the-usa/
In case of any domestic violence by your fiancé /spouse , you may call 911 and seek help at USCIS and other agencies.
National Domestic Violence Hotline:
National Sexual Assault Hotline of the Rape, Abuse and Incest National Network (RAINN)
National Center for Missing and Exploited Children
The National Center for Victims of Crime