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Immigrating to America : CFO manila


What is CFO PDOS?

CFO stands for Commision on Filipino Overseas. and PDOS means Predeparture Orientation Seminar.

What is the purpose of PDOS?

PDOS is required for every filipino citizen who are about to live or immigrate to another country. It provides a seminar to inform people on what to do and whom to contact in case of emergencies. They also give out flyers on how to contact Philippine consulate or embassies . They also conduct seminars specifically for filipinos marrying a foreign nationals. It is more likely an orientation before leaving the country.They also provide contacts and a booklet of information and rights of filipinos as an immigrant.

Can I leave without having CFO seminar?

No, you cannot. To be able to immigrate to another country, you need to attend seminar. They will issue a sticker. On the day of your departure, they will check if you have a sticker in your passport.

Information about CFO Cebu and Manila.

CFO Predeparture Seminar are conducted in Cebu and Manila, Philippines. Both has  similar requirements but a slight difference. CFO manila conduct seminar base on their online registration. To register online. Click the link on step 1 shown on the CFO manila website and follow the instruction on how to fill it out correctly.


Below are the listed requirements for CFO manila.

-Passport and biopage photocopy
-k1 visa (if issued)
-2 valid IDs
-Registration Form Available Online
-CENOMAR (Original and Photocopy)
-400 pesos payment
-Income Tax Return Form (showing single status of Petitioner)
-Proof of Relationship
-Divorce Decree
-Birth Certificate of Petitioner
-NSO Birth Certificate
-NBI clearance


for other information that you need such as location of CFO Manila, steps, frequently asked questions, purpose of CFO and schedules of Counselling. Click the link below.
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k-1 visa process CFO Predeparture Orientation Seminar (PDOS) – Cebu


k-1 visa process CFO Predeparture Orientation Seminar (PDOS) – Cebu

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.

CFO Cebu location
CFO Cebu location

For filipino spouses/fiancees, morning and afternoon sessions 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.

k-1 fiance CFO Pre-departure Orientation Seminar (PDOS)photo 4

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.k-1 fiance CFO Pre-departure Orientation Seminar (PDOS) Your number will be called and you will be given papers to fill out. 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..

k-1 fiance CFO Pre-departure Orientation Seminar (PDOS)

Prepare P 400- payment. The lady will call your priority number once more and will give the receipt.

k-1 fiance CFO Pre-departure Orientation Seminar (PDOS)

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.

Questions asked:
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.

k-1 fiance CFO Pre-departure Orientation Seminar (PDOS)
CFO booklet, checklist and feedback form


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.

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:

1-800-799-SAFE (1-800-799-7233)

1-800-787-3224 (TTY)


National Sexual Assault Hotline of the Rape, Abuse and Incest National Network (RAINN)

1-800-656-HOPE (1-800-656-4673)


National Center for Missing and Exploited Children

1-800-THE-LOST (1-800-843-5678)


The National Center for Victims of Crime

1-800-FYI-CALL (1-800-394-2255)




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