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How to Get CFO Certificate in the Philippines – CFO Requirements for Foreign Spouse

Updated on September 26, 2012

One of the major requirements in getting a new passport or renewing a passport from the DFA (Department of Foreign Affairs) for Filipinos who are married to a foreigner is the CFO Certificate of Attendance a.k.a. Commission of Filipino Overseas Guidance and Counseling Certificate of Attendance. The original document and the photocopy are required to be submitted when processing the passport for applicants who want to use the surname of their foreign husband.

You are also required to show the CFO certificate and CFO emigrant sticker before your departure at the airport. The immigration officer will check this document together with your spouse/partner’s visa. In this page, I am sharing the requirements in getting the CFO certificate. You have to submit these papers in order to attend the CFO counseling and seminar and in order to have the certificate and CFO sticker.

CFO Certificate Requirements - for Guidance and Counseling Certificate and CFO Sticker

  • Properly accomplished guidance and counseling forms
  • 2 valid IDs with pictures on them
  • NSO authenticated Marriage Certificate (if married in the Philippines)
  • Original and photocopy of Authenticated Marriage Contract by the Philippine Embassy or Consulate (if married abroad)
  • Counseling Fee (P250)
  • Registration Fee (P400)
  • Additional supporting documents (if requested by CFO counselors

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Procedure in getting your CFO Certificate:

The seminar and counseling session is done for two hours and is about inter-marriage and migration stuff, life abroad, and many related topics about being married to a foreigner and living outside the Philippines.

After the counseling and seminar, they will issue your CFO Certificate of Attendance by the CFO office where you have attended the counseling. This certificate is what you should bring at the DFA when applying for a passport.

After you have gotten your passport from the DFA and your visa, you can then register for Guidance and Counseling Certificate and CFO emigrant registration sticker. The sticker will be affixed on your passport.

CFO Offices in Manila

Thanks Wilma for providing us the locations in Manila. Wilma is a Filipina who recently registered for CFO seminar as she needs the certificate of attendance in getting her passport.

St. Mary Euphrasia Integrated Development Center Foundation Inc.

Good Sheperd Convent 1043 Aurora Boulevard. (SMEF_COW)

Katipunan Station North exit, right to aurora blvd. ( Green gate )

There is also a CFO Office in Cebu, check out this website for the complete details of address for CFO offices

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      Liz 7 weeks ago


      May I ask, my husband will be stationed in Korea. I am planning to get a Korea Visa and one of the requirements is the CFO certificate. Can you give instructions or the procedure/s how to get a CFO certificate?

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      Jianz 3 months ago

      OMG! i get to have the passport appointment but when i search this is one of the major requirements for this certificate for what? wow

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      gina 6 months ago

      do we need to make appointment to attend this cfo seminar?

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      valerie 7 months ago

      i just wanna what kind of cfo should i get for fiance visa and any other requirements thank you

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      deric 10 months ago

      how do I get an appointment for the CFO seminar? Please help me as i have a schedule for my passport renewal on July 2017.

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      lhuxy.. 14 months ago

      i was in CFO today because i will need the certificate of CFO as one very important in DFA when you need to change your family name status if you are married already and also time of departure,To those asking the requirments its only 2 valid id NBI,POLICE ID OR COMPANY ID,and 400pesos for registration fee,they have only 2 office 1 in manaila and 1 in cebu,and the seminar its from 2pm to 5pm so its 3hours only,and the consol ask some questions regarding your partners,after that you go down wait your name call for your certificate,

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      Rain Terych 15 months ago

      I was at DFA earlier but failed to obtain a new passport because I dont have this certificate. Now I need to set an appointment. This is useful information. thanks.

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      vita 15 months ago

      Is there any CFO office in Naga city or can someone tell me how many CFO offices are in the Philippines and where/locations

    • profile image 17 months ago

      have the reservation and registration me is on-line and the september 8,and 9 seminar limited slots 56 or 57 only the month for september because my partner arnel navera paradela ,my husband and I will have our departure in October 26,2016 for atlanta,georgia,USA.Our registration is continuous from me, individual to family/husband in the form.address in Manila for me in seminar since started 2012 after the OWWA ,the OPAP told me to go to CFO...

    • profile image 18 months ago

      hello i just already visit the CFO manila during my PDOS and OWWA and diversity immigrant from saudi to USA atlanta,georgia today.The request is the NSO-PSA married surname ,and that make the passport the requirement with the approved visa to deliver in the home address.This is what I read today.September 28,2016 is my release of marriage certificate abroad so,well thank you because our travel date of departure by Spirit Airlines/Jet blue is on October 26,2016..2go waiting for the tracking number to be approved and since the tracking number they used is my PRC license which i have my married surname use already this after the release of NSO-PSA .tracking number Z0318069Z

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      Rick Beach 21 months ago

      My Filipino wife and I are recently married in March of this year. We have finally received our Marriage License and are now going after our K-3 spousal visa. Can anyone relate their experiences in this process and help us understand our future.

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      rejie 2 years ago

      hello. d ko po kc alam kung saan ang saktung lugar kung san ako makakakuha ng cfo/certefecate?

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      Kats 2 years ago

      Thank you so much for posting this, great help and useful info!

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      gudmorning po!tanong ko lng po kung pwd pa rn pong, gamitin ung dati kung ID nong dalaga p ako,kht kasal na,last Oct.4,2015 lng po ako"t ID po sya(voter"s ID and TIN ID).Bukod po sa ID's ano p po possible na document ang kakailanganin?salamat po!

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      Alnisa Magto Ahmed Moosa 2 years ago

      Hello po ask ko po ano po requirements kailangan ko dalhin asawa ko po bahrain..

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      marielou 2 years ago

      My son has been required for medical certificate accreditted by the POEA in la union for the requirements for applying Portugal visa at Portugal embassy in Jakarta.And now the medicalcertificate was released and the hospital adviced my son to the POEA ,went to the POEA and adviced also to submit that medical certificate to the CFO and ask for the requirements how to get the CFO.What are the requirements what is the process to be validated of my son's medical certificate to be send in Jakarta?

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      Renelyn 2 years ago

      Hi good day,how about just to change my surname but i dont have a plan to live in my husband it possible not to undergo the cfo seminar?thanks and God bless

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      nur hidayah naim 2 years ago

      I just ask if there's cfo office here in Capas tarlac?...thank u

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      aleli a. brady 2 years ago

      Hello pano ko po makuha ng cfo to change my passport surename i married a canadian... please help me

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      vey29 2 years ago

      Hello just wanna ask,we are not married yet but going to his country to celebrate our weddingthere,i need to attend CFO cos its one of the requirements in DFA,my question is do i need to renew my passport just to hve the certificate and sticker?

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      Shiela 2 years ago

      how to book for seminar?

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      julie 2 years ago

      hi po saan po puwedeng mag pa sked ng conselling may land line po ba kayo

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      Janeth 2 years ago

      can I po if what is the exact location my guidance and counseling seminar sa citigold po ba or sa katipunan

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      Anecita 2 years ago

      Hello pho,, paano komuha ng CFO for renew passport changes status ng husband ko.. At paano magpa schedule,, please tolongan niyo ako.

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      leika 2 years ago

      I have a question my I'd is all maiden name naka process pa ung new as married name, ok Lang po kaya king ung valid I'd but in maiden name ung Dala ko for seminar ?

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      Jane 3 years ago

      Hello po..

      Ask ko lang..tapos na ako sa cfo seminar at meron

      na ako certificate. Kaka approved lang ng non immigrant visa ko to US. di ko pina update ang passport ko using my married name. Need ko pa ba bumalik sa CFO office para kunin ung sticker? At sa certificate ko nilagay nila yung married name. Magko cause ba yun ng problem?

      Thank you.

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      susanenguero 3 years ago

      Hello po...tanong qo lng po pano po kung new passport n po hwak qo..dto po aqo ngp renew s korea...need qo po b n kumuha ulet cfo sticker pgbalik po nmen dto after bakasyon s pinas....spouse visa po aqo...

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      INDO_NORA@TAHOO.COM 3 years ago


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      abby 3 years ago


      just want to ask kung may office po ang cfo sa albay na ngcoconduct ng seminar.

      Thanks po

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      Alpha Allen Garma 3 years ago

      Do i need an appointment for the seminar or i just go there by myself anytime? Are they open everyday? Thanks a lot!

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      Alpha Allen Garma 3 years ago

      Do i need a CFO certificate even if i will not reside there(Thailand) but i want to use my husband's name?

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      JOSEPHINE 3 years ago


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      JOSEPHINE 3 years ago

      Hello...ask kulang kasi ang pagkakaalam ko meron pong office nang CFO sa may Manila Citigold Center, 1345 Pres. Quirino Avenuecorner Osmeña Highway (South Superhighway)Manila,nilipat na po ba?

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      riza 3 years ago

      Hello!im riza, I just want to ask if theres a cfo office in cagayan de oro,mindanao..i look forward for ur help! thanks

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      Bernadeth 3 years ago

      how can i have a CFO sticker if im not married yet in a foreign..?

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      yam 3 years ago

      hello po,

      regarding po sa requirements pano ko po makukuha yong certificate of eligibility for japan bound emigrants..? lahat po ng req. nka saad meron naku ..yan nlang ang wla .pwd po pki sagot .tnx po

    • profile image 3 years ago

      hello i read your articles and i have a problem and i ask you something hopefully u answer me..they said that they need 2 valid id i want to change my status to get my surname of my autralian husband now but i was curious about what valid i need to bring ? My old passport that needs renewal is in my maiden name. do I bring valid id for maiden name or married name, or it doesn't matter and boyh are ok?

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      grace 4 years ago

      tanong q lang po kung pede nb pumunta anak q s japan kahit ala supporting papers ang daddy nya Japanese?

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      mylene 4 years ago

      Gud am po ask ko lang po kung ilang days po ung seminar? at san po ung location? thanks....

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      joan 4 years ago

      asked ko lang po kung ano ang mga requirements sa pag kuha ng cfo cert. para po madala ko po lahat sa pag punta ko this week.

      at ang location npo ba ng cfo ay malapit po ba sa us embassy.

      di ko poh kasi talaga alam ang exact location ng cfo

      sana po matulungan ninyo ako .

    • profile image 4 years ago

      Hi!! Just wondering if the CFO Office open Monday to friday????

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      calvhin 4 years ago

      cfo can get in 1 day?

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      twentyfive 5 years ago

      Please read the article above, I have included the address there. Thank you :)

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      dbr24osx 5 years ago

      where is the exact address in Manila to get CSO certificate. Thanks

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      twentyfive 5 years ago

      Yes the CFO is required if you are getting a passport or renewing one using your new married-surname.

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      Khandee 5 years ago


      I would just like to ask if the same is needed (CFO certificate) if just renewing a passport with change of name/status but doesn't have any intention of migrating to the USA? I see on websites too that this document is needed since counselling is a must for cultural differences and migration. But like I said, my husband is the one who intends to stay in the Phils. eventually and so far, no plans of migrating to the US. I hope you can help me. Thank you :)

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      twentyfive 5 years ago

      Happy to see you Kash :) CFO certificate is a major requirement for Filipinos who married foreigners so I made this post for them. Thank you for commenting :) God bless!

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      Thomas Silvia 5 years ago from Massachusetts

      Hi my friend, great and very useful information for getting CFO Certificate in the Philippines, very useful and helpful for anyone need to do this. Well done !

      Vote up and more !!! SHARING !