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How to Get CFO Certificate in the Philippines – CFO Requirements for Foreign Spouse
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
Did you ever have your CFO Certificate of Attendance?
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