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Old 01-23-2013, 02:24 PM
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Hi sar_g,

Just to clarify, the CFO certificate (and label) is not a requirement of the DIAC. It is a requirement of the Philippine government for all spouses, partners and fiancees of foreign nationals departing the country on partner visa.

You may choose to attend the CFO seminar after lodging your application
(1) while waiting for your visa to be granted, but you will have to return for them to affix the CFO label to your passport upon visa grant,
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(2) after you receive your grant letter so that you get both certificate and label on that same day.

By the way, in Manila, the nuns are no longer involved in counselling; I don't know if the same holds true in Cebu.

For more information, please refer to a thread started by chrisb about a week ago, entitled CFO-Philippines.

~ Nina
Hi Nina,

So it means that CFO seminar can be done before or after lodging?Thanks


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Old 01-23-2013, 08:40 PM
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Fiancee, Spouses and Other Partners of Foreign Nationals | Commission on Filipinos Overseas

CFO = Commision for Filipinos Overseas

Make your life easy do the seminar 1 or 2 days before you lodge your application. The seminar is a requirement so do it upfront. In Cebu, you need to be there around 6am as they only take 12 people for the seminar. If you are travelling from a province like Dumaguette, go the night before and physically locate the CFO office as it is a bit hard to find and be there the next morning definitely by 6am (not filipino time or you will miss out). You will meet lots of other ladies there doing the same thing. Once you have the necessary seminar stamps then lodge your application, that will be the next day as it is not possible to do both in 1 day. Make sure you take lots of photocopies of the requirements. There are many stories about how tough the nuns are in asking very personal questions in Cebu. I know a few people who went to Cebu CFO and there was no problem.
My girlfriend went to Keppel Building in CEbu a couple of weeks ago to attend the CFO seminar. They were not interested in her attending the seminar until after the Visa application had been lodged. Likewise with the medical, she was told not to have it done until it was requested of her.


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The reason i say do it before you lodge your application, is because i witnessed someone being denied a completion certificate at the CFO. I think it had something to do with the age difference, he was at least 30 years her senior and she was 18yrs old (her age i am definite, but not sure of his). Lots of tears and yelling


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Hi Romulus
Yes you have to wait for the embassy to request the medical and i know my fiancee went 21.08.13 to CFO got certificate/stamp and then lodged the application. I am aware of many people doing it this way in Cebu especially if they are travelling from the provinces.So i wonder if this is something new they are doing or had they just filled their quota of 12 for the day your GF went


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woops 21.08.12 getting a bit ahead of myself


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Old 01-23-2013, 09:37 PM
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How to pay for an overseas applicant (paying for PMV)? My partner does not have a credit card but only debit card and it says in the website that one has to pay in person if it is debit card. Can one just pay through phone? Then email us the receipt and submit it with my papers? Thanks!


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Old 01-24-2013, 12:04 AM
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Hi mine I got it in 3 weeks time... Just keep follow up on it?
Hi grazzie!
Wow! That's quite fast
Will do follow up.


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Old 01-24-2013, 12:17 AM
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Hi Nina,

So it means that CFO seminar can be done before or after lodging?Thanks
sar_g, it's usually done AFTER lodging.

(Aussieboy, I see where you're coming from. Now you've added another complicated angle to our already complicated visa app processing. )

Good luck!


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Old 01-24-2013, 12:33 AM
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The reason i say do it before you lodge your application, is because i witnessed someone being denied a completion certificate at the CFO. I think it had something to do with the age difference, he was at least 30 years her senior and she was 18yrs old (her age i am definite, but not sure of his). Lots of tears and yelling
30 years age difference.....no wonder they may have had complications. Immigration department in Australia is cracking down hard on 'child bride' applications. Thailand is definitely on the radar with DIAC.


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Old 01-24-2013, 12:46 AM
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Hi Romulus
Yes you have to wait for the embassy to request the medical and i know my fiancee went 21.08.13 to CFO got certificate/stamp and then lodged the application. I am aware of many people doing it this way in Cebu especially if they are travelling from the provinces.So i wonder if this is something new they are doing or had they just filled their quota of 12 for the day your GF went
Aussieboy, I think I now know what is causing some confusion around this CFO requirement.

If the Filipina is a first time passport applicant, the Department of Foreign Affairs now requires her to attend the CFO guidance and counselling seminar because it is a pre-requisite to her passport's processing. (A Filipina who already has a passport can proceed to visa lodgement and then attend to the CFO requirements afterwards.) However, there is a separate CFO label/sticker which will only be issued to her upon presentation of the visa grant letter. Your fiancee may have been given the guidance counselling (GC) cert now, but she will have to go back for the CFO label/sticker. Kindly verify that she has both GC certificate and CFO label/sticker because she may not be allowed to depart from the Philippines even if she has been granted the visa.

~ Nina

P.S. If a couple has an age gap issue, your suggestion to proceed to the CFO as a first step (even before visa application lodgement) is quite logical.


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