Immigrant Visa Information

Many Filipinos are immigrant visa holders. The CFO has requirements they must fulfill before leaving the Philippines.
Many Filipinos are immigrant visa holders. The CFO has requirements they must fulfill before leaving the Philippines.

Many Filipinos are leaving the Philippines as immigrant Visa holders and there are requirements they need to fulfill before leaving the country.

Article 19 of Presidential Decree No. 442 states that an emigrant or a person who is granted an immigrant visa must first register with the Commission on Filipinos Overseas (CFO) before leaving the country to settle in a foreign land. Upon proper registration with CFO, an emigrant will be issued in his passport, the CFO sticker which will be inspected by the Bureau of Immigration upon departure.

Registration to the CFO requires the emigrant to present originals and photocopies of relevant documents, fill out a registration form for Emigrants or for Immigrant Workers, attend the Pre-departure Orientation Seminar (PDOS) or the Peer Counseling Seminar, and pay the authorized registration fee.

There is no reservation required for CFO PDOS. The PDOS is a brief, two-hour seminar on settlement issues and concerns such as finding employment, rights and obligations of immigrants as well as policies and procedures on how to secure foreign citizenship. The Peer Counseling Seminar is a special session for teenage emigrants age 13 to 19 years, which aims to prepare them emotionally for the adjustments they will have to take.

source:commission on filipinos overseas

 

 

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