How to get a Certificate from CFO Online (Emigrants, Family, Au Pair, etc.)

By Kach Umandap - Howe July 2nd, 2020 Posted in Guide for Filipinos, Philippines Travel Blog, Travel Blog 12 Comments

A Pre-Departure Orientation Seminar, Country Familiarization Program, or Guidance Counseling Program is a requirement before departing from the Philippines. The IO mostly asks it from Emigrants, those with Resident Permits abroad, Type D Visas like Fiancés, Au Pairs, and many more. Here’s how you can get a certificate from the CFO Online.

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The CFO or the Commission on Filipino Overseas is an agency responsible for the interest of Filipinos abroad, usually those who will be out of the country for a long time. Before, you’ll go anytime to the CFO office to attend a seminar and/or get your CFO Registration sticker. However, due to the pandemic, Online Services is the new normal – read instructions below.

Guide in Online Registration for the CFO System

You’ll need to register first to avail of their services.

Requirements you might need

  • Valid Passport (at least valid 6 months before travel date)
  • Valid Visa – Long-term visa or Residence Permit
  • Valid ID with Photo (SSS, GSIS, UMID, Driver’s license, etc.)
  • Registration Fee – PHP 400

Step-by-Step Guide to Online Registration

STEP 1: Ready a soft copy of your Passport. Go to this website.

STEP 2: Enter the details needed and upload your Passport. Click “Submit.”

How to get a Certificate from CFO Online

STEP 3: Check your email for the confirmation link. Click it.

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STEP 4: Continue completing the information needed.

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STEP 5: Choose “Proceed to Register.”

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STEP 6: Click the “Register” button.

How to get a Certificate from CFO Online

STEP 7: Fill in the information needed, there are 2 pages of this.

How to get a Certificate from CFO Online

STEP 8: Preview and double-check your answers. Proceed to payment.

How to get a Certificate from CFO Online

STEP 9: Enter the delivery address and check the total amount you will be paying. Click Submit.

How to get a Certificate from CFO Online

STEP 10: Pay the registration fee through the Commission on Filipino Overseas Account in Land Bank. If you don’t want to go outside, you can pay through online bank transfer or G-Cash.

How to get a Certificate from CFO Online

Account name: Commission on Filipinos Overseas
Account Number: 0012114923
Send Receipt to (your email)

STEP 11: Email proof of payment to ofcors.payment@cfo.gov.ph

Subject: Reference No. (123456 – as seen during your registration) – (Your Name).

Don’t forget to attach a copy of the deposit slip or the proof of the transaction.

Step-by-Step Guide to Getting an OF-CORS Temporary Certificate

STEP 1: Wait for the email with your payment confirmation. A CFO email notification will also be sent to you.

STEP 2: Proceed to print your CFO-OFCORS Temporary Certificate.

STEP 3: Your CFO Registration Sticker or Guidance and counseling certificate for Filipino spouses/fiancées and partners of foreign nationals or former Filipinos will also be sent to you by mail.

Appointment at the CFO

If you want to go to the CFO Office, you will need to have an appointment.

Rules at the CFO Office

  • No Appointment, No Entry – You’ll need to have and Online appointment
  • Offices are open from 8 AM – 4 PM, Monday to Thursday
  • There are only 3 batches per day, at 8:00 AM, 10:00 AM and 1:00 PM
  • Only ages 20 – 59 are allowed in the office
  • One member per family are allowed
  • Wear facemask at all times
  • Observe Physical distancing
  • Bring your appointment confirmation, own pen and the exact amount

Step by Step Guide in Registration and getting an Online Appointment Online

STEP 1: Choose the place where you want to have an appointment. Click the link.

(P.S. I’m choosing Davao as they are currently open.)

STEP 2: Prepare a soft copy of your visa. Answer the details asked, upload your visa, and click Submit.

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STEP 3: Check your email for the confirmation link. Click it.

STEP 4: Continue completing the information needed.

STEP 5: Choose a schedule when you want to visit the CFO and “Proceed to Registration.”

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STEP 6: Click the “Register” button.

STEP 7: Fill in the information needed; there are 2 pages of this.

STEP 8: Preview and double-check your answers. Print the form and use this for your online appointment.

How to get a Certificate from CFO Online Emigrants, Family, Au Pair, etc.

If you have any further questions, you can go to CFO’s Facebook Page and send them a message via Messenger. They are quick to reply.  You don’t need to go out or queue if you have transactions with the Commission on Filipino Overseas as they are adopting a new normal to keep us all safe. Happy Travels!

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12 thoughts on “How to get a Certificate from CFO Online (Emigrants, Family, Au Pair, etc.)

  1. I already gets an email to confirm. pero walang lumalabas sakin na step 7. pag click ko ng register bumabalik lang sya.
    Pano mo mahanap ang step 7? need ko na po kasi makuha cfo ko para makapag rebook na ako. salamat po

          1. If i have the temporary CFO OFCORS Certificate can I use that on my depature date even I dont have the sticker in my passport?

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Written by Kach Umandap - Howe

Co-Founder of Two Monkeys Travel Group. Since 2013, Kach has visited all the 7 continents (including Antarctica) and 143 countries using her Philippines Passport. In 2016, she got married then a year later bought a sailboat and went on sailing adventures with her two cats - Captain Ahab & Little Zissou in the Caribbean for 2 years. She now lives in Herceg Novi, Montenegro. She writes about her experiences traveling as a Filipina traveler with a PHL Passport. Also tips on backpacking trips, luxury hotel experiences, product reviews, sailing & adventure travel.

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