The CFO-GCP is a distinct program of the Philippine government to protect Filipino fiancé(e)s and spouses of foreign nationals. It is a definite deterrent to mail-order bride scheme and trafficking in the guise of marriage. Republic Act 9208 or the Anti-Trafficking Act as amended by Republic Act 10364 or the Expanded Anti-Trafficking in Person Act and Republic Act 10906 an Act Providing Stronger Measures Against Unlawful Practices, Businesses, and Schemes of Matching and Offering Filipinos to Foreign Nationals for Purposes of Marriage of Common Law Partnership required the Commission on Filipinos Overseas to conduct pre-departure counseling services for Filipinos in intermarriages

The program aims to provide Filipino fiancé(e)s, spouses and other partners of foreign nationals with adequate information and advice on the realities of intermarriage and migration, rights and obligations overseas, available support network for migrants in distress, and cultural and social realities overseas.

Attendance to the GCP is conducted online through Overseas Filipinos –CFO Online Registration System (OF-CORS) or on-site in Manila main office and in Cebu and Davao satellite offices through the Guidance and Counseling Online Appointment System (GOAS).

Guidance and Counseling Online Appointment System (GOAS).

All Filipinos going abroad as fiancées, spouses or partners of foreign nationals are required to attend the mandatory Commission on Filipinos Overseas (CFO) Guidance and Counseling Program (GCP) in order to secure the Guidance and Counseling Certificate (GCC) and the CFO sticker. It specifically provides a venue where they can express and discuss their particular concerns about migration and various areas in their relationships such as communication barrier, financial management, personality and cultural differences, sexual relationship, among others.

A. What are the requirements?
1. Barcoded Confirmation form of GCP appointment
2. Two valid identification cards with photo
3. Marriage Certificate (PSA) or if married overseas original Report of Marriage duly registered by the Philippine Embassy/ Consulate or the Department of Foreign Affairs

Registration Requirements (for those with visa):
1.Two valid identification cards
2. Original Valid Passport
3. Original Valid Visa
4. CFO Guidance and Counseling Certificate

Additional documents may be required in the event that the counselor determines it to be essential to complete the guidance and counseling process. It is advised for all the GCP applicants to prepare the following documents (if applicable to them) in advance and send them to the counselor/facilitator assigned if requested:
1. Divorce decree/certificate (of Filipino spouse or foreign spouse, if previously married)
2. Annulment paper (of Filipino spouse or foreign spouse, if previously married)
3. Proof of residency/Alien Registration Card-ARC (of foreign spouse)
4. Proof of relationship (picture together, e-mails, among others)
5. Death certificate (of Filipino spouse or foreign spouse, if widow/widower)
6. Certificate of Family relations / registration (of foreign spouse)
7. Declaration of undertaking of travel in letter format to include the following activities to prepare for travel, Itinerary of Travel and How to ensure safe travel and stay ( if will be required by counselor/facilitator)
8. Affidavit of invitation and support (financial support/safety/medical insurance) notarized and authenticated by the Philippine Embassy or Consulate who has jurisdiction over the destination or host country ( if will be required by counselor/facilitator)
9. Explanation on why the foreign partner cannot travel to the Philippines in letter format ( if will be required by counselor/facilitator)
10. Valid no criminal records certification/clearance or any equivalent document to indicate lack of criminal derogatory record or medical/psychological condition ( if will be required by counselor/facilitator)

After satisfactory compliance with the Guidance and Counseling Program process, a CFO Guidance and Counseling Certificate (GCC) will be issued to the client and upon presentation of the immigrant /spouse or partner visa, an Emigrant Registration Sticker is affixed to the client’s passport. These documents should be presented to the Bureau of Immigration on the day of departure.

B. How to make an appointment?
1. Reserve and Register online to attend the Guidance and Counseling Program (GCP) https://cfo.ph/GCP-Manila-Appointment/  (Manila)
2. Answer the preliminary questions and provide your e-mail address, choose the date of appointment and provide your and your Fiance(e)/Spouse/ Partner’s personal information.
3. Open email (including SPAM folder) and look for confirmation message from CFO. Click on “Confirm Email“ and provide information as specified in the “PERSONAL INFORMATION” page.
4. Complete the online registration procedure, and print the barcoded confirmation form or save a digital copy (PDF format) in your mobile, phone or tablet
5. Go to CFO (Manila, Cebu, or Davao) on the confirmed date at least one hour before your appointment, and bring the complete GCP requirements

C. What is the schedule of GCP?
Please include schedule of Cebu, Manila and Davao offices

D. Important Reminders for GOAS:

1. Please be advised that securing an appointment for GOAS is FREE. The CFO discourages applicants from securing online appointment through fixers or businesses offering such services for a fee. Do not deal with fixers.

2. Please arrive at CFO at least 1 hour before your GCP session or refer to the table of schedule of activities in the flyer.

3. DO NOT purchase outbound airline tickets until your CFO travel documents are issued. The Commission will not be responsible for any rebooking charges, loss of income, and other financial compensation and/ or personal losses arising from the applicant’s travel arrangements in view of non-attendance or non-completion to CFO pre-departure program

Overseas Filipinos CFO Online Registration System -OF-CORS (online) is an online service of the CFO Online Services is the new normal. Clients (First time registrants for the Guidance and Counseling Program (GCP) and previously attended the GCP with On-Hold Status) may to register online via Overseas Filipinos – CFO Online Registration System or OF-CORS (https://cfo.ph/Online_PDOS_Account_Creation-GCP/).

Thru online registration, clients need not go to any CFO office to avail of pre-departure services. They could just print their own OF-CORS Temporary Certificate, which will be presented to the Bureau of Immigration on the day of their departure from the Philippines.

A. What are the requirements to the CFO-Guidance and Counseling Program (GCP)?
1. Clear copy of valid passport;
2. Clear copy of valid visa;
3. petitioner’s passport; and
4. Marriage certificate and/ or Report of Marriage (ROM) in Philippine Statistics Authority (PSA) security paper. (if married).

Important notice
Additional documents may be required in the event that the counselor determines it to be essential to complete the guidance and counseling process. It is advised for all the GCP applicants to prepare the following documents (if applicable to them) in advance and send them to the counselor/facilitator assigned if requested:

1. Divorce decree/certificate (of Filipino spouse or foreign spouse, if previously married)
2. Annulment paper (of Filipino spouse or foreign spouse, if previously married)
3. Proof of residency/Alien Registration Card-ARC (of foreign spouse)
4. Proof of relationship (picture together, e-mails, among others)
5. Death certificate (of Filipino spouse or foreign spouse, if widow/widower)
6. Certificate of Family relations / registration (of foreign spouse)
7. Declaration of undertaking of travel in letter format to include the following activities to prepare for travel, Itinerary of Travel and How to ensure safe travel and stay ( if will be required by counselor/facilitator)
8. Affidavit of invitation and support (financial support/safety/medical insurance) notarized and authenticated by the Philippine Embassy or Consulate who has jurisdiction over the destination or host country ( if will be required by counselor/facilitator)
9. Explanation on why the foreign partner cannot travel to the Philippines in letter format ( if will be required by counselor/facilitator)
10. Valid no criminal records certification/clearance or any equivalent document to indicate lack of criminal derogatory record or medical/psychological condition ( if will be required by counselor/facilitator)

B. Helpful materials on Registration and PDOS
Click here for the Step by Step Procedure in using the OFCORS for Guidance and Counseling Program for Spouse/Fiance(e)s and Other Partners of Foreign National, Former Filipino and Dual Citizen.
Click here for more information on Bayad Center and GCASH Payment.
Click here to watch the video on CFO Registration via OF-CORS (for blue poster).
Click here for United States of America (USA) Online PDOS.
Click here for Canada Online PDOS.
Click here for the Step by Step Video Guide on Overseas Filipinos CFO Online Registration System (OF-CORS) for Guidance and Counseling Program (GCP).

E. Important Reminders for GOAS:

1. Please be advised that registration online using OF-CORS is FREE. The CFO discourages applicants from securing online appointment through fixers or businesses offering such services for a fee. Do not deal with fixers.

2. DO NOT purchase outbound airline tickets until your CFO travel documents are issued. The Commission will not be responsible for any rebooking charges, loss of income, and other financial compensation and/ or personal losses arising from the applicant’s travel arrangements in view of non-attendance or non-completion to CFO pre-departure program

3. After satisfactory compliance with the Guidance and Counseling Program process, a CFO Guidance and Counseling Certificate (GCC) will be issued to the client and upon presentation of the immigrant /spouse or partner visa, an Emigrant Registration Sticker is affixed to the client’s passport.