Pre-Departure Orientation Seminar (PDOS) and Guidance and Counseling Program (GCP)




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Are you leaving as fiancé(e) /spouse or partner of a foreigner or a former Filipino?
If yes, then you need to attend the Guidance Counseling Program (GCP)!

  1. CFO Guidance and Counseling Program
  2. GCP Online-Appointment System
  3. Requirements
  4. How to make an Online Appointment
  5. Schedules
  6. Location
  7. Flyer (PDF Download)

A. What is CFO Guidance and Counseling Program

For the past three decades, the Commission on Filipinos Overseas (CFO) has implemented the Guidance and Counseling Program (GCP) for fiancé(e)s, spouses and other partners of foreign nationals or of former Filipino citizens. Republic Act 10906 (“Anti-Mail Order Spouse Act of 2016) and Republic Act 10364 (“An Act Expanding the Anti-Trafficking in Person Act of 2012”) require the conduct of mandatory pre-departure counseling services for Filipinos in intermarriages.

The GCP is also a requirement under the implementing rules and regulations of Republic Act 8239 or the Philippine Passport Act for Filipino fiancé(e)s, partners and spouses of foreign nationals or former Filipino citizens who are applying for a passport for the first time or adopting the surname of the foreign spouse.

The main objective of the program is to assist the integration of Filipinos in their host countries by counseling them on the realities of international migration, and preparing them to meet the practical, cultural and psychological challenges in cross-cultural marriage and migration.

B. GCP Online-Appointment System

To attend the Guidance and Counseling Program (GCP), you must secure an appointment through the GCP On-line Appointment System (GOAS). Below are the links for the GCP sessions in CFO Manila, CFO Cebu, CFO Clark and CFO Davao.


Sessions are based on your foreign fiancé(e)’s /spouse’s /partner’s citizenship.

• Only 15 attendees per session will be accepted in CFO-Manila, while only 12 attendees for CFO-Cebu.
• The session will automatically close when all allocated slots are taken.
• Only clients with confirmed slot/appointment and complete requirements will be admitted to the counseling session.
• Those with confirmed appointment should bring the printed barcoded confirmation form or present the digital copy (saved PDF form) in their mobile phone or tablet PC (copy must show name and reference number).
• Slot is forfeited if you don’t show up on set date of appointment. Reservation must be done again online.

C. Requirements

Counseling Requirements:
(with or without visa)
No need to photocopy any registration document
No need to submit ID photos

  1. Two (2) original valid identification cards with photograph (see samples below);
  2. Duly completed guidance and counseling form to be secured at the CFO;
  3. If married in the Philippines, original Certificate of Marriage on security paper from the Philippine Statistical Authority (PSA);
  4. If married overseas, original Report of Marriage duly registered by the Philippine Embassy/Consulate or the Department of Foreign Affairs; and
  5. Payment of PhP400.00 counseling and registration fee.

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 bring these documents when they come to CFO:

  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)

Additional registration requirements for those with visa:

  1. Original valid passport;
  2. Original valid visa
  3. Original Immigrant Data Summary (please do not detach fromyellow packet) for US-bound emigrants, except for K visa holders;
  4. Original Confirmation of Permanent Residencefor Canada-bound emigrants;
  5. Original Visa Grant Notice for Australia-bound emigrants;
  6. Original Certificate of Eligibility for Japan-bound emigrants;
  7. Original CFO Guidance and Counseling Certificate (if already attended the GCP); and
  8. Duly completed emigrant registration form.

COMMISSION ON FILIPINOS OVERSEAS adheres to very strict confidentiality standards. Any information or counseling/documents that you provide are kept strictly confidential, except in life threatening situations, cases of suspected abuse and danger on the part of the CFO clientele, or when release is otherwise required by law.

D. How to Make an Online Appointment

  1. Click the GOAS link where you intend to attend the Guidance and Counseling Program (GCP).
  2. Answer preliminary questions to verify if you need to attend the Guidance and Counseling Program (GCP).
  3. If eligible for the GCP
    • Indicate your e-mail address
    • Click on the link sent to your e-mail
    • Choose your preferred date of appointment
    • Provide personal information of yourself and of your fiancé(e)/spouse/partner
  4. Print barcoded confirmation form or save a digital copy (PDF format) in your mobile phone or tablet.
  5. Take note of your date of appointment. Go to CFO-Manila or CFO-Cebu on the confirmed date at least an hour and a half before appointment and bring the complete set of required documents.

Primary IDs

Passport, Driver’s License, Postal ID, Social Security System (SSS ID), Goverment Service Insurance System (GSIS ID), Professional Regulation Commission (PRC ID), Senior Citizen’s ID Card, Alien Certificate of Registration (ACR I-Card), Consular ID, Seaman’s Book, Armed Forces of the Philippines (AFP) ID, Philippine Overseas, Employment Association (POEA) ID, PRA Special Resident Retiree Visa (SRRV) ID, Department of Social Welfare and Development (DSWD) ID, Overseas Worker’s Welfare Administration (OWWA) ID, Unified Multi-Purpose ID (UMID), Philippine National Police (PNP) ID, Voter’s ID

Secondary IDs

National Statistics Office (NSO) Birth Certificate, Marriage Certificate (NSO Authenticated), National Bureau of Investigation (NBI) Clearance, Police Clearance, Barangay Clearance/Certificate, Company/Office ID, Student’s ID or School ID, OFW ID, Certification from the National Council for the Welfare of Disabled Persons (NCWDP), Tax Identification Number (TIN ID), PhilHealth Identification Card (PIC), Home Development Mutual Fund (HMDF) or PAG-IBIG ID, Permit to Carry Firearms.

E. Schedules


(based on your fiancé(e)’s / spouse’s /partner’s citizenship)
United States of America Monday to Friday
15 slots (1 session) 15 slots (1 session)
Canada Tuesdays & Fridays
15 slots (1 session) no session
Europe Monday to Friday
15 slots (1 session) no session
Australia Mondays & Thursdays
no session 15 slots (1 session)
New Zealand Wednesdays
no session 15 slots (1 session)
Japan Mondays, Wednesdays and Fridays
no session 15 slots (1 session)
Taiwan and Asia Pacific Tuesdays & Thursdays
no session 15 slots (1 session)
South Korea Tuesdays & Thursdays
no session 15 slots (1 session)
Middle East,South America, South Africa and other countries Fridays
no session 15 slots (1 session)

CFO-Cebu Satellite Office

(based on your fiance(e)’s / spouse’s /partner’s citizenship)
MONDAY United States of America (USA), Japan, SK and ASPAC
(15 slots/session)
2:00 PM – 5:00 PM
TUESDAY United States of America (USA) and Europe
(15 slots/session)
2:00 PM – 5:00 PM
WEDNESDAY Canada, Australia and New Zealand 2:00 PM – 5:00 PM
THURSDAY United States of America (USA) and Europe
(15 slots/session)
2:00 PM – 5:00 PM
FRIDAY Middle East and other countries
(15 slots/session)
2:00 PM – 5:00 PM

CFO-Clark Satellite Office

WEDNESDAY 2:00 PM – 5:00 PM USA and Canada
(12 slots)
THURSDAY 2:00 PM – 5:00 PM ASPAC, Japan and SK 
(12 slots)
FRIDAY 2:00 PM – 5:00 PM Europe, Middle East, New Zealand, Australia and other countries
(12 slots)

* The changes in the schedule of various seminars are expected to take effect by July 11, 2018.

CFO-Davao Satellite Office

Country Day Time

United States of America
(12 slots)

Monday 2:00 PM – 5:00 PM
(12 slots)
Tuesday 2:00 PM – 5:00 PM

ASPAC, New Zealand, Australia, Korea
(12 slots)

Wednesday 2:00 PM – 5:00 PM
Europe, Middle East and other countries
(12 slots)
Thursday 2:00 PM – 5:00 PM
(12 slots)
Friday 2:00 PM – 5:00 PM

* The changes in the schedule of various seminars are expected to take effect by July 02, 2018.

F. Location of CFO Offices (Click here)