Country Familiarization Program (CFS) for Au Pair




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I. What is the Country Familiarization Seminar (CFS) for Au Pairs?

Filipino citizens leaving the Philippines as Au Pairs bound for Europe are required to register with the Commission on Filipinos Overseas (CFO) starting March 1, 2012. Part of its registration requirements is attendance in the Country Familiarization Seminar (CFS) to prepare the au pairs for immersion program in cultural and language learning in the specific European country of destination or the  United States (For Au Pairs with J-1 visa, please go to Exchange Visitor Program website). The CFS would be vital for the au pair participants to equip them with adequate information on topics such as settlement concerns, values, cultural and social realities in the host countries, health and safety issues, airport and travel procedures and support networks.

Au Pair is described as:

  1. a young Filipino citizen, between 18 to 30 years of age;
  2. unmarried and without any children;
  3. placed under a cultural exchange arrangement with a European/American host family for a maximum stay of two (2) years.

“On a par” or “equal to” in French, Au Pair scheme denotes living on an equal basis in a mutual, caring relationship with the host family and the children. Au Pair is “intended to become a member of the family in the host country for cultural exchange to improve their linguistic and cultural knowledge which they can obtain better in the country where they are received.” Thus, an Au Pair will learn a new language and culture by living with a family in exchange for light household chores.

Registration and attendance in Country Familiarization Seminar (CFS) is done at CFO Manila only and is on a first-come, first-serve, walk in basis. The CFO will only accept Au Pairs with complete registration requirements. As a control measure, the Commission will limit the number of attendees per session based on the maximum capacity of the orientation rooms. Clients are asked to come to CFO Manila office at least an hour before the session to avoid inconvenience.

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II. Requirements for Registration

* No need to photocopy any registration document

* No need to submit ID photos

The following are required for registration of an Au Pair:

  1. Original and valid passport;
  2. Original copy of visa;
  3. One (1) valid identification card with photograph;
  4. Original and photocopy of contract of engagement or letter of undertaking to engage, duly authenticated/notarized by Philippine Embassy/Consulate in the European country of destination;
  5. Payment of Php400.00 registration fee and;
  6. Attendance in the Country Familiarization Seminar (CFS)

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.

III. How to Make an Online Appointment

To attend the Country Familiarization Seminar (CFS) at CFO Manila, clients are required to use the Online Au Pair Registration System by accessing (PLEASE REFER TO PUBLIC ADVISORY)


Step 2: Answer all preliminary questions to check if required to attend the Country Familiarization Seminar (CFS).

Step 3: Provide a valid e-mail address (which you can only use once to access the system). Create a password for the provided valid e-mail. (Password length should be 6 to 20 characters and it should contain at least one uppercase and lowercase letter, a number and a special character (i.e !, @, #, $…)

Step 4: Upload images/pictures of your visa and passport

Step 5: Set a date for appointment (please be guided of the available schedule found on the CFS Calendar and Legend)

Step 6: Complete your Online-Au Pair Registration

Step 7: Download and Print Barcoded Confirmation Form. Bring this document together with all the other requirements to CFO on date of appointment. Please come to CFO at least one hour before your scheduled session for the verification process.

*If you have encountered any technical problem regarding your account, you may contact the CFO at telephone number (02) 552-4700 or through email address,

IV. Schedule of Country Familiarization Seminar

CFO Manila

Orientation Seminar Afternoon Session
Country Familiarization Seminar (CFS) Wednesdays and Thursdays
1:00 p.m. – 5:00 p.m.
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