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Are you migrating abroad with an immigrant visa?
You need to attend the CFO PDOS/Peer session!
Go online now to reserve and register.

  1. What is the Pre-departure Orientation Seminar (PDOS) in CFO?
  2. Requirements
  3. How to make an Online Appointment
  4. Who are Exempted from PDOS?
  5. Schedules
  6. Location
  7. Flyer (PDF Download)

A. What is the Pre-departure Orientation Seminar (PDOS) in CFO?

Filipino emigrants or those leaving the country to settle permanently abroad are required to register with the Commission on Filipinos Overseas (CFO), and attend the Pre-Departure Orientation Seminar (PDOS) or Peer Counseling Session. Topics discussed include travel regulations, immigration procedures, cultural differences, settlement concerns, employment and social security concerns, and rights and obligations of Filipino migrants.

The PDOS is for emigrants aged 20-59 years old who are petitioned by their parents, siblings, or immediate relatives, including independent applicants. The Peer Counseling Program is for emigrants aged 13-19 years old.

To attend the Pre-Departure Orientation/Peer Counseling Program at the CFO Manila, clients are required to use the RESERVATION and REGISTRATION (R&R) Online System.

B. What are the requirements?

No need to photocopy any registration document
No need to submit ID photos 

  1. Valid passport (must be valid at least six months before date of travel)
  2. Valid visa
  3. Confirmation of Permanent Residence (COPR for Canada-bound emigrants)
  4. Visa Grant Notice (page showing visa class for NZ and Australia bound emigrants)
  5. Contract (for E11, E12, E21, E31, E32, EW3 US-visa holders)
  6. One valid ID with photograph

After satisfactory compliance with the registration process and attendance to the PDOS, a CFO Emigrant Registration Sticker is affixed to your passport. This should be presented to the  Bureau of Immigration on the day of departure.

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.

C. How to Make an Online Appointment?

1. Go to: for attendance to PDOS in CFO MANILA 

and click the “I already have my immigrant visa…” button if you have already secured your immigrant visa.

2. Answer all preliminary questions to check if required to attend the PDOS or Peer Counseling Program. Provide email address and click “Submit”

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. You will be advised if required to attend PDOS/Peer or if exempted:

A. If  required to attend PDOS/Peer, you will be directed to the “SET YOUR SCHEDULE” page. Click the calendar to select preferred date and time to attend the PDOS/PEER session.

Note: There are limited slots per session, per day

B. If exempted from attending the PDOS/Peer session,  proceed to Step 5.

5. Click “Proceed to Registration” button to complete the on-line registration form.

6. Upload your recent 2 x 2 photo in plain white background and supply correct and complete information in all the fields required in the registration form.

7. Download and print the Barcoded Confirmation Form. Bring this document together with all the other requirements to CFO on date of appointment. NO NEED TO PRINT your registration form. Please come to CFO at least an hour before your scheduled PDOS/PEER session for the verification process.

D. Who are exempted from PDOS?

Emigrants who are exempted from attending the PDOS are still required to register personally or by proxy/authorized representative.

The following emigrants are exempted from attending the PDOS:

  • Minor emigrant ages 12 and below;
  • Senior citizens (60 years old and above);
  • Those incapacitated due to permanent or long-term ailments; or
  • Those with mental health issues or psychologically-challenged.
  • Emigrants who stayed for an aggregate of two months in the destination country

If registered by proxy, representative is required to present the following documents in addition to the usual required documents:

  • Medical certificate/report (except those 60 years old and above)
  • Letter of authorization from the emigrant (if applicable to the case); and
  • Original valid identification card with photograph of the proxy.

Proxies who are NOT the legal/natural/biological adoptive parent of children 12 years old and below must present the following documents:

  1. One (1) original valid identification card with photograph of the proxy, and
  2. Special Power of Attorney (SPA) / duly notarized authorization letter executed by parent/s or guardian/s, issued in the Philippines or overseas

Emigrants who have stayed for an aggregate of two months in the destination country are required to present the following documents:

     1. Previous visa or landing stamp

     2. Foreign government issued identification card i.e. driver’s license, state identification

E. What is the schedule of PDOS?