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Tuesday, March 8, 2011

How to Get a CFO Certificate in Cebu



(based on my experienced)

I renewed my passport at DFA Davao and since I am already married I want to change my status. I don't have any problem on the renewal process except a copy of the CFO Certificate that the DFA staff required me to submit. My question was:


What is CFO and what it is for?CFO or Commission on Filipinos Overseas established on 16 June 1980 through Batas Pambansa 79, the Commission on Filipinos Overseas is an agency of the Philippine Government tasked to promote and uphold the interests of Filipino emigrants and permanent, residents abroad, and preserve and strengthen ties with Filipino communities overseas.

Instead of Manila, I choose Cebu to take the seminar. Since, I am not in a hurry and I only wanted to renew my passport and change my status, I looked for a cheaper flight from Davao to Cebu. I also considered to find a place to stay in Cebu which is cheaper and near to CFO Office. I booked my flight on February 15 via Air Philippines, and get a room at Sampaguita Suites Hotel for 2 nights (booked through www.expedia.com). The  hotel offers free pick from the airport but you need to give them your flight info and scheduled your pick up. It was an affordable and comfortable place for a short stay, walking distance to the CFO and DFA office and one(1) jeepney ride to the SMEW-COW where the seminar held.


Before attending the seminar you may think that it is only another crafty money making scheme of the government as what other said, but it's not true. I never regret attending the seminar, though it was costly on our part (me and my husband)because I flew from Davao to Cebu (No choice). You or your spouse/fiancee will have the final say, after attending the seminar. The seminar is more on counselling, orientation and guidance for spouses/fiancee who will marry or married a Foreign National.




 Two (2) Offices To Visit To Secure The CFO Certificate

SMEF-COW (St. Mary Euphrasia Foundation, Inc - Center for Overseas Workers)
Address: 60 3rd floor, Ayaay Arcade, Gen. Maxilom Avenue, Cebu City, right across University of San Carlos North Campus.
Monday to Friday (8:00 am - 5:00 pm)
Tel.No: 32 2353745 
Email address: cowcebu@pldtdsl.net

CFO (Commission on Filipinos Overseas)
Causing-Lozada Building, Osmeña Boulevard corner  (Besides DFA Cebu)
MJ Cuenco Street, Cebu City, Philippines
Telefax: (032) 255-5253
Email: cfocebu@cfo.gov.ph

MY ITINERARY

February 15 (7:30 pm) - Arrived at Mactan International Airport (I didn't inform the hotel about my flight schedule for shuttle pick-up - my mistake), ride on a white metered Taxi (cost P130.00 pesos) to the Hotel.
February 16 - Woke up very early and was having a short talked with my husband on skype and headed to SMEF-COW by a taxi. Jeepneys are available on the next corner from the Hotel. (ask the hotel's front desk for the jeepney route going to Maxilom Avenue or near University of San Carlos North Campus).
I was 15 minutes late for the seminar registration as it started at 8:00. It was  unfair to other seminarians but I begged to the guard to let me in. (It was not a good example though).You need to be there before 8:00 am in the morning and get a  priority number from the guard. The guard said, they usually cater 20 people every session. But on that day we were more than 20. Proceed to 3rd floor and go inside the room with mark on the door - Filipino Spouse/Fiancee. The opposite room is for emigrants for their PDOS. Inside the room there are Windows 1, 2, 3. Don't hesitate to ask anybody behind that window. They will tell  you to log in by writing your name and signature on a piece of paper or a record book. Find a seat and wait for your name to be called.
Requirements  For SMEF - COW Counselling Seminar: (These are the requirements that they might ask you. They were asking requirement differ from each other and it depends on your case. It's better to be ready than go back again for another day.) 
- Original and Photocopy of your Passport
- Original and Photopy of Birth Certificate (From NSO or CTC from Local Civil Registrar duly authenticated by NSO)
- Original and Photocopy of Marriage Contract, if you're  married (From NSO or CTC from Local Civil Registrar duly authenticated by NSO)
- Photocopy of Birth Certificate of Husband/Fiancee
- Photocopy of Passport of Husband/Fiancee
- Photocopy of a Divorce Decree of husband, if he is divorced
- Photocopy of Proof of Singleness of Fiancee
- Photocopy of Legal Capacity to Marry
- Photocopy of visa (IF you already have a visa)
- Photocopy of entry/exit stamped of husband/fiancee's  passport (If married to a Filipina more than once) 
- Photocopy or copy of picture together (you and your husband/fiancee)
- Photocopy of your two (2) ID's . ( SSS, GSIS, Driver's license, company id, etc)
- P250.00 pesos (Counselling Fee)

-After few minutes one of the them will call you and you will submit your documents to him/her. They will check your documents and will ask you some questions and may require you to submit more documents.If everything is okay, you will pay her/him P250.00 pesos and she/he will give you a Guidance Counselling form to fill up. More importantly, spouse/fiancée need to know their  husband/fiancées  whereabout well). I filled up the form quickly. I noticed that  there were ladies stuck filling the form because of the lack of information about their husband/fiancee. Some, were even making calls to their husband abroad to ask some basic information. You need to know about your husband/fiancee complete name, birthday, address, mother's family name, how many times he/she got married/divorced (reason of divorced), how many children he had (if there is any), kind of work/job, address of workplace, husband/fiancée's educational attainment, course, when, where and how did you met, etc. It must be only simple questions but costly if you don't know the answer.
- Next, another person will call you for picture taking and submission of form. On our batch, there were some who didn't finish filling up their form.
- After, everybody done with picture taking, the Nun gathered us in one room and the seminar started (last for less or more 2 hours). It wasn't bad though. The nun who conducted the seminar was little bit strict but as she said that was a training for us.(discipline since we will be moving to other country). The seminar started by showing us a video clips taken from "Magandang Gabi Bayan". Videos contain reports and complains from Filipina who were reportedly abused by their foreign spouses. After the video, the Nun gave us some insight and reflection on how to deal with those kind of situation. She wanted to awaken us and planted a question in our mind of what is our main purpose why we married or will marry a foreigner.(She wants us to  answer that it is because of LOVE and NOT MONEY). That our priority is to be a good wife to our husband and not to seek a job outside the country. I guess, nothing to be afraid if you know the man you married/will marry.
- After the session, American spouses/fiancée remained on the same room while spouses/fiancee  of other nationalities moved to other room. My husband is an American so I stayed. Another woman, took place the floor. She oriented us about visas, flight, Port of Entry, little insight about American culture, people and place, etc. (30 to 45 minutes)
- We had a lunch break and back to 3rd floor after lunch. At 1:00 pm, they called us individually for a One on One Counselling and Interview. Those who finished filling up the form, called first. And those who didn't finish to fill up the form continued in filling up. There were two counselors,one was a Nun. I was with the Nun. She asked me to say something about my husband, how,when and where we met and what our plans. Also,she asked me about the positive and negative side of my hubby. She was jotting down the information I provided on the blank space on the form I filled up in the morning. I did most of the talking and before we ended she asked me more questions and she put approved on my form and signed it. Again, I gave that form to the guy on Window 3 and he give me my   CFO Guidance Counselling Certificate (Blue) afterwards, he advised me to go to the CFO Office to get the CFO Certificate (Green).

- Me, with the other ladies who attended the seminar took a jeepney ride to the CFO Office (P7.50 pesos - fare) located at the address above. When we arrived, we presented our Guidance Counselling Certificate from SMEF-COW, and the woman in charged told us to photocopy it. We submitted the photocopy,  paid P400.00 and signed the log book and she handed us the CFO Certificate (Green in Color). Since, I don't have the visa yet, I can claim my CFO sticker in CFO Cebu or Manila when I get my visa. (Keep the Original Copy of your CFO Certificate to get your CFO Sticker in the Future). CFO Certificate has no expiry. They put the CFO Sticker in your passport if your Visa is on hand.

Requirements for Registration (CFO Certificate - Green)
-Original and photocopy of Passport;
-Original and photocopy of visa;
-Original and photocopy of Immigrant Data Summary for US bound/ Confirmation of Permanent Residence for Canada bound/ Certification of Eligibility (for Japan-bound);
-Original CFO guidance and counseling certificate;
-Duly completed emigrant registration form;
-P400.00 pesos (Authorized Registration Fee)

Guidance Counselling Certificate
CFO Certificate
Visit the Official CFO Website for updates and more information: www.cfo.gov.ph


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203 comments:

  1. what will I do if I lost my CFO Guidance and Counseling Certificate?I still have the reciept and have a photocopy,do I apply it again or just ask for a copy of it?and how long will it takes if I request a new one?

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  2. I would suggest sis, Contact the CFO office of where you took the seminar and the certificate. They always respond to any question and inquiry or you can call them and ask for their advice of what to do.

    Here is their contact info:

    Location of CFO Offices
    CFO Manila

    Citigold Center, 1345 Pres. Quirino Avenue
    corner Osmeña Highway (South Superhighway)
    Manila, Philippines 1007
    Tel. No.: (02) 552-4700
    Fax No.: (02) 561-8332
    E-mail: info@cfo.gov.ph
    Website: www.cfo.gov.ph


    CFO Cebu Desk

    Causing-Lozada Building, Osmeña Boulevard corner
    MJ Cuenco Street, Cebu City, Philippines
    Telefax: (032) 255-5253
    Email: cfocebu@cfo.gov.ph
    Website: www.cfo.gov.ph

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    1. hi im herne asawa ko po american nkapag file kmi ng spouse visa tanung ko po kung sa pagdating ng interview ko kailangan ko pa ng pulis clearance from hongkong doon po kc ako galing noong 2011..thanks

      herne

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    2. Yes sis, kailangan mo ng Police Clearance from Hong Kong. Required talaga yun. I worked in Hong Kong as well at nabanggit talaga yun during my interview.... Sabi ng Consul,"ah you have your Police Clearance here, alright"...

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    4. Hello sis herne ulit to tanong ko kung ano yong CR1 SPOUSE VISA kmi kasi file ng aswa ko is K3 SPOUSE VISA im worried bka mali yong nka file namin kailangan b namin lawyer to make sure n tama lahat n papers i susubmit at maka follow up ng case namin kaso nka file n lahat worried talaga ako bka matagal ako bgo ma process kong mali mali yong file ng asawa ko at tanong ko p kung kailangan ko pa ipa red ribbon lahat n ducoments ko n e file sa uscis katulad ng annulment ko nagugulohan ako ...
      thanks u GOD BLESS

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    5. at saka kung ilan months aabutin before medical

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    6. Hi Herne, as far as I know wala ng K3 eh... hintayin nyo nalang decision ng USCIS. Nakapagfile na ba xa? may natanggap na ba kayong Noticed na nareceived na nila petition ng asawa mo? No need ng lawyer. You can follow up your case without a lawyer. No need to red ribbon your documents.. you will be fine as long as kumpleto yyung mga documents na ipinasa nyo... ..

      Depende sa case nyo sis.. sa akin after 3 months namin nagfile nagpamedical na ako... kasi after 90 days na approved yung petition ng asawa ko... Case to case basis kasi...

      May guide ako ng mga kailangan sa isubmit upon petition dito sa aking blog.. check mo sa Visa guidelines post ko sis... first post yata or second... yung may petition....

      Message me ulit kung may mga tanong ka pa.. sorry minsan if tagal me makareply, little bit busy lang...

      God bless...

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    7. ok po thank you so much GOD bless,,

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    8. OPO nka file n at saka nka recieve n rin ng noticed n natangap na..

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    9. Oks na yan sis... I believed maging automatic CR1 yung status nyo...Punta ka dto sis at type mo yung receipt number nyo at makikita mo status ng iyong petition... https://egov.uscis.gov/cris/Dashboard.do

      God bless sis.. wag kang mahiya mag post ng tanong mo ha, if approved na yung petition mo.... I will try my best to assist you.

      Ingatz...

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    10. thank you so much sis laking tulong po to sa amin n walang mga idea about this..tanong ko n rin po young co sponsor nabangit mo kasi ito sa interview mo anu to?thanks sis GOD bless u

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    11. Wlang anuman sis.. Basta may tanong kayo post lang. I will try to reply and help you sa lahat ng aking makakaya.

      Yung co-sponsor sis, after maapproved yung petition need magsubmit ng Affidavit of support ng Petitioner. If di sapat yung income ng petitioner or below poverty guidelines, kailangan nyang kumuha ng co-sponsor.. at yun ang nangyari sa akin dahil hindi sapat yung income ng asawa ko.... :)

      God bless you rin sis...

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    12. thank you so much sis i hope lahat ng pilipino n nsa ibang bansa katulad mo n tumulong sa kapwa pilipino ...mabuhay po kayo GOD bless u

      herne

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  3. I need to renew my passport and at the same time change status,i'm married to a foreign national, they told me to go to cebu to attend CFO Seminar and get Guidance and Counseling Certificate of Attendance. What are the requirements they need? I just want to know because im little bit far from cebu, im from iligan city and im planning to go to cebu this sunday and arrive on monday. I hope you can help me. Thanks and God bless.

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  4. Hi Ranessa,

    Ito yung lahat na kailangan mo.. Better bring them all if in case hingiin nila sa iyo...I am sorry my reply might be late now because it is already Sunday there in the Philippines. But these might help... Send me an email at speedyhub@gmail.com if you have more questions and also so I can guide you.
    God bless...

    - Original and Photocopy of your Passport
    - Original and Photopy of Birth Certificate (From NSO or CTC from Local Civil Registrar duly authenticated by NSO)
    - Original and Photocopy of Marriage Contract, if you're married (From NSO or CTC from Local Civil Registrar duly authenticated by NSO)
    - Photocopy of Birth Certificate of Husband/Fiancee
    - Photocopy of Passport of Husband/Fiancee
    - Photocopy of a Divorce Decree of husband, if he is divorced
    - Photocopy of Proof of Singleness of Fiancee( If your husband is single and never been married)
    - Photocopy of Legal Capacity to Marry
    - Photocopy of visa (IF you already have a visa)
    - Photocopy of entry/exit stamped of husband/fiancee's passport (If married to a Filipina more than once)
    - Photocopy or copy of picture together (you and your husband/fiancee)
    - Photocopy of your two (2) ID's . ( SSS, GSIS, Driver's license, company id, etc)
    - P250.00 pesos (Counselling Fee)
    - P400 Pesos (CFO FEE)

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  5. pano kung nag aaply pa lang ng passport then need ang cfo ano ang requirements?

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    1. Same lang ang requirements sis. .... except lang sa photocopy ng passport kasi wala ka pa nun... God bless

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  6. Same lang requirements sis..except sa passport kasi mag-aaply ka palang.... try to contact them too if possible.... @ Vyn Pagba

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  7. Is this a required or optional requirement? --Photocopy of Proof of Singleness of Fiancee( If your husband is single and never been married)

    What if my fiancee can't obtain this?

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    1. Based on my experienced sis when I had my seminar in Cebu they really required this docs doon sa fiancee na single. Because they wanted to make sure na never been married talaga yung mga Fiancee nila....As an option sis, your fiancee can make an Affidavit stating that he is single and never been married then pa notarized nya sa lawyer.... Then, scan nya lang at email sa yo....

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  8. hi im jenny

    gusto ko po sana kumuha ng cfo certificate sa cfo cebu, kasi po masyado marami dito sa manila..how take long po ba?
    maraming salamat po

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    1. Hi Jenny,

      Less than a day lang tapos na... with CFO certificate na yan.... Seminar will start at 8:00 but before make sure andun kana para makaregister ka.. After seminar, proceed ka sa CFO.... but try to call CFO Cebu if saan na yung seminar... Kasi, Iv'e read somewhere na same place na sa CFO ang seminar... Call them to make it sure... regarding the place and schedule ng seminar...

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    2. * Before 8:00 am I mean, andun ka na...

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  9. I really enjoy reading your lesson, I will come back for more lessons learn.
    city hall wedding photographer

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  10. hi what if our husband is american do we need hes birth certificate too?

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    1. Hi Sarah,

      Either of the two... Copy of his birth certificate or photocopy of his passport....

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  11. if my husband was previous;y devorce do he need afidavit of singleness isnt it the legal capacity of mariage is enough?

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    1. He needs a copy of his divorce decree and also the legal capacity of marriage ( secured from US Embassy)....

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  12. hello there! as for the Photocopy of Legal Capacity to Marry, is this needed if we are already married here sa Pinas?he might also bring his papers from Korea that registered din yung kasal naman in his country... and kahit monday ok lang ba? I've read kasi sa schedule nila for Japanese and Korean, every TTh... thank you po!

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    1. Hi Diana,

      Yes, in my case hinanapan ako.. sa Pinas rin kami ikinasal.. may kopya ka ba nun? About the seminar, follow their schedule... If TTH yung na-assign for Korean and Japanese Spouse yun sundin kasi during the seminar magkaiba yung session ng bawat bansa.... God bless....

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    2. hello again...i don't think i have a copy of such...but why is it sa page ng cfo, kakaunting papers lang nilalagay nila? thanks talaga nang marami...

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    3. oo nga... may mga kasamahan ako dati na yun lang follow nila.. nadelay yung pagkuha nila ng certificate dahil need nila i secure yung mga papers na wala naman sa listahan... It is better to have all your documents with you...para wala na sila maraming tanong... :)

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    4. Miss, thanks talaga ha? One more thing please, with regards to the NSO paper... nagma matter pa ba ung kulay ng papel? hubby requested me to secure a copy daw that yellow yung kulay coz green raw ung papers namin...hay naku! hirap niyang intindihin...hehe with regards to the time, one day lang ba talaga lahat? and do i need to have prior schedule sa kanila? thanks again

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    5. It doesn't matter yung kulay.. iba-iba kasi kulay minsan upon issuance... as long na latest yung docs mo oks lang... oo 1 day lang xa lahat... not necessarily to make a schedule... But if you want to send them an email or appointment mas okay.... But make sure to be there before 8 or earlier para makakuha ka ng slot for the seminar... God bless...

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  13. Hi Im Mary and Married to Foreign National (american) last jan 2012 and now we already have a son.. i went to DFA to renew and change my status since we already married and also getting my son a passport too.. the officer told me to get a cfo first before i claim my passport and also my son`s. My husband is here and planning to go to cebu to deal and get my cfo with our son.. what are the requirements needed? and do they accept 1 ID since i only have postal ID ?? can i photocpy the old passport since my new passport is still on process? can i get police clearance as a backup for ID`s? and are they allowing my husband and son to get in the building because Iam exclusively breastfeeding my son. i need a reply soon pls..:(

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    1. Hi Mary,

      Yes, you really need to do the CFO first you can renew your passport and change of status... With regards to your questions:

      1 - 1 ID is okay?
      Answer: In my case they really ask me for two ID's. I only have one ID as well at that time which is valid (SSS)... I was just fortunate to have an expired ID (an ID I had in Hong Kong).... Do you have any school ID? or any work ID's even it is expired... Just bring any expired ID's you got.

      2 - Old Passport Photocopy
      Answer: Yes, Photocopy of old passport is fine.

      3 - Police Clearance
      Answer: If you want too, you can obtain a Police Clearance.. Besides, there is a picture of yourself there. Just in case. I am sure it will be helpful.

      4- Do they allow your husband and son?
      Answer: Yes, in CFO Cebu there is a lobby where your family can wait for you... I am sure they will understand you to bring your son there with you as well as your husband.

      God bless and take care.

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  14. thanks for the reply.. and also i forgot to ask..how to make an appointment there in cebu? or we can just go there and just do the process..?

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    1. In my case, nag-email ako sa SMEW-COW (yan ung place ng seminar dati) na mag-attend ako ng seminar that day.. Sabi mag-walk in lang daw... nakarating ako dun 15 mins pass 8:00 am.. di ako pinapasok ng guard kasi wala na daw slot... But I insis na pumasok at mag-attend. Sinabihan ko yung in-charge na I emailed them.. Ayun pinapasok ako.... Make sure to be there before 8:00 am.... kasi marami ng linya those time.....

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  15. Thank you so much for all the information ... god bless you..:)

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  16. sis saan yung emigrant registration form makukuha?? isa yan sa requirements for Registration (CFO Certificate - Green).. kukuha kasi ako ng CFO- certificate next month sa Cebu din.

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    1. doon sa CFO yan galing sis.. after mo seminar tsaka may certificate ka na from seminar biygan ka ng CFO ng form to fill up... after nun tsaka nila ibigay yung CFO certificate mo...

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    2. ahh.. thank you sis laking tulong to yung blog mo.. God Bless you :)

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  17. Hello, I am Myrna Bage from Negros Occidental and got married to an American citizen just recently. I am processing my Passport now and one of the requirements is the CFO certificate. And they told me to get it from Cebu but they did not give me any paper or referral to bring to the CFO Office. Can I just be accommodated there?

    And also I would like to verify if they have a schedule set on April 8, 2013, since that is a Monday and the next day, April 9 is Araw ng Kagitingan, a Holiday.

    I am looking forward for your kind reply. Thank you and God Speed!

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    1. Hi MYrna,

      No need the referral na.. punta ka nalang doon sa CFO cebu.. Be sure to be there before 8:00 am para makapalista ka ng name mo... Check mo ang link na ito for more information... You can email them if open ba sila on April 8.... God bless.... http://cfo.gov.ph/index.php?option=com_content&view=article&id=1348:fiancee-spouses-and-other-partners-of-foreign-nationals&catid=140

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  18. hi po...im mirasol edlund married of a swedish man...what is legal capacity to marry?coz we are married here in cebu.and my husband is a devorced person do i need a proof of singleness?tnxs

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    1. LEgal Capacity to marry is a certificate to prove that he is eligible to marry. He can get it from Swedish consulate there in the Philippines... He don't need a proof of singleness since he is divorced... He needs to bring a copy of his divorced decree...

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  19. hi... this is joy... our flight in cebu is in the 21 of this month to get a certificate of attendance in CFO. tanong ko lang po kung san ako dapat una pumunta... sa SMEF-COW? or CFO? and just wanted to ask also if do i need to bring a proof of singleness to my husband??? his single and we already got our marriage certificate... just confused lang po... thank you....

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    1. Hi Joy,
      Punta ka na deretso sa CFO Office. Kasi I checked their website parang wala na yung sa SMEF-COW na seminar.. Sabi sa website nila na visit their CFO OFfice. Kaya punta ka na directly sa office nila. Sa Sampaguita Suite ka magstay kasi malapit lang yun sa CFO OFfice..walking distance lang. No need na ng proof of singleness kasi married na kayo.. dalahin mo nalang yung copy ng Legal capacity to marry.. Yung papel or dokumento na kinuha nyo sa US Embassy or Consulate before you get married.

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  20. hi.. sorry po i forgot to ask... i only have 1 valid ID(alumni Id)... iv got other Id's (postal & old work ID) but these 2 ID's are under my surname... would they accept this ID po...?
    looking forward on your reply po... thanks and God Bless...=)

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    1. Dalahin mo lahat yun kahit luma na or expired or even under your surname pagkadalaga.. pwede na yun.... God bless...

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  21. Thank you po for the information.... I love your site... Laking Tulong po tlaga... Thank you so much and Godbless.. ;)

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    1. Walang problema.. :) I'm glad to help.... May mga post rin ako regarding sa pag-apply ng visa... Feel free to check it.. Or leave me a message pag may tanong ka about the Visa Process.. God bless..

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  22. Hi po,katatapos lang po ng kontrata ko d2 sa singapore,so expired na ang pass ko.pauwi pa lang ako sa pinas at balik d2 sa singapore sa july para sa kasal namin ng bf ko(singaporean).kailangan ko po rin bng kumuha ng cfo certificate?thanks

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    1. Hi Luz,

      Oo kasi foreigner asawa mo... kailangan mag-experi passport mo? after or before marriage? basta pag gamiton mo apelyido ng asawa mo tsaka tanungin ka ano purpose ng passport application mo at sabihin mong travel to Singapore tsaka asawa mo Singaporean talgang reuired xa....

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  23. hi po... just wanted to ask again if ano po address ng sampaguita siutes..na napuntahn nyo before... kasi ngsearch ako internet... marmi lumalabas..po..and malapit lng po ba sa mga stores ang sampaguita suites po???
    hoping for your reply... thank you po...=)

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    1. http://www.sampaguitasuites.com/plazagarcia/location.php - yan yung website nila at jan din yung address nila.. Click mo sa website nila under location... Not sure lang about sa store.. Sabi nila 1 ride daw ng jeepney.. PArang meron rin naman.. di ko lang maxado napansin.. malapit kasi xa sa Cross ni Magellan tsaka sa Old Church....

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  25. Hi po... Good morning.... Just want to ask again... Po Kung lahat pa document na kukunin nila is original???? Specially po sa legal capacity.... Kasi po I only hve one remaining legal capacity document here..... Bka po Kasi hingan ako during kukuha ako ng passport....thanks ahead po.... I'll be waiting for your reply po.... :)

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    1. Photocopy lahat i-submit mo.. di naman nila hingin ang original...

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  26. Hi, meron bang expiration and CFO Certificate? Nakakuha na ako ng certificate last 2006 and I still have the my copy of it. pero ngayon expired na ang passport ko,and I need to renew it, do I need to attend the seminar again?
    Thank you...

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    1. As far as I knew, walang expiration yung CFO. Much better na kontakin mo yung CFO or i renew mo na yung passport mo at try mo submit yan... God bless..

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  27. Good afternoon..thank you so much sa mga info. I just want to ask po kung ang gcc at saka cfo makukuha within the day. For me po kasi ang counseling sked is friday 2pm to 5pm so may time pa po ba ako for my cfo cert...or ilang oras ang counseling?salamat po.

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  28. Good afternoon..thank you so much sa mga info. I just want to ask po kung ang gcc at saka cfo makukuha within the day. For me po kasi ang counseling sked is friday 2pm to 5pm so may time pa po ba ako for my cfo cert...or ilang oras ang counseling?salamat po.

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    1. Hi Nelyn,
      If may visa ka na ilalagay na yung Sticker sa Passport mo... BAsi sa nabasa ko sa site nila parang wala na yung Blue na certificate... yung Green nalang na GCC.... at pag may visa ka na yun dalhin mo ulit para sa CFO sticker mo... Try mo sila email sis... nag-rereply naman sila agad... God bless

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  29. Change status pa po...ok i will just email them..thanks. God bless.

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  30. hello gud day to u....been reading many blogs in diffrent site..but i am still clueless if wat to do first...i am 1yr married and i thought of getting visa...but i dunno wat will do first if do i need to change my pasport status to married or visa first.?and how long will it takes for cfo certificate.?

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    1. If you want to use your husband's family name, I would suggest take the CFO seminar (certificate) first and apply for change status of your passport then apply for your visa. CFO (includes seminar) is less than a day....

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  31. is it possible to get cfo first then change pasport status before proceeding to getting visa.?cos visa will only takes 2weeks....

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    1. Yes, first thing is to get a CFO certificate if you want to use your husband's family name then change status sa passport... What you mean takes 2 weeks to get a visa? In which country your husband came from? Most cases it takes 8 - 10 months to get the spousal visa if that kind of visa you want to get...

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  32. Hi sis,,

    gusto ko lang ulit itanong sayo kung sapat naba itong documents para sa pag aplay ng cfo certificate ?

    -photocopy of passport of my husband
    -divorce paper of my husband
    -marriage contract
    -photocopy of my passport
    -my birth certificate
    -my two valid IDs
    inaashan ko ang iyong sagot,



    maraming salamat.

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    1. oo sis.. basta to make sure dalahin mo lahat na meron ka.. Pati yung Legal Capacity if may copy ka dalahin mo na rin. Pictures nyo together 2 or 3....

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  33. Ask ko lng po tga manila.po ako blak ko po mag cfo sa cebu.. Mkukuha ko nba po agad yung certificate ko kung sa cebu aq mag cfo.. Mtgal po kc process dto sa manila mga gano po b ako ktgal mag stay sa cebu sa tingin nyu po..salmat po sna msagut nyu po tanung ko

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    1. Hi sis, parang makukuha mo rin yata agad if sa Manila ka mag-apply...Not sure lang...

      Sa akin dati 2 nights and 1 day ako nagstay sa Cebu.. Kasi gabi ako dumating doon... Next morning pumunta ako ng CFO.. alas 3 kami natapos dati kaya natulog muna ako gina-umagahan umuwi ako.... Yun sis... pero try mo sa Manila, same lang yata.. Kasi based sa nabasa ko sa website nila sa CFO na mismo ang seminar... Tsaka GCC yung ibibigay muna pag wala pang visa.. tsaka babalik nalang ulit if may visa na para sa CFO sticker...

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  34. Ask ko lng po tga manila.po ako blak ko po mag cfo sa cebu.. Mkukuha ko nba po agad yung certificate ko kung sa cebu aq mag cfo.. Mtgal po kc process dto sa manila mga gano po b ako ktgal mag stay sa cebu sa tingin nyu po..salmat po sna msagut nyu po tanung ko

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  35. HI sis ,

    nasubmit ko na sa LCR yong legal capacity ng asawa ko at wala na akong copy non.. tinatangap ba nila kahit walang legal capacity ,kasi ito lang ang mayroon ako ngayon., photocopy of passport of my husband,divorce paper of my husband, our marriage contract ,my birt certificate, my passport , at tsaka ung picture na kasama ko ang husband ko un lang ,


    maraming salamat sa tulong mo

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    1. ah okay.. oks lang yan. sabihin mo nalang sa kanila na wala kang kopya at naisubmit mo na sa LCR.... may divorce decree naman... at 2 valid ID's mo.. :) oks na yan... Good luck and God bless... If ever may kailangan sila sa asawa mo, i pa scan mo nalang sa kanya at email sayo para mas madali..... if ever lang... pero oks na yan... :)

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  36. Hi sis

    thank u so much sa mga ibigay mong information.

    god bless,

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  37. Hi sis ,,


    thank u soo much sa mga ibinigay mong information .

    god bless,

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  38. Ask ko lng ulet po sa manila po kc yung interview po hindi lng isang araw ..tapus po two days po yung workshop sa korean culture at law ng korean..ini sched pa po yun d po tuloy tuloy... Yung pag cfo mo dto sa manila.ang dami po hnahnap dun pna iikot ikot k.. Yung frend ko.po kc.ganun gnwa saknya 3months n sya nag cfo.. Kya po ang tnung ko po ay qng ganun din po ba sa cebu khirap mag cfo.. Blak ko kc sa cebu mag.cfo madami po kc dto nag ccfo..at ang layu ng bhai ko sa cfo manila kelangan kasi madaling araw andun kna po... Takot nmn po ako mag byahe ng mdaling araw..

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    1. Ah ganun ba? Hindi lang sure about sa Korean na seminar... Pero as far as I knew kasi may Korean rin akong kasamahan dati nagseminar tapos kami lahat 1 day lang.. Yung mga kumpleto nga ang papeles.... Try mo email ang CFO Cebu... Nagre-reply naman sila sa mga email.

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  39. Hi sis ..
    Nagbackread ako ng mga older comments and Hindi pa din na answer yung query ko.

    Sis i will be getting married this July to a Korean national pro hindi sa church thru legal way lang muna sis kase ang priority namin makasal na legal way kase im pregnant ngayun so we both decided to get married before i give birth.And sis where can i my boyfriend get a Legal capacity of marriage? sa Country nya ba o sa Korean Embassy sa pinas?

    sis since kukuha ako ng CFO Cert, is it possible they can give me two original CFO cert? kse sis kukuha ako ng CFO for the Spouse visa requirements yun ng embassy so kukunin nla yung original and photocopy ng CFO cert
    and sis savi mo when i will claim the sticker kailangan nla ng original ng CFO cert. So panu yun sis?

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    1. Hi sis,

      Inquire mo sa Korean Consulate jan sa Pinas.. I am not sure lang if saan.. Kasi American kasi asawa ko I am not sure if saan ang office ng Korean Consulate... Required pala sa kanila ang CFO? sa US Embassy hindi kasi required.... sa DFA ko lang ginamit yung Certificate which is photocopy lang ang hininig... Tsaka pagkuha ko ng sticker dinala ko yung original di ron kinuha binigyan ako ng sticker... ..

      AS mo directy yung CFO sis if pwede ba 2 kukunin.. Di pa kasi ako naka encounter ng 2 ang nagrequired....

      God bless sis..

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  40. hello po ate, just wanna ask po about sa requirement kasi po wala pa po akong passport cause new applicant po ako. the DFA (Bacolod) told me to attend the CFO Seminar to get Cert and pass it to them. anu po ung gagawin ko kasi one of the requirements sa CFo is yong passport, okay lng po ba kng wala?

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    1. Hi Tasha,

      Oo oks lang yan, kasi new applicant ka pa naman. Basta make sure na dalahin mo yung marriage certificate mo at lahat ng mga documents na kailangan isubmit.

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  41. another question po, i'll be leaving Bacolod on June 23rd going to Cebu for the CFO Seminar and one concern ko po is the place where i could stay, i search about the Sampaguita Suites Hotel, they have two hotels the Sampaguita Suites Plaza Garcia and Sampaguita Suites JRG. san po ung mas malapit sa the said Office?

    i will wait for your response po.
    and any advice po what will i'm going to do.
    i have american husband too. im 22 years old and my hubby is 26 years old. do i need to bring the parent consent? thanks po.

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    1. Hi again,

      Yung Sampaguita Suite sa Garcia ka mag stay... Check mo ang link sa baba para alam mo kung saan banda ang CFO from the hotel.. Malapit lang.. Lakarin mo lang...

      With regards naman sa PArent consent - Bata ka pa nga.. hehe... Mas mabuti na ready ka if ever hanapan ka nila... Yes, magdala ka ng Parent Consent letter para sure at hindi madelay yung CFO mo....

      God bless....

      check mo to: https://maps.google.com/maps?saddr=Commission+on+Filipinos+Overseas+-+Cebu+Desk,+Philippines&daddr=Sampaguita+Suites-Plaza+Garcia+Location+Hotel,+Cebu%2FCebu+City&hl=en&ll=10.293734,123.903154&spn=0.001607,0.002411&sll=37.269174,-119.306607&sspn=10.641697,19.753418&geocode=FV8SnQAd0aFiByHmuF-awJAfhCnTj_kI4ZupMzHmuF-awJAfhA%3BFZ0QnQAdIpxiByGyoUsDAeGVOykJBFJk4ZupMzGyoUsDAeGVOw&oq=Comm&t=h&mra=ls&z=19

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    3. Copy Paste mo nalang yung link na yan sa taan... OR di kaya punta ka sa google map at kuha ka ng direction from CFO Cebu at Sampaguita Suite, Garcia.

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    4. kailangan po bang notarized ung parent consent?

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  42. kailangan po bang notarized ung parent consent? when we process the marraige license they ask me to bring my parents cause they will sign for the parent consent. yan po ba ang dapat kong dadalhin? thanks po for help.

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    1. I asked my friends if they were asked for Parent Consent, they said, you don't need it. They only requires it for spouse under 20 years old.. So you're fine. If you want to bring just bring one... No need to be notarized... God bless..

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  43. sorry te daming tanong :D
    anu pa po ung mga possible questions that they will ask? i feel a little bit nervous about sa interview.
    ung hubby ko, is very single when he get married to me, ni girlfriend po wala. :D
    i am thinking po na if hindi divorce ung husband wala namng madaming tanong, am i right po bah?

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    1. Wag kang nerbyosin, madali lang yan...hehe.. CFO lang naman yan... Kaya mo yan.

      God bless..

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  44. another concern po ate, i only have 1 ID with my husband's surname which is BIR. Pwd po bang Postal ID,College ID or Alumni ID with my maiden name? thanks po ate sa help.

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  45. Oo dalahin mo lahat ng ID mo kahit nasa single name mo pa.. oks lang yan.. kayang-kaya mo yan... God;s help... :)

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  46. good day po..aask ko lang po of mahihirapan po ba aq kumuha nang certificate sa cfo..20years old po aq...married po sa korean

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    1. Hi Aime,

      Hindi naman.. oks lang yan.. :) Pero if di ka sure you always ask the CFO if you need a parent consent...

      God bless..

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    2. hello aime, if you will get it in Cebu i think okay lng as long as you have the requirements. gaya ng sabi ni ate Oncewantobeawriter just be ready sa parent consent if incase hihingi sila at ung marriage contract mo dapat galing sa NSO and of course your proof (pictures ng wed nyo).

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  47. hello, Ate salamat sa lahat ng informations.
    I hand na my Counseling and Guidance Certificate.
    i had the seminar in Cebu last June 24,2013 Monday.

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    1. Hi Tasha,

      That's good news.. :) I am happy for you...

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  48. ate just wanna ask po if how long will it take po ba ung processing ng CR1? CR1 dn ba ung application nyo before?
    according kasi sa seminar yan ung dapat naming kunin..

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    1. Sa amin mga almost 9 months...kasali na yung arrival ko dito sa US.... After 4 months na-approved petition namin.. Then, wait another month for the Case number, then another month for the interview.. Oo, CR1 na i-apply mo... I guide kita.. Leave ka lang ng message.. Madali lang basta walang complication sa case nyo....

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  49. oh wow great!
    para saan te ung case number? sino ba mgbibigay yan te?
    how was the interview te going on? what do i need to bring? and about sa medical too.

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  50. sorry te maraming tanong hehehe, very curious lng talaga ako and i want to be ready of everything... salamat te sa help.. ung letter of employment para kanino po yun,from my husband po ba?
    me po doesn't have work kakagraduate lng po kasi sa college and after grad, kasal :D.

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    1. * Letter of employment - yup, sa hubby mo yun...matagal pa yan..... after approval pa yan ng petition...

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  51. i see, :) so te what do i need to bring during the interview?

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  52. Hi,ask ko lang..sa korea kmi nag-paksal ng asawa ko american din xa sa tingin mo ba ok lng khit d muna ipa change status ang passport ko kc meron nmn xa sa isang page na nagpaamend nko na gmit ko na ung apelyido ng asawa ko..sana matulungan mo ko na msagot ang tanong na to..salamat dito sa ginawa mong site...God Bless...

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    1. Oo, pwede naman na hindi ka muna magchange status... Sa akin kasi, pa-expire na yung passport ko at gusto ko sa baway dokumento na meron ako pagkatapos namin makasal ay gamit ko na yung apelyido ng asawa ko, lalung-lalo na sa visa process. Pero dapat pag magbyahe ka na kailangan ng passport, magkapareha yung name sa passport mo at sa ticket parang walang problema... If mag-process ka na ng Visa papunta dito sa US mas mainam at mabuti na magchange status ka muna para isang pangalan nalang lahat nga mga documents mo.. If gusto mo lang.. kasi dito sa US wala nalang pilitan if gamitin mo apelyido ng asawa mo o hindi...

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  53. hello, gud day to you, i got married last May and planning to get cfo so that i can renew my maiden passport,,tanong ko lang po, wala na kasi akong copya sa mga documents ng husband ko (like divorce paper, legal capacity to marry, bc, passport,) pwede po ba e-print ko nalang yong docomento niya?..need your answer mam, thank you and god bless!..

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    1. ate Oncewantobeawriter share ko lng po ky Missy ung experienced ko,
      hello missy, just want to say lang kasi i experienced it already and i took it sa Cebu just this June 2013 ,u should be prepared sa mga possible documents na hihingin nila, aside kasi sa mga requirements u need to compile, at the end of the CFO seminar meron interview in which they might ask for that.. and it depends sa situation u had. so better to have than never in which it will ruin ur processing time... ung ibang kasama ko sa CFO seminar they have everything including na ung receipts kasi that's one of the proof lalo na ung photos. God Bless.

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    2. Okay ba.. :) No probs.. SAlamat din sa pagshare... God bless....

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    3. @ Missy - if wala ka nang kopya nun, sabihin mo sa asawa mo na ipascan nya yung mga papeles na hawak nya like his BC, passpost, divorce decree at i email sa yo.. Kaw nalang magpaprint.. Yun nga, tama ka, pwedeng ipaprint mo nalang...

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  54. ahhh...yes! salamat sa reply sis...Jah bless!..

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  55. good day, te what are the possible questions they will ask in US Embassy interview? then i have big concerns about medical te...

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    1. Hi Tasha,

      Gagawa ako ng post tungkol sa Interview ko at medical... :) Abangan mo.... hehe..
      Anong concern mo about medical?
      God bless...

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  56. cge po te abangan ko..kasi te nadiagnos na meron akong cysts sa breast baka yan po ung reason for delayed ba... anu sa tingin mo te?

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  57. Hello Po,just wanted to ask lang po kung pwede ba kumuha ang CFO kahit wala pa akong visa?kasi i don't know if they really required ba talaga pag pumunta ka sa ibang bansa for marriage because my fiancee is a German and nag umpisa na kami ng aming application wait nalang namin kelan kami ma approved ask ko lang kung required ba talaga siya at pwede ba kumuha kahit wala pang visa?thank you po

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    1. Hi Bhabes,

      Yes, pwede kang kumuha ng CFO kahit wala ka pang Visa. Pagkatapos mo ng seminar bibigyan ka nila ng CFO certificate. Yang CFO certificate ang ipapakita mo ulit pagbalik mo ng CFO for your CFO sticker... Babalik ka ng CFO magpasticker pag may visa ka na....

      *ask ko lang kung required ba talaga siya *

      Tungkol sa tanong mo sa taas, required ang CFO or VISA to attend the CFO.

      Sagot - CFO yes required talaga xa if married sa foreign national
      - VISA to attend the CFO (to attend the seminar pwedeng wala munang visa)

      God bless...

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    2. Hello po Mam ask ko lang ano ba talaga requirements pag mag kuha ng CFO?divorcee kasi fiancee ko do i need to present bah ung divorce paper nya oh ok lng ung passport nya ang dadalhin ko?rply needed po...thank you..

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    3. @ Bhabes - yes, kailangan mo ng photcopy ng divorce decree nya... pati photocopy ng passport nya or birth certificate..

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  58. Hello Madam, tanong ko lang po kung saan ito makukuha - -Original and photocopy of Immigrant Data Summary for US bound/ Confirmation of Permanent Residence for Canada bound/ Certification of Eligibility (for Japan-bound); - -

    I just read your blog and wander where to have that paper. Galing ba yan sa kanila nung ngseminar ka? Please give me reply.. Salamat :)

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    1. Hi Cathy,

      Sa Embassy yan xa manggagaling. Saang country asawa mo?

      Example sa US - pagkatanggap mo ng VISA Packet from the US EMbassy merong Immigrant Data Summary na naka-attach sa VISA PAcket upon delivery into your house, ganun...

      Tapos, kukunin mo yung papel (Immigrant Data Summary) at ipaphotocopy. Basta malalaman mo yan at makikita pag may visa ka na....

      Requirements yan xa sa pag-attend ng CFO kung may visa ka na... kung wala ka pang visa oks lang naman...

      Later mo na yan ipapasa pag magpa CFO sticker ka na.....

      Kasi yung CFO sticker sa passport mo ilalagay pag may visa ka na... Pag wala ka pang visa CFO certificate muna ibibigay sayo.

      God bless..

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  59. Hello again :)...kumusta?..from USA fiancee ko. Ah okay, I understand na..heheheh salamat ng marami. Hindi ba required ng USEM ang CFO certificate? Plan kasi namin, later na magpunta sa CFO pag may visa na para hindi na pabalik-balik, gastos din masyado..Dipolog-Cebu vice versa... Nakapost ba yong interview paper requirements mo dito sa iyong blog?..have a bless day and magandang umaga sa iyo..!!

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    1. Hi again Cathy :)

      Hindi kailangan sa US Embassy ang CFO... sa airport mo xa kailangan. di ka makasakay ng eroplano papuntang US if walang CFO sticker ang passport mo... Yeah, you can attend the CFO after mo makakuha ng visa.... :)

      May post ako with regards to my interview experienced... :) Click mo yung VISA GUIDELINES.... pinakauna xa na post.

      God bless rin.... :)

      Message ka lang if may tanong ka...

      Ingatz...

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  60. Hi Ma'am, i am married with american man last may 2013. and i am planning to go in cebu to attend CFO seminar by next week. need ko po kasi bago ako kumuha ng passport. ask ko lang po kung saan ako pupunta una?wala pa po akong passport kukuha palang. tapos anong klaseng seminar po yung kukunin ko pag andoon na ako? required kasi sa DFA yung seminar from CFO pay mag kuha ng passport. tapos ano po ung schedule pag US bound? monday-friday po ba din? and tsaka po my age is 24 turning 25 this september 14. kelangan ko po ba ng parent's advice or consent na ipapakita doon sa seminar or hindi na? hope to hear from you po soon!. thank you an God bless! :)

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    1. Hi Abeth,

      First of all, sorry sa late reply. Medyo busy lang ng konti...

      Tanong 1: - Saan pupunta una
      Sagot: Punta ka na directly sa CFO office (i google mo yung address ng CFO Cebu).

      Tanong 2: - Wala ka pang passport.
      SAgot: Okay lang yan, sabihin mo nyo passport applicant ka palang.

      Tanong 3: Anong klaseng seminar.
      Sagot: Malalaman mo yan pagdating mo doon. Madali lang naman.

      Tanong 4: - Schedule ng US bound
      Sagot: Punta ka dito na site: http://cfo.gov.ph/index.php?option=com_content&view=article&id=1348:fiancee-spouses-and-other-partners-of-foreign-nationals&catid=140

      Tanong 5: edad mo
      Sagot: you're fine. di mo na kailangan ng parent consent.

      Hope everything will go smoothly in your visa journey.

      God bless.

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  61. Hi there id like to ask some questions regarding the cr1 visa, specifically on something that i wish to discuss privately. My husband and i would really appreciate ur help..if u can please email me po at tinsolidum@gmail.com hope to hear from u soon :) salamat :)

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  62. hello po! i would like to know about the things needed to bring sa 2 days seminar? . . hope some one reply asap^^ thanks and have a good day!!

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    1. Hi Althea,
      It is only a one day seminar... if wala ka pang visa yung first set ng mga requirements na isunulat ko sa itaas yun ang dalahin mo... make sure to visit the CFO website para alam mo yung sched ng seminar mo... http://www.cfo.gov.ph/index.php?option=com_content&view=article&id=1348:fiancee-spouses-and-other-partners-of-foreign-nationals&catid=140 check mo schedule mo sa site nila...

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  63. Hello po, kumusta? May tanong uli ako, mga ilang araw kaya malalaman ang reply ng USEM once you go online to pick your slot for interview appointment? Does it takes days to have their responds? pls give me a clue... fiancee visa po kami.. the petition is at NVC right now..waiting for our NOA2..SALAMAT.. :)

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    1. hi Cathy,
      Sorry pero ko sure eh kung paano yung interview appointment ng fiancee visa.. Kung may FB ka, feel free to join our FB group. Happyladies group. Maraming sasagot sa yo sa group sis with regards to fiancee visa..

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  64. hi good evening,i would like to ask kung kelangan ko pa ng parent consent im 21 yr,old? at yung kng valid ba ung postal id kasi i only have drivers license?and also tanong ko kng panu mag apply ng spousal visa?

    expecting for ur reply ate:) thanks....

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  65. hi po ulit!
    ask ko po ulit kng ok nb itong requirements ng hubby ko( i only have his PHOTOCOPY OF LEGAL CAPACITY,PHOTOCOPY OF PASSPORT?) kelangan ko pb ng proof of singleness nya kahit married n po kami? and wala syang Bcertificate ok lng ba kng ung photocopy ng passport lang nya gamitin?

    thanks again,waiting for ur reply...
    god bless

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    1. Hi Karissa, pls send me an email at speedyhub@gmail.com...

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  66. Good day po :) Tanong ko lang po sana kung pwede po ako umattend ng CFO seminar kahit na po di pa kami nakakapag umpisa maglakad ng visa ? I heard po kasi na kailangan daw po ng Attendance Certificate bago makakuha ng Passport , Bale po kasi New applicant po ako , At bagong kasal pa lang po ako , Pagkumuha po kasi ko ng passport apelyido na po ng asawa ko ang gagamitin ko :) Pwede po ba ako mag seminar kahit di pa po kami nakakapag apply ng visa or eligibility ? Need pa po ba ng copy ng passport ng hubby ko ? At need ko pa po ba ng parents consent coz im only 22 yrs. old ! Maraming salamat po :)

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    1. Hi Maricris,

      Yeah, pwede ka na mag CFO kahit wala ka pang visa. Make sure dala mo lahat ng documents nakalista jan sa taas sa post ko maliban sa Visa, kasi wala ka pa ngang visa. Yes, kailangan photocopy ng passport ng asawa mo or copy ng birth certificate nya...kung wala kang copy ipascan mo lang sa kanya at email nya sayo yung scanned copy, kaw nalang magprint. About naman sa age mo, 22 is okay...meron nga iba 21 di naman hinanapan ng parent consent.. Pero, para mas comfortable ka at ease dala ka na lang ng parent consent. Wala namang mawawala kung may dala ka, atleast pag kailangan, okay xa.

      Good luck sayo at God bless...

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    2. Maraming salamat po ! Ask ko po ulit kung pwede po birthcertificate po ng asawa ko at kahit wala na po iyong copy ng passport nya ? . at tska po ate curios lang po ako meron po bang hindi pumapasa sa CFO ? I heard po kasi na pag di daw po nakapasa sa interview nila hindi daw po bibigyan ng certificate .. At ano po ba mga no.1 na tinatanong nila sa interview gusto ko po kasi magkaron ng IDEA . Maraming salamat po ulit ,. God bless po :)

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    3. Hi Maricris,
      Wala ka bang photocopy ng passport nya? dalahin mo na lahat as much as possible para wala silang maraming tanong. :)

      Basta ala mo ang sagot sa mga tanong na ito:

      - Saan kayo nagkita
      - kailan kayo nagkakilala
      - anong name ng asawa mo
      - middle name nya (last name ng nanay nya pagkadalaga)
      - address
      - age-
      - trabaho nya
      - address ng workplace nya
      - birthday
      - etc

      Basta dapat alam mo lahat whereabouts ng asawa mo. AT pagtinanong ka nila dapat firm ka sa mga sagot mo at walang pag-alinlangan.. Madali lang naman. Huwag kang matakot.. Kaya mo yan.. wag mong kalimutan magdala ng ID's mo at picture nyo together.. Basta yung mga nakasulat doon sa itaas sa post ko dalahin mo yun lahat.

      God bless din.. and take care.

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    4. Good morning po . maraming salamat po sa advice . i got my cfo certificate last friday .. madali lang po pala kaso kailangan maghintay ng mahabang oras but worth it naman ang paghihintay ko . Maraming salamat po ulit god bless po

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    5. You're welcome Maricris. I am glad, you did it... :) Message me lang if you will be starting your visa process.. Good luck and God bless...

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    6. Hello po Good afternoon :) May i ask po ? If meron po ba kayong alam about japanese visa ? kung paano po ang process ? May nakakaalam po ba dito ? Simula po sa Certificate of Eligibility hanggang sa pagkuha po ng visa at kung meron pa pong interview ? I hope sana po may nakakaalam kahit isa , Alam ko po karammihan dito puro US . Thanks po :)

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    7. Hi Maricris,

      I am sorry pero wala akong idea paano pagkuha ng Japanese Visa. :( Wala ka bang nakikita na group sa FB processing the Japanese Visa. Visit ka dito, www.visajourney.com

      Sana meron makatulong sa iyo.. Good luck and God bless.

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    8. Wala nga po ako mahanap eh :( karamihan po kasi talaga puro US visa . Maraming salamat po ulit . Sana may kaparehas ko dito kahit isa lang .

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  67. Hi, i am married to a south african national last july 4, 2013 in Hongkong. Ask ko lng kung pwede ba sa SMEF COW ang marriage certificate namin issued by hongkong marriage registery? Wla pa kasi yung NSO namin. Also, my husband doesnt have birth certificate kasi, sa kanila national identity card, ok lng ba yun? plus, we dont have legal capacity to marry kasi nga sa Hongkong kami kinasal. Thank you po for reply, God bless

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    2. Hi Micai,

      I am sorry pero hindi ko po talaga alam ang sagot sa tanong mo. But I suggest to call or email CFO to give you a proper advice. They always responded on emails naman. Good luck and God bless in your journey. Take care.

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    3. Hi, thank you for your reply. i was able to attend the seminar last nov.29,and i got my certificate. The seminar was really beneficial, i have learned so much. I came 2 hours before the schedule, luckily i got the no.12 slot. Thank you po ulit.

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    4. Welcome Micai, I am glad to hear that... God bless..

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  68. Hi... tatanong ko lang sana kung kahit kasal na kayo kailangan mo parin ung - Photocopy of Proof of Singleness of Fiancee( If your husband is single and never been married)?? or copy na lang ng legal capacity to marry? thank you so much :).. confused lang po talaga ako..

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    1. Hi Skye,

      Na confused rin ako.. :) Try mo email ang CFO... www.cfo.gov.ph....
      As far as I know, hindi na kasi kasal na kayo.... Hinahanap yun mostly sa mga Fiancee Visa. Pag Married kayo yung Marriage Certificate tsaka yung legal capacity.. Para sure talaga at baka ma trouble pa ako, email mo or call mo CFO.. Nagrereply naman sila agad sa mga emails..

      God bless..

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  69. hi maam, ako poh c joanne tanong ko poh malapit ba toh ang
    Hotel Fortuna s CFO office?? at may balak ako magpunta s cebu city magkuha ng CFO certificate ok n ito ang date n magattend ako s december 9-11, 2013?? sana makareply poh kayo agad para maka reserved n ako ng hotel,,, thank u

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    1. Hi Joanne,

      Check mo website ng CFO..www.cfo.gov.ph para sa schedule ng CFO... With regards naman sa hotel, not sure lang pero I will google it.. Sa Sampaguita Suite kasi ako nagstay dati at walking distance lang from CFO. https://maps.google.com/maps?saddr=Commission+on+Filipinos+Overseas+-+Cebu+Desk,+Cebu+City,+Central+Visayas,+Philippines&daddr=Hotel+Fortuna,+A.+Borromeo+Street,+Cebu+City,+Central+Visayas,+Philippines&hl=en&ll=10.294325,123.901427&spn=0.006861,0.009645&sll=10.294182,123.901602&sspn=0.006861,0.009645&geocode=FV8SnQAd0aFiByHmuF-awJAfhCnTj_kI4ZupMzHmuF-awJAfhA%3BFQQVnQAdo4piByFHGtg58lCA0ykFSB8b45upMzFHGtg58lCA0w&oq=Fortuna+hotel,+Ce&t=h&dirflg=w&mra=ltm&z=17

      Check mo yang link ng Hotel to CFO... 11 mins walk daw...

      Hope everything will go smoothly.. Good luck and God bless..

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    2. thanks,,, na check ko na and schedule monday-friday,, kasi asawa ko ay american citizen...kailangan po ba n mag pa appointment s CFO OFFICE TO ATTEND SIMENAR? or pwede lng kahit di na basta punta lng doon early s 8am? at saka may NBI clearance n po ako, kailangan ko p ba ng police clearance? thanks sana makareply kayo agad

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    3. Punta ka na agad doon... tingnan mo sa schedule nila if anong oras para sa US VISA... punta ka ng maaga para makakuha ka ng slot.. yup, okay na yang NBI.. dalahin mo yung lahat na requirements na nilista ko sa taas.... Good luck sayo.. kayang-kaya yan.. God bless..

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    4. thanks poh...strikto ba mag interview? i mean mahirap bah? or speak ba in english or tagalog? mayrong bang di makapasa s interview sa CFO? kinakabahan lng kasi ako!!!!! thanks poh ulit ma'am...

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  70. hi, ma'am makuha ba agad pagkatapos ng cfo seminar? 1 DAY lng poh b yan makuha agad and cfo certificate? kasi pagdating ko s cebu december 9,2013 alas 10pm na ako arrived s cebu city, tapos pauwi ko n s lugar namin dec.11,2013 alas 5am early talaga,,,,, di pa ho ba ako ma short s time ? makuha ko ba yan ang CFO certificate pagkatapos lahat , makuha ko b pagkahapon ? sana makuha agad!!!!

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    1. Hi Joanne,

      Wag ka nang mag Maam sa akin.. hehe. Yea, makakukuha mo agad in a day... Hindi naman istrikto basta alam mo lahat sagot sa tanong nila like whereabouts of your hubby. Madali lang yan, wag kang kabahan.. Be confident.. :) God bless..

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    2. gracias mio amiga GOD bless u...Oncewantobeawriter :-)

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  71. thanks poh...strikto ba mag interview? i mean mahirap bah? or speak ba in english or tagalog? mayrong bang di makapasa s interview sa CFO? kinakabahan lng kasi ako!!!!! thanks poh ulit ma'am...

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    1. Pwede tagalog or english.. Basta madali.. Pasado naman, meron iba delay lang kasi kulang documents nila at di alam lahat tungkol sa mga partner nila.. yun lang naman.. kaya mo yan..saan ka pala sa atin?

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  72. Taga Zamboanga city poh ako ,,,, i just wanna be sure that i bring all my documents that's why i always asking questions ......and mucho's gracias Oncewantobeawriter.....i hope everything will be ok....GOD bless u :-)

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  73. hai gud morning, i'm nets from davao ,i just have something to ask kasi medyo nababahala poh kasi ako , as of now i have preparing my all documents except the photocopy of passport of my husband he is descendant in japan and i dont have that inisip ko that could be consider?and my flight this monday and the tuesday attending for seminar.another to ask iisa na b yong office ng counselling?i hope that everything must be fine and i hope you response me Oncewantobeawriter, thank you so much...

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    1. i read your all the advice and it could be really help for us....God bless

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    2. Hi sis,

      Para sigurado hingi ka nalang ng photocopy ng passport nya.. Ipascan mo lang sa kanya at email nya sayo at ikaw nalang magprint. Madali lang xa.

      Yung sa time ko dati,bale separate places sila. sa SMEF-COW then, punta ako ng CFO. Pero ngayon proceeed ka mismo sa CFO office (based sa info nila sa kanilang website). Madali lang naman xa sis as long as kumpleto yung mga documents mo... Don't forget to check their website para sa schedule ng seminar mo.. Iba-iba kasi time slot ng seminar. Depende kung saang country ka pupunta.. Check mo to.

      http://cfo.gov.ph/index.php?option=com_content&view=article&id=1348:fiancee-spouses-and-other-partners-of-foreign-nationals&catid=140

      Kayang-kaya yan. Good luck and God bless...

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  74. Hello poh .. anong kailangan e wear n attire pag interview s CFO kailangan b talaga formal or pwede lng magpantalon . As long d malaswa ang attire? May required kailangan e wear m? Pls reply on monday n kasi ako magpunta s cebu....

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    1. Hi Joanne,

      Based sa experienced ko wala naman silang dress code. Sa website rin nila wala ring namention kung ano dapat susuotin. Nung nag CFO ako dati meron namang nakapantalon. Para comfortable ka mag slacks ka nalang at blouse para mas formal... :) Good luck sayo sa Monday... You can do it....

      God bless...

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    2. thanks Oncewantobeawriter,,, nakakuha na ako ng CFO certificate ko nung wed. 11, 2013.... salamat

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  75. waiting for release my passport after my passport ... next's step for visa naman

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  76. hello po merry christmas po...c herne po to nkakuha n po ako ng cfo last nov. madali lng pala at na approve n din po yong application namin sa uscis sept 16 kmi ng apply dec 12 nka recieve n aswa ko ng notice of approval nsa nvc n ngayon tanong ko kung ilang months sa nvc at ilan months p hintay ko para sa medical ko at i lang months po after medical and hihintayin ko bago ang aking interview...tanong ko kong ilan oras kayo pagdating nio sa fort of entry nio i mean sa custom ..marami p b silang tanong ? at magkano babayaran ko dito sa medical ...salamat po GOD bless

    herne

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    1. Hi Herne,

      Ano nga Visa Category mo ulit? Congratulations sa lahat ng accomplishments sa visa journey mo. :) Glad to hear abut it.

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  77. hi.. i just want to ask. my passport is about to expire and i need to renew it. meron naman ammendment sa passport ko that i married my husband... im confuse if i have to attend cfo.. we are not yet processing visa naman :(

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  78. Hi Belle,

    Oo kailangan mo talaga mag-attend ng CFO kahit di pa kayo mag process ng Visa. Required talaga yan if married ka ng foreigner...

    Ganyan din s akin dati. After 2 years pa kami nagstart ng Visa process after renewing my passport and attended the CFO.

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  79. hi c herne po tinatanong mo ako kung anu ang category ng visa ko spouse visa po ako..at saka tanong ko pa po kung paano ako kukuha ng police clearance sa hongkong kc ang nkalagay sa recquirements a photocopy of a letter from the relevant consulate or immigration /goverment authority which contains his or her name and clearly indicates that the production of the certificate is recquired..saan ako nito kukuha? naguguluhan ako dito ..thank u po...

    herne

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    1. Hi Herne,

      Punta ka ng US EMbassy at hingi ka ng Referral letter. Anong stage ka na ng visa process? Punta ka doon pag mareceive mo na Case Number from NVC...

      Gagawa ako ng post on to get a Police Clearance from Hong Kong.

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    2. nsa NVC n sis yong papers namin ...sis wait ko yong post mo para sa pagkuha police clearance ..thank u po..

      herne

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    3. Hi sis,

      Sorry di pa ako nakagawa ng post about sa Police Clearance.. Super busy pa talaga sis.. Message ka nalang sis if may tanong ka or aling stage ka na... :)

      dito nalang muna kita ireply...

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  80. hi. thanks for this info very helpful indeed. got some ideas what to do but im a little bit confused what documents should i prepare.? pls help. i got married last year nov2013 and i was about to apply passport but then i need cfo. by the way im from davao tooand im 22 and husband is 25 filipino but amrcan citzen na sya now. you know what im very glad youve posted your experiences during processing your visa atleast i have ideas what questions will be asked. im looking forward na ma help mo po ako in the future pag ma petition na ako ng hubby ko. thanks much

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    1. and yung legal capacity nya from consul naibigay na namn sa sangunian upon applying marriage license. paano po un? thanks

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    2. Walang problema sis.. :) Basta post ka lang if may tanong ka.. :)

      Wala ba kayong kopya? yung original ba talaga kinuha nila? Dapat Photocopy lang..Hindi naman maxado yun hinahanap as long as may MC kayo from NSO or authenticated. Pwede rin kayo punta sa sanggunian hingi ka ng kopya ng legal capacity from your files.. mababait naman mga tao doon sa civil registrar.. :) God bless sis..

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  81. Hi good day, I am married to a Finnish National, living in Finland for 10 months na. I just renewed my passport in Finland also gamit na surname ng hubby ko. My ID's are already issued ng Finnish government. By the way, pumunta ako ng Finland with tourist visa at dun na kami nagpakasal. Ang tanong, need ko pa ba mag attend ng CFO seminar? I am a bit afraid mka ma offload.

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    1. Hi Maricel,
      Sorry but honestly, di ko alam if required ba sa case mo kasi nanjan ka na sa Finland eh... Kasi yung CFO para sa emigrant na paalis ng bansa na may emigrant visa. Tsaka kailangan talaga yun before boarding the plane.

      Yung sa case mo, nagtourist ka at jan ka na nag-apply.... Para mas kampanti ka sis, you can send an email to CFO.. www.cfo.gov.ph...

      Nagrereply naman sila sa mga emails.

      God bless sis..

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  82. hi good day tanong ko po kung pwede n ako mag fill up ng DS-160 online ko khit d pa ako kinokontak ng consulate pero may case number n ako at receipt at pwede na a rin ako pumunta ng us embassy para kumuha ng referrral letter para sa police clearance ng hongkong kailangan lng nila yong case number right? thank you GOD BLESS

    HERNE

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    1. Hi Herne,

      Ano nga ulit Visa category mo sis? OO, pwede ka na pumunta ng US embassy at kumuha ng referral letter. Oo need nila ng case number.

      Message me sis if ano type ng visa mo.. para alam natin ano next step mo...

      God bless..

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    2. hi sis spouse visa po ako k3 tanong ko kung habang ng wawait ako ng instruction ko from consulate pwede n ako mg fill up ng DS-160 or wait ko ang instruction? anu next step medical n po?salamat GOD bless

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    3. Hi Herne,

      Can You PM the first 3 letters of your case number? MNL ba nagstart? Kasi sa pagkakaalam ko wala ng K3 eh. If married kayo, means CR1 visa type mo. PM mo ako.. Kasi if married ka DS-230 yung fill up mo na form. Ang DS-160 is for non-immigrant visa application like Fiance Visa(K1) at tsaka yung Direct Consular process (sa US Embassy magsubmit). If may Case number ka na pwede ka na magpamedical, tsaka kuha ka na ng referral letter sa US consulate at maipasa mo na request mo ng PC sa Hong Kong...

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  83. hi MNL po ang start ng case number ko bkit kya yong nkalagay sa noticed ng aswa ko galing NVC ang nkalagay DS-160 hindi xa DS-230 at nkalagay k3 din po aywan ko nito nalilito ako..d kya binago n nila kc nong tiningnan ko ang form n DS-160 lahat n information about me andoon lhat an dami n pages... wait b ako muna ng contract sa akin pra mg pa medical? salamat sis

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    1. Ganun ba? may facebook ka ba? gusto mo sumali sa group namin? maraming makatutlong sayo at maraming may alam rin.. Ito yung page sis... Join ka sis... inform ko ang admin na join ka... see you there. https://www.facebook.com/groups/MyFriendsandIUSvisajourney/

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  84. opo cge sis paano sumali ako lng kc ng aasikaso ng papers wala kc akong mkita n mag aasist sa akin n may alam about dyan need ko tlaga ng mkakatulong sa akin..salamat sis paano sumali? thanks GOD bless

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  85. hindi ko makita yong happy ladies group ang ng aapear..

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    1. Ganun ba? search ko name mo sa FB at may inadd ako na Herne sampson, hope ikaw yun..

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  86. Hi Sis. This site and comments/inquiry thread is very helpful. I have just one question, Im married last Dec 2013 and until now wala pa kong NSO Marriage Cert. Tatanong ko sana to anyone there, base on your experience, nid ba talaga Marriage Cert from NSO? nid ko mag seminar para maprocess ko yung application ng new passport kasi. Thank you

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    1. Hi sis,

      Salamat rin sa pagbisita. Ang sinabi kasi ay NSO or duly authenticated from LCR. So either sa dalawa. Kung sakaling mag seminar ka na authenticated yung dala mo from Local Civil Registry make sure to bring the original copy. Pero, huwag mo isubmit yung original copy. Yung nasa DFA naman, madalas NSO copy talaga kinukuha nila. Na try mo na bang bumalik ng NSO sis? Usually kasi after a month nasa NSO na yung record ng marriage. Try mo send ng email ang CFO sis. NAgrereply naman sila sa mga tanong. Para mapanatag ang iyong loob. Ito yung site. www.cfo.gov.ph

      God bless sis.

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    2. Hi Sis. Thank you for this. NAg email ako and tumawag narin sa cfo, and they said dapat daw marriage certificate printed in secpa. pag hindi daw naka printed sa secpa d daw pwede. Yung Certified thru copy ko pina authenticate ko pa sa nso pero di daw pwede sabi ng cfo. sa passport naman pwede daw khit certified thru copy.

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  87. good evening po , Ask ko lang po kung may bayad pa po ba ung pagpapatatak sa passport sa cfo ? Kasi po umattend na po ako ng seminar nuon kahit wala pa po akong visa then nag bayad na po ako ng 400 pesos . salamat po

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    1. Hi Maricris,
      Wala ng bayad. Dalahin mo yung original na CFO certificate mo pagbalik mo ng CFO para sa tatak... Ingatz. God bless

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