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GUIDANCE AND COUNSELLING PROCEDURE FOR FILIPINO SPOUSES/PARTNERS OF FOREIGN NATIONALS

Effective 4 April 2005, the new guidance and counseling procedure for spouses and partners of foreign nationals was implemented.

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Under Department Orders No. 11-97, No. 15-89, and No. 28-94 of the Department of Foreign Affairs, Filipino spouses and other partners of foreign nationals are required to attend the guidance and counseling program as a pre-requisite to the issuance of passports. The objective is to help the said clientele make informed decisions and prepare them for the realities of cross-cultural marriages.

The St. Mary Euphrasia Foundation-Center for Overseas Workers (SMEF-COW) and the People’s Reform Initiative for Social Mobilization Inc. (PRISM) conduct the guidance and counseling program to Filipino spouses and other partners of foreign nationals. The Commission on Filipinos Overseas (CFO) issues the guidance and counseling certificate to clients who have satisfactorily completed the guidance and counseling requirements at SMEF-COW or PRISM.

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Counseling Requirements for Filipino spouses and Other Partners of Foreign Nationals

1.  Two (2) valid identification cards with photograph
2.  Duly accomplished guidance and counseling form
3.  If married, certified true copy and photocopy of marriage contract on security paper from the National Statistics Office (NSO), or the Local Civil Registry Offices (LCRO); or original and photocopy of Report of Marriage issued by the Philippine Embassy/Consulate in the country where marriage took place
4.  Other documents as may be required by the counselors; and
5.  Counseling fee: PhP 250.00

Note:  Only 12 counselees in Manila and 10 counselees in Cebu are accommodated per session, on a first-come, first-served basis. Please check the CFO website for the schedule of Guidance and Counseling Sessions in Metro Manila or Cebu for those planning to go to the Netherlands.

After receipt of passport and visa, the Filipino spouses and other partners of foreign nationals will have to register with the CFO prior to their departure. Registration is done either in CFO Manila or CFO Cebu Extension Office, Monday to Friday, 0800H to 1700H. An emigrant registration sticker is affixed to the emigrant’s passport as proof of registration.
Registration Requirements for Filipino Spouses and Other Partners of Foreign Nationals

1.  Original Passport
2.  Original and photocopy of visa
3.  Original CFO guidance and counseling certificate

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Addresses and contact numbers of CFO and SMEF-COW

1.  CFO Manila Office
Citigold Center 1345 Pres. Quirino Ave. corner South Superhighway, Manila
Telephone: (+632) 561-8321 ext. 104,105, 201 to 204, 300 to 304
Fax: (+632) 561-8332
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     CFO Cebu Extension Office
Causing-Lozada Bldg
Osmeña Blvd. Corner M.J. Cuenco Ave, Cebu City
Telefax: (+6332) 255-5253
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CFO website: www.cfo.gov.ph

2.  SMEF-COW Manila Office
Good Shepherd Convent
1043 Aurora Blvd., Quezon City
Telephone: (+632) 913-6439
Fax: (+632) 913-6438
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SMEF-COW Cebu City Office
Good Shepherd Sisters
Banawa, Cebu City
Telephone: (+6332) 254-1631, 253-4194
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3.  People’s Reform Initiative for Social Mobilization (PRISM)
2F Equitable PCI Bank Bldg.
2422 Taft Avenue
Malate, Manila
Telephone: (+632) 525-3114, 525-3783, 525-4314
Fax: (+632) 5253114
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