Country Familiarization Seminar (CFS) for Au Pairs

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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.

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 identifi cation 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. Duly completed Au Pair registration form;
  6. Payment of Php400.00 registration fee and;
  7. Attendance in the Country Familiarization Seminar (CFS)

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.

Registration Procedure for Au Pairs

1. Issuance of Registration Form

2. Completion of CFO registration

3. Verification of Registration Forms
(proceed to Counter 2)


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4. Payment of Authorized
Registration Fee
(proceed to Counter 3)

5. Attendance to Country
Familiarization Seminar (CFS)

6. Passport Releasing


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