Reservation & Registration (R&R) PDOS



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 CFO Manila, clients are required to use the RESERVATION and REGISTRATION (R&R) Online System.

Attendance in the Pre-Departure Orientation/Peer Counseling Program at CFO Cebu is on a first-come, first-served, walk-in basis. The Commission will only accept emigrants with complete registration requirements.

B. Requirements

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

  1. Original valid passport
  2. Original valid visa
  3. One (1) valid identification (ID) card with photograph (see list of valid IDs)
  4. Payment of PhP400.00 registration fee
  5. Attendance in the PDOS or Peer Counseling session
  6. Original of the following country-specific documents:
    • US-bound emigrants (except for K visa holders): Immigrant Data Summary.
    • Canada-bound emigrants: Confirmation of Permanent Residence
    • Italy-bound emigrants: Nulla Osta
    • Japan-bound emigrants: Certificate of Eligibility
    • Australia-bound emigrants: Visa Grant Notification Letter
    • New Zealand-bound emigrants: Letter of approval for Work to Residence visa

After satisfactory compliance with the registration process and attendance to the PDOS, a CFO Emigrant registration sticker is affixed to your passport. This will be checked by the Bureau of Immigration on your 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 http://cfo.ph/pdos_reservation/ 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 (includig SPAM folder) and look for confirmation message. 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. To Attend PDOS/Peer 
    If required to attend the PDOS, 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: Limited slots per session, per day

    B. Exempted (Proceed to Step 5)

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

  6. Upload your recent clear photo 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 2 hours before your scheduled PDOS/PEER session for the verification process.

D. Who are exempted from PDOS?

*Exempted from attending the PDOS/Peer Session but still need to register personally or by proxy.

The following emigrants are exempted from attending the PDOS, but should still register in person or by an authorized representative:

  • Minors aged 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.

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. Duly notarized authorization letter executed by parent/s or guardian/s, issued in the Philippines or overseas.

E. Schedules

CFO Manila 

Seminar (PDOS)
20-59 Years Old
United States of America Mondays, Wednesdays to Thursdays
(70 slots)*
10:00am - 12:00nn
Tuesdays & Fridays
(70 slots)*
2:00pm - 4:00pm
Canada  Monday to Friday
(60 slots)*
9:30am - 12:00nn
Europe  Tuesdays & Fridays
(70 slots)*
10:00am - 12:00nn
Australia and Zealand  Tuesdays 
(60 slots)*
2:00pm - 4:00pm
Japan and
other Asian countries 
(70 slots)*
2:00pm - 4:00pm
Peer Counseling
for youth emigrants
13-19 years Old
All Countries Monday to Friday
(25 slots per session)
9:30am - 12:00nn
2:00pm - 5:00pm

*Due to the capacity of venue

Click here to reserve a slot and register for CFO Manila

CFO Cebu

Combined PRE-Departure 
Seminar (PDOS)
 and Peer
counseling Session
United States of America
and Canada
Monday to Friday
(40 slots)*
10:00am - 12:00nn
Australia and New Zealand  Mondays & Wednesdays
(40 slots)*
10:00am - 12:00nn
Japan  Tuesdays & Thursdays
(40 slots)*
10:00am - 12:00nn
Europe and other countries Fridays
(40 slots)*
10:00am - 12:00nn
*Due to the capacity of venue


No Reservation/First-come, first serve basis


F. Location of CFO



Citigold Center
1345 Pres. Quirino Avenue
corner Osmeña Highway
Manila, Philippines 1007

Tel. No.: (02) 552-4700
Fax No.: (02) 561-8332
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Website: www.cfo.gov.ph

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4th floor, K&J Building,
#4 Don Julio Llorente St.,
Capitol Site, Cebu City 6000

Telefax: (632) 255-5253
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Website: www.cfo.gov.ph

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Clark Polytechnic Compound,
Jose Abad Santos Ave.,
Clark Freeport Zone
Tel. No.: (045) 499-8119
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