14 Essential PDOS Requirements and Procedure Filipino Immigrants

Filipinos leaving the Philippines to immigrate to another country have to fulfill documentation as required by both the Philippine government and the countries they intend to migrate to.

PDOS Requirements

  1. Original and photocopy of passport (must be valid about six months before the date of travel)
  2. Original and photocopy of visa
  3. One 2×2 or passport-size ID
  4. One valid ID with photograph (eg., SSS ID, GSIS E-card, PRC ID, driver’s license, postal ID, ARC, etc.)
  5. Photocopy of Immigrant Data Summary for USA-bound emigrant (must not be detached from visa packet) except for K visa holder
  6. Original and photocopy of Confirmation of Permanent Residence for Canada-bound emigrant (must not be torn or signed before departure)
  7. Original and photocopy of Certificate of Eligibility for Japan-bound emigrant
  8. Original and photocopy of Nulla Osta (for Italy-bound emigrants)
  9. Original and photocopy of the letter of approval for Work to Residence visa (for New Zealand-bound emigrants)
  10. A printed copy of Visa Grant Notification Letter (for Australia-bound emigrants)
  11. Photocopy of employment contract (for immigrant workers)
  12. Duly completed registration form for Emigrants (click here) or for Immigrant Workers (click here)
  13. Payment of P400.00 registration fee
  14. Attendance in the PDOS, guidance counseling, or peer counseling session

For youth emigrants aged 13 to 19, the following additional documents are also required:

  1. Photocopy of parent’s passport or valid identification card, if accompanied by parent/s during registration
  2. Letter of authorization from parent/s authorizing the guardian to register the child with CFO on their behalf (if accompanied by a guardian during registration)
  3. Original and photocopy of DSWD travel clearance (click here for the new guidelines on issuance of travel clearance)


For children, 12 years old and below are exempted from attending the PDOS. They must, however, be registered, even if by proxy. The following additional documents are required if the proxy is not the legal/natural/adoptive parent of the registrant.

  1. Original and photocopy of one valid ID of the proxy
  2. Special Power of Attorney authenticated by Diplomatic Post if parent/s/ or guardian/s are based overseas; or a duly notarized authorization letter executed by parent/s or guardian/s while in the Philippines.
  3. Other documents may be required by the registration officers.

The following emigrants are exempted from attending the PDOS and registering in person with the CFO, provided that they are registered by a proxy:

  • Those who are 60 years old and above;
  • Those incapacitated due to permanent or long-term ailments; or
  • Those with mental health issues or psychologically challenged.

In the registration of the above emigrants, the proxy 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 and photocopy of a valid identification card with a photograph of the proxy.

Note: After satisfactory completion of the requirements, an emigrant registration sticker is affixed to the emigrant’s passport

PDOS Schedule

Pre-Departure Orientation Seminar Schedule for Filipino Emigrants(effective July 16, 2012)
Country Day Time
United States of America Mondays, Wednesdays, and Thursdays(70 slots everyday)* 10:00 am – 12:00 nn
Tuesdays and Fridays(70 slots everyday)* 2:00 pm – 4:00 pm
Canada Monday to Friday(60 slots everyday)* 9:30 am – 12:00 nn
Europe Tuesdays and Fridays(70 slots everyday)* 10:00 am – 12:00 nn
Australia and New Zealand Tuesdays and Fridays(60 slots everyday)* 2:00 pm – 4:00 pm
Japan and other Asian countries Mondays and Thursdays(70 slots everyday)* 2:00 pm – 4:00 pm


Schedule of Peer Counseling Sessions for Filipino Youth Emigrants (13-19 Years Old) (CFO Manila)
Destination Country Day Time
All Countries Monday to Friday(25 slots per session)* 9:30 am – 12:00 nn2:00 pm – 5:00 pm


Combined Pre-Departure Orientation Seminar and Peer Counseling Session schedule for Emigrants 13-59 Years Old (No Reservation/First-come, first-serve basis) (CFO Cebu City)
Destination Country Day Time
United States of America and Canada Monday to Friday(40 slots per session)* 10:00 am – 12:00nn
Australia and New Zealand Mondays and Wednesdays(40 slots per session)* 10:00 am – 12:00nn
Japan Tuesdays and Thursdays(40 slots per session)* 10:00 am – 12:00nn
Europe and other countires Fridays(40 slots per session)*  10:00 am – 12:00nn

CFO Manila
Citigold Center, 1345 Pres. Quirino Avenue corner Osmeña Highway (South Superhighway) Manila, Philippines 1007
Phone:+63 2 552 4700

CFO Cebu
Causing-Lozada Building, Osmeña Boulevard corner MJ Cuenco Streets, Cebu City, Cebu, Philippines
Phone:+63 32 255 5253

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