The CFO Seminar
At times, the CFO can be problematic. If the immigrant is young and female, or if the petitioner has multiple divorces or a criminal record, the CFO can and does tend to flex their muscles, so best for the beneficiary to go to them well prepared with EVERYTHING pertaining to their visa, parental consent/guidance affidavits, as well as information pertaining to the petitioner’s past. Divorce decrees and court dispositions of past criminal convictions, plus income information, employer letters, all have been asked for on occasion at the CFO. In addition, if the beneficiary is under the age of 21, you can expect them to demand to see the parents in person.
The CFO currently publishes some very confusing information about their class and attendance. Contrary to the misleading info put out by them one CAN take the CFO class prior to obtaining a passport. In fact, the CFO seminar is a requirement to get a passport for fiancé’s and spouses of foreign citizens.
Please visit the CFO website, www.cfo.gov.ph for further information.