As a Filipina and a wife of foreigner you have to attend a seminar and get a CFO Certificate. As what I have said on my previous post How to Apply F3 Visa in Korea I need it for my visa application in Korean Embassy. So it was May 27, 2009 when I went to CFO Office (Citigold Center) around 6:00 AM, there’s already a long line. I am quite worried because as what I have read online I need a schedule to attend the seminar, but I don’t have one.
I am so much worried too when all the people around me were scheduled for seminar that day and they were scheduled two weeks since the day they called the office. Oh, God! I have been calling the CFO Office for one week and nobody answered my call. I just thought if I really need a schedule I am going to be broke if I stayed in Cavite for two more weeks, ye I travel from Cavite going to Manila for my papers application and etc.
Aside from that I am also confused where to go CFO Manila or the other CFO Office in Taft Avenue. I am already hopeless when I saw other people who went inside and when they went out they are holding a piece of paper and then they left. To see what’s going on I decided to check it for myself, I have a met a not so young guard I have asked him if I am still qualify to attend a seminar even though I don’t have a schedule. The guard asked me if I am OFW or wife of a foreigner, I replied the latter then after some question and answer portion, I hurriedly went out the building and look for my mother (who is with me all the time). Well your guess is right as mine, the seminar for wife/fiancee of a foreigner is not anymore conducted in Citigold Center it is already in Taft Avenue. Well this is the address:
3rd Floor, Banco de Oro Building
2442 Taft Avenue, Manila
(opposite De La Salle University)
We arrived in Taft around 7 AM, together with another Filipina which happened to be a fiancee of a foreigner. I am with my mother, she is with her sister, we took one taxi. The guard was so kind, after logging in at the log-book, he ask me if who is with me I told him my mother, he is so dramatic he got my mother’s hand and blessed. Lol!
Anyway here is the requirements I brought:
- Two (2) valid ID with photo
- NSO Marriage Certificate
- Payment of P250.00
For other requirements and question please visit this site: CFO Website
The seminar will start at 9: AM, so the guard told us to have our breakfast first and be there at the time he said. So, my mother and I went to tropical hut to have some pancake.
At 8:45 we are allowed to get inside the building, at the 3rd floor a chubby lady in the counter hand us an form to be answered. When I am done filling up the form I returned it to her and pay the payment. Then she instructed me to get inside the US room, there’s a lot of room and they are named by country.
Inside there’s already few people, smiling face, chika2 and etc., then we are instructed to go to Korea Room, all of us. They introduce their self (PRISM employees and discuss why CFO is needed and etc.) then back to respected room again.
I was lost, I did not heard that Canadian wife will wait at the hallway so I lost my chance to be interview so I return at 1:00 PM again. (So mean). Well to cut the story short I returned at exactly 1:00 PM, actually I just waited outside. Lol. So the one on one interview happend so quick, they just ask some personal question and everything, ask me if I have a picture together and so on, the lady also asked a copy of my passport.
After the short interview or let me say chika portion I went to the photo area. Smile because that will your photo in the CFO certificate forever, I waited a few minutes until my yellow certificate for seminar is printed and signed by them. When I received it, my mother and I left the building to look for a photocopy center, I need my yellow certificate to be photocopied before I return to CFO Manila in Citigold Center to pay P400.00 and get my green certificate and a sticker on my passport.
But as I am not yet immigrating to Canada, CFO didn’t add a sticker on my passport. They told me when I am already flying to Canada I have to return to CFO to have that sticker.
Oh well, if you don’t know yet your CFO certificate will be stamped according to your husband’s nationality, so even if I am going to Korea, my CFO certificate says Canada.