Philippine K-1 Fiance(e) Government Requirements
Philippine K-1 Fiance(e) Government Requirements
The Philippine government only has two requirements for Filipino’s leaving the country to the U.S. as a fiance(e) under a K-1 Visa. Specifically, these Philippine K-1 Fiance(e) government requirements include:
- Attending a CFO seminar and obtaining a stamp
- Paying a tourism tax before leaving the Philipines
On the contrary, there are more requirements to marry a foreigner in the Philippines and leave on a IR-1 OR CR-1 Spousal Visa. Find out those requirements HERE.
This post is expressly only for the Philippine K-1 Fiance(e) government requirements to leave the country on a K-1 Fiance Visa including:
#1 Commission on Filipino Overseas (CFO) Seminar and Stamp
Firstly, the Philippine K-1 government requirement include a CFO seminar and stamp.
The Commission on Filipinos Overseas (CFO) is an agency of the Philippine government. Primarily, the CFO is responsible for promoting and upholding the interest of Filipino emigrants. Also, the CFO also is responsible for Filipino permanent residents in other countries. In addition, it is also responsible for preserving and strengthening ties with Filipino communities outside the Philippines.
The Philippine government requires all Filipino’s that are emigrating to other countries, including the U.S., to attend a Pre-Departure Orientation Seminar (PDOS) or Peer Counseling Session. In short, the seminar or session is a Philippine K-1 Fiance(e) government requirement.
The seminary or counselling sessions are held at a CFO office in the Philippines. In order to obtain the stamp, a 4 hour seminar is required either in the morning or afternoon.
Alternatively, there are two (2) locations in the Philippines to schedule and attend a CFO PDOS including:
Red Planet Ortigas Manila Near CFO Manila
1345 Pres. Quirino Avenue
corner Osmeña Highway
Manila, Philippines 1007
Tel. No.: (02) 552-4700
4th floor, K&J Building,
#4 Don Julio Llorente St.,
Capitol Site, Cebu City 6000
Topics discussed in the seminar 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 petitioned by their parents, siblings, or immediate relatives, including independent applicants who are 20-59 years old. The Peer Counseling Program is for emigrants aged 13-19 years old. However, children under 12 are not required to attend. For this purpose, there are certain requirements for children under 12 listed on the CFO web site shown below.
In order 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.
In contrast, attendance in the Pre-Departure Orientation/Peer Counseling Program at CFO Cebu is on a first-come, first-served, walk-in basis. The Commission only accept emigrants with complete registration requirements.
Click HERE for a flyer from the CFO on making an appointment and other information on the PDOS or peer counseling.
Click HERE for information from the CFO website on making an appointment. For example, the web site provides information on who is exempt, requirements for minor children, documents, schedules and locations.
After your fiance(e) attends the seminar, he or she receives a certificate that certifies that he or she attended the PDOS or peer counseling seminar. In addition, make sure that your fiance(e) keeps the certificate safe as he or she needs it after getting their visa.
Finally, they go to the CFO office and get a CFO stamp in his or her Filipino passport after they get their visa. Specifically, they cannot leave the country without the CFO stamp affixed in their passport. Remember, give yourself time to do this before leaving. Check when the CFO offices are open. Don’t cut it too short between getting the Visa and leaving for the U.S. without time to get the CFO stamp.
#2 Pay Travel Tax
Secondly, paying the Philippine travel tax is a Philippine K-1 Fiance(e) government requirement.
The Philippines levies a travel tax on the following persons who leave the country:
- Filipino citizens,
- Foreigners permanently residing or immigrants in the Philippines, and
- Foreigners staying in the Philippines for more than one year.
Before they leave their country, Filipino’s pay the travel tax to the Philippine Tourist Authority. This includes those traveling to the U.S. on K-1 Fiance(e) Visa
Inside the airport, there is typically a counter at the departure terminal where you pay this fee before you leave. Specifically, you cannot leave without paying this fee.
As of this post, the travel tax is:
- 2,700 PHP for first class passengers
- 1,620 PHP for economy class passengers
In contrast, the standard reduced rate for minors is:
- 1,350 for first class passengers
- 810 PHP for economy class passengers
On the other hand, the privileged reduced rate for dependents of overseas Filipino contract workers is:
- 400 PHP for first class passengers
- 300 PHP for economy class passengers.
The following are exempt from the fee:
- Filipino citizens permanent residents living abroad,
- Balikbayan visitors, staying in the Philippines for less than one year, and
- Overseas Filipino Contract Workers.