What is PDOS and what are the requirements for it?

Pre Departure Orientation Seminar (PDOS) is conducted for departing overseas Filipino workers to address their adjustment concerns in their destination countries. In these seminars, various topics are discussed such as:

  • Travel regulations;
  • Immigration procedures;
  • Cultural differences;
  • Settlement concerns;
  • Employment and social security concerns; and
  • Rights and obligations of Filipino migrants

Requirements for Registration


1.      Original valid passport;

2.      Original and photocopy of visa;

3.      One (1) 2x2 or passport-size photograph;

4.      One (1) valid identification card with photograph;

5.      Original and photocopy of Confirmation of Permanent Residence (for Canada-bound emigrant);

6.      Original and photocopy of Immigrant Data Summary (for USA bound emigrant);

7.      Photocopy of Certificate of Eligibility (for Japan bound emigrant);

8.      Original and photocopy of letter of approval for Work to Residence visa (for New Zealand bound emigrants);

9.      Photocopy of employment contract (for immigrant workers);

10. Duly completed registration form (downloadable at www.cfo.gov.ph);

11. Payment of P400.00 registration fee; and

12. Attendance in the PDOS or peer counseling session;


For youth emigrants aged 13-17, 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 registerthe child on their behalf (if accompanied by guardian during registration)

3.      Original and photocopy of DSWD travel clearence


For children 12 years old and below, the following additional documents are required if the proxy is not the legal/natural/adoptive parent of the registrant.


1.      One(1) valid identification card with photograph of the proxy; and

2.      Special Power of Attorney or notarized authorization letter from the parent/s/ or guardian/s authorizing the proxy to register the minor children.


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