Getting a Command Sponsorship for your Filipino Spouse

What is a Command Sponsorship:

As what Google would define it. “Any service member moving overseas have the option to apply for a command sponsorship, which will allow dependents to travel and live with the military spouse on base in a foreign country fully funded by the government”. Sounds simple yeah? Now, there are certain conditions or situations that might hinder you from getting command sponsored or getting your command sponsored funded. Well first, let me tell you how the normal command sponsorship works.

Where to go first

Have your military spouse request for a command sponsorship packet in his/her chain of command as for the Air Force, as far as I know, it’s in the Military Personnel Flight or MPF, I’m speaking for the Ramstein AB in Germany. The office will then send you a command sponsorship introduction and instruction document normally via email. Read and follow the instructions carefully. The packet will explain to you the requirements and your dependents’ entitlement based on your profile. It might inform you that your dependent is entitled for household goods shipment or will not be entitled, etc.

When to request for command sponsorship:
1. When military member gained new dependents normally through marriage or birth.
2. When military member requests to command sponsor his/her dependents such as: siblings, parents, grandparents, nieces/nephews.
3. Military member transferring dependents to another military sponsor provided the acquired dependent has been command sponsored at least 12 months preceding transfer.
4. Military member did not relocate dependents to the overseas relocation that were originally listed on orders (either due to medical clearance or personal choice)
5. Lastly, military member returned dependents under ERD program and plans to return dependents back to overseas location.

When not to use command sponsorship package:
1.  Member acquires a dependent en route to the overseas location. You should notify MPF(Military Personnel Flight) during in-processing.

How much time remaining does your military spouse have in his/her duty station?
The Military member must have at least 24 months remaining on his/her OS tour after approval of command sponsorship but then again there might be certain exceptions so it’s better to ask your chain of command about your situation.

How long does a command sponsorship memo get approved?
In my experience, we received our approval after 30 days but then again your case might be different.

Required Documents to command sponsor your Filipino Spouse
1 Completed Command Sponsorship memorandum (proper Wing Letterhead)
2. AF Form 1466, Medical and Dental Clearance signed by your chosen reputable MD in the Philippines.
3. AF Form 965, Tour Election statement
4. DD Form 1172 (DEERS Enrollment)
5. AF 899 (PCS orders) and any amendments (AF 973) assigning you to Germany.
6. Spouse’s DD Form 214 (has to be the date after separation)
7. Marriage Certificate
8. Scanned copy of your spouse’s
Passport
Valid ID (back to back)
Passport Photo
Birth Certificate

What happens after submitting the requirements:
After you submit the said requirements it might take up to 90 days for you to receive your SOFA Card depending on the season or the number of applicants. In my case, I waited for almost 60 days. You may also visit the passport office, sometimes they can help you or provide an information about your SOFA.

All in all, the process seems pretty easy and faster compared to filing for your U.S. Immigration Petition but then again, you have to file, but at least you can file your immigration petition while you are in Germany with your husband.

Special Note:
When flying to Germany you will need your passport and Sofa Card (no need of German Visa) some flight personnel are not aware of what a sofa card is so they might ask you questions about it. Don’t worry, it’s going to be okay. In my experience, I took Philippine Airline via Heathrow, London to Frankfurt, Germany. My departure date was April 17 from the Philippines and arrival to Heathrow would be April 17 at 11PM then next flight to Germany was around 2am. I was told by the PAL management that I could not fly to Heathrow because U.K. will only allow a person to pass Heathrow holding a sofa card the same day. They advised me to buy a new ticket and it was so frustrating and stressful. I had to talk to the Airline office and make adjustments and considerations then after few hours they replaced my ticket via Singapore for free. My advise is you have to be assertive yet respectful. Anyway, that’s it for now. Just leave comments if you have any questions or additional information. Also, I am not an official adviser so some information might be inaccurate. It’s always best to talk to the person in charge.

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14 thoughts on “Getting a Command Sponsorship for your Filipino Spouse

  1. Hi! I’m just wondering, was it required for you to get a CFO sticker? Any troubles leaving the Philippines at the airport with Immigration? I’ll be leaving using a SOFA card as well so I am a bit anxious.

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    • Hi Abby, I only needed my passport and my SOFA card. That’s it. No CFO and I believe that is if you are going to the states. From what I’m sure, no need of CFO if you are command sponsored in Germany.

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    • If you are getting command sponsored and traveling to Germany. In my experience, you don’t need a CFO. I had a friend who needed a CFO only because they filed a fiancé Visa. In our case, it’s different. No need of visa since we are being command sponsored. Although keep in mind that some airline staffs are not very much familiar with the sofa card so expect more questions. Just be patient with them. When are you leaving? Which part in Germany are you going? Let me know if there’s anything more that I can help you with. 🙂

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  2. That’s really great to know! We’re just waiting for my passport to get back with the SOFA card. My husband is going to be at Camp Vilseck (around 2 hours from Frankfurt) this October so I might go there around November just to let him get settled with his new unit first and get the housing set up. I am just worried because you know how immigration is here in the Philippines. Thank you so much for replying! You eased my mind a lot! How is it there in Germany? Hubby said winter can last up to 7 months at a time over in Vilseck.

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    • I see, that’s like almost 4 hours away from where I am. We’re in ramstein for sure your husband knows about it. Oh Germany is a great country and I’m sure you’re gonna love it here! Just make friends so you won’t get bored. One advice, if you want to work here, get your ITIN when you get here so you can work anywhere in the base. It’s for paying US tax. Also,if you have a drivers license make sure your ID is new and updated coz the good news is you can drive here although you still have to take a test but I guarantee you will pass coz it’s so easy. Hmmm, gosh I’m happy and excited for you. It’s almost fall here right now and by the time you’ll get here it’s going to be cold so bring jackets. You know what to do 😂😁😅

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  3. Hi! Thank you so much for entertaining all my questions! Any advice on how much pocket money I will need to have on me when I leave? I’ll start buying sweaters and jackets once I get my SOFA card which should be sometime next week. I’m just excited to be with my husband!

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  4. Hi Abby you’re welcome 😉 as for the pocket money when you’re traveling, I would suggest to bring at least 5,000 pesos with you coz you still have to pay for the travel tax that might cost you almost 2,000 pesos and after paying you might want to try to exchange it to dollars just in case you’ll be hungry Kasi it’s a long trip, maybe 19 to 24hrs depending on your chosen flight and you know airport items can be very expensive so just be ready Lang. Did you get your tickets already? Which airline did you guys choose?

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  5. No we haven’t gotten any tickets yet. We’re still waiting for my passport to get back from Germany. It will be my first time flying that long. Farthest I’ve ever traveled to via airplane is China lol. I am also going to avail of a sim card either smart or globe that has roaming activated on it so at least I can call my husband soon as I get off the plane. You have been such a big help and such an awesome person! I am super lucky and glad I came across your blog 🙂

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  6. No worries, there’s internet anywhere and I didn’t even have roaming before, just used viber and Facebook lol.. In case you need more options in getting your tickets you and your hubby can get it here too https://welovetotraveltoo.wordpress.com/priceline/ just in case. 😁 coz I’m affiliated with Priceline although my page is still having an error but you can click on the link and it will redirect you, although find the best deal for you. Anyway, for sure when you’re here you’ll have a lot more questions. Everything is expensive here not like In the Philippines na you can almost have everything you want. Lol anytime Abby. I’m just wondering how did you bumped into my site? Is it through Google or some other blogs or posts? Sorry I just wanna know. Thanks and you’re welcome! ☺️

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  7. Hi Abby if I’m command sponsorhip to Korea and I’m from the philippines do I still need to get tourist visa from korean embassy here in pi? I’ll appreciate ur response tnx and god bless us!!!

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  8. How long does a command sponsorship memo get approved?
    In my experience, we received our approval after 30 days but then again your case might be different.

    Required Documents to command sponsor your Filipino Spouse
    1 Completed Command Sponsorship memorandum (proper Wing Letterhead)
    2. AF Form 1466, Medical and Dental Clearance signed by your chosen reputable MD in the Philippines.
    3. AF Form 965, Tour Election statement
    4. DD Form 1172 (DEERS Enrollment)
    5. AF 899 (PCS orders) and any amendments (AF 973) assigning you to Germany.
    6. Spouse’s DD Form 214 (has to be the date after separation)
    7. Marriage Certificate
    8. Scanned copy of your spouse’s
    Passport
    Valid ID (back to back)
    Passport Photo
    Birth Certificatek
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    hi… where can I get the 1 to 5 documents? am I going to get it from my husband. do I still need the visa going to Italy? I am bit confious. thanks

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    • Hey Rebecca hope this still helps. Yes your husband should be able to get it for you and email them for you to fill and get your medical in your local hospital. as for Italy, once you have your sofa card and youre in Germany, just go to your local city hall and ask for a resident permit/ID and they will process it for you. If I’m correct, it cost me 100 euro to get it but all worth it coz it allows you to travel within Schengen.

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