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Korean VISA Application for Filipinos

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How to apply for a Korean Visa
How to apply for a Korean Visa Guide

Being a KPOP and K-drama fan, it has always been my dream to visit South Korea. So, when our friend Anne asked me and my sister if we wanted to join her Korea trip, I immediately said yes, without hesitations. 🙂

Here are the process we went through in applying for a Korean Visa. All the information below is from Korean Embassy Website here in the Philippines. Link :http://overseas.mofa.go.kr/ph-en/index.do

Please be reminded that from July 1, 2018, all temporary visitors’ visa application will be processed through designated travel agencies. Click here for the list of designated travel agencies.

VISA REQUIREMENTS

1. DULY ACCOMPLISHED APPLICATION FORM
  • The Korean Embassy released a new application form (January 2020). Download PDF file or Word file.
  • Must be computerized or typed, NOT handwritten.
  • The font should be Arial size 12. (New rule. Effective starting November 11, 2019.)
  • Must be printed on an A4-size paper.
  • For fields that are not applicable to you, leave them blank or you can ask advise from your travel agency
2. 1 PASSPORT PHOTO
  • Passport-size, colored, white background
  • Must be pasted or glued on the designated area on the page 1 of Application form.
3. CURRENT PASSPORT (ORIGINAL)
  • Must be valid for more than 6 months from your target travel date.
  • Must have signature. For new 10-year passports, the signature field is on the bottom part of Page 3 (page next to the Bio page). For previous passports, no need to sign because it already has your digital signature on the Bio page itself.
  • Completely filled out Emergency Contact Page (last page of the passport).
4. PREVIOUS PASSPORTS (ORIGINAL)

If you already renewed you passport, you need to bring the previous one too.

5. PHOTOCOPY OF THE PASSPORT BIO PAGE

The bio page is the information page of the passport (Page 2). Make sure you have a photocopy of it.

6. PHOTOCOPY OF ALL YOUR OECD VISAS

If you have them only. No need if you don’t.

7. IF INVITED BY A KOREAN
  • an Invitation letter
  • a copy of the inviter’s passport.
8. IF INVITED BY A KOREAN COMPANY
  • an Invitation letter
  • a copy of the the company’s business permit

ADDITIONAL REQUIREMENTS

FOR EMPLOYEES
  1. Certificate of Employment. Must be original; and must have the address of the employer, the landline number and email address of employer’s HR department, applicant’s position, date hired, and compensation. Mobile number is not allowed.
  2. Original Personal Bank Certificate. Must include account type, current balance, account opening date, ADB.
  3. Original or certified true copy of bank statements/passbook covering the last 3 months.
  4. ITR (Income Tax Return, Form 2316), ideally with BIR stamp.
  5. Copy of PRC Card or IBP Card (If applicable only)

FOR SELF-EMPLOYED
  1. Photocopy of Business registration form from DTI or SEC. SEC Registration must include pages with the names of stockholders.
  2. Photocopy of Business permit or Mayor’s permit
  3. Photocopy of ITR (Income Tax Return) or Form 2316 with corresponding payment receipt from BIR authorized bank and with pages including net income and total revenue.
  4. Original Personal Bank Certificate. Must include account type, current balance, account opening date, ADB.
  5. Original or certified true copy of bank statements/passbook covering the last 3 months.
  6. Copy of PRC Card or IBP Card (If applicable only)

FOR HOUSEWIVES OR HOUSEHUSBANDS
  1. Your own or your spouse’s original Bank Certificate. Must include account type, current balance, account opening date, ADB.
  2. Your own or your spouse’s Bank Statement. Original or certified true copy of bank statements/passbook for the last 3 months.
  3. If spouse is employed
    – Spouse’s Original Certificate of Employment. Must be original; and must have the address of the employer, the landline number and email address of employer’s HR department, applicant’s position, date hired, and compensation. Mobile number is not allowed.
    – Copy of ITR (Income Tax Return) or Form 2316 Copy.
  4. If spouse is self-employed
    – Copy of spouse’s Business Registration from SEC or DTI
    – Copy of spouse’s Business Permit or Mayor’s Permit(Copy)
    – Photocopy of spouse’s ITR (Income Tax Return) with BIR stamp or Form 2316 with corresponding payment receipt from BIR authorized bank
  5. Photocopy of NSO Marriage Certificate

FOR STUDENTS
  1. Original School Certificate
  2. Photocopy of School ID
  3. Photocopy of NSO Birth Certificate of applicant
  4. If parents are employed
    – Parents’ Original Certificate of Employment. Must be original; and must have the address of the employer, the landline number and email address of employer’s HR department, applicant’s position, date hired, and compensation. Mobile number is not allowed.
    – Copy of ITR (Income Tax Return) or Form 2316 Copy
  5. If parents are self-employed
    – Copy of parents’ Business Registration from SEC or DTI
    – Copy of parents’ Business Permit or Mayor’s Permit(Copy)
    – Photocopy of parents’ ITR (Income Tax Return) or Form 2316 with corresponding payment receipt from BIR authorized bank
  6. Parents’ Original Bank Certificate. Must include account type, current balance, account opening date, ADB.
  7. Parents’ Bank Statement. Original or certified true copy of bank statements/passbook for the last 3 months.
  8. Copy of parents’ marriage certificate.

FOR RETIRED SENIOR CITIZENS
  1. Original Personal Bank Certificate. Must include account type, current balance, account opening date, ADB.
  2. Original or certified true copy of bank statements/passbook covering the last 3 months.
  3. Copy of Senior Citizen ID

HOW TO APPLY FOR A KOREAN VISA

1. Prepare and complete all the requirements.
2. Choose a designated Travel Agency who will assist you in the application. Link for the list is available above.
No need to pay Korean Embassy if you are planning to stay shorter than 59 days, but since the embassy employed travel agencies, they are collecting assistance fee. Prices differs from one agency to another. It usually ranges from Php 700 to Php 1500.
3. Submit your requirements to your chosen Travel Agency.
4. Claim your passport with Visa
– This usually takes 5 to 7 working days. Your Travel agency will advise you once your visa is already available.

TIPS and FAQs:

1. Even though you don’t have plane tickets and hotel reservations yet, you can still apply for a visa. But, there’s still a need to mention details like date of departure, arrival, and hotel address and number in the application form- if you haven’t booked a ticket and accommodation you can place your target date and hotel details of the accommodation your planning to book.

2. Make sure to complete all the requirements based from the list above. You can arranged them based on the numbering above.

3. Korean Visa last for 59 days. Applying for a visa is preferably 1 to 2 months before your trip. This will ensure that you have enough time if ever the embassy will ask for more requirements. And, or re-amply if your visa got denied. This isn’t sure but there are some applicants who got denied in Manila and re-applied and got approved in Cebu. No need to show your self just contact a travel agency in Cebu for assistance. This isn’t a guarantee but I’m still sharing just in case you know…you encountered a worst case scenario.

4. Those who have OECD Visas doen’t guarantee an approval. But there’s a greater chance and a faster processing time.

You can check the status of your application using this LINK.

By the way before ending this blog, here’s the Travel Agency – Peeps Travel and TOURS who assisted us on our application. They are based in Cebu. They will even assisted us in filling up our application forms. Find them in Facebook and message them. 🙂

Good-luck on your Korean Visa Application!

You might want to check our Korea Travel Blog: Korea Travel Guide : 6 Days in Seoul and Busan Itinerary

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