Tag Archive: Visa Application


1 jan 11

Our Philippine passport is now 74th of the world’s most powerful passports among 199 other countries, according to the 2019 Henley Passport Index.  Below is the list of countries that we can visit without the need to secure a visa and those that have visa-on-arrival and e-Visa policies.

Which one will visit first?

Asia  Non-Visa Countries

  • Brunei
  • Cambodia
  • Hong Kong (SAR China)
  • Indonesia
  • Laos
  • Macao (SAR China)
  • Malaysia
  • Mongolia
  • Myanmar
  • Singapore
  • Taiwan
  • Thailand
  • Vietnam

Asia Visa-on-arrival and e-Visa Countries

  • Kyrgyzstan
  • Maldives
  • Nepal
  • Sri Lanka
  • Tajikistan
  • Timor-Leste

Africa Visa-free Countries

  • Cote d’Ivoire (Ivory Coast)
  • Gambia
  • Morocco
  • Rwanda

Africa Visa-on-arrival and e-Visa Countries

  • Benin
  • Cape Verde Islands
  • Comores Islands
  • Djibouti
  • Guinea-Bissau
  • Kenya
  • Madagascar
  • Malawi
  • Mauritania
  • Mauritius
  • Mozambique
  • Seychelles
  • Somalia
  • Tanzania
  • Togo
  • Uganda

Oceania Visa-free Countries

  • Cook Islands
  • Fiji
  • Micronesia
  • Niue
  • Vanuatu

Oceania Visa-on-arrival and e-Visa Countries

  • Marshall Islands
  • Palau Islands
  • Papua New Guinea
  • Samoa
  • Tuvalu

Caribbean Visa-free Countries

  • Dominica
  • Haiti
  • St. Vincent and the Grenadines
  • Americas
  • Bolivia
  • Brazil
  • Colombia
  • Costa Rica
  • Ecuador
  • Peru
  • Suriname

Caribbean Visa-on-arrival and e-Visa Countries

  • St. Lucia
  • Trinidad and Tobago
  • Nicaragua

Middle East Visa-free Countries

  • Israel
  • Palestinian Territory

Middle East Visa-on-arrival and e-Visa Countries

  • Armenia
  • Iran

We wish you a vibrant and hassle-free travels and tours this year!

Source: https://news.abs-cbn.com/news

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1 jan 10

Denied US visa… again?  We know it could be truly disappointing to be told you are not permitted to leave for a US state and without telling you why.  But take heart, there are a lot of other countries you can tour that are visa-free or have visa-on-arrival policies.

We have the latest list of Asian countries that you can visit without the need for a visa but have a number of days when a tourist can stay.  During my recent trip to Hong Kong last December, I was given a total of 13 days by the Hong Kong Immigration; I stayed for four.

But before we feature the list, let us first share with you the different types of visas that Pinoys need to secure when traveling abroad.  Actually, it should only be counted as three, as the first entry is ‘visa-free’; but based on my experience in Hong Kong last month, I would like to count the visa-free as well since I was only given a particular number of days to stay in the country.

So here it is:

  1. Visa-free

These are countries that do not require a visa but you may only be given a certain number of days to tour the place.  Your ticket must have a return date on it, and you must have a valid booking at a hotel and enough cash to sustain your visit.  Of the three, it is your ticket that the Immigration might scrutinize the most so have it handy all the time.

  1. Visa-on-arrival

There are no pre-application (of visa) required to land at these country’s airports.  You will be granted your visa upon appearing before an immigration officer and after you have duly settled any associated visa fees.

  1. Visa-required

These countries require that you apply for and are granted a visa in the country’s embassy, consulate, or approved travel partner.  The requirements for visa application may vary and may include your financial records and history, medical records, employment documents, and proofs of your previous travels abroad.

  1. e-Visa

Visa applications are done online and should your application be approved, your e-visa shall be linked or electronically associated with your passport number.

In Philippine Star’s latest feature news, the following Asian countries are visa-free for Filipinos, with the corresponding number of days’ stay for tourists:

  1. Brunei – 20-day stay
  2. Cambodia – 21-day stay
  3. Hong Kong – 14-day stay
  4. Indonesia – 30-day stay
  5. Laos – 30-day stay
  6. Macao – 30-day stay
  7. Malaysia – 30-day stay
  8. Mongolia – 21-day stay
  9. Myanmar – 14-day stay
  10. Singapore – 30-day stay
  11. Taiwan – 14-day stay Taiwan will be visa-free until July 31, 2019)
  12. Thailand – 30-day stay
  13. Vietnam – 21-day stay

These countries follow a visa-on-arrival policy and or e-Visa for Pinoy tourists

  1. Kyrgyzstan – 30-day stay
  2. Maldives – 30-day stay
  3. Sri Lanka – 30-day stay
  4. Timor-Leste – 30-day stay

So where do you plan to travel this year?  Share your stories with us!

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09 - 05

Filipinos who wish to tour the beautiful city-state of Dubai now have the option to apply for their visas online.  The process is really simple and offers so much convenience especially to DIY (do-it-yourself) travelers, or those who opt not to hire the services of a travel agency.

If you are planning to visit Dubai soon, read and save this blog.  The following is a summary of the steps and processes when applying for a Dubai visa online via http://www.dubaivisa.net

Step 1: Know your visa type.

There are 7 kinds of visas offered online by http://www.emirates.com and it is important that you know the type of visa you would like to apply for:

  1. 30-day Tourist Visa

Visa validity is 58 days from the date of issue and the duration of stay is limited to 300 days from the date of entry.

  1. 96-hour Transit Visa

Visa validity is 30 days from the date of issue and the duration of stay is limited to 96 hours from the time of entry.

  1. 90-day Visit Visa

Visa validity is 58 days from the date of issue and the duration of stay is 90 days from the date of entry.

  1. Multi-entry long-term visa: 90 days

Visa validity is 58 days from the date of issue and the duration of stay is limited to 90 days from the date of first entry into the UAE.

  1. Multi-entry short-term visa: 30 days

Visa validity is 58 days from the date of issue and the duration of stay is limited to 30 days from the date of first entry into the UAE.

  1. 30-day GCC Resident Visa

GCC Residents Entry Permit can be used for entry within 60 days from the date the visa is issued.  The stay period is 30 days from date of entry, and the visa can be extended for a further 30 days.

  1. 30-day GCC Accompanied Visa

GCC Accompanied Entry Permit can be used for entry within 60 days from the date the visa is issued.  The stay period is 60 days from date of entry, and the visa can be extended once for a further 60 days.

Step 2: How to Apply

All clients who wish to use this facility to apply for their UAE visas need to follow the steps below:

  1. Visit www.emirates.com
  2. Retrieve your booking using the “Manage an existing booking” link.
  3. Click on the “Apply for UAE visa” link.
  4. You will be directed to the VFS Page.
  5. Read and agree to the “terms and conditions” and proceed.
  6. You will be asked to select the itinerary for which you require the visa for and the names of the passengers who require the visa. Other information needed are passport details, your current nationality, and current country of residence.
  7. On the next page you need to enter an email ID along with the relationship of the applicants. Please ensure that the email ID is correct and accessible because all correspondence with regards to the application will be sent to this email, including a copy of the visa.
  8. The applicant will receive an email with the hyperlink to the visa application form.
  9. Fill out the electronic form and submit together with scanned copies of required documents. If there are more than one client applying for a visa, uploading and submission of documents must be done one name at a time. Do not send all documents in one go under one name.
  10. After documents have been uploaded, you may now proceed with the online payment through VISA and MasterCard debit and credit card, whichever is applicable.
  11. After payment has been confirmed by the system, the applicant will receive an email advising that the payment went through successfully.

Step 3: After Submission

You have the option to track your application after you have submitted all documents and paid for your application.

  1. Visit www.emirates.com
  2. Retrieve your booking using the “Manage an existing booking” link.
  3. Click on the “Apply for UAE visa” link.
  4. You will be directed to the VFS Page where you have to enter your Emirates booking reference and your visa application number to know the current status of your application.

Easy and convenient, isn’t it?  Of course, you still have the option to have your travel agent do everything for you but keep in mind that they may also be using the same site to accomplish your application.  Save yourself some travel agent talent fees and try applying for a Dubai visa online!

Have a safe and happy trip!

Source: http://www.dubaivisa.net

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01-17

After you have successfully set an appointment online for your interview at the U.S. Embassy, you are one step closer (or farther!) from your objective of setting foot in the land of the free and the home of the brave.  Here comes the inevitable question: will you be granted a U.S. Visa?

According to recent statistics, 75% of US visa applications are approved yearly; roughly three out four applicants leave the U.S. Embassy with victorious smiles on their faces.  On the other hand, the 25% that are denied their chance to see the U.S. are left wondering what could have gone wrong with their interview.

Was it the nature of my employment?

Did I have to have an invitation letter from my Ninang who lives in Florida?

I’ve traveled to different countries in Asia, didn’t the Consul see those in my passport?

Sadly though, there are no hard and fast rules when it comes to getting a nod from a Consul at the U.S. Embassy.  The decision will depend on how you are able to prove that you only intend to visit the U.S. without any intention of staying there illegally.

We did a thorough research on the most probable causes why Pinoys are denied their U.S. Visa applications.  These were lifted from an online article featuring the US Consul General.  These can help you prepare for your interview at the US Embassy (although it does not guarantee that you will be granted your visa).

Read on!

  1. You must be able to prove that you have the following:
    • A good and stable job;
    • Strong family ties;
    • A “reason to return in timely fashion”;
    • No reason to remain indefinitely in the US;
    • And enough resources to support the trip.
  2. Young travelers (fresh graduates, first-job seekers) must be able to present proof of the following:
    • “Parallel support” from his family since he may still have limited financial resources.
    • Family members have US visas and have traveled to the US before.
    • Applicant has traveled to other countries before (visa or non-visa countries).
  3. You must be a tenured employee at your company, receiving monthly compensation that can easily finance your travel.
  4. Avoid bringing a cheat sheet or kodigo to your interview.
    • Be comfortable during the interview and anticipate questions like “What will you do there?” which you are expected to answer without the aid of notes.
    • Some of the questions will be lifted from the answers you provided online when you submitted your application.  If you have not read our article on the things you need to prepare and remember when applying for a US visa online, you can read it here.
  5. Be honest.
    • Do not omit any information about your trip.
    • Do not be afraid to admit that you have family and relatives who are residing in the U.S.
    • Do not lie about your financial status; state your real income.  The embassy simply wants to know if you are capable of funding your trip and still have enough to get by when you return.
    • Do not lie about your work status or your tenure at your company.

People who are caught lying about their information run the risk of being permanently banned from entering the U.S.  This is not a good thing to happen to any applicant.  According to the Consul General, the following are ineligible from acquiring a US visa forever:

  • Impostors, or those who commit fraud in their applications.
  • Those with criminal history.
  • Those with medical conditions that might pose a health threat in the US.
  • Those who have previous records of narcotic dependency.

Should you be denied on your first attempt to secure the coveted US visa, it is advisable that you wait it out before submitting a new application.  There is no limit to the number of times you apply for a visa and secure an interview appointment, but it would better to prepare for your next appointment to save on money and time.  When your circumstances have strengthened, (you have been promoted to a higher position at work or you earned another year of tenure on your business) you can easily create a new application with your updated details.

Best of luck on your application!

Sources:

http://www.gmanetwork.com/news/story/250290/news/pinoyabroad/some-common-reasons-why-people-can-t-get-us-visas

http://www.gmanetwork.com/news/story/250144/news/pinoyabroad/us-consul-general-a-kodigo-could-ruin-chances-of-getting-a-visa

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10-05

If you are planning to visit China this coming holiday season, you’re in for a treat.

Pinoys who have been issued visas to certain countries may now be exempted from applying a visa to enter Taiwan.  This is an announcement made through the website of the Taipei Economic and Cultural Office in the Philippines.  Instead of a visa, an applicant may secure an ROC Travel Authorization Certificate instead.

Below are the conditions that an applicant must meet in order to enjoy visa-free entry to the said country:

  1. Applicant’s passport must have remaining validity of at least six months starting from the date of arrival in Taiwan.
  2. He or she must possess an onward/return air or ferry ticket.
  3. The applicant has never been employed as a blue-collar worker in Taiwan.
  4. The applicant must possess at least one of the following documents issued by Australia, Canada, Japan, Korea, New Zealand, any of the Schengen countries, the United Kingdom, or the United States.
    • Valid resident or permanent resident card;
    • Valid entry visa (may be electronic visa);
    • Resident card or visa that has expired less than 10 years prior to the date of arrival in Taiwan.

Note that work permits to the above countries are not considered as visa.

Upon receipt of the ROC Travel Authorization Certificate, the applicant must print a copy and be able to present this for inspection when entering Taiwan.  Entry will be denied to travelers who fail to execute the printed copy.

The ROC Travel Authorization Certificate is valid for 90 days and the holder may enter Taiwan multiple times within the 90-day  period.  Should the applicant find the need to extend his stay, he must request for an extension seven days prior to the expiry of his certificate.

There are no exemptions to the above-mentioned requirements.  Should an applicant not meet the requirements, or intend to study, work, or stay in Taiwan for more than 30 days, he or she must apply for the appropriate visas at the Taipei Economic and Cultural Office in the Philippines.  Their address is at the 41st floor Tower 1, RCBC Plaza, Ayala Avenue, Makati City.

Source: http://www.roc-taiwan.org/ph_en/index.html

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Reverification.jpgWhen applying for an Immigrant Visa to the U.S., an applicant may be required to submit additional documents to establish his eligibility. If this happens, the applicant is essentially “denied” under Section 221 (g) of the Immigration and Nationality Act. There are no prescribed lists of documents you will be asked to submit; you will instead receive a letter from the US Embassy informing you of the additional documentation and how to submit these. It is important that you provide an active email address that you regularly access to avoid any delays in your response and submission as this will greatly affect your visa application.

In cases when the additional documents you need to submit are PSA-certified documents (or civil registry documents), such as: PSA Birth Certificate, PSA Marriage Certificate, PSA Death Certificate, you may follow the procedure below. These were lifted from http://manila.usembassy.gov/

Option 1: Submit the Re-verification Form in person at the Pasay City Philippine Statistics Authority (PSA) outlet:

  1. Go to the Pasay City PSA outlet.
  2. Complete the colored NSO document request form provided at the PSA outlet.
  3. Submit BOTH the colored NSO document request form and the Re-verification Form to the PSA clerk.
  4. Pay the required fee. Keep your receipt. This serves as proof you submitted the form to PSA.

Note: This form will only be accepted in person at the Pasay City PSA outlet.

Option 2: Log on to www.nsohelpline.ph

  1. Click on the Order Now! Button.
  2. Choose the PSA document you need.
  3. Choose US Embassy Reverification; keep your reverification form.
  4. Fill out the Reverification Form Details and then click on the Submit button.

You also have the option to call the PSAHelpline hotline at 737-1111. If you are accessing the site with your phone, you will notice a “Call Now” green button on your screen. You may simply click on the icon to connect to a PSAHelpline customer care officer.

The PSA will submit the requested documents directly to the U.S. Embassy. All you have to do is be on standby for the embassy’s call or email regarding the status of your visa application. You may also contact the Visa Information and Appointment Service Center at (632) 976-8500, (632) 976-8501, or (632) 976-8502.

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Whether it’s for pleasure or business, traveling is most often part of a young urban professional’s annual itinerary. The experiences and opportunities gathered from these trips are otherwise not offered if you remain confined in the four corners of your home or office. It could be disappointing to miss an opportunity to travel, especially if the hindrances are as petty as:

  1. You still don’t have a passport.
  2. You do have one but you’ve let it expire.
  3. You don’t have a visa.

You can easily take care of the first two reasons by simply setting an appointment at www.passport.com.ph. Prepare the necessary documents such as your PSA certified Birth Certificate, Marriage Certificate (if needed), and other supporting papers.  Appear before the DFA branch you set an appointment with and then wait for your passport to be delivered to you.

Getting over the third obstacle though could be quite intimidating.  Preparing the necessary documents and appearing before the interviewer are nerve-racking thoughts but are necessary if you are serious about obtaining a visa for a particular country.

Every Pinoy will have to go through this process; and the earlier you are able to complete the requirements and conquer the dreaded interview, the better!  So to help you prepare for your visa application process, here are five tips from Rappler (http://www.rappler.com/life-and-style/travel/53687-visa-application-tips-travel).

1.File all frequently requested documents in one bag/envelope and label accordingly.

A clear book with sturdy covers can help you organize your documents. Make at least five copies of these documents and make sure that the photocopies are clear so you would not need to photocopy the original while you are at the embassy.

Documents to include in your file are:

  • PSA Certified Birth Certificate
  • PSA Certified Marriage Certificate (if annulled, you will probably need a copy of your Marriage Certificate annotated by the NSO certifying that the marriage was declared null and void).
  • Latest Income Tax Return
  • For business owners, include business permits, business license and (audited) financial statements.
  • Photocopies of previous visas you have been issued (if there are any).
  • ID pictures: Different embassies will have different size requirements, so when you have your picture taken, have the picture reproduced in different size dimensions. You can get one picture taken in the standard 2×2 white background and one in the US visa size and Schengen size. (Note that for all visa requirements, both ears must be shown and women should not be wearing earrings.)
  • Proof of income and ownership such as land titles and or car registration documents.

Your old passports with other visa stamps must also be readily available so keep these in your visa application file folder too.

2. Keep a list of the countries you have visited.

Since most embassies require for a list of the countries you have visited, it is best that you keep track of your travels, including the dates. Do not rely on your memory or pictures in your Facebook timeline! Keep a soft copy of your travel journal and update this each time you travel. Print out your most updated list and bring this with you when you go to the embassy.

3. Make a checklist of the visa application requirements.

Every country has a different set of requirements to be presented to the visa processing center. Visit the embassy’s website and collect the list of requirements for the type of visa that you are applying for in that country. Invest time and effort in making sure that you have the correct list and then, that you have the complete set of requirements on hand.

Other things that you need to pay attention to are fees you need to pay, acceptable denominations (US dollars, Euros, Pesos, etc.), and payment modes (cash, manager’s check, etc.). It is wise to bring the exact change as well since some embassies will not offer change.

Lastly, make sure that you have the correct location of the visa processing center as these change from time to time.

4. Have a standard template for letters of introduction to consuls.

Some embassies require applicants to present a letter of introduction, including therein the purpose of your travel. Create a standard template that you can update whenever you need to apply for a visa.

The letter must have the following information:

  • Header with your name, contact details and if available, your visa application reference number.
  • Reason for travel
  • Duration of stay
  • Mention of other countries you have visited
  • How you will fund your trip
  • Day by day travel itinerary as an attachment

5. Befriend your Travel Agent.

 If you are a frequent traveler, it is best that you find a travel agent that you can trust. He or she can help you save time and effort in booking tickets and hotels, finding the best plane fare deals, and other travel details you may miss.

Your journey towards acquiring a visa can be less stressful with these tips. These do not guarantee that you will be granted a visa.

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What keeps you from grabbing that airfare promo? You know you want it, why don’t you get it? The most common answer one would get is: Hassle kumuha ng visa!

The Pinoy passport ranks 69th in the world for free entries. This can greatly discourage a first-time traveler from making an effort to apply for a visa in countries that require one. Only the promise of an employment or a family member pledging to pay for your tour can encourage you to step out and apply for that elusive permit to travel.

Oh but it doesn’t have to be that way. If we are to take things from a wider perspective, our Philippine passports give us free access to postcard-worthy islands and beaches, provinces rich in history and culture, centuries-old temples, flea markets and endless food trips in Southeast Asian countries. Places, sites, and experiences that other passport holders may need to pay dearly for to visit. Isn’t that good news? Sure it’s always exciting to travel to a different continent (like the US and Europe) but if you can’t summon the courage, time, and effort to work on your visa just yet, you can always visit our neighboring Asian countries.

To help you decide on which country to visit first, here is a list of visa-free countries for Pinoys I sourced from www.travelbook.ph.

Visa-free (no limits)

  • Colombia (Hello, Ariadna Gutierrez!)
  • Morocco
  • Saint Vincent and the Grenadines (a southern Caribbean nation)
  • Suriname (a quaint country in South America)

Visa-free (limited number of days)

  • Bolivia – Visa-free for 60 days
  • Brunei – Visa-free for 14 days
  • Cambodia – Visa-free for 21 days
  • Costa Rica – Visa-free for 30 days
  • Ecuador – Visa-free for 90 days
  • Hong Kong – Visa-free for 14 days
  • Indonesia – Visa-free for 30 days
  • Laos – Visa-free for 30 days
  • Malaysia – Visa-free for 30 days
  • Peru – Visa-free for 60 days
  • Singapore – Visa-free for 30 days
  • Thailand – Visa-free for 30 days
  • Vietnam – Visa-free for 21 days

Visa-free (limited number of days plus special conditions)

  • Brazil – Visa-free for 90 days
    • for holders of diplomatic, official, and service passports, visa-free for:
      • Duration of tour of duty or
      • 180 days for official business or tourism
  • India – Visa upon arrival valid for 30 days (limited only to New Delhi and Mumbai airports)
  • Israel –
    • Visa-free for tourists (number of days of stay will depend on Immigration)
    • Visa-free for holders of diplomatic and official passports; visa is required for business.
  • Mozambique – Visa upon arrival valid for 30 days.
  • Palau – Visa-free for 30 days, visa upon arrival (provided that the Filipino national has a return/onward plane ticket)
  • Sri Lanka – Visa-free for 30 days, upon arrival (provided that the Filipino national has a return/onward plane ticket)
  • Tuvalu – Visa-free for 30 days, visa upon arrival (provided that the Filipino national has a return/onward plane ticket)
  • Vanuatu – Visa-free for 30 days, visa upon arrival (provided that the Filipino national has a return/onward plane ticket)
  • Zambia – Visa upon arrival:
    • Three months for tourism
    • One month for business

So, who says you can’t travel? All you need is a valid passport (not expiring within the next six months), your suitcase, some cash, and an unquenchable thirst to soak up a foreign, sometimes strange, culture!

Bon voyage!

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Philippine passport holders are required to secure a visa in order to tour the beautiful and fascinating country of South Korea.  To some, this may sound daunting because of all the documents and IDs that you need to prepare.  But to those who have paid the country a visit at least once, they agree that South Korea is worth all the preparations.

Why don’t you find out for yourself?  You might be surprised to know that securing a visa to South Korea is not as discouraging as you might think.

PREPARING AND COMPLETING YOUR DOCUMENTS:

The rule of thumb is to apply for your visa as early as you can; at the very least, one to two months before your planned trip.  This should give you enough elbow room to prepare all the documents you may need minus the stress.  A common feedback from tourists is that you have very little to worry about for as long as your documents are complete so it is best to invest time and effort in this department.

Here is the list of documents that Employed, Self-Employed, and Student/Minor applicants need to prepare

  • Duly accomplished copy of the Visa Application Form.  Make sure that all fields are filled out legibly and accurately.  If some fields are not applicable, write N/A.
  • 3.5cm x 4.5cm colored passport photo taken against plain white background.  Paste this on your Visa Application Form.
  • Your Philippine Passport with at least six months remaining validity.  Remove the passport from its jacket or holder before submission.
  • Photocopy of passport bio page (page where your photo and personal information can be found).
  • Original and photocopy of valid visa/s and arrival stamps to OECD member countries for the past five years (only if applicable; Korean visas will not be counted).  Not sure if the country is a member of OECD?  Check here!

Additional Requirements

These requirements depend on your employment status.

For Employed Applicants

  • Original Certificate of Employment printed on your company’s letterhead.  The letter must bear the following details:
    • Applicant’s designation/position
    • Date hired
    • Compensation
    • Office address
    • HR landline number (mobile phone numbers are not allowed)
    • HR Email Address
  • Original Personal Bank Certificate.  The following details must be included:
    • Account type
    • Current balance
    • Account opening date
    • ADB
  • Bank Statement
    • Original or Certified True Copy of bank statements/passbook for the last three months.
  • ITR or Form 2316 copy
  • Copy of PRC or IBP card (if applicable)

For Self-Employed Applicants

  • Photocopy of Business Registration from SEC or DTI.
  • Photocopy of Business Permit or Mayor’s Permit.
  • Original Personal Bank Certificate.  The following details must be included:
    • Account type
    • Current balance
    • Account opening date
    • ADB
  • Bank Statement
    • Original or Certified True Copy of bank statements/passbook for the last three months.
  • Photocopy of ITR or Form 2316

For Students and Minors

  • Original School Certificate
  • Photocopy of School ID
  • Photocopy of PSA Birth Certificate of applicant
  • Parents’ Documents:
    • If parents are employed:
      • Original Certificate of Employment printed on your company’s letterhead.  The letter must bear the following details:
        • Parents’ designation/position
        • Date hired
        • Compensation
        • Office address
        • HR landline number (mobile phone numbers are not allowed)
        • HR Email Address
      • If parents are self-employed:
        • Photocopy of Business Registration from SEC or DTI.
        • Photocopy of Business Permit or Mayor’s Permit.
        • Original Personal Bank Certificate.  The following details must be included:
          • Account type
          • Current balance
          • Account opening date
          • ADB
      • Bank Statement
        • Original or Certified True Copy of bank statements/passbook for the last three months.
      • Copy of ITR
      • Copy of PSA Marriage Certificate

Important reminders for the above cases (Employed, Self-employed, Students/Minors):

  1. Frequent travelers or those that have travelled as tourists to OECD member countries within five years are exempted from submitting the ITR.
  2. If invited by a Korean national, provide an invitation letter and a copy of your invitor’s passport or identification card (authentication is not required).
  3. If invited by a company in Korea, provide an invitation letter from the company and a photocopy of Korean Company Business Permit (authentication not required).
  4. Processing Time:
    • 3 Working Days (for applicants that have traveled to OECD member countries within 5 years as tourists).
    • 5 Working days (for applicants that have not been to OECD member countries within 5 years).
  5. Visa Fee:
    • 59 days or less stay in Korea – Free
    • 60 to 90 days stay in Korea – PHP 1,800.00

SUBMITTING YOUR REQUIREMENTS

When you are absolutely sure that you have completed all requirements, proceed to the Republic of Korea Embassy at the following address:

122 Upper McKinley Road, McKinley Town Center, Fort Bonifacio, Taguig City

Tel No.: +632 856-9210

Fax No.: +632 856-9008

No need to make an appointment; just visit the embassy between 9am to 11am, Mondays to Fridays.

IF YOUR VISA GETS APPROVED

Visas are released between 2PMto 4PM, Mondays to Fridays.

Make sure to write your name and contact number at the back of your claim stub.  Some applicants are required to submit additional documents or undergo an interview, so be prepared.  Dress appropriately and make sure you have the original copies of submitted documents.

And off you go!  Annyeong!

Sources:

http://embassy_philippines.mofa.go.kr/english/as/embassy_philippines/visa/requirement/index.jsp

How to Apply for a South Korea Tourist Visa (for Filipinos)

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