[KOREAN VISA UPDATED] Visa Application for South Korea for Philippine Passport Holder

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After 2 years since we last applied for a Korean Visa (which is unfortunately we got denied), there has been changes and a lot of people are saying that Visa Application for SoKor has gotten easier (?), but,  I’m still terrified, its probably the trauma that we had from our last application hahaha. Of course I’m still feeling positive. Hwaiting!

After a week of waiting, I finally got my VISA! YEEESSS! The waiting game is over, and I can finish my itinerary and start paying for our reservations.

 I just wanna share how we prepared for the Big V (visa) to Korea, I hope it would help other fellow K-poppers and Korean fanatics who wish to visit “The Land of the Morning Calm” one day.

Tourist Visa Requirement for Filipino Employees 

  • Application Form

– you can download the current updated application form here

  • 1pc of Passport size colored picture 

– just go to any photo studio that you prefer and just ask them for a passport size colored picture for Korea, I went to Fujifilm in Megamall they have different sizes for passport picture depending on what country, just make sure your have the right size

  • Original Passport 

– should be valid for more than 6months

  • Photocopy of Passport Bio-page (page 2)
  • Original & Photocopy of valid visa/s and arrival stamps to OECD member countries for the past 5 years (if applicable, and Korean Visas will not be counted)
  • Original Certificate of Employment

– must include applicants position, date hired, compensation, office address, HR landline number (cellphone number not allowed), HR e-mail address. I also include the dates of our tentative vacation and address to Korean Embassy.

Embassy of the Republic of Korea in the Republic of the Philippines

122 Upper McKinley Road, McKinley Town Center, Fort Bonifacio, Taguig City 1634, Philippines

  • Original Personal Bank Certificate

– must include account type, current balance, account opening date and ADB (available daily balance)

You can request this to the bank where you have an account for a minimum charge of 100php, you can also get the certificate within the day upon request. Just make sure to tell them it’s for a Korean Visa, I’m not sure if they have a different format or details they include for a specific country.

  • Bank Statement (NEW!)

– original or certified true copy of bank statements/passbook for the last 3 months. You can just request this to your bank as well.

  • ITR (Income Tax Return) or Form 2316 Copy

– make sure that your ITR is updated. For those who are traveling for the months of Jan-Apr, it’s advisable to give them your ITR, 1 year ago of the previous year. (confuse?)

 Sample: Let’s say your traveling during the months of Jan-Apr of 2015, to make sure your ITR is updated and current, you can submit your 2013 ITR just to be sure, since your 2014 ITR could be or possible “still” for filing. For May-Dec, you can now use your 2014 ITR, just request to your HR.
  • Copy of PRC Card or IBP Card (if applicable only)

* If personally invited by Korean

  • Invitation Letter
  • Photocopy of invitor’s Passport or Identification Card (authentication not required)

* If invited by Company in Korea

  • Invitation Letter
  • Photocopy of Korean Company Business Permit (authentication not required)

* Frequent travellers who have travelled as tourist to OECD member countries within 5 years are exempt from submitting ITR. 

Processing Time:

  • 3 working days (for those who have been to OECD member countries within 5 years as tourist)
  • 5 working days (for those who have not been to OECD member countries within 5 years)

Visa Fee:

  • 59 days (or less) stay in Korea — GRATIS
  • 60 to 90 days stay in Korea — PHP 1,800.00

How to Apply  for a Korean Visa?

Now that you have completed the requirements, its time! Embassy is open daily from Mondays-Fridays, except for holidays, so be sure to check for any holiday in the Philippines and Korea. Submission of requirements is from 8:30AM to 11:00AM only, pick-up is from 1:30PM to 4:00PM in the afternoon only.
I want to say, sit back and relax but honestly you can’t just sit back and relax, Korean Visa is very unpredictable so if you have plans to apply for a Korean Visa, make sure all your documents and application form is consistent and please do not even try to submit fake documents. Just pray and  it will come. I’m really happy that finally I already got the golden ticket to Korea. I have waited for 2 years to finally visit my dream destination. Korea will be my SweetEscape! See you sooon!
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 P.S if you find this interesting and have question, please feel free to leave a message. I’m willing to give an advise the best way I can, so you can have your dream vacay come true! Hwaiting Chingu!
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