Korea Tourist Visa Requirements in the Philippines

Updated Korea Tourist Visa Requirements in the Philippines 2020. The requirements on how to get a tourist visa for Korea if you are a Filipino or a Philippine passport-holder are shared in this page. How much is the processing fee? How long will the visa be released?

Good news, South Korean embassy has simplified the requirements to attract more tourists visiting South Korea. This 2020, all applicants can now apply for a tourist visa through an accredited travel agency. See the complete list on this page: List of Accredited Travel Agency for Korean Visa.

Unlike other travel visas from OECD countries, getting a tourist visa for Korea is faster. Visa processing takes only 5 working days for first-time travelers. Much quicker for frequent travelers because it takes only 2 working days to get the visa.

Meanwhile, travelers who are in a rush also have the privilege to apply for an Express Visa which can be applied and submitted at the date of application. This type of visa is released in 2 working days excluding the application date.

Take note that this post is about tourist visa only, some requirements may be different for fiancé visa, student visa, working or immigrant visa, seaman and many more.

There are separate pages for them. Select your travel agency who is authorized to process your visa for you to comply with all the rules and requirements.

tourist visa south korea requirements philippines

Primary Requirements:

Korea Tourist Visa Requirements in the Philippines

  • Tourist Visa Application form – this can be downloaded online from the Embassy of South Korea’s official website or just get a form from your travel agent. You must properly fill it out and sign it.
  • 1 passport sized colored photo
  • Passport plus photocopy of the first page – make sure your passport is valid for more than 6 months
  • (optional) Photocopy and original previous or valid visas to US, Canada, Australia, Japan, New Zealand or Korea

Download Tourist visa for South Korea Application Form

Those are the primary requirements. If your status is employed, self-employed, student or someone who was invited by a Korean friend or relative, there are additional documents required. Check them below.

Additional Requirements:

Korea Tourist Visa Requirements for Employed Individuals

  • Employment Certificate (Original)
  • Personal Bank certificate (Original)
  • Income Tax Return (ITR) photocopy or Form 2316 from the previous year
  • ACR or ICR (if you are a foreigner resident in the Philippines)
  • Copy of PRC Card or IBP Card (If applicable only)

Korea Tourist Visa Update

The embassy announced that, the following requirements are strictly needed:

  • Certificate of Employment – must include applicant’s position, date hired, compensation, address, office landline number (cell-phone number is not allowed), e-mail address
  • Bank Certificate – must include account type, current balance, account opening date, 6 months average balance (ADB)
  • Bank Statement – original or certified true copy of bank statements/passbook for the last 3 months
  • Income Tax Return copy – with personal TIN

All documents must be issued within 3 months on the date of application.

Korea Tourist Visa Requirements for Businessman or Self-employed

  • Business Registration from SEC or DTI and Mayor’s Permit
  • Personal Bank Certificate (original)
  • Bank Statement
  • ITR (photocopy)
  • ACR or ICR (if you are a foreigner resident in the Philippines)

If personally invited to Korea by a friend, relative or a company in Korea:

The applicant is requested to submit original Invitation Letter and passport copy of the Korean national who invited him. If invited by a Korean company, submit original Invitation Letter and photocopy of the said company’s Business Permit.

Korea Tourist Visa Requirements for Students in the Philippines

If you are still a student and you will travel and visit South Korea for tourism purposes, you are required to pass the following documents aside from the primary requirements mentioned previously:

  • School certificate (original)
  • School ID (photocopy)
  • Birth Certificate (photocopy)
  • Copy of parent’s passport first page
  • Parent’s Bank certificate (original)
  • Parent’s Employment certificate (original)
  • ITR (photocopy)

Korean Tourist Visa Fees

  • 59 days or less stay in Korea – Gratis or Free!
  • 60 – 90 days stay in Korea – P2,000

Korea Tourist Visa Processing

  • 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)

Depending on the Consul’s decision, processing of visa takes about 5 working days for first timers and 3 working days for frequent travelers. Releasing of visa is from 2-4pm. Interview may be required before the result or issuance of visa depending on the Consul’s decision.

  • Single Entry visa or short term visa for tourists is also called C-3.
  • Double Entry C-3 visa is issued for those who plan to visit SK twice within 6 months thus this kind of visa has a validity of 6 months.
  • Multiple Entry visa have certain requirements for qualification. Should you wish to know more or apply one, just go to the SK Embassy.

Tips in applying for a tourist visa for South Korea

To have a smooth visa application and approval, make sure your requirements are all complete, signed and dusted before you apply. That being said, it is convenient and helpful if you prepare extra photocopies so you can use them when you apply to other countries. Make sure your personal information are all consistent and that they tally with each other.

Double check the info you have put in the application form and other documents like your complete name, address, birthdate, family info, TIN, passport number and the like. Also follow the procedures discussed above.

Korea Tourist Visa Exemptions

  • If you have Philippines Official and Diplomatic passport
  • If you are a national of these countries
  • If transiting only to SK and going to the US, Canada, Australia, Japan, New Zealand and with confirmed onward ticket to those 3rd countries.
  • If going to Jeju Island only, you can stay there visa-free dor 30 days. There’s no direct fight though from the Philippines to Jeju. You can do this by going through a 3rd country in transit like Hong Kong or Japan.
  • If you’ve been to Korea for 4 times within the past two years with C2 or C3 visa or if you’ve been to Korea for more than 10 times (wow)

Share you tourist visa application experience with us by commenting below. God bless!

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629 thoughts on “Korea Tourist Visa Requirements in the Philippines”

  1. Hi,

    We are travelling with our son who’s 8 yrs old. Do we need to furnished original documents for his application as well such as bank statement and certs, ITR, marriage contract? I hope you can also have answer to this query.

    Many Thanks,
    Lawrence

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  2. Hi po… Last July lang po ako na-hired and I can’t provide COE kasi nag-rerelease yung company ko after 3 mos. of employment then wala ring ITR kasi minimum wage earner daw po ako.. No past ITR din kasi unemployed ako for more than a year.Letter of explanation lang ba need or may other documents na hahanapin? By the way, invited kami for a workshop and may invitation na ipprovide.

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  3. Hi ,

    My Sister in South Korea wants to invite me for about 2 weeks tour. May i know what are the requirements needed?

    Thank you

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  4. Hi. Im an OFW for 6 years in Riyadh as a Nurse. Im having plans to end my contract in my current employer and to seek another job offer dito pa din saudi arabia. Pahinga sna muna 3 months and plano sna mgbakasyon south korea. Do u think mabibigyan ako ng tourist visa in my case? 🙁

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    • Hello. I’m also working here in Saudi. How’s your plan to get a tourist visa for Korea? Ok po ba? Plan ko kasing mgKorea during sa 1month annual vacation ko. I wonder if possible ba ako magrant ng visa in my case.

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    • Hi Did you got an answer for this question? and what you did because i have the same matter. kindly please help me what did you do? thank you.

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  5. Hi po student po ako. Daddy ko po employed. Pero wala po syang bank account. Pero may mag sponsor naman po sa trip ko yung tita ko. Pwede po kaya yun? Na ang submit ko documents ng tita ko.

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    • Hi! I have the same situation as you. I emailed the embassy about that and their reply to me is that I need to submit my parents documents together with my uncle’s document since my uncle will support me for my trip. ANyway, have you already applied for the visa? Pls help me if you already have. Thanks!

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    • Hi! I have the same situation. My uncle will fund me. Im also a student.. have you processed your visa yet? Pls help me if you have. Thank you!

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  6. Hi. I really need your help!
    I’m currently a college student. My brother and I are planning to visit S. Korea this end of March, my brother is an OFW by the way and he already applied for visa in the country he is in now. On my part, my mom who is also an OFW will be the one supporting me for this trip, my dad is currently unemployed. I read in other blogs that OFW’s does not have an ITR because they are exempted to pay. So what should I do in terms of the ITR requirement. Also can I submit both my personal bank certification and statement along with what my mom’s bank certificate and statement that she had delivered for me? It will not be a problem right?

    Another question is about the Affidavit of Support. Since my mom will be financing for my trip, does it mean she needs to go to the Embassy or consulate of the Philippines in the Oman to asked for the Affidavit of Support or I could just gave her the format, have her signed in it and I could personally asked an attorney to validate it?
    Sorry this is my first time applying for a visa by myself. Though I have a lot of travel history.
    Please help me!!!!!

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    • Hi Jessie! Ill share my first experience when I applied korean tourist visa as a student.

      I just send
      Application form
      School certificate original
      photocopy of school id
      Birth certificate photocopy
      My personal bank certificate and bank statement original
      Valid passport for 6 monts
      You dont need an ITR if you have all this requirements.

      And now Ihave 5years multiple visa in korea ☺️

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      • Hello, I’ve been having anxieties because I wasn’t able to pass the marriage certificate of my parents. My mom is a housewife and she’s the one who will be sponsoring of my trip. I submitted her bank certificate to prove that she’s financially capable. My step dad is the one who’s giving her money and all. Is there a possibility that I will be approved for my visa application?

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          • Hi… Need ko po ng advice. Di ko po kasi alam kung anong aapplyan kong visa (student or fiance visa)

            1. Im currently 3rd year college, may sarili po akong bank account na kakaopen ko lang last few weeks ago which i have more or less 30k na inipon ipon ko from my allowance. since parehas senior citizen and both unemployed ang prents ko at wala silang bank account parehas di ko alam kung tatangapin ba nila kahit wala bank account ng parents? (at kung may kaylangan pang ipasa na requirements aside sa bank account nila).

            2. may boyfriend ako and invite nya ko sa SK to meet his parents kasi may plan na din kami mag pakasal sa SK january 2019 employed sya nag wowork sya sa company if ever na may invitation letter ako galing sa kanya at bukod sa basic requirements may kaylangan pa po ba akong ipasa?

            3. Kaylangan ko po ba hotel booking and travel itenerary? Kasi napag usapan namin na sa bahay nalang nila ko mag i stay for 1 month if ever.

            Thank you in advance. I look forward for your response. (para sa pag ibig)

      • Hi! It’s now school vacation and enrollment is scheduled a month later. What can be submitted in replacement of the school certificate for Students? Is report card for example accepted?
        Thanks

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      • pa advice po… im employed pero wala po akong itr kasi minimum wage earner lng nman po ako.. but i have savings in my bank account nman po. what shud i do po.. thanks.

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  7. I am a US citizen with SOFA status working in Korea and would like to bring my Fiancée to Korea. What do I need to bring to the Korean Embassy in Manila.

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    • My boyfriend has same working status like you. My visa was approved. Have you already reached korean embassy in manila? I’m assuming yes since your message was posted last Feb.

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  8. ma’am, i am unemployed but studying now… wala po akong bank account and ang mother ko po is matanda na and walang bank account. but the one who will sponsor my trip is my brother.. can i use his passport and his bank statement po instead of my mother? i hope you can help me since i am applying for a visa this week.

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    • Hi, i have applied a south korean tourist visa last 2015 and they granted me one. I declared my sister as my sponsor as my parents couldnt afford.. And I was still in my third year in college that time.

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      • Hi! Ask ko lang kung anong parent’s documents and sinubmit mo? Kasi last week I went to the Koream embassy and tried to submit my application but I only have my sponsor’s financial documents. Di nila tinanggap yung papers ko kasi hinahanapan nila ako ng parent’s documents but I don’t know kung anong documents ang ipapasa ko especially my parents are both unemployed. I’m kind of hoping your immediate response. Thank you 🙂

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  9. Hi Ms. Fehl,

    Ask ko lang po if ano minimum ADB amount? And regarding sa ITR exemption kahit past korean visa lang meron ka like no other OECD visas exempeted pa rin ba from submitting ITR?

    Thank you!

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  10. Hello 🙂 I’m applying for a Student Visa, our school schedules a study tour in seoul south korea this November 2017. I would like to ask if paano po kung yung father ko po yung mag sponsor ng financial support ko pero he already resigned from his work since July 2017, and his company id po kailangan ibalik sa company kasi nga since he resigned. Pwede po ba yung requirements na ipasa ko is for housewife (bank cert. and marriage cert?) Thank youuu.

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  11. hi ms. fehl, good day…thanks po sa very informative blog ninyo…ask ko lang po sana advice ninyo, me and my husband were both OFW po currently working in KSA, we’re planning to apply as family visa sa Pinas since andon po ang anak namin (minor, 5yo), plan po namin ipadala ang lahat ng papers namin and passport sa pinas (visa application forms, coe, original bank certificate and statements certified by philippine embassy, certificate of tax exemption issued by philippine embassy, nso marriage certificate, birth certificate ng anak namin)…we planned to apply in SK embassy in Philippines kasi po ang anak namin eh walang iqama (saudi alien ID card which is a requirement if mag apply dito sa SK embassy sa KSA)…ano po kaya ang magandang gawin? kailangan pa po ba ng letter of explanation kahit complete na ang lahat ng requirements? sa Nov. 6 po kasi kami uuwi ng Pinas and nakabook na kmi ng ticket to SK for Nov.12. Hope maka reply po kayo ? thank you and Godbless

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    • Hello, any update on this. As i am on same scenario as yours. Natuloy po ba kyu?? Ddting kmi april 20 and our flights booked to korea on 2nd May. Please advise. Thanks

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  12. This website is very helpful. However I have a concern. I wonder if you can advise me. I reasigned last june 2017. After 7 years of working I decided to stop to get a vacation since i never had one in 7years. Never had international vacation. However embassy told me that i need to present recent COE. I do not have one now but I have funds from June 2017- now because of my tutorial jobs. I also have savings. I wonder why others only have 20k in their bank balance and they get approved quickly. Mine was returned and said complete the requirements.

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    • hi Grace, i hope you can get this message. i have the same scenario its actually for my fiance and we are planning to go to sokor on october. now he resigned from his work as an ofw for 7years and now he is coming back to philippines for good. could you help me what are the requirements you pass to get a visa even unemployed?

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  13. paano po kung yung ITR ko has married status at gamit ko yung surname ng husband ko pero sa passport ko gamit ko is maiden name ko.. magkakaproblema po ba ko sa visa application ko for tourist? we are planning to visit SK next year school holiday sana.. hope to get a reply from you.. thank you po

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    • Yan din yung problema ko, kakasal ko lang this march 2018 and magapply ako this first week ng july sa korea. Ang kaso sabi skn mkukuha ko pa ung PSA 3-6 months, sabi nmn skn ng agency declare ko daw na single as long as na single lahat ng mga ids ko and passport which is oo. Mgkakaproblme ba sa ganito?

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  14. Hello po nabasa ko yung blog nyo about visa.. ask ko lng po 5 yrs na po kmi dito sa doha with same company bali 3 po kmi ng katrabaho na sabay magbabakasyon sa pinas next yr. so balaka po namin mag tour sa korea for 1 week tapos babalik din kami sa doha qatar. Pero ang problema po wala po kaming ITR excepted po kmi mga ofw. Ano po pwede gawin? Tsaka bali 3 po kmi

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  15. Hi Fhel. My parents are both unemployed since they are already senior citizen but my father was an electrician. But my sister will gonna pay for my trip. Can you help me about this? Thank youuu.

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  16. Hello. What if po the parent’s are both unemployed since they are senior citizen already? But my sister is gonna pay for my travel?

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  17. Hi Ms. Fehl,

    My situation is I’m unemployed right now and resigned from my previous job last May 15, 2017 due to my training until July 2017. My friend and I will be travelling in Korea on August 31, 2017-September 7, 2017.

    But with the help of my parents they will pay for my trip, advance gift to me when I pass my board exam on November 2017.

    Will you help me advice what to bring documents aside from my passport, personal bank statement & certificate, i have my latest ITR with my previous job, my parents affidavit of support, my parents bank statement and cerificate, and other documents from them e.g business permit, mayors permit, dti and ITR.

    Are those mentioned above documents are enough to present in korea embassy?

    Thank you!

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  18. ask ko lng po kung ano requirements pag unemployed . meron syang passport bank cert bank accnt passport bio page 2 bank certificate.. wala po syang coe and itr ksi driver sya ng jeepney na business ng uncle niya.. and ang mag ssupport sa travel niya is yung mother and sister niya na nasa london. . kasama po niya ako mag ttravel and i have my visa na po and kakagaling kolng ng sk nung may 31.. ano po kaya maganda nyang gawin. thankyou po

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    • Hi,i hope you can still read this?
      May i know what happened sa visa application ng kasama mong unemployed? What documents did the embassy require him to submit? Thanks

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  19. hi! i have a problem with my ITR. OFW po ako noon. exit na po ako nun 2015. Last year employed po ako sa isang dental clinic up to present and below minimum wage lang po ako. Klngan ko p bang magfile ng affidavit of non-filing of ITR or pwede bang gumawa na lng ng letter of reasons for tax exemption ung boss ko?

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    • Hi po i need your help po.. work po ako at my mini grocery na nakapangalan saken pero wala ako ITR pero meron po ako pera sa bank.at my boy friend po ako na mg invite saken us army sibilyan po sya my sariling appartment sa sk. Bali ang problema kopo ay wala ako ITR.first visit ko po ito sa korea in the past 7years..so its counted na sa first timer..my possibility po ba na ma approved ako kahit wala akong ITR..?? I NEED YOUR ADVICE PLSS PO…

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      • Mam, paano po pag recently employed ako as booking coordinator sa fmaily business namin kasi part sa training ko to pra sa business namin ksi ng own kami ng rent a car service po. I have an ITR from my previois employer last year sa 2016. Mkkagawa rin nmn ng COE ang mama ko na emloyed ako officially. Ok lng po ba yun? I have enough funds po sa bank account ko rin po.

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  20. Hi Ms. Fehl, I’m planning to visit my husband in SK, ofw po sya don (legal po),, I just want to ask if may additional requirement for acquiring visa po.. Thank you po

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  21. Hi po. Ano po kailangan ko na rqmts pag wala po ako work at yung kapatid at asawa nya lang nya lang ang meron? We plan to visit SK kasi ng kaming tatlo. Thank you.

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  22. Hello tanong ko lang po, employed po ako mag 1 year na next month, I can provide most of the requirements but mag-oopen pa lang ako ng bank account since atm lang meron for payroll savings account ng company namin. Kailangan ko po ba iprovide lahat ng requirements if invited ako ng isang korean citizen? in addition this is my first time to travel abroad and applying for a visa since I’ve graduated 2 years ago hihi, need advice and suggestions.. thank you very much for any reply 🙂

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  23. Hello Fehl, ask q lng po if ever mgapply po q ng visa q s pnas by last week of jan.2018 pro pauwi n po q pnas for good my possibility po b n maaprove ano need q requirements since finish contract q ok lng po b na ung valid n passport q nlng present q at bank statement.kc wla q itr.pls help me wants q lng po pasyal for 7 days since kya q nmn provide pngpocket money q ever.ano po b iba need q req.n ipasa? Thanks po

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  24. Good day. Question lang po. I was invited by a KOrean company and may invitation letter naman from them. Kaya lang, kakagawa ko lang ng bank account and 1 month pa lang yung bank account ko. isang bagsakan yung pagdeposit ko . Yung ITR is kakakuha ko lang din. Tourist visa aapplyan ko. Ma-approve po kaya ako? thank you!

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  25. Hello,
    ask ko lng po need pa ung 210mm×297mm[백상지 80g/㎡(재활용품)] sa baba ng bond paper na dinownload ko mula sa internet? kailangan po talga na na 80gsm? ung bigat ng bond paper?

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  26. Hi, good day!

    Tanong ko lang po, Pano po pag employed pero online job at hindi makapag bigay ng COE ang employer ko,
    may alternative po ba na requirements na pwede e follow?
    Tyaka wala po kaming tax.
    employed po ako dati sa isang BPO company (tax applied),

    looking forward for your response that will surely help me a lot. 🙂

    Thank you!

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    • I do have the same problem. I just resigned in my previous company. Kaso wala akong Tin number so wala akong ITR and yung sa previous work ko, is minimum salary lang din. Can I still apply for a tourist visa?

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        • Hello maam.i do have a question po..magapply po sana ako tourist sa korea for 90days and kumpleto napo mga req.ko ang kaso ang inventor kopo ay sibilyan army amerikano po sya maam.he lives outside the army base sa korea po.pwede po ba sya maginvite saken if yes! Ano po dapat ilagay friend or boy friend? Plss help po..thanks po

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        • hi po mam fhel, ask ko lng kung mkakakuha po b ng visa khit nsa 2 months plng bank account, mag aattend po kasi kmi ng conference sa korea. merun na po invitation letter abd company bus. permit sinend ung sa conference. thanks po sa reply.

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  27. Hi po. I’m newly employed and I don’t have ITR as well kasi minimum wage lang po ako. Kakaopen ko lang din po ng bank account ko last month. Also mgaapply po kami as family with my cousins po. Isang student po and employed po yung isa and been to OECD countries po. Is it possible na magrant yung visa ko po?

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    • Good day po, ask ko lang po, ofw po ako from Oman and planning to visit my sister in Busan. I have my ticket na, need b ng ofw ang ITR? wall po kasi ako nun uwi aq july 1 then flight ng july 17, aabot po kaya. what are the requirements for OFW?
      Sana po matulungan nyo ko
      Thank you so much

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  28. Hello po, tatanong ko lang po sana if kung ako po ang gagasto ng trip ko pa South Korea pero studyante palang po ako bali yung expenses ko dun sa allowance ko kukunin na binibigay ng mom ko po, kasi nung nag submit po ako ng bank statement ng mama ko hindi po tinanggap kasi international daw po di daw nila ma verify, pwede ba po yung sa akin nalang na bank vertificate at bank statement ipapakita? Nag aaral palang po kasi ako tas walang ako nung ITR. Ano po ba tamang gagawin? Salamat po 🙂 sorry dami kung tanong hihi

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    • since you are student you dont need itr 🙂 just send a certificate from your school pwde mo namn gamitin yung bank account mo . mas na aapproved ang mga student 🙂

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    • hello zoey! ask ko lang kung anong nangyari sa visa application mo? especially duun sa international bank ng mama mo? anong gnawa mong alternatives? please reply parehas kasi tayo ng situation. Thankyou

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  29. Hi Maam!
    Just wanna raise some querries here with regards in applying for SK. Me and my friends are planning to have a 4 days vacation in SK. Meron na po akong US Visa 10 years multiple entry I was travelled last February, I am currently employed sa government been in some Asian country din, but I was denied last October when we applied for Japan Visa my two friends was granted a visa. We dont know why but maybe because I just presented a newly account that has 50k instead of presenting my payroll account and I submit my application separately. Now we want to try to apply for Korea, and I am afraid that I’ll be denied again just like in Japan. Is there any chance I can be approved? And how much money would I need to have on my account? thank you so much maam!

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  30. Hello Ms. Fehl, ?

    Possible ba na ma approve kami ng husband ko for Visa going SK, Wala akung work ( As in Housewife lang ako) pero ang husband ko sya may work at my US multiple Visa siya. Malaki kaya ang posibilidad na ma approve kami? Kasi sya naman ang gagastos sa travel namin at iba pang gagatusin. $2500 or higher pa? kasya na ba yan sa aming dalawa just incase lang po? SANA ma approve.

    Your response is highly appreciated. Thank you so much ? God Bless.

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      • Hello Fehl.

        Hope all is well. I really think I need you to shed me some light here. Ayaw kasi mag load ng Korean embassy website sakin both sa phone at laptop. Someone commented kasi dito back in September 2016 saying na she didn’t have to submit ITR since she’s been to Korea 4 years ago.

        Is it true that it’s indicated sa Visa Announcement Section ng Korean embassy website? I get na you have to be in any OECD country within 5 years to be exempted sa pag pass ng ITR. I don’t have that. I only have Korean Visa 3 years ago.

        I’m currently unemployed kasi but I can move our family business under my name. I just don’t want to deal with the ITR thing if I could avoid it.

        I’m hoping to hear from you. I’d really appreciate it. Thank you so much in advance.

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  31. good day ms fehl,
    here is my case.. OFW po ako and planning to visit SK in Dec with my mom. dito n po ako kukuha ng visa s SK embassy in Qatar. ok lng po kaya n pag nag apply ng visa ang nanay ko dyan s pinas i attached nlang nya mga documents ko for more chances of approval ( COE, Bank statement, Bank Cert, OECD VIsas) she will provide her SEnior citizen ID, her own bank certificate and statement, my birthcerticate.. she will apply alone in the embassy. pls i will really appreciate your reply. thanks

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  32. Hi ms fhel.. Ask ko lang kung pwede kaming makakuha ng daughter ko(8yrs old)ng sk tourist visa. Kaso unemployed ako at si hubby is working sa sk. May possibility kaya na magka visa kami kung ung employer nya ang mag invite samin?

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      • Hi, ako din po, my husband is US CITIZEN, and ako po is dto pa sa philippines, uuwi po kasi sya at gusto namin mag travel this feb sa SK, wala din po akong work, maaapprove po ba ako ng visa? Sya naman po lahat din gagastus? At im still using my single name kasi dahil naka file ako for spouse visa sa US bawal pa ako magpalit. Mataas po ba chance na makakuha ako ng tourist visa? Pls help ?

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      • Hello po Miss Fehl,

        Isa po akong kasambahay at korean po employer ko dto sa pilipinas.. Ask ku lng po kung ano po mga requirements na kailangan.? Kc gusto po nila ako dadalhin sa korea for vacation pero wla po akong bank account. At itr paano po yun? Need ku po help nyu..salamat po.

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  33. Hi, good day! Question lang po. Planning to travel SK on January 2017 for 15 days, I am employed all requirements ma cocomply ko naman, Question ko lang is need ko pa ba state sa visa form yung address ng tutuloyan ko kasi may friend ako dun na pwedeng tirhan para iwas gastos sa hote., then also my husband is working there. Inaalala ko baka hingan pa ko ng additional requirements like COE of my husband since employed sya dun. And one thing pa, may chance kaya na deny application ko kasi working si hubby dun?

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  34. Good day poh…
    ive been working in sokor under e9 visa(4yrs&10mo.)ended last march 30 ds yr..
    do you have any idea madam na e grant nla aq for tourist visa…
    Wla p kc aq nbsa rito n nagcomment na galing e9 visa then nagtour…..6mo. Pa lng aq d2 s pinas…pls need ur advise poh..meron bang certain time bago pwede n mgtour?..

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  35. Hi! me and my friends are planning to go to SK next year but all of us are OFW’s, do we need to present ITR? Because we don’t have that here in riyadh…

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  36. I am planning to go to sk and its my first time for applying tourist visa. My concern is that i am an ofw and recently finished my work here In Riyadh. Is my Coe still valid? In my case, Is there any additional requirements? Thank you.

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  37. Just sharing my experience. Sana makatulong.

    At first, I applied as UNEMPLOYED but my parents are paying for my trip.
    May family business kami na kung saan tumutulong ako dun but I still applied as unemployed.

    Here are the list of requirements I submitted:

    1. Application Form
    2. 1 piece of Passport size colored picture
    3. Original Passport
    4. Photocopy of Passport Bio-page (page 2)

    5. Photocopy of NSO Birth Certificate
    6. Affidavit of Support

    My Parents’:
    7. Business Registration (DTI) (Copy)
    8. Mayor’s Permit (Copy)
    9. Bank Statement (original Copy)
    10.Bank Certificate (original Copy)
    11.Income Tax Return (Copy)

    Ginaya ko yung requirement ng HOUSEWIFE/HUSBAND plus I did some digging online.
    May mga nakapasa kasi kahit unemployed.

    Pero sa kasamaang palad, hindi tinanngap yung documents na pinasa ko kahit na may Affidavit of Support.
    Dapat daw nakapangalan lahat sa akin. Then I explained na may family business kami and asked her kung ok lang
    kung parents ko gumawa ng Certificate of Employment and she said it’s ok. So nabuhayan ako ng loob, ngayon ITR naman ang problem ko.

    Buti nalang I read their VISA ANNOUNCEMENTS and found out na hindi required magsubmit ng ITR yung mga nakapunta na ng S. Korea in the last 5 years.
    Luckily, I went there 4 years ago, so I don’t need to submit ITR.

    So, on my second try, I applied as employed and here are the list of requirements I submitted:
    1. Application Form
    2. 1 piece of Passport size colored picture
    3. Original Passport
    4. Photocopy of Passport Bio-page (page 2)
    5: Certificate of Employment
    6:My Bank Certificate
    7: My Bank Statement

    8: Photocopy of my old visa
    9: My old passport (na kung saan andun yung old visa)

    I got my passport today and I was granted a visa.

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    • Hi! Ask ko lang po kasi i’m having a problem regarding sa visa application. Wala ako work i’m just helping sa business ng tita ko ayaw nya kasi ako magwork para don lang ako sa business nya magwork i don’t have ITR pero pede daw ako gawan ng COE, okay lang ba na wala ako ipresent na ITR? Thanks.

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    • hi I have been in korea 2x , last year student ako nun nung nag apply ako ng visa ngayon may work nako mag to twomonths palang ako bali ang problema ko ngayon wala akong itr wala pa kasi akong tin number saka minimum lang din sahod ko . nabasa ko kasi Kung nakapnta na ng korea in last 5 years no need na ng itr. tanong ko lang kanino or sino nagsabi sa website ba nila un o sa embassy mismo? salamat sa sasagot 🙂

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  38. Hi fehl! What if my passport was just extended. Recently, I used in Hong Kong and Macau and it was still in effect. It was extended up to November 2017. I am supposed to renew it already though it is still in effect until November 2017. I heard from a friend that somebody has been denied of a visa because it has just been renewed. Can I still use my passport although the validity was just extended?

    Thank you and more power!

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  39. Hello mam. Korean po ang husband ng sister ko at gusto nila imbitahan ang nanay ko sa south korea para mag-alaga ng 1yr.old na anak nila.Senior citizen anga nanay ko at dati siyang vendor ng seafoods. Kailangan pa ba siyang mag submit ng itr?

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  40. Hi po ask ko lang graduate na ako ng college last may pero nung nag apply ako ng visa school certificate parin ang pinasa ko may chance kaya na ma deny ako ?

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  41. Hello good evening. I would like to ask regarding a single entry visa- C3. I applied for this at Korean Consulate Cebu this month but sad to say it was DENIED. Their reason was “I failed to prove the purpose of entry to Korea”. I doubt if I filled out the wrong purpose in the form since nobody was guiding me. My purpose was “visiting family/relatives/friends”. Then there is this box stating “TOURISM/TRANSIT”. Did I check the wrong purpose? I really don’t know what else they want me to prove. Wala naman prob sa funds kasi sponsored ako then I am employed as well. Please help with your advice po. I will reapply this November 2016 kasi. Maraming salamat po.

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    • You should have check Tourist/leisure purpose. If you’ve chosen to visit family/relatives you should have provided more documents from your family or relatives in Korea and if you failed to submit those, you’ll be denied

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      • I see. May nabasa po akong blogsite..she stated in there she ticked two different purposes (TOURISM/TRANSIT and the other one OTHER then she elaborated as VACATION) and her tourist visa was approved. is it possible TO TICK TWO? Is “TOURIST/LEISURE PURPOSE” the same with “TOURISM/TRANSIT” as written in the form? Enlighten me.

        SECTION 9. DETAILS OF VISIT
        9.1 PURPOSE OF VISIT TO KOREA
        1. TOURISM/ TRANSIT
        2. BUSINESS TRIP
        3. TRADE/INVESTMENT/INTRA-CORPORATE TRANSFEREE
        4. DIPLOMATIC/ OFFICIAL
        5. MEETING/ CONFERENCE
        6. STUDY/ TRAINING
        7.VISITING FAMILY/RELATIVES/FRIENDS
        8. MEDICAL TOURISM
        9. WORK
        10. MARRIAGE MIGRANT
        11. OTHER

        INFO: My boyfriend from US is currently working in Korea and inviting me to spend vacation with him while touring some parts of the country. Siguro naman hindi na ako e deny ng SK Consulate Cebu kung dalawa ang e check ko or ano po nararapat. MARAMING SALAMAT PO. ^_^ God bless to me

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  42. Hi Ms. Fehl.

    Hope you are doing well aside from profiting in stock market 😀

    My brother is working in Korea and he wants my mother and father to go to there for 5 days. My mother is just a housewife and my father is only a tricycle driver. Aside from my brother’s original invitation plus copy of passport what else they should submit to the Embassy to be approved?

    Thank you and more blogs to come.

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  43. Hi Miss Fehl,

    I hope na mabasa mo ito and matulungan mo akong masagot yung mga tanong ko. We have a US Military Brother stationed in S.Korea and gusto nya kaming magvisit don for 1 week. 3 kaming magkakapatid, isang student and 2 unemployed. Ano po sa tingin mo yung chance namin na maaprove sa visa since ung brother ko naman po ang magfifinace lahat ng gastos and do you think enough na po yung invitation letter nya para maaprove kami?
    thank you so much maam in advance.

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    • Hi Philpad,

      I’ve been to Korea thirteen times and my visa expired two months ago

      “”If you’ve been to Korea for 4 times within the past two years with C2 or C3 visa or if you’ve been to Korea for more than 10 times (wow)””can I ask where did you get this info?

      Can I go to Korea without a visa?

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  44. Hi, im a Filipino and I want visit my korean girlfriend in SK. What will I do?
    She will invite me? by using invitation letter? they will approve my visa?

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  45. Hello! what if I put 4 days on the travel stay but the truth is 5 days talaga balak ko? does it affect? because 40k lang laman ng bank account ko and Ive heard na depende ang show money kung ilang days ka magsstay sa korea. Mind you If I ask how much is the amount of your bank account and how many days you stayed? I look forward to hear from you soon.

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  46. Hi Ms fel. Hope I will get your attention. . My sister and i wanna have a vacation in Korea this coming April for 3 days . Were just trying to complete our papers this middle of March so we can submit our papers. We take an agency to make it easy for us to assist. My sister is engr in solar company for 6 years until now.. she’s nearly finish all her papers.. I just wanna ask her bank account it is ok if she has 90k or 80k this is her first time to travel.. I’ve been to korea before I have E6 visa just came back last end of Sept. Now I’m still no work. But I’m getting enroll this first week of March. So I’m a student now.. it is ok if my bank account have 30k only.. thanks I will look forward for your answer.. thanks God bless.

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    • I think that’s ok if you’re traveling with your sister who has funds as well and you will only stay for 3 days. Good luck!

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      • hello po ms. fhel ask ko lang po ung bestfren ko po may frend xang korean and balak nya po mag work as factory worker duon.,ung frend nya pong korean e may factory po duon…anu po ba ang kailangan nya bukod sa invitation letter para makakuha ng visa?tnx po

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        • Hi, the requirements above are for Tourist visa. What your friend needs is a Working Visa. The requirements are different for that type of visa

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  47. Hi Fehl, I don’t know if you’ll be able to help me, but here’s my question. I am an English guy going to work in Korea through my English company. I will be working on a UK visa for 3 months at a time. I have a Fillipino girlfriend who still lives in Philippines. How would I go about obtaining a travel visa for my girl please? I’m asking as I noticed the listings only show being invited by Koreans. Any help would be appreciated.

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    • This is tough one with your situation. The only thing I know is letting your girlfriend apply as a tourist but she needs to complete the requirements

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        • Hi, which city you are going to teach? My boyfriend is from UK too and will start working in Korea as English Teacher. I got my visa thru agency. maybe i can help, do you have any question?

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          • I am not here to teach. I am working in Samsung shipyard Goeje Island as a supervisor. Which agency did you use? My girlfriend is in Angeles City.

          • Wow! Really? The manager of the agency has also bf who is working in Geoje. The agency I used is ARC TICKETING, try to find on facebook or google the website.

  48. good afternoon po ma’am , ask ko lang po kung may chance na ma approved yung visa ko . ininvite naman po ako ng boyfriend ko at ng parents na mag tourist sa bansa nila .. since 6months pregnant po ako mahihirapan po ba ako na ma approved yung visa ko ? aboout sa financial yung boyfriend ko naman po yung sponsor dahil wala nga po akong work . salmat po

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  49. Hello! Me and my friend just want to ask, it will be our first time to travel abroad and possibly want to go to SoKor. Do we have a chance to be approved for tourist visa? Minimum amount ng bank account namin roughly 30k. Okay lang ba yun ? And is it necessary to put plane itenirary and hotel reservation as well? I have read on other blogs na hihingin nila ung contact number ng hotel. I hope for your answer. Thank you so much! Great blog!

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  50. Hi Ms. Fehl,

    Ask ko lang if I have a chance to be approved. I just graduated last May 2015 and started working as a dentist last July2015 in our family clinic which is owned by my sister. This august, nagopen po kami new clinic but this time, under corporation na po siya and I’m one of the incorporators but not the main one 🙂 Mag apply ba ako as a self emplored or employed? 🙂 Then problem ko po, wala pa po kasi akong ITR since kakastart ko lang po. lilit po ba ung chance na ma approve ako dahil wala po ako itr? Ano kaya pwede maging alternative for the Itr? I’ll be attending a dental scientific congress po sa Seoul this coming April. Should I choose meeting/conference for my purpose of visit? And at the same time tourism din? 🙂 thank you so much.

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    • Not sure with your case but it would be easier if you had DTI and mayors permit since you’re self-employed professional right now

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      • Meron po ako copy ng SEC and mayor’s permit. Ang name po ng clinic nakalagay dun. But through put the copy of SEC, nakikita naman po ung name ko na isa ako sa mga incorporators 🙂 Okay lang po kaya un? Need ko din po ba ng diploma to show na kakagraduate ko lang kaya po wala akong itr?:) thank you.

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  51. A Korean invited us to visit their country for 3 days only. I want to visit him pero I don’t have any bank account pa, hindi pa nga ako graduate pero may job na po ako pero contractual pa lang. My mom is going also at sya naman senior citizen na ang may ipon naman kami sa bank kahit papano ang 40 years na siya nagtratrabaho sa isang government institution. Can those factors help me get my visa? Again, invitation letter from a Korean and my mom is a gov’t employee. Btw, my dad is an OFW and nag-iisang anak lang po ako so kahit papano may financial capacity naman po kami.

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    • I think you have a chance na ma-approve ang visa since employed ka although contractual, employed kapa din and your mom is employed too. Just complete the requirements and if may sponsor kayo from Korea, submit the requirements too

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  52. Hello, thank you for your article. Got a question though. I promised to someone that I’ll bring her with me to Korea but she just graduated in college and won’t be able to pass requirements like Bankt Cert, etc. What should we do? Answers will greatly be appreciated! Thanks!

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    • I just invited my fresh grad niece in college she doesn’t have a bank acc.but I sent mine instead but they didn’t accept her application cause she is not my own family the embassy says that I can invite only my parents and sisters/brothers only…I’m not sure if my answer will help you just tried though! ~^^~

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      • Hi Liza,

        About your reply. Really? They don’t allow nieces? Kasi I am planning to bring my niece to SoK as a graduation gift sa kanya coz she is a Kpop fan. I hope Ms. fehl can clarify this. Thanks

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      • Hi! May I ask what are the requirements you passed for you niece? I am also planning to travel with my daughter to SoKor because it’s my grad gift for her. She recently graduated and still having her vacation. Hoping for your reply. Thank you 🙂

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  53. Hi. Are you still active replying queries? Meron lang po ko itatanong and i hope na mareplyan nyu po ko since super confused na po ko.

    I’m going to travel korea by oct2016 po for 9days/8nights. I have no ITR since meron po kong tax exemption (below minimum wage lang po salary ko) but kukuha ako ng certificate sa BIR or khit sa employer ko nlng kung bkit wala akong tax na binabayaran. Pero when it comes to expenses naman po pagdating ko sakali sa korea, meron naman po ko tska sapat sa no. of days ng pag stay ko.

    Bale kung yung ipapasa kong requirements is COE, BC, BS, Cert. of Non-filling tax; i doubt po na magrant parin yung visa ko po since sa salary pa lang sa work ko po e mababa although may ipon naman ako sa savings ko po. Pano po kung magpa support ako sa Boyfriend ko pra lang iprove as assurance na babalik po ko dito sa pilipinas, need ko parin po ba magpasa ng Bank certificate/statement? ano po yung requirements kung magpa support po ko sa bf ko? Salamat po. Sana maka response po kayo..

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    • Since employed ka, I suggest follow the embassy’s requirements even if you will pass exemption certificate from BIR. Your Bank certificate and statement will prove your financial capacity anyway. The boyfriend thing is usually for Korean sponsor

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      • Hello po… ask ko po sana kung updated ITR at COE ang kelangan ipasa? Pano po kung one year na po akong walang work at nagsara na po yung dati kong work kya wala silang mabigay na ITR? paano po pag unemployed? Ok po ba kahit walang ITR at COE? Korean naman po bf ko

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    • Hello ask ko lang na approve ka ba even if your salary is below minumum? Ganon kasi ang case ko ngayon.. pero i can provide good bank cert that i can finance my trip.. will also include my parent as a sponsor.. please give me feedback please??

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      • having a six-figure or more bank account will help you get approve. Doesn’t matter if your salary is low as long as you can finance the trip and your docs are genuine, those are what matter most

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  54. Hello Ms. Fehl.
    Im planning to apply SK Tourist Visa to visit my bf working in Korea. Ang account po na gagamitin ko is may payroll account of which I always withdraw all the money during payday. So walang laman ang account ko, I’m worried na baka madeny application ko because of that. So, would it help po ba if I put my bf as my sponsor? Ano po additional requirements? He’s an American working in Korea. Another problem kasi if ilagay ko sya as sponsor, he is married and his divorce is still on process, would it complicate things?

    Another concern ko po is the ITR/Form 2316, since hindi pa vailable ang 2316 for the year 2015, can I use my 2316 covering year 2014?

    I would really appreciate your reply.

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  55. Hi Ms. Fehl, my ask po regarding po sa application ko sa tourist visa , employed po ako sa family business namin, sa sister ko po pinangalan yun family business . kailangan ko pa rin ba ng coe and itr? and the Same din po ang nilagay ko sa application ko na address at telephone no. since same address lang po yun house at business namin . Magkakaroon po kaya ng problema sa application ko?

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        • My sister applied on her own , she got denied, I have the same situation, natakot ako kasi ssiter ko dentist pero denied so II applied through agency, they were helpful namangood luck guys

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          • Hi Rd. Bakit denied sister mo? Does she has her own clinic or employed siya? Anong requirements pinasa nya? Thanks. At ano reason for denial ?

  56. Hi Ms. Fehl, my ask po regarding po sa application ko sa tourist visa , employed po ako sa family business namin, sa sister ko po pinangalan yun family business . kailangan ko pa rin ba ng coe and itr? and the Same din po ang nilagay ko sa application ko na address at telephone no. since same address lang po yun house at business namin . Magkakaroon po kaya ng problema sa application ko?

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  57. hi guys pleas help me. I have British boyfriend that work in Korea. I’ve been Korea before Nov 5 2013 -Sep 27 2015 i have E6 visa before. I want to go back to Korea as a tourist this coming Chinese New year or stay with him for 1 month Feb 5. I have also bank account but just already last Oct. I don’t have any work now. so I really don’t know where i’m gonna start and i really don’t know what is the requirements. Its is possible to have a vacation even if just came back home. I really love Korea very much. Hope Somebody helps me Thanks.

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  58. Good day Miss Fehl…aside from visiting mainly the SK embassy to the Philippines peraonally is there any url or personally known information regarding applyinh for multiple visa entry? Km currently in SK now.

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  59. Eh pano po kung kaoopen lang ang bank account wala pa po syang 3mons,makakakuha po ba kaya kmi ng bank cert.?tsaka pano po ung itr ko eh andito nmn po aq sa abroad?

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  60. Thanks for your blog. This is very helpful! Hi, this is Ronie. May gusto lang po akong itanong kasi, me and my friend is going to apply for tourist visa this coming next week And we;re just waiting for our bank Cert, and we’re good to go. But, I’ve seen in my ITR, there is a small mistake, is that they input a wrong date of my birthday, yung date lang naman po. And mahirap na po kung ibabalik ko pa po, at kuha ulit ng ITR. Ang tanong ko po ay, Hindi naman po ba ma question yun, mam? Secondly, Yung sa Bank Certificate, tungkol dun sa ADB. Kasi nag open kami ng account only for that show money, last Aug 28, 2015, saktong 3 months na po nung Nov 28, 2015. Ngayun po, d po namin makuha kung ano yung sa ADB, eh ang sabi nyu po dito sa blog nyu is 6 months. Ano po ibig sabihin po nun? Thanks

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    • ADB means Average Daily Balance, Nilalagay yan sa Bank Cetificate. Yan magpapatunay na hindi mo winithdraw yung savings mo. if you have 50k savings for 6 months tapos hindi mo winithdraw yung ADB mo is 50k din.
      In my case i had 49k. My ADB is 1500 kasi panay withdraw ako tapos deposit ulit. 😀

      Good luck sa application! 😀

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  61. Hi, question lang po…possible po ba na maapprove ako ng visa kapag wala akong bank statement..sabi kasi ng bank ko, ndi sila nag-issue ng bank statement for savings account..although kaya ko makapag-provide naman ng bank certificate..? TIA!

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    • Hi, Tin. It’s strange that you are not given a bank certificate. Did you tell the bank manager it is for visa purposes? I wonder what bank it is? The bank statement is also the Statement of Account where in you will find your transaction history while the Bank Certificate is more of a formal one, a formal certificate bearing the seal of the bank indicating you are indeed a bank client for ____ period with money amounting to ______ for example. With your question, it is better you provide all the docs requested by the embassy.

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  62. Hello po! im planning to visit korea next year but i have doubts with my average bank statement foe my application. But i’ll be travelling with my boyfriend & since he already has a visa since he was granted witj mutiple entry visa last year whem he vsisited. In this case, would it be better to pass the tickets that we will be travelling together and maybe his bank statement of account? Or do you have a better suggesstion? Kindly advise. Thanks po!

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  63. hello ms fehl i found it very informative and helpful tong blog mo, i was hoping you could also help me .in my situation, i have my sponsor in korea and wants me to study korean language so he enrolled me just 1semester (last for 3 mos.) so i will fall in C31 visa which is tourist visa.i am currently unemployed so i dont have itr,and coe. i have my bank account which just only 2mos opened. now i have gathered this req. my bank cert not less than 80k, my sponsors bank cert.sponsorship letter,, his bus.registration and itr i have also the Seoul national university admission letter and the school rgstration.would it be all enough??

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    • VISA REQUIREMENTS FOR STUDYING ABROAD

      1. Application Form
      2. Passport Original (6months valid)
      3. 1pc Passport size colored picture
      4. Copy of Passport First Page
      5. Original & Copy of valid visa and arrival stamps to OECD member countries for the past 5 years
      6. Philippines Last School Record Original
      7. NSO Birth Certificate
      8. Financial Supporting Document (if no scholarship grant)
      – Original Employment Certificate of Parents (issued within 30 days)
      – Original Bank Certificate of Parents/Applicant (issued within 30 days)
      : D2 visa (master or PhD) – amount should be USD 13,000 or more
      : D4 visa (Korean language course) – amount should be USD 5,000 or more
      *the amount may be changed if the applicant paid the tuition fee
      – Photocopy of Parents’ ITR (Income Tax Return)
      9. Original Admission Certificate from Korea (issued within 3 months)
      10. Business Permit of the University in Korea
      11. Scholarship Exchange Agreement (For Exchange Student only)
      12. Recommendation issued from Philippine School (For Exchange Student only)

      ■ Visa fee: Php 2,700
      ■ Processing time: 5 working days

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  64. Hi ms fehl. Just want to ask po kung ano po pede kong ipasa na requirements im not employed. My bf is working in Korea, can i just use his documents like bank account etc? Since he is the one who will finance me. Thanks

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  65. Hi, I am a US immigrant currently staying on Guam. My husband is in the US military and he is currently stationed in South Korea. I am planning to visit him next year. I will be flying from the Philippines to South Korea, What would be the requirements or visa type I need to show to the airline staff or the immigration in the philippines to avoid delation if there is I need to present. Thanks

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  66. good day,

    hi miss. fehl,
    this is renalyn tanong ko lang po pwede po bang kumuha ng tourist visa kahit wala akong sariling bank account, pero i have a bf working in korea i want visiting there ang ipapakita ko po sana na bank account eh, yong sa bf ko ano po bang mas magndang gwin para mapbilis po ang processing ng visa q, wla din po ako itr, bank account and passbook. pwde po bang passbook, at account ng bf ko yong iprepresent q sa embassy please reply to my gmail reynalyn.0423gmail.com

    please help me miss. fehl.

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  67. Hello,

    Please reply. I plan to go to South Korea within this year or next year. I finally got a job.
    So how much do I need to show the embassy how much I need to have? My main concerns are money.
    BIR. Tax return and show money. How much exactly. I have saved about only 20 thousand pesos only.
    Please help and reply. I need answers, because I read a lot but no one gave me the right answer.

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    • The requirements for EMPLOYED individuals are posted above. Make sure yours are complete. There is no specific amount indicated for bank statement

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  68. Hi Ms. Fehl! What if po pag-mag-apply together with family, okay lang po ba kung isang original copy lang ng bank cert ng parents, then ung sa children po, photocopies na lang? Thank you so much!

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      • Omg! Me and my passed our application in Korean embassy, We completed all the requirements but all the requirements was attatched to my moms application, Tinanggap naman yung application ko kahit wala akong copy ng Bank cert and Bank Statement. But as you said i need to pass my own copy too? Why do they accept my application kahit wal kong copy nung BC and BS? Will i be rejected because of that? OMG help! We will get our passport tomorrow 🙁 hoping that there will be a visa attached ???

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        • Hi po did u get a visa in korea ? I need help because my passport will release tomorrow and the embassy never called the office for verification.

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  69. Hi,
    Ilalagay po ba sa passport kung ilang days ako magstastay? Kasi me and my mom will go there this Christmas but she has to stay for 5 days for business purposes and I have to stay for 12 days. So my plan for Visa Application is I will put 5 days the potential length of stay. Kasi I’m worried that maapektuhan yung budget ko sa bank which nabasa ko sa ibang blog na nakadepende ung budget mo sa length of stay and baka magtataka sila bakit mauuna syang umuwi. Thank you.

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  70. Hi ms fehl I was invited by a friend staying there in korea. Is it enough an invitation letter for applying visa? I dont have bank acct but I do have a job but ni itr. Can u pls help me? I have an employment certificate. Thanks.

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    • Hi, you need to submit original copy of invitation letter as mentioned above and the requirements for employed individuals (bank statement, COE, bank certificate, ITR)

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  71. hello maam fehl need ko po advice nyo apply po sna ako for tourist visa s korea boyfriend ko po from slovenia sponsor ko his working there…. wla po ako work ok n po b ung invitation from him pra s embassy need ko po help nyo thanks po

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  72. Hi Ms. Fehl 🙂

    I just graduated last May2015. And i recently passed the board exam for dentist. I’m working in our clinic but the clinic is named under my brother. I have my TIN number na din. Complete requirements naman ako for the visa except for the ITR. I’m not sure lang kung under employed ba ako or self-employed 🙂 plan ko po kasi mag vacation on April 2016. By the time na mag apply ako on January, wala pa din ako ITR. Any advice po for my problem? Thank you in advance 🙂

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  73. Hi, I am currently unemployed but i do have a business pero sa wife ko naka pangalan. I am also working on side projects which gives me atleast 95k a month deposited directly to my bank account here in ph. pero i do not have a contract with the employer and i’ve been working with them for 3 years na since every month may bagong project. Wala na akong ITR as en employee pero yung business namin complete with ITR and other business documents. Can i still use it kahit sa wife ko naka pangalan? Will it help kung makakapag show naman ako ng proof that i can fund my self and my wife through my bank certificate?

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  74. Hi ms fehl…pls.help me po…i have a korean boyfriend po..my baby nren po kme 4months old…but hndi pa po kme ksal..plan po nmen pmunta ng korea just tour visit ng pamilya nya pra mkita po baby at ma register sa korea ang baby nmen..pls help nmn po if possible poba na mka pnta kme ng baby nmen sa korea..

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  75. good day Maam Fehl,
    i am currently working in saudi arabia as occupational therapist and my husband is a family driver. i just want to know if all requirements stated in your blog is applicable if we are about to apply in the consulate of south korea here in saudi arabia. thank you so much.

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  76. Hi, I got my bank certificate and statement today and planning to apply after my SG/KL travel (1 week after today). With that I need to withdraw a substantial amount in my account. Probably half of the current amount will be withdrawn. My question is, does the embassy call the bank to check the current balance if what is reflected in the certificate is still the same? Thanks!

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    • Hi good morning. Ask ko Lang po Sana. If how many percent sure that I get approve on my application. I have bank certificate with 200k In it. I have a dti. Mayors permit and its.

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  77. Hi, I read a blog early this year that visa applicants who have been previously granted with OECD Visas are no longer required to issue bank accounts/statements. Is this still applicable since the new guidelines were released (beginning March 1, 2015)? My husband and I had our honeymoon in Japan last December 2014 and I just booked a ticket to Seoul to celebrate our first wedding anniversary. I’m planning to apply for Korean Visa in September/October. Thank you very much!

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  78. Hi Ms.Fehl,
    Ask ko lng po if what poh kailngng gawin if ung kukuha visit visa is a minor and d pa nagstart class nia.1st time nia po magtravel dun to visit her tita and d poh nia kamag-Anak ung kasama niang pupunta ng Korea.Pls.Help me kasi naguguluhan ako sa mga requirements nia.Thank you

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  79. Hello! Good Day~~ Im planning to visit Busan in Korea this October, but this will be my first time to process passports and visa, Im asking for help because I really don’t know where to start,. Im living in Bacolod City, Im working as Korean English tutor but I don’t have any bank accounts yet, my friends are just inviting me to come.

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  80. Hi Ms. Fehl
    Ask ko lang How to get a Double Entry C3 Visa? Same din ba un sa pag kuha ng single entry visa? at may bayad ba un? Lagi kasi ako pumunta ng korea.Hoping for your quick response. thank you very much

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  81. Hello Ms. Fehl
    Good Day to you ! You helped me a lot about getting Korean Visa for twice already and i am thankful to you!
    Anyway. I would just like to ask something to you ms. fehl and i will be needing your answer as soon as possible.
    Ms. Fehl I got my visa again last june 1, 2015. and i already went to korea last june 15 to july 4. The visa i got is C3 single. I just came back from korea last july 4, 2015. and my visa will expire on september 1 2015. Can i still use the visa and go to korea before my visa expires?

    And also Ms. Fehl I heard that all the issued visa On march to june, Will not be effective for only 3 months, i heard that the visa will be effective for 6 months due to Mers Cov Issue in korea . Is that correct?
    Hoping for your quick response. thank you very much for you help 🙂

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  82. @aires if you are obly going to visit Jeju Island, it’s free. Take a direct flight going to Jeju, there’s a flight going to Jeju with connecting flight in Hongkong. Manila-Hongkong-Jeju but still be praised because the Korean immigration might ask you some questions.

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  83. Hi! I just graduated last May 2015. And I’m currently reviewing for the upcoming CE board exam this November. Ask ko lang po kung ano po ung requirements po para sa akin? I’m confused, kasi hindi na ako student and hindi pa ako employed. Hope you can answer me. Thank you! 😉

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  84. Hi po. If my COR does not state the email address of our HR Manager, will it affect may visa application? Thanks

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  85. Hi po I would like to ask some questions regarding Korean Visa.
    I`m Ana Tiongson, Registered Pharmacist.

    I`m working po as a Regulatory Pharmacist. My Salary is P21,000 net of tax.
    but sa ITR ko po dinideclare lang ng company is Minimum Wage so. P8,500/month lang po ako. Annual ITR- P102,000.

    Ang plano ko po sana gawin is ideclare sa COE ko yung Salary:
    For Example;
    Salary: 8,500
    Transpo Allowance: 6,500
    Food Allowance: 6,000
    para po maging P21,000.

    Nagwoworry lang po ako kasi baka madeny ako.
    Tama po ba yang ggwin ko?

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  86. Hi I am married to a UK Citizen, we have a son, I am a Housewife and live here in Philippines. Me and my husband are planning to Visit in SK early next year Is it possible for me to obtain a tourist Visa?

    Will really appreciate your reply..
    thanks so much:)

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  87. hi ms fhel..we already booked a flyt po to SK on january 2016. This will be our honeymoon as we were getting married this year december. Employed po ako so mkkpgsubmit po ako ng mga requirements pero ang question ko po is pano po ung fiance ko.. seaman po kasi xa then by oct po ang uwi nya so it means unemployed na po xa kasi nkabakasyon po xa..wala dn po xa ITR since d po sila nagbbyad ng tax..ano po maiiadvice nyo sa amin para po sa pede namen submit for his requirements? thank you po..

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    • Pwedi padin naman sya mag-apply. Submit his seaman’s book and current contract to prove na naghihintay nalang sya ng work but of course the decision will be from the embassy. Good luck!

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      • Hi Miss fehl,
        I had a multiple UK visit visa and I had travel twice in England. I just got back in Philippines last June 15 2015.
        May I ask po sana kase I want to travel and visit SK this September, what documents do I need to provide? And I want my niece sana to accompany me, traveling to SK, (first time nya mag flight) she’s 22 yrs old and unemployed and not a student, dito lang sya sa bahay ksama ng nanay ko.
        Pano po kaya ang best namen n gawin para ma approved kame pareho in case mag apply kame. Anu pong documents kaya pede ko I provide para sa kanya?
        Pls… Reply…..
        Thank U po and more power…. Your blogs really help…

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  88. Hi Ms. Fehl,

    I just want to ask kung totoo bang pwde mag-appeal sa Korean Embassy once they refused your application? Nabasa ko kasi sa ibang forum at thread na meron mga umaapila.. May ticket na kasi kami, since promo, sayang naman kung mababalewala.

    We’re denied kasi yesterday. Complete naman po ang docs namin, valid passport, COE, ITR, Bank Cert. (Incl Bank Statement and Passbook), we also went to Japan last April 2015.. The reason of denial is that we “failed to prove the purpose of entry.” 🙁

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  89. Hi Ms. Fehl
    I have few questions because i will be going to korean embassy this tuesday.

    First Question:
    I travelled already before in SK last august 2014 and i got C3 that time. and on tuesday i will be applying again for C3 to go SK this june for 2nd time. . Is it mean that im a frequent traveller who can take the advantage of having 3 working days only to get the visa?

    Second Question:
    With regards to the new added requirements, when my mom asks to her bank a bank certificate and a bank statement, they only gave one paper and the paper they gave to my mom.. its all there. the account type, balance, everything is there. will the embassy accept that even its a 2 requirements in one paper?

    Third Question:
    Will i still be needing the photocopy of my mom’s passport because when i checked to the website of korean embassy there is no indicated photocopy of parent’s passport there. Just asking only because what my concern is that my mom and i are too far from each other and we just meet just yesterday for the requirements but without that photocopy of passport.

    Thank you very much ms. fehl for your quick responses. I will be needing the answers because i already have a ticket and my flight will be on june. I want to get my visa asap. Thanks Hoping for your quick response. thanks ms. fehl. you’ve been very helpful for all people here since then. 🙂 ^^

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    • Hi. Sorry for late reply here. I’ve been to Cebu and was away from my computer.
      1. Frequent Travellers, according to Korean Embassy, are those who have visited Korea more than twice within 4 years.
      2. I think the bank statement is the latest bank statement (debits and credits) for the last 3 months. Bank Certificate is a certified copy of the account (account type, account opening, balance and 6 months ADB)
      3. I suggest to still bring a extra copies always

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  90. Hi Ms. Fhel,

    I found your blog very helpful and i thank you for all your input. You might gonna help me since Korean Embassy doesn’t response in my email. My husband and i are planning to have a vacation on July this year, actually we do have our ticket already. My documents are already complete, but i don’t know what should an ofw will be presenting in applying a tourist visa? He’s working in New Zealand. I appreciate your help. Thank you so much!

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  91. Just found out your site really reliable and helpful for Filipinos who are applying for Visa. Like ko lang po sana hingi advise regarding what visa to apply nag pla-plan po kc kame ng mga friends ko mag tour this year in Korea and medyo alanganin po ako sa mga requirements since ang work ko as of now is homebased which is naka based po sa US and wala pong TAX na naibabawas sa salary namin. So in this case if ever na kuha po ako ng TOURIST VISA for employees wala po akong ITR na maippkita.. meron nmn po kaming family business but hndi po nakapangalan to me ung business. My other friends advised me na try po ung Tourist Visa for students since may kakilala daw po siyang staff from school na pede nmin hingian ng school certificate 🙂 hmm ano po kayang magandang applyan for Touris Visa?

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    • I suggest you apply as Self Employed (freelancer) coz you are not a student. The embassy might still request for tax return because you are a self employed professional. Maybe you want to register yourself sa BIR first para ok kana and just submit sa embassy a copy of registration proving kakastart mo lang as SE-Professional.

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  92. Hi! Mag aapply po kami ng friend ko ng visa for SK. May additional requirements po ba siyang kailangan ipasa kasi po minor pa po siya and ang kasama naming matanda sa trip ay ang mom ko. Pati po hindi pa po siya nakakapag enroll because sa UP po ay july pa ang enrollment eh ngayong june po kami kukuha ng visa. Ako naman po ay nakapagenroll na sa UST pero wala pa po kaming ID. Ano pong dapat naming isubmit kung ganun? Thank you po

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  93. Good day, Ms. Fehl,

    Ask lang po if required pa po b visa to South Korea if you are a US green card holder/ permanent resident in the US? I am still holding my Philippine passport. Please help. thanks po.

    EJ Sanchez

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    • If you’re already a US citizen and you’re using US Passport, you can visit South Korea without a visa for 90 days or less

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  94. Hi Ms. Fehl,

    Ano po mga requirements kung senior citizens na mag asawa po ang mag aaply for visa? May invitation na po sila from korea, ano pa po ang dadalhin na ibang papers?

    Thanks po.

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  95. Hi,

    Is there any chance for a housewife to get a VISA to Korea with no employment, and business but has a sponsor to shoulder expenses for the whole stay?

    Sponsors are her children and relatives in the Philippines.

    Thanks

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  96. Hi Ms. Fehl,

    ihave questions hope you can help me with

    Im going to apply for the visa tom. im invited by a school in korea which we had MOU with…. in the form # 35, guarantor, should i put the School or my korean boss who will bw coming with me in Korea?

    And our resort under our company does not have tel no. since telephone company cant put up any connections here. is it okay to just put my boss # in the employment certificate and in the form…?

    Is the copy of the passbook enough? my bank statement will be released on tue pa.i have my bank certificate already.

    please answer po…

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  97. Hi Ms. Fehl,
    ask ko lang po, anu po ba ang kukunin na visa kung 3days lang po mag stay sa korea???
    I really appreciated your answer.. Thanks & Godbless po

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    • Hello po! I recently graduated from college and currently reviewing po for CPA board exam.. Anong requirements po ang kelangan?

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  98. Hello po!!! I just want to ask po if we need to submit a travel clearance? My sister and I are both students. I’m 19 and she’s 16..Or we can secure a travel clearance after getting the result of our visa application? Thank you!!!

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  99. Good day ms. fhel,

    my family, four of us, is planning to apply for Korean visa next week.
    we are applying as a family/group. Is it possible if we could just submit 1 original copy of the proof of income together with the other requirements?

    or…Do we need to have 4x original copy of my parent’s bank certificate &bank statements? and complete individually all the requirements even we are going to submit it in one window?

    Thank you in advance 🙂

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    • Hi Sharmaine,

      What happened to your visa application as a family? Were you all approved? I also have the same question at the moment (if I need to submit 4x original copies or just one set of requirements for the group application).

      Hope to receive any advice from you. Thanks 🙂

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      • Hi,

        I applied for SK visa as a family, there was 4 of us. I am the only one who is employed. My husband has a business but does not have ITR and other requirements so I declared him as unemployed. Unfortunately, he was denied. Only my 2 kids and I were approved.

        Now I do not know how I’d travel SK without my husband.

        Anyone has an idea on how to appeal?

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  100. Hello po!!! I just want to ask lang po regarding sa bank statement…since sinabi 3 months, so magpapass po kami ng 3 bank statements? For the month of January, Feb and March po? We’ll lodge our papers na po kasi bukas heheh thanks po!!!

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  101. Hi there, quick question with the new requirements from the SK government on Filipinos traveling to SK. would that still affect the C-3 visa? my girlfriend is Filipino and lives in the Philippines. But i am here working in SK. I want to bring her here so that she can come visit, and be a tourist. She is not a student or has a job. Any suggestions?

    Thank you in advanced.

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    • I think it also affects the C-3 visa because the Filipino applying needs to submit some of the requirements mentioned in the new policy. If your gf has no job, request Certificate from BIR indicating she’s not paying taxed or she’s exempted

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  102. Hi Fehl,

    I’ve been meaning to travel to SK. However, just a month ago, the company that I’ve been working for decided to stop its operations here in the Philippines. I can submit all the required documents (bank statement/certificates included) but since I’m currently in between jobs, I don’t have any COE to provide. What are my options?

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  103. Isa po akong OFW sa Kuwait for 6yrs till now, paano po ba makKuha ng working visa for Korea, at magkano po ba ang placement fees. I want to work in Korea. Thanks for the info.

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  104. Hi ms. Fhel .. I will process my visa na po End of this month so .. Since I’m self employed.. Ready na po yung .. BUSINESS PERMIT , BANK STATEMENT , ITR ko .. Meron pa po ba akong kelangan na e-submit aside sa tatlong hawak ko ngayun ? Also I have all the requirements na sa bf ko na mag e-envite sakin sa Korea .. So pretty sure ok na yung mga requirements Nya .. I want to stay there at least 3 months and yung money ko sa bank is almost 200k na po .. Ok nakaya yan ? Please need your advice , Baka may Iba pa akong pwedeng ilagay sa mga requirements ko 🙂 I’m excited to process my visa na kasi .. Hehe ! Thank you have a bless day

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  105. Hi Ms.Fehl,
    Need ur advice please…
    My american boyfriend want to traveL SK at sya po ang mag e-sponsor lahat ng expences ko to travel..rightnow He is in america and im here in Taiwan so paano pong proceso gagawin namin..at anong mga documents para makakuha kmi ng SK VISA..specially ako dahil sa PH po aq magpaprocess if ever..
    Thank u so much..
    Pls let me know soon..
    GOD bless you

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    • ASK KULANG PO KNG PWEDE GAMITIN YNG I.T.R CARD NUMBER NAGAMIT KO SYA PAGBAYAD NG TAX SA HOUSE MGA 1 YEAR PALANG NAG PAY DOON AT LITTLE BUSENESS LIKE SARI SARI STORE OKEY PABA SYANG GAMITIN….THEN HOW MUCH COST THE SHOW MONEY IN TOURIST VISA IN KOREA..OR KNG MAGANDA MAGPA GARANTOR AKO SA BF SA KOREA SYA MAG WORK ITS OKEY LNG BA BUT HIS FROM NORWAY?PLEASE REPLY MY ACCOUNT ..THANK YOU SO MUCH

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  106. Hi! I’m applying for a student visa this April. I have a concern about my parent’s support documents. My mom is an ofw, and she doesn’t have a bank account here in Manila. But she has a bank in her place of work. Can I submit my personal bank statement & certificate (which is where she sends money) ? Or should I
    include also her bank statement from her bank abroad?

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  107. Good evening po. May I ask if I can extend my stay in Korea for one day? I will be going back to the Philippines and we will be transiting at Incheon airport going to Manila flight. For example, I will be arriving in Korea at April 26 and I want to extend my stay until April 27. Do I still need to apply for Korean Visa? and if ever I will going to apply, I am still a student, Do I need to submit the requirements for students you have posted above? Thank You 🙂

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  108. Hi Ms. Fehl

    I’ll be travelling with some friends in SK for an 8-day visit. I already graduated from college and taking up my master’s degree. But, I am unemployed at the moment. So the nearest qualification for my visa application is for students, is that right?!

    The friends that I’ll be going with are all employed, aside from my parents affidavit of support, should I still ask for one of them to back me up?

    My parents don’t have passports yet, are there any remedies for this? Because I’ve seen from some post that it wasn’t listed on the requirements submitted.

    Thank you.

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  109. Hi Ms. Fehl 🙂

    Isa po akong home base Online teacher for almost 3 years,ang manager ko po ay isang Korean nationality,at ininvite nya akong mkapunta don at sya ang magbabayad sa lahat ng gagastusin. wala nmn po akong bank account at ITR ano po ba ang dpat gawin?

    Please help me if what to do.Thank you!

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  110. Hi Ms.Fehl,

    Ask ko lang po panu po if walang ITR. Dito po ako work pinas as freelance Inspector ang contract ko nasa hongkong so dun po nangagaling sahod. parang overseas employee ako, Un lang po problema ko ITR. may coe po ako at bank cert.. Mabibigyan kaya ako ng visa?salamat

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    • You still need ITR coz you are a resident of Phil and you are earning outside the Phil. thus you’re required to file/pay tax

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  111. I don’t have ITR so i need employment certificate indicating na wala pa akong ITR, can any help me to make employment certificate.

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  112. Hi ms.fhel..eto po mga requirements ko..COE but wlng itr kc wla sa min. wage..bank cert and bank statement..invitation letter from my korean boyfriend..COE of my korean boyfriend..photocopy of his passport and affidavit of fiancial support from my boyfriend..is it possible na mgrant ako sa visa?im confused..

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    • I suggest you get a certificate indicating why you have no ITR or why you’re exempted from tax. Then I think all is good

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  113. Hai po ms fehl.:-)
    Ask q lng po. Ang GF q po ih gustong kmuha ng korean tourist visa. Since ang sister nya po ay nsa south korea and nkpag asawa ng koreoano knsal cla d2 sa pinas. Ang Gf q po ih contructual ang work d2 pinas ih dba po min. Wage lng ang contratual so wlang tax. Wla dn po syang back account or cert. So prang unemployed po ang labas nya. So ano po mgndang gawin kc lahat ng gastusin ih shoulder na po ng asawa ng sister nya. So ano po mbisang mga supportive documents pra mkatulong po sa pagkuha ng GF q ng visa po.. thnx po sa help..:-)

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    • I suggest she still get COE and a certificate from the BIR indicating she is exempted from tax coz she’s a minimum wage earner.

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      • HELLO po Miss Fehl ask ko lang po paano po pag walang bank account? OFW po ako sa saudi ngayon plan ko po mag vacation to korea on december … ano po ipe present ko para makakuha ng Visa? e wala po ako bank account .. hoping for your response .salamt

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  114. Hi, just want to ask, im a graduating student, and im planning to visit my US military boyfriend who will be assigned in seoul south korea this june 2015, im 24 yo. i have my parents COE, ITR, affidavit of suppor and bank account. do you think i still need to get my bf’s invitation letter, military order?? since my parents are the one who will pay for everything naman. and my parents are not willing to show their saving account so they provided me a new one but it only has 100k, do you think i have a big chance to be accepted and granted a visa?

    thanks for reading my comment and help, 🙂

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  115. HI GUYS!! I would like to THANK YOU MISS FEHL FOR THIS AWESOME BLOG. After reading your blog and end up stressing myself on what, where, how to get the requirements (for almost 2 months) to the point of losing my hope of submitting, and granting a visa. Because of this blog, I was able to find answers! AND VOILA! Last week, My Boyfriend and I decided to submit our application, and after that…WE WERE GRANTED A VISA! *paaaartyyy~* even if we are first time travellers..hihihi So, I wanted to share MY EXPERIENCE~

    Well, I applied for a STUDENT VISA so here are list of requirements I submitted:

    1. Application Form
    2. 1 piece of Passport size colored picture
    3. Original Passport
    4. Photocopy of Passport Bio-page (page 2)
    5. Original School Certificate
    6. Photocopy of my School Assessment (this can also be the White form/Schedule or whichever form that will prove you’re currently enrolled in your school.)
    7. Photocopy of School ID
    8. Photocopy of NSO Birth Certificate
    9.Affidavit of Support (in my case, from my boyfriend)
    10.My Bf’s Bank Statement (original Copy)
    11.Parents’ Passport Bio-page (photocopy)
    12.My Dad’s Bank certificate and STATEMENT OF ACCOUNT(from his SSS savings account)
    13.Certificate of Non-filing of Income tax (from BIR) (original copy)
    14.(Original Copy) Certificate of Employment (My dad is a retired employee/senior citizen. I requested this from his past employer—the company where he retired)—-stating the he was an employee there from year 19xx-20xx…

    Requirements for Certificate of Non-filing of Income Tax
    WHAT’S THIS?!>>>>NON-FILING OF INCOME TAX are only applicabe for INDIGENTS/SENIOR CITIZEN/RETIRED EMPLOYEES/HOUSEWIFE/EMPLOYED BUT HAS BELOW 6K MONTHLY INCOME.

    NOTE: ASK the nearest BIR Office for requirements needed for this kind of certification. It’s really awesome if you’ll ask them first, the list below will only guide you on what, who and where to get it. It always depends on the BIR Office that you’ll visit and ask 😉 they’ll also ask the purpose of requesting such certification. 🙂 ALWAYS BE NICE TO THEM because they might interview you hahahaha
    LIST:
    1. A formal letter to the District Head Officer and photocopy it for two (2) copies.
    2. Affidavit, you can get this from the authorized employee in BIR—should be notarized, two copies (1 for father and 1 for mother)—-once signed and notarized photocopy it for two copies each.
    3. Certficate of residency (you can request this at your baranggay hall stating that your parents are residents in the baranggay)—the baranggay may request for an updated cedula of your parents and/or YOUR cedula. Just be prepared for this and also don’t forget your ID because they may or may not require a cedula. In my case, I only presented my ID and my parents’ photocopy of passport as their ID. THERE’S A FEE—It depends on certification fee that your baranggay will ask from you.
    4. IF REQUIREMENTS FROM 1-3 are ready, go back to BIR and present the Affidavit to the cashier and tell thedm you’kk need it for certification and
    5. Buy documentary stamp (I paid Php 130)
    6. SUBMIT IT! and wait for a few minutes and they will give you the certificate. 😀

    ADDITIONAL INFORMATION
    *prepare an SSS Static Info of your mom/dad—in case the embassy will ask for it. You can request this at SSS Office. In my case, the consul did not ask for it since my boyfriend will be the one to support me in my travel. You might need this IF your parents will be the one who will financially support you of your travel.
    *In the AFFIDAVIT from BIR, you’ll fill up a particular blank wherein it will state WHERE does your parents get their income to sustain your family’s needs and etc.IF THE INCOME THAT THEY GET IS FROM (let’s say…) someone’s supporting your family aka BREAD WINNER…prepare an Affidavit stating that your family’s bread winner (an ATE/KUYA/TITA/TITO and the like~) been supporting your family and etc. You can also photocopy the latest remittance form or receipts or any proofs that will support the affidavit.
    *IF you have a bread winner like an ATE/KUYA who has stable job, you can request a photocopy of their ITR. prepare an AFFIDAVIT OF SUPPORT FOR THEM, THEIR BANK CERTIFICATE, BANK STATEMENT OF ACCOUNT, AND CERTIFICATE OF EMPLOYMENT
    *ALL AFFIDAVITS SHOULD BE SIGNED BY THE AFFIANT, ATTORNEY, SEALED AND NOTARIZED.
    NOTE: These additional information will not guarantee of granting a visa. These are only supporting documents or infos IN CASE your parents are retired, cannot totally support you for your travel, if you are supported by other person and etc. BECAUSE EVERYONE SEEMS TO BE HAVING A HARD TIME ON GETTING AN ITR, BANK CERTIFICATE AND BANK SOA FROM THEIR PARENTS. THESE ARE ONLY ALTERNATIVE DOCUMENTS. 😉 I hope these would help a lot.

    PS. From what I have observed the embassy/consul are kinda generous in granting STUDENTS a Visa because of the school documents that they will submit, because it only means that there’s a high chance/possibility that they’ll be back in the PH. BUT it WILL ALSO AND ALWAYS depends on WHO WILL FINANCIALLY SUPPORT OF THEIR TRAVEL IN KOREA. 😀

    —K.

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    • Yay, I’m so happy your visas got approved. Enjoy your travel to Korea! Thank you for sharing your experience. I’m sure it will help many people here. Cheers!

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      • Hi ms. Fehl i and my swedish boyfriend will be going to manila but im employed i just want to asked how much should be the maintaining balance to my bank to be approved for tourist visa..?thanks

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    • Hi ..pano pag meron lang akong employment certificate pero wala akong ITR ? Meron akong ITR but sa online shopping business ko .. OK nkaya Yun ? and need paba Yung ID ko sa tinatrabahu.an ko ?

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  116. Hi mam. ask ko if possible mapprove
    . I am bank emplyee. I can provide bank cert of 150k-200k, marriage contract, Itr, coec. my prob is my Husband . he will end his contract as an ofw From saudi. I ask him to get a letter explanation re: tax exemption as u suggesteD Since end of contract sia pede nb ung certificate nya ng clearance/cert. of contract? Lumalabas kasi no work n na sya paguwi diba. Punta kami korea paguwi nya. But I already want to book ticket pra mura. What are our chances??? What else pede adtinal reqts?

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    • Try to apply and see how it will go. 🙂 It will be a challenge with your husband since he’s no longer employed then. I don’t suggest submitting Clearance coz it’s not COE unless the embassy requested it. You can maybe submit Affidavit of Support indicating you will support your husband on your travel.

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      • Hi ma’am,meron po ako sister in law sa sk,pwede po ba nya ako invite? At ano po ang mga requirements na kailangan?

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  117. seen in some article that if you have been to OECD countries like Japan, they will not ask you to submit a bank cert? is it true?

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    • According to their site, “starting May 13, 2014, all Visa applicants with unused tourist Visa to the OECD member countries, will be considered as first time travellers, and thus, should apply at window 1 or window 2.

      Only those who have travelled as tourist to the OECD member countries within 5 years will be exempt from submitting ITR copy and may apply at window 3 (frequent travellers).

      For those who have travelled to Korea, only those who have visited more than twice within 4 years will be considered frequent travellers.

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      • Hi question can i be considered a frequent traveller ? if i visited 3 OECD country within 5 year.. without submitting any itr

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  118. Hi Ms. Fehl! I am applying for my 4th visa to SK this month. And I just went to BPI to get a bank cert and bank statement. Problem is they can give ADB only for the last 3months not 6 months.. They told me it’s their format for bank cert. Will this be okay already? Thank you and God Bless po!

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    • The embassy requires last 3 months record for bank statement but 6 months for bank certificate. I don’t know if that would be accepted but you can try since BPI mentioned it’s their standard/uniform format

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  119. Hi, if i will travel with my parents and i am still a student, do I still need to have the documents like copy of their bank certificate,etc.?

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  120. Hi ms.fehl,

    Kumusta po? I just went back from korea po last feb. 19 as a single entry visa, and i need to travel again this march to korea. if i travel once po pwede po bang mag apply ng multiple visa? Bka mg trvel din po ako kc ng april, galing na rin po ako ng japan. kailngan ko po bang ilagay sa application that i am requesting for a multiple visa? Regards po sa document complete po ako, gamit ko pong bank KEB, nag request po ako ng bank certificate indicating ung account type, current balance , acc.date at 6 mnths average balance. Ang kso meron po silang sariling format, and ang bnigay po nilang statement of account e yung previous 6 mnths. Ang sbi po nila i coconsider na ng embassy un. Ok lang po kaya un? Walang nka sulat if kelan ako nag open? Pro ung statement of account ung previous 6 mnths .

    Salamat po sa pagbasa at pag tugon.

    GODBLESS.

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  121. Hi Ms. Fehl,

    I saw you’re very active in answering your readers’ questions here. So here’s my case:

    I am going to SK with my friend. He is Filipino but is for 7 years now. We will be going to Korea from here. If he wants to apply for a visa here in Manila, he’ll need to submit the requirements the same as those in the Employed category. Our problem is, he will be resigning from his job before going here (he’s 19yrs old). Eh I called the embassy and the lady there said that everyone who’ll apply for a visa needs to have a job. Sobrang labo po ng case namin. And I don’t know kung maiintindihan mo po 🙁

    Question po,

    Any changes po ba after mabigyan ng visa, kailangan pa sila (embassy) i-notify? Or is it good to go once we have the visa? Ang plano ko po kasi i-apply na po namin yung visa namin, habang may work pa sya dun. At least may maipapasa kaming requirements ngayon.

    And yung Visa Requirement exemption po na “If transiting only to SK and going to the US, Canada, Australia, Japan, New Zealand and with confirmed onward ticket to those 3rd countries”, ilang araw po kaya pwede etong mag stay sa Korea? Baka po bawal mag overnight? Kasi po kung sobrang komplikado nung magiging requirements nya, balak ko nalang po padiretsuhin sya umuwi na ulit ng Canada after namin mag SK 🙁

    Super TIA.

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    • SK is very strict with tourist visa as a matter of fact they now require strict requirements starting March 1, 2015:

      1. Certificate of Employment

      – must include applicant’s position, date hired, compensation, address, office landline number(cell-phone number is not allowed), e-mail address.

      2. Bank Certificate

      – must include account type, current balance, account opening date, 6 months average balance (ADB)

      3. Bank Statement

      – original or certified true copy of bank statements/passbook for the last 3 months

      4. Income Tax Return copy

      – with personal tin number

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      • hi mam,,im ofw here in hongkonb,,,plan q po mg tourist s korea this vacation ko s philippines,,,my vacation po aq 2 weeks i want to spend myb5 days in korea,,,wala po aq itr,,but i have a contract en visa n proof n need ko bumalik d2 s hongkong on september,,,

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  122. Hello po ms. Fhel .. Yung American boyfriend ko na mag sponsor sakin .. Pupunta sya dito sa Phil’s para tulungan akong mag apply ng visa .. Do I still need his invitation letter , or wla na yun ? Then meron po na kayung example ng invitation letter ? Please po . Need answer kasi first week sa April mag pa-process Naako ng visa 🙂

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  123. hi miss fhel..i’ve been from Japan for a 2wks tour and planning to visit SK next month for a 5day tour also.,I just read in mofa/kr requirements for tourist that if you have OECD visa you’ll be exempt from submitting itr. and also they are asking now bank statement plus the bank certificate. How true is this Mam?.. Thanks and God bless. I have a little business by the way.

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    • Yes, starting March 1, 2015 there you need to comply with their specific requirements. I will post the update today in the article above.

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  124. My family is planning to visit korea next year. If we apply for the tourist visa, do we need to bring our kids during the application of the visa?
    thaNk you

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  125. hi ms. fhel…thanks for giving advises/tips to those who wants to get korean visa.
    ask ko lang, my aunties are planning to visit SK on a group tour and they already have plane ticket and accommodation. Three of them are plain housewife, and their expenses will be shouldered by their other sister who has her own business. Do you think they can still get visa? Will affidavit of support, birth certificate (to establish their relationships) and my tita’s business permit, registration and bank certificate will suffice?

    They usually travel as a group and have been to vietnam and HK together.
    Thanks

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  126. good pm ms fehl. may bago po reqt sa sk embassy. just saw the news fr abscbn. and wen i check d embassy’s website, meron pla sa “visa announcement” page na new reqt including bank statement for 3 mos.
    sa tuesday na sana ako mag pass reqts. should i go on kht wala bank statement? most kc ng money is dedeposit ko lng s mon. show money lng tlga. so kung bank statement baka ma question ung biglang paglaki ng money? need advice po!
    thanks!

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  127. Hello ms fehl..ask ko lang po im employed po but almost 3 months plng so i dont have itr..and now my korean fiance want me to visit in his place..what documents i need to get approved ?i had invitation letter and my fiance certificate of employment..and he will provide all my expenses..do i still need bank certificate?pls help me.

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    • hi joan,
      as far as I know you still need to show your bank certificate(yun isang brother ko na nainvite ko he only have 15k in his bank pero na grant visa nya) yun isang brother ko na ini ininvite ko lately they are asking his bank certificate kaya pinag open ko sya ng bank kaso doon sa bank sabi nila they don’t issue bank cert.not unless 6months matured un account kasi yun din daw ang hinahanap sa pag aapply ng visa(di ko alam kun new policy nanaman un!) dapat daw 6months existing account daw yun bank certificate kaya we’re still waiting to matured his bank account. = (

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  128. hi!ask q lng if mag apply aq ng tourist visa meron b clang mininum for the bank certific8?ska ano po ba yung mga example ng questions s embassy?

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  129. hi fehl ..
    ask q lng po pg ininvite k ng korean frnd .. anu2 ung mga requirements n need ? .. need p dn po b ng itr ‘ employment cert. and personal bank acct.? .. or original copy of invitation and a copy of passport lang ?..

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  130. Ms. Fehl, sorry for being makulit. But I really need your advice 🙁 Thanks!

    My bf n i are planning to go 2 korea. since he is a freelance photographer, he doesnt have itr n coe. only bank docs. question ko is, on your opinion, what will be better, a. ilagay nmn na ako mag sponsor s trip nya ( im currently employed) or b. magpasa sya ng sya ung mag shoulder ng trip nya kht bank cert lng meron sya?
    btw, do u think 100k is enough n nka deposit s acct ko assuming im sponsoring r trip? 5 days ang mggng stay nmn.

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      • Hi Ms. Fehl thanks for your reply. Do I still need to make an Affidavit of Support?
        Also, will it be an advantage if we will show we already have roundtrip ticket & hotel accommodation?

        Thanks!

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        • You need affidavit of support if someone is sponsoring your trip and accommodation for you. Don’t buy tickets yet because those are not really requierments

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      • Hi,
        Greetings from Pandora Travel and Tours!
        We are newly registered company and first to have a client going in SK for 10 days and a quite confusing for us…She has her Italian resident and just got her vacation here in the Philippines. We read all the requirements for her to comply for the visa. Since she has no bank account here (Philippines), but has the means to show she is capable to finance her tour, what are the other requirements she must to submit for granting a tourist visa?
        Please advise.

        Thanks,

        Pandora Travel and Tours

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  131. hi po. my bf n i are planning to go 2 korea. since he is a freelance photographer, he doesnt have itr n coe. only bank docs. question ko is, on your opinion, what will be better, a. ilagay nmn na ako mag sponsor s trip nya ( im currently employed) or b. magpasa sya ng sya ung mag shoulder ng trip nya kht bank cert lng meron sya?
    btw, do u think 100k is enough n nka deposit s acct ko assuming im sponsoring r trip? 5 days ang mggng stay nmn.

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  132. Hi Ms, Fehl,

    Your blog is really helpful. I applied for out tourist visa last week and I got it yesterday. We were approved. Thank you for making this page. God bless.

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  133. Hi Ms. Fehl!

    Me and my sister are planning to go to Korea this April. so we have to get a korean visa na.
    we’re both student. i have a question for the parent’s financial support documents.
    Our father is a OFW in the middle-east. they don’t have ITR because OFW’s don’t have tax,right.
    he has the COE na,but is it okay if the bank cert. is issued sa begging ng month?
    and how about sa ITR,ano pwede ipalit sa ITR since OFW’s don’t have one.

    thank you! 🙂

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    • Since your dad has no ITR, he can make Affidavit stating he is not paying taxes per UAE law. Have the Affidavit notarized. That would help. 🙂

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  134. Hi Ms. Fehl,

    My brother and I are planning to go to SK for 5 days. My brother is not employed and I am working. Should I give my affidavit of support? We went to Beijing last year. What are the other documents he have to submit? Can I submit our documents together? Thanks

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  135. Hi Miss Fhel.
    I do like to ask if there is exemption for applying a visa? I already have my confirmed ticket going to USA and I did have my US Visa .Transit lang poh and we just decide to stay for 4 days in Seoul Korea. As what I read poh kc there is Transit Ano poh the best na gagawin ko. I hope you can help me find answer in my question .Thank you so much God bless :).

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    • Visa exemption applies to:

      -If using Philippine Official and Diplomatic Passport.

      -If transiting only and going to the U.S., Canada, Australia, Japan, or New Zealand. But must not stay beyond 30 days and with confirmed onward ticket to the 3rd country.

      -If the individual has been to Korea for four (4) times within the past two years with a C2 or C3 visa. Or has been to Korea for more than ten (10) times already.

      -If Nationality is among the list of those exempted from securing a visa.

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  136. Good day Ms. Fehl!
    This blog is simply awesome. I have read comments here na somehow pareho sa situation ko. I am a student.
    SITUATION:
    *APPLYING FOR A STUDENT VISA that the only problem is the PARENT’S DOCUMENTS (ITR, BANK CERT & ETC.) because my father is a retired employee and just started his pension. My mom is a housewife.
    *THE TRIP TO KOREA WILL BE FINANCIALLY SUPPORTED BY MY BOYFRIEND (all expenses as in ALL)

    I have read it here too na kailangan ng AFFIDAVIT OF SUPPORT signed by Boyfriend and notarized. I have a question here, dun sa affidavit ang ilalagay ba dun ay “BOYFRIEND” or “FIANCE”?
    *Is it necessary for me to have a copy of his COE and ITR even if we will be applying visa together?
    *I understand na kailangan ko ng copy ng Bank certificate niya nabasa ko na kasi dito ehh :)*

    I think I have enough money in my bank for 5 days stay (80k)?, can I use it since my parents doesn’t have any bank account?

    Can we also show the return tickets and confirmation of reservation in the Hotel that we will be staying in?

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    • Hi, just submit requirements for student. You don’t need COE and ITR. The embassy will be confused if you submit requirements not applicable for students unless they requested them. Put BF coz fiance is another thing 🙂 Roundtrip tickets and hotel accomm. are not really required

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  137. Hi Ms. Fehl!

    This blog is really helpful! I have questions too, hope you could help me. I have completed some requirements for Student Visa. the only that I don’t have is the ITR of my parents and their Bank Certificate I already requested a Certificate of non-fiing of Income Tax. My trip to Korea will be supported by my boyfriend financially, so he made an Affidavit of Support. So here are my questions:

    1) Can I use my bank certificate since my parents doesn’t have any bank account?
    2) the source of my money in my bank account is from my sister abroad who are financially helping me—-Should I also use the remittance receipt?
    3) Can I use my sister’s (the one who is working in Manila) ITR? and provide an Affidavit (stating that she’s been supporting me financially)—– as a supporting document?
    4) By the way, I am a working student, I do have a TIN ID but I still don’t have ITR since I just started last November, but I can request to my employer to write a letter or affidavit the reason why I still don’t have an ITR, my employer is also willing to make one.
    5) Which is better? to apply as a student visa or employee visa?

    Hope you could help me! thanks!
    GEL.

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    • Hi since you’re a student, you can show your sister as your financial support. Apply as student coz you are still one. It is a strong tie that you’re coming back. 🙂

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  138. Good evening miss Fehl! I worked in korea before, then nagtry ako to get a tourist visa last sept. ang mali ko di ko na attach ung dati kung passport, unforetunately i was denied and the reason was they were looking for more ties of you going back to the Philippines :[. Pero nagtry ako tourist visa sa japan na approved naman the day na madenied ako sa korean embassy, now i already travelled to japan and i have an EOCD visa. Ask ko lang po kung pwede pa ung business permit and mayors permit kung 2014 pa, kasi by March pa ulit ako makakapagpasa sa korean embassy, kakabayad ko lang kasi last august nag file kasi ko ng temporary closure sa business ko. Di ko pa narerenew ung permit ko, iconsider kaya nila yon? baka kasi madenied ako for the 2nd time eventhough Im considered as a frequent traveller. Thank you!

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    • You need to show docs for your business. They require the latest year registration. Since, wala ka, I’m afraid you’ll get denied again

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  139. Hello po ms. Fehl, i have a question po ulit. i submitted my complete documents po last wednesday, the consul accepted it and chineck nya lang ng isang beses, then gave me the releasing date next wk. Wala po siya ni isang tanong, is that an indication na approved po ako? salamat po ulit.

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  140. Hello po! I’m a student and my mom is an OFW so she can’t get her bank certificate since she personally have to get it from the bank, can I submit her Car registration instead of bank certificate? Thank you so much! 🙂

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  141. Hi po..just want to ask…im planning ti go in SK..andun ung sister ko na Ofw..ako mgfifinance ng travel ko..pero dun aq mgstay sa haus nila n provided ng amo nia…do i still need invitation letter stating n dun aq mstay…at wat p po need ko?
    Do i need to declare dat?

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    • It’s not among the primary requirements for tourist visa for employed individuals. I think you may need the invitation letter at the immigration (airport) coz you need to provide there where you will stay.

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  142. Hi Ms. Fehl! 🙂

    this blog is really helpful as some of my queries about the requirements for korean visa application are somehow answered. I am a graduating student, and my boyfriend gave me a trip ticket to korea as a graduation gift. My super problem right now is that, my Dad have no ITR, and I read here on your blog that the required documents, as much as possible must be updated. My dad is a retired teacher since 2005 (9 yrs ago) and since then he is unemployed therefore, he is tax-exempt, now, last November 2014, my father just turned 60 y/o meaning he is a senior citizen already. He also declared me and my mom as his beneficiaries. My mom is a housewife (tax-exempt too). So, I am asking for your opinion, if I could use my father’s monthly pension documets and etc…(SSS) instead of ITR? I don’t have any problem with his COE because we already requested it. The bank certificate, can we use his bank statement na pinaghuhulugan ng SSS (PNB) or should we open another account?

    I have another option with this problem, by using my boyfriend’s documents as he is financially stable and capable naman. I would need an Affidavit of support from him stating that he will be the one to support me financially during our stay in korea. Another thing, I would like to know what is SSS Static Info, lagi ko kasing nababasa sa mga nirereplyan mo ehh, Does my boyfriend need it too?

    Ms. Fehl, what should I do now? should I use my Dad’s pension documents or should I use my boyfriend’s documents?

    It will really help me a lot if you could answer me.
    Thanks! God Bless you! 🙂

    A.

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    • Hi. Requirements for students are the following:

      1. Application Form
      2. 1 piece of Passport size colored picture
      3. Original Passport (should be valid for more than 6 months)
      4. Photocopy of Passport Bio-page (page 2)
      5. Original & Photocopy of valid visa/s and arrival stamps to OECD member countries for the past 5 years (if applicable only)
      6. Original School Certificate
      7. Photocopy of School ID
      8. Photocopy of NSO Birth Certificate of an applicant
      9. Parent’s Financial Support Document (COE, Bank Cert, ITR)

      I think you can use your dad’s pension SOA (statement of Account) instead of ITR since he’s already retired. You can also request bank certificate of the account he uses for his pension. Yes, prepare Affidavit of Support from your BF in case they request it too. SSS info is only an option when the embassy requests it.

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      • Thank you so much Ms. Fehl!! :)) Next month na ako magaapply ng visa~ wish me luck! God Bless you! 🙂

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  143. Hi Fehl!

    Thank you for answering everone’s concerns.

    I just had my visa requirements for SK submitted this day (through an agency). It was complete. Itr, coe, letter of leave approval, bank cert etc.
    It was accepted by the consul however he had a comment that I dont have a guarantor and I am a first time traveller. Im also travelling solo.
    My claim date will be next week, Jan 27.

    What are the chances of getting my application approved? Thank you.

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  144. hi ms.fhel,

    maybe you can help my friend.she is married to a japanese and been 3yrs n pblik blik sya s japan no work.and she is here in the philippines for almost 1 yr. unemployed din po sya dito s pinas? is she need tohave ITR? she is planning to visit this coming feb by her own .i am gladly thankful if you response quickly po.thank you godbless

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  145. Hi po ms. Fel, Greetings in Christ.

    i have plan to visit in korea this feb, galing na po ako ng japan as a tourist within the last 5 yrs. Complete po ung documents ko except sa mayor’s permit under renewal po kc it will take 3wks bago ma release. Ok lang po ba ung dti at last yr business permit? Married na rin po pala ako sa korean nsa pinas po sya, kso di pa po ako nkaka pag cfo, thats why ang ibang documents ko single pa including passport, is it ok po to put married? If my documents is still single, or just put single? may nso na po kmi ng marriage certificate ni hubby kso di pa na register sa korea ok lang po ba i present?The purpose of visit is vacation or tavel leisure for 5 days, and ako po mg support sa sarili ko, ok lang po ba un ang ilagay?

    Maraming salamat po sa tugon ninyo,

    Godbless po.

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    • You must apply following the status on your docs and passport. Know first your real status right now and complete the legality of your status. Then update your docs (passport, IDs etc) to follow your status. It’s always best to be consistent to avoid major problems.

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  146. hi,maam gudeve,pwdi mgtnung?my kpted po aqo andun xa korea nainvite na po aqo 2 bses na tpus ngayun ung mama ko nmn ung ininvite nya kc d dw pwdi dalawa xa isa lng nag invite paanu po ba aqo mkakuha nang visa maam?or pwdi nya po ba aqo mainvite ngaun khit andun pa mother qo,?slmat

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  147. Hi Ms Fehl,

    Great day!

    My family and I (4pax) was invited by a friend (OFW) to SK and we’ll be staying at her place this April.
    Will an invitation letter from my OFW friend help us with the application for tourist visa? Any possible additional requirement from my friend that may help us with the application?

    My other concern is my brother who is not technically employed as he is helping my mom with our store.
    He does not have ITR but I will be financing his travel. Will a financial support letter from me would help?
    We plan to go and apply for the visa together will it bear any impact?
    Lastly, it is not our first family out of country trip but it is their first visa application and my second korea visa application. If this can be documented can it help his visa application?

    Appreciate your advise.
    Thank you in advance.

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    • Yes, invitation letter will help the application and it is needed if you will stay at your friend in Korea. As for your brother, show affidavit of support if you will support all throughout your Korean trip. Visa approval will still come from the consul 🙂 Good luck!

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        • Hi.

          How did your application go? Was it all approved?

          I have the same situation as my I will be financing my family in our Korea trip. We are 4 pax. My sister is currently employed. She will still pass her requirements but in addition, I will still declare that I will be financing for her in our entire trip.

          Hope to hear from you. Thanks 🙂

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  148. Hi ms.fhel,
    Good day. .i need your precious help. .i have a korean boyfriend and he invited me to go to his place in south korea. .in chongju-si. .i want to apply a tourist visa. .i’m planning to stay there for 2weeks or 14 days. .since i haven’t tried applying any visa. .i am very confused of what to do and where to go..i am from cebu. .i am currently working but for 3months now and only minimum wage .less than 10k is my salary so i am excempted on tax. .but i have my tin #. .but my korean bf will be the one to shoulder everthing. .since i am from cebu s it possible for me to apply a visa here.?what are other requirements. .?and also i just got my passport last dec.28,2014, ,but it was issued nobember 6,2014, ,,my boyfriend wants me to be there next month. .would be so kind to help me. .please i badly need your advice. .i will be expecting it. .kindly send your reply on my email. .
    .thank u so much for any help that u may offer..
    God bless and more power. .hope to hear from u very soon. .

    Very sincerely yours,
    Jennifer”jen”

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    • . .sorry for the mispelled words. Thank you for having a kind and gifted heart. .keep up good work. .god bless and more power. .

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  149. My husband is a seaman & literally been around the world.Specifically he had a SK VISA 2 years ago when he stayed there to wait for the ship construction to be done @ Hyundai Shipyard.We are planning to have a family vacation on Oct. SK.How do we apply for a VISA because my husband is still here?

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  150. hi Ms. fehl,

    I have several questions regarding tourist visa requirement. Me and my friend are OFW here in KSA, we’re planning to visit SK upon the end of our contract on December. It’s stated that ITR is one of the primary requirement, OFW are exempted from tax. Are we still required to submit this or is there any alternative aside from ITR?, We’ll be using the COE which will be released by our prsesent employer, will the embassy honor this even if we end our service in our company??

    thanks 🙂

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    • Have an official letter from your employer stating about your Tax exemption in the country you’re working. That could help. God bless!

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    • Hi Atasha!

      we have the same status at the moment (nurse in KSA, contract will end next year then will apply for a Korean visa). I’m actually searching for this info for a long time across the internet but I cannot find answers. please update me once your found answers to your questions. I’ll check on this blog from time to time. Thanks! 😀

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  151. Hi Ms. Fehl,

    May question lang ako if you have any idea about sa application requirements ng widowed and unemployed. Wala kasi sa website ng embassy so it would greatly help us if someone could answer me. I will be the one kasi to cover my mom’s expenses. I already prepared all the possible requirements for her like affidavit of support, marriage contract, death cert of my father, my birth cert., and our joint bank statement. Kaso I was able to get one copy lang ng COE ko, I am not sure kung pwede ba na one copy lang since we are going to apply together.

    Would appreciate an answer po. Thank you!

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    • All embassies require strong ties like employment. I think providing the docs you mentioned can help already and if your mom has land titles, existing pension document, that could help too

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      • Thank you for your response po. I was able to submit her visa application together with my copy of birth cert, affidavit of support, and bank statement. Hopefully they will grant her the visa. hehe

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  152. hi ms fehl,

    plan ko po kumuha ng tourist visa paguwi ko sa pinas galing d2 sa saudi, pero wala po akong bank account sa pinas, at coe lang mapapakita ko sa kanila pero babalik din naman ako d2 sa saudi after 2 months vcation sa pinas, ano2 pa po bang documents pwede ipakita sa kanila….

    thanks

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  153. Hi ms fel! I applied for a tourist visa in sk last May this year.Its my first time and sadly i was refused. The reason stated in a piece of paper attached on my passport was failed to prove the purpose of entry to korea.I was so confused for being denied the visa since i’ve submitted all the required docs. I have a small business and submitted bankcert,itr and mayors permit along with other docs. Can u pls enligthen me what seems really the reason of my visa denial? Thanks.

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      • Hi ms.fehl. I’m a filipino student and wants to travel in Korea. My boyfriend’s family and friends want me to visit there. But the problem is, my parents don’t have any bank certificate etc etc. I hope you could give me an advice on what to do. It will really be a big help. Thank you so much.

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        • Hi. Apply as a Student. You need:

          1. Application Form
          2. 1piece of Passport size colored picture
          3. Original Passport (should be valid for more than 6months)
          4. Photocopy of Passport Bio-page (page 2)
          5. Original School Certificate
          6. Photocopy of School ID
          7. Photocopy / Original of NSO Birth Certificate
          8. Invitation Letter & Copy of invitor’s Passport

          You need to provide proof of financial support whoever who will support your travel and accommodation, pocket money etc. If that’s your Korean friend, submit Letter of Financial Support and Accommodation

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          • Thank you Ms. Fehl
            It really helps me a lot. I was so worried before. I’ll start fixing my papers soon. Thank you again.

  154. Hello miss fehl,

    I just want to ask, my aunt wants me to have a tour with her in SK as my my graduation gift, but I still don’t have a job and my parents don’t have enough money in there bank account that could prove that we are financially capable to travel in SK but the thing is my aunt who will travel with me to SK is the one who will pay for all the expense of my travel what document, aside from my parent’s bank cert., could I send to prove that it is my aunt who will pay for my trip instead of my parents?

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  155. Hi Ms. Fehl,

    I’m planning to visit Korea, I’m a minor student and all my requirements are complete, let’s say I have a personal invitation from Korea Tourism Organization, and my passport will be released on January or February but I checked Korean embassy’s website and saw their new policy on passport validity; it says

    “Please be informed that all visa applicants’ passport should be at least 6 months valid when applying for Korean Visa, effective on 2014.11.03. ”

    And lastly, what if the invitation is from a Korean friend, she’s around 18 and is also a student, is there any requirement to support her validity? Thanks and God bless 🙂

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    • Hi Regine. I suggest you apply when your passport is already released because passport is one of the primary requirements. All travel overseas requires a strict at least 6 months validity. I think you have nothing to worry when you have your new passport already since you have all the requirements for your tourist visa application for students and your Korean friend is 18 already, your friend needs to send you invitation letter and a copy of her passport.

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  156. Hi ms. Fehl. What i mean to ask is:

    1. This is my 2nd time to apply for visa coz i planned to go korea again on january 2015 for 2nd time. My first time to go in korea is last august and my first visa i got last august is expired already coz its only 59 days. Ang question ko po.. para po ba makakuha ulet ako ng 2nd visa… mag papasa ba ulet ako ng requirements na katulad nung sinubmit ko nung kumuha ako ng 1st visa nung august? O hindi na magpapasa? kasi nasa kanila parin naman ung documents na pinasa ko nung una ako kumuha ng visa. Thanks. Reply asap please thanks

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  157. Goodevening! Hi ms. Beautiful Fehl! 🙂 Anyway thank you so much for the help! It was a success! I went to korea August 20. I got my visa August 18. Its because of you! 갑사합니다 ㅋㅋ

    Anyway Ms. Fehl, i will have my 2nd trip to korea on January 2015. The visa i got last august was expired already. And im planning to get free visa again. Will i still need to submit the required documents again? the previous required documents i submit last august for my first visa, hindi ba pwede un nalang ? Frequent traveller ba ang tawag saken? I need an answer Asap! Thanks very much for understanding! 🙂 ill wait for the answer

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    • Hi Kenne. You need to submit the following if you want to apply for frequent travelers visa. It will be advisable for you if you travel to Korea often.

      * For Employees(frequent travellers)

      1.Application Form
      2.1pc. Passport size colored picture
      3.Passport Original(6Mons. Valid)
      4.Copy of Passport First Page
      5.Original & Copy of valid visa s and arrival stamps to OECD member countries for the past 5 years
      6.Employment Certificate Original
      7.Personal Bank Certificate Original

      * For Businessman(frequent travellers)

      1.Application Form
      2.1pc. Passport size colored picture
      3.Passport Original(6Mons. Valid)
      4.Copy of Passport First Page
      5.Original & Copy of valid visa s and arrival stamps to OECD member countries for the past 5 years
      6.Business Registration from SEC or DTI (Copy)
      7.Business Permit or Mayor’s Permit(Copy)
      8.Personal Bank Certificate Original

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  158. Just a quick question… I have a Philippine passport & employed. If I plan to visit Korea just for 3-4 days do I need to get a visa?

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  159. Hello Ms. Fehl, I was just hoping you could help me with my concern.

    First off, I know the complete requirements for applying a tourist visa in Korea (employed).

    So here goes, I got hired kasi December 2013. So basically wala pa talaga akong ITR as of today. Most likely it’ll be given to me sa January 2015 pa. yun lang talaga ang kulang ko, the rest of the requirements, I can provide. pero ang korea trip ko kasi is Jan 22-26 2015. do u think I would be granted with the visa if I’m only lacking ITR/BIR Form 2316? coz i called Korean Embassy and they told me it will depend daw with the officer who would verify the docs, a very safe answer. but i want to know if may possiblity ba n ma grant ako 🙂

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    • Yes, there’s a possibility you’ll get approved. If your employment certificate and other docs are satisfactory. I suggest you also submit SSS Static Info to prove your employment record as well in addition to the other requirements

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  160. Good Day po. Regarding about the visa, what would be the requirements if ang employer mo here in PH will shoulder your trip? your response will be a great help po. Thanks 🙂

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    • That would be other type of visa. This thread is about tourist visa. Yours will be working visa or business visa since employer or business is involved

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  161. Hi! Ask ko lang po. If invited po from a relative in SKorea? Kailangan pa po ba ng show money for a tourist visa. And Im still 17 palang po. Paano po yun? Thankyou so much

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  162. HI GOOD DAY I my wife and two kids ages 14 and 12 are planning to tour SK by April 2015 wve been to singapore and hongkong what are the visa requirements for family visiting korea. thanks

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  163. hi felh,,,, im a seaman and my wife is working in sk right now,,,, were married but our passport is all single only…. can i say i just want to visit my girlfriend there? as a tourist visa… tnx and more power

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  164. Hi ask ko lang if its okay not to bring the minor on tourist visa application. I am applying tourist visa for me and my daughter. Kagagaling lang namin but ndi na natanggap application due to time constraint. Babalik ako tomorrow. Sabe ni guard pwede nman daw kahit hindi na dalhin si minor. I just want a confirmation thank you. Kawawa kasi si baby byahe pa kami from olongapo.

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  165. Hi, di ko masyado maintindihan ung transit tourist. i’m a us green card holder. balak namin mag bakasyon sa pinas at pumunta ng korea. kailangan ko pa ba ng tourist visa? balik kami ng pinas after ng korea, dahil flight namin is us-manila, manila-us. counted kaya un as transit?

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  166. Hi… nka twice n ko balik sa embassy dahila wala ako itr ng parents ko. Dahil senior citizen na at wala pla syang tin#. Binigyan me ng bir ng certification. Ok n ba un. Pls help nmn thank you.

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    • Decision will still come from the embassy. Regarding the ITR, since they retired na, I think the certificates from BIR would support that too

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  167. Hi Ms. Fehl,

    My friends and I are travelling to Seoul in March 2015. We’re all employed and regular employees to our respective companies. One of my friends has a relative (Filipino) in SK who works there. Can we all use same invitation letter since his relative will accommodate us when we visit SK? We plan to stay 9 days there but can we just indicate on our application form maybe 4 or 5 days only? Because I believe your show money depends on how long you stay in SK. We don’t know how much money will be sufficient for 9 days to have our visa approved. If you don’t mind, can you provide an estimation you think would be acceptable to have on our bank account?

    Looking forward to your response. Thanks and have a good day! 🙂

    JR

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    • Yup, you can use same invitation letter but the info on the invitation must be true. Indicate all honest and consistent info or else you will be denied. You’re all employed, COE and ITR must be your focus not the bank account statement 🙂

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  168. Hi.

    Is there a high probability that i willl be granted a tourist visa if I dont have ITR. I have a business pero July this year lang nag start ang business ko and ITR is only applied and issued annually. I have my DTI and other licenses and even the Bank Certificate. Also I’ve been to Korea once.

    Thanks.

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    • I think you’ll get approved if they know the reasons why you have no ITR at the moment and you show them documents proving your reasons (ie: BIR registration)

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  169. Hello. I was able to book a promo flight to SK for August next year for me and my 2 college kids. I’d like to ask what if I dont have an ITR? I am a recent widow and my husband left enough to support me and my kids, and I have an online job for a US company for 7 years now but I dont file any ITR. Will the bank certificate and employment certificate be enough proof that I can support myself and my kids? Thanks!

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  170. Hi! I really think that your post is really useful. I just have some queries though. I am currently employed, an LGU casual employee in particular. But I have no bank cert, my bf and I are planning to have a joint bank acct can I possibly use that? Thanks…

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  171. Hi Ms. Fehl,

    I’m a government employee and I have a diplomat passport which I previously used when I attended a conference in Denmark. You mentioned that having a Philippine Diplomat Passport makes you exempted for securing tourist visa. Im planning to visit South Korea this December (personal tour). Do I still need to apply for a tourist visa?

    Thank you very much and advance Merry Christmas!

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  172. I just wanna ask i lived in Australia for almost 8 years and I’m back to manila. I dont have job yet here in Manila but i want to travel to korea. I dont have bank account here coz in still with Australian bank account, ect. What should i do? Can my boyfriend write a letter that he will shoulder our korean trip?

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  173. hi po ask ko lang po possible na ma approve yung tourist visa namin ng anak if my husband work in korea e9 yung visa envited kami ng church of korea pinadala rin ng husband ko ang mga document nya i hope you reply i soon as possible

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      • hi po 🙂 im planning to go to korea with my cousins before the year end but im newly hired and i already talked to my boss they can only give me a certificate of employment. anong pwedeng ibigay instead of itr/form 2316? thank you

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  174. Good day te fel, ask ko lang po kung, may possible na ma approve yung visa ko kung ang mga requirement ko n ipapasa eh ito lang po
    bank certificate
    COE pero walang itr
    Certificate of land title (owned)
    Tourist visa po for xmass vacation dis coming december 2014
    Walang invitation letter o kelangan pa po yun??? I have friend po kc na koreano dun.. Dun ako s kanila mag spend ng xmass vacation.. Salamat po te fel..

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  175. Hi ms. Fel. Ask ko lang po pano po pag walang maprovide na diploma or tor and unemployed po, pero ang gagastos po ay relative ko. Kasama din po sa trip yung relative na yun. Ano po ang dapat gawin? At mga chances na maapprove ang application. Bale po, 15 po kami na ppnta ng SK. At issponsor po ako ng tita ko.

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  176. H! Ms. Fehl,

    Ask q lang if Ok ung docs q. I have ITR(2013), COE (contractual for 3years), Bank Cert. (80k)?

    And then ask q lang din if pwede ba magpunta sa embassy for our application isang representative from our group since we lived here in Mindanao? Thank u po.

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  177. hi po. i would like to know if may validity po ba yung bank certificate and COE?? paano po if i got it issued last month.. valid pa rin po ba yun this month?? thanks

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  178. Good day! This is a wonderful article and thread that contains a lot of valuable information. I am a third yr law student and my husband is working as an OFW in korea. We have a 4yr old child and we are planning to visit him in Korea this summer.

    My question is do I apply as a student or as a housewife? And what are the requirements for a minor child since I plan to bring our son too?

    I would really appreciate your reply miss Fehl. Thank you in advance and God bless you.

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  179. Hi Miss Fehl.

    me and my Gf want to go SK Im just hired last Sept 1,2014 i have a COE but project base only we have a ticket jan 14 to 18,2014 travel date
    im girl friend have a stable job and no prblem for money what would u suggest to me to aprove my visa
    tnx a lot..

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    • Just bring the documents required (see above article). If you were only hired recently, have a letter from your company explaining about your ITR

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  180. Hello Ms. Fehl, I’m a housewife po my husband is working in Korea OFW, my Korean friend would like to invite me and willing to submit all needed requirements. I do teach online and my company is Korean but I dont have ITR and COE can be provided not sure if its acceptable…any advice po? plan to visit feb 18-20 for holiday vacay

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    • Tourist Visa Requirements for Filipino Housewife

      1. Application Form
      2. 1piece of Passport size colored picture
      3. Original Passport (should be valid for more than 6months)
      4. Photocopy of Passport Bio-page (page 2)
      5. 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)
      6. Husband’s Original Certificate of Employment (with contact number/s & address of company and date of issue)
      7. Husband’s Original Personal Bank Certificate (NOT Bank Statement)
      8. Husband’s Photocopy of ITR (Income Tax Return) or Form 2316
      9. Photocopy of NSO Marriage Certificate

      •If personally invited by Korean : Invitation Letter & Copy of invitor’s Passport
      •If invited by Company in Korea: Invitation Letter & Copy of Korean Company Business Permit

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      • is it bank certificate in korea IBK or here in the Philippines? if have all the documents do you think ma grant ang visa q po kht hosuewife lng aq?

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      • Hi po what if ang asawa po ay japanese and nag stay po Sa pinas ng almost 1 yr. tpos unemployed po ako do I need to have ITR .? I’m planning to visit Korea this year po by nxt month.what are the requirements do I need to provide.? 3 yrs po ako pblik blik ng pinas at japan Pero not working..hope you can helps me.thanks need your reply ASAP ..it will help my friend if you reply me ASAP .thank u

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        • Follow the requirements for Spouse and since you visited Japan, it’s an OECD country. Submit the following:

          Tourist Visa Requirements for Filipino Housewife

          1. Application Form
          2. 1piece of Passport size colored picture
          3. Original Passport (should be valid for more than 6months)
          4. Photocopy of Passport Bio-page (page 2)
          5. Original & Photocopy of valid visa/s and arrival stamps to OECD member countries for the past 5 years
          6. Husband’s Original Certificate of Employment (with contact number/s & address of company and date of issue)
          7. Husband’s Original Personal Bank Certificate (NOT Bank Statement)
          8. Husband’s Photocopy of ITR (Income Tax Return) or Form 2316
          9. Photocopy of NSO Marriage Certificate

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          • Gud am po.what if wala po hawak ng ITR ,bank cert ng asawa,employment cert ng asawa kse the usual po Hindi daw pinphwak s knya ang mga important papers o personal n gmit ng asawa Nya…?MARRIAGE CERTIFICATE GLING NSO LNG S PINAS ANG MERON SYA THEN WLANG ITR YUNG PINAY KSE WLANG WORK OK LNG B N PASSPORT, BANK CERT,Marriage certificate from NSO LNG Meron ok npo b yun as requirements or khit tin number lang khit wlang ITR? What do you think po.slmat ..I hope you can give us advice

  181. Hi!

    My sister, friends, and I will be going to SK this November. But my sister only does buy and sell of clothings/goods. And she could only provide her bank certification (no COE, no ITR). What can you advise?

    Thanks.

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  182. Hi

    I need your help too. I will apply for tourist visa. I am a student. Both of my parents is not employed.

    What other alternative documents na pwed ?

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    • Ms Fhel,

      Hi! I need your help. I will apply for a tourist visa. I am currently enrolled in a review center and short term school. Im not employed but I earned money on my online work as a freelance independent contractor. I already have a certificate of earnings via online from the website, 3 bank certificate from different bank, school certificate, and other requirements. The problem is I dont have an ITR to provide as I am working as a freelance online. Also, my father dont have it yet bcoz he was just hired weeks ago. I am applying as a student. I’ll go in Korea for a tour by december with my friends.

      Is that fine? what advice you can give to get my visa be approvd?

      Thanks

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  183. Hi Ms.Fehl,goodafternoon…ask kulng po kung ano need na requirements going to korea.Im still a student and dont have COE and ITR its okey po ba if i used my Bf documents as he is the one who support me financially.pwede po ba makahingi ng help sa inyo..maraming salamat po.

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    • 1. Application Form
      2. 1piece of Passport size colored picture
      3. Original Passport (should be valid for more than 6months)
      4. Photocopy of Passport Bio-page (page 2)
      5. 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)
      6. Original School Certificate
      7. Photocopy of School ID
      8. Photocopy of NSO Birth Certificate of an applicant
      9. Parents’ Financial Support Document
      – Original Certificate of Employment (or DTI or Sec and Mayor’s Permit)
      – Original Bank Certificate
      – Photocopy of ITR or Form 2316

      •If personally invited by Korean : Invitation Letter & Copy of invitor’s Passport

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  184. Hi. Can anyone help me please. I am planning to visit SK next year and will be staying for 5 days. I will be traveling with my boyfriend but he still don’t have his ITR since he just started working this month. What will I do if he don”t have his ITR?

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      • ms. fehl, my time limit po ba ang validity ng bank certificate? what if po makakuha agad ako ng bank certificate, then is it still valid if mag apply ako ng tourist visa sa embassy after two weeks? another one po, do embassy made a call to the banks to confirm the amount of money indicated in bank certificate?

        Thank you for your assistance.

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  185. Hi tanong ko lang po plan ko kumuha ng visa kapatid ko na nasa qatar ang magiging sponsor ko. Meron siyang CoE at Bank certificate wala lang itr kasi walang tax sa qatar. Pano po yun? Tsaka kailangan din padala original na copy?

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  186. hello po, I’m planning to apply for a visa with my mom and 14 y/o brother, my mom doesn’t work pwede na ba sya madamay sa requirements ko?

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  187. HI MS FEL,

    MY PLAN KSI KMI NG FRIEND KO NA MAG TRAVEL SA SK FOR 1 WEEK LANG,,MY INVITATION NAMN KMI FROM MY KOREAN FRIENDS PROVIDE NILA ACCOMODATION AND OTHER STUFF.
    REGULAR EMPLOYEE NAMAN KMI..NAKA TRAVEL NDN KMI SA IBANG BANSA PERO WALA NGA LANG VISA..NOW WANT NMIN MAG TRAVEL SA KOREA UN NGA MAY VISA..U THNK PO BA MAKAKATULONG BA UNG NASABI KO PARA MA APPROVE?? REGARDING SA BANK CERT OK LNG NMN DIN UNG SAVINGS NAMIN NDI NMN GANUN KALAKI..UN KSI INIISP NMIN E BAKA KSI MA DISAAPRV KMI SA BANK CERT..TNX SA REPLY PO….

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  188. Hello!

    May I ask if in case the application is as a family should we need to produce original of certificate of employment, school certificate (for kids) for each of our papers?

    Thanks!

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  189. hi, stumbled upon your blog. you see, i just got back to the philippines about 4.5 months ago(was a US immigrant) and i’ve been working online for 5 yrs already for a foreign company that is not taxed/not registered in the philippines, thus me having no ITR. (and i’ve been here for 4.5 months only so no ITR, really) do you think i’ll be granted a korean visa? i’m a bit worried because i’ve no ITR and my work is so flexible that i can work anywhere as long as i have my laptop. planning to visit korea on december for sightseeting sana. thanks

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    • I think it would help your application if you show them your past documents when you were in the US because they will surely ask about your job and your source of funds

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    • Hello pol. How did your application go through? I’m also working online and just like you, I can work anywhere as long as I have my laptop. I’m a bit worried if magpass ako na walang ITR. For the certificate of employment also, makakaprovide naman po ako pero I’m doubting if acceptable kasi outside of PH ang company. I hope you reply. Thanks!

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  190. Hello. te fel is there a required specific amount of slary nid for applying a tourist visa because my slary is below minimum wage and it will appear on my itr. my sister is permanent resident of korea thank u po:)

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  191. hi te fel, ask lang po kung pede na yung requirement na
    Bank certificate 100k+
    Invitation letter from korean
    Certificate of land title
    Walang itr at coe..
    Stay only for 5 days
    Para manood lang ng incheon asian games bago matapos sa october4

    Salamats po

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  192. Hi po, I am working now in Qatar, and im planning to go korea as tourist. I would be grateful if you can give me more information ms. fel… thanks po

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  193. I am a contract worker here in Jeddah, Saudi Arabia. My ticket will stop over in Korea arriving 6:25 a.m. and connecting flight @ 8:35 p.m. the same day going to Philippines. Do I need to get visa if I will go out? thank you.

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  194. Hi fehl, ive been a frequent traveller 3years ago and that time i was employed and got a previous visa stamps as well from uk and france before. I know its hard to apply for a tourist visa esp. If your unemployed, but except from my personal savings acct.,what if my travel will be sponsor by my relatives from japan or abroad what will be the requirements needed? Thanks

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  195. Hi Ms. Fel,

    Would like to ask for your advice. I’m planning to get a Tourist Visa to visit South Korea this year. I’m currently employed in one of the Resort in Cebu. In regards with the requirements for Employed Applicants, the bank that I’m using right now is the one provided by the company I’m working with. Will it be okay? Or do I really need to provide another personal bank account? And If so, any specific amount to show? By the way I will be travelling with my friend and this will be an all expense trip by our Korean Friend. She’s the one who invited us also.

    Hope to hear a reply soonest 🙂

    Godspeed!

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    • I think that is OK as long as you have the complete requirements like ITR and Certificate of Employment, invitation from your Korean Friend, his current job and status, those would help the visa visa application

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  196. Hi Ms. Fehl,

    Do you think it’ll be fine if the contact number on the COE is an overseas number? Coz my sister is working in the Philippines but their HR is located in Australia, that’s why.

    And for the “Address and phone number in Korea” part on the application form, is it ok if we’ll just write “undecided”?? coz we currently haven’t booked/reserved a place on a hotel/guesthouse in Korea.

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    • I think it’s OK, what is important is she’s employed. If you have no booking yet, put there “hotel booking to follow” instead of undecided coz that sounds doubtful

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  197. hello, me and my wife are planning to visit south korea this coming december 25, 2014 to jan 2, 2015. what month can we apply for a tourist visa? since me and my wife will be travelling together as we usually do every year end, can we face the consul together during the interview or will we be called separately when we apply for a tourist visa? we’ve been to most of asia like malaysia, singapore, thailand, hong kong, macau and japan.

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  198. hi miss fehl ttnung ko lng gsto ko sna mag tourist sa korea paanu kaya asawa ko working in korea ngyon gsto ko pmunta dun pwde ba ko mag apply tourist visa kht la ko invitation anu ba kailangan ko mga req.pls..send ur answer in my email add.thank u so much…

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  199. Hi Fehl…I’m currently working home based. I can request for COE but the problem is with the ITR. That’s the only requirement I can’t provide..any idea or supporting documents that I need? Is non filing ITR cert ok? Please help 🙁

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  200. Hello. I am an OFW here in Abu Dhabi, UAE. I am planning to visit Korea next year with my Girlfriend on our annual leave. Regarding the requirement, what are the things we need to prepare since we are OFWs? We don’t even have ITR. Thanks

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  201. Hello Ate Fel! Thanks for the very useful info above. I just want to ask lang po. I have a concern about my korean visa application cos I don’t have ITR yet. I am a fresh graduate last 2013, and just got employed January this year so technically wala pa talaga ako nun. But I have COE and bank statement for sure. How likely po kaya yung visa approval ko? And what other documents can I submit as an alternative? 🙂 Thank you.

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    • You can request a formal written letter from your employer stating the reason why you have no ITR yet (mention you are already working for 8 months in that company). That could help 🙂 But the final decision will be from the consul/embassy

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  202. elow…all my requirements were already complete but i have a doubt about my Bank Certificate since i have only 55k deposited on it…it is enough to convince the embassy that I can fund my 5-day stay in Korea?

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  203. Hi mam. Government employee po ako since 2010 pero exemptd po kmi s BIR kc job order lang po ako. Ngaun po kaaupdate ko lng po ung BIR ko last day at sinabing hnd ako mbi2gyn ng ITR. Un nlng po kulang s requiremnts ko. Any advice po? My invitation letter po aq galing s company ng fren q, xadno gbstos ng lahat. Pls reply mam. Nid to go in sept.thnx mam

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    • Show your Certificate of Employment and a formal letter from your employer/manager with company seal explaining about your job order and ITR exemption. I think that would help. Don’t forget to submit the invitation letter too

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      • hi ms. fehl. i am also a job order employee of the local government and i have no ITR. we’re planning to go to SK together with my gf and siblings. we doesn’t have any invitation letter. but were sure that we can support our stay there, my dad is a seaman and he will sponsor our trip. please advise me on how can i get SK visa. thank you much!

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        • The embassy is so strict. If you’re employed, submit Certificate of Employment with the company seal and authorized signatory. If you don’t have ITR, perhaps you can have a written letter from your Local Government Head stating you are bonafide employee and a decent person. Since your dad is sponsoring you, it’s helpful he write a formal letter too indicating his sponsorship in your trip. There is no guarantee though your visa will be approved. Good luck and I hope you return here and tell us if you got it 🙂

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  204. Hi Ms. Fehl.
    I have Complete Requirements Documents already for Tourist Visa For Students. And I am planning to pass all those documents tomorrow (August 4). I just worry about my mom’s documents that I will pass. Her Bank Certificate/Statement is july1 to july31 only. Then her ITR is not updated. Then her original updated DTI business permit lost so I just have here the photocopy of that lost DTI business permit. But I also have here her ORIGINAL DTI Business permit but its not updated. Is it okay? Will the consul accept it? Actually I did a wrong turn. I booked a ticket already on august 13 because my korean friends gave me a wrong info that I can go korea for free without visa kasi 5days lang naman ako. But its not true. The problem also is I booked a ticket. So if I pass tomorrow.. I still have chance to get visa before my flight. 5working days

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  205. Hi there fehl good day! Ms fehl may i seek you advice pala if it would be alright for my pinsan to prepare (aside from the standard documents)his COE from our company(1month palang) + 2013 ITR(previous company) + his own Bank Cert + visa app form(with me as sponsor) + the affidavit of support& guarantee(i am the sponsor) + my own financials(my ITR+bank cert)? I am not sure as to the documents that ill help him to prepare. yung pinsan ko was just hired last mid of june pero may trabaho siya ng 2013 and nagresign ng april. Again thank you in advance for your time on my inquiry=)

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  206. Hi Ms. Fehl! I’ve been to Korea once as a tourist and I am wondering if I am eligible to apply for a multiple-entry visa? Tnx! More Power!

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  207. I already pass the invitation letter ,military order and I’d of my uncle and I already submit also my school certificate because I am a fresh graduate just to visit my family in Korea ..all of my parents document like BANK CERT ,EMPLOYMENT CERT AND ITR are in the embassy today ! I need answer please if it possible that my visa will approved thanks 🙂

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  208. Hello I am applying for tourist visa and today we already submit all the requirements that embassy needs …I’m just wondering if it is possible that my visa was approved? I have my sponsor my active military uncle stay in Korea right now ..please I need help if it possible that they will approved my visa ? Thanks

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  209. Hi Fehl,

    I’m currently working in Singapore for more than 3 yrs now. We are planning to visit South Korea early next year. My wife is a plain Housewife means no ITR and without Bank Certificate, we are going with our daughter also. My plan is to apply the Visa in the Philippines during my vacation, what are the other requirement I need to provide since I’m OFW and I dont have ITR. Thank you.

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  210. Hi fehl, good day! may i seek your advice regarding sk visa app.

    im currently employed at our family business and i am treated as an employee and thus have to prepare a COE, and even my support documents like my payslips and itr are signed by my mother, the general manager. our business is registered under her name.

    may i ask how will this affect my visa application. i have my bank cert at around 100K and i have sought this path to visa app instead of the businessman procedure since the business is not in my name. thanks in advance.

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    • If you have ITR and COE, I think that’s not a problem. Pass SSS Employee Static Info, that would also support your proof of employment.

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      • Fehl thank you very much for your advice. Fehl may i also ask for your advice because i have a cousin who was employed 2013 and resigned last april 2014. he has itr(from previous company 2013)and bank cert. our company hired him this july 2014 and will issue coe, although since he is also unemployed, is it possible for me or my mother to sponsor him on our application?how can we improve our chance of getting a visa. thanks fehl.=)

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  211. Hello,

    Im working as a full time networker and i only have 150k in my bank accnt. If i apply a tourist visa in SK,is there any possibility i can get a visa there? O kelangan p ng certificate ng networking company n pinagwoworkan q as a member?

    Pls help…tnx

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    • Kailangan nila.. Kasi ang pinaka.important sakanila is yung may itr, certificate of employment and bank certificate mo.. 🙂

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      • Pano kung hindi aq makakuha …ive been to Australia in 2010 got a multiple entry for 1 year..I stayed there for more than 3 months..then ive been to Vanuatu island for almost 4 months, Singapore 4 times then in Bali Indonesia 3 times..I just recently came back from my 10 days holiday in Bali.

        Regards,

        Elle

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  212. Hi,
    I’m Rhoda Laya, Filipino. I’m staying at Macau at present waiting for my working visa in hongkong. My employer (to be), is going to South Korea on August 6-10 for a Stamp Exhibition and he wants me to go with him to the said exhibition. Questions are:
    I there any possibility I can get a visa to South Korea? Any one can help me. .thanks for the help in advance..Looking forward to it
    Rhoda

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    • You need a tourist visa to South Korea. There is always a possibility of getting approved or getting refused a visa. Just complete your requirements and you will be approved without hassle.

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  213. Hi, im not a student or employee at this time. Gus2 q po magtour sa korea, ano po kaya ang pde qng mga ipasa na requirements? Thanks sna po masagot asap.

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    • It’s very hard to get visa approval if the applicant has no regular job at present coz they require financial capacity and proof you’ll return to the Philippines. If you can show them that, then you can be approved

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      • Yes! That’s true.. Ako nga may invitation letter na, itr at bank guarantee ng mag.i.sponsor saakin..hindi nila tinanggap application ko then nung second time pumunta na mismo yung nag.s.sponsor saakin still hindi parin tinanggap yung application ko.. 🙁

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  214. hello, some questions i need an answer.wat if i have invitation letter? invitation letter should be notarized in korea? what are the requirements for the invitation letter i need to submit?
    and last2 years ngwork ako sa uae tax free. ung current work ko nmn po kakastsrt ko lng last jan 16 so wala pa itr n pf maibgy sakin. wla po ako mpresent n itr from last year but i have my previous job n my itr aq last 2012 pa. pwede po b un ang isubmit ko?

    i do appreciate for your response po. maraming salamt…

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  215. I am a student and i have my mom’s ITR and COE, but she is in indonesia now. Can i just submit my personal bank cert? I have 330k in my bank. Pls reply. Thank you

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  216. Im a freelancer therefore I have a problem: I dont have a certificate of employment. I have all the other requirements though. Will I still be able to get a visa? I already booked my hotel and airline ticket.

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    • Perhaps you can provide source of income or document proving you earn some money from your freelance jobs. Bank Statements will help too

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  217. student palang din Ako at yung daddy ng anak ko na nag wowork sa korea ang nag papaaral sakin may chance b na makakuha ako ng tourist visa para mpuntahan ko sya??? plzzz i need your help

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  218. Hello.. Pwede kaya ako mag.apply ng visa without itr and bank.guarantee? Yung friend ko po na korean ang mag.sh.shoulder ng lahat.. Wala po akong work.. I have an invitation letter, it, bank guarantee niya lang.. Makakatulong po kaya yun para ma.approved visa ko? I was planning to have a vacation for 10days only.. Your reply is highly appreciated.. Thank you mam..

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      • hi ms.fehl i just want to ask something.. im here in korea already and i have baby too..kasal na q sa papel and ikakasal palang kmi sa simbahan ngayung april 26 2015 gusto ko po sana iinvite mama q para makadalo sa kasal nmin ng asawa q.. anu anu ba ang requirements para mkpunta po sya sa korea.. thank you..

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        • Application Form
          1piece of Passport size colored picture
          Original Passport (should be valid for more than 6months)
          Photocopy of Passport Bio-page (page 2)
          Original Bank Certificate of an applicant
          Invitation Letter
          Photocopy of Inviter’s Passport Bio-page (page 2)
          Photocopy of Inviter’s ID (Front & Back)
          Photocopy of Filipino’s Passport
          Photocopy of Filipino’s NSO Marriage Certificate

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  219. Hi. I plan to go to SK this December can I apply for a visa earlier? Like this coming august Will the free visa still be valid by then?

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    • It’s always better if you apply for a visa 3 months before your travel date so you know the result and you can prepare for your travel or anything else needed and requested. South Korea Embassy will let you know the result of your visa application in 5 working days (if first timer applicant)

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  220. Hi Fehl ,

    My husband and I are planning to visit SK next year. I am a Philippine passport holder, whilst my partner holds an Australian one. We are living in Australia and I have received my permanent residency visa just recently. I was wondering if you have any idea on to what i should do given the above situation. I’m aware that my husband doesn’t need to apply or lodge a tourist visa as he’s an Australian citizen. But for me, I am only a permanent resident here not yet to have my citizenship until 3 to 4 more years. Do you think i should still follow the same procedure like how you guys did? I would assume so. 🙂

    Thanks heaps!

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  221. Hello, Ms. Fel, just want to know kids(5 yrs od) will travel together with their Tita and Tito ( Tita n Tito are American citizen), but the kids are Filipino citizen, will the kids needs tourist visa?

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    • All Filipinos need a visa to visit South Korea. If they’re minor and will not travel with parents, they need more documents like DSWD clearance etc.

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  222. Hello.. how if this kind of situation, me and my sister and her friend are applying for tourist visa and we have only one korean citizen sponsor, for the three of us. is this okay? Or is this questionable in korean embassy? Because our sponsor is asking he didn’t know also..

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    • I think it’s allowed as long as the Korean sponsor can really afford your needs and capable of supporting your stay. Prove it at the embassy by submitting documents of his/her financial capacity and status, also prove that the 3 of you are going back to the Philippines again. If you have jobs right now, that would help

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  223. Hi! I am a recent graduate and do not have a job yet, I want to visit South Korea but When I went to the embassy, they said “no work no visa”! I have a Filipino passport btw, and just wondering how can I apply for a visa now??? I don’t think I can still apply for a student visa and definitely cannot apply for an employee visa! What can I do???

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    • If you will just tour and travel South Korea, you must apply for Tourist Visa. You must have all the necessary requirements. It would help if you’re currently working and can prove you can support yourself in your travel

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  224. Hello there!

    Great post by the way. I have a question too. I’m a filipino u.s greencard holder, my fiance and I want to spend some time in SK on feb2015. She’s a filipino, self-employed but don’t have any documents to back it up. Can I sponsor her trip to SK? The trip will only for two (2) weeks max. Do I need to submit a letter of sponsorship for her? What kind of documents do you think be best to increase the chances for tourist visa?

    Thanks in advance!

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  225. I’ve been in korea for 10 years. Umuwi lng po ako for settle down last 2009.Applicable po ba sa akin kung sakali gusto ko p