S.K. Visa Approved! valid for 3 months good for a 59 day stay in S.K.
I have so much ‘kwento’ about this unexpected trip i can go on and on and on… so let me start from where it should all begin – the Korean Visa Application.
it has been said that South Korea (S.K.)has loosen its Immigration Laws towards Southeast Asian nations (that includes us the Philippines) in order to attract SEA’s emerging tourist market. thus, visa application for S.K. is not much of a hassle and its FREE for us Filipinos.
the S.K. embassy and its Consulate can now be located on the following addresses below.
South Korea Embassy , Philippines
122 Upper McKinley Road
McKinley Town Center
Fort Bonifacio, Taguig city 1634
South Korea Consulate, Philippines
122 Upper McKinley Road, McKinley Town Center,
a copy of the S.K. Visa requirements provided by the S.K. embassy
1) Duly Signed Application Form available at the S.K. embassy Visa application Center
2) 1pc. passport sized picture
3) 6 months valid Passport – Original
4) COpy of Passport First Page
5) Employment Certificate – Original
6) Personal Bank Certificate – Original
7) Income Tax Return Form 2316
8) Original COpy of Your Visa and arrival stamps from OECD member nations (optional)
1) Please make sure your application form has no erasures. acceptance of your documents (not even for approval yet) is subject to the Consul’s objectivity so better give the impression that you are dead serious w/ your trip and reflect it with the way you fill out the application form.
2) 1 pc. passport size photo is attached to the application form prior submission
3) Remove all covers of your passport upon submission. Consuls tend to assume this strict, irate, hateful look and you would never want to provoke them by not removing the passport cover (baka itapon lang yang passport mo sa basurahan)
4) Certificate of Employment (COE) should be Original. It must include the address, contact nos., signature of your Head H.R., your office number, your position and your company’s Letter Head. Just to be safe you may have to include/state in your COE the approval of your superior on your vacation leave and the no. of days of your VL.
5) Personal Bank Certificate is entirely different from a Personal Bank Statement. the Visa requirement is a Bank CERTIFICATE. i am a BPI account holder so i was able to secure a Bank certificate from any BPI branch for a fee of 100 Pesos. i was able to get it right away also.
the next question would be, how much amount should be reflected in the bank certificate? well for me, i acknowledge the significance of the bank certificate as a requirement for Visa so, that would mean the amount should also be, well, significant. 30,000P is acceptable i guess (but a few of my friends who have gone to S.K. had as low as 12,000P in their bank certificates nonetheless their Visas were approved).
6) BIR form 2316 should reflect your TIN number. good thing all our BIR forms are downloadble through our company console. no need for us to visit BIR.
Visa Submission Day
1) Visa Application submission only runs from Monday to Friday (closed on Korean Holidays so better call the S.K. embassy beforehand to check the dates you intend to go if they’re open or not) from 9AM to 11AM ONLY.
2) Visa application and Passport retrieval is from Monday to Friday from 2PM to 4PM ONLY.
3) Please wear somthing presentable. slippers, sleeveless and shorts are not allowed inside the embassy.
4) Processing will take 5 days. you will be given this claim stub w/ the date of claim.
if you dont really want to undergo all the hassle for visa application, then you may opt for travel agencies w/c can charge you to around 1000P for the whole processing (pero kayo pa din mag gather ng requirements, sayang din yung 1000P pinambayad nyo lang sa pila)