Korea Visa for Filipinos: 5 Effective Tips to Increase Your Chances for Approval
Applying for a Korea visa for Filipinos?
Want to increases your chances of Korean Tourist Visa approval? In this Korea Visa for Filipinos guide, here are five tips to help you get one step closer to Seoul.
Having applied for a Korea tourist visa application twice now, and being approved twice also, with a multiple-entry Korea tourist visa, I strongly believe that you can easily get approved for a tourist visa, as long as your requirements are complete and true, and you follow these five effective tips:
1. FIRST-TIMER? Ask for 5 to 10 days only.
If it’s your first-time travelling to South Korea, don’t get too carried away in your Korea visa for Filipinos application. 🙂 Most people I’ve talked to who were approved said they only put 5 to 10 days for their application, to lessen the risk of them overstaying.
Also, the consul considers your budget stated in the form, and if it’s in sync with the budget in your bank certificate. Yes, even if you think you can spend only P20,000 for a two-week vacation in Seoul because you’ll be doing budget travel, it’s still more prudent to think in terms of what the consul will think.
If you can’t afford to put in a lot of money in the bank, it’s safer to state you’ll be staying for less than 10 days only.
2. SHOW MONEY: How much should it be?
If you’re applying for a Korean tourist visa on the 28th, putting a large amount of money on the 8th so that you’ll have a bigger amount is NOT suggested. It can be seen in your bank statements!
Don’t be concerned about “how much” your money should be.
Instead, be concerned about how long and how active…your bank account is!
It’s preferable that your bank account has been active for one year or more. Most consuls would also give you plus points if they see that your bank account has frequent transactions. This means that you’re actually using your bank account, and it’s not just for show. Better if it’s a payroll account, so there’s consistent deposits every 15 days.
Another frequently asked question when applying for Korea visa for Filipinos is the pocket money dilemma.
A good guideline for pocket money is $100/day (PHP 5,000) you’re staying in Korea. Add airfare (PHP 10,000), accommodation (PHP 3,000/day) and PHP 2,000 (for buffer) so it’ll total to roughly 10,000 pesos/day.
So if you’re staying for:
★ 3-5 days: PHP 30,000 to PHP 50,000
★ 6-10 days: PHP 60,000 to PHP 100,000
If you’re staying for only 5 days and your bank certificate shows PHP 500,000, that’s suspicious and may not get you an approval. Why so many money for so few days, my friend? 🙂
3. TRAVEL HISTORY
If you’ve traveled to other countries before, this would really increase your chances of being approved for a Korean tourist visa. Make sure to attach your old passport IF it contains stamps from your previous travels.
On another note, some travelers I’ve talked to have never been to any country before, so the final decision still depends on the consul. I’m just saying this would help if the consul saw records of you leaving the country, and coming back with no problems. 🙂
4. COMPLETELY FILLED OUT APPLICATION FORM
Most Pinoys I’ve talked to already know the requirements for applying a Korean tourist visa. One of their most common problems is filling out the visa application form.
In this Korea Visa Guide, I’ll show you exactly how I fill out my tourist visa application form. If you don’t know how to fill out the form when applying for Korea visa for Filipinos, take a look:
1. Personal Details
2. 사증발급인정서 발급내용 / DETAILS OF VISA ISSUANCE CONFIRMATION
Simply leave this blank. For your passport information, please check the details on your own passport. This is just a GUIDE on filling out.
For family applications, documents for proof of relationship is a must. (eg. Marriage Contact, Birth Certificate)
Next is page 3:
You’re almost there~ we’re here at page 4! Don’t forget, paper size should be A4.
And the last page, which requires simply your signature. 🙂
5. STRONG TIES TO THE PHILIPPINES: What will make you come back home?
(2ne1 feels, anyone? Come back home~)
After staying in South Korea, what’ll make you come back home in the Philippines? No, this is not a Miss Universe question. Saying “my family” or “my amazing life partner” just won’t cut it. 🙂
You need to provide strong, hard evidence that you’ll come back once vacation time is over.
★ Employee: Certificate of Employment, Income Tax Return
★ Student: Certificate of Enrollment, School ID
★ Business owner: DTI or SEC Registration, Business Permit
★ OFW: Tax-exemption form from BIR
★ Freelancers: You’ll be treated as self-employed, and self-employed people need to file and pay for taxes as well. Frequent traveler ka? If you’ve travelled as tourist to OECD member countries within 5 years, you’re exempted from submitting your ITR.
BONUS: Take advantage of the Korean Embassy’s promos! 🙂
No Korea Visa Guide will beat the official embassy’s reminders.
And I’m glad that the Embassy of Republic of Korea in the Philippines have several updated announcements.
For example, I was lucky enough to be given a multiple-entry tourist visa just because I have a Gold BDO credit card. I wouldn’t have known about this if I didn’t visit their website, so stalk the official website of the embassy here!
Are you applying for Korea visa for Filipinos?
Let me know if you have any comments below. I’ll do my best to answer them, based on my own experience.
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