Korean Visa (For Filipinos): How to obtain one and how to check for the results online

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So I recently went to Korea and I’d like to share with you all how I got my Korean visa. I checked their website and here are the requirements needed for a tourist visa. I will also be adding some tips and suggestions.If you’re a student, businessman, or have a relative in Korea, and etc. you make check their website for the requirements needed.

Tourist/Business Visa Requirements for Employees

1. Application Form (Visa App Form here)

I filled up my application form myself and some of you may have queries on the following numbers:

• 1.7 National Identity No.
We don’t have a national identity number. My boyfriend thought that it’s his license number but it’s not so just put N/A.
• 8 Details of sponsor
I put No because I was there for a vacation. I was not there for a business trip. Put N/A in all the blanks.
• 9.1 Purpose of visit in Korea
I checked the tourism/transit box. Please do not check the others box and put travel. I saw some blogs and some people assumed that the reason why they were rejected was because they put that. TOURISM=VACATION so just check that box.
• 9.2 Intended period of stay
I put the specific dates and the number of days so for example: October 14-18 (5 days)
• 9.3 Intended date of entry
My date of departure is what I put so I wrote October 14.
• 9.4 Address in Korea
Since I stayed in a guesthouse, I put the address and the contact number. If you have not booked lodging yet, you can put “undecided.”
• 9.7 Other countries you’ve been to aside from Korea
If it doesn’t fit, you can get a blank sheet and attach it in your application.
• 10.1 Estimated travel cost in USD
I put 200 USD for 5 days.
• 10.2 Who will pay for your travel related expenses?
If you will fund your trip, just put “myself” in letter A then put N/A in B,C,D.
• 11 Assistance
If someone helped you complete the form then be honest. Write the person’s name down. I suggest though that you complete it yourself because it’s easy! Don’t make someone else do it.

  1. 1 piece of Passport size colored picture

I read in some blogs that they aren’t as strict so you can submit a picture smiling as long as its background is white. What I submitted though was a picture wearing a collared top and I wasn’t smiling. I didn’t go to a studio to have it done because I didn’t want to spend more money lol. I suggest you do it yourself! You can even use your mobile phone to take a picture. Make sure it’s high res.

  1. Original Passport (should be valid for more than 6months)
  2. Photocopy of Passport Bio-page (page 2)
  3. Original & Photocopy of valid visa/s and arrival stamps to OECD member countries for the past 5 years (If applicable only)

Check the countries here: http://www.oecd.org/about/membersandpartners/list-oecd-member-countries.htm

 Some countries are: USA, Canada, Japan, Schengen countries, etc.

  1. Original Certificate of Employment (must include applicant’s position, date hired, compensation, office address, HR landline number(cell-phone number is not allowed), HR e-mail address)

You can ask your HR for this. Make sure that you really put your HR’s landline number for verification purposes. I read in some blogs that people get rejected because the embassy isn’t able to contact the employer.

  1. Original Personal Bank Certificate
    (must include account type, current balance, account opening date, ADB)

Do not forget to put the ADB. It’s very important. When you request for the certificate from the bank and say it’s for a Korean visa then they already know what to do. Make sure though you remind them about the ADB. Also, it’s better if you use a bank account that isn’t that new. Mine was a year old so that’s okay. In some blogs that I read, some people were granted a visa even if their account was 6 months old. You can also use your payroll account if you want.

 In terms of how much your bank account should have, there isn’t really a specific amount. I had more than 50k but less than 90k and I was approved. I guess it also depends on how much you put on the “funding” part in your application. My friend had only 20k in his account and he was approved. It really depends. I suggest though that you have at least 50k

  1. Bank Statement
    (original or certified true copy of bank statements/passbook for the last 3 months)

I suggest that if you plan to put money in your account, do it gradually. The embassy might find it suspicious if you put a lot of money all at once. Remember your bank certificate shows your average daily balance so if that’s low and you suddenly put a lot then they might find it shady.

  1. ITR (Income Tax Return) or Form 2316 Copy

Again, you can get this from your HR. All ITR’s are electronic so if you print yours, you don’t need to have it stamped. It means that it’s filed. You just need a signature from your HRIS head.

  1. Copy of PRC Card or IBP Card (If applicable only)

I didn’t have this though.

* If personally invited by Korean
. Invitation Letter
. Photocopy of invitor’s Passport or Identification Card
(authentication not required)

* If invited by Company in Korea
. Invitation Letter
. Photocopy of Korean Company Business Permit
(authentication not required)

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

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

■ Visa Fee: 59 days (or less) stay in Korea — GRATIS
60 to 90 days stay in Korea — PHP1,800.00

I didn’t want to go to the embassy anymore because I did not have time. I made Pioneer Tours do mine. Email me if you want their contact number. Cost is 1500 pesos only. If you have the time, I suggest you do it yourself because it’s free.

 If you plan to do it yourself, you have to submit your documents in the embassy in the morning and get a claiming stub. Do not lose this because it’s such a hassle to claim your passport if you do. The embassy will let you know when you can claim it (3-5 processing days). You have to go back to the embassy in the afternoon to claim your passport.

 How to check if you were granted a visa online

I hate waiting for visas. I get anxious and scared because I sometimes feel like I’m going to get rejected. I am just super paranoid. Lol. So before you get your passport from the embassy, you can check online in the Korea Visa Portal if you were granted a visa. To be honest, I was so nervous while waiting for the page to load but thank God I was granted one!!!

  1. Visit this website: https://www.visa.go.kr/openPage.do?MENU_ID=10301#this
  2. Translate it to English (click the upper right)
  3. Click diplomatic office
  4. Put in your passport number, Full name (last name and then given name), date of birth.

If you have any questions regarding this, you can email me at margabellosillo@gmail.com or you can comment below. I’d be happy to answer your questions!

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25 Comments Add yours

  1. Angie says:

    Hi! Thank you for the guide in filling up the form. I have concern though, The balance on my Bank Cert is higher than on the bank statement I printed online since I will use my Payroll Account the bank did not issue a bank statement. Will that do? Or I have to ask for another bank cert again? Thank you!

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    1. MargaGoes says:

      Bank statement should be printed by the bank. All documents should be consistent so I suggest you get a new one. It should include your ADB. 🙂

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  2. Anne says:

    Hi sis! How many days before i can check our status online? I applied last Tuesday with my husband and daughter but until now no search data found. Im really anxious so i really want to check our status online before we get out passport nextweek. Thank you!

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    1. MargaGoes says:

      Hi, when I did it back then the status online was released within a week. If it’s not, just keep trying.

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  3. MARLENE CARAIT says:

    Hi! I just applied for my family’s trip to SOKOR Oct 2 and got an appointment to pick-up Oct 6. Today is Oct 5, I checked the Korean Visa Portal and status is still “APPLICATION RECEIVED”. Do you think I should go Oct 6 to pick-up the passport even if that is still the status? Thanks for your reply.

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    1. MargaGoes says:

      Yes, You should still go if it says that it’s for pick up on October 6. It’s weird though. It should be uploaded before it’s released.

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      1. Marlene says:

        Hi, I got our multiple entry visa. I checked the night of Oct 5 around 9pm and it said approved, so I asked my rep to pick-up the following day as per appointment. Thanks.

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      2. MargaGoes says:

        That’s nice! Congrats and have a safe trip to Korea. Enjoy! Hope my blog entry helped you 🙂

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  4. Jam says:

    Hi, I’m just so worried because my ADB is just 9k though current balance is 60k. 😦 I was just able to save money for the last 3 months that’s why I think my ADB is low. Do you think I would still have the chance to get approved? Your honest feedback would be much appreciated.

    Thank you! 🙂

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    1. MargaGoes says:

      I suggest you still try. No harm in trying. I think other requirements such as COE is also important and they look at that as well. Make sure you have your ITR and other requirements because it will help as well.

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  5. fruit says:

    a friend of mine forgot her passport number, is there any other way she can check her status online?

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    1. MargaGoes says:

      hmmm Haven’t encountered that experience. I think she really needs her passport number.

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  6. Umer zeb says:

    What is the meaning of application received ?????

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    1. MargaGoes says:

      It just means that it’s for evaluation already. Wait for it and check it again if you were approved or not.

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  7. Misyel says:

    what if it just said permission?

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    1. MargaGoes says:

      What do you mean by permission?

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  8. Cass says:

    How do you put the format of your name, like example, Cassandra Elise Monteverde Tan, will it be TAN CASSANDRA ELISE MONTIVERDE? Thank you!

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    1. MargaGoes says:

      Last name and then Name no need for middle name 🙂

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  9. chuck says:

    NO SEARCH DATA HAS BEEN FOUND
    hi, I tried to check the status of my Visa online but I keep on getting the same message.

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    1. MargaGoes says:

      Just keep trying. I recently also applied for a visa again and it only showed a day before it was released.

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    2. MargaGoes says:

      Applied again recently and it only showed a day before. Please keep trying.

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  10. Hi! for my mom’s application, its showing online “APPLICATION CANCELLED” do you have any idea for this? many thanks!

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    1. MargaGoes says:

      Have not encountered that. Can you please update me though? Goodluck!

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    2. Don says:

      Any update for this? My gf’s application too shows the same application cancelled. thanks

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      1. MargaGoes says:

        Hi, I haven’t encountered this. Update me please!

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