Tourist visa to Korea for Pinoys

UPDATE: You might want to read this simpler entry for the REQUIREMENTS IN APPLYING FOR A TOURIST VISA (C-3) TO KOREA.

If you’re a Filipino and you want to go to Korea, the first thing that you must do is to acquire a visa… and it isn’t easy!

More than a decade ago, visas are not required for Pinoys. They can come and go as much as they wanted but things changed in 1994 when the Philippine government requested to the Korean government to require visas for Filipinos travelling to their country. That’s what I learned from watching “Magandang Gabi Bayan” three or four years ago.

Let me talk about the individual tourist visa. I had applied for a tourist visa almost three years ago but I was turned down for some reason. I wasn’t disheartened but my hubby (then fiance) was… I remember reading an article where DOLE secretary Patricia Sto. Tomas said that it’s harder to get a Korean tourist visa than to get a US visa. It’s probably true…

Unlike a US visa application, there is no interview conducted when applying for a Korean tourist visa. They also don’t require additional documents like land titles or car registration, and the likes. What you will need to provide them are… (1) bank certificate stating your savings, (2) certificate of employment showing your salary and position, (3) latest ITR (income tax return), (4) your passport and a copy, plus the (5) visa application form and (6) 2×2 pictures and if you have been invited, (7) a notarized invitation letter.

You have to go to the embassy really early! They open at 9AM but you have to line up outside before they let you in. Where do you have to go? The Korean Embassy is located at Pacific Star Building at the corners of Gil Puyat Ave. and Makati Ave. Right in front of a gas station, you can’t miss it!

When I applied for my tourist visa, I was there as early as 7AM and the line was already long… After arriving at the place, just follow the queue outside. At around 10 minutes before 9AM, the guard will let people in. You have to get a Visitor’s Pass by providing an ID. It doesn’t have to be a fancy ID, the one issued by the postal office will do. You’ll have to ride the elevator and get off on the 18th floor. There will be another line before entering the main office. The guard (who’s really friendly and nice) will ask you if it’s your first time to apply for a visa (in general) or not. If it is then he will give you a number for Window 3. If not, then you’ll be provided a number for Window 4. You’ll have to sit down and wait until it is your turn. The Korean lady on Window 3 is Ms. Park Ok (at least, the last time I was there)…

When your number is shown on the LCD display, you’ll have to go to Window 3 and present your documents. Like I told you, there’s no need for an interview. If your documents are complete, she’ll staple them and give you a claim stub for your passport. If you have submitted an incomplete set of documents, she’ll ask you to come back and complete your documents. If you’re planning to stay in Korea for more than 59 days, you’ll have to pay 1,500 pesos as visa fee. A stay of less than 59 days is free. Paying doesn’t guarantee an approval.

Application usually ends at 12PM. If your number is not called at that time, you’ll have to come back another day and fall in line, and get another number! Hehe…

Waiting time is usually 7 days. To claim your passport, you’ll have to come in the afternoon of the designated date in your claim stub. Again, you’ll have to queue outside and wait for the embassy to open. I really hate waiting because it makes me all nervous and excited!

If you get a visa, congratulations! If not, then try again later… after 6 months!

My mother applied for a tourist visa two weeks ago and got hers last Tuesday. She’s been here last year for our wedding and it just took her three days to get her visa. We sent her a notarized invitation last year but not for this year. She has a US resident visa so that probably helped her. Anyway, she’s planning to come here on the 7th of August via Asiana Airlines (whose unionized pilots are currently on strike) from the Clark International Airport. The airport is a 15-minute drive from our residence in Angeles City (we live about 200 meters from the gates of Clark).

1,662 comments

  1. i am a filipino, first time to go to south korea. my two-way airfare will be sponsored by a friend. i am travelling as a tourist but will also witness the conduct of business that my friend is engaged to in korea. i learned from this site that i need a notarized invitation letter. can you send me a sample? date of entry will be sept 26, 2006. please help.

  2. If you have a US or Japanese visa then a copy of one of those can help- it will do as a substitute of one of the required documents and will also (supposedly) speed up processing.

  3. hi, i’m a Filipino and i’m looking for a possibility of working in Korea as an English teacher… if you know any english academy looking for a part time/full time filipino teacher …i would appreciate if you could notify me…thank you..It’s my first time to view your website..and it’s helpful..

    1. hi, im a filipina and had a bf in the US ARMY now stationed in south korea he wants me to visit him there ive been in korea before but i overstayed there,pls help me what to do in order for me to see him..thank you

  4. Hi! Thanks for the very useful info. I’d appreciate it a lot if you could answer some questions for me. Should the invitation be notarized in Korea or here in the Philippines? I’m scheduled to go on the 11th of Sept. Your quickest reply is most appreciated. Thank you so much.

  5. hi erwin! the invitation should come from your korean host… he can get it from a lawyer… it’s called “cho-cheong-chang” in korean…

    if you haven’t been outside the country, it would be quite difficult to get a visa so all the necessary documents should be fulfilled…

    but if you have been to a country where you need a visa to visit (e.g., japan, US, etc.) then it’s easier to get a korean visa…

    good luck!

  6. hi im a filipino whose married in a us army and i wanna invite my sister just to visit korea what documents that she need and what documents i have to give her and did she need itr but she don’t have a job can u pls help me

  7. hi..i have a us military bf stationed in korea..and he wants me to visit him there nxt month…and he want me to stay there till december..coz when on january…we plan to get married here in philippines..what are the documents needed.. my bf was the one who gonna take the risk for my expenses.. help me pls..since i really scheduled my trip goin there next month..its my first time of my trip..

  8. hi, im working before in korea im entertainer then im done with my contract can i visit a again ther in korea ? i want to visit all my friends there.. tell me if its hard for me to come back there again..pls, tell me what i need to do? ASAP…

  9. hi,
    i have a u.s military boyfriend station in korea he wants me to visit him in korea & we want to get married in korea. what we need to do? can you please help me…and please can you give me sample of invitation letter

  10. hi,
    i have a u.s military boyfriend station in korea he wants me to visit him in korea & we want to get married in korea. what we need to do? can you please help me…and please can you give me sample of invitation letter

  11. i have a u.s military boyfriend station in korea he wants me to visit him in korea & we want to get married in korea. what we need to do? can you please help me…and please can you give me sample of invitation letter..what kind of visa i need to get?but i think were planning to get a tourist visa.what is the requirements? thank you

  12. hi,i have a sister in japan,and im staying here in S.korea,with my american husband,i just wanna ask if there’s a possible that we can go visit my sister in japan? and are we allow to aply the tourist visa for japan from here in korea? what do think they need the requirements from us? which is my husband is american? please i need your advice..thanks for your kind consideration.

  13. hi,

    what is the posible reason why lots of filipino has been interogate in korean immigration though they already got korean visa thats been aproved by the korean embassy here in the.
    in my case the name of the person who processed my papers has been maked to my korean visa.
    is it necessary to bring her along with me?
    what if she cannot travel for some reason? ex.illness,
    my entry will be on nov.22 please i need urgent advise.

    PLEASE REPLY TO MY EMAIL ADD.
    THANKS!

  14. Hi! I’m just curious…how much in the min. savings in one’s account for him to go to Korea as a tourist? I’m planning to go there and visit my students. please get back to me…thanks.

  15. Hello,I have a us bf there in korea his a English Teacher,and he want me to visit him
    but I don’t know what kind of document do I need pls.help me.and let me know what do I need so that I can preapare it asap.Thanks and have a good day……

  16. have a u.s military boyfriend station in korea he wants me to visit him in korea & we want to get married in korea. what we need to do? can you please help me…and please can you give me sample of invitation letter..what kind of visa i need to get?but i think were planning to get a tourist visa.what is the requirements? thank you..pls. help us..

  17. i have a u.s military boyfriend station in korea he wants me to visit him in korea & we want to get married in korea. what we need to do? can you please help me…and please can you give me sample of invitation letter..what kind of visa i need to get?but i think were planning to get a tourist visa.what is the requirements? thank you..pls. help us..

    kindly please reply in my email address:
    davidrence03@yahoo.com

  18. ^^ hi rence! i think i sent you an email before but it bounced back… if your boyfriend works at the US bases, they have a legal office wherein he can ask about the necessary papers you need to get married in korea…

  19. hi! I’m a Filipina, i just want to ask if i do need a visa if i will stay in korea for only 15 days. Actually i already applied for a korean visa but for no reason i got denied. I completed all the requirements they needed even an invitation letter from my fiancee who’s happened to be a US ARMY. He expected me to pent new yer him but too bad i got denied. He asked his friend who worked in an embassy for about 9 years and told him that i don’t need a visa. Actually most of his friend told that and i also saw in one of the website here thjat i really don’t need a visa. I’m really confused. Please help me. PLease! Hope you can help me asap. Thanks a lot!

  20. hi! I’m a Filipina, i just want to ask if i do need a visa if i will stay in korea for only 15 days. Actually i already applied for a korean visa but for no reason i got denied. I completed all the requirements they needed even an invitation letter from my fiancee who’s happened to be a US ARMY. He expected me to spent new yer him but too bad i got denied. I’m really confused. Please help me. PLease! Hope you can help me asap. Thanks a lot!

  21. I saw an article which stating that i don’t need a visa if i will stay in KOrea for only 15days. Most of my fiancee friend told him that i really don’t need it. Please help me ‘coz i’m really confused. Please. Thanks a lot!

  22. Hi Jaja! That is so unfortunate but Filipinos do need a visa to Korea. The first time I applied, I also got denied. My papers were complete and I also had an invitation from my husband.

    I think you’ll just have to try again after six months. (this is really unreasonable but that’s their rule) Or you can get married in the Philippines.

    I really don’t know how I can help you. If your boyfriend is working for the US Army, he could ask their legal department.

  23. hi dear!

    i just got my visa few hours ago and unfortunately it was denied..same with other filipinos my docs are complete and true and still it was denied.i have a first cousin whose working in navy in US do you think she can help me (legal dept per se)

  24. sir /maa”m,

    i have some problem,i have a france bf,he wants me to visit him in france,wht we need to do?and please can you give me a sample of invitation letter,wht kind of visa i need to get?my bf one who gonna takes the risk of my expenses,help me plss,this s my first time…thanks.

  25. dear sir/madaam,

    i have a bf a france bf,he wants me to visit him in france,what we need to do?and please can you give me a sample of invitation letter or sponsored letter?wht kind of visa i need to get?my bf is the one to pay all of my xpenses,help me pls…

    thanks,il wait your reply..

  26. Sir/ Madam,

    I’m planning for visit to Korea this coming vacation…..i’m still a student.I just wanna ask,what documents do i need to get a tourist visa?Please help me.I will be waiting for your response Sir/ Madam.
    Thank you.

  27. Hello,

    I am planning to have a vacation/travel tour to S.Korea for 4 to 6 days only. And it’s my first time to go to other country, and i know it would be difficult for me to acquire a korean tourist visa. Is there any ways/things that i can do to make my application approve? please help me coz i really want to see the beauty of Korea.

    thanks,
    weng

  28. I’m planning for visit to Korea this coming vacation…..i’m still a student.I just wanna ask,what documents do i need to get a tourist visa?Please help me.I will be waiting for your response Sir/ Madam.

  29. Hi,I have a long time boyfriend from Busan,and now were planning to get married there.I’ve been to Korea before but it was about 8 years ago.I have been to Africa with him because he’s working there.Now we want to settle down.I’m not working .I’m just a plain housewife.What documents is needed for me to go to Korea?Please advice me.Thank you.

  30. Hi , I’m planning to visit Korea by July. Is it hard or difficult to get a tourist visa to Korea??? I also has an US Army Friend. What about the show money how much do I need to in my account??? Hope to hear fro you… Thanks!

  31. Hi!! I’m planning to go to korea for a vacation…maximum of 8 days stay…do i still need to get a visa? what are the requirements…send reply to my email…tnx!!:)

  32. hi shedz! oo… kahit 8 days o 3 days ka lang sa korea, kailangan natin kumuha ng visa… noong huli kong uwi, may nakasabay akong turistang pinoy papasok ng korea… 3 days lang sila pero kailangan pa rin ng visa… good luck ha!

  33. hi
    Anyone could help me? I am a 21 y.o filipina, i have a canadian bf who is working in korea as ESL for more than 4 years now. We both agreed that I will visit him on july 1st for it has the lowest flight rate in PAL as ived checked online. I have already theapplication form and also he provide me money to put on my bank account and also have sent me the invitation notarized by canadian embassy in korea and he will sent the rest of the documents needed by next week. This is not my first time to travel outside the country i have been to KL. MY concern now I wanted to ask you guys to please help me. AM i goin ot have a problem with this? coz what i ahve read on the comments ahead it scares me i am so excited to see my bf. please help me

  34. my bf will provide me the rountrip ticket. we plan to that i will visit him from july 1st to august 25th this year. What else do i need for the visa application? ?How many percent are my chance to get the visa approved?

  35. Hi!
    I have a Korean fiance and he’s here in the Philippines right now. We are planning to go to Korea and stay there for more than a year. (I’m also going to look for a job there). I would like to ask about the kind of visa that I need to get. Actually it’s more of a question of whether I can go to Korea and stay there for more than a year…Please help me. thanks

  36. hi jocelyn! the only visa you can get, if you’re not yet married is the C3 visa or the tourist visa… that’s good for a maximum of three months, so you’ll have to go back home every months… you cannot work legally with that visa, so don’t tell others that your visa is C3 :)… if you have a C3 visa and you’re able to find a job (as long as it’s not teaching english since it’s illegal for filipinos), you’ll have to go back to the philippines to process your papers for the appropriate visa… anyway, good luck to you… the surest way for you to come here is to get married… but don’t get married just so you can come here… get married because you’re ready… trust me, it isn’t easy being a daughter-in-law in korea…

    1. bechay,,just wanna ask,,,why is it illegal for filipinos to teach english there in korea???

      even though the academy will hire you is it still illegal???

      just wondering,,thanks please reply to my email add,,thanks

  37. hi!christian greetings!!!i have a us army bf and he wants me to visit him in his post since he cant travel till october to see me.i am about to go for the visa application but i have the fear that i might be denied by the korean embassy.i have reserve my two-way ticket july 14 and be back august 04 of this year.i’ve got his invitation and affidavit of support from him notarized by the Us government, bank statement for proof of sufficient fund, passport , ITR, but the certificate of employment i have with me is my contract in Singapore since im workingthere as a DH then i got a vaction of 2 months thats why we planned that i will be the one to go there in korea.Do you think this its good to show or not anymore?i’ve travelled already to other part of asia but not korea yet.pls say something about my situation if i have a chance to get a visa or not.hope you can help me or even just an advice.As soon as possible.

  38. hi lyn! i think you have sufficient documents… you won’t really know if you’ll get a visa unless you try… it takes about a week to get a C3 visa so better go there and apply… good luck!

  39. i wonder if they will question my certificate of employment in singapore while i apply here in philippines to go korea?but anyway u r right i wont know if i can get visa or not without trying my luck.just wish me luck for it.my bf is really expecting to see me this coming month and probably spend time with me even just a short while.im just croosing my fingers for it.we’ve been doing our best so hope the korean embassy wont just dump our effort.thanks for the advise.god bless…..

  40. i wonder if i can obtain a work visa even though i dont have any job arrangements yet? I plan to go there and then apply for a job when i arrive there. Would it be possible? Or should I get a tourist visa first and then apply for a job, and then apply for a work permit before my tourist visa expires? I really wanted to go to Korea. please give me some advice. Thanks!!!

  41. betchay please help…. my fiance wants me to get a visa to go to korea asap to tie the knot… he’s a korean guy living in busan… i wonder… would it be easier for HIM to get a fiance visa to live in the philippines?
    and does an invitation make a big difference? thanks…

  42. hi roselle! there is no fiance visa to korea… you’ll have to get a tourist visa to come here… the invitation might be helpful, it’s not expensive anyway… just ask him to go to any lawyer’s office to get the invitation… if you get denied, then ask him to go to the philippines to get married… if you get denied a visa, you’ll have to wait for six months before you can apply again…

  43. @ Eden >> if you come here as a tourist and find a job, you’ll have to go back to the philippines to get a working visa… korea is not like singapore where you get a working permit on a tourist visa… and one thing more, jobs here are limited for foreigners… most pinoys here work in factories… there are some professionals here too but they have prior working arrangements before coming here… as for teaching english, we’re not allowed to teach here (legally)…

  44. Hi, thanks for the info…much appreciated.

    Pls. allow me to ask question if you don’t mind…
    Actually, my brother was invited by his Korean students in PIA (Pines International Academy) to visit Korea, granted they (students) will pay for his air ticket (back & forth), as a token for his being “good teacher”.

    Should he follow the same procedure(s) as what you did? (i.e.: visa application, etc..) Your advise will be much appreciated.

    Thanks in advance.

    Laurence

  45. gud day…me and my boyfriend(japanese) decided to meet in korea to celebrate his birthday jaz for 3 days….is it possible?tnx

  46. i wanted to go to korea to find a good job…my former student is going to help me of going there but i have to have a notarized invitation letter from someone??who will it be??and how???how much money do i have to had in my savings if i’ll be a tourist there..?please help me….send some ways please…thanks…i’ll be waiting for a reply…

  47. @laurence — > there’s no other procedure to go to korea as a tourist… you have to show the embassy your complete documents as they would not accept your application if you don’t have all your documents… if you’re working, you’ll have to show them your ITR, bank certificate and employment certificate or if a student, then the parent’s ITR, bank certificate and school registration… a notarized invitation letter from the korean might be helpful but is optional… another option is to join a tour group…

    @jonalyn –> it’s possible to meet in korea and just stay for three days BUT you’ll still need to get a visa (if you’re a filipino)… why not just meet in singapore?

    @barbie –> your korean student can get the notarized invitation letter from ANY law office… it’s called 초청장 or “cho-cheong-jang”… i don’t know how much money you’ll need to show but the more the better… why not join a tourist group? anyway, let me just remind you that we, as filipinos, are not allowed to teach english in korea… it’s illegal though not impossible… it’s a risk and i don’t recommend it (or if you’re gonna do it, don’t tell others that you’re there on a tourist visa, specially pinoys)

  48. respected authoritian
    my self sandeep kumar. i am citizen of india. Presently i am student. i already got the invitation from my friend from south korea going for tourist visa. my quiery are under below – wht is bank financial statement. how much fund i would require to show for toursit visa from last six month.

    Thanking you

    With Regards

    sandeep kumar

  49. hello, I just wanna iinquire and I need an answer.. my sister got an invitation from his bf’s father for travel or tourist, we dont know what to do or to complete the requirements but we dont know the requirements to be submitted in korean embassy here in philippines..pls help us to know.. thank you very much

  50. Hello, a korean family is hiring me as a private home tutor (English) They will help me with my plane ticket and everything. It is my first time to go out of the country. What are the documents that I need to prepare? I don’t have bank accounts for the show money so do I have to make one? They want me to stay there for one year. Is it possible? What kind of visa should I get? I don’t know where to start and what to do.. Please help me.

  51. Hello, a korean family is hiring me as a private home tutor (English) they will help me with my plane ticket and everything. It is my first time to go out of the country. What are the documents that I need to prepare? I don’t have bank accounts for the show money so do I have to make one? They want me to stay there for one year. Is it possible? What kind of visa should I get? I don’t know where to start and what to do.. Please help me.

  52. @ roz – if you’ll be coming here as a tourist, you’ll need the papers mentioned in the post and previous comments… but as a tourist, you can only stay for up to 3 months then you’ll have to go back to the philippines and apply for a visa again… IT’S ILLEGAL to teach privately in Korea, you’ll need to get a special permit to do that… even native english speakers who come here as ESL teachers are not allowed to teach privately… if you’re a philippine passport holder, you can’t come here with the E-2 visa (the visa for english teachers)… so you’ll have to take the risk or just wait for a better opportunity to come…

  53. this is roz again..thanks for the info..i talked to my employer this morning.. her family owns a hairdressing shop in korea and china..they will make the visa for me stating that i will work in the shop..is it possible for them to make the visa for me as my employer? what kind of visa can they make for me?

  54. hi betchay,

    I appreciate your time & effort catering various problems sent to you.

    I also need your advice regarding my tourist visa application to Korea since this is my first time. And one of the required documents are present employment certificate & ITR… It really bothers me now because I don’t have these two documents since I resigned from my broadcasting work last 2004 & not presently working.

    Another thing is, could I right the name of my contact person from the school in the application form though his name is not stated in the invitation?(but he’s the one who sent me the invitation addressed from the school)

    I would really appreciate your immediate response fro this.

    Thank you,

    Emily

  55. Hi Miss Betchay,

    I’m very much hoping to go and visit Korea this year. I do have my aunt who works there. I want to visit but the requirements are too much. I’m just 20 years old so I don’t have properties that I own yet. I’ve only been working for 7 months so I don’t have enough money to show them. I also want to visit because my bf is a Korean Citizen and I want to visit him there. Is it possible for me to get a visa if my aunt’s boss will help me get an invitation to visit?

    Please do help me. Please reply at my email address : berry.icefly@gmail.com

    Your Help is very much appreciated!

    Ivy

  56. @ Emily – thanks for visiting… I’m a little bit confused. Did the school send you the invitation? Is it an English language school in Korea? I think if you’re not currently working, then that would explain why you wouldn’t be able to show them an employment certificate. Just tell them that you’re not working. When you submit your papers, they will check them first and if they’re not satisfied, they will just ask you to come back. It’s a hassle but I guess that’s the only way to know.

    @Nina Ivy – You don’t need to show extra documents to the embassy. They will only receive the ones that they require. If you’ve been working for only seven months, then that’s fine as long as you can show them proof of your employment. There really is no guarantee how to get a visa to Korea. If your aunt’s boss is willing to help, then why not? Accept all the assistance that you can get ;).

  57. Hi betchay,

    Thank you for your immediate response.

    Yes it’s an English Language School in Korea that invited me to visit their school.

    I just hope and pray that my visa be approved for me to visit Korea and at the same time visit my brother who is working there.

    God bless!

    Emily / charmel_gsc@yahoo.com.ph

  58. im planning to visit korea but the problem is i dont know how much do i spend to get the visa and how much is the show money…my bf is working there but its not legal, my aunt will sponsor me…this is my first time to travel overseas i dont know how was it but i do have my passport…kindly tell me what to do???i dont know how to process it…suggestion is mucg appreciated…pls send it to my email…God bless

  59. im planning to visit korea but the problem is i dont know how much do i spend to get the visa and how much is the show money…my bf is working there but its not legal, my aunt will sponsor me…this is my first time to travel overseas i dont know how was it but i do have my passport…kindly tell me what to do???i dont know how to process it…suggestion is mucg appreciated…pls send it to my email…God bless

    rain_rain69@yahoo.com

  60. Hello Betchay!

    I was referred to your blog by fellow POEA forumers and I’m happy to read your posts as it give me info on your experiences there in Korea.

    I need your sdvice. My situation’s this: I’m hired directly by a Canadian employer who’s going to establish an international school there in Seoul. So, i’ll be needing a work visa right? I’ll be teaching social studies there and the Korean University (where the IS will be located) informed me to apply for a C4 visa since it’s the fastest visa to process (usually 5 days).

    I went to the Korean Consular Office and the woman behind Window 3 (i don’t know if she’s the ms. park you referred to earlier) at first vehemenly shook her head and said “NO C4 VISA for FILIPINO English teachers. got a little peeved but i still pasted a smile and informed her that i’m not teaching English in Korea then she said i still need to submit a CCVI, ITR and personal bank certificate.

    I asked my Canadian & Korean employers to secure the CCVI for me there and the Canadian told me to apply the C4 even without the CCVI. Mr. Park (her business partner) said that it’ll take 4 weeks to process the CCVI. The original time table for the teachers to be in Korea is until the 25th of this month because the inservice training will start on the 27th. It appears that i’m the only Filipino teacher in the team, the others are flying out as tourists between the 27th-30th.

    I’m afraid of the next email that i’ll receive from my employers. if they ask me to apply for a visit visa, that’ll be the end of my dream to work abroad. I mean as the other people who posted their experiences with the tourist visa denial, i’m positive that i’ll join the numbers (huhuhuhu!). I’m not being pessimistic but i’m dealing with real facts. I only lack the CCVI, i have my ITR and personal bank account (although i wonder why they want it while i’m applying for a C4 work visa). Do i really need proof of funds as a temporary worker? I’ve already withdrawn a hefty amount from my bank account to buy my travel things and already exchanged some of them to US dollars. Will that affect my chances for visa approval?

    What are my other options? If i go on with a visit visa, i don’t have sufficient funds and properties as show money. Then you said it’ll take six months before i reapply if i get denied. i need help… thanks!

  61. Hello Betchay!

    I was referred to your blog by fellow POEA forumers and I’m happy to read your posts as it give me info on your experiences there in Korea.

    I need your sdvice. My situation’s this: I’m hired directly by a Canadian employer who’s going to establish an international school there in Seoul. So, i’ll be needing a work visa right? I’ll be teaching social studies there and the Korean University (where the IS will be located) informed me to apply for a C4 visa since it’s the fastest visa to process (usually 5 days).

    I went to the Korean Consular Office and the woman behind Window 3 (i don’t know if she’s the ms. park you referred to earlier) at first vehemenly shook her head and said “NO C4 VISA for FILIPINO English teachers. got a little peeved but i still pasted a smile and informed her that i’m not teaching English in Korea then she said i still need to submit a CCVI, ITR and personal bank certificate.

    I asked my Canadian & Korean employers to secure the CCVI for me there and the Canadian told me to apply the C4 even without the CCVI. Mr. Park (her business partner) said that it’ll take 4 weeks to process the CCVI. The original time table for the teachers to be in Korea is until the 25th of this month because the inservice training will start on the 27th. It appears that i’m the only Filipino teacher in the team, the others are flying out as tourists between the 27th-30th.

    I’m afraid of the next email that i’ll receive from my employers. if they ask me to apply for a visit visa, that’ll be the end of my dream to work abroad. I mean as the other people who posted their experiences with the tourist visa denial, i’m positive that i’ll join the numbers (huhuhuhu!). I’m not being pessimistic but i’m dealing with real facts. I only lack the CCVI, i have my ITR and personal bank account (although i wonder why they want it while i’m applying for a C4 work visa). Do i really need proof of funds as a temporary worker? I’ve already withdrawn a hefty amount from my bank account to buy my travel things and already exchanged some of them to US dollars. Will that affect my chances for visa approval?

    What are my other options? If i go on with a visit visa, i don’t have sufficient funds and properties as show money. Then you said it’ll take six months before i reapply if i get denied. i need help… thanks!

  62. HI Shey! You don’t really have much choice. The CCVI is really a requirement for the C-4 visa. As long as you have the CCVI, it wouldn’t really matter how much money you have in the bank. If you can’t get that, then you’ll have to take a chance and apply for the C-3 visa. As for the show money, it’s just a matter of luck sometimes. I know someone who didn’t have much money in her bank and got a tourist visa. It’s a risk, but you don’t really have a lot of choices… oh well, maybe you can just join a tour group.

  63. HI! I have an American fiance’ who works in korea as a teacher. And he wants me to visit him there on December and he wants us to get married there on the same month. What are the documents I need to be able to get a visa? And how long does it take to process it? And can we can get married there, if so, what are the necessary documents i need to present? My fiance’ will be the one who will shoulder all my expenses. Can you help me regarding this matter? Thank you and more power!

  64. somebody invited me to visit korea as a tourist but as you said it is only possible for a tourist to stay for three months. but i want to stay longer that that.so somebody told me that it is easier to go to korea as a student. i mean a filipino who wants to study korean language there. is it possible? how many months can i stay?what do i need to do? and if i go there as a tourist can i renew my stay there?

  65. @Jaja >> wait for my answer Tuesday night, i’ll go to the Philippine Embassy in the afternoon (to get my new passport) and I’ll ask them the procedure regarding your concern 🙂

  66. Dear Betchay,

    HI! I have an American fiance’ who works in korea as a teacher. And he wants me to visit him there on December and he wants us to get married there on the same month. What are the documents I need to be able to get a visa since I’m still a student? And how long does it take to process it? And can we can get married there, if so, what are the necessary documents i need to present? My fiance’ will be the one who will shoulder all my expenses. Can you help me regarding this matter? Thank you and more power!

  67. ^^ hiya! you come to korea as a tourist and get married here with your american fiance… you’ll have to apply at the korean embassy for your visa and submit all documents… btw, how old are you? if you’re a student, you’ll have to submit your parents’ financial documents to the embassy… like in my previous replies, you’ll need to show them your school registration (in lieu of certificate of employment since you’re a student), parents’ bank statement, parents’ ITR…

    if you’re planning to marry in Korea… you’ll need to prepare the following:
    – CENOMAR – certificate of no marriage from the NSO
    – birth certificate – from NSO
    – “Affidavit of Singleness” signed by your parents
    – if you’re not yet 21, you’ll need parental consent
    – if you’re over 21 but younger than 25, you’ll need parental advice
    present the documents above to the Philippine Embassy in Korea… since you’re marrying a foreigner, you can’t get married at the embassy… you have to do it at the “dong samuso” where your fiance lives… once you’re married, have it registered at the philippine embassy…
    then you can probably change your visa to F-1 (dependent) instead of C-3 (tourist visa) so you can stay longer…

  68. hi!
    I just married last june 2007 in philippines. my husband is US military airforce still working at osan base, & were planning now 2 visit him in south korea as a tourist visa good for 2 months, i had already invitation letter signing his commanders, certificate of CFO, passport using my husband last name, military id , my husband passport..
    I was confusing now why of some applying visa for korea is getting denied even they hve a complete documents 2 applied for?? Did my documents is enough 2 apply visa?
    F u think dat i can have a tourist visa, how long it takes 2 hve visa???
    Hope u reply this ASAP…
    Thnx for kind consideration..

  69. @elsha >> congratulations! there is no reason why your visa would be denied… just go to the embassy and apply for a visa…

    @stacey >> you could try to apply for a student visa so you could stay here longer… tourist visa is only up to 90 days… after that, you’ll have to go back to the philippines and reapply again… that’s what one of my friends’ aunt did… she just travel back and forth on a tourist visa, but unfortunately she got denied the 5th time she applied…

  70. Hi betchay,

    My friend referred this blog to me and I’m quite happy to read so many articles related to Korea.

    My friend and i wishes to go to korea next year just to attend Jang Dong Gun’s B’day Party for his fans. To see Korea is only our second reason.

    Just like to ask if it would be hard for ask to get a Tourist Visa if we are not employed? Would Bank Certifications stating our deposits on several banks a big help? How much savings deposit do I need to show them? Do you think it’s better to ask the help of a travel agency than to apply personally for a tourist visa?

    Please advise me what would I do coz we really want to go to Korea next year.

  71. @Betchay

    If your husband is working here in Korea, you have to check what type of visa does he have.

    I have a D9 visa with me, and I can apply for a family visa (F-3) to my wife and kids, and also to any of my 1st degree relative (parents, brothers or sisters) without any hassles of submitting documents.

    But the thing is your husband has to apply here for that F3 visa which normally takes about 2 weeks. And then they will only provide a “visa number” which you need to give to Korean Embassy in Manila together with your passport, filled-up apllication form, and pictures. After 2 days, they will release your passport with the F3 visa attach on it.

    Normally, foreign company here has department that deals with the visa application of their employee so he can ask this department to apply it for you.

  72. Pls help me as to what I need to secure in my application since the school Im working with has an office in Seoul, shoukd I need an invitation from the Seoul office when we have the school right here in Makati? My Korean boss will support all the financial and documents but he isnt aware as where to begin with! Most Seoul staff can come here freely of course but how about me? Im Filipino..

    Please assist me..

    Thanks very much 🙂

  73. I have read some of the comments posted in yr blog, and u have given useful advice. I am currently teaching in China with an African passpost. I have being saving to apply for the tourist visa come this December, i should be able to have above $5,000 in my account is that enough to show them at the embassy. I have being working on my saving to build up, i think i should be able to get a bank statement showing i have funds here in China. I am equally hope my school over here will give me a certificate of employment and the tax certificate cus they deduct 300 yuan every month as my tax. My question is, if i present my letter of employment to the embassy from my school, wouldn’t the embassy think i want to go to Korea for a teaching job? I just want to go for a visit, PERIOD. You talk about group visitation, how can i join a group here in China? Your response will be most welcome.

    Cheers

  74. @romeo – hi! if you have an african passport from any of these countries: south africa, swaziland, mauritius and egypt; then you don’t need a visa to tour korea for a maximum of 30 days… you just need to have a return ticket before your departure…

  75. dear betchay, i have a husband who is working in korea for one year and seven months already. he is inviting me to spend the holidays with him in korea, but he did not send me a notarized invitation letter,i got information that invitation letter is not necessary anymore. we only got married last january 2007, so my ITR still bears my maiden name, do u think the consular office will accept the same? i have the necessary documents already, but i’m afraid that i would be denied.

  76. I have an Australian boyfriend who currently based there in Korea. He wants me to join him there in Korea next month. What do you think should I do? My concern is the bank certificate that I will be submitting to the Korean embassy…is there any particuar amount like P150,000.00 that should be stated in my savings account?

  77. Hi! i’m planning to visit korea but i dont have an invitation. But i have russian visa, is this can help to granted my visa for korea if ever? Your response will be apprecited.

    PS. please kindly email your answer

    thank you
    Ruby

  78. hello,
    i really need help. my student in korea is inviting me to go there for a five-day trip. he will pay all the expenses. and he will send his invitation and certificte of account. all i have to do is get my tourist visa for korea. i really dont have any idea about it. im living in cebu. do i have to go to manila to get my visa? i really need help about this…please…

    thank you so much!!!

  79. Hi betchay!

    i have been planning to travel in Korea for the longest time now.. and it so happens that i met a lot of Korean friends
    here in the Philippines.
    Now that they’re back in Korea, they’re inviting me to come
    there for a vacation and stay in their house.
    I think it is really great because i dont have to worry
    about hotel fees or food.hehe. Only plane ticket and my
    allowance.

    I am planning to get a tourist visa and i think
    i will just stay for like 1 week there.
    I will be taking an NCLEX exam soon, and
    i just thought of taking it in Korea.
    What visa should i apply to if im going to take
    the NCLEX there?

    And if ever my application of visa is approved,
    how soon should i leave for Korea?
    do i need to fly off there immediately
    or i can go there anytime as long as
    my visa is approved?

  80. annyeong…i really want to go in korea for work.. i have my filipino friend there and his korean boy friend…i just want to ask if do i need to complete all the requirements such as (1) bank certificate stating your savings, (2) certificate of employment showing your salary and position, (3) latest ITR (income tax return), (4) your passport and a copy, plus the (5) visa application form and (6) 2×2 pictures and if you have been invited, (7) a notarized invitation letter. so that i can have a visa?? how much would i pay all in all?? please help me!!! as soon as possible!!! thanks..

  81. @tam – you have to complete the documents, otherwise they would not accept your application… if you want to work here, i’d suggest you do it legally… if you visit for 59 days or less, there’s no need to pay for the visa… once they accept your complete documents, you can get back your passport a week after… but acceptance of your application doesn’t guarantee that you’re gonna get a visa…

    @ady – there’s an expiration to the visa… but upon applying, you’ll have to tell them when do you intend to leave… sorry, i don’t have any info about the nclex in korea…

    @chayne – please read the previous comments (and or the article)… the documentary requirements have been listed a couple of times (sorry, don’t have time to list them down again)

    @ruby – you have to complete the documents or they won’t accept your application… if you’re a student, then you have to complete the required document for students traveling as tourists… submitting complete documents is not a guarantee that they will give you a visa…

    @lourdes – i’m not sure how much money you should have in your bank… i know someone who didn’t have enough but was able to get a visa… you won’t really know if you’re gonna get a visa unless you apply for one 😉

    @myls – the invitation letter is really just optional… even if you have the invite, it’s not a guarantee that you’ll be granted a visa… if they think your ITR is not acceptable, they will ask you to get a new one… anyway, what is your husband’s visa? it’s actually “easier” for a dependent/spouse to get a tourist visa to korea…

  82. hi!

    i just need to know what kind of visa should i apply for korea if i will only be attending a seminar there for 4 days. where can i secure a visa application form? is it available on the net? please reply through my email add. thanks.

    secondly, is the invitation to attend the seminar sufficient or do i still need to notarize it? the seminar, by the way, is sponsored by a national organization here in the philippines.

  83. hello,
    do i need to have a certain amount in my account to get a korean visa like 50,000.00?? i really have no idea…
    i really need an answer…
    thank you so much!!!
    God Bless You….

  84. hello,
    do i need to have a certain amount in my account to get a korean tourist visa like 50,000.00?? i really have no idea…
    i really need an answer…
    thank you so much!!!
    God Bless You….

  85. Hello,

    I’m planning to go to South Korea this December to visit my bf.. he’s going to cover all my expenses for the trip. Can you give me a sample of a sponsored letter or an invitation letter?

    Hoping for your reply soon..

    Thank you!

  86. I’m a bit confused by some of the responses so far. I’m a Canadian citizen working in Korea on an E4 Visa until Dec. of this year. I may extend my contract for another year. My husband, who I married in Canada before coming here, recently went home to his country of citizenship, Nigeria. When he went to the Korean embassy in Nigeria, they told him he needed a formal invitation letter, notarized by a lawyer, before they would even accept the application. My first question: do you have a rough idea what these cost in Korea? Second, is there a chance they may still deny his application even though all his paperworks are up to date, and third, are inviation letters available at the Korean embassy here in Korea? Can I go fill out a form, and have them sign it before sending it to him in Nigeria?

    Thanks for whatever help you may be able to offer.

  87. Hi..A Korean friend of mine invited me to visit her this coming December… She promised me to cover the expenses but after reading your posts, I think it would be difficult for me…Could you tell me exactly what are the requirements needed in going there? I plan to stay for only a month….Do you think it would be very difficult for me to get a tourist visa since I’ve never been abroad….Thank you so much…..Your reply is highly appreciated…..

  88. hi..im happy to finally find someone can shed light to my inquiries..
    i have a korean friend who invited me to stay with them. since im an ESL teacher and i filipino, i can’t acquire a working visa. i was wondering if i can get just a c4 or is there any other available visa for me? do you know what company provides it? or how can i acquire it? im really eager to hear from you..thank you so much and more power.

  89. @life >> are you coming to korea as a tourist? then you should apply for the C3 visa… the C4 visa is for temporary employment (for artists, lecturers, entertainers, athletes) and you’ll need a certificate of recognition of visa issuance for that… i think it would be better to have your korean friend ask which visa would suit you best

  90. @Almira >> check the previous comments… i’ve listed the requirements for tourist visa application… i know some filipinos who were able to get a visa even if they haven’t traveled overseas before… just try and if you fail, then six months is not really that long a time for you to apply again… one good thing about applying for a tourist visa to Korea is that you never need to pay for one (unless you want to stay longer than 59 days)… good luck!

  91. @Jan >> the Korean Embassy in Nigeria may require documents different from the embassy in the Philippines… you can get the invitation letter at any Korean law office… it’s not expensive (my husband was able to afford it!) and it’s according to the standard format…

  92. Thanks a lot for the information.
    You’re site is great..I’ll drop by here as often as I can…

    I really hope I can get a visa as soon as possible….

    Thanks a lot again….

  93. hi betchay,

    i am interested to have a tourist visa in korea. how much would be the bank’s savings account needed? is there any minimum savings account? how much would it be? i need to visit my bf in s.korea… please reply to me soon. thanks!

  94. h0w can i get ITR if i did n0t w0rk last year in the philippines? c0z i w0rk in k0rea and i just return t0 the PI last dec.2006 i have all the requirEments except f0r the ITR..
    Thank y0u and advance f0r Y0ur HELP…

  95. hi ms. betchay,
    I don’t know if you still remember me but we already met at Dunkin Donuts together with your new born baby last year. I’ve been religiously visiting your site and I always see a lot of comments about Filipinos who want to visit Korea. I would like to share my experiences and I think it might help a lot of people. I have a Korean boyfriend who I met here in the Philippines. With my first C-3 visa application, I submitted my Annual Income Tax Return, Certificate of Employment, Bank Certificate, Application Form with attached picture, and a Letter of Invitation that wasn’t even notarized but I attached a faxed copy of my invitor’s (my boyfriend) passport. I asked my sister who just recently visited Japan at that time to apply together with me so she also furnished them with the same requirements. We had a little more than 300,000 in our joint savings deposit at that time. After submitting all the documents, we were given a release form. We were given an interview form to fill up that day and we were told that the consul will be interviewing us. When we were called for the interview, the consul mainly asked about our jobs at the present (I was really nervous as I wasn’t even a regular employee at that time) and my relationship with the invitor and what is his employment. We were given 15 days but I had to ask the consul to give us 30 days. Applying for a visa together with my sister greatly helped me in getting a visa.
    My second time to apply for a visa was much easier and I didn’t have any interview. I just submitted the same requirements to Window 4 plus a copy of my korean Visa and got the visa in 5 days.
    The third time, I submitted the same requirements as I mentioned but I was given an Interview form to fill up. The questions were; about my job at present, company profile, travels abroad, about my family and their jobs, etc.
    The fourth and last time I applied for a visa was last Sept. 24, 2007. Their rules changed and it became more difficult to acquire a visa. For those who visited Korea only once will still be regarded as first-time applicants and will sumbit at window 3 and for those who have 2 or more visas issued after 2005 will be regarded as frequent visitor and will be using window 4. I submitted the same requirements and was given a relase form last 27th. To my surprise, I was told I was denied by the woman on window 3. I demanded to talk with the consul who is responsible for my denial to know the reasons why I was denied. The consul gave the following reasons why Filipinos get denied a lot and it’s as follows; 1. Fake Employment Certificate, ITR, and Bank Certificate ( the one that was issued in Recto or bearing false company names) 2. The applicant should be working at the time of application – (for people who applies for 30-59 days) no company would allow their employee to be out of work for a month or two 3. Purpose of work – if they think that the purpose of visit is possible employment then they would readily deny them. Since I didn’t fall in those categories, the consul listened to my plea and finally gave me visa for 59 days.
    My tip for you guys is to please never even try to submit fake documents, try to shorten your desired lenght of stay, and make sure that you are currenly working, and by no means should you give them a doubt that you will be working there. If it’s possible try to apply a visa with a family member. And be confident in the interview and show the consul that you are very sincere and truthful in all the things you say.
    Ms. betchay, I heard that if I visited there 5 times I don’t need a visa anymore. I heard it form the Immigration there. I would like to know if you also know about this.
    I’ll be visiting visiting there again two weeks later. Thanks and Good day!

  96. Hello Ate Betchay!

    Ate, I and my American fiance’ will be getting married on December. I would like to know if he can invite me to visit him in Korea once we’re married. If so, what are the requirements/document I need to provide.

    Thanks!

  97. Dear Ate Betchay,

    I and my American fiance’ will be getting married on December 26 of this year. Perhaps afetr my graduation he will invite me to visit Korea because he is working there as an English Teacher. Is there a possibility that I will be given a visa and if so, what are the requuiements?

    Thanks and more power!

    Jing

  98. Hi Betchay! thank you for your reply. I sent a message four months ago about my plan of going to Korea to look for a job.
    This time, my fiance’s parents would like to see me and I am planning to stay with them for a year.
    What kind of visa do I need? You told me that I could get another kind of visa if I’m married to my Korean fiance here in the Philippines. What kind of visa is that?

    Your website is very helpful.Thanks a lot.

  99. hi,betchay.i need ur answer to my question.im living in korea.and i want to invite my brother.im a filipino married to a korean,not yet a citizen.the problem is,i don’t know exactly what’s the first step to do and how.pls.i do need ur advice.i would be happy to see ur response…melchie

  100. hi ms betchay, i am from manila philippines my grandfather fought at koren war under PEFTOK they say he belongs to the greatest 10BCT how can i get records that he really fought way back then, he’s name is ALFREDO DELFIN…thanks & God bless…

  101. hi ms betchay, i am from manila philippines my grandfather fought at korean war under PEFTOK they say he belongs to the greatest 10BCT how can i get records that he really fought way back then, he’s name is ALFREDO DELFIN…thanks & God bless…

  102. Hi! I’m Rica Custodio, currently working as a media executive here in the Philippines. One of my clients would like to introduce a service that would be beneficial to our kababayans there in Korea. In line with this, we’re looking for channels wherein we can disseminate information about this service to our Kababayans. I’d like to know if there are Filipino newspapers or magazines being distributed there. Also, I’d like to know if there are radio shows and/or TV programs (like TFC) being aired there?

    Hope to hear from you. My email address is mizpah079@hotmail.com.

  103. @melchie – same procedure as above, please read na lang… ask your husband to provide an invitation letter

    @allein – i think it’s better to ask the officials in the philippines? my father was also a soldier and his records are in camp aguinaldo, afaik

    @jocelyn – if you’re married to a korean, your visa should be F-2-1 (temporary resident through marriage)… if you’re not married yet, you can apply for a C-3 or tourist visa

    @Emma – hi! long time no talk… yup, it’s true… exempted ka na sa visa next time, pero same length of time pa rin na max of 3 months stay… kailan ang kasal?

  104. hi. just want to know, what will be the requirements for F-2-1 (temporary resident through marriage)… will this be easier? thanks

  105. hi. just want to know, what will be the requirements for F-2-1 (temporary resident through marriage)… will this be easier? is there a possibility that you will be denied of a this kind of visa? thanks

  106. hi betchay! i already applied for C-3 visa last october 8, 2007 and thank God it was granted by the Korean Embassy, i got my visa last October 18, 2007. i’m planning to go to korea by mid of November, probably by November 18. it’s my first time to travel abroad, so may I know what to expect as soon as i arrived in Incheon Airport, especially in the Immigration, what are things that I am supposed to do when I got there. thanks so much!

  107. Dear Ate Betchay,

    I and my American fiance’ will be getting married on December 26 of this year. Perhaps afetr my graduation he will invite me to visit Korea because he is working there as an English Teacher. Is there a possibility that I will be given a visa and if so, what are the requuiements?

    Thanks and more power!

    Jing

  108. Hi Betchay

    Annulled ako then got married again recently sa military man based sa Osan. Now he wants me to resign from work to be together na. Sabi niya Tourist daw muna ang visa ko then pag nasa korea na ako ayusin niya papers ko so i can stay longer. Pero if tourist ang kukunin ko ang mga requirements ko like Employment Cert, Bank Statements ITR at passport ay under my 1st husband’s name. Would this be a problem? Di pa ako nagcha-change name sa passport so di pa niya surname ang carry ko. Mas maganda bang ung current name na ang gamitin ko or mas maganda pag magchange na ako ng passport ko using my husband’s name? If magchange naman ako, di ba maging conflict ito sa mga docs from work like ITR. Employment cert…Please advice naman alin ang mas advantage. Thanks..
    BTW nakapunta na ako sa Korea last Oct 2005. Would this help?
    thanks again

  109. i just opened my account dated november 23 and i also have the bank cetrification dated the same date..is it ok? woudn’t they asked me why? and will there still be interview in visa application?

  110. Hi emma chan!! thanks for ur info. I hope u can comment on this since you also have the same situation (korean bf thing)

    hello… i am a law student and i want to visit korea for only 3 weeks or one month since I have a boyfriend who will be going there from Australia.. But he is a korean.. Unfortunately, he is still a student. If that is the case, can i get a visa easily since he is still a student? please help.. im planning to go there in feb of 2008. thanks a lot!

  111. Hi Betchay,

    kaylangan ba talaga ng ITR pag mag-aapply ka ng working visa sa korean embassy? Pano kung wala akong ITR pero may CCVI na ko galing sa magiging employer ko sa Korea? Tsaka puede ba kung makapunta at mag-work sa Korea ng hindi muna ako magreregister sa POEA tutal direct hire naman ako. Pakisagot lang po ASAP!!!!!Salamat

  112. Hi stef,
    I’m not really sure if it’s going to be easier to get a visa when your bf is a student but not to dishearten you, I heard that it can be a disadvantage. If you wish to provide the embassy an invitation letter from your bf to help with your application, he needs to state his status, what he does, and he should guarantee that he will support you financially which in some case difficult for a student. Let me say your approval depends on your documents and the consul’s prerogative, and your boyfriend’s invitation letter is just a supporting document and is not really required. So his status is not the question here but YOURS. You have to establish the fact that you have your own means to support yourself during your stay and you are not going to stay here illegally and it wont matter much if your bf is a student or not. In your case, since you are a student and under your parent’s finances (I assume) you are going to use their documents instead. I hope this helps. Goodluck!

  113. @glen >> you don’t need an ITR if you have already have a CCVI… AFAIK, CCVI is good for 90 days… so apply na for your visa…

  114. em,

    thanks a lot for the your reply. I got your point. hehe…

    I just hope i wont get denied. Thanks a lot!

    More power to u!

  115. hi there. it’s really great to visit this page. it’s helping me a lot. ive got some questions. i actually applied for a visa last year. i was not able to get the tourist visa for some reason. i asked my korean sponsor to call the philippine embassy to ask what went wrong. he was informed that i did not have enough money for the tour and for some reasons as well. i think, what stated in the bank certificate was like P60,000. it was mentioned in the invitation letter that my sponsor (korean friend) will shoulder the air fare, accommodation and that i am his responsibility. i want to try to apply for a tourist visa again this year. same sponsor,,, but the only difference is that i havent worked for a year. i am a free lancer now. i dont have itr and the like.

    is it possible if the korean sponsor will be the one applying for my tourist visa?

    one more thing, there is this korean company in the philippines.. they want to hire me and send to korea since it has an office in korea. the business is new in the philippines. do you happen to know if that is possible? to get a working visa sponsored by the company? please help. thanks!

    thanks for the time. i hope you can help me.. i am really confused! thanks a lot. 🙂

  116. Hi,
    i’m from philippines,last couple of minutes i checked all the reviews in this site and i was so sad reading all the statement from most pilipinos applied in korea just to get a visa.anywas,
    i am here in korea for 2months last 21 of dec,.my husband work as a univeristy professor in wonju and luckily i got here with all the documents provided.first,we got married in philippines during his 1month vacation from school.While he was there in philippines,we subscribe the MC from NSo,his invatation from korea with notorized ,invation from school as well,korea is very meticulous people,and so we keep updating from Manila embassy trying to ask what are those things we really need to fulfill the visa…we went to manila A.M to ask possible reqiurements and u have to go to the windo 3 just to make sure they have the small piece of papers for APPLICATION ReQUIREMENTS for spouse marrying to foreign work in korea.BUt i think for spouse married in soldier i found a piece of papers too different from what we have.
    So far,philippine cannot get korea without visa even 15 days or less……….

    ty,
    joan

  117. hi, 2 times na po ako nadeny dati i have all documents din and invitation from my fiance (that time) whos currently stationed in south korea as a US Army. Ang hirap kumuha ng visa 2nd time ko na deny was May 2007 pero July nagpakasal na kami sa pilipinas and kumuha na ko ng visa ayun after 7 days may visa na ko.. Nandito na ko ngayon sa Korea but i go to PI every month. May cousin ako na gusto ko isama dito he’s just 20 years old. and student lang.. May kilala ang husband ko na manager sa yongsan factory he is korean. pag po ba nanggaling ang invitation nya dun madali sya mabibigyan ng visa? help po thanks

  118. hi betchay!

    I’ve read a lot of advice from the information you provided to our kababayans! Well, its my turn to ask some ideas from you. I’m actually here in korea right now as a tourist visa holder. Its a luck that I was able to surpass from rigid rule requirements in getting a korean visa. I’ll be staying here for three months. My problem is do you know some korean employers whom I can get a certificate of recognition for visa issuance. I really wanna work here. I’m looking forward for your reply.

    Any action is favorably appreciated.

  119. hi betchay! im one of the growing numbers of Filipino who apply for tourist visa but denied,, hearbroken because my fiancee wish for me to join him on korea for vacation anniversary pa namin.. he cant understand the fact that we as Filipinos even thouggh 15 days vacation needs to apply for visa and that Hurt me so much because he really unlike most of the country why allow mostly koreans to stay here in phillipines while we cant go to their country in more legal ways,, i hope the government can do something about that

  120. Hi Betchay,

    Im a Filipino i have a dutch citizen niece wants to go to korea with me it is posible to get us a tourist visa and one of my office mate wants to get there to is there any diff if we could apply as group tourist visa or a single tourist visa, and wahat is the requirement do we need to get a korean tourist visa, i hope that you can help us. Thanks

  121. Hi Ms. Betchay. Good day. I am a call centre agent here in Makati Philippines & I am really interested to visit South Korea. Your article helped me so much especially with the requirements needed for me to get a visa however may i asked if the Korean Embassy requires an amount for my Bank Savings. If yes, may i please ask how much will be the minimum amount? As much as possible, I also wanted to pursue a career in South Korea as an english tutor however my friend told me that i need to get an international certification for me to teach engligh in their country, are you also aware of some centres where i can take the exams for english certification? your reply is much appreciated. thank you so much.

  122. Hi Ms. Betchay, it’s Lay again. The thing is i have a korean boyfriend & he wanted me to get a tourist visa/working visa going to south korea. the problem is we are worried that his parents might not like me because i am a filipina & considering the fact that he is the first born son. according to him he is expected to mary a korean national but do you think there is a way to make them like me? thank you so much.

  123. continuation…Ms. Betchay…what visa do i need to apply if im planning to go to korea? would it be a tourist visa or a c-3 visa?

  124. hi lay! Korea’s tourist visa is the C3. I just want to tell you that it’s not legal for Filipino passport holders to teach English in Korea. If you want to teach English here, your options are 1) to be a citizen of any of these countries: US, UK, South Africa, Australia, Canada and New Zealand; and 2) marry a Korean.

    If you have a Korean boyfriend, ask him to send you an invitation letter that you can present to the Korean embassy. However, that is also not a guarantee that you will be granted a visa. You can always appeal or ask your boyfriend to make an appeal if you get rejected. I have friends who are married to first born sons and to tell you frankly, their lives aren’t easy. So much is expected of the first born son and his wife.

  125. @ Tony > your dutch citizen niece doesn’t need a visa to tour Korea up to 90 days… in your case, if you’re a filipino citizen then you’ll need to present the following documents at the korean embassy:
    – passport
    – ID pictures
    – completed application form
    – latest ITR
    – bank certificate (stating the amount of money you have in the bank)
    – employment certificate
    – invitation from a korean national (if available)

    afaik, even if you apply as a group, you’ll still need to present individual requirements… it takes about a week to get a visa and you’ll have to wait six months before you can apply again if you get rejected… if you have traveled to other visa-requiring countries, it would be easier for you to get a korean tourist visa… good luck! and don’t hesitate to ask if you need more info 🙂

  126. @Marcel >> i know how you feel! is your boyfriend korean? perhaps you can ask him to call the embassy and make an appeal… about 15 years ago, we could go to korea as tourists freely, without the need of a visa… it is our government that requested the korean government not to allow filipinos to enter korea without visas… i learned about it from Magandang Gabi Bayan years ago… and our neighbor who went to korea without a visa 15 years ago…

  127. hello Mam Betchay,

    i am a student who have a filipino frend working in korea(my frend has the earning capacity to support my stay there).. he wants me to visit him their this coming vacation april,
    can you please help me for the needed requirements, my frend also dont have any idea on how does the Letter of invitation or request letter is or its format, and does it realy needed to be notarized or to be notified by a korean lawyer mam. May i request for a sample letter if you have mam, i really apreciate it. Thank you so much:)

  128. Hi Ms. Betchay!

    I’ve been searching the web the whole afternoon & surprisingly found your blog site cool for korean visa application newbies like me.

    I’d just like to know the requirements in filing a tourist visa application for conference attendees like me. The conference is gonna be held on 13th-22nd Aug at Seoul, sponsored by Rotary International there. I’ve already registered for that event. Btw, it’s the International Rotaract Conference.

    Do I still need to submit an ITR and other financial documents when I file my visa application? or will payment of conference fee covering everything there will suffice? Do I just need to get a notarized invitation or confirmation of registration from them? What about other student Rotaractors particpating the said event? We were actually invited by the Korean organizers when we attended similar event in Malaysia last September.

    Although I’m optimistic about getting there for that event as I hold a key position of the Rotaract Club here in the Philippines, I do still need an intelligent opinion from travel guru like you. I haven’t just really tried applying for any visa yet but I’ve been to Macau and Malaysia already solely for a week-long tourism purposes. Somehow, I’m kinda perplexed of being denied on the very first time.

    Thanks so much. God bless and more power to you, Ma’am!

  129. @franz >> it’s better to have all the documents required for a tourist (C3) or business (C2) visa… in your case, i don’t see any reason why they would deny your application… and just in case, you can always make an appeal

    @james >> if you’re a student, you’ll have to show them your school registration papers

  130. hello im filipina and i have a bf who work there in korea and his boss want me to go there for a tourist my boyfriend was the one who gonna take the risk for my expenses what will i present to the korea embassy if i apply for a tourist visa?…i need a reply a.s.a.p thank you and godbless

  131. hi Betchay,

    hello im filipina and i have a bf who work there in korea and his boss want me to go there for a tourist my boyfriend was the one who gonna take the risk for my expenses and his boss will send me an invitation letter…im only 20 and im not working what will i present to the korean embassy if i apply for a tourist visa?..thank you and godbless..

  132. hello im filipina and i have a bf who work there in korea and his boss want me to go there for a tourist my boyfriend was the one who gonna take the risk for my expenses and his boss will send me an invitation letter…im only 20 and im not working what will i present to the korean embassy if i apply for a tourist visa?..thank you and godbless..

  133. Hi betchay,

    Hi there my dear kababayan. I was so amazed to find a blog like yours whose helping alot of our fellow Filipinos who wants to visit Korea. I have plans to visit Korea on summer vacation July or August this year. I am currently here in Shanghai working as a college professor. My boyfriend is a Filipino citizen who has a working visa in Korea. he’s inviting me to visit him. Luckily I have a very good Korean friend whose very much willing to send me an invitation letter so I can visit Korea. I will just stay there for 2 weeks because I need to go back to Shanghai because I will renew my contract with the new university. With all honesty, I have no plans to work there just for vacation period. I just really want to see my boyfriend. Do you think it’s possible to apply for a tourist visa in Korea embassy here in China. I’ve been travelling to other Asian countries as well as a tourist. When I read the articles in your blog somehow I felt that it’s not that easy to apply for one. I hope you can give me some suggestions about the possible things that might happen for my toursit visa application. Thanks a lot and keep up having the helpful spirit to answer our questions. Take care and God bless you and your family. Please I hope it’s okay if you may also send me an email at sheryosoh@yahoo.com.

    Best regards,

    Sher ^-^

  134. Hi! I have lived in the U.S. for almost ten years and now I’m working in Japan. But I kept my Filipino citizenship. Now I’m wondering where I can apply for a C-3 visa going to Korea. I’ve been there once when I was still in the U.S, in fact, that was a year ago. So, that’s the only thing that I’m wondering about is where I can apply for a C-3 visa since Japanese people don’t need a visa going to Korea. Should I go back to the Philippines to get one or do you think there is a consulate somewhere around Japan? I’ve been looking for a Korean Consulate here in Japan but I couldn’t find one. I’ll wait for your reply. Thanks.

  135. hi ate betchay!!!!!!

    kylangan ko pa bang mag-exit ng korea pagmalapit ng mag-expired ung visa ko or puede akong magpaextend dito? may re-entry permit na ko tsk may alien registration card na din ako. Ung visa ko nga pala is F1 Visa and valid lang cya for 3 months. pakisagot lang po salamat!!!!!

  136. @glenda >> you can extend your visa at the immigration center nearest you… you must present some documents though and you’ll need your sponsor to come with you…

  137. @sherry and Maricel >> from what i know, different korean embassies have different documentary requirements for the C-3 visa… you’ll need to call the Korean Embassy in China and ask them if you can apply for the visa there… i knew of a pinay who tried to apply for a C-3 at the Korean Embassy in Thailand, but she was told to go home to the Philippines and apply there… well, that was four years ago… so it’s really better to call the korean embassies in your area 🙂

  138. @arlene >> kailangan mo talagang i-present yung documents required for tourist visas lalo na at first time application mo… kasi hindi talaga nila tatanggapin kung hindi kumpleto documents mo… pero subukan mo rin na documents ng bf mo dalhin mo or yung sa boss ng bf mo… anyway, kung hindi acceptable docs mo eh hindi naman nila tatanggapin application mo…

  139. Hi Ms. Betchay,

    Your blog is really helpful!..I also have a question, I’m currently holding a C3 visa which was originally issued for an event that i was supposed to attend in Korea last November. That trip was sponsored by the company im working with. Unfortunately, I didn’t able to make it on the said event and didn’t able to use my visa. My visa will expire on the 31st of this month. I’m planning to use it before the final entry date (2008/01/31) just for vacation (kasi sayang naman yung visa) and thought this might be my chance to visit Korea. Do you think it’s still possible for me to use my visa, even for my personal trip this time? Does it matter if it has a remark on it, in Korean (i supposed it’s the name of the event) and the event date?..

    From what i learned thru your blog and various sites, C3 (temporary visiting) visa can be used for tourism, all kinds of conferences, passing by, etc. So i guess, I won’t have any problems if i’ll use it for vacation, since i was issued a C3 tourist visa, not a C2 business visa, am i right?

    Im planning to go there for 4 days/3 nights and my visa is valid for 15 days. Im just confused with that “remark”…:( I’ve already made my airline and hotel reservations though..hehe..

    Thank you in advance for your time! Sana hindi po kayo magsasawa to help us! God Bless!

  140. Hello ms. betchay, i find this site very helpful especially now. I have a korean boyfriend but he’s studying here in the philippines. his family wants me to visit them on april, and they’ll be coming here on april to fetch me, but the problem is im unemployed i’m worrying about the certificate of employment and all, but i have been to the U.S once..obviously, i don’t have enough funds in my bank. my boyfriend’s mom was telling me of a clinic which can train me as a nurse– I am a nurse here in the philippines and in the US.. can i use a korean tourist visa first then fix some papers? or what steps should i take? thanks for the help! be waitin for your reply…

  141. Hi! My husband next project will be in Korea. I’ve been visiting China and Hong Kong twice a month last year, because of my husband’s type of work. He’s an expat engineer. My question is, is it gonna be easy for me to apply for a Korean visa? Can it be granted? And how long it will take for the application process? Thanks in advance

  142. hello, is ther a greater possibility for government employees to get a tourist visa to korea, I intend to go there just for a one week vacation (invited by a US Military Friend, not a fiancee) im afraid that i might got turned down because ang liit lang ng sweldo sa gobyerno and at the same time, i have no savings at all. Can you assess kung ilang percent ang chance of getting a visa.

  143. hi ate betchay…arlene poh i2 ung ng msg din saukln lang tnx poh sa rply nyo ask qlng din poh qng ok lang ba na may savings aq 80thou sa bank pero magtourist aq ng 1mnth lang sa korea kaso wla nmn aq work d2 tsaka 20 palang aq kaya lang aq nakapag save ng ganun pera kc may bf aq lagi aq bnbgyan allowance kaya cnisave q ok lang kaya un pakita q plus payong invitation letter na galing sa boss nya pero pag dating q kc dun cla gagastos dnmn aq…tnx poh ulit

  144. ate betchay ngapala poh pano yan wala aq ITR ?…Dnmn poh aq ngwowork tsaka ngstop poh aq sa skul..tnx poh tlga sa rply nyo natatakot din kc aq mag apply tapos ma deny poh aq lalo na 1st tym q poh…tnx poh tlga godbless….

  145. @yhen >> you might be in korea by now… 🙂

    @midmi >> it’s easier to get the Korean tourist visa if you’ve had a visa from another country, like the US… and if your bf’s family will come to fetch you, they could probably accompany you at the embassy for your visa application, and in case you get denied, they could probably make an appeal 🙂

    @Tanisha >> you can get the F-3 visa which is for dependents/spouses (different from spouses of Korean nationals)… your husband will have to apply for a Certificate of Visa Recognition first… he has to submit some documents at the immigration office and once he gets the CVR, you can go to the Korean Embassy and apply for the visa…

    @sheryn >> libre naman ang application ng visa eh, just try and if you get denied then try again… after six months 🙂

    @arlene >> wow! ang galing naman, ni-save mo binibigay sa yo ng bf mo… hindi rin naman kasi guarantee yung invitation letter na makakakuha ka ng visa… siguro pwede rin mag-add ka na lang ng statement of support galing sa bf mo or boss ng bf mo… ang maganda lang kasi sa C3 visa, libre siya hangang 59 days…

  146. Hello po, thank God po at napunta po ako s website nyo. Hdi ko po inexpect n my katulad nyo po pla n 2mu2long s mga pinoy about s pgpunta s Korea.

    Ask ko lng po kung anu po best na gagawin, and2 po kc ako ngaun s China ngtu2ro po ng mga Chinese students s isang school, 22 years old po ako. Malapit n po kc mgend ang contract ko d2 kya po plano ko po sna n punta n ng Korea at iaccept po ung offer ng Korean friend ko n mgwork po ako sknila as private home tutor kso nga po gya nga po ng cnbi nyo illegal ang english teachers dyan. So ang plano ko po punta nlng me as a tourist, ung nsa passport ko po nkaindicate dun n ngwo2rk ako as a teacher d2. Ble pumunta lng din po kc ako d2 s China as tourist tas d2 n rin po me nghanap ng work, nta2kot po ako n ganun din po isipin ng Korean Embassy n mgtotour ako tas ska ako hanap ng work tas ang bagsak nun eh made2ny ako. S tingin nyo po best thing po b n ku2ha ulit ako ng new passport pra hdi po makita un o i2ng hawak ko ng passport ang gamitin ko kc mtgal p nmn po ang expiration eh tas hdi p po puno. Saan po kya mas madaling kumuha ng visa, d2 po b kya s China o s Pilipinas?

    Maraming Salamat po. Hoping po for your reply.

  147. Thanks Maam Betchay, uhm when i bring my requirements for visa application should it still be the complete ones? what i mean po, yung ITR, certificate of employment, the bank certificate and all po?

  148. tnx tlga ate betchay !!! bsta poh ba dpt notarized ung letter tsaka po ang sv kc sakin dun sa letter daw na papadala eh ssvhn na din nila na sila gagastos sakin pag andun poh aq.. pkta qdin poh kaya ung savings q kht maliit lang…hayz knkbahan poh tlga aq kya ayaw qmuna agd mag pnta embassy baka poh kc bglang pabalikin aq pag d cmplete docs q hehhehe…ate sana dka mgsawa sagutin mga tanong q wla poh kc aq matanungan buti nlng nakita qpoh 2ng site n2….godbless^_^

  149. @arlene >> sorry ha pero hindi ko masyado naintindihan sulat mo eh 🙂
    dapat talaga kumpleto ang documents… ang invitation letter ay optional naman pero makakatulong din… pwedeng kunin iyun sa mga law office sa korea, may kaunting bayad lang… meron na kasing form talaga na para sa invitation letter.

  150. @Mavic >> sorry ha pero hindi kita i-encourage na pumunta ng Korea at mag-work illegally… pero kung gusto mo pumunta bilang turista, pagkakaalam ko sa Korean Embassy ka sa Pilipinas dapat mag-apply ng visa… dapat din na kumpleto ang mga documents mo para tanggapin nila ang application mo…

  151. Maraming salamat po ate betchay…Naiintindihan ko po ang ibig nyong sabihin, I know n ayaw nyo po akong mapahamak just in case gawin ko po un. Hdi po kc ganun kalaki ung sahod ko d2 s china unlike po dun s offer nung korean friend ko. What I wanted lng nmn po eh ang makatulong po me tlga s mga magulang at mga kapatid ko. I know na ako lng din po ang inaasahan nila so khit gani2 n my mga karamdaman din po ako ngpursue p rin po ako n pumunta abroad not thingking of what might happen to me later on. Ang 22o po nyan wla po ako nung mga ibang requirements kc first tym ko din po go abroad tas fresh grad po ako nung umalis po ako ng pinas. Kya nga ask ko nga din po kng my mga programs din po about s pagisponsor kc willing din po ung Korean friend ko n mgsponsor s akin to go Korea. He is willing n po n ibigay ung plane ticket ko kso ang problema ko po ayaw ko p po snang tanggapin kc bka madeny ako lalo na’t wla ako nung ibang requirements gya nlng po ng ITR tas for bank account nmn po i’m starting to earn something.

    Maraming salamat po tlga ate. Thank God for using you as an instrument to help other people. God Bless po. Thanks

  152. Hello, please I need someone to help. I am from Venezuela

    Im planning to go to Korea in my summer vacation with my friend from Korea. My friend told me I can stay in Korea 30 days without visa. But I want to stay for 2 months. My friend want me to get a Korea Visa to stay for 2 motnhs but He doesnt know if Korea has a korea embassy. thanks

  153. Hi there! I need some help too! Just like Alex, Im planning to go to Korea this summer vacation also! to be with my boyfriend who’s working there. May kakilala po syang Filipina sa church nila doon na may alam about How to get a Tourist Visa but he needs at least a hundred thousand daw to get the VISA, diba masyadong mahal? Malaking pera na din po ‘yun kaya nanghihinayang naman ako dahil pinaghirapan nya din yun,
    Pwede nyo po ba akong matulungan kung paano makakakuha ng Tourist Visa na hindi ganoon kamahal? Thanks in advance

  154. hi ate bechay. I’m a college student and will be graduating by March 2009. My parents will be allowing me to travel to Korea when i graduate.. i will stay for a maximum of two weeks. What documents do i need for my visa? thanks.

  155. To Dear Ms. Betchay
    Thanks for creating this blogsite, I really find this informative. I was married to my husband last December and we are planning for me to be there this March. I am waiting now for my passport to be issued this mid February and after that I will go to the Korean Embassy to get Tourist Visa. I am a government employee, I just want to be with my husband cause I am missing him. I read most of the articles, by the way my husband is U.S. airforce and before I go to the embassy, I would like to know the exact requirements. I am living in the Province and currently working so as to lessen the expenses of travelling and absences from work, please help me to complete the requirements. Your help is much appreciated, thankyou in advance. I do really miss my husband.

  156. hi betchay,

    im a d-2 visa holder here sa Korea. Im planning to invite sana my gf to come here for a visit. Shes currently residing and working in a hospital in kuwait, so ang plan is after her visit to the Philippines this December, daan muna sia Korea before flyng back to Kuwait. Do you think its possible? knowing na ang daming denied ng visa..Thanks

  157. hi miss betchay,
    kauuwi ko lang from south korea. eps po ako and i voluntary leaver po ako, i mean nagresign po ako and went home.. napagod po kasi ako sa work. pero gusto ko po bumalik as tourist. i just want to visit my friends. kelan po ako pedeng magapply uli?
    jo
    lenhwanyong@yahoo.com

  158. hi
    im just curious
    kasi i see a lot of posts about it being illegal for filipinos to teach (or teach english) in korea… i was wondering bakit naman?

    i found myself here kasi im interested in visiting korea just for kicks, no plans to work there nor do i know anyone in the country :p

    any recommendations which places to visit? and nga pala, is it very hard to find a particular someone in korea?

  159. Hi Miss Betchay,
    I have a friend who wantst to visit Korea as tourist. She has a Korean friend who is inviting her to visit korea and w illing to submit all the requirements on his side.He invited her to stay with them during her stay in Korea and will shoulder all expenses. The question is my friend has no certificate of employment and ITR because she was an overseas worker for 6 yrs. she just arrived oct. last year. And she doesnt like to submit fake ITR and certificate of employment. You think its possible for my friend to get her visa application approved since she is telling the truth.

  160. hi ate betchay. ask ko lang po kung magkano naman ang dapat mong ishow up na laman ng bank account mo,kpag nagpunta ko sa korean embassy?

  161. @may >> not sure how much should be in your bank account… when i applied for the first time, i had 150K in my bank… and i have complete documents but i was denied 🙂 .. i know some people who had 5 figures but were approved…

  162. hi ms betchay,my korean husband wants to invite my brother in the philippines to work here in korea…my brother is a fisherman and wala syang experience about employment even bank account and ITR…ask ko lang po kung ano ang pwedeng gawin para makakuha cya ng visa.. imposible na po ba para sa mga ordinaryong pilipino na mkapasok s korea?

  163. hi bechay,

    i’m married to a korean and i’m preggy right now.
    I’m due next month and i wanted my mother
    to come here in Korea to help me with the baby care.

    we send all the visa requirements my mother needs
    and i hope her visa will be approved.

    how long does it take for her to process the visa?
    would it take a week?

    if she’ll get a visa, would that be a tourist visa?
    how long does it last?

  164. @keisha >> just three days… when my mother applied for her visa four years ago to attend our wedding… it’s a tourist visa and usually good for three months if she paid… but if not, you can always extend the visa at the immigration office…

    if she gets denied, ask your husband to call the embassy and appeal her case 🙂

  165. Hello there! I want to ask lang po..Last october 25 ay nag submit ako ng Application for tourist visa sa korea embassy after 7 days my application was denied….when can i apply again???Pls help me to know that and all possible things to do para makapasa……thanks a lot…..

  166. Helo there!!
    I have a problem!Hope you can help me.
    My brother give me birthday gift!It was a vacation trip in korea…but i am now her in hongkong working as domestic helper.My plan is, when im finish my contract this coming june thats the time i want to use my vacation trip.Do i need to go back in the Philippines to apply for a korean visa?Is there a possible
    that a get denied because i am only a domestic helper?What should i do?I can provide a bank account, but i dont have a work in the philippines?

  167. Hi arlene,,,really 6 months wow ang tagal pala ulit….Im nervous baka madeny n naman ako…..Ano ba mga need n documents pa para makalusot n ako sa embassy….Lahat naman ng doc alam kong tama at accept naman nila yun…no reason why nadeny pa….Sana may makatulong sa akin n masagot tanong ko….Thanks..god bless…

  168. Hello.. May friend po ako sa korea na gusto me mag tour sa kanila lahat po eh gastos nia.. ipapadala nia sakin yun invitation letter.. ano po bang dapat kung gawin para makapasa sa embassy? ano ba yung requirements na dapat kung ipasa.. kailangan ba talga na meron akung enough money sa bank? please email me asap.

  169. Greetings!

    I am a 18 y/o Filipina. My bf is Korean and he’s inviting me to come there on May this year. But my problem is I don’t have savings in the bank. He will provide all the expenses for me. Is it possible for me to gain the tourist visa? What should I do?

    Thank you very much!

    More Power!

    (Please reply to my mail)

  170. zhen>>>try mong basahin ung ibang mga comment nklagay nlhat dyan mga requirements..aq din kc mag tour sa korea w8 qlng ung invtation letter…tsaka pag 1st timer daw eh ganun tlga ma dedeny pero try mnlng ulit…zhen qng may tanong kpa poh add mnalang aq sa ym q maartz_21_07…

    w8 qkc c ate betchay sya kc sumasagot slhat ng tanong q eh ung tinanong m kc un din natanong q saknya dti..kaya alm q hehe…

  171. Arlene….Thanks sa pansin…Cge add kita sa ym ko at sana pag may time ka chat tayo para naman makakuha ako ng konting idea…..my ym id is chiver076…Have a nice day…

  172. Arlene….bata mo p pala???nabasa ko iba mong mga tanong…Same tayo n gusto mag tourist sa korea>>>Alam mo ba ang nakalagay ko sa bank nung mag aapply ako as tourist???450 thousand pero deny pa din ako…..kaya nga di ko n alam ga gawin ko para makapasa sa embassy nila…Sana may makatulong sa akong problem or share idea man lang or advice pa…God bless to all…

  173. @rissa > i’m not sure if you can apply for the visa in hongkong, it would be better if you call the korean embassy there…

    @Chie Zhen >> tama si arlene, six months bago ka maka-apply uli… even with complete documents, there is no guarantee that you will get a visa… siguro try na lang uli ;)… ako rin kasi, kumpleto lahat ng documents ko noon including an invitation from my husband and i was still working that time pero nada… na-denied ako!

    @SOYA >> you really need to submit all the documents required, because they will not accept your applications if you don’t have all the documents… unless if you’re already married, kahit wala ng documents okay lang… if you’re still a student, ask for your parents’ bank certificate and you also need to submit your school registration papers…

    @arlene >> ask for your parents’ ITR 🙂 i’m not really sure kasi they are very strict with documents… pero malay mo makalusot… and apply ka na tapos sabihin mo kung ano mangyayari

    @Ellein Vic >> you can apply for the F-1 or F-3 visa which is issued for dependents of those who are legally staying in Korea… it’s better for your husband to visit the “legal” office at their base…

  174. if you’re planning to go to korea to pay visit to your US army bf is kinda diffucult.. most of the time korean embassy was not isuing visa to those filipinas who wants to visit korea for that purpose coz they are not koreans…

  175. miss betchay, i’ve been reading ur blog and wanted to ask about my case din. we’re three from our church who are being invited by a church in Korea to visit. ung pastor namin Korean din who’s going with us din.. bale sya na ssponsor lahat together with the church in Korea who’s inviting us. what is the easiest way to get a tourist visa? my pastor said we’ll stay there for three weeks only. i am working, and my other two companions are students. do i still need to get certif of employment, ITR and the likes? or bank account for that matter?

    thanks for your reply. target date of departure is april 8.

  176. good day ms betchay,
    im very thankful 4 ds blog

    il get straight to the point here.

    me and my boyfriend plan to, if fortunate enough, to go to korea to tour and somehow earn a little bit just may be for less than 3 months.

    i know i read from this blog that its illegal but we really need to earn while having this opprtunity to get my passport stamped for another country.

    WER CAN I AVAIL OF THE VISA APPLICATION FORM?
    CAN’T IT BE DOWNLOADED FROM THE NET? IM WONDERING DOESNT THE EMBASSY HAVE A WEBSITE?

    and how much can be a show money for this for me and my boyfriend?
    and will there be any bearing if im pregnant?
    and a reason would be that we would be touring and be celebrating as this will be a “present” to me from my boyfriend.

    i hoep to hear from you very soon ms betchay. thank you very much.

  177. Thanks for this info. Sorry, i didn’t see this when i posted my comment on one of your latest posts about Korean Visa. uuhmm. kinda scary. I hope i can get a visa. i’m planning to go to korea late this year or early next year. hope my friend will give me an invitation..

  178. I am am indian national and My name is senthil Kumar. Now am staying in japn for Temporary visa ) 90days and my visa validy upto April 6th.
    Before that i want to visit Korea. How i can get visa. Please advise.

  179. hello po!!! ask ko lng bakit ba ma denied ung application mo kung kumpleto ka nman sa requirements? naku nakakatakot naman kapag ma denied ka!! mag aapply po ako ng tourist visa going to korea this coming march!!! yan lang po ba mga requirements? sigurado po ba na ala ng interview? hehehehe yung husband ko kasi eh gov’t employee sa korea preo american citizen po sya! magkano po ba ang babayaran? pls reply me as soon as possible!!!!

  180. ellein vic: asan ka na ba ngayon? heheheh dito ka pa ba sa pinas? nakakuha ka na ba ng visa? pwede ba malaman ang email add mo kung pupwede!!! pareho kasi tayo ng sitwasyon! thnkz!!!

  181. Hi!

    I’ve been reading all the blogs written here in this site..I’m planning to go to Korea before June this year.I really need an advice.Makakatulong ba ang pagpunta ko ng HK,Macau and China just to get a tourist visa for Korea? I am currently employed as a Travel Marketing Officer. May i please know all the complete details of each requirements?please help me.

    I am looking forward hearing from you.

    Thank you!

  182. hi!
    i read all ur blogs here and i really learned a lot.
    pero iba kasi ang case ko sa mga nabasa ko dito.
    i have a 1 yr old baby with my korean boyfriend. he acknowledged the baby an is using his surname. he is in korea right now and he wants us (me and our baby) to go and live there. we are planning to get married there too. he will send me the invitation letter. do i need to bring my baby to the korean embassy when i apply for the visa? anong visa ang klangan kong iapply para sa akin at sa anak ko? tourist visa din ba? in my case, is it easier to get a visa?

  183. hi maia! you and your baby has to apply for tourist visa… madali ka rin siguro makakuha… naaalala ko tuloy yung isang kaibigan ko rito, inuwi niya anak niya sa pilipinas… tapos pinabalik niya ksama ng auntie niya so nakakuha ang auntie nya ng visa… tuwing uuwi aunt niya sa pinas, kasama yung bata para makabalik uli sa korea… hanggang hindi na niya kinailangan kumuha ng tourist visa para makabalik ng korea…

    hindi mo na kailangan dalhin ang bata sa korean embassy, kawawa naman… pero sa application form, may portion sa baba para sa kanya 🙂

    pagdating mo ng korea and you get married, pwede na i-register ang anak mo sa pangalan ng asawa mo… pagkakaalam ko hindi kasi pwede i-register ang bata pag hindi kasal ang mga magulang… make sure din na ire-register ang name mo sa family registry pag kasal na kayo…

  184. i applied for a korean visa las month but i got denied my travel agency told me that after 2-3 months i can apply again for a korea visa is it true that after 2-3 months i can apply again? pls. reply i need an answer ASAP tnx.

  185. @chepay >> u can apply again after six months… and going to a travel agency is not really necessary and doesn’t guarantee approval

  186. tama ka kaya sobrng sisi me at pinagkatiwala ko ung application ko sa knila deliver and pick up lng pla ung work nila pagdating sa visa application, but they told me after 3 months daw pwede nako magre apply uli. ano nga pla ung tinatatak ng embassy sa passport pag denied? ung sa sister ko kasi may stamp sya na denied, ung sakin application reciv ang stamp nya.

  187. magkano po ba dapat ang pera mo sa savings account mo n pwde tanggapin ng korean embassy as part of the rquirement?

    thanks..please help

    ria

  188. @chepay >> it’s documents received ata with the date

    @ria >> wala naman specific… kasi meron dito almost half a million pesos pera niya pero denied pa rin siya… meron naman na wala halos savings pero nakakuha… at meron din na kahit super kumpleto ng documents eh wala talaga… pag na-deny, try again 😉

  189. {quote}
    March 4th, 2008 at 8:30 pm

    hi maia! you and your baby has to apply for tourist visa… madali ka rin siguro makakuha… naaalala ko tuloy yung isang kaibigan ko rito, inuwi niya anak niya sa pilipinas… tapos pinabalik niya ksama ng auntie niya so nakakuha ang auntie nya ng visa… tuwing uuwi aunt niya sa pinas, kasama yung bata para makabalik uli sa korea… hanggang hindi na niya kinailangan kumuha ng tourist visa para makabalik ng korea…

    ate bechay,
    nabasa ko po itong post nyo about your friend.. nandito po ako sa korea i was married with a US soldier based in Camp Humphreys. Sa Seoul na din po kami ng apply ng immigrant visa sa US embassy.. Ngaun po nakatanggap po ako ng email for interview and medical exams for me and my daughter sa Seoul po gagawin ung medical exam.pero nasa pilipinas pa po ang anak ko. pwede ko po ba sya iinvite kasama ung friend ko pumunta dito para sya ang maghatid? my daughter is only 4 years old.. Please help po…
    Thank You!

  190. hi abby! you can invite your friend to bring your daughter here… just provide the documents proving that you need your daughter to come to korea… also check with the philippine government (DSWD) the documents that your friend might need in bringing your daughter here… good luck!

  191. gudpm po ms betchay! i have a filipino friend who is a factory worker in korea pero TNT na po xa dun…i would like also to work there kahit sa factory lang din,pero ayoko pong magTNT kse takot ako sa ganon..may nakwento sya sakin before na may nameet daw syang pinoy don na parang permanent na ang visa pero wla naman asawang korean,i dont exactly understand kse yung kwento nya eh,basta ang ginawa lng daw nung tao is 3x syang nagtour doon tpos naging permanent na sya as in labas pasok na lng ng korea..may mga instances po bang ganon? or totoo po kaya un? and kung totoo man po un does it mean pwede na syang magwork don legally?
    nakavisit na rin po ako sa other asian countries like japan (seminar),thailand,hongkong,singapore,malaysia,cambodia and indonesia. i would just like to ask mam if malaki po ba kaya ang chances ko na magrant din ng tourist visa sa korea? or san po kayang agency pwedeng mag apply as worker sa korea? thank u very much and hoping to hear fr u….. it’s Marty

  192. Will it really take 5-7 days for processing? Or would having a US tourist visa (the 10 year one) and a single entry Japanese transit visa speed up things up to like 3-4 days? Kasi natatakot ako na baka hindi ko makuha yung passport ko ng before the 28th… eh I’ll be flying to Japan on that day. :xxx I can only pass my application tomorrow kasi hindi pa nabibigay ng family friend ko (who’ll be sponsoring our graduation trip) yung needed documents from them. 🙁
    Would it be possible to pull-out my passport if the process would take longer than 5 days? I asked the Korean lady at the embassy through the phone kanina, but I’m a bit skeptical since her English isn’t perfect and I’m pretty sure we misunderstood each other a number of times.
    Actually it’s fine kahit na 5 days… basta 5 days lang, hindi 6. XD Anyhow, I’ve got all requirements naman… rawr. I’ve been asking the question just about everywhere. XD I’m so nervous. 😀 Hope at least one person can help. ^^

  193. ^^ it really takes a week for tourist visa processing… but you can always ask them to rush it 🙂 tell us if everything worked well…

  194. hi there!!!

    i’m a filipino and i’m already engaged to a korean.the wedding is in june 20 but he wants me to visit korea around may to meet his family,especially his father who can’t come for the wedding.i’m now studying,taking up my 3rd course and it’s really hard for me to process the visa ‘coz i’m based in cebu and the embassy is in manila.will it be possible for me to process the visa in just less than a week???
    i’m also confused ‘coz my fiance gave me requirements different from the requirements given to me by the embassy here.can you please tell me what are really the requirements for visit visa or tourist visa and what are the processess involved???

    your help will be greatly appreciated…^^

    thanks a lot!!!

    ***jeanny***

    please send me a copy of your reply in my email>>>jeanny_edar@yahoo.com

  195. just wanna ask, if the korean embassy got all the documents including the passport, and gave a claim stub, does it mean i was given a visa or there is still a possibility that i am denied?

    waiting for your reply…

  196. @katherine >> it’s just to claim your passport… they will stamp “Documents Received” for denials and of course, visa for approval… good luck!

    @jeanny >> i’ll send you an email later 🙂

  197. good day.

    i just want to ask why I was denied at the Korean Embassy despite my notarized invitation, while my other team mates were approved so they’re there na in Korea leaving me here due to my denied tourist visa. is it really 6 mos after I can apply for another tourist visa ?

    please po reply to my email adD. THANKS

    cbanisa1978@yahoo.com.ph

  198. Hello Ms. Betchay.
    God bless you with your compassion!
    Its my first time to visit your blog; I would like to praise you with your kindness.
    You are a perfect example of the saying, “SHARING YOUR BLESSINGS!”

    I would love to visit Korea this year, but with so much apprehension in acquiring a tourist visa. You are absolutely right, Betchay, there is no guarantee even though you have all the requirements…its a matter of Luck!

    So If..

    If I join or avail a korean tour or korean package in travel agency here in the Philippines, would I still be needing a korean visa for tourist?
    Thanks again Ms. Betchay. God bless you.

  199. Hi there!
    I wish you can help me with this.
    Just wanna know if it’s possible for me to go back to Korea since I had stayed there illegally for almost 3 years, but now I’m in another part of Asia. I left Korea last june 28, 2007. I am now married to a british citizen, and we’re both working in an international school. I haven’t changed my passport yet. I’m still carrying my old passport as an unmarried woman, but we’re working on changing my passport and become an independent to his passport. Is there any possibility for me to go back to korea even without changing my passport? How long should I wait before I can go back to Korea?
    Your prompt reply would be appreaciated.
    Thanks

    dale

  200. @daleanne >> it’s still possible for you to come back here… i’m not sure about the passport thing though… the really best thing for you to do is to inquire at the Embassy… sorry! i wish i could help you more.

  201. @Lee Seo >> thank you for your kind words… you’ll still need a tourist visa even if you join a tour group… but if you’re just going to Jejudo, then you won’t need a visa… good luck to you!

  202. Hi!

    I’m here in Korea right now and I got a friend who’s visiting me. I am just curious as to how much money should she have in her bank to prove that she is illegible of coming here. I would appreciate it if you can give me a quick reply. Thanks!

  203. @shyla >> one of the posters here had more than 100K in the bank but she couldn’t get a visa… she really just needs to prove that she has a stable enough job for her to go back to the philippines

  204. hi
    My present employer invited me to work in seoul korea as highway Engineer. I already signed a employment contract and visa application last week and all my original documents were already brought ot korea for visa application. Normally, how long does it take to get a working visa in korea for a direct hired OFW?

  205. good day!
    i got a 30 days c-3 visa, now im here in daejeon, korea. How to extend my c-3 visa? And what are the requirements. Thank you

  206. Hi! I’m holding a C3 Visa can I possibly have a work here and apply a working visa. My wife is working here as a Kindergarten teacher. Can you help me where I can find job work here. Maybe an english language teacher or other as long as I can stay with my wife together.
    Thank you.

  207. ^^ if your wife has the proper working visa, she can apply for an F3 (dependent visa) for you… but you can’t legally work on that visa… to get a working visa, find a company that will sponsor you

  208. @sherwin >> btw, i talked to another pinay a few hours ago… she called the immigration in korea and asked for the documentary requirements for her visa extension… she said the immigration officer told her to just bring her passport, fill-up an application for extension and pay 30,000 won… that is as long as there’s no notation on her passport that she is not allowed to extend her visa 🙂

  209. By the way if your a tourist visa how long can you stay here in Korea..? Im holding a c3 Visa Shor Term visit period of sojourn is only 30 days in my visa, can I stay here more than 90 days up to 6 months? Maraming Salamat ulit. God Bless You All.

  210. ^^ we can only get up to 90 days stay as a tourist here… but try to look for the F3 visa… you could stay here up to a year

  211. hi ms betchay. i want to visit sana korea with my baby. my frend will give us request letter. papano po kaya, wat document ang ipapakita nmin. do we nid dis (1) bank certificate stating your savings, (2) certificate of employment showing your salary and position, (3) latest ITR (income tax return), wat if wala ako nun kc housewife lang po ako.i just want to visit my hubby sana na working der. and my frend will give me the request letter. nakapag invite na sya ng fren nya pero ksama kc nya anak nun nsa korea. my fren is citizen now sa korea, and she’s a teacher. pano po kaya, sa tingin mo po my pag asa kc malayo po kmi sa mnila . tatake lang po ng risk if wat will u say about my situation.

    salamat po at mabuhay.

  212. my baby is 1 year 6 mnths po. ilang days po bago malaman if denied or hinde? sana u can answer lahat po ng question ko and sana mapayuhan mo ako if wat will i do. and do i nid to tell na i will just visit my hubby o dpat d ko na lang bangitin na my asawa aq dun na working. salamat

  213. can I ask some help,,I have a US military boyfriend who stationed now in Korea,,he si coming here in Philippines to marry me,,what are the process we have to do so that I can move in Korea with him?how long it takes in the korean embassy in manila applying for a spouse visa..please help me,,thank you guys..

  214. please help me guys,,he is coming here in Philippines to marry me,,what are the steps I have to do,,getting marry here in Philippines and going to Korea with him after our wedding,,thank you so much,,hoping to hear from all of you,,

  215. @Ana >> there’s no spousal visa for those married to US military personnel in Korea… you can get an F-3 visa after coming here on a tourist visa… he should contact his legal office (they have one at the army base) for more information on marrying a foreigner 🙂

  216. Hi Ms.Betchay.Im planning to apply for a tourist visa going to korea.plano ko sana pumasok doon on a Package Tour group ng isang travelling agency.im an entrepreneur managing my own business for a year now,at registered under my name ang business.meron din po akong enough cash sa show money ko.actually one of the reason why pupunta ako ng korea is to visit and meet my filipino friend na nagtatrabaho doon as factory worker.i need to bring some important documents to him para pirmahan nia ng personal.plano ko sana mag-stay doon kahit 5days lang.actually kagagaling ko lang ng taiwan kahapon on a business trip din.at plano ko nga mag-apply na ng korean visa ko bukas.Kasi base sa mga nabasa ko earlier, aabutin ng 1week or 2weeks ang application.Sa case ko po, hindi na ako dapat abutin ng until may15 kasi ilalabas ko na yung money sa bank account ko at mawawalan na ako ng show money.Though i have a business associates na sasagot lahat ng gastos ko from airfare to hotel accomodations madala ko lang yung mga papers doon asap.

    According to a friend na me traveling for agency the best way for me to enter korea is tru Package Tour.i have no plans na mag-stay ng matagal…i just need to meet yung friend ko for some business matters…

    Is it possible po ba na makakuha ako ng visa within 7days kahit first timer ko sa korea? makakatulong po ba yung mga travel ko sa malaysia, china, and hongkong and recently twice ako nakapasok at na-grant ng visa sa taiwan (feb and apr 2008)para makakuha ng visa? kailangan po ba na meron na akong ipapakitang itinerary at date ng alis para ma-approved ako? pwede ko bang gawing reference yung pamangkin ko na nagwork din dian sa korea?hindi po ba masagwa tingnan sa passport mo kung sakaling me tatak k ng denied sa korean embassy? kasi plano ko mag-apply ng US Visa after ko makarating ng korea?

    im still hoping and praying na ma-approved ang visa ko…kasi importante na makausap ko ng personal yung taong pupuntahan ko doon…

    please i need your advise and expertise on these matters at plano ko na po mag-apply sa korean embassy bukas ng umaga…
    nawa po makarinig ako ng reply galing sa inyo asap para naman po mabawasan ang dilemma ko for how many weeks na po…

    ngayon pa lang po nagpapasalamat na ako sa reply ninyo… more power and god bless!

  217. Hi ms.betchay ako po ulit…me mga nabalitaan din po kasi ako na maraming mga businessman ang na-denied sa pagkuha ng korean visa kahit po kumpleto cla sa requirements. nakakatakot po kasi badly needed talaga na makarating ako doon kahit 3days pwede na sa akin…hope to hear a positive responds galing sa inyo.eto 2:38am na hindi p din ako makatulog iv been browsing the internet for 8hours na until matisod ko itong site mo… maraming salamat at marami kayong natutulungan sa site na ito… take care and more power!

  218. Ana after you get married with him, pwede ka ng kumuha ng tourist visa going there, just prepare documents needed at kapag nandun ka na pwede ka kumuha ng A3 visa (military dependent visa) multiple entry ito at kahit ilang days ka magstay dun. I too have military husband there in Osan ganyan lang ginawa namim..goodluck

  219. @joshua >> hindi ka naman pala first time traveler, so mas malaki chance mo makakuha ng visa… you won’t really need to join a package tour pero nasa sa ‘yo na yan… yung isang friend ko na narito ngayon (15 days siya) first time traveler siya at hindi siya gumamit ng agency pero nabigyan siya ng visa… pag nag-apply ka, basta lagay mo lang kung ilang araw ka mag-stay dito… yung visa mo sa taiwan, makakatulong yan 🙂 kasi merong counter para sa first-time traveler (considered yung mga nag-travel sa ibang bansa na walang visa like hongkong) at dun sa mga hindi first-timers (mga bansa na kailangan ng visa)…

    nung nag-apply ako ng tourist visa sa US, nasa passport ko rin yung tinatak ng korean embassy ng hindi ako bigyan ng visa… pero nakakuha ako ng 10-yr multiple sa US 🙂

  220. @joshua…you can easily can a c3 Visa(short-term visa). when I applied for short term visa..ang pinakita ko lang.. TAX Copy, Employment Certificate (if you dont have use your business permit too), Passort Copy especially kapag naka entry ka na sa other countries better. Di na ako nag show money kasi meron ako invitation letter from Korea.. 7 days ang processing.

  221. @sherwin and ms.bechay…update lang po sa mga nangyari sa pagpunta ko sa korean embassy last friday (May09,2008). Beware po sa mga nag-re2search ng infos sa internet regarding sa korean embassy,medyo matagal na pong hindi updated ang mga datas and infos nila. Much better po na magpunta po kayo ng personal sa embassy to ask for requirements at kung paano ang sistema.kasi po nangyari skin akala ko 1:30-5:30pm ang application tulad ng nkpost s mga website, at nagpunta ako, yun pala 9am-11am na ngayon.tapos pati yung visa application form na nadownload ko sa google hindi rin updated kasi 7years ago p daw yung ganong forms nila according to manong guard sa embassy. even yung form sa poea.gov.ph luma na din.FYI po sa lahat eto po ang updated requirements from the embassy to apply for a visa:

    VISA REQUIREMENTS FOR BUSINESSMAN

    -Application form (typewritten)
    -One passport size colored picture
    -Old and new passport
    -Passport (Original and photocopy of first page)
    -(Must be at least 6 months valid)
    -Business Registration Permit for SEC or DTI (photocopy)
    -Business Permit or Mayor’s Permit(photocopy)
    -PERSONAL Bank Certificate (original)
    -Individual Income Tax Return – ITR (photocopy)
    -If invited to Korea: Original Invitation Letter notarized in Korea & photocopy of the Invitor’s Passport (first page only)

  222. VISA REQUIREMENTS FOR EMPLOYEE

    1. Application form (typewritten)
    2. One passport size colored picture
    3. Passport Original (Old and New)
    4. Passport photocopy of First Page (6 months valid)
    5. Copy of U.S., New Zealand, Japan, Australia, Korea, and Canada Visa (if there is)
    6. Employement Certificate (Original)
    7. Personal Bank Certificate(Original)
    8. ITR (Income Tax Return) (photocopy)

    * If Personally invited to Korea: Original Invitation Letter in Korea & photocopy of the Invitor’s Passport

    * If invited by Company to Korea: Original Invitation Letter in Korea & photocopy of the Korean Company Business Permit

    Address: 18th Floor, The Pacific Star Bldg., 1226 Makati Ave., Makati City Philippines

    Tel: (02)811-6139, Fax: (02)811-8258

  223. KOREA EMBASSY ADDRESS:

    18th Floor, The Pacific Star Bldg., 1226 Makati Ave., Makati City Philippines

    Tel: (632)811-6139, Fax: (632)811-8258

  224. Hi Ms.Betchay, bukas pupunta ako ulit at aagahan ko na ng alis kasi 9am-11am ang application for Visa. Problem ko lang wala akong ITR, kasi 2years na akong freelance at self employed. Yung Business ITR ko wala pa at inaayos pa lang yung mga dapat bayaran this month… paano kaya yun…hindi ba medyo tagilid ang application ko kasi kulang ako ng isang requirements?

    please reply po, para naman maglubag ang loob ko…

    thanks po… power and Godbless!

  225. HI! I AM A FILIPINA,I WORKED IN KOREA FOR 2YEARS AS AN ENTERTAINER.I HAVE A U.S ARMY BF STATIONED IN KOREA.WE ARE PLANNING TO GET MARRIED HERE IN PHILLIPINES.IS IT POSSIBLE FOR ME TO GO TO KOREA WITH HIM AFTER WE GET MARRIED?IS IT EASY FOR ME TO GO IF WE GET MARRIED HERE IN PHILLIPINES?PLS HELP ME AND ADVISE ME WHICH IS MORE EASIER!! PLSSS ASAP. THANK YOU

  226. @joshua..please rely on reliable information on websites only, if you are not sure please call first the embassy before you go to confirm.

  227. Ms Betchay,

    I have signed my contract with an Engineering Firm based in Seoul Korea for a contract of 1 year as a design engineer there.

    I’m still in the process of working on my working visa so at the moment I don’t have one yet.

    Should ever that everything goes well and I’m already there, I was wondering if it’s possible for my GF to get there as a tourist (to visit me from time to time). I’m willing to shoulder all her expenses in her stay in Korea.

    Have you heard of cases similar to mine?

    Your prompt reply is truly appreciated. Thanks!

  228. @Curious Engineer >> it’s possible for your GF to come here as a tourist, she just needs to prepare all the requirements… a reader had sent me an email telling me that even if her boyfriend was gonna shoulder all the expenses, the Korean Embassy still asked for her a bank certificate in her name

    @Ritchell >> try to read Baby’s post above… she’s also married to a US military personnel and has an A3 visa

    @joshua >> how did it go? when i applied for a tourist visa 5 years ago, i had to go there early in the morning as they only accept applications in the morning… the afternoon is for passport distribution…

  229. @Betchay..thank you for all the info i’ve asked before…my visa was granted for an extension additional of 60 days.

  230. hi i just wanna ask something im a filipino and i currently staying here in korea holding a c3 visa.my visa extension will end on june 10 is there any possible way to extend my visa?actually i have a korean boyfriend but he doesnt know any way to extend my visa .how about studying hangul in the university?is that possible for me to extend my visa without leaving korea?>how about marriage??im hoping for your immediate response..thanks God bless

  231. ^^ your only option is marriage… philippine passport holder can only stay in korea for 90 days (including extension) on a tourist visa, after than we need to go home and apply for another visa

  232. ask ko lng po kasi marami na po akong nabasa na may mga Filipina na nagpakasal dit o sa Pinas with their US military bf,,the after they get married here ,they go to the korean embassy in manila..Gusto ko po malaman kung ano mga requirements ne kaylangan namin ipakita sa korean embassy and how long yung process??thank you po..

  233. ask ko lng po kasi marami na po akong nabasa na may mga Filipina na nagpakasal dito sa Pinas with their US military bf,,then after they get married here ,they go to the korean embassy in manila to apply for a Visa going to Kortea then I heard that they granted a Visa because their US military husband accompany them at the korean embassy in Manila..Gusto ko po malaman kung ano mga requirements na kaylangan namin ipakita sa korean embassy and how long yung process??thank you po..and God Bless..Please help me Guys…

  234. Hi summerain,,I need your help..my BF is a US military and he currently stationed in Korea..he is going to come here in Philippines in September to get marry,,ask ko lang po,,after we get married we are going to apply for a Visa to Korea at the Korean Embassy in Manila,,what are the documents/requirements needed and what are the process and how long it will take??thank you po,,please help me summerain…
    simply_sexy3@yahoo.com

  235. Hi summerain,,I need your help..my BF is a US military and he currently stationed in Korea..he is going to come here in Philippines in September to get marry,,ask ko lang po,,after we get married we are going to apply for a Visa to Korea at the Korean Embassy in Manila,,what are the documents/requirements needed and what are the process and how long it will take??thank you po,,please help me summerain…
    simply_sexy3@yahoo.com

  236. hi ask ko ksi mg magsisix years na ksi ako d2 sa skorea as cntrct workr.plan ko ksi na maging imigrant d2 sa skorea? posible po ba? ano ho ba ang klngan gawin pra maging korean imigrant? pls reply! tnx

  237. Hello po! i have a 1 daughter to a korean.her surname is to her dad and her acknowledge her in the birth certificate but we are not yet married…im also a pinay po and for now not working cuz taking care of my baby…her dad wants us to visit him in korea cuz he don’t have time to go here cuz busy sa work…i want to know po if i still need a bank certificate from the bank to get a tourist visa?…thanks po….

  238. @ ellaine >> i think it’s best to call the embassy (scroll up for the phone number)… from what i know, if her dad had recognized her she should be in the korean family register… that’s what really counts to koreans anyway

    @ jermaine >> check http://www.hikorea.go.kr — it’s possible to get a F5 or permanent resident (or even korean citizenship) but there are restrictions on the kind of visa you’ve been holding… they don’t allow residency/immigration on E9 visa

  239. hello everybody…
    thanks for all these infos, it help me a lot to get an idea on how to get a tourist visa to korea… i havent been to korean embassy coz i dont know the requirements, but i strip on this blogsite so, thanks, it help me a lot…
    does it mean that everybody who’s needing for a korean visa processed it by themselves? or you guys go to an agency to process all your papers? coz my friend told me to go to a travel agency to process my visa…

    thanks a lot and more power…

  240. @ Lynie >> you don’t need an agency to process your visa… using an agency is also NOT a guarantee that you could get a visa… you can just go to the embassy with all your documents very early (like 7AM eventhough the embassy opens at 9AM)… they only accept applications in the morning

  241. hi there..just visited ur site,it really helps!

    sistah betchay just want to ask what is there for me to do if my private student’s parents like me to go with them in Korea?what kind of visa should i get? would it cause me a problem if ill just get a tourist visa and then just change my status when i get to stay in korea na?theyre willing to help but theyr rushin this time and just like to skip through the hassle of getting some docs or goin through the process of complicated matters…posible ba un sis?
    and what would be the papers that we need to process po? and one thing more..how many months do they give for a tourist to stay there in korea? 3 or 6?
    theyre planning to leave Phil in late June or the next month after..i hope to get ur reply soon..
    i understand u have many commitments and replies to make pa.. newey u can email me back here po janahlara@yahoo.com

    really appreciate u po..
    tke care n Godbless!

  242. @jah >> you can get a tourist visa and we can only get up to 3 months… there’s no way you can change your visa in korea unless you get married… if you’re gonna work, you’ll still need to process your visa in the philippines… you’ll need:
    – application form
    – passport, ID photos
    – certificate of employment
    – bank certificate
    – latest ITR
    – letter of invitation from korea (optional)

    they won’t accept your application unless your documents are complete…

  243. ate betchay, nakapunta na po kasi ako ng korea last year as a singer but i runaway from work and stayed with a BF der.but i went back home before my alien card expires.Im already married and hes also married but wer both separated. Is it possible for me to go back der and stay der even 1 week and go back here again..will they give me tourist visa? am i still legal to enter korea even if i runaway from work and manager kasi theyre so harsh and inhuman in working conditions in korea. pls rreply ate asap…thanks sau ha?

  244. ate betchay, nakapunta na po kasi ako ng korea last year as a singer but i runaway from work and stayed with a BF der.but i went back home before my alien card expires.Im already married and hes also married but wer both separated. Is it possible for me to go back der and stay der even 1 week and go back here again..will they give me tourist visa? am i still legal to enter korea even if i runaway from work and manager kasi theyre so harsh and inhuman in working conditions in korea. pls rreply ate asap…thanks sau ha?

  245. well, im done readin’ all info from top to bottom..

    it took several hours , but quite worth it, i guess.. ( heehee , as i took notes of impt info while reading through ) ^^

    a lot of ht ienfo was useful.. from your replies as well as the updated visa app requirements and SK Embassy’s operation hrs for visa app that joshua so patiently listed down.. ( well, appreciated ).

    anyhow, please correct me if i’m wrong, but as my original question was specifically how much the minimum for show money ( personal bank statement ) should be.. but as i read through every single entry, i’ve realized that there really isnt any amount set as a standard,by the looks of it, i so agree when you mentioned that you’re lucky if you get approved the first time.. ( this is too sad, though ).. T.T

    my fiance of over 3 years is coming for another visit on the first 2 weeks of aug and our plan , as per my future in-laws is that i’ll then go to seoul for 추석 ( from late sept til arnd early nov )… all paperwork is ready for the visa application ( including the notarized invite and page 1 of his pp).. but does anyone happen to know if i need to get a CENOMAR with my fiance for the sept trip? or do i get it alone? or do i even need it for my purpose of getting a tourist visa this time?

    i dont wanna be denied ( just like everyone else doesnt )… coz my future-in-laws have been expecting me since early this year…and ‘chusok’ is the best time to go there to meet all relatives .. heehee..

    anyhow, reading all the entries is quite disheartening, honestly, but i do hope more peeps will get their visas approved the first time around.. ( the peeps at the embassy are quite rude too if you speak to them over the phone ).. but i guess we’ll just hafta deal with it..

    thanks for reading and for your response.

    __katie__

    keyti_cute@yahoo.com

  246. oop! and another thing..

    does anyone here have any idea if gettin’ a tourist visa approved is easier if i applied for it at the SK Embassy with my koraen fiance? or are the odds are still the same with or without him in person?

    ( as u can see, i might apply for my visa with him when he gets here..so he can kick the asses of those peeps there that might try to deny me a visa.. kekekeke ) ^^v

    P.S.

    i’ve been meaning to quit my present job of over 2 years, but by reading the posts, it made me change my mind..but before that.. does anyone here have any idea if a certificate of employment from 2 mos before visa app can still be accepted at the SK embassy? or do they really need one from just a few days before visa application?

    this can help me decide whether to quit my job this month or not.. ^^

    thanks y’all!

    –katie–

  247. Hi everyone,

    I am leaving for Korea on the 21st of June. This is gonna be my 3rd visit to Korea. However, this time I was given only a 15-day travel VISA. I wonder if I can have it extended for a month or two. My boyfriend who is korean would like me to stay there longer. Do you have any information as to what I need to do? Looking forward to your prompt reply.
    Thank you very much and more power!

  248. Hi.

    I am planning on visiting my bf who is an OFW in Korea this December since he can’t come home. He works as an engineer in DSEC. According to your post, I must submit the following documents:

    (1) bank certificate stating your savings
    (2) certificate of employment showing your salary and position
    (3) latest ITR (income tax return)
    (4) your passport and a copy
    (5) visa application form
    (6) 2×2 pictures
    (7) a notarized invitation letter.

    Now, I am sure I can provide most of the items listed above since my bf intends to have me invited by one of his Korean friends. However, I am in doubt if I can provide item 3 which is the ITR since I switched jobs in one taxable year. I am going to try and see if I can still file an ITR for the year 2006 (when I only have one employer) even if it’s past April. In case I am not permitted to do this by the BIR, is there any other document I can substitute for the ITR (like the BIR 2316 form)? What do you suggest I do?

    BTW, I only intend to stay for 10 days. Thank you.

  249. Hi Ms. Betchay, this blog of yours is really helpful…

    We are planning to go Seoul next month,it will be a family vacation. My husband is a businessman, he is of pakistani passport with a permanent residence here in philippines. He have business in their country. I myself also have a business here. With those requirements above, we can provide it.

    The only question will be, Is it compulsary to have an invitation? My husband have a pakistani friend and a permanent resident who have business there can send us invitation. However, i dont like to disturb him much. Is it okay even we dont provide this invitation letter?

    Anyway, we will just be there not more than 2 weeks. My husband travels around asia and north africa. Me naman travelled in 4 asian countries where most of my stays are only for few days lang.

    Do you think we have a good chance of obtaining a tourist visa? We will bring our 2 year old daughter with us.

    Will be very happy to receive your reply…

    Salamat in advance

  250. hi good day,

    this website is full of information about going to korea. is it possible to apply for extension of visa in the Philippines right away or it must be when you’re in korea already?

  251. How much does the extension of visa cost? how long is the process? what does the immigration officer ask? what is the best reason to be granted the extension?

    thank you po and more power!

  252. @louie >> it takes just minutes for the extension, 30,000 won… i don’t know what the immigration officer asks but i don’t think you have to worry about it if the extension is for a good reason 😉

    @lou >> there is no same sex marriage in korea… however, a korean citizen who’d had a physical sex change could legally change his/her sex, i.e. male/female… like in the case of Harisu… she used to be a man, had a sex change and is now considered a woman… she got married last year to a man

  253. hi everyone! im 22, a fresh graduate and i have a US ARMY bf stationed in korea and weve had this relationship for almost 4 years now.. he came here last may4-june1 he proposed to me but its unofficial yet kc wala pa ung ring but anyways i said yes and we plan to marry in korea… ive read through your blog and found most of the docs. and stuffs that i needed except for the ITR..and as for my bank cert/statement my bf told me i should go get a bank account so he can wire transfer enough show money.. my bf told me he will assume the full responsibility with regards to the expenses… ive even thought of going through an agency coz of the whole confusion i got and im scared that i might get denied and i really want to be with him.. im thinking of staying for a week or 2 with 100,000+php as bank statement… but im scared that the consul might ask me where i got the amount since im unemployed and no source of income…:( im hoping to be in korea by august…

    please everyone…anyone… help……… im really desperate……=(

  254. Hi Ms. Betchay! I really need your help..I think your the only person who could give me a good advice. My filipino fiance is currently working in Korea. We’re planning to get married next year here in the Philippines.In order for us to properly plan for our wedding, he wants me to visit him in korea this coming august.He can’t come home easily because he can’t afford to have leave of absence from his job.The problem is I’m not employed right now and I can’t show a certificate of employment and ITR. I have an upcoming exam for cgfns(qualifying exam for Nurses to apply for immigrant visa in US) this coming november(same year) to be held in Cebu, Philippines. Is it alright if I will just present my documents from cgfns and a certification from a review center that I enrolled for October review classes? to prove to the korean consul that I really have to go back to the Philippines by the month of October to attend for a review classes and to take an exam?Also Ms. Betch, I need to know the amount needed in my bank account as my proof of income.That’s all ms. Betchay!

    Your response will be highly appreciated! Thank you so much!

  255. hi grace,

    u asked help from anyone..so i guess i can tell you what i’ve read thru the blog//

    >> first, you might wanna ask your BF to prepare and send you an invitation( stating sponsorship, etc )..(im sure that’ll be of help, though betchay previously mentioned that it’s optional )

    >> after gettin that..then im sure you can bring the requirements to the embassy and if they ask you about the shw money and all.. you might wanna tell them honestly and that this wire transfer you have on record is part of the sponsorship.. i guess that might work..

    im not saying it will..but i guess it’s gonna be worth a try..

    good luck!!

    ***FYI:: im pretty sure betchay might wanna add something more specific.. but you might wanna start preparing the docs. *.^v

  256. thanx so much katie… i already told my bf to prepare with the invitation and stuffs…. ill start finishing my requirements.. thanks again…^.^

  257. hi ms.betchay..
    i am happy to have stumbled upon your site and its good to know there are people here with a good hearts who take time out to help out our filipino kababayans who have queries about visa applications to korea..

    I would like to apply for a tourist visa at least for two weeks–i have read the requirements you posted here BUT im currently not working( so i cant show an employments ceritficate) but i have a medicalclinic which i rented out to a friend..My american fiancee who’s in the USmilitary base there in korea would want me to visit him before december 2008.. and perhaps get married there.. im filipina, 37 yrs old ,single mom… what are the documents would i need from the phillipines to bring to korea to get married..can we get married at the US embassythere( HE is an american)? IF im not employed but have a clinic ..would that be enough to replace employment certificate?or i have a gift shop bussiness? what if i join a tour group would that be better so i wont need an invitation? MY FIANCEE is willing to send me an invite and affidavit of support(WHO SHOULD NOTARIZE THIS–COMMANDER of us military base or lawyer fROM korea?)But reading your blogs its seems that an invite, nor a affidavit of support is not a guarantee for a TOURIST VISA!!
    REGARDING the bank certificate would they require three months active bank account(OPENED AT LEAST THREE MONTHS PRIOR TO YOUR APPLICATION)just like req. when you apply for US VISA?..may i present a join bank account with my mom OR WOULD THEY NEED JUST MY BANK ACCOUNT? THANK you FOR your time ma’am …hope to receive a reply from you the soonest possible time..or pls email me at my email add.. ALSO to anyone who might know answers to my questions id be very pleased to receive suggestions from you…

    SINCERELY,
    JASMINE

  258. Hi ms.bechay?

    I will be going to Korea for a package tour. It will be shouldered by my employer, however I believe that the no.of days to be given by the Korean embassy will only be 15 days. But i’m planning to extend my staying. My employer told me that they will be the one to make a letter addressed to the immigration in korea to request for my extension to do some business transaction, and the company will be the one to shoulder all my expenses. Could that be a valid reason?

    or is it good to say that i enjoy staying there that’s why I want to extend?but they might ask if i have enough money to stay longer.

    which is better the first one or the second one.

    Thank u po!

  259. ^^ You can have your visa extended and I think the first reason is better IMO (if they ask you, because they sometimes don’t).

    Please don’t overstay your visa. It might hurt your future. It’s not just worth it.

  260. please my name is Martins please i am from Africa (Nigeria), i will like you to explain more to me about C3 visa and what it will require to enter into south korea with it. you can publish it and also send me the answer to my email.

  261. Hi Ms. Betchay,

    I’m planning to visit Korea this Sept. would like to ask if where can I get the application form? Many thanks for your usual assistance=)

  262. @louie >> Dress presentably. People here judge you by your appearance.

    @jaime >> they’re available at the Korean Embassy, i’ll send you one online so you could see how it looks like

    @Martins >> i think it would be best to check the Korean Embassy website in your country… there are different requirements for different nations

  263. Can you send me the link for the application form so that I have it already once I’ll go to the embassy. Many thanks for your unwavering support Betchay=)

  264. just a suggestion to all concern. For all visa concerns, if you need factual answers, it is appropriate that you consult directly the visa section of the Korean Embassy in Manila. I appreciate the advices Ms Betchay is giving to many people, regarding requirements, but she is not in any way connected with the Korean Embassy nor any office for that matter, and is not receiving any compensation for such act. So for most of you, your questions and request can be easily answered by just “simply” making an effort to read appropriate websites (or make a call) such as the Korean Embassy and discuss your specific problems with the authorized people from that office. i find it weird that even application forms are being asked in this site.

    “bato bato sa langit, tamaan wag magalit”

  265. in response to arvinsign message-
    you may not ask if you don’t want. don’t tell ms.bechay to stop her good deeds. she could help a lot of people through this site. you know even if you ask those who are in the embassy they couldn’t tell you what’s wrong and what should be done to get a visa a 100%. and even if you follow all that they say it’s not sure that you’ll get a visa. they don’t actually give tips on how to get visa surely. Ms. bechay speaks from her experiences in getting her visa. it’s good she could share to others her ideas and advises.

  266. ^^ based on my sister’s experience, she was just asked what she’s going to do and where she’s going to stay… she answered she will just stay for a few days and on the latter, she said “seoul, but i don’t know the exact address”

  267. i will be traveling as a tourist in Korea but I plan to bring a big tarveling so that I can put more things when I come back, but i am afraid that they might ask why do I need to bring a big one. So do you it’s better to bring a smaller one?

    thanks

  268. Thanks for the link Betchay=) Another question, sorry ha=) If ever I’m planning to go this September, how updated should my bank certificate be?

  269. hi
    i am married to a American and he based in south korea… and i am planning to apply a tourist visa for south korea what are the requirements that i should i bring so i can handed it to the korean embassy|????

  270. ^^ you can get the A3 visa for military dependents, it’s better to ask your husband to inquire at the legal office of his department 🙂

  271. how true that if you have already come four times in korea as a tourist no need to get visa the next time anymore, amd you can go to Korea without applying for a visa anymore?

  272. ^^ true… but you’ll be subjected to interrogation at the airport’s immigration office… two of my filipino friends here have been coming in and out of the country without any visas now…

  273. the agency advicedme to get a package tour instead of just buying a ticket and hotel accomodation so that i wouldn’t be asked so many questions when i enter korea. i could only just present my iterinary. however i believe it would cost more expensive. however if that’s the best way to do then i could pay for it. what do you think is the good thing? thanks

  274. Hello!

    Just a piece of advice,I have the following documents submitted sa isang travel agency:

    * Letter of Invitation (notarized)
    * ITR
    * Bank Account
    * Business Documents
    * Passport

    Yung pong letter of invitation ay galing sa company kung saan nagtatrabaho ang fiance. Valid po kaya? I asked the Agency to assist me since I am here in the Visayas. Base po sa experience nyo, totoo po ba na saka na lang ako pupunta sa Embassy pag may schedule of apperance?
    Please help po…

    Maraming salamat!

    msb

  275. @louie >> you don’t have to fear the questions if you’re not going to do anything illegal… like you said before, you’ll be here on a business trip… it’s really up to you which is the best way to do it… btw, you can come to korea without a visa if you’ve been here four times within two years…

    @mareese >> oo. hindi required ang appearance kaya pwedeng pa-assist sa agency. yung letter of invitation dapat galing sa nag-iinvite sa ‘yo… pero since may agency naman na tutulong sa ‘yo, it’s better to ask them na lang 🙂

  276. Hi Betchay, if ever I’ll leave on Sept. mga kelan kaya ako dapat kumuha ng bank certificate? Will it help in obtaining a visa since I’m currently employed? Thanks=)

  277. Hi! ms. betchay i need your help…I have 5 visa ( C-3 ) already and by july 25, po ang balik ko sa korea. Nabasa ko po kase sa embassy na after 4 time going and back to korea is VISA EXEMPTION na po. At kung pwede ko po syang extend don ulit. This time wla po nakalagay sa passport just like the same sa mga naunang visa ko. Nag-try me ask sa w-3 kya lang po… no answer. Kya d2 na lang po me nag-ask sa inyo bka po matulungan nyo ako. Thanks and God Bless….

  278. Hi Ate Betchay!

    Thank you sa reply mo. Naisubmit ko na sa travel agency ang mga requirements. Medyo kinakabahan lang ako about the invitation letter if makakatulong ba. Galing kasi sa employer ng boyfriend ko ang letter. Malaking company sila sa Ilsan. Pero ang lahat ng expenses ay syempre sagot namin ng fiance ko, isa syang OFW – EPS dyan sa Korea. Sabi ng agent ko ay malaking tulong daw ung letter of invitation. Totoo po ba kahit na hindi mismong galing sa Fiance ko?Notarized na po cya at may kasama pong business permit ng company. Ano po ang kadalasan na interview ang nangyayari? Though 10-15 days lang ang favor ko.Dahil may business kami na dapat asikasuhin dito sa Pinas.Dadalawin ko lang ang Fiance ko dahil hindi cya mkakauwi sa taong ito…

    Maraming salamat po..

    msb

  279. oh ms.buchay na A to A po ako. i went to Korea with my 15 day tourist visa and I decided to buy only ticket and hotel accomodation. the immigration officer intervied me. and she asked where do i want to go because i don’t have iterinary. she couldn’t accept the reason that i will be travelling myself. she told me that my purpose was not as tourist but for another reason. oh my God they hold me for one day.and asked me to come back here. i told her that the embassy here gave me the visa, and then why don’t they allow me to enter.

  280. dugtong ko lang. and then and reason for my deportation was because i wasn’t able to prove them that i’ll be a tourist. they put VOID in my Visa. do you think i could still go to Korea?

    1. of course you can, but you’ll have to apply for another visa… ang sama naman ng naging kapalaran mo sa mga kamay ng immigration… hindi ba business ang purpose mo?

      1. Thanks,ganun na nga po nangyari. when they asked me if know somebody. i didn’t tell my friend’s name there. i am afraid they might asked them too. pero sabi ng iba sana daw sinabi ko na may kilala ako dun. i told them i have my visa so why don’t they allow me to enter. they don’t believe daw that i will just be a tourist.do i have to change my passport? if i will be a tourist daw where do i want to go. dami nilang tanong.tsaka kung my credit card me. ewan ko kung dapt ba sinabi ko name ng friend ko or hindi. kasi waa naman silang invitation.

        1. ganun talaga… a visa is not a guarantee of entry… kahit sa US may nade-deny pagdating sa port of entry… kaya dapat talaga patunayan na walang gagawing illegal pagpasok

    1. VOID po ang inilagay sa visa ko, blacklisted na po ba yun, or same as deny lang? could i apply for a visa again using the same passport? thanks

        1. thanks po. pero next time i will apply for a job na lang para at least mas mahaba na ang stay ko at wala ng maraming tanong sa kin. kasi palagay ko talagang mahigpit sila. even if you’ll just be a tourist they suspect a person na baka maging illegal worker.
          actually I am an English teacher, plan ko talaga to stay with a Korean friend but I think that will be dangerous for both of us kung magsta me dun and do my tutorial.

  281. greetings! can anyone advice me about my problem?im an EPS worker carrying E-9-2,and i really need to be with my wife,because we’re 2 years separated since,1 year separated after marriage.we dont have any kids yet,and we’re really,really miss each other.my wife really cries.is this F3 VISA qualifies my wife accompany me here in South Korea while im working?because my company wants me to extend my service after my 3rd year this coming March 2009,due to my good performance.what will i do? korea is really a good place to work on,and i admire their discipline.please help me. i really appreciate your immediate response. thanks.

    1. hi willy! unfortunately, the immigration doesn’t grant F-3 visas to dependents of E-9 visa holders… but it’s still best to ask the nearest immigration office near you…

  282. Hi betchay,
    congratulations! you don’t know much you touched and helped filipinos like me who are confused with some of the procedures and regulations in acquiring for a visa to south korea.. anyway, is it okay if i will also ask you for advise regarding certain concerns, such as:
    my husband & i just got married last june 28, 2008 (today is july 21, so it’s less than a month pa lang). he’s working in south korea, and we decided that i will visit him hopefully this year. i have pertinent documents to comply the requirements, however i have this confusion if i should use na my husband’s family name or not.. If I will use his family name, definitely i will change all my documents which i think will take me longer in complying such.. IS IT OKAY IF I WILL DECLARE SINGLE IN MY CIVIL STATUS SO THAT ALL MY DOCUMENTS WILL NOT BE AFFECTED? what do you think is the most appropriate thing to do? this is quite confusing on my part,… hope you can give advise… please do.. by the way, please send to my email your response…

  283. hi betchay,
    additional info: all my documents like ITR, bank account, passport, employment certificate carries my MAIDEN NAME. now, should i change it to my HUSBAND’S FAMILY NAME or RETAIN IT AS IS & DECLARE “SINGLE” in my civil status so that everything will not be affected? what do you think should i do? please do send your reply in my email account.. thank you so much and congratulations! God bless always.. 🙂

  284. thanks po. pero next time i will apply for a job na lang para at least mas mahaba na ang stay ko at wala ng maraming tanong sa kin. kasi palagay ko talagang mahigpit sila. even if you’ll just be a tourist they suspect a person na baka maging illegal worker.
    actually I am an English teacher, plan ko talaga to stay with a Korean friend but I think that will be dangerous for both of us kung magstay me dun and do my tutorial.

  285. ^^ it might be a blessing in disguise someday na hindi ka nakapasok if you’re gonna work here as a tutor… you’re still young you’ll have more opportunities in the future… malay mo next year i-allow na filipinos to teach english here legally…

  286. Ganun na nga po ate bechay. things might be more complicated for my friend and I kung natuloy ako. a guardian angel is guiding us too. six months ago i got frustated when i got denied. luckily last month i got my visa, at nakalipad. next time siguro kung ayos ang papers and evrything ay pasok na pasok na ko. i start searching for schools here in the Philippines where I could take TESOL, it’s a certificate required for teaching in Korea.
    it’s God’s way na rin nga po para di kami mapahamak pareho.and hopefully a lot of doors will open for teachers in Korea at least safe yun at wala ng hassles kasi legal na.
    I’m blessed na rin with a very good friend kasi when I was in the airport they came immediately and they tried to convince the immigration na makapasok, yun nga lang strict talga, kasi wala naman din silang invitation. and they would really asked them kung anong purpose ko. they slept and stayed in the airport all night kahit di namin nakikita isa’t isa. both of us were sad. next time everything will be good na with God’s help.
    Thank you ate bechay!

  287. hi ate betchay!
    yung husband ko nakapunta na sa korea as a tourist. pero nung second apply niya na deny yung visa last june. pwede na bang mag apply this coming december?

  288. talaga bang mahirap mag apply nang second kaysa nung first visa? kasi nung february lang siya nakauwi rito tapos nag apply siya ulit nung june. siguro yun ang dahilan kung bakit na deny kasi 3 months pa lang siyang stay dito at baka nag duda yung embassy na magtatrabo siya dun. sana matulungan mo kami. thanx!

  289. me and my husband were applying for a tourist visa for Korea. We’ve got all the requirements needed except for 1, the invitation letter. I have my cousin there but it seems she can’t provide us the invitation letter. My questions are, do we realy need to have an invitation letter coming from Korea to be able to get there? or is there any other ways we could do? Anyway me and my hubby both travel to other country like dubai and china. Please Im despirate to know what we could possibly do. Thank You!

  290. Hi,
    Why is it not so easy for Koreans to send an invitation? they say it must really come from a big company?and they say the company also worries? why is it so? thank u!

  291. @louie >> it’s easy to send an invitation… the invitation is available at any law office in korea…

    @mich >> the invitation letter is only optional… if you’ve traveled to other countries that require visas (USA, Japan, Australia, UK, New Zealand, etc), it would be easier for you to get a korean visa…

    @nina >> for some it’s easier to apply for a visa on the second time… pwede siya uli mag-apply six months after ng date ng visa niya… are you in korea now? what’s your visa? if you’re here on E-7, your husband could apply for the F-3 visa

  292. but they are not my relatives so that’s why it’s hard for them. they said they tried to find a company to invite but they couldn’t.because the company cannot guarntee their responsibility. the compny is somewhat afraid.

  293. HI ATE BECHAY
    thanks for the response wala ako sa korea yung sister nang husband ko ang nandiyan. nakapag-asawa kasi siya nang isang korean tapus yung husband niya gustong papuntahin ulit yung husband ko ngunit yun na nga deny the second time siya nag apply. nung june 20 na deny yung kanyang visa so pwede na sa december mag apply ulit?

  294. hi…its my first time to visit your site! its really good. anyway…i have a korean boyfriend. and i really wanna visit korea someday. pwede nyo po ba akong iinform ng mga do’s and dont’s? is marrying him the fastest way to go there? please help me…thanks ^^

  295. hi betchay! thanks for the reply. Lahat pala ng invitation letter is makukuha lng sa Law Offices ng Korea? Pwdi kaya yng cousin ko andyan nag wo-work ang makakuha ng invitation para sa amin ng husbank ko or it would be better that Korean people will get an invitation for us? Do you have any idea what are the basis of the Korean Embassy to evaluate foreigners on their tourist visa application? And we’ve only travelled to China and Dubai still we have the original visas kept. Would it be possible the Embassy will grant us the visa?

  296. hi betchay! thanks for the reply. Lahat pala ng invitation letter is makukuha lng sa Law Offices ng Korea? Pwdi kaya yng cousin ko andyan nag wo-work ang makakuha ng invitation para sa amin ng husbank ko or it would be better that Korean people will get an invitation for us? Do you have any idea what are the basis of the Korean Embassy to evaluate foreigners on their tourist visa application? And we’ve only travelled to China and Dubai still we have the original visas kept. Would it be possible the Embassy will grant us the visa?

  297. i am a us soldier. i am also filipino but was born in hawaii.. anyways, i am currently stationed in south korea, and i wanted to invite my fiance’…from the pinas to come visit on xmas. my question is, does she have to have a valid passport before going to the korean embassy..

    as for following documents, i provided her with…

    -my birth certificate.. to prove im us.citizen..
    -copy of my orders to prove i was in the us army, and my place of duty is here in korea…
    -letter of invitation.. notarized…

    what else will they need from her?

    please email me at mark.domingo@us.army.mil or markarvi@gmail.com

  298. i am a us soldier. i am also filipino but was born in hawaii.. anyways, i am currently stationed in south korea, and i wanted to invite my fiance’…from the pinas to come visit on xmas. my question is, does she have to have a valid passport before going to the korean embassy..

    as for following documents, i provided her with…

    -my birth certificate.. to prove im us.citizen..
    -copy of my orders to prove i was in the us army, and my place of duty is here in korea…
    -letter of invitation.. notarized…

    what else will they need from her?

    please email me at mark.domingo@us.army.mil or markarvi@gmail.com

    markbryans last blog post..Greyhound tragedy

  299. hi im new here. gusto ko lng sanang malaman ang chances na mkarating ako sa korea. i have a korean boyfriend now and he’s staying here in the philippines as a tourist. next year pag balik nya ng korea, gusto nya akong isama. based s mga nabasa ko dito, one of the requirements eh yung ITR and employment stuff. im not working sa company, im just a full time tutor sa mga korean, i work in a korean language center, wla kaming tax dun. so its impossible for me to show an ITR and stuff. just in case, mgpakasal n lang kmi d2 sa pinas bago sya umuwi ng korea, ano ang chance dun? mdami din bang requirements na kelangan? such as bank certificate and all that employment stuff? please help me…id really appreciate your immediate reply…thanks

  300. i been reading all the blogs here and felt somewhat worried because i too is applying for a tourist visa and i fear a couldnt get one… coz everybody says its not easy just like applying for USA… but fortunately i dont have difficulty i just let my agent process it.. i submit only bank certificate with my original bankbook..employment cert., ITR and my passport.. with the invitation letter coming from my friend who is a US army stationed in korea.. WITHOUT appearance at all I GOT a 15days single entry tourist visa.. thanks to my agent.. im from mindanao thats why i get an agent to process everything for me…thanks GOD

  301. mark bryan let your fiancee secure first a passport before going to embassy.. thats a must requirement!!! you only have to send her a letter of invitation (orig) notarized by korean gov’t. (my friend secured it from NAMMI office in korea..) then xerox copy of your passport first page.. then your military ID thats enough thats all from you. AND your girlfriend have to secure the following documents 1. employment cert. 2. ITR 3.bank certificate and the orig. bankbook.. 4.oiginal passport if she got all of this theres no doubt that she wont be given a visa.. I JUST GOT MY VISA TODAY WITHOUT APPEARANCE only my travel agent working on it.. goodluck!!!!

  302. Hi Dorothy,

    Where is your agent located? I’m thinking of that option as well. Btw, once you have already a visa, how many days yung validity nun?Thanks=)

  303. hello.. the maximum days will be given for a tourist visa is 15 days? how can i get more than 15 days ? im confused which is the maximum days , 15 or 59.. thanks

  304. ^^ the maximum days you can get for a tourist visa is 90 days… the visa is free for up to 59 days… if you apply for a visa for 60 days or more, you’ll have to pay for the application and it doesn’t guarantee that you’ll get the visa… appearance is not necessary… they don’t usually do interviews

  305. For example you have already been granted with a visa,then I decided na umalis na lang after two months pa, valid pa din ba yung visa? Because I’m thinking na once you have it na, you need to leave ASAP. Please enlighten me thanks=)

  306. if you will go as a tourist, like on a package tour, they give 15 days of sojourn. but if you’re invited by a company, you’re lucky to stay up to 90 days.

  307. Hi Dorothy,

    Ask ko lang, is it your first time to apply for a visa? I also have an agent and it is my first time to apply and advised me to appear to the embassy.I have all the requirements. ITR, Bank Account with Bank Certificate, Business Documents,Passport of course and Notarized Invitation Letter. I am here in the Visayas.

    Thanks!

  308. mereese>>>>yeah its my first time to apply… ever! i never been a tourist..i justwant to give hope to the first timer like me here.. that its still possible that you will be granted as long as totoo yung documents na sinubmit mo. just think possitive.. actually my agent didnt give me assurance na walang appearance talaga.. its a case to case basis daw talaga.. im just maybe one of those fortunate na di na nag appear..

    to jaime>>>> my agent is from iligan city!!!! its a reputable cooperative and they also assist travel.. i do know the validity of visa yet..

  309. Hi Dorothy! Thanks for the reply. I thought your agent is from Manila=) Thanks. I hope I can find a good travel agent as well because I really like to visit my fiance.

  310. Hi Dorothy!

    Maraming salamat sa reply mo. Actually I am expecting na for an interview by the end of August. Antay ko lang ung Auditor’s Report ko. Possible ba kaya? kasi ung letter of invitation ko is mismong ang company ang gumawa.its also notarized.Ill just pay a visit to my boyfriend who happens to be an OFW. Do you think it will help?

  311. Hi, Ms. Betchay!

    Wow, I’m fascinated with all the help you are giving these people (including me). Although I already have a c3 visa (it’s only 15 days coz it’s a business trip), I’m planning to go back there sometime in Oct to visit my bf. But since I just got one, do I still need to wait 6 months before I could apply for another one (as a tourist, that is)?

    Thanks a lot, in advance.

  312. Hello Betchay, I am so happy I found this site. I have been so problematic on where can i ask lots of question about visiting Korea. You see, my boyfriend is a Korean we stayed together in the Philippines for more than one year. He is now in Korea and he ask me to visit him. I dont have a regular job right now but he sent me a money every month. his willing to send invitation letter too and his working it now to send me… And I heard also that I need bank certificate. How much do I need to open an account to get a bank certificate? and do i need show money going there? please give me all the information about visiting korea. Please please please send answer to my email add thanks…

  313. Hello!

    I have my visa applied na just the other day at the Korean Embassy. Imagine my trip… I am from here in the Negros Province and need to travel long away from here. Fortunately I arrived safely at the Centennial Airport at 6am then I straight ahead to the Embassy. Finally I was there till the time opens at 9am. My number was called. BUT! I was lacking of my one document and that is the Mayor’s Permit. I called at home to send me a copy of the permit and it really took a lot of time waiting for the fax. Until I received the last document and went upstairs ( again) but it’s too late.The WINDOW 3 was already closed when I get there at that was 11:15 AM. I begged the guard but he just smiled at me and simply said: “BALIK KA NA LANG ULIT” .. just like that? I came from the Visayas Region and he will just say that? I really shed a tear. A couple advised me to talk to the Korean girl who happens sitting there watching TV. My friend approached the girl and I am thankful that she knocked the Window 3. Until the lady received my documents. …I am now waiting for September 1 to go back to Manila and have my visa released. Still I do not know what will be the results. ..Still I am hoping that it will be fine. I am sharing this not to embarrass those are planning to apply. One BIG TIP is have yourself ready and so with your documents. They prioritize in asking the Invitation Letter. Though there may be some questions to be asked but nothing to worry as long as your documents are real. Be positive. I just felt the confidence when I was at the elevator going up to the 18th floor. And one more thing, have at least a valid ID to present at the Lobby.. Never cheat on your documents.Be positive and relax…

  314. hi! I’m a Filipina and i have a boyfriend (fiance) working for 12 years in south korea. He expected me to spent x-mas & new year there. Now what are the documents that i need to prepare? and with regards to the bank account, magkano po ba ang minimum savings para matanggap.

    Please you can reply on my email. thanks

    thank you talaga. Your a heaven sent for us.

  315. hi maria… katie here.. i wrote some questions on here, too in june..

    nOw.. im in koRea,,. ^.^

    got my C-3 visa for 30 days approved the first time i applied for it in july..

    anyhow.. you said your boyfriend sends you money monthly? well…. is it to your account ( philippines bank account)? or through a korean bank account that he sends you that money and you receive it? or maybe thru wire transfer?

    im not sure how you have that done.. but one thing about bank accounts is that they also check how long you’ve had it.. so what i can say on this one is that if you already have an existing account with a philippine bank… you might want to save up some money and put all the ‘show money’ you got there…it’s a bit “more foolproof” than opening up a NEW one.. they’d doubt that..

    hope this’ll help..

    oh..and another thing… it’s usually easier to be granted a tourist visa if you got an ITR.. but g’luck to you anyway.. *.^v

    …just pray hard and take it easy when you get there at the embassy… smile at the korean lady on window 3… and ‘pretend’ that you;re just cool… ( dont forget to bring a copy of your bf’s passport’s page 1…. along with the requirments and invitation )..that’ll help, too.. ^.^v

  316. I have a friend in the USAF stationed in Korea…I’ve only been to Singapore and just a regular employee..Im afraid If I applied I will be denied…jeez it sux.

  317. How much do I need to have on my bank account? the Bank Statement I have is thru my payroll account. Though I hve one from Chinabank but I don’t put money in there. Please help.

  318. Hi Ms. Betchay,

    salamat naman kasi merong ganitong site where i can ask some questions and it is very helpful lalo na sa katulad ko. My husband is working in South Korea as factory worker Daekyung Industry – Gyeonggi-Do) since June 2005 under the Employment Permit System. 3 years ang contract niya dun, umuwi siya last June 16, 2008 dito sa Pinas kasi nag-end na ang contract niya pero bumalik ulit siya sa South Korea last July 20, 2008, he’s working legally there with same company parin, nagkaroon kasi ng re-entry and he’ll be working again there for 3 years. Ngayon, napag-usapan namin na i’ll visit South Korea this December to spend the christmas and new year with my husband. Pano ba yung invitation letter ms. betchay, siya na ba mismo magpapagawa sa lawyer doon (with his employer’s permission)? I already have complete requirements like 1. ITR 2. CERTIFICATE OF EMPLOYMENT W/ COMPENSATION at ano pa ba ang mga documents needed for visa application? it is my first time to apply for a korean tourist visa kaya medyo andun yung nerbiyos kasi last year i also tried to apply for a US visa kasi ininvite ako ng tito ko sa US, manganganak ng binyag pero sad to say, i was denied. pareho lang ba ang US & KOREA with regards to visa application? please help ms. betchay. gusto ko talaga makapunta sa Korea to be with my husband. thank you and more power!!!

  319. hi ms. betchay

    you know what, you’re such a true angel sent from above… you really helped me a lot through this website, and good news my C-3 visa was approved! i was overwhelmed and super excited, i can now visit my husband there… even though i did not have any sponsor during my application and just sent the pertinent requirements you said, my application was approved, wow! … anyway, i have this question, is the show money required to present in the immigration officer upon my arrival? how much should i prepare? & what other documents (aside from my two-way ticket) should i present to them? is SHOW MONEY REALLY REQUIRED TO PRESENT THERE? … ms. betchay pls. do reply in my email address, can i expect for you reply soonest as possible, tonight? please? thanks a lot ms. betchay.. God bless…

  320. hello everybody… i just want to share to everybody a very positive and such an overwhelming experience I had at Korean Embassy.. my C-3 visa was approved just the other day… i submitted just the ff:(1) typewritten application form (2) personal bank certificate (3) ITR (3) employment certificate (4) 2×2 picture (5) passport (6) xerox of 1st page of passport, gotcha my c-3 visa was approved! (after 7 days of application) … i did not have any invitation letter.. just an observation when i was there, there are applicants who has invitation letter & other documents (i can’t understand since it’s in korean language hihihi), but the korean lady in window 3 returned it to them, maybe because it’s not complete, or whatever.. but based from my experience which is i applied withouth any sponsor or invitation letter i did not find any difficulty in applying, the process was as fast as an MRT hihihihi.. plus the police guards & the korean guy there were so warm and ever-smiling, the lady guard even accompanied me in their locked CR when she learned that I came all the way from province hihihi.. they are all very accomodating, as in super! thank you so much… & to ms. betchay THANK YOU THANK YOU THANK YOU.. i just based the requirements i prepared here in your website, & see I got now my c-3 visa, now i can visit my husband there.. TO ALL WHO ARE GOING TO APPLY, JUST PREPARE THE COMPLETE REQUIREMENTS, NO FRAUD, BE CONFIDENT, BE FRIENDLY (DON’T BE BOASTFUL), AND PRAY… 🙂

  321. hi ms. betchay

    you know what, you’re such a true angel sent from above… you really helped me a lot through this website, and good news my C-3 visa was approved! i was overwhelmed and super excited, i can now visit my husband there… even though i did not have any sponsor during my application and just sent the pertinent requirements you said, my application was approved, wow! … anyway, i have this question, is the show money required to present in the immigration officer upon my arrival? how much should i prepare? & what other documents (aside from my two-way ticket) should i present to them? is SHOW MONEY REALLY REQUIRED TO PRESENT THERE? … ms. betchay pls. do reply in my email address, can i expect for you reply soonest as possible, tonight? please? thanks a lot ms. betchay.. God bless…

  322. Hi Ms.Betchay

    Just happy to see this site of yours,just wanna ask about certain things about visa application,my boyfriend and I will tie a knot here in the Philippines, he’s an Army stationed in korea,How long will it take for us to process the visa for me to go with him in Korea??and is there a possibility for me being denied applying going there in Korea???even if he gets all the proper documents to be submitted at the Korean Embassy???Like SOFA Stamp…and other pertinent documents being married to him…

  323. hi ate betchay…
    i have a US ARMY bf stationed in korea,,,he wants me to visit him….i have already my passport…am planning to go to manila to korean embassy….para hindi po ako mahirapan at lalo hindi ma deny,pwede ba na sya mismo mgprocess ng visa ko sa korea at ipadala nlng nya dito sa pinas?,,,,thanks..

  324. hi ms. donna, i’m iah, i’ve just read your comment on this website dated august 29, 2008. good for you, you’ve already have your C-3 visa. i also need your advice/help. please e-mail me at iahpabonaalmarez@yahoo.com. i’m also planning to visit my husband in South Korea, he’s working there under the employment permit system. on the application for visa form, item #27, it says there “who will pay for your trip?” – did you answer, your husband will pay for your trip or you yourself will pay for the round trip ticket. is your husband an OFW too like me or he’s an army. need your advice. thanks a lot. hope to hear from you soon. Thank you and Godbless!!! and to Ms. Betchay, thank you for all the useful informations you’re sharing with us. MOre Power!!!

    hello everybody… i just want to share to everybody a very positive and such an overwhelming experience I had at Korean Embassy.. my C-3 visa was approved just the other day… i submitted just the ff:(1) typewritten application form (2) personal bank certificate (3) ITR (3) employment certificate (4) 2×2 picture (5) passport (6) xerox of 1st page of passport, gotcha my c-3 visa was approved! (after 7 days of application) … i did not have any invitation letter.. just an observation when i was there, there are applicants who has invitation letter & other documents (i can’t understand since it’s in korean language hihihi), but the korean lady in window 3 returned it to them, maybe because it’s not complete, or whatever.. but based from my experience which is i applied withouth any sponsor or invitation letter i did not find any difficulty in applying, the process was as fast as an MRT hihihihi.. plus the police guards & the korean guy there were so warm and ever-smiling, the lady guard even accompanied me in their locked CR when she learned that I came all the way from province hihihi.. they are all very accomodating, as in super! thank you so much… & to ms. betchay THANK YOU THANK YOU THANK YOU.. i just based the requirements i prepared here in your website, & see I got now my c-3 visa, now i can visit my husband there.. TO ALL WHO ARE GOING TO APPLY, JUST PREPARE THE COMPLETE REQUIREMENTS, NO FRAUD, BE CONFIDENT, BE FRIENDLY (DON’T BE BOASTFUL), AND PRAY…

  325. @ivy – even with your boyfriend’s documents, you’ll still need to supply your own documents…

    @iah – you have to prove na babalik ka ng pinas so be prepared to give them a complete set of documents… ITR, certificate of employment, bank documents, etc. even if it’s your husband who’s going to pay for everything…

    @donna – congratulations! enjoy your time with your husband… i’m sure super excited na siyang ipasyal ka 😉

  326. Hi Ms. Betchay,

    thanks for your reply. Yup, 100% sure na babalik ako dito sa Pilipinas kasi 22 days lang ang binigay ng company where i’m working. I think kumpleto na rin requirements ko such as 1.ITR 2. CERTIFICATE OF EMPLOYMENT AND COMPENSATION 3. 2X2 PICTURE 4. BANK CERTIFICATE 5. PASSPORT and a photo copy and even the leave of absence filled-up form wherein it states that my vacation leave was approved for only 22 days and nakalagay na reason is to VISIT MY HUSBAND AND SPEND THE HOLIDAY SEASON (XMAS & NEW YEAR ) with him – ok na bang reason to pag mag-apply ka ng visa Ms. Betchay. yun palang korean visa application form, pwede ko na bang fill-up yung na download ko na form? thanks a lot Ms. Betchy. Hope d ka magsawa sa pagsagot sa mga queries ko. thanks a lot. God bless

  327. Hi, ms.bechay,

    could my invitor simply use Dojang instead of the gold seal from law office. because I have recieved an invitation. and they used only the Dojang.

  328. It was so awful after knowing that I was denied. To think that I was the only one called for an interview with the Consul last Monday.I have all the documents, not only documents but complete documents and to think that my documents are real. Lucky to those who got their visa. But to applicants like me, better luck next time.Pity to those who fall in line waiting for their turns and once called at the Window 3 they got their passport knowing that they are denied. I was expecting why The Consul called me, as typical questions and answers.But when I get into the room, The Consul simply explained it to me why I cannot get there in Korea. The experience is so terribly tiring. I spent a lot going there to submit the papers and go back again for the releasing….not only that, my effort and confidence and prayers went to nothing.

  329. one more thing….
    The Consul simply told me that any OFW (with an EPS)working in Korea cannot allow their husbands/ wived / parents / boyried or girlfriend to go in Korea. Is this really true? I have my fiance who is an EPS and stands out as my Guarantor and so with me. But it is their company who invited me. I have the notarized invitation letter, their business permit and etc. My reference is a Korean who has invited me. And to think that I will be staying only for 10 days. For Christ’ sake.. I need an answer why.

  330. hi mareese, iah hir, i’ve just read your comment, yun ba sinabi sayo ng consul? grabe nman pala hirap ng pinagdaanan mo ah. eh ako EPS din ang asawa ko sa South Korea and plan ko rin go doon this coming December 2008. nakakanerbiyos naman kasi you have submitted your complete requirements pero na deny ka parin? sabi ng husband ko yung employer din niya mag invite sakin. please e-mail me at iahpabonaalmarez@yahoo.com. thanks.

  331. Hi Iah..

    Yes I feel so bad. Not to discourage those who want to go to Korea but yes..ganun ang nangyanri sa akin at the Embassy. I feel the chance of having the visa that time but I feel so down after The Consul explained it to me. I have emailed you already.

  332. hi iah, donna here.. sorry only now that i got to read your message.. sort of advise, you may indicate in your form that you will be the one to pay for your trip… i think maresse is right, that an EPS worker cannot invite their wife/husband/gf.. to make it certain, don’t declare that you’re an EPS wife nor don’t submit an invitation letter from your husband or from their company. just submit the requirements i mentioned… & regarding the application form, don’t trust that downloadable forms, its obsolete.. to make it sure you accomplish the one personally released by the embassy, submit it in typewritten form (trust me, its an edge).. then, be confident during your application process, if they will ask you just tell them your purpose is only a tour…

  333. quick question about the letter of invitation, does it have to be notarized at a Korean law office? can’t your sponsor just write a letter and if he is a foreigner (in Korea) get it notarized over at his country’s embassy? What exactly does the letter of invitation have to include?

  334. hi Donna, thanks for your reply. ok, i will take your advice regarding the form to be filled up and who will be the one to pay for my trip. i am still really confused of what will i answer before but now that you’ve sent me a message, i now know what to do. thanks a lot donna, if not with you sasakit pa rin ang ulo ko sa kakaisip at kakatanong kung ano dapat kong gawin,hehe. ok basta ganun na rin ang gawin ko na hindi ko tell na nagwowork hubby ko under the EPS at magtour lang me dun. yun naman talaga ang gagawin ko or purpose ko, mag tour lang and i will just stay there for 22 days or kahit 15 days lang kasi i have my work here in the Philippines and also i have my 2 kids here, syempre d ko cla pwedeng iwan ng matagal. 1st week of December sana ako mag-apply ng visa, kasi plan ko december 22 ang alis ko if God permits me and if ma-issuehan ako ng visa. sana nga mabigyan ako ng visa para makita at makasama ko na rin hubby ko. kumpleto na rin ako sa requirements. ms. donna, do you have an idea kung magkano ang dapat na nakalagay sa savings account mo kasi d ba need nila ng bank statement/bank certificate? thanks ms. donna. sana you’ll reply soon. pwedeng dito or pwede rin sa e-mail address ko. thanks again. God bless!!!

  335. hi donna, additional query. ifever ask ng consul kung saan ako mag-stay sa korea, i’ll tell them that I will stay in a hotel? ok na ba yun ms. donna? please help. thanks a lot.

  336. Hi people! Grabe yung experience ni Mareese.Actualy yung fiance ko under EPS din.Another thing,san ako dapat kukuha ng form? Thanks sa mga inputs nyo dito. It’s really a big help.

  337. hi iah.. donna here.. i inquired in korea.. it’s also safe daw if you have an invitation from your husband’s company.. yun nga lang ang company daw ng husband you ang may pananagutan sa’yo. if magkaproblema daw sayo, malamang baka pati husband you madamay.. hihihi.. yan daw ang worst, pero okay lang daw na galing sa company ng husband you ang invitation.. pero ang invitation kasi is not needed eh, kumbaga optional lang yan.. if you have a complete requirements, i think invitation is not necessary.. yun nga, baka madeny ka pa if they will know na EPS ang hubby mo.. regarding sa savings, i think 100K is okay, but it should be in your account already at least two months before ng application date mo, kasi pati yan binubusisi nila, if biglaan ang deposit mo ng big amount, medyo questionable din yan… goodluck.. i know you can do it 🙂 .. just have faith and be confident with your application. 🙂

  338. Hi Donna!It seems that the korean gov’t is quite discriminatory. I cannot get the rationale kung bakit bawal for EPS workers ang mag invite.I’m planning to visit my bf in Korea this december. When is the best date for me to apply? Dapat na ba ko kumuha ng bank certificate? Worry ko lang baka hanapan ako ng hotel booking during the interview. Any advice? Thanks a lot Donna=)

  339. Donna, thanks again for answering my querries and thanks for taking the time to send message to me. ganun ba? so, dapat pala may invitation letter from my hubby’s employer. sige, i’ll tell my hubby na hingi xa invitation letter from his employer. grabe nman pala, ang hirap palang mag acquire ng visa, sana nga mabigyan ako para ma fulfill nman isang dream ko. as i’ve sed, wala nman magiging problema kasi 15 to 22 days lng me sa korea ifever ma-issuehan ako ng visa. i can’t stay longer kasi nga dito yung work ko. yoko mawala ang work ko dito sa pinas. pero kung wala namang invitation letter ms. donna, ano isasagot ko ifever ask ng consul kung saan ako mag stay sa Korea? gaya ng sabi ni Jaime na baka hanapan ng hotel booking? please help. o i c, pwede na pala ang 100tawsan na show money. kala ko more than that pa.

    salamat ms. donna ha, sobrang laking tulong tlaga ang naibigay mo sakin.

    have a nice day!!! God bless…

  340. Hi Iah, are you still planning to get an invitation letter? Ako kasi confused since nasabi ni Maresse na yung mga wife/gf n under EPS bf/husband nila hindi nabibigyan ng visa.Gusto ko talga makapunta dun on December.I hope makapagbigay pa ng advices yung iba.Thanks=)

  341. hi Jaime, i will just have to submit the requirements such as ITR, BANK STATEMENT, COEC, PASSPORT & A PHOTOCOPY, 2X2 PIC plus the VISA APPLICATION FORM. hindi na ako kukuha o magrerequest ng invitation letter sa company ng hubby ko. tama sabi ni donna, baka nga madeny pa ako kasi EPS hubby ko pero kahit naman complete ang requirements there’s no assurance parin na mabigyan ako ng visa. kaya i’m hoping and praying for it talaga. how sad nga sa part ni mareese kasi galing pa xa sa napakalayong lugar, we exchange messages thru e-mail and we also chat at kwento nga niya sakin ung nangyari. try daw ulit niya after 6 months.

    what specific date ba on December ang alis mo ifever? ako rin plan ko go there on December to spend christmas and new year with my hubby.

    from where are you? if you want sabay tayo punta sa Korean Embassy. i’m from La Union. e-mail me at iahpabonaalmarez@yahoo.com

  342. hi iah & jaime.. goodluck in your application. as i’ve said, the invitation from korea is not required, it’s only optional… accdg. to them, an invitation from your hubby/bf’s company is okay but the company will be liable on you whatever circumstance might arise when you’re there… either with invitation or not, it’s not an assurance for approval of application,.. the decision for approval of your application lies on the embassy,.. just complete the requirements, :)… & be confident with it.. actually, there is NO INTERVIEW during application, interview might arise during releasing of visa if you are requested to do, hence, they will be the one to decide whether you will undergo interview or not.. in my case, i did not pass through any interview, i just submitted all the needed requirements and i came back after one week (based from the scheduled given) to get the result, which is approved.. i’ll be going to korea next week already, my apprehension is the questions that might be ask by the immigration officers there hihihi.. you know, we’re not sure what will be the scene in the incheon airport hihihi…cause as far as i know, IMO in the incheon airport will throw some questions regarding your trip, hush, i don’t sure if i will understand them, i only know very little korean language hahahah.. anyway, i’m so excited to go there, … GOODLUCK to both of you, i’m sure it will be approved, just pray and have confidence in you application, AJA! 🙂

  343. Thanks for the encouragement Donna=) Have a safe trip. I hope you can give us feedback bout your immigration experience. I’m quite scared ‘coz there’s one incident when our neighbor had an airport to airport situation=( Give us some tips when you get back=)

    Hi Iah,

    sent you an email. I’ll be happy na my kasama papuntang embassy=)

  344. hello ms betchay, thanks sa mga post mo dito sa website mo, very helpful cya kaka approved lang ng visa, 90 days. thank you very much sa mga post nyo.

  345. ***hi donna, thanks sa reply mo. grabe, buti ka pa go ka na sa SK next week. i’m sure you can answer all the questions sa immigration. siguro sabay kami ni jaime kasi pareho kami ng date kung kelan go sa korea. sana nga maissuehan kami. yes ms. donna, i’m really praying hard for it. buti ka pa hindi na interview. hope you’ll enjoy your stay in Korea. ilang days ka pala dun? Goodluck and God bless

    ***to Jaime, oks lang ba sayo kung sabay tau punta sa Korean embassy for the submission of requirements? kelan ka ba punta sa embassy? i’ve replied to your e-mail already. hapi day!!!

  346. hi princess, iah hir. magbigay ka naman ng mga tips kasi may visa ka na pala. ako wala pa at 1st time ko mag-apply, plan to go to korean embassy 2nd or 3rd week of november for the submission of requirements. thankful me kay ms. donna kasi she gives me some pieces of advices.

    thanks, hope to hear from you soon. please e-mail me at iahpabonaalmarez@yahoo.com. thanks a lot.

  347. hi princess,

    iah hir. magbigay ka naman ng mga tips kasi may visa ka na pala. ako wala pa at 1st time ko mag-apply, plan to go to korean embassy 2nd or 3rd week of november for the submission of requirements. thankful me kay ms. donna kasi she gives me some pieces of advices.

    thanks, hope to hear from you soon. please e-mail me at iahpabonaalmarez@yahoo.com. thanks a lot.

  348. @princess >> wow, 90 days!

    @Iah >> regarding show money, wala naman talagang definite amount kung magkano dapat pera sa bangko… i had 150K when i applied 6 years ago pero na-deny pa rin… yung isa dito 300K pero na-deny din siya… meron naman walang pera pero nakakuha ng visa 😀 dapat lang ata eh patunayan mo na hindi ka mag-overstay or mag-work illegally pagdating mo sa korea… siguro kung matagal ka na sa work mo at okay ang sweldo mo, mas maganda chances mo to get a visa 🙂

  349. thank you Betchay for your reply. i’ve been working since 1996 pa pero tong present job ko, 8 years na me dito. konti pa lang kasi ang laman ng savings account ko kaya di pa me pwede mag-apply,hehe. yun na lang kasi ang wala sakin, BANK CERTIFICATE. thanks a lot betchay, pinalakas mo loob ko. as per my boss, compared to other companies, ok naman daw ang sahod ko. plan ko kasi december 22, 2008 to january 4, 2009 ang stay ko dun. c jaime pala ang kasabay ko papuntang korean embassy kasi pareho kami, she also plans to go to Korea december 22. sabay din kami magsubmit ng requirements by november 24, 2008.

    thanks agen Betchay. laking tulong talaga nagagawa mo.

    anyong haseyo,hehehe…

    God bless

  350. hello betchay. this blog is really informative. my husband and i and my sister just submitted our requirements to a travel agency yesterday because we live in the province. We are joining a package tour to SK late october because we just want to go on a short vacation. I didn’t know it is that hard to get the visa — we just filled up the form given by the travel agency (and filled it up handwritten!) and submitted all the requirements…now i’m quite apprehensive already…my husband and i are both lawyers and my sister is a new doctor who just passed last Aug2007. do you think we have a chance for the visa? i’ve previously went to the US…but my husband and my sister have not gone to countries requiring visas (they travelled within southeast asia only)…and my problem is since my sister just started working in november last year, the ITR for taxable year 2007 which she submitted showed her minimal salary good only for Nov-Dec 2007. worst, none of our certificates of employment indicated our monthly salaries thereon because this was not specified by the personnel of the embassy whom i talked to. : ( oh well…unlike the others here who have more urgent reasons to go to SK than us who just want to tour SK, i guess it won’t be that bad when we get denied probably next week … i’m still hoping we get visas because i’ve been looking forward to it.

  351. Do you still need the a visa pag pupunta ng south korea as a tourist? kasi when I checked the korean foreign affairs website you can enter SK through the non-visa entrance?

  352. @ iah – pera ko sa bak is 142k lang, mas maganda kung yung COE mo nakalagay yung compensation mo, ako 8 yrs n rin sa work ok naman din yung sweldo ko, yung ITR ko 250k, yung length of stay mo dapat ilagay mo 3 days lang, wag mo ilalagay na 15 days.

    @ lou – wala ako sponsor

  353. APPLICATION FORM (LENGHT OF STAY 3 DAYS)
    ITR
    COE W/COMPENSATION
    PICTURE
    PASSPORT
    BANK CERTIFICATE 142K

    yan lang binigay ko, tapos binigyan na ako ng 90 days visa

  354. hello..isa ko sa nangarap mg korea..sobrang pangarap..2 years of finding ways ika nga.. kakauwi ko lng last march after a year of staying there..makakalimutan nyo lht ng pinaghirapan nyong ayusing papers… un pgkainip sa pg aayos…and un ninerbyos sa embassy interview pg andun na kyo ..mganda ang korea..

    goodluck sa lht…

  355. Hi po ms betchay..i have something to ask you poh hope yuo can help me..im a Filipina married w/a korean national im already po in korea and i live now in seoul mag 3months plng po me d2 ds coming sept.30,gusto ko po kc invite ung brother ko,pra mag work d2..wat poh ba requiremnts kailngan?hope yuo can help me..,sa email ko nlang po kau reply..thnx poh..!

  356. hi princess,

    3 days lang pala ang nilagay mo sa application form tapos binigyan ka ng 90days? wow! you’re so lucky ah…taz wala pang interview, yung iba kasi ini-interview. sana ganun din me. thanks so much for all those tips, pareho pala tayo, 8 years na rin me dito sa present job ko. cge ganun na rin gawin ko.

    by the way, are you still single? tsaka may nakalagay sa application form na “address in korea (item #23)”, did you just leave it blank? and also yung “who will pay for your trip (item #27)”??? pasenxa ka na princess ha, dami kong mga tanong. it’s my 1st time kasi eh.

    dehdanee kamsa ham needa!!!

    hope to hear from you soon…

  357. oh, congrats to all you guys! hay ako i was wondering and kinda worrying if the embassy will grant me a visa, although i haven’t tried applying yet.. I don’t have an ITR kase but i have US visa and a canadian working visa, i’ll leave for feb 2009 and work in canada. do you think they’ll grant me the visa? if i show them that i’ll leave naman for canada tapos tutulungan ako with the expenses ng family ng korean boyfriend ko…hayy, im planning to visit korea this october eh. thanks you guys!

  358. hi betchay, salamat talaga kasi may ganitong website, malaking tulong ang nagagawa mo sa mga pinays/pinoys na gustong magvisit sa South Korea. this is one of my wishes talaga. sana nga mabigyan ako ng visa kaya am really praying hard to God, sana He will permit me to go there. salamat din ky Princess for the tips she gave me. Karen, read mo na lang comment ni Princess…it’s so helpful. thanks and Good day!!!

  359. Hello peeps! congrats kay princess=) I hope you can answer yung query ni ate Iah…dun ba sa application lhat nilagay mo kaw yung mag shoulder? sabay kami ni Iah apply this nov.=)Thanks s help=)

  360. hi midmi, last week of november kami mag-apply ni jaime. we’re both praying hard na sana mabigyan kami ng visa. gudluck sayo!!!baka malaki ang possibilidan na mabigyan ka ng visa kasi u already have a US visa.

    Good day!!!

  361. midmi, xnxa na medyo magulo yung earlier message ko sau,hehe. “possibilidad” un ha…

    neways, makakakuha ka cguro ng korean tourist visa kasi may US visa ka na. goodluck sayo.

  362. Hello to everyone,salamat po at mayroon kayong mga programang ganito.Isa po akong isang pinay married with a Korean and gusto ko pong kunin yong kapatid kong babae please help me kung ano po ang mga requirement kung paano kuha po ng visa thnx a lot po.sa email ko nalang po……

  363. midmi, you’re welcome!!! next month ba plan mo visit Korea? kami ni jaime pag ma-grant ang visa sa December sana. sana nga ma-issuehan kami para matupad ang wish namin,hehe..

    God bless us all!!!

    tira! tira! (my girl,hehe)

    ***princess – i hope you could still find the time to answer my query. thanks a lot.

    ***Betchay – i’m really enjoying reading your articles. sobrang nakakatulong talaga. feeling ko parang ksama ko lang hubby ko,hehe…sana nga ma-issuehan na rin ng visa para magkasama rin kami ni hubby ko kahit sandali lang. Thanks sa yo. Ingat lagi…

  364. hello po, good morning! sana nga makasama mo na hubby mo ms. iah! yup next month plan ko mag visit sa korea. gusto ko matutong magluto hehe tska i want to learn their language and all that in preparation for the future..haha! sana nga matupad ang mga pangarap natin. yung fiance ko me nahanap na agent to help daw for the visa and all that safe ba yun? ok lang kaya yun? thanks po…

  365. hi midmi, good morning too! that’s really one of my wishes na sana makasama ko hubby ko kahit isang saglit (hehe, parang yung kay echo and carmen)…

    well, oks lang naman pag may agent ka pero as betchay and donna said, there’s no assurance na ma-grant ang visa. neways, just pray hard at yan talaga ang lagi kong ginagawa.

    have a fruitful day ahead!!!

  366. Hi midmi! Sabay kami ni ate Iah mga dec.=) Sana sabay-sabay tyo noh para mas masaya..hehehe..Don’t worry let’s just be positive na mabigyan tayo ng visa. I’m also thinking of finding an agent kaso baka mas mahal and there’s no assurance din. We’ll try to apply on our own then we’ll update you guys=) God bless=)

  367. jaime, kelan ka punta sa KE to get an application form? masyado pa yatang maaga ano,hehe. alam mo naman c ate iah mo, excited na kabado na hindi maintindihan,hehe…sana nga ano mabigyan tayo ng visa para maksama naman natin ang mga loves natin,hehe…tama ka, dapat positive thinker tayo at wag mag-isip ng kung ano ano…take care. God bless!!!

    ***hi donna, diyan ka na ba SK? balitaan mo naman kami. thanks a lot…ingatz and hope you’ll enjoy your stay there…

  368. Hello po! My mother want to visit my sister in korea but we dont know what r the exactly documents or requirements be needed… she had already the invitation sent by my sister…plz help us po kung anong mga requirements ang ipapasa..tnx a lot po

  369. hay sana nga mga mareng jaime at ate iah! hehe! my fiance called today, me nakita daw syang agent..pero parang namamahalan ako..wala bang assurance sa mga agents? kahit na me agent na dedeny pa rin ganun?

  370. hi midmi, gudam! saan daw yung agent ng fiance mo? sa korea ba? how much naman magagastos kung sakali? yup, di talaga natin masasabi or di natin alam kung ma-grant o madeny nga ang visa. mahirap din pero as per jaime, we should be positive na sana mabigyan tayo ng visa.

    ingatz and Goodluck!!!

  371. Jaime, good morning!!! what specific date/day next month ang pagpunta mo sa Korean Embassy? me kasi netime pwede me mag-leave dito sa work ko. please let me know, thanks. ingatz…

  372. Hello iah and jaime! yung agent, koreandin pero andito sya sa pilipinas something… actually, kinocompute pa lang nila yung gastos pero baka daw less than 120K, masyadong magastos..kaya parang iniisip ko diretso na lang ako sa embassy ganun…hay buhay…hehe

  373. hi midmi, wow!!! ang mahal naman. yung sinabi mong amount andun na lahat, round trip ticket, hotel accommodation, phil. travel tax, terminal fee? can’t afford yata yun,hehe…pag dumirekta ka naman sa Korean Embassy, pamasahe at meryenda lang ang gagastusin,hehe. and also, hindi ka makakagastos ng ganun kalaking halaga kapag ikaw mismo ang maglakad…

    neways, sana nga makakuha or mabigyan tayo ng visa midmi and jaime. let’s pray for it and let’s be optimistic…

    have a nice day!!!

    ***jaime, kelan ang plan mo mag-submit ng requirements? what specific day? cguro baka mauna ka na sakin kasi wala pa me bank certificate. balitaan mo na lang me ok…thanks…Goodluck sayo!!!

  374. @ iah – hello sencya n ngayon lang ako naka reply, blank lang nilagay ko sa address sa korea, yung sa who will pay for your trip personal savings nilagay ko, married ako.kaya 3 days lang yung nilagay ko sa lenght of stay kasi the consul will compute kung sapat ba yung pera mo sa bank para stay mo sa korea, kung 15 days yung nilagay mo I think dapat mas malaki yung pera mo sa bank. ako 3 days 142k i think is enough.

  375. @ iah – may bank account kana ba? dapat ang bank account mo 2-3 months n, and dapat may mga transactions din cya mag withdraw ka rin and deposit, kapag bago lang kasi baka mag taka yung consul.

  376. hi princess. maraming salamat!!!

    owkei doki, ganun na rin gawin ko para hindi na rin ako ma-interview,hehe (wish ko lang). 3 days na lang din ilagay ko.

    yup, tagal na rin yung savings account ko. year 2000 pa. pwede naman sigurong gamitin yung payroll account ano princess kasi dun naglalagay remittance hubby ko.

    you’re married na rin pala, do you have kids? thanks sa help mo princess…laking tulong din yun.

    ingatz!!! God bless!!!

  377. @ iah – ask mo yung bank kung pwede ka bigyan ng bank certificate even though payroll yung account, yung sa amin kasi joint account kami ng asawa ko, nope hindi cya EPS dito lang cya work sa pinas, wala pa kami kids, your welcome.

  378. princess,

    yup, pwede raw me magrequest ng bank certificate as per our HR Supervisor…ow, kala ko EPS hubby mo. matrace din kaya nila(Embassy/Consul) na EPS hubby ko? thanks a lot.

  379. Hello ate Iah=) Baka last week of Oct. p me kuha ng application form s KE and then sabay na lang tayo punta on 3rd week of nov.=) Thanks Princess sa mga info ha. Cge we’ll just leave it blank yung address in Korea sana wag kami ma question sa immigration if ever kung san kami tutuloy. Worry ko lng kasi baka mamaya hanapan ako ng hotel booking=) Thanks sa lahat. Let’s just be positive=)

  380. hi…
    i posted here last week after I submitted my visa application to KE throught a travel agence (I’m from Mindanao).

    I just want to share that i was granted a tourist visa to SK despite my worries that my documents were not in strict compliance with the ones posted here. My apprehensions re: handwritten application, employment certificate without stating compensation, were put to rest as my visa was granted.

    It was my first time to apply for the SK visa as my family and I will be joining a package tour in korea for our vacation. we don’t know anybody there.

    So I guess, to be given a visa, you just have to show you have strong ties in the philippines enough that you will never stay in korea to work or whatever. I doubt that my single entry US Visa helped much becuase I had already used it about three years ago (in short, no longer valid). Being a practicing lawyer here might have been the reason for the grant. In fact, the bank certificate I submitted was from my deposit (P 200k +) which I had recently opened because I was then too lazy to get a certification from my other banks. As i said previously, I didnt know then that it was hard to get the visa.

    Good luck to those who will apply in the coming days.

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  381. wow! oks yan atty Skay kasi walang interview. please if you have time atty. pakisagot yung question ni midmi kasi yun din ang katanungan ko. thanks a lot. God bless!!!

  382. by the way, just want to comment lang regarding one of the posts here that the bank account re bank cert. requirement, should be at least 3 months old because the KE will check it..? How can they check it ba? You mean the date you opened the account was indicated in the bank certificate (because my bank certificate did not indicate it)if not indicated like mine, I don’t think the KE can check its veracity…we have the Bank SEcrecy Law here and unless there is a court order, nobody can inquire on the deposits we have…un lang : )

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  383. hi atty skay, all in all how much po nagastos niyo sa agency in Makati? pwede po bang makuha ang contact informations? thanks a lot po.

    ganun po ba yun? oo nga dapat daw 2 or 3 months yung savings account mo, dapat may laman before the application date. for me naman po ala nman problem kasi tagal na rin yung account ko since 2000. salamat po sa info Atty.

    ***jaime, kumusta na? basta sabay tayo go sa KE ha. ingatz…read mo comment ni Atty. Skay.

  384. u mean the package tour cost ba Iah? Marami sila package tours ranging for around $600.00 +++ to about $ 900.00+++ —you can check raksotravel.com or tel 8129667. Ang in-charge sa package tour sa korea si Ms. Gen Bonto.

    As of now, I only paid the P 1,000.00 plus the $ 50.00 (deductible sa package tour fee. We are required to pay the balance of the amount 2 weeks before departure pa.

    Good luck!

  385. hi atty Skay, thanks sa info. opo, yun po ang tanong ko if how much po ang package tour cost? salamat po sa tulong nyo Atty. cge po, i’ll try to call the said agency para mkpag-inquire.

    ingatz po!!!

    God bless…

  386. atty skay, i’ve just inquired sa binigay mong travel agency. mga 50,000+ ang magagastos daw as per nung nakausap ko. thanks po!!!

    ***jaime, try mo rin contact yung binigay ni Atty. taz pag-usapan natin kung pano ang gawin. ingatz!!!

  387. you’re welcome. kahit ba yung FRee and Easy Tour Package, P 50,000.00 din ba? 3D/2N lang yun. Much cheaper yun. $565.00 lang yung + taxes.

    Good luck to you Iah!

    ps. I forgot to mention this. My sister was also granted a visa. her application was also handwritten, her employment certificate did not also indicate her monthly salary, she was just employed in November 2007, and her ITR for 2007 only showed less than P 50thou taxable income (she just passed the medicine board in August 2007), her bank certificate of deposit was about P 116thou, and she recently opened it in the last week of august this year. Just to let you know that it’s not all about the ITR, or duration of employment, or typewritten application talaga. It’s the ties you have in the Philippines. ^___^

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  388. hi atty. Skay, oo raw po kahit yung free and easy tour package 50,000+ din daw.

    wow, lucky naman your sister kasi granted ang visa niya. dun din po ba sa xa raksotravel? kasabay nyo po ba sister niyo to visit SK?

    may possibility rin po kaya na magrant ako ng visa Atty Skay? share ko lang po sa inyo, i started working last 1996 pa at hetong present Job ko 8 years na ako, i have 2 angels aged 10 and 8years old. kumpleto na rin mga requirements ko, ITR, certificate of employment, passport, picture but yung bank certificate na lang pala ang wala sakin. konti pa lang kasi ang laman eh,hehe. need ko pa dagdagan,hehe…pero atty. my husband is working in South Korea under the employment permit system. medyo worried lang me atty kasi baka madeny ako kasi nagwowork hubby ko sa Korea since 2005 pa. matrace din kaya nila atty? gusto ko lang kasi makapamasyal doon this december kasi gamitin ko remaining vacation leave ko at doon ko spend ang christmas. uuwi din me dito sa pinas kasi nandito ang work ko at nandito ang 2 angels ko. what do you tink atty? magkakaproblema kaya ifever kasi EPS ang hubby ko kasi as per mareese, The Consul told that any OFW (with an EPS)working in Korea cannot allow their husbands/ wives / parents / boyfrined or girlfriend to go in Korea. makaka apekto kaya to sa application ko kasi 3 to 4 days lang naman ang pag visit ko dun Atty. Skay. please help…

    thanks a lot po Atty.

    have a nice afternoon…

  389. yes, my sister applied with me and is going with me to SK too.

    That’s what i have heard also about spouses/relatives of OFWs there : (. I guess it would also be easy on their part to check if you are a spouse of an OFW there, if ever they do check on it, because they probably have records on your husband.

    On the other hand, you do have ties here because of your job and your children, d ba?

    Anyway, just try. It’s just for a few days naman. Maybe, just maybe, they’ll give you one. Lots of luck!

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  390. thanks a lot Atty. Skay. sana nga mabigyan ako ng visa. yes atty. dito ang work ko at nandito rin 2 angels ko, d q cla pwedeng iwanan ng matagal.

    ingatz po kayo…

    have a blessed Sunday!!!

  391. hi iah, donna here.. sorry only now i got to answer you… i just arrived here in SK last sept. 20… i did not encounter any problem in the immigration both in the philippines & here in SK.. how’s your application? goodluck…

  392. hi donna, wow nandiyan ka na sa SK at maganda kasi walang naging problema both phils and SK immigration. kakainggit naman, me wala pa, i’ll still submit my requirements last week of November pa, c jaime kasabay ko. pinag-uusapan pa namin ni jaime kung sa travel agency nga ba kami or direkta na sa Korean Embassy. medyo worried lang me donna kasi baka ma-trace nila na EPS hubby ko. buti c jaime bf pa lang niya yung nasa SK. buti ka pa kasama mo na hubby mo. me maghihintay pa ng 2 1/2 months bago ko makita’t makasama kahit saglit lang ang hubby pero d ko pa alam kung granted nga ba visa or denied. yung bank certificate na lang ang wala sakin kasi konti pa lang laman,hehe…

    ingatz!!! and thanks for the update. till when ka diyan sa SK?

    Hapi day!!! Godbless

  393. Hello,
    Mag tanong lang po ako na kung pwede ba mag trabaho ang F-2 visa as a partime in the factory?I got an F-2 visa coz Im married to an american citizen and he is a teacher in korea.Gusto ko lang pong masiguro na safe ako habang ako,y magtrabaho sa factory.mMaraming salamat po sa darating ng iyong kasagutan.

    mayen

  394. Hi Donna!Wow congrats kakainggit k=) Kami ni ate Iah sabay mag apply.So how’s SK? Mainit p din b jan? I hope maging lucky din kami s pagkuha ng visa. Thanks po=)

  395. wow! congrats donna! how long will you be there? sana nga ako na din, sana maging ok lahat.. what do you think po should be better? mag agency or direct na sa SK embassy? thanks muchie.. ^^

  396. hi midmi donna here… its up to you where you will be comfortable, with agency or not – actually, whether you will have an agency or not, the process is the same, you will still go there to embassy to personally apply. actually, as long as your requirements are complete, you dont need an agency, its just additional expense on your part, imagine you will pay them big amount and yet, it is not an assurance for the approval of your visa… in my experience, i just completed the requirements, went to embassy by my own, and thank God it was approved… i’ll be staying here as long as my husband is here.. he’s a filipino working here in korea… goodluck

  397. hi donna, thanks thanks thanks sa pagshare mo ng website where we can get information. heto binabasa ko na.

    is your hubby working there in SK through EPS din ba?

    buti ka pa ksama mo na hubby mo, kakainggit naman.

    sana nga ma-grant visa namin ni jaime.

    ingatz..

    have a peaceful evening…

  398. Hi Donna thanks for sharing your experiences=) Sana ganyan din mangyari samin ni ate Iah. We’ll update you guys pag nag apply na kami ni ate. God bless everybody=)

  399. donna, good morning!!!

    when you applied for tourist visa at Korean Embassy, yung maiden name mo parin ba ginamit mo o yung married name mo na. sana nga maging lucky din kami ni jaime, sana ma-approve visa namin. i’m really really praying hard for that.

    thanks and have a wonderful day ahead.

  400. hello donna.
    hello everybody…..sana matulungan nyo ako talaga.
    i was in korea as an entertainer last feb 2. after 3 months nagrun away ako kc ndi kami bnibigyan ng sweldo ng manager namin and our living accommodation is so poor. 3 months na kami dun pero wala pa rin kaming alien card. i went home after 1 month of running away(june 1) pero and visa ko till august pa dapat.
    do u think blacklisted na ako nun? the immigration told me i can come back in sk again
    but i am afraid kc ung manager ko nagpile ng complaint against me after 2 weeks na nagrunaway ako.
    add ko lang din… ung agancy na un eh may penalty na ata d2 sa pinas dahil halos lahat ng talent nya nagrunaway kc garapal xa magtrato ng talaneto nya
    gusto ko sana bumalik dun as a tourist pero may magssponsor sakin.
    help me pls everyone..
    salamat in advance

  401. hi guys, you can leave questions in my site, its always open so i can reply you asap.. jaz click the “comment” or “no comment” in the upper portion, just below the title of the article, its the same process with this one…

    @ iah – i used my maiden name since we were only new couple, i did not have enough time to process my status change, besides, all my documents carry my maiden name

    @ louie – i did not have any sponsor, i was not invited by my husband, i just applied in the embassy by my own carrying all the documents, i did not have any agency assistance nor the invitation letter (invitation letter is just optional, in some cases, it might cause problem in the application process depending on the authenticity of the invitation letter)

  402. @ atty. skay: i have another query, i worry po coz i dont have an ITR i can;t produce that. Kase i’m just waiting for my flight date on feb 23 pa-canada to work there. me working visa na din ako for canada. ok lang kaya na ipakita ko yung contract ko with the hospital in canada, to prove them that o won’t stay in SK for a long time and illegally?

    Hey po, anyone may answer po ha? thank you so much, im a bit anxious kase.. salamat po…

  403. hello everybody…..sana matulungan nyo ako talaga.
    i was in korea as an entertainer last feb 2. after 3 months nagrun away ako kc ndi kami bnibigyan ng sweldo ng manager namin and our living accommodation is so poor. 3 months na kami dun pero wala pa rin kaming alien card. i went home after 1 month of running away(june 1) pero and visa ko till august pa dapat.
    do u think blacklisted na ako nun? the immigration told me i can come back in sk again
    but i am afraid kc ung manager ko nagpile ng complaint against me after 2 weeks na nagrunaway ako.
    add ko lang din… ung agancy na un eh may penalty na ata d2 sa pinas dahil halos lahat ng talent nya nagrunaway kc garapal xa magtrato ng talaneto nya
    gusto ko sana bumalik dun as a tourist pero may magssponsor sakin.
    help me pls everyone..
    salamat in advance

  404. hello everybody…..sana matulungan nyo ako talaga.
    i was in korea as an entertainer last feb 2. after 3 months nagrun away ako kc ndi kami bnibigyan ng sweldo ng manager namin and our living accommodation is so poor. 3 months na kami dun pero wala pa rin kaming alien card. i went home after 1 month of running away(june 1) pero and visa ko till august pa dapat.
    do u think blacklisted na ako nun? the immigration told me i can come back in sk again
    but i am afraid kc ung manager ko nagpile ng complaint against me after 2 weeks na nagrunaway ako.
    add ko lang din… ung agancy na un eh may penalty na ata d2 sa pinas dahil halos lahat ng talent nya nagrunaway kc garapal xa magtrato ng talaneto nya
    gusto ko sana bumalik dun as a tourist pero may magssponsor sakin.
    help me pls everyone..
    salamat in advance
    i really really need ur answer

  405. Hi ulit guys!

    I really want and need to get the 90 days na visa.. What do you advice me to write sa lenght of stay? ok lang bang ilagay ko na yung 90 days na gusto ko?

    Another question ko po eh yung sa invitation letter, anu yung important stuffs na dapat i-indicate ng future mom-in-law ko? Gosh po..I need your help..I’m planning to submit all my docs 3rd week of October this year. Thank you so much! ^___^

    i truly appreciate all the help you can give me po..

  406. Hi ulit guys!

    I really want and need to get the 90 days na visa.. What do you advice me to write sa lenght of stay? ok lang bang ilagay ko na yung 90 days na gusto ko?

    Another question ko po eh yung sa invitation letter, anu yung important stuffs na dapat i-indicate ng future mom-in-law ko? Gosh po..I need your help..I’m planning to submit all my docs 3rd week of October this year. Thank you so much! ^___^

    i truly appreciate all the help you can give me po..

  407. hmmm… where are you guys?

    anyways, is it okay to have a roundtrip ticket na when applying or is it just alright kahit wala pang ticket?

    what about itinerary ano dapat naka-indicate po dun?

    thank you po! ^_^

  408. Ms.bechay, somebody is inviting me to go to korea with him, he’s in the Philippines right now. should we go to the embassy together to talk to the consul about this. could this help me get a visa?

  409. hi lou, interesting. i remember that bringing with you a korean citizen at the embassy would be very helpful but still you have to bring all the requirements. ako kase, ganun gagawin ko. my fiance will accompany me to the embassy but still i have to bring the requirements. natanong ko din kase 1 time yan. when do you plan to apply?

  410. Hindi ko naman fiancee,tutee ko bale.around 50 years old sya. sa november punta na korea. pero sa form ata mismo inilalagay yun. reference ata tawag dun. yung bestfriend kong korean is still young to guarantee me at nasa korea sya. kaya naisip ko na bka makasama ako sa tutee ko.

  411. oh, yup i understand. me nakuha na din akong form from the korean embassy. me part kase dun na ilalagay mo yung guarantor or reference mo in korea. i think having a korean friend going to the embassy will help a lot. as they’ve said in some of the threads here, koreans trust koreans more than they do for filipinos. hehe

  412. oo nga, you’re right. me invitation letter ka na ba? kelan mo plan mag submit ng papers sa embassy? im starting to fix all my papers eh..startin be get anxious na din.

  413. yes, valid for 15 days only kasi package tour. mas madaling makakuha na visa kung package tour pero limited ang days.but if you have a korean frnd. pagawa ka na lang ng invitation.

  414. oh, ikaw ano plans mo na? oo nga eh, mag papagawa na ako ng invitation din.. pag package tour ba pwedeng mag extend ng visa?

  415. hi midmi, xnxa now q lng read message mo. super busy kasi me sa work and my 2 angels. working mom kasi ako eh,hehe. well, kulang pa requirements ko, yun na lang bank certificate ang wala pa. sabay parin kami ni jaime mag-apply sa korean embassy. mga 2nd or 3rd week of november siguro kami punta. ikaw, muzta na? ingatz. keep in touch.

  416. oh it’s okay ate iah, im fixing all my papers. hopefully this week mapadala na yung invitation letter ko. problem ko yung ITR eh, mag coconsult nga ko sa travel agency kung pwede ang ipakita ko sa embassy eh yung contract ko sa hospital sa canada sa feb pa ko aalis for that eh.

    hay..im a bit anxious. im going to the bank din today to inquire more about the bank certificate.. hopefully monday morning makapag submit na ko sa embassy. i’ll keep you posted din po.

    thanks ate iah!

  417. Hi ate Iah,sorry hindi me nakasagot s text mo. Of kors sabay pa din tayo=) Aayusin ko na nga ibang papers eh. Wait ko lang din bank cert.=)

  418. Miss Betchay,

    Nag request ng invitation letter yung mom ng fiance ko sa isang law office sa korea, the thing is pinasubmit po sa kanya yung cho-cheong-jang sa seould sa philippine embassy daw tapos saka daw ifoforward sa korean embassy dito sa pilipinas. ganun po ba yon?

    or pwede nyang i-notarize yung invitation letter tapos sakin isesend yung cho-cheong-jang na mismo? tska yung law office daw, naghahanap ng identification card ko parang national I.D somthing?

    please help me po. thank you so much

  419. Miss Betchay,

    Nag request ng invitation letter yung mom ng fiance ko sa isang law office sa korea, the thing is pinasubmit po sa kanya yung cho-cheong-jang sa seoul sa philippine embassy daw tapos saka daw ifoforward sa korean embassy dito sa pilipinas. ganun po ba yon?

    or pwede nyang i-notarize yung invitation letter tapos sakin isesend yung cho-cheong-jang na mismo? tska yung law office daw, naghahanap ng identification card ko parang national I.D somthing?

    please help me po. thank you so much

  420. Ma’am Betchay, how can they process the invitation letter sa korea? after notarizing it should they send it to me directly or yung gaya ng sabi ni shine. thank you po!

  421. @Shine – hmm, unless nag-change na sila ng policy it would be better for your future mom-in-law to check with other law offices… ibibigay sa kanya yung invitation tapos ipapadala nila (ng nag-invite) yung invitation sa ‘yo at saka mo dadalhin sa korean embassy pag nag-apply ka ng visa… yung invitation letter is optional, pwedeng wala or meron, at manggaling lang sa isang korean 🙂

  422. Maraming salamat Miss Betchay!

    Pupunta din akong embassy bukas to inquire about that also just to make sure. Nape-pressure na ata sila dun. Gusto kase nila akong ma-meet this month.

    God bless Miss Betchay and more power!

  423. Hi Midmi! Regarding bank cert. I know after 3 days you can claim it na. It’s just a letter stating the deposit you have with your current bank. Actually, I don’t have an invitation letter. I’ll just process my visa on my own or maybe with an agency. Sabay kami ni ate Iah. By 3rd week of Nov. we’re planning to submit our docs in KE=)

  424. hi midmi, siguro mas madaling magrant ang visa mo for South Korea kasi may canada visa ka na pero to make sure, ask ka sa mga travel agencies. sige, balitaan mo na lang me ha kung ano result ng pag-apply mo sa korean embassy. so, sa october 10 ka magsubmit ng requirements mo sa korean embassy? good luck midmi. sabayan mo ng prayers. ako nga eh, everyday me nagdarasal na sana mabigyan din kami ni jaime ng visa.

    inga lagi midmi!!!

  425. hi jaime, yup k lang kahit d ka nakapagreply sa text ko. kumpleto na ba mga requirements mo? sa kin naman bank certificate na lang ang wala pa. share mo naman sakin yung nilalaman ng bank certificate para yun ang tell ko sa bank. oks lng ba sau jaime? thanks a lot.

    o cge, hope to hear from you soon. take care. God bless…

  426. hay, pray for me too ate iah ha? hopefully sa october 10 pero pwede pa- ma move yun pero within the week lang din. Tinatry kase namin ihabol sa sembreak ng fiance ko…

    pwede bang ma-speed up ang processing like 3 days or 7 days talaga po? thanks you ^^

  427. hi midmi, yes i will pray for you too. basta balitaan mo na lang me ha. well, i don’t have any idea kung pwede yung sinasabi mong speed up processing of visa na parang sa application of passport na pwedeng 3 days pero magdagdag ka ng payment,hehe. try mo ask kay ms. betchay or those who’ve already experienced going to South Korea as tourist.

    take care. God bless

  428. Anyone,

    My fiance lives in Manilla, and I’m an American contractor here in S.Korea. I would like to bring her back, but there have been a few road blocks. 1. They do not have fiance visas for Korea anymore. Meaning you can not invite your fiance to Korea, unless you are a korean national. 2. I can not get a tourist visas for her because I told her not to get a job, and you must have a job for a minimum of three months.
    So, now I’m think of having a friend of mine that owns a club here, invite her as a direct worker. My friend is an American with a Korean wife of 20+ years. Here’s where the questioning comes in though. I don’t know how to go about doing that or what forms my girl needs to have. I’m sure he needs to go to the Korean embassy but along with my girl’s paperwork; what paperwork does he need to provide as well? Any ideas?

  429. Miss Betchay,

    helo, i really need help down here.. Im planning to go to korea this december or maybe january. Just a fresh nursing graduate and i will take my licensure exam this november. Im from Davao City. I inquired in the agency here on how to get a Korean tourist visa since I have no work at the moment and my boyfriend just invited me to go to his country for a trip for just a month or two. and the agency told me it’s very impossible that my visa will be accepted because I have no relatives in Korea. Can you please help me???? What do i have to do???? And is there any other way not to go to Manila anymore for processing???? HELP!!!! Thanks a lot!!!

  430. Hi,

    May I ask as a tourist (first time to travel in Korea) holding C-3 visa type, do i need to present a return ticket upon arrival to Incheon Airport? Is it really true that a traveller must present both the onward/return ticket upon arrival to Korea?

    Hope to hear from you.

  431. hi timz, wow! good that you have a visa. was it hard to get one? Coz I’m going to the embassy tomorrow to submit my application. I’m anxious. I hope everything works well.

    Sorry I don’t know the answer for your query hehe. Just so happy to read that you’re a C-3 holder ^_^

  432. Hi Timz! I just got back from Korea last Sept 26. I also got a C-3 visa. I suggest that you have your return ticket with you when you go. Immigration Officers at the Pusan airport asked for my return ticket. Also, bring your old passports if you have travelled to other countries before.

  433. @Timz >> yup, you need a return ticket… the check-in counter in the philippines wouldn’t issue you a boarding pass if you don’t have a return ticket on a tourist visa 🙂

    @midmi >> good luck!

    @feory >> as far as i know, the Korean Embassy doesn’t accept incomplete documents… but if you’re a student, you could use your parents’ credentials (i.e. bank account statement, tax certificate, etc) but you also must present your school registration card

    @jeremy >> i’m sorry but your friend will have to ask the immigration office nearest his district for the requirements on direct hiring an unskilled worker…

  434. i went to the embassy today, and submitted all my docs.. wosha! they gave me a claim stub, which my releasing date will be on october 21 between 2-4pm..

    but i know, it is still not a guarantee if i’ll get the visa or not. i’m keeping my fingers crossed and believing for God’s will.. aja! ^_^

  435. thanks Miss Betchay for the luck and for your wonderful and helpful site! ^_^ please pray for me still when you remember me po. k k k

  436. hi ate betchay, lagi ko p binabasa lhat ng blogs niyo..fiancee po ak ng us military now stationed in korea..nagkakilala po kami when i was working there,i jst got home last july 2008,since gsto nia po mgapaksal sa korea and ngyon po nasend niya po lht ng documents n ipepresent s korean embassy.meron din pong invation letter.since wla pong fiancee visa..tourist visa po pla ang pede..nbsa ko po ung requirmnts..pero ang problem po wala po akng bank certifcte at prblm din po ung itr..my nagsabi po skin n papuntahin ang fiancee hir s pilipinas para dito nrn mgpkasal..ate betch kung dito po ba kami mgpapakasal pede po ba akng sumama s knya korea..my posibiladad po ba n madeny ang visa??..kc po i heared po n khit complete ang documents nadedeny pa..at sobra po akng ngalala..he rly want to bring me back in korea tapos siya n po ang magasikaso s korea on how im gonna stay there long using sofa visa..tapos po kelangan parin po ba ng bank certifcate ko khit na kasal n po ak s knia..un din po ang nagalala ak..kc wala nmn din po nklagy dun s list ng requirement filipino married to us military stationed in korea bout s bank crtfcte po eh..after po b ng kasal pede n po b ak mgapply for visa habng nandito sya s pinas…how long it takes po ba?..ang process??!!i need ur help ms.betchay i need you advise of what i wil gonna do..anyone who will read this pls advise me!!..plssss!! thank you..hav a nice day ahead..godbless!!

  437. * midmi, goodluck sayo. i’m also praying for you na sana mabigyan ka ng visa, balitaan mo me ha. Thanks
    Be optimistic!!! gud day!!!

    * jaime, please keep me posted re: RAKSO. take care. muwahhh

  438. thanks ate iah! if ever ma-approve yung visa ko alis din kami kagad next day. hehe. excited and bf eh..

    btw, me question po ako Ms. Betchay, kase ang nilagay ng future mom-in-law ko sa “cho-cheong-jang” eh 30 days ang stay ko sa korea, pero ang nilagay ko sa application form eh 8-10 days. ok lang po ba yun?

  439. hi miss princess, sana makakuha din ako ng visa.. this tuesday ko na malalaman eh. please pray for me po! ^_^ ok lang kaya pag kuha ko ng visa on tuesday, alis na ko kagad ng wednesday? hehe

  440. hi po,pls. help me tourist visa po b aply k para makapunta ng korea kz wer planing to get married soon, in korea, fiance k po korean… at firsttime k po magtravel…. anu pong mga ducoments…

  441. i think that’s ok, ako na hold ng 5 mins sa immigration ask nila kung mag isa lang ba daw ako, wer ako stay, and gaano katagal ako stay, nun pinakita ko yung hotel reservation ko ok na.

  442. thanks miss princess, kasama ko yung boyrfiend ko pa-korea..dapat pala nakasulat yung pag stastayan ko kase makikituloy lang ako ng bahay eh.. k k k

    sana nga maaprub yung visa ko. kinakabahan din ako eh…

  443. @jing
    im a filipina married to us army here in korea. mas maganda pag jan kayo magpapakasal ng bf mo sa pilipinas. after nun pagkakuha mo ng

    1.marriage certificate nyo SECPA dapat, tapos kuha ka ng 2.CFO seminar yun for filipina married to foreigner yun ang kakailanganin mo sa Korean Embassy

    and the about the financial documents like itr and bank cert. wag mo na alalahanin yun kasi ang kailangan nila yung documents ng hubby mo like:

    – passport copy n husband mo
    – military id
    – military order of your husband
    – personnel action
    – copy ng my pay ng hubby mo
    – invitation letter (notarized in korea)
    – affidavit of support (notarized in korea)

    after you completed all the requirements 7 days lang pagka pasa mo sa korean embassy my visa ka na 🙂

    I suggest you to get a new passport pagkakasal nyo using his surname na.. Korean Embassy will not ask you to do so pero kakailanganin mo to by the time na kukuha ka na ng US VISA mas madali kumuha dito sa korea ng US VISA kaysa sa pilipinas.

    Good Luck po! =)

  444. @ beth

    we are the same shoes.. i just submitted my docs to the embassy last thursday..hoping for the best, and of course that i may be granted the visa…

    wala silang fince visa eh, kaya nag tourist na lang din ako..

  445. *** hi princess, good morning!!! wow, diyan ka na sa SK, gud to hear that. oo nga, sana ma-grant din me visa, sabay kami ni jaime. naku, dapat pala ready na yung hotel kung saan ka mag-stay para wala nang maraming tanong tanong pa,hehe. cge, i’ll inform it to jaime. salamat princess!!! ingat. hope you enjoy your stay there in SK. God bless!!!

    *** midmi, cge, basta balitaan mo na lang me ha. ingat. Gudluck and have a fruitful week ahead. mrami kang wrong spellings kasi i know you’re anxious as i’ve read in your previous comments pero God is good, basta pray ka lang lagi, ask His guidance. Godbless!!!

  446. @ midmi
    thanks po…….. gudluck sau…
    ako eh complete k muna mga ducoments k… wala pa kz ang invition letter ko, oi dumaan kba ng travel agency…. anung agency… thanks

  447. @midmi
    anu nilagay m sa application m “purpose of entry”
    @ ms.bethchay
    ilang days po ba before ma expire ang tourist visa. ako lang kasi nag asikaso ng papers k… pls… help me. binigyan lang nila me pera para sa pag asikaso… ung kapatid po ng fiance k ang guarantor sa korea… salamat

  448. hi miss.april,

    thanks po tlga mtgal n po ako nghihintay ng sagot..kasi po di rin pu tlg nmin alm ang gagawin..salmt po tlga ms.april..plagi ko nga po read ang mga blogs dito..ngyon po ngask din po ng advised ang fiancee ko sa legal offce,to make sure po n pede po mgpksal s pilipinas,since vaction nga po..my ask p po ako my posibilidad po bang di po xia pyagn ng commander po nila pg nlman n s pilipinas po kmi ikakasal at hindi po dun sa base nila s korea?…sbi po ksi it depnds daw po s commndr kung i allow xia,,very strict dw po ksi ang company nila at kelangn daw po ng list kung anu2 po ang gagawin nia s pinas..one year n rin po siya dun at nid tlga po nia ang mgbakasyon..yun nga lng po at the same time mgpapakasal po kmi…bout nmn po if evr n payagan po siya and ngpksal po kmi..then naibigay n po nmin ang documnts my posibilidad po ba n hndi po ako bigyan ng visa??thank you po tlga s reply nio..lgi ko po tlg ako pray n sana mtapos po lht ng obstacle n pingdadaanan po nmin ngyon..ang hiniling ko lng po yung mpayagn po siya mkpgpkasal kmi dito s pinas..commnder daw po ksi ang mgdecide..pro im wondering bkit marmi po akng nlmn before wen i was in korea..na pumunta yung soldier s pinas then pinakasalan nila ang filpina..i wonder how they allwed.. marami po tlgang slmt ms.april ganun din po ky ms.betchay,,sobrang naktulong po tlg ung mga advised nio..godbless!!.sana marmi p po kayong mtulungan salmt!!

  449. @ beth : hindi ako nag travel agency eh, dumeretso ako sa embassy with all my docs pati yung invitation letter. ang guarantor ko yung mom ng fiance ko, tapos ang nilagay nya sa invitation letter eh, she wants to meet me.. sya na rin ang nilagay ko sa guarantor.

    sa purpose of entry naman ang nilagay ko: to meet my fiance’s family and learn the culture before leaving for canada

    hay, mayang 2pm na ang release ng results/ passport ko. please pray for me. i am believin for His best! aja! aja! ^^

  450. @jing

    •San po ba nakabase ang fiance mo? Dito kami sa K6 ngayon (USAG Humphreys) baka matulungan sya ng asawa ko. That time kasi na nagpakasal kami jan sa atin Company Commander ang fiance ko sa USAG Red Cloud. Siguro naman hindi na hahadlang yung commander nya na magpakasal kayo sa pilipinas. Saka marami akong kilala na mga sundalo na nagpakasal jan sa pinas kasi nga mahirap kumuha ng tourist visa jan sa atin. Madalian nga lang yung iba eh sa Manila City Hall lang sila ngpakasal para madali nilang makuha yung SECPA copy ng marriage contract.

    •Pag naman po nakasal na kayo at nakumpleto nyo na lahat ng requirements, wala ng reason ang Korean Embassy para ideny ka pa. Under ka na ng SOFA visa agreement ng US at Korea. Bibigyan ka ng Korean embassy ng C-3 visa maximum ng 30 days yun walang bayad yun. Pag dating mo na dito sa Korea ka magpapapalit ng status ng Multiple Entry Visa and expiration nun mag bbase kung hanggang kelan ang nakalagay sa Military Order ng husband mo na magstay dito sa SK. 🙂

    •Bago ka mgpasa ng requirement sa Embassy kumuha ka muna ng dependent ID sa US Embassy jan sa manila. mabilis lang kumuha nito mga 10 minutes lang may id ka na. Isama mo yung xerox copy nun along with the requirements na ipapasa mo sa korean embassy. Ganun kasi ginawa ko saka kakailanganin mo din talaga yun dito para makapasok sa loob ng base. 🙂

  451. ms. april,

    gud pm..salmt po s reply nio..nakabase po siya sa s camp casey ngyun..actually yesterday nga ask po siya ng permission s incharge nila n kung pede po pumunta s legal office para humingi ng advised but they refused him to go ang reason is marami po daw trabaho at busy daw.halos 3 times n po sya ngask kaso di po tlg siya pinayagn..bkt po ganun yung company nila..sana po i consider nmn po nila ung part nia..kasi halos 1 yr nrin po sya ng work and kelangn po tlg niya ng break….yesterday po my nagadvised nmn s knia n pumnta s lugar bandang bosan station kc mern daw po ngaadvised dun bout marrying a filipina..ang sabi p nga daw po pede daw nia ak gawan ng visa sa korea tapus ippdala dito…i dont think it will work..pra kcing mas complicated yung ganun since di enough yung docu’s n ipapakita ko at hndi p kmi kasal..its better tlg cguro n mgpksal tlg dito s pinas..pra hndi msydong hassel..alm nio po yung lng po tlg ang pray ko plagi n sana payagn nmn siya ng commander nia n mgpksal kmi dito s pinas..yung lng po tlg pray ko..ms.april sana nmn po mtulungan nio po kmi…..since nanjan po kayo ngyon s korea..at sana mtulungn po ng asawa nio ang fiancee ko..sobrang di nrn po nia alm ang gagawin nia..kc isa p po my mga nririnig siya mga negative feedbacks bout nga po s pgppksal dito s pinas n bka daw po di siya pyagan ng commander nia..anu po bang best way po pra maconvinced po ng fiancee ko ang commnder nia?.prang mhigpit dw po ksi..sana po mtulungan nio po kmi ms. april.. kung lht po ito tlgng mangyayri hahnpin ko po tlga kayo s korea hehehhe..kc yung mga advised nio po nkktulong tlg lalo n po s mga pinay n mkakabasa ng mga blogs nio..ms.april ibigay ko nrin po ung num ng fiancee ko if evr po mern po kayong ma iadvsed s knia..salmt po tlga sana mtulungan nio po ak,,godbless po.

  452. HI BETCHAY ITS ME AGAIN RITCHELLE. I HAVE A U.S MILITARY FIANCE STATIONED IN KOREA. HE WANTS ME TO VIST HIM AND GET MARRIED THERE IN KOREA. AND HE ALREADY SEND ME THIS INVITATION LETTER AND AFFIDAVIT OF SUPPORT NOTARIZED BY U.S MILITARY GOVERNMENT. AND HE TOLD ME THAT I DON’T NEED TO PRESENT A BANK ACCOUNT INFORMATION STATEMENT, IF I ALREADY HAVE THIS AFFIDAVIT OF SUPPORT.AND THE PURPOSE OF HIS INVITATION LETTER IS FOR ME TO GET MARRIED WITH HIM THERE.I HAD A VISA AND HAVE WORKED IN KOREA FOR THE PAST TWO YEARS. IS IT POSIBLE FOR ME TO PASS THE EMBASSY AND GET THE VISA? PLS HELP ME MISS BETCHAY..
    IM SO AFRAID OF GETTING DENIED, SO BEFORE I APPLY A VISA JUST WANT TO KNOW IF I HAVE THE COMPLETE DOCUMENTS..

    PLS SOMEBODY ADVISE ME PLS.PLSPSLS. THANK YOU!!

  453. ms.betch and ms.april,

    halos parho po kmi ng situation ni ritchelle..mern din po akong invtation letter tska affidavit of support..kya lng binigay kc skin ng nsa window dun s korean embassy yung mga list ng requirmnts since fiancee nga ak ang bibisitahin ko ang fiancee ko s korea.hingan k prin nila ng mga requiremnts kc wla nmn visa tayo mppkita..bsta ang sbi tourist p din da w ang labas khit ng invite sila..eh mahirap p nmn yung requiremnts nila..pano kung wla kng currnt work..diba?? and ngwork k nmn s korea before pero ask ko din po pede po kayang ganun ipasa ko lng po ung invitation lettr lht po ng docu ng fiance ko kc naskin po lht eh,,meron din po akong proof n my kinuha po ciyang aprtmnt sa amin.n may titirhan po ak dun s korea at susuporthan po nia ak..khit po ba wlang bank account??…dun din po ako ngworry bka kc dn po ksi hindi nila tanggpin yung mga documnts ko eh, kya nga po sinabi ko nlng s fiance ko n mas mabuti cgro ikaw nlng ang pumnta d2 pinas..pro di prin dw po siya sure kung papayagn daw po siya ng commnder..ngtataka po tlg ak bkit nmn po siya di allow ng commnder nia..di nrin po nia alm gawin nia..kya mg pa advised po muna siya s legal office tska my nkapgsbi s kniya n pumunta muna siya s nammy office pra atleast po my mga options daw po sya…sana po mtulungan nio po kami….ms.april and ms.betchay….godbless po

  454. Jing

    Ok email mo sakin ang number ng fiance mo. april.rain@ymail.com sasabihin ko rin yung situation nyo sa asawa ko. We will go to Guam bukas until sunday. So prolly will contact him sa Monday na 🙂

    There are some reasons kaya hindi pinapayagan ng commander ang soldier nya kasi for safety reason. Kasi sa terrorist. Pero most of the time naman pinapayagan sila pumunta lalo na siguro kung irreason out nya eh magpapakasal sya sa pilipinas. Nung hindi pa kami kasal ng asawa ko every month nasa pilipinas sya. Minsan nga twice a month pa wala naman syang naging problema. Ganun din ginagawa nung 3 bachelor friends nya everymonth din sila nasa pilipinas ngayon. Siguro talaga depende sa commander yun. Kasi may kakilala ako sa Intelligence sya sa Army so talagang mahigpit sa kanya ang commander nya. May fiance sya noon sa Pilipinas na halos ng 50/50 na sa hospital hindi parin sya pinayagan na umuwi. He asked me to look after her sa hospital He even show medical records ng fiance nya from Asian Hospital na talagang nasa ICU at malala ang sakit pero hindi talaga sya pinayagan. Sinabi nya sakin na the Army dont give a f#@k to her dahil fiance nya palang yung babae.

    Tama ka pag kulang ang financial documents mo sa window palang hindi na tatanggapin ang application mo. You really need to show them ITR and Bank Certificate.
    Kahit na may invitation letter and affidavit of support ka pa galing sa fiance mo na military hindi pa rin nila tatanggapin yun.

    Good Luck 🙂

  455. ms.april,

    salmt po,,ang swerte nio nmn noh..wlang nging problem sa pagppksl nio ng aswa mu..wlang mga hindrances..ngyon pa out of country nlng kayo heheheh mern n po kau baby?hehehe..ang swerte nio nmn..well anyway ms.april your right my fiance told me about that also n wala daw pkialam cla kung pupunta k ng phils pra mgpksal pg sinabing hindi tlg pede hndi pede..hindi da wpede insist ang gusto ..kya nga po bago daw siya mgpaalam s commnder niya imake it sure nia muna po s legal ofice na wla po tlgng mging problema if pupunta nga po siya pinas at magpksal..sbi nmn po nia kung my ibang paraan nmn daw po aside po dun..gawin daw po nia..pra hndi rin daw po nia maabala p yung commnder nia…sana po tlg mtulungan nio po ak ng husband nio yung lng po tlg yung way..pra mkapgpksal po kmi..sana po tlga mtulungan nio po ak..nasend ko n po yung number nia s email nio..sana po mbigyan nio rn siya ng advised..actually he knws about this website and he knws already na u givng me advises….i hope po n sana mkpgusap kayo..at mtulungan nio po kmi..salamat ms.april!!!!happy trip..!!!godbless….

  456. MS.APRIL

    PAREHO PO TLGAH KMI NG SITUATION WITH MISS JING,WE BOTH HAVE NO CUREENT JOB AND NO BANK ACCOUNT.AT SABI PO NG COMMNADER NG FIANCE KO, I DONT NEED TO PRESENT A BANK ACCOUNT OR ITR, SINCE I HAVE AN AFFIDAVIT OF SUPPORT FROM MY FIANCE. A STATEMENT OF MY FIANCE THAT HE WILL ASSUME ALL THE FINANCIAL RESPONSIBILITIES FOR ME TO STAY IN KOREA AND ABLE TO RECIVE,MAINTAIN AND SUPPORT ME. MISS APRIL IM JUST SO CONFUSED WHATS THE USE OF AFFIDAVIT OF SUPPORT KUNG HIHINGIN PA NILA ANG BANK ACCOUNT KO AND ITR. NA NAKALAGAY NGA I WILL BE SUPPORTED BY MY FIANCE KASI WALA AKONG JOB.

    AT SINCE PO IT IS NOTARIZED BY U.S MILITARY GOVERNMENT AND IT HAS AN OFFICIAL SEAL ON IT. POWERFUL DAW PO YON SA KOREAN IMMIGRATION OFFICE.SO BAKIT DAW PO AKO NGDADALAWANG ISIP NA MG TRY. IM JUST AFRAID NA MA DENY PO AKO MISS APRIL.

  457. @Jing,

    Salamat 🙂 I talked to my husband abuout your finace’s situation. First he is asking how old na daw po ang fiance nyo and ano daw po ba ang current rank ng fiance nyo?Tinatanong nya sakin if he ever been to “Article 15” it is misconduct or he ever lost his rank before. Sabi nya kasi normally pinapayagan nya daw ang mga soldier nya na mag leave specially for that reason na magppakasal nga. Saka every soldier are entitled of annual leave for 30 days. Kaya he dont see any problem with that.

    Pero as a Commander he has a right to say NO to a soldier kung sya ay isang trouble maker, immaturity and such. Because if ever na may masamang mangyari sa soldier nya in other country and his Colonel finds out about it sya ang masisisi kaya iniiwasan ng ibang commander ang ganitong situation.

    @ritchelle
    Basically ang affidavit of support kasi from a military personnel makapangyarihan lang sa Korean Embassy for those military dependents lang talaga. Like Wife, children and even the parents in Law ng military madali lang makakuha ng C3 basta may affidavit of support.

    Pero wala kasi po silang fiance visa eh kaya the only way to get to korea is to get C3 “Tourist Visa” and ITR, Mayors Permit saka Bank Certificate ang mga requirements nila dito. Mahirap talaga. 🙁

    Hindi ko din masisisi ang Korean Embassy sa pag hihigpit nila ng ganito dahil sa napakaraming TNT dito sa Korea.
    Nakakalun