South Korea Visa Refusal – It’s Heartbreaking but Time to Move On

I’ll share my experience about this South Korea Visa Refusal. It was May 2016 when I booked a promo flight to South Korea. I was waiting for this because I wanted to experience winter in South Korea which is just a 4-5 hours flight from Cebu. On January 25, 2017, I went to the Consulate of the Republic of Korea in Cebu. My scheduled trip is from February 15 to 22, 2017.

Visa Requirements for Filipino Businessmen

  1. Application Form
  2. One piece of Passport-size colored picture
  3. Original passport (valid for more than six months)
  4. Photocopy of Passport Bio-page (page 2)
  5. Original & Photocopy of valid visa/s and arrival stamps of OECD member countries for the past five years (if applicable)
  6. Photocopy of Business Registration from SEC or DTI
  7. Photocopy of Business Permit or Mayor’s Permit
  8. Original Personal Bank Certificate (must include account type, current balance, account opening date, ADB)
  9. Bank statement (original or certified true copy of bank statements/passbook for the last three months)
  10. Photocopy of ITR or Form 2316 (checked by BIR with Stamp)
  • If personally invited by Korean: Invitation Letter & Copy of inviter’s passport
  • If invited by Company in Korea: Invitation Letter with company stamp & Copy of Korean Company Business Permit
  • Visa fee: 59 days or less stay in Korea – GRATIS; 60 to 90 days stay in Korea – PHP 1,800

Also read: Go To Boracay – Moving on from a Failed Winter Trip

Requirements I Submitted as an Independent Contractor and Solo Traveler for South Korea Visa without Income Tax Return

I submitted my application on January 25, 2017, at their office. Their address is:

Consulate of the Republic of Korea in Cebu

12/F Chinabank Corporate Center

Cebu Business Park, Cebu City

6000 Philippines

  1. Application Form
  2. One piece of Passport-size colored picture
  3. Original passport (valid for more than six months)
  4. Photocopy of Passport Bio-page (page 2)
  5. Two arrival stamps of Japan visa which Japan is part of the OECD member countries
  6. Original Personal Bank Certificate (must include account type, current balance, account opening date, ADB)
  7. Bank statement (original or certified true copy of bank statements/passbook for the last three months)
  8. Letter of Explanation
  9. Certificate of Work Contract as I am an independent contractor.
  10. Stock Certificate from COL Financial Philippines
  11. Certification of Involvement in a Non-Profit Organization

South Korea Visa has stricter visa requirements. I got request for Additional Document(s) for Visa Application

I received an email on January 30, 2017, that I was advised to submit two (2) guaranty letters.

  1. Filipino guarantor must be (1) government official or officer, and (1) your company owner, department head or HR manager;
  2. Guarantor must duly accomplish the Letter of Guarantee (see attached form); and,
  3. A letter must be submitted together with Guarantor’s Passport bio-page copy (if available), a Photocopy of the Guarantor’s government office ID (for government officer guarantor) or company ID (for company guarantor), front and back.

In addition to the guaranty letters, you are required to submit an explanation letter describing the following:

  1. Exact Annual Income
  2. Companions to/in Korea

What Went Wrong with my Visa Application?

To be honest, I am sad by the fact of the refusal, but I already expected this when I received an email for additional documents. Here are some of the reasons what went wrong:

  1. I don’t have a Filipino guarantor (a government officer) to sign the guarantee letter. I mentioned in the letter that it’s a personal expense, a gift to myself.The reasons for having a Filipino guarantor to sign the letter is that:
    (a) the guarantor ensures that the applicant abides the laws and regulations of Korea,
    (b) the guarantor will shoulder the travel expenses for the applicant’s return if he/she is unable to pay them,
    (c) the guarantor shoulders the expenses arising from the applicant’s stay or detention in Korea if he/she is unable to pay them.
  2. I don’t have any companions to/in Korea as I mentioned again and again that I am a solo traveler.

My Speculations for Denied South Korea Visa

Since I’ll be traveling solo, maybe the embassy thought that I would illegally stay in South Korea and look for a job which I don’t have a plan. My only ultimate goal is to experience winter.

Remember my Denied Canada Visa Application? It was also my chance to experience winter last January 2015, but it never happened. No more winter experience for me.

Reason for a South Korea Visa Refusal

You read it right, “You and/or your family failed to prove strong economic ties to the home country.

My affiliation with a non-profit organization I am involved with is not considered a strong economic tie to the home country.

My Travel History

As a Filipino traveler, you might ask where I’ve been. So yeah, I’ve been to Five Countries in 2015Β including Japan and Taiwan. But then, wherever I’ve been to, it’s useless. Sad.

Well, maybe South Korea don’t need Filipino tourists because of the stricter rules of visa requirements. Perhaps, I’ll just say goodbye to my wasted ticket to South Korea, will never experience snow and maybe avoid to visit this country for now.

Well, I am heartbroken since this trip to South Korea is a gift to myself for a solo traveler like me. I’ll just shaveΒ ice and eat halo-halo instead.

Somehow, I was able to Go to Boracay – Moving on from a Failed Winter Trip.

Roxanne is an aspiring digital nomad. A virtual assistant since October 2009. She is a hobbyist blogger, photographer and travels a lot.

226 thoughts on “South Korea Visa Refusal – It’s Heartbreaking but Time to Move On

  • I want to let you know that you have to remember that there is a strong reason behind every failure, soon enough you will realize why it did not happen (your trip to korea) and by then you’ll realize that God has a better plan for you. πŸ™‚

  • Sad to hear that po ., but dont worry po spend winter in japan instead next time.. I actually submitted also my korean tourist application yesterday. Will see and pray if granted or not,, like you i want to see a real snow and experience winter,, im scared that they are more strict now., good luck to me

  • Thanks God I was approved for my Visa for my Korea trip this Feb 3-8
    One of my friends friend was also denied to got her visa in Korea sadly the ticket was cost a little bit expensive.

  • I’m also a businessmen category and I will be traveling by April 9 to April 15. I don’t have ITR yet for my business since it was just started last December 28, 2017. I do have ITR for my previous employer though. Can this be valid and be approve?

  • This would devastate me, to be honest. I’ve been to Korea twice, and I am grateful that they granted be single-entry visas. I’ve yet to go to Japan, though. Why not spend a winter in Japan instead? I really hope you don’t give up on going to Korea. How about going to Jeju? I heard you don’t need a visa to go there. Cheer up!

  • so sad to hear that you were denied. Keep trying with other countries visa, then go back with Korea and hopefully you can get approve.

  • My gosh, I’m a little bit nervous about my visa application. I booked my flight to Korea this November which is Autumn dun, I’m from Davao pa – I know it will be hard to apply for a visa in my part since wlang Embassy yung Korea dito sa Davao so I have to fly over in Manila or Cebu just to submit my application. But i’m also considering if I could just ask for help sa mga tour agency. But what made me nervous is baka ma deny din ako. I’m a full time employee sa isang private company – not sure if this will be an edge to get my visa approved? Korea is not my first country- been to Malaysia, SG, Hongkong and Macau pero non-visa yun lahat. Eh ikaw nkapunta ka na nga ng Japan pero so sadden to hear that you weren’t granted a visa to Korea. That’s why I’m also worried now. πŸ™ Anyways, oo, balik ka Japan – bongga din snow nila ata dun.

    • Hi Shiela,

      Since you’re working in a company, who knows you’ll be granted for a visa? 😊 let me know if you’re granted to have one. Good luck. As long as you meet all the requirements.

    • Sheila, just apply. I was granted visa twice for SK. I had no employment the second time I applied and I explained in my letter that I resigned from my job and I am transitioning to a home based job. I just declared my salary in my explanation letter. My employment certificate was a self certified letter that I am doing home based job as a virtual assistant. I got my visa naman.

      • Hi Bela,

        Hope you don’t mind me asking: did you submit an ITR when you sent your application? I have the same situation with you. I’m working at home and the company has a certification of earnings (proof of employment). Let me know please. Thanks

        • Nope. I did not submit an ITR. That time, they don’t need ITR if you have previous SK visa already. You can make an explanation letter and tell them that you are a sub-conractor/partner of the company you are working with and you are not an employee that is why your company doesn’t deduct taxes, sss, philhealth and pag-ibig. Just show proof of remittances if you are being paid through paypal. If not, then get a printout of your bank statement to show the money being deposited in your bank as your salary. I don’t know really but the embassies are logical. Every document you show has to make sense. I wish you luck!

          • Hi Bela,

            I’ve been to Korea twice but that was when i was still employed in a private company. I am now an online english tutor. The company does withhold tax and they can provide the necessary documents if I want to file my taxes. However, there is no COE and it seems like I am considered as an independent contractor. Would you mind sharing how you wrote your self certified letter explaining that you are doing a home based job. I am planning to go back in November and I am worried that the embassy might deny my visa this time. ☹️

          • Jeneil, I didn’t present COE so in replacement was my letter of explanation. The letter of explanation was still entitled Employment Certificate. And in my verbatim, I just explained that I am an independent contractor for a company overseas. I work as a VA and I work from home. I indicated the income I am receiving every month. I got approved naman. I wish you luck.

      • Hi Ms. Bella! I was granted a visa the first time I applied for it too. Kaso mag home based job na rin ako this month. I will go back to Korea this November and I’m thinking of doing the same thing you did. Is it possible to show me your explanation letter as your COE? This is my email address: [email protected]. I will really appreciate if sending me your letter would be possible. Thank you so much! πŸ™‚

      • Hi Bella! I am also a freelancer and planning to apply for my visa. Do you mind sending a draft of your explanation letter just to get an idea what to include? πŸ™‚

      • Hi Bella,

        Okay, here’s my update on my visa application – I just applied last Aug. 30, 2017 and it will be claimed on Sept. 07, 2017 which is tomorrow. Today, they called the company’s number reflected on my COE to talk to our HR but unfortunately our HR is not available in the morning since they’ll start working at 3pm onwards because we’re working in an outsourcing company. Our recruitment dept. was the one whom they’ve talked and ask if the HR is available – our recruitment personnel advised them to call back at 4pm for the verification since HR will only be available at that time. I’m kinda worried now co’z i’ve been waiting for their call back but still there’s no call. I hope they would call back tomorrow before they will give their final decision on my application. I might ask the HR to let the recruitment handle the call should they call in the morning. I’m feeling so hopeless..

  • BUT WHY OUR COUNTRY IS VERY OPEN TO FOREIGN TOURIST? MANY DIFFERENT NATIONALITIES BACK AND FORT, PERO GANON NALANG NILA TAYO KUNG IREJECT. DAPAT HINIHIGPITAN DIN NG PINAS ANG PAGPASOK NILA DITO E, PARA FAIR.

    • Because we are a third world country and aminin na natin na some filipinos ay TNT sa ibang countries. That is why they are strict.

  • May japan visa po ako at onward ticket going to japan mag apply ako ng korean visa ma approve kaya anyway my last destination is japan from mnl kor jpn phl. Denied din kasi ako 1st apply ko sa taguig kaya try kojan cebu embassy tnx in advance…

    • If ma approve ka ng visa, ikaw na bahala ano gagawin mo. Minsan kasi may chance din ma lost ka so hindi naman lahat ma susunod ang itinerary. hehehe! Pray ka lang na ma approve yan. πŸ™‚

  • Hi Roxanne, just want to share same sentiments here. We were also denied last weeek.. Family kme and i believe we submitted complete docs kase dentist and businessman naman husband ko. Unfortunately, nakabile na kme tickets kase promo but still sayang pa din πŸ™ Birthday gift namin sana yung trip sa daughter namin kase she’s fond of korean novelas.. Like you ayoko din ng credit card, ayaw ko may utang πŸ˜‚

      • same here family din kami (4) my husband and my 2 kids graduation gift sana with honors lalo na yong daughter ko kasi avid fan sya ng KPOP denied din… tour package yun dapat tour namin last April 6-9, 2017 tiempo ang cherry blossoms kaya lang sad to say and i cried a lot for that…sabi agency complete naman mga docs namin at ok naman lalo na bank statement namin.. for the reason na ” you failed to qualify to the visa category that you have applied for..

        • Ayan din po yung reason kung bakit nadeny yung visa application ko. I wonder why. May Japan visa din ako,I was able to provide all the documents. =( Sayang ticket

        • Hi Erlinda,

          I’ve been to Korea with my family before and we applied the visa ourselves. Did the agency filled ip for you or did you fill up the applications yourselves. I am just wondering why you were denied due to the reason that you failed to qualify to the visa category you were applying. Could it be that the agency did something wrong with the filing of documents?

  • Hi Roxanne, I chanced on your blog while browsing to different Korean visa applic experiences. My friend and I got a promo for SoKor dated June 21 to 24 via tour package pero til now wala pa update regarding our visa application. Inclusive of the package is our visa processing. We complied all docs last March 17 pero til now wala pa raw feedbacks from the embassy according to our agent. Naprapraning na ako. Do you think it’s normal na wala pang feedbacks? I’m getting nuts 😣

    • Hi Shelly,

      I got my feedback within 5 days since I applied on my own at Korean Consulate in Cebu. But I don’t know with your travel agent hopefully they’re legit.

      • I checked naman po and I know someone na rin who availed their service. Successful naman sila kaso for Japan sila. I am really getting praning na. This morning I spoke again to the agent ff up daw nila again next week. I am really getting praning na. Thanks for your comment 😊😒

          • Hi Ms Rox, i have an update na sa Visa. They are asking for new COE & Bank Cert kasi expired na daw. Both are dated Jan 30, 2017. Now I’m wondering may expiration pala? 😣

          • Bank certificate should be within 3-6 months from your application. For the new COE, when did your employer gave to you your COE just to clarify?

          • Bank Certificate attached showed ADB 5 mid-high figures plus dollar account. Attached photocopy pa of passbooks latest 3 months.And for COE sana they could have called our HR. I am employed by 1 of the top 10 corporations in our country. I cannot understand what they are looking for. I am thinking of backing out since nagdududa naman pala sila 😒

      • January also this year. Im a bank officer and nothing has changed naman sa position ko. 10 years employed same employer …

        • Hmmm they want you to reproduce another copy, seems like they’re not convinced with the documents you showed. Tsk tsk

        • Hi po, other people re-applied. It’s up to you if you want to re-apply for a week. The embassy said you can apply again after 6 months.

    • Pde bang mag kamali ang agency ng pag filled.kc db bihasa n cla sa mga ganyan kc nga travel agency cla..nag travel agency din kc aq..un nga lng failed to qualify visa category din ang dahilan ng embassy. πŸ™

  • Hi! I’m a newly licensed physician and currently unemployed because I plan na magrest muna and travel before working. And I’m quite confused kung saang category ako magffall dun sa list of requiremnts for visa application ng Korean Embassy. Do you have any idea what are the requirements for unemployed adult (and also single) like me? Thanks!

    • Hello Doktora. May I know what happened to your visa application? I am also a newly licensed physician and am currently technically unemployed, save for moonlighting. How was your application? And what other documents did you submit? I am submitting my application this week. I prepared an affidavit of support from my parents and will also submit their bank statements, etc. Thank you very much.

  • Hi can I ask for a copy of the format of Guarantee Letters? Thank you πŸ™
    I’m quite anxious because I’m currently Unemployed, Single and No ITR. My dad will shoulder my expenses.

    • Hello, the Consulate gave me the format of Guarantee Letters. Just write a letter of explanation about your guarantor. Thanks.

  • Hello, I got denied too. A bit upset and disappointed. I bought a roundtrip ticket for June, luckily, the officer at the Embassy told me that I can reapply next week so, I am going to try it again. I will ask a visa sponsor this time. Perhaps, the Consul is afraid that I might just look for a job there coz I am an ESL Teacher. Anyway, let’s just try and try until makuha natin gusto natin sa mabuting paraan. We don’t have any control of it. They evaluate our application according to their standard.

    • Oh, that’s a good thing. Meaning you still have time to re-apply before your flight. I gave up my South Korea trip since I applied few weeks before my flight.

      • hi roxanne.. ilang months ba pwede ulet magapply ng korean visa once denied? strict ba sila sa after 6 months? also, i have passbook account ito ba mismo ipapakita or hihingi ako ng bank statement? problem ko pa is nasa 30k lang laman ng passbook ko tas nitong july ko lang siya nalagyan, okay lang kaya yun?

        • Hello po. Di pa ako sure if strictly after 6 months. Yong iba nakapag apply daw ulet. But I’m not sure pa.

    • Hello po. My husband got denied po and im here in korea as student. Is it possible to reapply kht wala pa 6months?

  • I don’t know why the Korean embassy in my country doesn’t give a reason for a visa denial even for students in my country?

  • When filling the visa application form, there’s an instance where one is asked of the total cost of travel. Does that includes your flight, tuition fee, lodging or …. Please help

  • TIP: it’s easy to apply when you have BDO gold credit card or other card below..Try to apply BDO credit card or BPI first before applying for Korean Visa..Less requirements needed when you have this..me and my whole family grant a multiple visa because of this credit card

    Korean Visa Multiple Entry Privilege
    Promo is extended until December 31, 2017 ; i think it was extended up to 2019

    Qualified Cards:
    Mastercard: Gold, Titanium, Platinum and World Elite
    Visa: Gold and Platinum
    JCB: Gold
    UnionPay: Gold and Diamond
    Diners Club: Diners Club Premiere
    American Express: Cathay Pacific, Gold, Platinum and Charge Cards

    Offer:
    Enjoy up to 5 years Multiple Entry Visa to Korea and be exempted from submission of Financial Documents and ITR with your BDO or American Express Gold and Elite Credit Card.

    Pag Gold 3 yrs multiple visa
    pag Diamond Platinum..etc.. 5 yrs multiple visa…try nyo po

  • Hi I just got home from the Embassy at denied din po ang Visa ko. Nakakalungkot. I was planning to give an appeal letter though. Galing din ako ng Japan last January. =(

  • Hi everyone!

    Been to SoKor twice. Visa processing usually takes 3-5 days especially if you’ve been to OECD Countries. The main reason on whether your visa will be denied or accepted is:

    Guarantee

    Korean embassy wants a guarantee that you will be returning back to Ph. RT Flight tickets are not a guarantee. If you are going to Korea for a personal travel, it is best to have a Korean resident who will invite you going to Korea. With this, an invitation letter is needed.

    Also, a really strong financial statement will be really helpful. ITR is not required if you’ve been to OECD countries. Also, SoKor is a bit careful with self-employed applicants. They will really call your employer so better be truthful with all your requirements.

    Korean embassy is really strict when it comes to requirements as compared to the Japanese embassy. You may also try to write a letter of appeal. A friend of mine wrote to the Ambassador himself for his appeal and luckily it was granted.

    Korea is really a nice country! Hope you can visit it soon! πŸ™‚

    • Hi joan! Just want to clarify.. i have a japan visa last 2015. Hindi na ba kailangan ng ITR if may Japan visa since it’s OECD country? πŸ™‚

  • I have the same reason na kung bakit ako denied sa visa application.. planning to reapply this October.. sana ma approve na this time ..😐

  • Hello, I’m a student. Me and my friend are planning to apply for Korea Visa. I just wanted to ask if individually po ba yung application form or magkasama na yung amin sa iisa?

  • Hi po, ask ko lang how much ang money mo sa bank nung nag apply ka po for the korean Visa? Thank you ☺️

  • Greetings!

    My friends and I also applied for Korea Visa last May, but three of us got rejected and the other one had less than a week to prepare her visa application. Thankfully, we got to re-apply immediately and request for an early releasing of our application. πŸ™‚

    I’ve decided to post our story on my blog since I honestly think we all deserve to experience the beauty of South Korea, as long as we don’t violate their rules. πŸ˜‰

    Here’s the link: http://clairevoyannt.blogspot.com

    I hope you’ll re-consider South Korea in your bucketlist, Miss Roxanne! *Virtual hug*

  • Hi Ms. Roxanne! I’m a graduating student, and I plan to go to SoKor with my friend later this year. I just want to ask your advice on which category to apply for? I’m not sure if I can still apply as a student as they will be needing my school certificate, and by the time of application, I would have already graduated. Also, do you have any idea on how do the banks compute for the ADB shown on the bank cert? Thank you very much.

    I hope you can consider visiting SoKor again soon! <3

    • Hello, you just need a tourist visa to SoKor. Any countries you want to visit as a visitor, it’s tourist visa. 😊

  • Hi Rox. I followed this thread in search for some insights on south korean visa denial. Hours ago, i just submitted my tourist visa application in the Embassy of South Korea in Abu Dhabi. Yes. I am an OFW. I usualky travel. Alone. Ive been to 15 countries maybe since 2015. I applied for Sokor visa before and was granted a single entry but I never flew anyway because of a conflict with my flight to Abu Dhabi for a new employment. Everything went fine not until the personnel in the embassy pointed out a recently deposited amount of 16k aed in my salary account. If youre an OFW in UAE, instead of presenting a bank cert from your savings account in the Phil, you must show them a bank statement 3 months from the month of your visa application. The embassy personnel might be thinking that I deposited an amount coming from another person just to augment my current balance. He said that it might be a problem. Do you think I will get denied? My monthly salary ranges from 15 k aed to 20 k aed. Though a big chunk of ny savings is being saved in my Phil account. Whay do you think? Will I get denied or will I be asked for other supporting documents? Thanks

  • I’m nervous :((( I just applied earlier and I’m a student. My documents are all fine and also I’m going to travel with my cousins that’s why I feel like I’m gonna be approved but at the second thought I’m thingking of what ifs :((( It’s really my dream on coming to korea since I’m a k-pop fan since 2009. When did they sent you a question regarding your documents ? how many days before they e-mailed you ? Thanks ! :)))

  • Hi, I just recently resigned from my work last week (July 21), and i’m planning to apply for a korean visa, I already completed all my documents, I also have a COE from my previous employer. I created a cover letter explaining that i recently resigned from my work and no plans yet of getting a new job. All I want is to take a vacation. I have 3 bank certificates and 3 statement of accounts. All in all i think my savings is almost 1M. I have also worked from US the last 4 yrs. Do you think I have a chance of getting a visa? or I really need to be employed first?

  • I have not been to Canada and Korea but how about you try Australia? I already went there and I think they are more lenient than Canada and Korea in terms of tourist visa. There’s no snow in Sydney but you can experience it on Perisher Valley. I remembered taking a car trip from Sydney to Perisher for maybe an hour or 2 but you can try Japan again anyway on winter season.

    • Hi Jen, going to Australia is expensive and I don’t know anyone there. Unless if I travel with a friend and plan for it, that would be fine. Yes Japan is always the best choice as I love the food and culture there.

  • I’m really worried, the korean embassy just called in our office, sadly there is a problem in our phone so we need to cut the call and we were hoping for another call (for the whole day, but nothing happens). Is there any chance for them to call again? also I we are travelling for 4 and the 3 of us are employed to our mother’s business and we will travel with my mom. However, she has low banks statement (since she use it as an emergency) and I have bigger bank statement that so bothers me. Also she will guarantee my sister. What will I do? is the risk of denied visa is higher?

  • Hello. Napapraning na ako kasi hindi ko alam kung accepted o denied ako. Paano ko ba malalaman na accepted o denied ako without traveling to Cebu first? At kapag hindi ako nakatanggap ng e-mail galing sa kanila. Accepted na ba ang ibig sabihan niyan? I’m applying for an exchange student program pero kinakabahan talaga ako. What if hindi matutuloy ang lakad ko? Huhuhuhu

  • Hi ask lang po. Nadenied ang visa ko last week. Pwede ba ako magpa process ulit after a week. Pero this time my affidavit of sponsor na po ako. Tatanggapin kaya nila docs ko?

    • Hindi po nila tatanggapin nagpunta na po ako last 3days ago. Even starring at those documents di nila gagawin. So sad but its true. I’m trying other options.

      • Hello M,ask ko lng kung letter of appeal lng ba ang dinala mo or need ulit mag pasa ng requirements..kc mag try aq on tuesday sna..bahala na kung accept nla or hindi.atleast nag try p rin aq.

          • Hi m,tama ka nga.galing aq now kor embassy,ni sulyap hindi ginawa sa mga papers ko…sinabi lng na wait after 6months.. πŸ™

          • Elow dada & M…my agency makes a way, pero kailngan daw twgan ako sa landline ko pero wla nman akong landlineπŸ˜” pero nextweek kakausapin daw nya ulit sa embassy knh phone nlng pwede, case ko nmn daw d lng nsagt twag nila kya mg a appeal kmi

          • Elow dada & M…my agency makes a way, pero kailngan daw twgan ako sa landline ko pero wla nman akong landlineπŸ˜” pero nextweek kakausapin daw nya ulit sa embassy kng phone# nlng pwede, case ko nmn daw d lng nsagt twag nila kya mg a appeal kmi

  • Hi to all Im planning to go to korea.. ive read alot of stories of denied vusa i’m too nervous din.. πŸ™ lalo n first time..

    I know someone na nag wwork sa governement pero d nmn sa embassy.. pero meron sya nabanggit…

    In reality daw po hindi pwedeng wlang madedeny sa embassy.. it applies sa ibang embassy din daw hindi lng korean embassy..

    Parang ang style is kelangan sa isang araw meron certain number na maddeny.. so malas mo pag randomly napili ka.. dahil d daw pde lhat approve..
    (Cguro pag wla cla makita n tlgang kadeny deny random nga ginagawa nila)

    Cguro totoo nga kse i read stories n d inexplain ng embassy bat decline ung visa maliban sa list lng ng nkalagay…

    Lalo n dun sa isa n nabasa ko magfriend n exactly the same n sinubmit n requirement isa approve is denied nung nagrreklamo iexpalin further d maexplain…

    If ever n madeny ako I’ll try to apply again ang submit the same requirement to see kung totoo nga

  • The main reason na nadedeny and isang applicant ay dahil marami pumupunta sa Korea as tourist tapos maghahanap ng work doon at d na babalik sa pinas(TNT – illegal stay with expired visa)

    Yan po ang iniiwasan ng Korean Embassy. Pag unemployed ka sure na madedeny ka. (Swerte sa mga nakalusot at na approve.) Pag tingin nla maghahanap ka lang ng work doon, madedeny ka din.

  • Just today my husband grant a denied visa…Although he present and submitted all the requirements,,, tourist for for days,, with him a copy of visa back to Saudi Arabia as a worker this September 8, and some proofs … kaloka..

    • Precious, omg ano daw po ang reason nila ate?…me and my husband were both working in KSA and plan po namin magpaprocess ng family tourist visa dyan sa pilipinas since yong anak namin eh nandyan…sabi kasi ng sk embassy dito eh better to submit the application in philippines daw (since our kid doesn’t have iqama, requirement sya if dito sa ksa mag apply and medyo strict sila sa bank account dapat 30k sar per person roughly 400k pesos)…I’ve completed na po yong mga requirements and sa ITR mag rerequest po ako ng certificate of tax exemption dito sa phil embassy sa saudi…plan po namin mag submit ng application 1st week of october, 1st week of november pa po kasi uwi namin sa pinas and plan nmin punta ng SK on 2nd week of november…πŸ˜”

  • medyo kinabahan ako first time ko to travel to korea sana. I am employed and i think i have all the requirements naman ang worried ko lang kasi yung gagamitin kong show money yung Dollar account ko and wala yun movement puro deposit lang. You guys think its ok lang ba? πŸ™

  • Well go to Georgia or Armenia I had great winter experience there and its visa on arrival. Me and my sis planning to go to Korea on there spring season we’re based in Dubai as I heard its quite easy to get tourists visa here

  • Hi! I will be applying for a korean visa this coming October. My tentative flight schedule is on December. I am a government employee and I think I can complete all the requirements. What I’m worrying about is my bank certificate and bank statement. I will use my payroll account from landbank but when I called landbank about it, they told me that I can just print my bank statement using their website iAccess and embassy knows already that they don’t release bank statements anymore because we can just download and print it. Is this true? Or should I go to Landbank and have it certified as true copy? Regarding bank certificate, I am not sure if Landbank issues bank certificate din :'( May nakaexperience na ba ng ganito? any government employee na gumamit ng payroll account here? o kakilala nyo po? help naman po :'( Thank you!

      • Hello roxanne. na denied rin ako last aug 23 2017 reason: you failed to qualify to the visa category that you have applied for(sad to say hindi ko nasagot ung tawag nila nung tinatawagan ako, dahil d ko narinig call nila) 100% daw denied na yun once hndi mo nasagot at hndi na ulit tatawag
        Balak ko ulit mag reapply, but now my idadagdag akong requirements bpi gold mastercard at ksama kna anak ko. Its possible b na maaapprove na ako? At pwede na mag reapply next month? Or after 6months?

        • Di ko alam. Just try lang to re-apply if pwede ba. although the bpi gold mastercard, sabi nila may chance daw ma approve.

          • Ate Roxanne sa tingin mo 90% chance po pag my pbi gold master card?para ksing gumuho mundo ko nung nadenied ako.d nga ako maka2log sa kakaisip, akalain mo after 6months bgo mg reapply.pero ng research ako sa mga nadenied, nbasa ko blog mo buti nlng my nkapag sabi pwede mgreapply agad at my chance pag my gold credit card..thanks sa blog mo at nabuhayan ako..update ako pag naapprove ako…salamat roxanne

  • Ako din na denied ang visa ko this august 23 2017.failed to qualify visa din.hindi ko alam kung anu pa ang kulang..gumuho tlga mundo ko.ang sakit sa pakiramdam.until now. πŸ™ need b tlga ng 6months bago mag apply ulit..

    • Parehas tau dada..aug 23 at parehas tau ng reason kya nadenied..update kita pag na approve ako, mgrereapply ksi ako using my pbi gold mastercard.. pero pbi blue mastercard ksi gmit ko pero pina convert ko sya sa gold pra mka reapply agad, hopefully maapprove n ako..hnihintay kpa dumatng gold card ko this sept.

      • Cgeh wait ko update mo rea.sna nga maaprubahan ka,using bpi gold card..tnx…aq mag try cguro after 6months,by february cguro.hopefully that time maging ok n rin..aja aja fighting. πŸ™‚
        Kahit until now hindi p aq maka move on.

  • Gusto ko sna mag pasa ng letter of appeal this tuesday,ok kya even nung aug 23 pa aq na deny?,kaso may nabasa aq dto na even stare on your docs hindi nla gagawin,,so sad talaga.anu pa kya ang pde gawin?aside sa mag intay ng 6months??sorry kung medyo makulit.depressed lng tlga aq… πŸ™

    • Hndi ka ng iisa dada.. pero skin ksi my plan b pa kaya hnihinty ko muna ung bpi gold ko.. hopefully 1st week of sept. Meron na, babalitaan kita agad pag na approve ako.. try to reapply, wla mawawala sau, para d ka madepressed jan… ako ksi sa tour&travel ako ng pa apply ng tourist visa ko, tas nkabasa ako na pag my gold credit card ka my pag asa pa, kya lng nadenied na ako.. pero nkabasa ako isa sa ngcomment d2 pwede agad mg reapply khit la pag isang 1month… go go go try ng try smile lng maaapprove rin tauπŸ˜πŸ˜‰

    • nakabili ka na ba ng ticket? kung wala pa. wag ka ma stress. mas na stress ako dati na bye bye na 5k pesos ko na ticket. kaya ginawa ko hala nag Boracay ako for 15 days. hahaha! as in! ang sakit2 nag lasing ako sa Boracay. LOL

  • Hello rea..travel agency din nag pasa ng docs ko..magpasa ako bukas try ko mag letter of appeal. πŸ™‚ anyone?aside s letter of appeal anu pang papers ang pde dalhin..failed to qualify visa category po ang reason ng denied…tnx po sa sasagot …

  • Hi dada same din ang reason na na denied aq balak q din mag appeal pd po ba mag ask sa inyo ano nilagay nyo…salamat po

    • Hi zhel,galing aq korean embassy now.hindi tlga cla natanggap ng appeal letter.ni sulyap hindi ginawa sa letter of appeal ko..ok n lng din atleast nag try aq.. :-(. ..pro kung gusto mo try mo na lng din gudlak….

  • Move on pero nag blog pa din? Huhu move on ba talaga or Rant? South Korea has the easiest visa application requirement. Doest mean na denied strict agad. May pa digital nomad pang nalalaman eh d naman kaya..

    • Hahaha! Thanks for dropping by. O naka pag move on na po. Move on ka rin sa next post nito para malaman mo. Hahaha!

    • Gagong edward to. Hiyang hiya naman ang Singapore, Hongkong at now Taiwan na binigyan ng visa free ang mga turistang pinoy. Mataas kasi ihi ng mga koreano, tuta kasi ng kano. Mga feeling, obvious naman na feeling entitled mga koreano para magdeny ng visa ng mga pinoy. Kahit nakapagtravel n s OECD countries, at 6 digits n mga bank accounts, may negosyo, nagwork abroad, pero nagdedeny parin silanng visa. Ridiculous kahit family apply, may isa silang dinedeny. Buwisit lang, walang logic. Anong katangahan yun na isa sa pamilya, may planong magpaiwan pra mag TNT? Hello! Ridiculous naman tlga logic nila. Di katulad ng Japan. Bwisit tlga. πŸ˜‚

  • Hi thanks po sa reply ask ko lang san po kayo nag inquire anong window po? Mdami po ba kau kasabayan na nag appeal? Ano pong dala nyong docs? Thank u po

    • Hi zhel,window 3…all docs dala ko.kung anu ung pinasa ko b4..try mo din..update us na lng..tnx
      Medyo naka move on na ko..kc nagawa ko nman lahat..pro tlga hindi kinaya ei.kya try next tym πŸ™‚

  • Hi,just got news that my visa was denied. My application was thru an agency. I submitted all required documents pero dont know the reason why got denied. May ticket na kase ako which was booked pa last Feb, sayang kase seat sale. 10 days sana ako don and 8 months pa nman validity ng passport ko. Pwede pa kaya ako mgreapply. Sa sept 29 kse sna yung scheduled flight ko? Help please!

    • Hi she,try mo din na mag re apply..ala nmn mawawala db.atleast nag try ka.aq kc nag try mag re apply..kya lng sad to say..ni hindi nla tinignan mga docs ko..wait daw after 6 months…saklap ng lyp… πŸ™
      Update us na lang…tnx

      • Yung mas masakit po kasi.. nadeny ako sa mismong birthday ko! And i tried to appeal din sa mismong embassy. Sad to say, the korean staff did not entertain me or even stare on the documents i presented. Inalisan pa ko.. disappointing lang tlga.. Di mo kase alam kung san ka tlga ngkulang. pra next time sna alam na..

  • Hi everyone,
    I just wanna share my South Korean Visa story. I submitted my application at Cebu Consular Office last week August with some lacking requirements. First, I have no ITR because I just got a job. Second, my COE doesn’t have landline number and email address. It is also my first travel and my Bank Certificate has less than 30k and less than 300pesos ADB. I was actually taking a very long shot. Luckily I got my Visa 5days before my departure and I just got back. But now, after experiencing South Korea, it made me think of making another trip during another season. By the way, a cover letter really works.

    • I asked kase yung agency kung pede magappeal. Ako nalang daw yung pumunta. I wont go back nalang don sa agency na pinuntahan ko..Nakakadismayado lang talga.. And I feel like mas maluwag ang consular office sa cebu kesa manila..

    • Hi Abbe,
      Congrats!
      Can you give me an idea about your cover letter? I already booked a ticket to korea this coming November. However I am a bit anxious about my application since I just resigned from my job and planning to travel first.
      Thank you.

    • Hi Abbe, I will be submitting my application this month and I am really nervous and also hesitating since I feel like I have a very slim chance to be approved, we have the same situation, I don’t have an ITR yet since I was hired early this year, Will a letter of explanation regarding the ITR really work? Did they ask you for additional documents? I hope you can send me a reply. Thank you!

  • Hi Abbe, congrats… nag try ako mag appeal last sept 7 pero sa entrance pa lang sinabihan na ko agad ng no appeal sabi nung nag aayos dun ng docs yung nasa entrance at ni nd man lang tiningnan ang docs ko. Pero ok lang at least nag try aq. Ask ko lang if anong format ng cover letter mo para next time maglalagay na din ako ng cover letter. Kasi sabi sakin ng agency ko ay hindi daw na verify ang aking coe kasi hindi ma contact ang aming HR saklap…hehe ..

  • Good day po! I want to ask po sana kung ano po requirements for unemployed since wala pong category for that status. I recently graduated from college and passed my board exam so going to SoKor will be my grad gift from my parents kaso I’m neither a student nor employed. My father, who is an OFW, will shoulder all my expenses pero I will be travelling alone. I have a Korean co-intern who will send me a letter of invite para mas malaki chance ma-approve yung visa. Wala din pong ITR yung father ko since OFW siya. Hoping for a reply po. Thank you in advance!

    • Hi, please write a letter of explanation that your father will shoulder your expenses to SoKor as a graduation gift. Show any proof of documents that your father has a job. Thank you.

    • parequest ka ng certificate of tax exemption sa papa nyo po ate…makukuha nya yan sa philippine embassy 😊 100SAR nga lang ang certificate…pero baka makausap nyo ang BiR dyan sa inyo to tag your father as an OFW at magpagenerate kayo ng certificate of tax exemption.

  • We went to South Korea last Nov 2016 and visa processing was smooth πŸ™‚ What we did?– Just complied on the requirements ( as Tourist or rather for Employee) and go to the Embassy and have it processed. They don’t need a copy of purchased ticket or what.

    1. Application Form –> Filled up properly
    2. 1 piece of Passport size colored picture (Please attach on the application form)
    3. Original Passport (should be valid for more than 6months)
    4. Photocopy of Passport Bio-page (page 2)
    5. Original & Photocopy of valid visa/s and arrival stamps to OECD member countries for the past 5 years (If applicable only)
    6. Original Certificate of Employment –> I got a recent copy of this one and make sure all info needed are there.
    (must include applicant’s position, date hired, compensation, office address, HR landline number(cell-phone number is not allowed), HR e-mail address)
    7. Original Personal Bank Certificate –> I got a recent one.. 1 week later the application. and I have that time 80K something and even got the 3 month bank transaction to prove all those money are for me to spent.
    (must include account type, current balance, account opening date, ADB)
    8. Bank Statement
    (original or certified true copy of bank statements/passbook for the last 3 months) –> see above πŸ˜›
    9. ITR(Income Tax Return) or Form 2316 Copy –> Yep,. provide it.
    10. Copy of PRC Card or IBP Card (If applicable only) –> N/A

    My friend got a multiple Entry because he is a BPI Gold Card user and they had that promo before.. If you have one, you can just have it and you don’t need bank certificates for that, just a photocopy of CARD.

    They will give your 3 or 5 days to get your approved or denied Visa..

    • Hello nick,i photo copy lang ba ang bpi gold card,need pa bang ipakita sa embassy ang gold card?no need na rin ba ang bank statement?..tnx

  • Hi, if you want to experience snow, you can travel to Georgia. It’s a very beautiful country with amazing landmarks and tasty food. You won’t get denied as we can get evisa for a maximum of I think 60 days. You can also extend your travel to Armenia (the first Christian Nation) if you want by taking a train from Tbilisi, Georgia.

  • HI ! Im planning to go to SK next month with 6 friends, we will be applying for our visa next week, reading your comments made me nervous of denied visa stories. Do you think age also is a factor? We are in our mid 50’s so we really just want to travel and enjoy. We have no intention to work there considering our age. Thank you.

  • Hello can you guys shed some light for me? Hehe fresh graduate and without work here we will be traveling to Korea this November malaki ba chance na ma approve yung sa aking application if kasama ko yung parents ko sa trip? Btw sila din mismo mag fifinance sa trip. Mother has a pharmacy business for 15yrs and father works in the government for almost 20yrs. I also want to provide a cover letter na tumutulong ako sa family business and purpose to travel is for vacation(graduation gift)..

    Can someone help me? Or same situation sa akin na nabigyan ng visa? Thru agency kasi yung sa amin from Mindanao kami.

    Btw may travel history na ako went to SG and KL last year, tapos 5yrs ago nakapunta na sa HK & Macau for 3 times kasama ko din family ko during that trip.

    • I think getting a visa for fresh grad or unemployed is by luck talaga. Unfortunately, hindi ganun ka lucky ung sis ko. Birthday gift ko sana sa kanya yung punta namin sa SK this nov kaso she got denied and my visa was approved. We submitted all documents sa travel agency since we live sa province including letter of explanation and affidavit of support that i will shoulder all her expenses. Magkasama kami mag vacation so if may doubt ang consul sa financial capacity ko dba sana pati ako na deny din. So sad tlga kasi sya yung super fan ng kdrama. Mag vacation tuloy ako magisa.

  • I felt sad to get my result today- Visa denied… all my friends were approved except me because im a homebased online English teacher..
    Ganon ba yon kapag homebased online teacher di makakatravel in those countries with visa? So unfair.. do i need to change career if i want to travel next year in Japan and other countries?im really sad, i had my ticket already for the package tour.. however, I believe God’s will prevail.. it is not His will for me. .. i just need to accept it.

    • I’m sad. I’ve been to Japan but got denied for a Korean visa coz I am working online. How many countries you’ve been to?

  • Gagong edward to. Hiyang hiya naman ang Singapore, Hongkong at now Taiwan na binigyan ng visa free ang mga turistang pinoy. Mataas kasi ihi ng mga koreano, tuta kasi ng kano. Mga feeling, obvious naman na feeling entitled mga koreano para magdeny ng visa ng mga pinoy. Kahit nakapagtravel n s OECD countries, at 6 digits n mga bank accounts, may negosyo, nagwork abroad, pero nagdedeny parin silanng visa. Ridiculous kahit family apply, may isa silang dinedeny. Buwisit lang, walang logic. Anong katangahan yun na isa sa pamilya, may planong magpaiwan pra mag TNT? Hello! Ridiculous naman tlga logic nila. Di katulad ng Japan. Bwisit tlga. πŸ˜‚

  • dalawang beses na akong nag-apply ng visa sa SoKor and blessing ‘coz both were approved. Dapat kumpleto lang siguro lahat ng requirements, meaning walang ‘dagdag bawas’.. As to ADB or OB sa bank savings nyo, I think this doesn’t matter that much kasi yung asawa ko di naman kalakihan ang pera, mga nasa 30k+ and ADB was only P1k+. And better kung kayo mismo magsubmit nung application nyo, it will only take few minutes and walang application fee.. SoKor so far ang the best country that I’ve been to.

    P.S. while writing this comment, kakasubmit ko lang din ng Japan Visa Application ko and my hubby.. praying for favor! God bless po sa inyo.. travel while you can!

  • hi, ngpunta ako sa embassy last month applying for visa,wla pang 3mins sinabi na skn no work no visa,gift skn ng fiance ko expat he will pay for everything sana,okie lang po ba kung employed ako pero wlang itr? they just return to me my papers eh hnd nila tinanggap..(nilagay ko kasi sa una ko application unemployed ako since wla akong itr.

  • my idea po ba kayo kung check tlga nila yung itr? or really need po ba yun kung employed ka kahit bago plang sa work,i was thinking na apply ko din baby ko ng visa since halos lahat ng stamp nia sa lahat ng travel nmn pareho kmi ..i really want to go korea ..😭 i dont know what to do ..im going with friends sana but their both employed ..

  • hi ms.roxanne! Me and my sister wr planning to go to Korea this January to experience winter. We’ve both been to Canada last June po. Do you think po its an edge para ma approve ako and my sister?
    She works in Bpo company for 7yrs and me naman po in a private company for 10yrs.
    Yung sister ko may credit card but we wala po. Worry ko lang kasi baka po ako yung hindi ma approve. But may cousin ako sa Korea and my business din naman cya dun, i was just thinking to ask her a favor to send me an invitation. Tingin mo po magwwork yung ganun po?
    Looking forward for your reply.Thanks and Godbless!

  • Just want to share my experience yesterday. 4 kaming pupunta sa SK this November but unfortunately, I was the only one approved :'( We’ve already bought tickets and even accomodation. We are planning to go tomorrow to submit a letter of appeal and documents but I was able to read comments above that they do not accept appeals? :'( I read on another blog that the best way would be to go to window 3?
    Anyone who can give some insight?

  • My boyfriend and I went to the embassy yesterday to claim our passports, including the passport of our 2 friends. Sadly, I was the only one approved :'( My boyfriend and I were supposed to celebrate our 5th anniversary in SK. We’ve already booked tickets and even accomodation, which I know now was a really wrong move :'( We’re planning to go back tomorrow to submit a letter of appeal and some docs but I was able to read comments above that they do not accept appeals anymore? :'( I was able to read in another blog that the best way would be to go to window 3.. I hope someone could provide some insight on this :'(

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