Our family recently applied for a Korean Visa and thankfully, we were all granted one. Whew! The new and stricter requirements implemented early this month (March 2015) gave us quite a scare.
I’ll detail here the steps and requirements for a typical family consisting of an employee, a housewife, and children. If the wife is employed, just follow the employee requirements.
1. Complete the Requirements as Detailed Below
- Application form may be downloaded here. Must be printed on A4 size paper.
- OECD Member Countries may be checked here.
- The highlighted section above (items 6-9 for Employee) means that section is the same for all the other members of the family, just give everyone a copy (though for us, the consul returned the copies but it’s better to be sure and prepare them anyway).
- UPDATE: BDO Cardholders are exempted from submitting Bank Certificate and ITR (Income Tax Return) when applying. (Employment Certificate / Business Permit is still Required). Present the eligible BDO Credit Card and a copy of your monthly billing statement (MBS) upon submission of the application form. This offer is valid until December 31,2016 only. More info about this promo here.
2. Proceed to the Korean Embassy
- Application is only from Mondays to Fridays and at 9AM-11AM only.
- Address: 122 Upper McKinley Road, McKinley Town Center, Fort Bonifacio, Taguig city 1634, Philippines
- Fee: FREE for 59 days or less. P1,800 for 60-90 days.
- No need for physical appearance of the applicant, a representative is okay.
- Once there, just follow these simple steps to submit your application:
- Go to the front desk to get your number and to show your requirements.
- Wait for your number to be flashed on the screen.
- Once it’s your turn, proceed to the designated window (indicated in your waiting number slip), and submit all your requirements.
- Once done, you’d be given a slip of paper with the date when you can come back to claim your passport.
3. Claim Your Passports at the Designated Date
- Claiming is from Mondays to Fridays and at 2PM-4PM only.
- Bring your claim stub and write the name(s) of the applicant(s) and a contact number.
- Fill up the application form completely. If a field is not applicable to you, place an N/A.
- Don’t forget to affix your signature. For children, have a parent sign it and indicate the relationship beside the signature.
- Have a copy of all the documents that need copied. Although there is a copier inside, the line is usually long and it’s at P3 per page.
- Arrange the necessary documents according to the order above. We had to resubmit our requirements because they were not in order.
- Go there early. They stop accepting at exactly 11:00AM so it’s better to be early to avoid being told to come back again.
- When your queue number is near, try to stay in front already as they only give a few seconds for you to appear in the window. If no one comes, they move on to the next number immediately.
Best of luck in your Korean visa application! 🙂