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VISA DOCUMENTS: DSWD TRAVEL CLEARANCE FOR MINORS REQUIREMENTS

If the parents or the legal guardians of the child cannot join your travel abroad, but you still insist on bringing the child ( (your niece, nephew, grandchild, family friend); it is still possible to bring him but you need to get certain requirements. AND this applies too to those children who will travel abroad by himself (cases where the parents are already abroad).

Exceptions however applies, such as:

  1. A minor, who is a Filipino citizen with permanent residency card for another country (like the green card for the US)
  2. A minor, who is a Filipino, who holds a valid pass such as dependents visa/pass/identification or permanent resident visa/pass/identification card.

WHAT ARE THE REQUIREMENTS IN SECURING A TRAVEL CLEARANCE?

  1. Duly accomplished application form.

tc-application-form-12. Photocopy of the Birth Certificate OR the passport of the  minor

PHILIPPINE PASSPORTS

3. A written consent of both parents or the solo parent or the legal guardian permitting the minor to travel alone to a foreign country. JOINT AFFIDAVIT OF PARENTAL CONSENT

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JOINT AFFIDAVIT OF CONSENT AS REQUIREMENT TO GET DSWD TRAVEL CLEARANCE
  1. As appropriate:
    1. a photocopy of the marriage certificate of the minor’s parents
    2. OR; a photocopy of the certificate of legal guardianship of the minor or in the case of solo parent
    3. In case of a Solo Parent:
      1. a photocopy of the solo parent identification card from the Municipal Social Welfare and Development Office OR;
      2. a photocopy of a certification from the Local Social Welfare and Development Office of being a solo parent OR;
      3. Tallaq or Faskh certification from the Shariah court or any Muslim Barangay or religious leader
      4.  IN the case of an illegitimate minor, a certificate of no marriage (CENOMAR)* from the National Statistics Office (NSO)
      5.  In the case of a deceased parent, a photocopy of the death certificate

5.    Two colored passport size photos of the minor taken within the last 6 months.
6.    Photocopy of the first page of the passport(s) of the traveling companion(s), as the came maybe.

The processing fee for each travel clearance issued to minors traveling abroad under the following options:

  • Php 300.00 with validity of one (1) year.
  • Php 600.00 with validity of two (2) years.

– See more at: http://www.dswd.gov.ph/faqs/travel-clearance-for-minors/#sthash.qP1BTIx6.dpuf

DSWD TRAVEL CLEARANCE FOR MINORS

 

 

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VISA DOCUMENTS: AFFIDAVIT OF SUPPORT

If you are not the one who will cover for the expenses of your travel, because you are a student, a minor, or a housewife and the country you will be visiting requires a visa, then you will need this document to support your application.

Here’s a copy of what I’ve been submitting to different embassies. 🙂 Hope this helps!

AFFIDAVIT OF SUPPORT with SPECIAL POWER OF ATTORNEY-1

Here’s a .doc file of the photo above without a watermark (you can easily edit it.

AFFIDAVIT OF SUPPORT with SPECIAL POWER OF ATTORNEY

HAPPY WANDERING!

 

JAPAN VISA FOR FILIPINOS: SCHEDULE OF STAY

HELLO THERE WANDERERS!

This is a sample of my Schedule of Stay that I submitted to the Japan Embassy  last 2013 before they became lenient

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JAPAN VISA APPLICATION FOR FILIPINOS

JAPAN VISA APPLICATION

I’m one of the persons who love reading mangas or watching animes.. Well to tell you, I became addicted with this hobby, just 1-2 years ago. But hey, who won’t forget the nice story and well played roles of Hana Yori Dango? Anyway, I was, and is currently is, in love with Japan. I don’t know why, I feel like coming there instead of any countries in the world. It was my first list in my bucket list. Well, next is United States, and of course Europe.

Anyway, nuff said.

Before anyone, or any Filipino otakus like me  (though I don’t want to be called like one, not that really an otaku) 🙂  can leave their footprints in the land of the rising sun, one should first have a Japanese visa.

Well, people say that Japan visa is a hard-to-get visa since most Filipinos look for job in Japan. 🙂 Well, haven’t seen a soul of Filipinos when I went there, unlike Hong Kong. But, hey, they are strict because, just like US, Japan is a developed, or a first world country, and those living in the developing countries like us Filipinos, would like to test the waters and go there to work. HELL TO THOSE FILIPINOS WHO BECAME TNTs!! That’s why these countries won’t allow us, Filipinos, to go there without a visa– which is totally a headache.

Nuff said. I’m being carried away. So, you, yes you! Don’t be like them and be a good boy/girl! 🙂 and use your visa just how you are supposed to use it. 🙂 Anyway, here are my tips and how to’s in getting your Japan tourist visa.

1. Choose a travel agency

Japan Embassy does not allow in-person application, so you need to get an agency to submit your application.  I chose Reli Tours and Travel Agency in SM Mall of Asia, since they have the cheapest processing fee which is 1200.00. The people in Reli are very professional and will text you once your passport is ready for pick up or once they had already forwarded your application in the embassy.

Reli Tours and Travel Agency is located in SM Mall of Asia, near SMX. Telephone number: 556-1445 OR 632-556-1447  Cell No: 09065136777

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Here are the lists of accredited travel agencies: Click here

2. Fill up the application form

I suggest that you submit your form in typewritten or computerized form to make it more formal, and so that the person reading your application would not be annoyed if ever your handwriting is akin of that of a chicken (bad handwriting). As I said above, computerized is better as it is more presentable.

You can fill up the application form here: click here

These are the documents which I submitted (I made this post right after I got the visa. i grabbed this from my pinoy exchange account)

I submitted the following in Reli Tours MOA last Monday through LBC, received a text from Reli that they received my documents last Tuesday 7pm, then my Passport was ready for pick up last Friday. Though I got it this Saturday lang.

Okay saakin ang Reli Tours MOA, super bait ni Miss Babes na nagassist saakin, I hope she stays there. wala naman akong horror stories na maishashare unlike sabi ng mga previous pexers about Reli tours Megamall. Sa MOA, approachable and mababait yung mga tao.. 

We are 4 persons traveling together, my mom, me, my sis-in-law, and my nephew. We were all granted a visa! yey! our travel will be this May, sana medyo malamig pa!

we bought airtickets already, sugal lang talaga! kakakaba nga eh! haha, so ito ang mga documents na sinubmit ko, ang iba dito hindi naman talaga kelangan, sinama ko lang kasi na-OC ako, ayoko madeny kasi nga masyado ng madaming gastos (airtickets, hotel bookings etc, sama mo pa ang visa fee na 1,200 each, diba if magpapass ka you’ll make sure na kahit papaano confident ka sa papers mo)

1. Completed Application form (I computerized mine and printed it on A4 paper back to back, although sabi naman ng mga travel agency, kahit long o short, back to back o hindi, okay lang, pwede ngang humingi nalang ng app form sa agency nyo e, although computerized is better since it looks more presentable) Our travel agency Reli Tours’ representative, the very kind and approachable Ms. Babes, told us to not leave blanks in the app forms, so don’t forget to put n/a if the question is not applicable to you

2. 4×5 x 4×5 cm picture, white background, strict sila sa picture na to, punta kayo picture city or any well known picture booths/shops, meron sila ng for japan visa. paste it in your application form. (My ears cannot be seen in the photo, masyado kasing maliit yung ears ko, so I think oks lang kung di kita yung ears, pero as much as possible ilabas nyo pa rin yung ears nyo, yung tipong makikita kahit tip lang. ) And also this should be pasted. I suggest using a double sided tape so that hindi makalat yung glue sa application form.

3. Passport, 6 months valid, so better check your passports expiry date.  And also make sure that there are at least 2 remaining pages and that the passport was properly signed in its back portion. Broken laminations of the first page (the information page, where your picture is located) will not be accepted, so better renew your passports if you have problems with such.

4.COPY OF  INCOME TAX RETURN and ORIGINAL BANK CERTIFICATE. Since my mom will be sponsoring all the expenses for this trip, we attached her bank certificate and ITR and we also put an Affidavit of Sponsorship on each of the applications which expenses will be handled by my mom. 🙂

5. Daily Schedule (day to day itinerary). I submitted my daily schedule– Osaka–Kyoto–Tokyo. we are staying in Japan for 6 full days. Click here to see my Schedule of Stay or Daily Schedule.

6. Birth Certificates for the four of us, this needs to be original and is issued within one year of visa application. So if you will apply on April 30, 2016, then the Birth Certificate should be or was procured on or after April 30, 2015. (they are very strict with this, so please comply)

  1.    If Birth Certificate from NSO is unreadable, submit Birth Certificate from Local Civil     registar
  2. If there is no record in NSO
    In addition to “Certificate of non-Record” from NSO Headquarter.
    Attached together with the one from Local Civil Registrar.
  3. If Birth Certificate from NSO is “LATE REGISTRATION”
    Baptismal Certificate
    School Record (from 137)
    School Yearbook (if applicable)
    *Please indicate complete address and land line(telephone, if applicable) of the              church in the baptismal certificateand of the school record.

7. Marriage Certificate for married people, I got one for my mom and one for my sis-in-law. This should be an original copy from NSO. and like the Birth Certificate, it should be issued within one year of Visa application.

TAKE NOTE: If you’ve been to Japan before, and you were given a single entry visa, then you don’t need to submit your birth certificate and marriage certificate for your next application, however, you are required to submit your old passport where the used Japanese visa is attached. It’s better (though not really a requirement) to have it photocopied (together with the entry and exit stamps) and attach it in your application.

OTHER DOCUMENTS SUBMITTED: The following docs are not necessary, I just added them pampapogi. Pero promise, hindi ito kailangan.

1. Airline tickets. since meron na kami, sinama ko na, unlike south korea embassy they remove those documents not stated in the list of requirements, for japan embassy, you can add them. Sugal to, grabe, kung alam nyo lang kung paano ako ka-OC sa mga requirements dahil sobrang laki na ng ginastos sa airtickets, pinatulan ko kasi sale eh, pero humigit kumulang 12k pa rin per person (Clark-Osaka, Tokyo-Manila). Inuulit ko ang sinasabi ng ibang pexers dito, having confirmed tickets will not give you 100% chance of visa approval. It is up to your financial documents.

2. Hotel Reservations. Meron na kaming booked hotels paid through Agoda, expedia and Booking.com. Kung ano yung rineserve namin ay yun din ang linagay namin sa mga blanks sa application form

3. Certificate of Employment and Schedule of positions handled throughout the start of service. This is Not necessary, kaso sinama ko pa rin.

6. photocopy of Land Titles owned by my mom,

7. Sponsorship Letter. Since my mom would be the one handling all the expenses for this trip, we asked her to execute a sponsorship letter, and we made it a public document by having it notarized.

8. Bus Reservation (Kyoto to Tokyo) from Willerbus (willerexpress.com)

FOR STUDENTS LIKE ME: I added the following supporting documents, although no.1 and 2 will suffice, OC lang ako kaya dami ko sinama. sorry na. 
1. Photocopy of ID
2. Certificate of Enrollment
3. Certificate of Units Earned
4. Transcript of Records
5. Flowchart

FOR NSO BIRTH CERT WITH LATE REGISTRATION: I was late registered so I submitted the other docs:
1. Baptismal certificate
2. Transcript of Records
3. Form 138 (high school) FYI: nasa Law school na ako. sinubmit ko yung sa hs pa ako! haha!
4. Form 137-a (high school)

Upon submitting all the documents to the travel agency, everything is out of your control already, so before doing or wagering in your 1200 or the costs of your airplane ticket, make sure that you gave all the requirements needed, and also not to make you go back and forth in the travel agency just because you are missing one requirement. Save yourself a few bucks by being organized and also by making sure you have all the requirements.

It is not bad to give other paper documents that shows your capacity to finance your trip and shows your ties in the Philippines. So, I suggest if you have these things, why not include it in your application?

That’s all Hope this helped you. HAPPY WANDERING! 🙂

I will post my Japan itinerary soon! Keep wandering! 🙂

China Visa Application for Philippine Citizens

Updated November 20, 2012

If you are a Filipino Citizen and you are planning to go to China this year, then I suggest that you gather all the requirements for the Visa as early as possible.

All Filipino Citizens are required to get a visa before they enter China. and unlike South Korea where getting a tourist visa is gratis or free, for China, you need to pay P1400.00.

You can apply for your Chinese Visa at least 1-2 weeks before your departure date, and you can apply as early as 1-2 months before your departure.

HERE ARE THE LIST OF REQUIREMENTS:

  1.  Applicant’s passport with blank pages and at least 6 months validity left before expiration. Do not leave any field bank, write “NA”only if the question does not apply to you.
  2. A truly and completely filled application form affixed with one passport-size or 2×2 colored photo, with white background, full-face front view, and no hat.  Photo must be glued on the application form. Stapled pictures will not be accepted. Scanned photos will also not be accepted.  U.S. passport holders must submit two application forms with two photos.
  3. Photocopy of the front (passport details page) and the back (emergency contact page) of your passport
  4. An invitation letter issued by Authorized Travel Agency, or from other travel agencies or individuals. Otherwise, you must provide a copy of return ticket and hotel reservation.
  5. If visiting Tibet, please contact a travel agency to apply for a Tibet Entry Permit issued by the Tourism Administration of the Tibet Autonomous Region in advance

IF NO INVITATION LETTER:

  1.  A copy of the round-trip plane ticket
  2. Hotel reservation / invitation letter with a copy of the inviter’s valid chinese residence visa and passport information page of inviter’s or Chinese national identity card
  3.   Previously used China visa in old or new passport (Only visa stickers will be accepted.  Those with stamped visas must submit additional documents for first time China visa applicants.

RE: INVITATION LETTER/ AUTHORIZED TRAVEL AGENCY

According to Pinoy Exchange Members, the authorized travel agency in China that they had contracted are as follows:

ADDITIONAL REQUIREMENTS FOR 1ST TIME APPLICANTS

For first time applicants to China (Philippine passport holders, 18 years old and above), they are required to provide the following:

  •  original NBI clearance valid for travel abroad (the green one)   According to the new requirements os of July 2012, NBI Clearance is no longer necessary
  • The emergency contact information page in the applicant’s passport should be filled out and photocopied.
  • original bank certificate with receipt/debit memo or original passbook, updated within the month that you are applying ONLY If you don’t have an invitation letter from an authorized travel agency.
  • detailed bank statement for a period of 6 months. This is a relatively new requirement, as stated by Ms. Karen Yang, as seen in the comment box below. original bank receipt are required. ONLY If you don’t have an invitation letter from an authorized travel agency in China
  • If visiting PRC for the first time, BIR-Stamped income tax return form ONLY if you don’t have an invitation letter from an authorized travel agency in China.

The bank certificate, as for the contribution of Ms. Karen Yang and Basya in the comments box below and from the requirements posted in the bulletin board. They stated that your bank certificate should conform to the following:

  1. You should have a bank account with opening date 6 months prior the application date, and it should be written in your bank certificate.
  2. You should present a bank certificate with a deposit of at least P100,000.00 ond an ADB of P100,000.00. and an ADB of P100,000 for the past 6 months. So, the ADB should not be lower than P100,000 for the past 6 months.
  3. issuing bank should be a Commercial Bank.Certificates from thrift banks, savings and loan banks  are not allowed. They are strict with this. My friend was refused application since their bank is a loan and savings bank.Regardless of the bank, the Bank Certificate should have the following information: (these requirements are in the Embassy’s bulletin board):

    •  Original copy printed on the bank’s letterhead.
    •  Account Name
    •  Account Number
    •  Account Opening date- account should be active for at least 18o days prior to applying the visa
    •  Type of Account– (savings or current account only; time/term deposits, mutual funds, insurance and any other type of investments are not accepted)
    • Current Balance of
    • Average daily balance for the past 6 monthsof at least P100,000 per applicant. (The “past 6 months” should be indicated; Ave Daily Balance/YTD will not be accepted). They are so strict about this!
    • With checkwrite
    • All Details in English Language
    • The official receipt/debit memo/Certification of waived fee must be stapled.
  4. Aside from bank certificate, they added another requirement: detailed bank statement or passbook for a period of 6 months with original bank receipt. The bank statement is a totally different document from a bank certificate and likewise cannot be substituted for a bank certificate. Both documents MUST be submitted
  • Present the original passbook or bank statements. (Should  include transactions for the past 180 days prior to applying for visa
  • Photocopy of just one page with the latest transactions. There is no need to photocopy all the pages.
  • The bank name, account name, and account number should exactly match the details in the bank certificate
  • Ending balance should be at least P100,000 per applicant (age 18 and above) This should be updated within the past 30 days; any amount less than P100,000 will not be accepted
  • Average Daily Balance for every month within the past 6 months/180 days should be at least P100,000 per applicant
  • All details in English Language

IF TRIP IS SPONSORED provide the ff:

A. If a company will sponsor the trip,

  • provide the company’s bank certificate,
  •  sponsorship letter from the company
  • company’s business registration.

B. If an individual will sponsor the trip,

  • provide his bank certificate,
  •  sponsorship and invitation letter,
  • copy of sponsor’s valid residence visa (if sponsor is a Chinese national/resident)
  • passport information page of the person sponsoring or if Chineseor Chinese national ID.

FOR EMPLOYEES:

  • employment certificate,
  • company ID
  • SSS ID and contributions,
  • TIN ID and latest ITR, BTW, if applicants have invitation letter from an Authorized Travel Agency, both income tax return form and bank statement are not required.

FOR STUDENTS:

  •  provide school ID
  • Personal appearance is required for those who are 16-21 years old
  •  sponsorship letter
  • bank statement and bank certificate of sponsor, not necessary if there is an invitation letter provided by an authorized travel agency.

FOR BUSINESSMEN:

  • provide business registration of company
  •  TIN ID
  • latest ITR, unless there is an invitation letter provided by an authorized travel agency

Below are the documents I passed during my application (April 2011):

FOR EMPLOYEES:

For my Mom and Dad (first time applicants)
1. Application Form (with 2×2 picture (ears should be seen in the picture) and white background, pasted not stapled)
2. passport
3. passport photocopy (information page (front), emergency contact and signature page (back))
4. NBI clearance
5. Photocopy of IDs (employee ID, Tin ID, GSIS ID)
6. Employment Certificate
7. ITR ( BIR 2316 for 2010)
8. Statement of Assets and Liabilities (optional)
9. BPI Bank Certificate with Debit Memo
10. Personalized itinerary with tour agency contracted
11. Round Trip airticket
12. Hotel reservations from Agoda and Sinohotel
13. Tour reservations and vouchers from tour agency contracted

FOR STUDENTS:
I submitted the following for myself: (Take Note I’m a Student)
1. Application Form (with passport size picture and white background, (ears should be seen in the picture) pasted not stapled)
2. passport
3. passport photocopy (information page (front), emergency contact and signature page (back))
4. NBI clearance
5. Photocopy of student ID (I submitted a cert. of enrolment but it was just returned to me)
6. Birth Certificate
7. Photocopy of ITR of parents ( BIR 2316 for 2010)
8. Photocopy of Statement of Assets and Liabilities of Parents
9. Personalized itinerary with tour agency contracted
10. Round Trip airticket
11. Hotel reservations from Agoda and Sinohotel
12. Tour reservations and vouchers from tour agency contracted
13. Photocopy of Bank Certificate of parents with Debit Memo

And to make sure… bring a copy of Affidavit of Support

FOR UNEMPLOYED INDIVIDUALS

I submitted the following for my brother who just passed the Nursing Board exam:
1. Application Form (with passport size picture and white background, pasted not stapled)
2. passport
3. passport photocopy (information page (front), emergency contact and signature page (back))
4. NBI clearance
5. Photocopy of ID (Philippine Nursing Association Member card and Tin ID)
6. Birth Certificate
7. Photocopy of ITR of parents ( BIR 2316 for 2010)
8. Photocopy of Statement of Assets and Liabilities of Parents
9. Personalized itinerary with tour agency contracted
10. Round Trip airticket
11. Hotel reservations from Agoda and Sinohotel
12. Tour reservations and vouchers from tour agency
13. Photocopy of Bank Certificate of Parents with debit memo

Tips in getting the visa:
1. Make sure that all requirements are intact, don’t go there if your requirements are not complete. It will only be a waste of time.
2. Arrive very early in the morning. I arrived 7:05 and I ended up at around 11:45 am. I’m the 90th person in the line already. The employees in the consul are quick in screening applications however what makes it to take so much time are the travel agencies who have a lot of applications to submit. These travel agencies arrive very early in the morning, so be earlier so that you will save up the hassle of waiting and being irritated by the travel agencies.
3. Bring with you anything that can entertain you. Cellphones are not allowed to be used inside the area, once you get caught you will be brought outside by the security guard
4. Eat your meal before going or bring food with you since it will take so much time and you don’t want to be hungry
5. Pray that you will be filing at counter no. 1. The guy there is so handsome! haha! And he don’t ask a lot of questions unlike 2 and 3. He didn’t even ask me a question, he just returned to me my cert. of enrollment– Update! The cutie guy is not working there anymore! 😦
6. Again, Go early so that you will not be cut by the 1 hour lunch break which is 12-1pm.
7. Before going to the counter, check your requirements and arrange it from the most important to the least important.

FYI: As far as I know, once your application was filed, then it will be 90% sure that you will be getting your visa.

The hardest part in getting this visa is getting all the requirements needed but after submitting this, there will be no problem at all.  Hope this will help those who will apply for Chinese visa in the future.

I uploaded a copy of the new application form. To get a copy of the new application form, click here. It can be edited and you can type there your entries. 🙂 And please print it in an A4 paper (back to back) preferably or short bond paper.

You can also get a reputable travel agency to apply for you (but take note, those 16-21 year old people should still be in the Consulate for their personal appearance). But I suggest you go there, it is quite an experience! 🙂

Here is one of the well-known agency that I encountered when I was filing my visa application, I saw them with a lot of application forms being filed in the counter.

Uniorient:
Phone no. (632) 2433333, (632) 2433888 (26 trunklines)
E-mail: unotra@tri-isys.com

And after waiting. I got my visa. Yey!

My approved China Visa 🙂

CLICK HERE TO SEE MY OTHER POSTS ABOUT MY CHINA TRIP SUCH AS ITINERARY, COSTS AND PLACES TO VISIT,

Backlog: MAY 2011 Seoul, South Korea –> the beginning (ticket booking and visa application)

I really wanna go to South Korea because I wanna see the Korean teledramas or movie filming sites. I think, I know what you are thinking….. (corny ba?)  I’m a self-proclaimed  Korean TV series addict! I don’t know…but there is really something to it which makes me cry, laugh and feel relaxed at the same time… anyway, this addiction toned down a bit when I went to grad school..

It was January 24 when Cebu Pacific had an International Sale. It included all Asian Countries. Well, that was a shocker for me during that time because my family usually hire a travel agent to book our travels. That is why I don’t have any idea about airline sales. Anyway, now that I knew about them, our travel agent lost another customer (sorry Ms. Jen!) I’m now the travel agent of my family and my friends.

Although the travel period is on May (take note I bought the ticket on January 24), I  Without thinking, I booked myself without even asking permission to my Mom! yikes! (take note, I’m still a 20 year old student; though not a minor, I’m still under the wings of my parents… so, I need to ask permission). More so, I booked a ticket without asking someone to accompany me or even invite someone to go with me! Another big yikes!!!! Just thinking of how I will survive in a foreign country—non english speaking one— ALL ALONE! (I can imagine myself lost…without someone to talk to *tears) However, I salute those people who travel alone! I will try it someday! I promise!

Upon knowing what kind of stupidity I did, I immediately contacted few of my friends, luckily, they are as excited as me, so they also booked their ticket!  I booked and paid only P5,300.00 for a roundtrip ticket, our travel date is May 3-7, 2011.

Actually, I already have plans for May the same year…. My family and I will be going to China for our yearly family getaway, (it will be on May 13-18,2011) but when I saw the sale for Incheon, I jumped out of my seat and said “I’m going to Korea!” (This time, I really don’t know how to approach my parents and tell them that I’m also going to Korea the same month that we are going to China! I’m thinking of using the Aegyo Style! haha (Aegyo means to act cute and lovely *with batting lashes and puppy eyes)

Anyway, my parents said YES! I even lied that I have Korean friends waiting for us in Seoul (I know… I’m such a liar)….  But, even though I don’t have a Korean friend whom I met here in School… I met Kyo, a volunteer from an organization in Seoul. Kyo toured as around the city area. Now, she is one of my Korean friends… Actually, she is my first korean friend! I miss you Kyo 🙂

By February, my friends and I were busy gathering the documents for our Korean Visa application. I was really scared because I heard rumors that it’s hard to get this Visa, and the reason for that is because of those Filipinos who became TNTs. Shocking?! No, I guess not! There are a lot of Filipinos who goes abroad getting a tourist visa and working there even their visa already expired. We call them TNTs, other call them Illegal Aliens.  (Anyway, Click here for some Korean visa “horror stories” and some helpful information)

But, Don’t worry, I heard that we are the last batch which were given strict requirements. The Korean Embassy is now lenient on the requirements and of issuing visas. South Korea and other South East Asian countries (including the Philippines), signed a treaty (I guess) which will let them cooperate more and such, so the South Korean government became more lenient about Filipinos and other South East Asian citizens going to their beloved Korea. Anyway, click here to view the requirements.

These are the requirements my friend and I submitted when we applied last February 24.  (This is from my Pinoy Exchange post)

Hi guys! we got our passport today! they granted our request for visa! yey!I submitted the ff: (student)
1. application form (I computerized it, for more added Aegyo! –added)
2. 1 passport size pic (glued in the application form)
3. Photocopy of school id
4. Photocopy of passport
5. Certificate of Enrollment
6. Affidavit of Support
7.BIR form 2316 2010 of my parents
8, Certificate of Employment of parents
9. Bank Certificate (BPI)
10. passportI’m a 1st yr law student, 1st time applying for a visa country
places I visited: HK, Singapore, malaysia, Macau
For my friend: she is an employee for more than 6 months in a company, a research analyst, with an income of 15-20k per month, she only visited HK
She passed the ff reqt.
1. application form
2. 1 passport size pic (glued in the application form)
3. Photocopy of passport
4.BIR form 2316 2010 
5, Certificate of Employment 
6. Bank Certificate + passbook photocopy (rural bank– if there is no date of opening in your bank certificate, the passbook is accepted as evidence of the date of opening of the acct)
7.passportayan. and we prayed a lot! haha! thank God naapprove naman kami.

nakakaba kasi naman kita mo na may mga nadedeny eh, yun nga sigurong may mga nakaipit na paper denied sila kasi parang bad trip na sila ng nakita nila yung passport. 

Mabait naman yung mga nasa counters eh, pareho koreans yung nasa counter 1 and 2. okay naman sila.

Anyway, through God’s grace, we all got our Visa!  Here is my visa with entry and exit stamps:

By the way, the location of the Embassy of Korea is in Mc Kinley Hill, Fort Bonifacio it is within walking distance to Venice Piazza.

I wanna expound on how to get a Korean Visa but guys, the requirements are not the same when I applied, and as what I said before the SK government became more lenient. Let me give you one of the biggest advice… Don’t go to the embassy if you don’t have all the requirements needed! You will just waste your time!

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HAPPY WANDERING!