I did not expect this at all. I was granted a multiple entry tourist visa for South Korea! 🙂
My brother, having been to Korea numerous times and applied for a tourist visa each time, informed me that you can only get multiple entry if you’ve been to Korea 4-5 times in the last 3 years. I also read in the official website of the Korean embassy in the Philippines that you are eligible for a multiple entry tourist visa if you are a BPI Gold Credit/Platinum Credit or BDO Gold/Elite cardholder.
Here’s the thing: I’ve only traveled to Korea once and I’m not a BPI/BDO Gold cardholder.
So, how was it possible? To be honest, multiple entry visa issuance was really up to the consul in-charge whether I had the qualifications or credentials. But here’s what I think helped in my visa application:
- The fact that I have valid and used OECD member country visas.
- My travel history mentioned in the visa application form.
- Employment history and/or job stability in requested CoE.
- Sufficient funds for the period of stay in South Korea.
Like I said in my previous post, Tips to Increase Your Chances on Getting Approved a Korean Visa, there’s no stated amount of what you should have in your bank account. So what I usually tell people when they ask me this question is to show 10,000 pesos per day of stay. In my case, I planned to stay a week so I showed about 50-70,000 pesos. It doesn’t mean I will spend that much money in a day. It’s only to prove my capability of funding my trip to Korea.
Travel and employment history are both good indicators that you have strong ties to the Philippines. One of the common reasons why some applications are denied is because the applicants fail to prove they have reason to go back to their homeland. No secure job or unable to convince the consul that the purpose of visit is solely for tourism.
Having valid and/or used OECD member country visas from Japan and Turkey greatly helped my Korean tourist visa application in shortening processing time. It only took 3 days for the embassy to release my passport with my visa attached. If you are not aware, the embassy also categorize their applicants either as first-time travellers or frequent travellers. I must say that they are quite lenient with frequent travellers and will only ask 1-2 questions during the interview based on my experience.
Let me reiterate that I am not a professional visa consultant. I am only sharing my knowledge of what I know about Korean visa application here in the Philippines. If you have any questions, it’s always best to ask the embassy directly. Though I wouldn’t mind answering some of them in the comments section below.
SOUTH KOREAN EMBASSY
122 Upper McKinley Road, McKinley Town Center, Fort Bonifacio, Taguig City 1634, Philippines
Telephone: +(632) 856-9210 | E-mail Address: email@example.com (Consular Section)