Reasons for Denial of Korean Visa

Applying for a Korean Visa isn’t always successful. Sometimes people get denied because their credentials have not established them as qualified applicants for the visa category they have applied for. These are the Reasons for Denial of Korean Visa:

1. Your Passport is invalid.

Your passport must be at least 6 months valid.

2. You are prohibited to enter Korea.

  • Persons carrying an epidemic disease, narcotic addicts or people who can cause danger and harm to public health.
  • Those carrying firearms, guns, swords, or explosives.
  • Persons deemed likely to commit any act detrimental to national interests of Korea or public safety, and to economic or social order or good morals.
  • Mentally handicapped persons, vagabonds, the destitute or other persons in need of relief
  • Persons for whom 5 years have not elapsed after being deported from Korea.
  • Persons who have taken part in slaughter or cruel treatment of people on the grounds of race, ethnicity, religion, nationality, and political opinion.

3. You have a record that shows you have previously violated the Korean law.

This applies to those who worked illegally in Korea, and to those who stayed here after their visa has expired.

4. You failed to submit the required document completely.

Before going to the embassy, make sure that you have all the requirements.

5. You failed to qualify to the visa category that you have applied for.

There are more than 10 categories of Korean visas. Make sure to choose the category that is appropriate for you.

6. The documents you have submitted cannot be verified.

You have to give authentic documents. They call the institutions to validate them. Don’t fake it.

7. You failed to prove the purpose of entry to Korea.

For example, the purpose of your entry is to work there. You have to show them the contract between you and your employer. You have to provide them with any proof.

8. You failed to prove strong economic and family ties to the home country.

You have to prove that you can afford to spend money here. It’s the reason why they ask for bank certificates. If you’re a business owner, you have to show them your business permit. For employees, you have to show them your certificate of employment. If you’re a student, you have to show them your certificate of enrollment. You have to prove that you don’t have any reasons to overstay.

9. Your inviter is not qualified to invite you.

For example, you’re applying for a medical visa. Your inviter must be a registered doctor.

10. You failed to prove the relationship with your inviter.

The inviter must not be any random Korean person you met. They may ask you personal questions regarding your relationship. For example, it’s your Korean husband, you should give them your marriage contract.

11. You failed to give prima facie evidence of your marriage validity.

If you’re married, you have to give them a valid marriage contract.

12. You failed to give the correct information about your spouse.

I think this mostly applies to those with Korean husbands applying for a visa to Korea. You really have to know all the information about your husband.

13. You and your husband failed to prove keeping a normal marital life.

I don’t really have any idea about this. This might be related to the financial, or mental status of the couple.

Applicants may apply again after 6 months with the same purpose, unless there are emergency/humanitarian reasons or application for different purpose.

Have you experienced being denied? Tell me about your experience in the comment box below.

I hope you understood the Reasons for Denial of Korean Visa. If you have any questions about the process, just message me on my Facebook Page or Instagram.


  1. Makes a lot of sense. Esp the being able to afford to travel. You’ll only cause problems if you end up stranded and hungry there and will have to contact the embassies for help to bring you back here.

  2. This is really a helpful fact that although it is also one of the scariest, we should know and be ready so that our chances of being approve is higher that not

  3. I don’t know when will I visit South Korea (medyo, hindi ko pa feel) but when I do, it would be exciting to try to file the travel visa.

  4. Hi po ask ko lang po kong makakakuha na po ako nh bank statrment kahit dipa nag 3 e months bank acount ko pero malapit na mga march29 2019 mag 3 months na po syavkaso balak ko mag aaply ng tourist visa this first week of march 2019 at chaka mas better po ba na may assitant ako yung bf ko na korean tulungan nya daw ak kumuha ng tourist visa sa korean embassy is it really better po ate karla thanks po god bless ..

    1. Hi! Wala nang walk in ngayon e. Dadaan ka pa rin sa mga travel agency. I think di na kailangan ng assistance. Btw, makakakuha ka naman ng bank statement anytime.

  5. i was denied too. failed to prove the purpose of entry to korea. bat ganun nilagay ko naman dun visit yung boyfriend and his family. tapos may invitation letter 4 days lang nmn, ????
    complete nmn requirements nagpadditional pa cla ng cenomar.

  6. Hello Ms. Karla this month october 7 to october 10 nasa jeju island po ako for vacation. Plan po sana namin ng boyfriend ko na korean mag apply ako for visa para makapunta ako ng seoul. Kaso wala po akong trabaho pero may bank certificate po ako saka yugn bf ko nag su support sa akin monthly kaya di ako nagtatrabaho. Willing din xa magsend ng BANK CERTIFICATE, INVITATION LETTER, PASSPORT COPY,ITR.

    Is there a possibility na ma approved po kaya ako? Nakapunta na din po ako dati ng Japan, Singapore, Cambodia, Malaysia and Thailand for vacation.

  7. Hi Ms. Karla, thanks for your blog super helpful. May mga question lang po sana ako. Hope someone can help.

    May nakapag-try or may idea po ba kayo kung pwede cooperative savings ang i-submit ko proof na gagamitin for my travel expenses? May BDO savings account ako pero I use it as a payroll for my freelancing job. Bale may pumapasok doon transaction pero withdraw lahat ng pera and sa local coop talaga namin ako nag-savings.

    2nd, galing na ko Seoul last year, I saw on one of the blogs na isa ang Korea sa OECD-member country and “those who have visited any OECD-member country within the last 5 years as a tourist are exempted from submitting an ITR.” – quote from the blog. Totoo po ba ito? Ang hirap kasi mag-file ng ITR directly sa BIR based sa experience ko last year.

  8. Hi po. Ask ko lng po pano po pag nagrant n ko ng korean visa kaya lng d ako nakapunta ng korea dun s validity ng visa ko, malaki po b ung chance n madeny ako pag kumuha ako ulit ng korean visa? Thank you po

  9. friend applied for korean visa last 10th of May and got denied visa gor the following reasons:Your purpose of entry has not been explained in details and your current status does not prove your return within the given period of stay..May i ask your idea what are these reasons..2nd reason is you mention already but the first one wala po..My friend applied here in Bangkok Thailand…We tried po na magbasa ng mga blogs/sites about mga pinoys na nag apply ng korean visa dto sa thailand pero wala po..

  10. Hi! Regarding the Visa application form, for number 9: Details of Visit, must I really indicate my intended period of stay, intended date of entry, hotel address and hotel contact number? I havent actually thought of the exact date yet but most probably this month of May, and I havent booked a hotel yet since I fear of getting my Visa denied, wasting my money for a refund in my flight and hotel booking.

    1. may new policy na po yung korean embassy starting this may onwards,
      no more walk in applicants. kindly refer to tourist accredited agency para ma assist kayo about dyan 🙂

    2. Hi po ask ko lang .im planning to have vacation in korea for even 1week .actually i dont have work i just have only bank account nd bank statement nd other basic requirements..but i have fiance na mgssponsor sakin sabi ksi skin ng agency ko i have chance to approve the visa if i will give the business permit of him,itr,passport copy,bank statement also ..gusto ko ksi malaman ung malaki ung chance ko to approve s korean visa ..ksi im worried nd my fiance worried too also cz korean embassy is so strict ..

  11. Hi Karla,

    I recently got denied couple of months ago. But the thing is I badly needed this visa for a business trip. Do you think they will allow me to reapply again as early as now? if not, can I do an appeal for this matter?


  12. hi! my husband and i applied for a korean visa through a travel agency in manila since we live in samar. we are both in the government service (deped) and we have the complete documents to support our application. both our accounts have a 100k each. but still waiting for the results makes me so nervous and anxious. what do you think is the probability of our approval? are there any government employees you know of who were denied of tourist visa before?

  13. Hi Ms. Karla, ok lang po ba na newly opened acct ung gamitin namin ng husband ko for the application? Wala pa kasing 6 months ung account namin. We just opened our joint account last January, Mag-apply po ako ng visa this coming Monday. Thanks!????

    1. Photocopy of Passport, Bank Certificate, and Proof of Relationship/Invitation with reason.

      1. Hi. Thank you for replying.

        I’m currently taking some short term course at an academy (already at legal age) and as mentioned yung boyfriend ko na korean yung magssponsor so what set of requirements do I need? Do I follow the one under the student category, if so do I really need to submit my parent’s documents? Or can my boyfriend just provide those documents instead, since siya naman yung sponsor?

  14. Hi Karla. Hope you can give me some advice. I’ve been denied a korean visa just last january and I’m gonna apply again in July so here’s my situation I am helping in our family business which is under my father’s name so I’m lacking the form 2316 and the addt’l requirement which is the alphalist something. Last January wherein I was denied I applied as an employee I’ve provided a COE stating that I work in our company (but I haven’t said that it is our family business) and a letter of explanation where I stated the reason for lacking the 2316 and the reason for my denial is that I failed to qualify in the visa category that I’ve applied for. Do you think that the next time that I’m gonna apply should I just go for another category because I don’t really know what category I fall into I do not know if I am an employee or I am self-employed. Please give me some advice (like what additional documents should I provide and some tips) Because I just really want to go to South Korea so baddddd huhuhu

    1. Hello po ask ko lang po. What if isang country palang tatak ng passport mo tapos next travel niyo is korea so Ok lang po ba mag apply ng korean visa? btw fresh grad po.

        1. HI paanu po kapag wala pang tatak ung passport ko the unang international ang vuisa country agad, pero sa bank ako ngwowork, 7 years na . is it ok?

  15. hi, ms karla. na denied ung friend k last wk pero nkpg work n sya s korea 2x n din 2013 & 2016… now sna gusto nya mamasyal with her friends pero lahat cla denied. pwede po ba cla mg appeal?

  16. I have 2x experience rejected with the reason point 6 7 8, when my document is valid, frankly I am very disappointed with this rejection,
    my wife who uses my documents for the requirements even received, strange

  17. Hi! Im planning to visit there this coming Spring, my husband is currently working in Korea holding a E9 Visa, is it possible for me to be approved when applying for a tourist visa? Awaiting for your reply. Thanks!

  18. Good Day po! I plan to go to Korea po on July and stay there for a month. Ung purpose po is volunteering work. Student pa po ako pero hnd po ako sure kung gaano po kadami dapat ung laman ng bank ng parents para po ma approve, may estimate po kayo na pwedeng ibigay para po mapprove yng visa? Also, mas ok po ba na less than one month ung ideclare ko na number of stay tpos magpapa extend nlng po ako? Thank You in advance po!

  19. Hello poh. May kaibigan kasi ako koreano nkatrabaho ko siya sa korea. Ngayon iniimvite niya ako. Anu po ang requirments na ibibigay ko about sa inviters ko. Salamat po

  20. hello po mam karla mag ask lang po ako ng info. planning to go to korea for a tour. may sufficient funds naman po. ex ofw po ako and recently i was approve student visa sa nz. but umuwi ako i got an entry stamp on my passport. i have been working in a local hospital (PRC licensed) sa province since nag new zealand ako wala na ako sa hosp na yun. may business investment po ako sa province at may sec registration. i recently went to hk and macau. i am planning to visit korea very soon. may mga additional documents pa po ba ako na dapat provide salamat po

  21. Hi Ms. Karla ,

    Im so paranoid these days . my friend told me kasi na maliit pa ung cash ko sa isa kong bank account para sa korean visa . okay lang po ba if I present 2 bank accounts statements and 2 certificates para sure ma approved ? 🙁

  22. Hello po, gusto ko lng itanong bakit palagi akong denied 2times na akong nadenied eh. Nung first 100k yung bank savings ko then second nagpa assist na ako sa agency and 200k na yung savings ko pero denied pa din ako, after 2years kaya may record pa din ba ako sa embassy? Bka kase ma denied na nman ako eh firts time traveler po ako pero korea po kase ang unang bansa na gusto kong puntahan, “you failed to qualify to the visa category that you have applied for, same reason yung denied ko, kumpleto.nman po ako ng requirements

    1. Hi Miss Cathyrine. Hindi lang po kasi money ang basis nyan. I only had more or less than 50k in my account but my visa was approved. In my opinion, I think the embassy looks at your status here in the Philippines and also, if the income you declared is proportional to your bank account’s balance (after ifactor out yung mga usual na gastos).

    2. Hi try mu muna mag punta sa other country na malpit satin ndi kylngan ng visa atleast 1 country then saka ka ulit mag apply sa korea…bka isa din factor un..and dapat din may hotel ng nakalgay kung san ka mag stay

  23. my friend paid 29,000 for a Korea trip but his visa was denied. but the agency told him that his refundable money is only 10,000. pano nangyari un. nadeny na nga ang laki pa ng nabawas sa pera nya. pede po ba mangyare yun. kawawa naman ung kaibigan ko

    1. It depends on their arrangement with the agency. Probably, the agency already paid for their accommodation or spent money for transportation in processing his visa. I discourage getting an agency because visa processing is free.

      1. Kaya nga may bayad pa mga agency although ibbalik naman pag nadenied mas maganda naman na ikaw personally pumunta dun tutal napakadali naman kya lng may bago na silang rule ngaun na ndi na pde walk in..buti nakaabot pa kmi nun last feb na pde pa walk in

  24. Hello good evening! How did you declare your days of stay? Sa application form po b? 3 days lang dineclare nyo po, pero reality hindi po 3 days kayo nagstay dun? ???? And sa coe dpat.po nakadeclare ang salary ? TIA! ????

  25. Hi Mam Karla,

    “You failed to qualify to the visa category that you have applied for” yan din po un remarks ko last june. pero kumpleto naman docs year po mag try ulit ako mag apply pero kasama ng mga pinsan ko nag travel nadin po ako sa vietnam and cambodia last dec 5-9. mas malaki na po ba chance ko na ma approve this time? thanks po sa reply. Godbless..

  26. Hello po Ms. Karla. Na deny ung visa ko for the reason of you failed to qualify to the visa category you applied for. Eh visitin relatives po ung chineckan ko dun dahil may invitation dn ako from my aunt. Pinagbayad din nila ako ng 1800 pesos dahil 3 mos dpat ako magsstay sa korea. I dont even know the reason behind why i get denied.. pde po ba ako mag appeal? May bank cert and coe dn po ko

    1. dapat less 5 days nalng nilagay mo sa form tska dun kana mag korea mag pa extend ng visa mo . mahirap kasi dito . baka nasilip yan 3months stay mo pero di sapat yung sa bank acc mo,

  27. Hi Ms.Karla my wife & i just arrived from Japan Nov 1-12 by guarrantors .We like to travel to Seoul with our 2 kids but we don’t have ITR since 2007 due to closing of GBHotel..Now we able to sell our ricefield here in Cavite & we have sufficient fund for a tour.Is it possible for a tour. ? Right now my Son & i is presently working at Mayors office but no items Daughter is graduating from college.

  28. yung sa DETAILS OF SPONSOR
    what if australian foreign po yung sponsor ko . may requirement paper padrin po ba ?ano po yun
    additioanl ko lang yun . kasi employed din po ako

  29. You failed to qualify to the visa category that you have applied for
    wtf? tourism/transit lang naman chineck ko don. 6 digit and 1 yr work expiirence.denied parin
    huhuhu. pwede kaya mag re apply after 3-4 months>? gusto ko rin kasi itry yung gold bdo
    huhuhuhuhuhu :(((((((((((((((((((((
    sa travel agency lang kasi ako nag pa assit . otoke

      1. You can try after six months. Much better if you will use your bdo gold. We did it but as a family traveler and got approved in 3 days time. Good luck again ????

  30. Hi mam karla ask ko lng po pwed po ba akong mg korea ofw po ako sa kuwait..waLa po bang problema s Pssport ko…

  31. Hi po, ask ko lang mag aapply kasi ako ng visa this december 8 instead of my passbook kasi kaka open lang sya yung payroll ko gagamitin para sa bank cert at statement, kaso kattransfer ko lang ng pera sa Payroll ko at kkuha ako ng bank statement at cert nxt week. Ok lang ba yun?

  32. hello mam carla, were planning po sana ng 2 ko anak na mag vacation tour sa korea may small bussiness po kmi at nakapangalan nman po sakin, the problem is hindi po nmin makakasama ang husband ko kc may problema po sa birth certificate nia at mukhang mahihirapan at matatagalan kmi bago po iyon maayos. Since next summer vacation po ang target nming date ok lng po kaya un? Bka ma question po kmi kc d nmin kasama ang husband ko bka po kc akalain nila na may marital problem kmi at un ang maging dahilan na ma deny kmi. Ito po kc ang 1st time nmin na mag tour abroad pls help nman po mam salamat po.

  33. I was denied entry to South Korea last week, reason was my pta was not enough because am on a business visa. There were no void or what so ever on my visa or passport. Can i still apply for visa if my pta is complete.

  34. Hi karla, Flight ko going to korea next year jan 30, i started saving lang ng oct. para ma cover yung 3 months for bank statement, by end of Dec i’ll have 50k ++ na on my payroll account, enough na ba yun?

  35. You failed to qualify to the visa category that you have applied for.

    I don’t get this reason tbh since you don’t choose the visa category right? I got denied even though I have completed the requirements, have OECD visas, I even have 100k plus in my bank. If they told me I failed to submit requirements or prove my economic ties, I would’ve understood it,

    What changes would I make on my next application? Since I’ll be giving them the same papers. ????

  36. Hi Karla, my husband is a Saudi Local, I am a housewife and we are planning to celebrate our first anniversary in SK, they don’t have ITR in Saudi, do we still need affidavit of non filling? also need po ba ang bank account ko dito sa philipines? pLease help

  37. Hi.. ma’am karla.. ask ko lang po gusto ko po mag tour kasama ang 4yrs old kong anak. May small business po kami nakapangalan sa hubby ko..complete namn papers except sa ITR GALING NARIN KAMI NG FAMILY KO SA HONGKONG. I have my own bank acct. At may savings acct. Din baby ko.. pwede po kaya kahit wala kami ITR na i susubmit?thanx po hoping 4 ur reply..

  38. Hi. I will be travelling with friends to South Korea next year. But I am having doubts as to the documents to use pertaining to bank certificate. I am planning to use my personal savings account rather than my payroll account. will that be a problem? Thank you.

  39. Hi! I’m currently looking at applying for Teaching English jobs in South Korea. I’ve heard a lot about mental health and how it is viewed in South Korea. Would something like anxiety be a reason for a Teaching Visa to be refused?

    Thank you!

  40. Hi, I will be travelling in korea with my cousins. Any tips if we should apply as a group or individual? can we also put in the application na magtravel kami with cousins. Thank you!

  41. i applied my visa earlier. in the part of funding details, i didnt write “myself” as source of fund, because i was thinking writing that would seemingly look boastful. but i did put my estimated travel cost and my contact number in there. also, my requirements are all complete. can it be a cause of denial of application in my part or could i appeal/talk to them during the releasing date regarding that matter?

  42. I am Turaev Abdurakhim!
    Inform you about reason of visa. Our 11 th international conference at pukyong university in Korea already passed at 16 September that is why I want to reject my visa.
    Thank you. The regards Mr. Turaev A

  43. I have denied last year i compli all requirements but there’s no reason kng bkit ko na denied
    Panu po un nangyari?sa pasport ko wla nmn naktatak n denie receive lng nkalagy and the kz ang naglakad ng papers nmin ng anak ko.

  44. i have an unfinished job /contract in Taiwan .i exited from my work there because i planned to get a work in south korea.will that affect my visa application in korea?thanks in advance

  45. Hi ms karla, I will apply January next year, our updated itr will be available on feb (tentative) coz we are more than 10,000 employees) what should I do?

  46. hi, I have 2 accounts my payroll account where I can get the required bank cert and bank statement and etc. kaso puro po withdrawal un and nag zzero balance dahil yun po ung gngamit ko to pay my bills and daily expenses, and my 2nd account is my company cooperative where I really kept all my savings. im going to apply for visa this October and now ko lng po lalagayan ng 30k ung payroll account ko plus my salary. ok lng po ba na isubmit ko ung 2 account? the payroll with bank statement, bank cert and adb ( with a lot of withdrawals ) and cooperative account with saving certification (with >70k savings)? un nlng po problem ko,, I already have the other requirements and an oecd visa from japan.. do I have to write a cover letter to explain my accounts, that i will use my cooperative savings for my 7 days travel to korea? late ko na kasi nalaman na secondary document lang ung coop savings cert. thank you in advance for your help.

  47. Hi Ms Karla, is there anyway i can appeal if i got denied becuase of passport not valid. I miscalculated it. Thought less than 6th month start by end of september since passport expires end of February 2018. Just sumbitted this morning then in the afternoon they called that ive been declined even if i i have bdo gold for multiple visa entry promo. Is there anyway i can resolve? I already booked and fully paid the airfare and hotel for nxt week travel, it is for sept 15 and will be back sept 18.. Is there anyway i can fix it. Thank you

    1. Hi! Ask DFA for validity extension of your passport. We did the same thing for my dad- as long as you have valid reasons (submit all the supporting dox) then they will stamp your passport. Usually they issue 6mos or a year extension. Just always keep the receipt as you present the passport in the immigrations. You’ll pay the extension fee + renewal fee. When you apply this automatically your passport is for renewal.

  48. Hi. I will be applying for Korean Visa but I’m confused on the requirements that I need to show the embassy. I’m employed and married but will be traveling with my friends. My question is:
    1. What list of requirements should I follow? for employees? for housewives? or both?
    2. If I follow the list for employees only, is there still a need to show them my husband’s employment cert, bank statement and bank cert.?
    3. My husband is exempted from income tax so he doesn’t have ITR. Will I be denied if I can’t provide my husband’s ITR?

    Thanks for the reply!

  49. Hi ms. Karla! Kakauwi ko lng po last march 26 from korea as tourist for the 3rd time and want ko po sana apply ulit its possible po b na maissuehan ulit ako ng visa though wala pa po akong 6 mos. Dito sa pinas. Tnx. Po

  50. Hello po Ms. KARLA,
    ASK KO Lang po, Family Visa ang inapply namin naapproved kami sa visa pero napaaga pala kami ng pagfile nito hindi covered yung araw ng pag alis namin. Ang validity ng visa namin is hanggang aug 18 lang pero ang alis namin ay aug 20. Kahapon aug 11,2017 nagpunta kami sa embassy at nag file ulit ng Family visa. ASK ko lang sana ma approve pa kaya ulit yung visa namin ? At paano malalaman kung denied ang ang visa namin?malalaman ba ito sa mismong consular officer o kapag releasing lang ng visa. Salamat po.

  51. Hi, what are my chances of getting denied? I wrote the wrong date format on my application form sa travel dates sa other countries 🙁

  52. Hello I just wanna ask kasi fresh grad ako and still wala pang work. What should I do? Kasi grad gift ng parents ko ung magiging tour namin sana sa South Korea at kasama ko sila. Anong requirements ang kailangan ko? Need pa ba ng explanation or simply put unemployed and sponsor yung parents ko sa application form?

  53. hi i want to visit Koreea with my kids,i have all documents requested by travel agency,bank statement ,i ‘m shop owner but i want to go on tourist tour,they can deny visa because i travel only with my kids without my huspend?

  54. Hi mam, ask ko lang po kasi dalawa kami ng kapatid ko mag kkorea, possible po ba na ma approved yung visa namin since yung lola po namin ang mag ssponsor samin.. salamat po

  55. Hi! Ms. Karla ask no po if ano ang need requirements ng isang ofw in UAE ? Vacation po ano ng Sept.2017. Thank you

  56. Hi Ma’am! Last July 19 my application got denied. I provided all the requirements needed for businessmen such as ITR, DTI, business permit, bank certificate/statements and so on. My bank accnt do have 2**k+. I didn’t booked plane tix yet cuz I’m not sure if I’ll get approved or not. What do u think is the reason for “you failed to qualify for the visa category you are applying for”? I will go there for 5days tour sana next month. I didn’t have any OECD countries cuz this is my first time traveling outside country.

  57. Hi Ms karla,
    Meron akong business pero wala pa ako itr kasi mag 1 year pa lang this year pero meron akong bank certificate plan ko sana mag tour sa korea may possibility kaya ma approve ako?

  58. Hi! I’m a graduate student applying for student visa in SK. I was invited to present in a conference. Will it cause trouble if I also submit my PRC license? Should I keep it instead?

  59. Good day Ms. Karla, I have one question, what if I get denied one time because I lack or submitted 1 document that didn’t meet the imposed instruction, will I be forbidden to apply for visa the second time? even if I get the requirements right on the second time?

  60. Good day, Ma’am. I would like to ask po sana, kasi mayroon po sana ako plan mag-visit sa korea kasama yung dalawa kong kaibigan, kaya lang po wala po akong bank account ang mayroon lang is for payroll account ang hawak ko na card. Is it okay lang po ba kung yung sa payroll account ang gagamitin ko para makakuha nung mga bank statement? Thank you so much po.

      1. nag-poprovide ba ng bank statement kapag payroll account? I asked our bank pero hindi daw for payroll account. 🙁

  61. Hi Ms.Karla,
    I have a credit card that is eligible for a multiple entry visa but my bank statement is from a different bank that of the credit card. Will that be ok? Or do the credit card and the bank statement have to come from the same bank? Thanks ????

  62. Hi Karla, we’re planning to visit Korea this December 3-7,2017, I am currently working here in Malaysia and will just go home this August 28 – Sept 4 to process my Korean Visa since my working visa here will only be 3months Valid on December so I am thinking it is safer to get in the Philippines. Also, I’ve BDO Gold Credit Card. Do you think it will be okay to process 4 months before my flight since I am expecting multiple visa? Thank you!

  63. Hi Ms. Karla, I’m was just wondering kung paano kapag walang bank account yung parents? and another situation po if may chances na maaprove and visa kung yung bank certificate ng cousin yung gagamitin kasi siya yung magshoshoulder lahat ng expenses? thankyou so much!

  64. Hi Ms. Karla 🙂 I just want to ask if okay lang to give them a dummy ticket? Kase in the list of requirements here in Korean Embassy (Dubai) they need a copy of your flight booking, hotel reservation and itineraries. But I don’t want to risk on booking a flight since I am not sure if my visa would be approved or denied. I’ve read blogs and they said that they do not need these reservations. I am really confused. Plus, for the hotel reservation, is it fine to just write the hotel where I intend to stay in the application form even without any bookings?

    1. I think they would know if it’s a dummy ticket. Maybe you can show some ticket reservations. You can also book in a hotel without paying. Some people cancel their bookings after their visa has been approved.

  65. Hello I just wanna ask kasi fresh grad ako and still wala pang work. What should I do? Kasi grad gift ng tita ko ung magiging tour ko sana sa South Korea at kasama ko sila. Anong requirements ang kailangan ko?

  66. I applied for korea visa for tourist category then got denied, because it says whrong category, because my purpose is business related like meeting. can I re apply aganow n for business category? our partner in korea sent a n invitation letter

  67. Hi po. Planning po to go in korea for vacay. Tinitingnan po ba yung mga outstanding balance sa mga credit card. Factor po ba un para madeny? Thanks po.

  68. Hi Ms. Karla.. nakilito po kasi aq sa visa reqts.. nun nagcheck po ako sa google ndi nmn nakaindicate n kelangan po ng ctc nang bank statement and passbook… and then may nbsa po ako again n kelangan po nun… anu po b tlga un requirements for tourist visa.. currently employed po ako.. thanks. Pls pakisagot po…

  69. i got denied because of the reason that “i failed to qualify the visa category that i was applying” I STILL DONT GET IT WHY?? can someone pls explain dis to me? thank you

      1. ano po ang particular na ilalagay na visa category kung gusto mu lang magvisit? or magtour?

      2. Hi ms karla,aq din na denied ang visa ko yesterday..”i failed to qualify visa category”..hindi ko maintindihan kung bakit.complete nman lahat ng papers ko.housewife po pla aq.gamit ko ung papers ng husband ko. 🙁

  70. Hi! What if In a minimum wage earner and i have no ITR? What should i do to get my visa approved? And is it doubtful to them if I have a high amount of show money (borrowed from my mom) even if I am a minimum wage earner? I really want to go to KR for tour and have my visa approved so please help me

  71. Hi ask q lng. If for example nadenied k for visa, applied here in UAE. Can I still apply in the philippines kht wala pang 6mos?

  72. Hello po,

    Tumawag po ang korean embassy sa employer ko and then tinatanong ng embassy kung nsa office daw ako sabi nia oo daw. Tapos tumwag nman sakin tinatanong kung nsa office daw ako sabi ko nmn wala ako sa office, nsa outside ako. tapos tanong pa , bkit daw ako nasa labas, bigla namang namatay. Kinakabahan ako baka madeny ako.

  73. Hi nag apply po yung sis in law ko for tourist visa sa korea, meron na syang US visa at naka pag travel na rin sa US pero bakit po deny yung visa application nya sa korea, baka po may idea po kayu kung bakit. Thanks

  74. hi does Korean Embassy needs a minimum money for those who applied for tour visa using bussinessmen requirments? I own a bussiness with complete documents however my bank account is less than hundred thousand

  75. Hi Ms. Karla,

    I’m currently an academic supervisor in our school and have been working there for 13 years now. Plus, I have been granted 2 Japan visas already in less than a year plus an upcoming Taiwan trip this June. I have used my payroll account for the Japan visa applications and so far they are ok. ADB is also good, though it’s not in the hundreds of thousands. Do you think this will increase my chances of getting my Korean visa approved? Does 13 years in the COE count for strong ties to home country? I plan to apply by October since we want to take advantage of the sem-break. Thank you very much for your time. =)


      1. Btw…my Japan visa is already expiring by June 2017….can this still be considered under the “within 5 years” of the OECD requirement? Or do I need to renew my Japan visa before I apply? Thanks =)

  76. Whats the posiblity na madeny ang visa application ps thru travel agency? Group Tour po ito.
    Thank you.

  77. Hi! Nakakasad nadenied ako. You failed to qualify to the visa category that you have applied for. Tourist naman nilagay ko pero wala pdin 🙁 May problema ba kapag OFW ako tapos nag apply ako sa Manila?

  78. Hi miss karla, I recently graduated but called the consul and they said I could still apply as a student and I am being sponsored by my dad. However, he will retire this April 30 and I was apply to apply around April 18, so would that be a problem? I’ve already secured copies of his COE and ITR though.

  79. Kakabalik ko lang ng ph from japan and I’m planning to apply for a tourist visa. Dad ko magssponsor ng trip complete requirements na. I’m worried lang sa strong family ties to the home country. Kakaaply ko lang ng work, natanggap na ako pero hindi pa ako nagsstart. Ano kayang pwedeng supporting document galing don sa work na inapplyan ko ang pwede kong isubmit? Kasi feeling ko kapag hndi ko sya inindicate na I’m anticipating a job na, baka madeny ako dahil baka isipin nla magooverstay ako.

  80. Hello po.. May ask po ako.. Anu need ng invitors na requirements po na ipasa q sa Korea? My invitor is Norwegian 3years na po kami mag bf gf.. Meron na po akong bank statement and bank certificate, B.I.R at D.T.I meron narin po ako. Anu po need ng bf qna requirements na ipasa nya saakin na patunay po na sagot nya ang lahat saakin sa Korea, galing narin po xa d2 Pinas tatlong beses na at galing narin po kc ako ng China with him,. One month lang ako dun. Tas ngaun po sa Korea po xa Naka assign at like nya ako iinvite.


  81. Ms.Karla i was denied kanina and the reason is i failed to qualify for the visa category.. im a seafarer and i want to tour korea. I saw a seafarer category but its only for TRANSIT and it states there for other purpose other than Transit, see for employees. I really dont understand why..

    1. I think wala namang problema sa documents na pinasa ko eh kaya nagiisip talaga ako kanina bat yun ang reason ng denial. I even went to BIR to get a certificate of non filing of income tax. I also have an ample amount of money on my bank acct and completed the necessary docs.

        1. Ganyan din sa akin. You failed to qualify to the visa category that you have applied for. Baka ayaw nila s ofw? Hahaha!

  82. Hi Ms Karla,
    Magkano po ba estimated show money if ako magssponsor sa trip ng dalawa kong anak na students?

        1. Yes, I know someone who only have 10k in his bank account and got approved. I think it’s a different story if you have dependents. You have to show them that you can afford the cost of living with kids.

  83. Hi Ms. Carla, Ng travel agent wife ko sa pinas. they submitted our application last March 27. 2 weeks na nakakalipas. wla p din kmi Feedback. ano po ba max processing pg Travel agency. TY

        1. Hi po. Kame March 17 pa nagcomply thru agent. No feedback pa daw and my agent explain peak season daw kasi kaya matagal ang feedback plus ngholy week pa. Our release will be on April 27 pa. I hope approved.

        2. Hi Shel,

          Kahit sa family ko wla pa din. we applied March 27. until now no feedback yet. Got my visa approval in Bahrain. Took 3 days only. No hussel.

          Hopefully same date ma approved.

  84. Hi miss Karla,Plano ko sna mag tourist sa Korea ng 5 days kng sa sept ofw kc asawa ko dun at tapos na ko tartan ya ng last week of sept pra Sabah nrin kmi umuwi nun ,unemployed ako,ano Kay mga kailangan ko ipabagahe sa embassy..may posibilidad kya na mapprove ako,

  85. Hi po.

    What if madeny po, hindi ba maganda if after knowing na nadeny ka e pupunta ka ng jeju na lang agad?

  86. Hi Ms. Karla! For Bank statement and bank certificate, will my payroll account do? Or do I have to open another savings account? but if I open another saving account it will not have 6 months ADB balance because we will travel on Oct 2017 and plan to apply for visa on August. I will wait for your reply. Thank you!

  87. hi ms karla,we’re planning to have a tour with my family,my husband and my daughter who is 9 yr old a grade 3 ..i’m a public school teacher ..i am worrying because my husband is unemplyed but i am the one who will finance our trip there a possibility that the embassy will approve my application?

    1. I’m not sure about the unemployed husband. There’s a slim chance of approval but I suggest you attach his application form in your financial documents and declare him as your dependent.

      1. thanks for your reply ms karla..all documents that i have,he has also as well as my daughter..before he was employed in a company..actually his previous company sent him to japan to work there for a year,that was 7 years ago.

  88. Hi ate karla. Denied ako last march 28 and I dont know WHY ???? Complete ang requirements. Okay naman ang adb and bank statement. 4 yrs na din s work. Nakalagay s passport ko you failed to qualify to the visa category that you have applied for. I’m a teacher feeling ko kaya ako denied kasi feeling nila magtuturo ako dun? Tumawag sila s school ko and tinanong kung dun ako nagwowork. Okay naman lahat. Bakit po kaya?

      1. Tourist/vacation po ang inaplayan ko ???? Bakit po kaya? Nakapagtravel na din ako sa 2 countries d nga lang po kasama sa oecd

  89. Good day po miss Karla! Plan ko po mag apply sa tourist visa for student. Ask ko lang po kasi nakaleave of absence po ako for 1 year sa school namin so basically hindi ako makakakuha ng school certificate since hindi po ako enrolled. Ano pong suggestion nyo as substitute to this? Pwede po kaya yung approved Leave of Absence form ko since naka-indicate naman dun na i plan to come back next school year naman? Also, masusuggest nyo po ba na magbigay ng documents other than the listed requirements such as letter of sponsorship from my parents and round-trip itinerary? Or magiging uneccessary lang ang mga yun? Thank you po! 🙂

    1. Di ako sure sa ganyang case. Kung kasama mo yung sponsor mo, mas mataas ang chance na maapprove kasi iaattach mo lang yung application form mo sa kanila together with their financial documents.

      1. okay po thank you! last na question po hehe, mas mataas po ba ang chance kapag group nag-aapply and travel kesa sa kapag mag-isa lang magtravel? may mga naririnig po kasi ako na sinasabi na halos yung mga solo lang magtravel ay nadedeny ang application huhuhu. gustong gusto ko po talaga pumuntang korea! :))

        1. Madami na akong nameet na Pinoy solo travelers dito. May mga alam din akong group nag apply pero di lahat naapprove. Depende talaga sa documents na pinaso mo as an individual.

  90. Hi Ms. Karla,

    Happy to see that you have time to answers all questions of our Kababayans. if you dont mind. OFW ako. my question is. how many percentage meron assurance ma approve if mern travel agency? My wife and daughter already submitted their docs last monday. Im the one provided their expenses banks. after nila ma approve im going to take visa in Bahrain.


      1. ok thanks. Lastly. Do you think i can still submit my J1 visa from USA. kht sa form ung OECD with last 5 years lang? 2007 ako ng punta ng US.

  91. ms. karla. i love reading your blog. thank you for answering queries! i, too, have lots of questions before my trip and i commend you for answering all these questions and advising them on what to do. it breaks my heart that there are lots of Filipinos who are being denied the visa and hating South Korea government for it. Korea is a very pleasant country to visit. to all those who were denied. please try again. don’t lose hope. and if ever you got denied in Manila. next time, Try applying in Cebu, they have a consulate there 🙂 or vice versa.

  92. Hi, Ms. Karla. I applied my tourist visa but I got denied. It says that I failed to qualify to the visa category that I have applied for. Though, I made sure that I passed all the complete papers. I even have 100K in my account. Also, I have the invitation letter from my Korean fiance’ saying that he is inviting me to meet his parents and to talk about marriage plans. I think that this is a very important reason but I wonder why I got denied? This is really frustrating 🙁 What do you think po?

      1. No po. Is that needed po? Based from the requirements po kase, I just need to pass Invitation letter and his passport bio copy 🙁

        1. How is that po? Can he apply visa in Korea po? and ano po ung confirmation number?

        2. Do you have any SNS po? I would like to talk about it po deeply.. I wanna make sure po on my second try..

  93. if you have a visa issuance number already approved by the department of justice in Korea, is it the guarantee that you will be given a visa?


    1. I think so. I had the same question when I got my issuance number. I think the only reason that it will be denied is when you give a fake document. But if you’re confident with all the documents you gave, it’s as good as approved. ^^

      1. Pag po ba nag submit ng fake docs at nadeny ka the frst try may chance ka paring ma approve if mag reapply but legit docs na?

  94. Akala ko makakapagbakasyon na kami ngayong May sa Korea pero sad to say nadenied visa namin ng ate ko at parents lang namin ang naapproved.Dahil di nga kami naapprove ni ate nagdesisyon ang parents namin na di na rin sila tutuloy.

    Akala namin na dahil yung travel agency yung nag-asikaso ng visa namin may guarantee na makakapasa kami pero hindi pala, ang masaklap pa nito di na marerefund yung binayad namin para sa tour package. Masakit lang isipin na ang tagal tagal ko ng pinangarap na pumunta sa Korea pero dahil sa mga pamantayan nila di kami makapunta.

  95. Hi po! I am planning to apply for a korean tourist visa as a student on march23, but my school term will be over on march25. I am terrified that if they call my school, they may not consider me as an enrolled student since my school term is over. What do you think should i do?

  96. Hi ate! I got my visa denied yesterday and I’m really sad about it. I’m a student and my mom owns a company. We submitted everything and double-triple-quadraple checked it. The money in her bank is sufficient but still our visa got denied. It says we didn’t prove the visa category we applied for. I don’t know now huhu we’re just tourist. My mom has a business here and I have school pa so we’ll definitely go back here in PH. Huhu can we appeal po ba or kahit ask nalang dun why exactly we got denied?

    1. Unfortunately, I doubt if they will give you an explanation. Maybe you should try visiting other OECD countries first. Anyway, you can still apply for a visa after 6 months.

  97. hi karla, just wanted to ask if we can also attach a copy of our
    -airline ticket to our requirements? and also ORCR of vehicle?
    -do we have to submit both bank statement and bank certificate? (is there a difference? hehe)

    will look forward for your response.

    I’m scared because we already booked a flight for july4-9. I’ll be a regular employee this coming april from a BPO company and my passbook acct is 3months then my bank account is 6 then another one for a year, I also have CC.

    Do I have to submit all the supporting docs that I have? or baka naman OA n? 🙂

    I’ll be traveling with my BF and his Brother. can we apply together or individual?

    1. Hello! Having an airline ticket is not assurance of approval. It’s not included in the visa application requirements. I’m not sure about the difference of bank statement and certificate. You just have to request it in your bank.

  98. Hi! I was given a visa last year. So i applied again this year for another trip. I submitted the same documents ive presented last year but ofcourse they are already updated. Funny thing was i got denied. I dont know if the korean girl in window 2 is power tripping because most of the people on that lane got denied! I was like they issued me last time and this year they dont. Its like the other person who gave me a visa last year lost her credibility.

    1. Same thing
      We have issued visa 2 years ago. When we re-applied we’ve got denied. That was weird

  99. I was included in a Korea incentive trip, we submitted all the required documents but we were denied. Our employer didn’t give explanation on why we are denied. What might be the possible reason? 🙁

  100. Hi Ms. Karla, Does applying in group increase your chances of approval with sponsorship from our employer? thanks

      1. Nope, we just got an incentive from our employer. We are employed in a bank. Do we need a certificate that we got an incentive? thanks

  101. Hi Karla!

    I had to stop my studies and go to Japan to visit my mom. I just got back to PH and I’d like to apply for a Korean Tourist Visa and go there for 10 days as a bday gift for myself. The problem is that I’m not a student nor an employee as of the moment. ????????????

    1. Who will finance your trip? Maybe you can use *sponsorship*. Is your parent coming with you? The reason why they classify it as employee or student is to have proof that you’re coming back to Philippines.
      In the embassy, they think that unemployed people tend to do illegal things in Korea.

      1. My dad will finance the trip, but I will travel alone. Since my university doesn’t offer summer classes for my major I can’t enroll yet. That’s what I’m worried about ?? since I don’t have any proof that I’ll be coming back ????????????

  102. I applied three times and still denied. First was economic status and I felt fine coz I wasn’t employed yet. Secondly, BPI’s document was fake, the ambassador said to my jagiya when he called for clarification. I was very depressed. The third reason was I violated their law. How dare!!! My Jagiya has to call again for the reason.

  103. I and my wife are officers in our church and the organization and we received an invitation to join a seminar in Korea (with a letter from the Korean sponsor). We are employed also in private companies where we serve as officers. We got denied lately and we dont know why.

    1. Korea is a very strict country 🙁 My Korean boyfriend tols me that it is because we’re Filipinos. They always discriminate Southeast asian people. Just try Japan. I’ll update soon about it. I will know the result in the first week of April.

      By the way, I’ve been to Jeju, but it took me two hours in their immigration office. Luckily, my boyfriend was there to help me. Korea is really “f” country. Just don’t force ourselves there. That country is not worth our time.

  104. Hi! My sister and I will travel On October 2017 but the problem is she doesn’t have a certificate of employment. Her work is a freelancer in upwork and COE endorsed to them is only a scanned copy. She doesn’t have an ITR too. Is it still possible that her visa can be approve?

  105. Hi Miss Karla,’

    I am applying for South Korean Visa this coming 2nd week of March 2017 It’s very risky because I am planning to go there last week of March I am a self employed I do have business Permit, I also have the ITR form 1701 not the 2316, and I will provide Bank certifiicate and statement but I am not sure about the ADB because I use my funds last Dec. as my capital for my business However my current balance in my account is 100k plus , but I am still positive on this ,, how about the stamps on my Passport is that also an advantage?,, I did not book any airline Ticket yet because of the reason might visa will denied, your advise is much appreciated,

    Thank you

    1. I am very positive that you’ll be approved. Just make sure that you’ll check “tourism” instead of “visiting” in the purpose of entry. Some people got denied because of that simple mistake. Also, I suggest that you book a hotel using so you can write an address in your Application Form. You may cancel the reservation after getting the visa if you want.

  106. Good pm Ms. Karla
    Me and my co workers have bought the sale seats of cebu pacific for s.korea, we grabbed the opportunity despite the being unsure of approval of korean visa.
    we are government employees and we are staying for 6 days in July 9, 2017.
    what would be your tip for us to give us higher hopes of visa approval? and what would be the best date for us to apply for visa?
    Thank you!!!!

    1. Hi Arlene! The most important thing is your certificate of employment. You may submit your payroll account to let them know that you are coming back to Philippines. Having a good bank statement also helps.
      You may apply on June. ^^

  107. Hi Karla 🙂 Can I follow any of your social media account? Your blogs are very helpful 😀

    I also have a question what if I submit my business permit, do I still need to submit my bank statement?

  108. Hi. Possible po ba na ma approved kahit wala po ako mapakita na ItR? Pero merin naman po ako bank a count at ok naman ang laman. Employed ako 6yrs na kaso wala po ako ITR.. fixed kasi sahod ko. Thanks po

  109. Hi, miss Karla! 🙂 My friend and I are planning to visit Korea next year (Summer, 2018), just right after our graduation. But we’re nervous because by the time we’ll be visiting Korea, we won’t be students anymore. Technically, we’ll be ‘unemployed’ by then. Do you think the embassy will still allow us to travel in Korea? Thank you! 😀

      1. Oh. Thank you! 🙂 I have more questions T_T
        If we’re planning to stay for like 15 days, how much do you think should our ‘bank savings’ have for the embassy allow us to stay for 15 days? 🙂

  110. Hi Karla, I’m employed and I’m worried about my bank account. The agency told me that 3 months nov, dec and jan 100k… even I didn’t deposit 100k in my balance account since from november and december. I started to deposit 150k in my bank account on January 31 before I submitted my complete requirements to agency. Do you think the consul korean embassy will deny my bank account even I had late deposit 150k plus? i wait for your response. thank you.

      1. Okay. I hope so, I always pray if my visa will approve.. but how is about other documents BIR, will the consul will call to BIR if there is verified my 2316 form?

        my friend told me that all of my documents submit to agency then I asked her will we make interview in SK embassy? she said wala na basta complete requirements.. I dont understand and make me confused.. pls help and explain.. thank you..

        1. It goes back to the question, who will finance your trip? Under 18 ka pa ba? You may declare that you are still dependent to your parents, and use their ITR and bank statement. Attach their documents in your application form and let them know that it is a sponsored trip.

  111. Gud day mam,,how about my bank certificate dated last september 2016,,its valid or not,,bcoz i try to visit before but i change,,and if i bring my daugther,,how much money i need for my bank,,thank you,,

  112. 6. The documents you have submitted cannot be verified.

    hello just want to ask about this. what if this is the reason for denial of visa like mine before 🙁 but that was almost 3yrs ago. and if ever I want to apply again for the 2nd time, is there a possibility that my visa will be denied again though I will give them authentic and true documents for now? I’m worried that they will find my old records and will based their decisions for giving me a visa 🙁
    thanks for your help

  113. hello miss Karla, just want to ask how much money should be in the bank account so that visa will be approve?

  114. After submitting requirements .. is there anything I should do? I mean like medical check up or anything.. or i just have to wait for them if im denied or not?

      1. If im approved.. and thats it? No more requirements to.fulfill?

        Just buy tickets … pack my things and visit Korea

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