Applying for a Korean Visa

For the first time I applied for my Korean visa personally.  The previous times kasi were handled by an agency so I just forwarded my documents and voila, dumating na sa kin passport and visa ko. This time, I made the arrangements myself and submitted my application documents.

What are the requirements?

via blog-that-shhht.blogspot.com

Where is the Korean Embassy in the Philippines?

via mykoreanboyfriend.com

122 Upper McKinley Road, McKinley Town Center
Fort Bonifacio, Taguig City, 1634 Philippines
Tel. No. (+632) 856-9210
*just along C-5

How to apply?
1. Prepare all the required documents, preferably arranged according to the order in the list.
2. Proceed to Korean Embassy.  They are open for application from 0900H to 1100H Monday to Friday.
3. Get a pass at the guard’s office.  All visitors are required to log, leave an ID and get a pass before going inside the building.
4. Have your documents checked.  At the building entrance, there’s an assessor who will check your documents and give you a queue number.  Wait for your number to be flashed on the screens on top of the consul counters.

I am grateful and blessed to have been issued other visas already as this helped in the processing of my visa. Ang bilis ko lang as in I was given a number and paupo pa lang ako, my number flashed on the screen na. If I’m not mistaken, they have designated counters for those with other visas, those without, those in groups etc. I guess to move the queues faster.

5. Submit your documents.  As in literally just hand them over and then you will be given a piece of paper (claim stub) where the release of your passport is indicated.  You wouldn’t know at this point if you’re approved or not because they do post-evaluation (unlike sa US na you’ll know right there and then).

How to claim?
1. Same procedure in getting in the building.
2. Present your claim stub to the personnel near the entrance door (same area or maybe even same personnel na nag-assess if your docs are complete when you applied).  They will ask you to print the name of the claimant and contact number.  They allow kasi other people to claim your passport so since yung name naman ng applicant ang nasa front ng claim stub, yung name na lang ng kukuha ang pinapa-write nila.
3. Wait for your number to be called.  They don’t flash the numbers anymore so better to sit somewhere near the counters.
4. Once called, present your claim stub.

Based on my experience, the lady behind the counter told me that I got a multiple (yey!) entry visa before handing my passport.  Not sure if that’s their standard way of doing it kasi she didn’t do that to the person next to me 🙂

Anyway, my Korean visa application experience was generally good.  I was able to apply and claim in less than 15 minutes in both visits. My trip to the embassy from the office and back is even longer than my stay inside the building.

Oh, so looking forward to my Seoul and/ or Busan trips 🙂

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