Get A Multiple-Entry Visa to Korea Without Submitting Financial Documents

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Are you a BPI or BDO cardholder? A promo — recently extended by the Korean embassy to 2017 — makes it easier for you to get a multiple-entry Korean visa without submitting an ITR or bank certificate.

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The Embassy of the Republic of Korea announced last November 16, 2016 that it was extending its visa promo for the following cardholders:

  • BDO Gold
  • BDO Elite
  • BPI Gold Master Card
  • BPI SkyMiles Platinum Master Card
  • BPI Amore Visa Platinum
  • BPI Gold Express Teller Debit Card

Under the promo, visa applicants who have any of the cards listed above will not have to submit a bank certificate and income tax return (ITR). They will also be eligible for a multiple-entry visa to Korea valid for at least 3 years (although the embassy reserves the right to grant only a single entry visa upon the decision of the consul-in-charge).

Note: Employment certificate / business permit and documents other than Bank Certificate and ITR are still required.

 

Korean Visa Requirements

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Ordinarily, these are the documents that are required when applying for a Korean visa:

Requirements Employees Businessmen Students Retired Senior Citizens** Housewives / Househusbands
Application Form
1 pc passport size colored picture
Original passport
Photocopy of passport bio page
OECD country visas & stamps*
Certificate of Employment Of parents
(if employed)
Of husband/wife
(if employed)
Bank Certificate Of parents Personal or husband’s/wife’s
Bank Statement Of parents Personal or husband’s/wife’s
ITR or Form 2316 Of parents Of husband/wife
PRC/IBP card*
Photocopy of Business Registration from SEC or DTI Of parents
(if self-employed)
Of husband/wife
(if self-employed)
Photocopy of Business Permit or Mayor’s Permit Of parents
(if self-employed)
Of husband/wife
(if self-employed)
School Certificate (Original)
Copy of School ID
Copy of Birth Certificate
NSO Marriage Certificate Of parents
Copy of Senior Citizen’s ID

*Only if applicable
**For senior citizens: If bank documents are under the name of another family member, proof of relationship (e.g., copy of Marriage Contract for spouse, Birth Certificate for child, etc.) must be submitted.

For all applicant types:

  • Passport should be valid for more than 6 months.
  • OECD country visas & stamps — refers to the original and photocopy of valid visa(s) and arrival stamp(s) to OECD member countries for the past 5 years. OECD member countries include Australia, Canada, Japan, the Schengen member countries, the United Kingdom, and the United States of America. A complete list of OECD member countries can be found here.
  • Certificates of Employment must be original and should include applicant’s position, date hired, compensation, office address, HR landline number (cellphone number not allowed), and the HR e-mail address.
  • Bank certificates must be original and should include account type, current balance, account opening date, and average daily balance (ADB).
  • Bank statement — original or certified true copy of bank statements/passbook for the last 3 months.

For applicants invited by a Korean citizen/company:

  • If personally invited by a Korean:
    • Invitation Letter
    • Photocopy of invitor’s Passport or Identification Card (authentication not required)
  • If invited by a company in Korea:
    • Invitation Letter
    • Photocopy of Korean Company Business Permit (authentication not required)

For a complete list of requirements for all applicant types, see: Visa Requirements.

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Korean Visa Promo for BDO Cardholders

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BDO cardholders who submit their credit card statements upon visa application are exempted from having to submit a bank certificate and Income Tax Return (ITR) and are eligible for a multiple-entry visa as follows:

  • BDO Gold Cardholders : multiple-entry visa to Korea valid for 3 years
  • BDO Elite Cardholders : multiple-entry visa to Korea valid for 3-5 years

Source: Korean embassy website

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Korean Visa Promo for BPI Cardholders

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The Korean embassy is giving multiple-entry visas — without the need to submit bank certificates or ITRs — to the following BPI cardholders who can submit their credit card or debit card statement of account upon visa application:

  • BPI Gold Master Card : multiple-entry visa to Korea valid for 3 years
  • BPI SkyMiles Platinum Master Card : multiple-entry visa to Korea valid for 3-5 years
  • BPI Amore Visa Platinum : multiple-entry visa to Korea valid for 3-5 years
  • Gold BPI Express Teller Debit Card : multiple-entry visa to Korea valid for 3-5 years

Source: Korean embassy website

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Aside from BPI and BDO cardholders, who else are exempted from submitting an ITR?
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  • Those who have travelled as tourist to the OECD member countries within 5 years (Source)
  • All visa applicants who have travelled as tourist to Korea at least once within 5 years (Source)

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Important Reminders

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Please note the following:

  • Print the application form on A4 size paper.
  • The Korean embassy specifically advises not to buy plane tickets before applying for a visa.
  • Validity of visa is only 3 months from the issue date. Do not apply more than 3 months prior to the date of travel.
  • Applications may be filed by a representative as long as the documents are complete.
  • Applications are accepted at the Consular Office from 8:30-11:00 AM only. Applicants should arrive before 10:30 AM to allow sufficient time for processing.
  • Releasing time is from 1:30-4:00 PM only.
  • Applicants, especially first time travellers, are advised to personally claim their visas. There may be an interview with the Consul before the result is given.

Processing time:

  • 3 working days for frequent travellers or those who have been to OECD member countries within the last 5 years as a tourist
  • 5 working days for first time travellers and those who have not been to OECD member countries within the last 5 years
  • Expedited processing is not available.

Visa fee:

  • 59 days (or less) stay in Korea: GRATIS
  • 60 to 90 days stay in Korea: PHP 1,800.00

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Good luck!

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20 thoughts on “Get A Multiple-Entry Visa to Korea Without Submitting Financial Documents”

  • Hi! As for the validity of visa (3months prior to travel date) What if I already got my korean visa with multiple entry for 3 years, last july 2016, but haven’t used it yet and will be using it on the last week of Feb.

    Is it still valid? Is the 3 months prior to travel date validity also applicable to the ones who got multiple entry visas?

    Looking forward to your response.
    Thank you

    • Hi MJ! The 3-month warning only applies to those who are still going to apply for a visa, but if yours is still valid, then that should be fine. You can check the “final entry date” in the visa to make sure it’s still valid. Good luck and enjoy your trip! 🙂

  • Hello! Can I submit my brother’s Business Registration from Sec and Business Permit? Coz I’m currently unemployed as of this moment, Tho I eligible to get a multiply-entry visa because I have a BDO Gold Credit.

    • Hi Lo. No, I don’t think your brother’s business papers will help you unless your brother is sponsoring your trip. Good luck.

      • Hello! But I have my own money to support my trip, my only problem is I don’t have many business papers to submit. What should I do?

      • I’m not sure because the Korean embassy website even lists requirements based on the applicant’s current occupation: employee, businessman, housewife, retired senior citizen, student, etc. Try to check this out http://embassy_philippines.mofa.go.kr/english/as/embassy_philippines/visa/requirement/index.jsp and see which category you would most fit. If nothing else perhaps you can write a letter of explanation regarding what you’re currently doing — are you between jobs, taking a gap year, setting up your own business, etc.

    • Hi. I’m not actually familiar with supplementary cards… Is the billing statement under your name? If it is, then probably yes.

  • Hi! I already have a plane ticket and planning to go to Korea this coming October with my mom and my sister. My problems ARE, I don’t have an ITR and COE. I’m trying to resolve my ITR prob by applying for a BPI Gold credit card. However, I still have an issue with COE. My company does not give COEs to their freelancers. We have a Certificate of Earnings but the address, contact number and email address written there are for their office in California. And I doubt if the employees/employer there know us (freelancers) if soemeone from Korean embassy called the number written there. What should I do? I really want to go to Korea. 🙁

    • Hi Valerie. If I were in your shoes, I would just submit the Certificate of Earnings and then describe your work set-up in a letter of explanation to the Korean consul.

  • Hello, just wanted to ask a follow up question to what you mentioned above:

    “No, I don’t think your brother’s business papers will help you unless your brother is sponsoring your trip. Good luck.”

    So let’s say my Aunt will be sponsoring my trip, do I have to make a letter saying that she will? And that would mean that I would be submitting her financial documents instead of mine, yes?

    • Hi Alix!

      I simply meant that if you’re the one traveling, it’s *your* income and financial status that will be relevant to your application, not your brother’s or anyone else’s. Another person’s financial documents would only be relevant if they are sponsoring your trip, because then they would have to prove that they have the financial capacity to sponsor you.

      So: yes, if your aunt is sponsoring your trip, she will have to declare that (usually through an affidavit of support) and submit her financial papers.

      That said, you can also still submit your own financial documents (in addition to hers) because it could help prove that you’re a responsible person and, if it shows a steady stream of income, that you have economic ties to the Philippines.

  • Hi, Do i still need to submit a certified thru copy for BDO Credit Card billing statement? Because in their website of the korea embassy, they required to certify the billing statement if you are receiving thru email. Thank you.

    • Hi Pet. I can’t seem to access the embassy website right now so I can’t verify, but if they say that, then you should take their word for it because they are the ones in charge of approving/denying visas after all. Good luck!

  • Hi! I have a BPI Gold Debit Card but I’m still a student. Do I still have to submit a bank cert of my parents? I’ll be travelling on my own this year. Thank you!

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