Visa

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

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

SGMT —  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. The Embassy of the Republic of […]

How to Get a Schengen Visa at the German Embassy

How to Get a Schengen Visa at the German Embassy

How to Get a Schengen Visa at the German Embassy in Manila, Philippines | SGMT  — When I visited Munich two years ago, I was on a trip through several European cities and had gotten my Schengen visa from the Dutch embassy. For that reason, […]

How to get a Japanese visa in Cebu, Manila or Davao (it’s very easy!)

How to get a Japanese visa in Cebu, Manila or Davao (it’s very easy!)

. Although this article is mainly about how to get a Japanese visa in Cebu, Manila, or Davao — because these are the cities in the Philippines where Japan’s accredited agencies are located — the requirements and procedure are the same for anyone anywhere else in the Philippines. Those not […]

How to Get A Schengen Visa Through the French Embassy (UPDATED 2017)

How to Get A Schengen Visa Through the French Embassy (UPDATED 2017)

The French embassy in the Philippines has entrusted processing of Schengen visa applications to VFS Global. Here’s what you need to know about the current procedure for getting a Schengen visa through the French embassy. See if you are one of the people allowed to apply directly to […]

How to get a Schengen visa for Poland in 4 simple steps

How to get a Schengen visa for Poland in 4 simple steps

The World Youth Day will be held in Krakow, Poland this year. In response to a reader inquiry, I’ve put together a simple step-by-step guide for getting a Schengen visa to visit Poland. * In the Philippines, Schengen visa applications for Poland are handled by […]

Sample Affidavit of Support (for Visa Application)

Sample Affidavit of Support (for Visa Application)

* When I first applied for a Schengen visa, my bank account balance was not impressive at all. I could pay for my trip — I travel frugally, for the most part — but I figured the people at the French embassy would be happier […]

Sample Cover Letter for Schengen Visa Application at the French Embassy

Sample Cover Letter for Schengen Visa Application at the French Embassy

* A cover letter is one of the requirements when applying for a Schengen visa at the French embassy. In the letter, you’re supposed to explain the purpose of your trip and your proposed day-to-day itinerary. If you’re applying for a visa and you need some ideas […]

Notes on applying for a UK visa in Cebu

Notes on applying for a UK visa in Cebu

* Because I had a semi-traumatic experience at the US embassy, and quite a few there-but-for-the-grace-of-God-go-I moments at the French embassy, I always think of applying for a visa as just slightly more enjoyable than going to the dentist. My UK visa experience a few days ago wasn’t so […]

How to get a Schengen visa through Norway’s Visa Application Center in Cebu

How to get a Schengen visa through Norway’s Visa Application Center in Cebu

* Filipinos planning  to travel to Norway, Estonia, Finland, Iceland and Sweden can apply for a Schengen visa at the Norway Visa Application Center in Cebu starting May 7, 2015. Quick facts and links: Address: Norway Visa Application Centre – Cebu Unit 503, 5th Floor, Keppel […]

Why I’ve Never Traveled To The US

Why I’ve Never Traveled To The US

It was 2009, only a day after Tropical Storm Ondoy (international name Ketsana) wreaked watery havoc on the Philippine capital of Manila, causing landslides and floods of up to 20 feet (20 feet!) in some rural areas, and where was I? In Manila, naturally, walking […]