Korean Visa without ITR — Here’s How I Successfully Did It!
[UPDATE]: The Korea Visa Application Center (KVAC) located on the 9F-10F of Brittany Hotel BGC in Taguig now accepts walk-in applicants. There is a Korean visa application service fee of ₱900. Read the Korean Embassy’s official visa announcements from time to time.
Natvisa is another good resource for travel visa-related needs. They offer information regarding the Korean ETA .
Before anything else, you should know that the Korean visa applications may now be processed via one of the designated travel agencies , the Korea Visa Application Center (KVAC) in Manila for walk-in applicants, or the Korean Consulate in Cebu on the scheduled Korean visa online appointment for Cebu-based applicants.
Previously, my Korean tourist visa was granted even though I lack the ITR requirement. At the time, I was fairly new to the job and didn’t have an ITR just yet. I understand the struggle and dread of not having this document to back your visa application. So, I’m creating this South Korean visa without ITR guide for those who want to try their luck, too. Although I do not guarantee the same outcome for you, I hope this will help you in your Korean visa application.
Side note: If you are a freelancer who wants to legitimize your profession to avoid ITR problems when you apply for visas in the future, I highly recommend that you register as a self-employed professional at BIR. You may refer to my freelancer BIR registration guide .
My Korean visa without ITR tips
Tip #1: write your korean visa cover letter.
First things first. Compose a convincing and professional cover letter, especially when applying for a Korean visa with no ITR (like my case). The Korean visa cover letter should express your intent to travel to South Korea and explain why you are applying for a South Korea visa without ITR. Below is my Korean visa sample cover letter to guide you in writing your own.
Sample letter of explanation for no ITR Korean visa
[Date of Application]
Embassy of the Republic of Korea in the Republic of the Philippines 122 Upper McKinley Road, McKinley Town Center, Fort Bonifacio, Taguig city 1634, Philippines
Dear Sir / Madam:
I am writing this letter to express my interest to travel to South Korea and explain why I do not have an Income Tax Return (ITR) as part of my South Korea visa requirements.
I understand that an ITR will show my strong social and economic ties to the Philippines, and that I will return home exactly on my scheduled return date. Unfortunately, for now, I do not have an ITR for my South Korea visa application because… [write your reasons]
In addition, my passport shows that I have already traveled to… [indicate your travel history: destinations, travel dates, and travel buddies]
I would love to see and experience South Korea myself because… [state your personal reasons why you love to travel to South Korea]
You may read my travel stories on my travel blog… [add URLs of personal blogs or platforms for your published works, if applicable]
I have attached the following documents to prove my travel capacity:
[list the documents you included in your application]
Hope you find everything in order. Thank you!
[Complete name with signature]
Tip #2: List the Korean visa requirements and gather them
Make your own list of South Korea visa requirements and gather all of your documents.
So, how long should it take for you to complete the requirements and apply for your Korean visa? Give it at least two to three months. The validity of the Korean visa is three months anyway, so you have enough time to prepare. Meaning, if your Korean visa is approved today, you still have the next three months to use it to enter Korea.
For example, if you intend to travel in March, during the Korea spring season , your requirements should be ready for submission by January. In our case, when we had our Korea winter holiday in December, we already prepared our Korean visa requirements in mid-October.
Tip #3: Attach supporting documents
While the Korean Embassy discourages you to book your flights and hotels before your Korean visa is granted, you may still opt to attach some supporting documents to prove your travel capacity. These supporting documents may include credit card statements and owned assets under your name.
Additional Tip: Since hotel name, address, and contact number are needed when you apply for your Korean visa, might as well book your hotel stay in Korea ahead. However, you should choose the one with a free cancellation policy in case your visa gets denied. You can check out Klook or Agoda where some properties offer free cancelation of up to 48 hours.
Tip #4: Apply through accredited travel agencies only
If you intend to apply for a South Korea tourist visa through a travel agency, make sure that it is accredited by the Korean Embassy. See this list of designated travel agencies for Korean visa .
Tip #5: Follow my South Korea visa application guide for Filipinos
Have you gathered all the needed Korean visa documents? You may check out our South Korea visa application guide for Filipinos , Korean visa in Cebu application guide , and Korean visa guide for self-employed Filipinos for more details and tips of my successful application. You may also read my tips to increase your chances of visa approval .
Good luck and have faith!
Let us know how your Korean visa turned out by connecting with us on Facebook , Instagram , Twitter , and YouTube .
Already planning your Korea trip? You might want to read our Korea souvenirs list , Korean street food list , N Seoul Tower guide , Lotte World guide , Nami Island guide , and Discover Seoul Pass guide for more inspiration.
Disclaimer: While my South Korean visa without ITR was approved before, I do not advocate that you apply with incomplete requirements. I still recommend that you strive to complete the requirements set by the Korean Embassy or Korean Consulate in Cebu to avoid complications. This article was originally published in Jan 2019 but had been updated for reliability and accuracy of information.
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How about applying visa without travel experience? Is there any chances of approval?
Travel history is not stated as a requirement in applying for a South Korean visa so you can still try your luck. However, building up your travel history could help in increasing your chances of visa approval as this will provide additional proof that you have every intention to go back to your country of origin as seen from your previous travels.
Hope this helps! And best of luck in your Korean visa application soon! 🙂
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South Korean Resumes & Cover Letters
Demystifying Korean Resumes and Cover Letters: A Comprehensive Guide
Understanding the standards and practices for Korean resumes and cover letters is crucial when looking for jobs in South Korea. These records are essential for demonstrating your abilities, background, and suitability for a job. We will provide you a thorough overview of Korean resumes and cover letters in this article, giving you the information and resources you need to produce polished and successful application materials.
Korean resumes often adhere to a particular format. Start with a quality head shot of yourself, then include your name, contact information, and a succinct self-introduction. Include areas that highlight your schooling history, professional background, talents, certifications, and language fluency. Be careful to start with the most current experience or qualification when listing your experiences and education.
Concise and Well-Ordered:
Korean resumes need to be clear and organized. Limit the length of your resume to one or two pages, and concentrate on pertinent and useful content. To emphasize important accomplishments and duties in your past employment, use bullet points. Make sure your resume is simple to read and visually appealing by using distinct headings and a standard structure.
Academic accomplishments are highly valued in Korean resumes. Include information about your academic institutions, degree programs, majors, graduation dates, any accolades or awards received in school. If applicable, include a brief description of your thesis or research. In order to distinguish out from other applicants, highlight any famous programs or colleges you have attended.
Highlight your achievements and responsibilities in each capacity when describing your prior employment. Highlight any measurable accomplishments, projects you worked on or outcomes you produced. To illustrate your abilities and the influence you had in your past roles, use action verbs and precise examples. Provide references from your former employers or bosses, if you can.
Fluency in the Korean language is highly valued in a variety of job fields. Indicate your degree of Korean proficiency, including native, fluent, intermediate, and basic. Include any language certifications, such as the TOPIK (Test of Proficiency in Korean) certificate, in your resume to attest to your proficiency in the language.
Korean cover letters, known as “자기소개서” (self-introduction letters), provide you the chance to go into more detail about your qualifications and explain why you are applying for a particular employment. Introduce yourself with a polite salutation. Describe your reasons for becoming interested in the job and the organization, as well as how your qualifications match those needed for the role. Show off your understanding of the business and express your excitement for helping it succeed.
For the best chance of success on the South Korean job market and to effectively present your qualifications, you must create a well-designed Korean resume and cover letter. You can show yourself as a strong and competitive applicant by adhering to the suggested structure, stressing your educational history and professional experience, highlighting language competence, and producing an effective cover letter. Always remember to customize your application materials for each unique employment opportunity and to speak in a respectful and professional manner at all times. With these tips and pointers, you’ll be able to successfully negotiate the nuances of Korean resumes and cover letters and leave a good impression on prospective employers.
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Guidelines for Preparing a Resume/CV and Cover Letter/Self-Introduction Letter for Getting a Job in Korea
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As Korean companies expand their operations on the world stage, they are hiring a growing number of non-Koreans for positions both in Korea and overseas. The number of non-Koreans chasing such jobs continues to outpace supply though, especially at the entry level, and so applying effectively is more important than ever.
Unless you’ve networked your way to an unpublished position (it happens!) or have unique talents that would give you global competitiveness just about anywhere, you will have to do your homework and prepare adequately for the process in advance.
I’ve previously answered some questions regarding the job search effort:
- Considerations of Current Location When Applying for a Job in Korea
- Reality-Based Answers to Questions About Getting a Job in Korea
We’ve also got the two following free Special Business Reports posted on Korea Business Central.
- The KBC-McKinney Consulting Webinar: “Working with Executive Recruiters and Planning Your Career in Korea”
- “A Map to a Career in Korea”, by Jared Muloongo
Focusing on seekers of entry-level or slightly higher positions, this article discusses the specifics of preparing key documents of the application based on questions I’ve received many times from KBC members and others.
1. What are the key differences between applying to a Korean company in Korea and a multinational company in Korea?
If you’re applying to a multinational company, your documents can generally follow international standards for job applications and you won’t need to adapt your pitch to Korean procedures, formats and sensibilities as much.
Generally, multinational companies are more likely to hire through recruiters, whereas Korean companies will have on-the-ground hiring departments that primarily handle this and they will follow Korean norms.
But appearances can be deceiving since some multinational companies allow their Korean operations to run fully (or nearly fully) on Korean lines. For example, even though Homeplus is owned by Tesco of the UK, the Korean office is more Korean than international (probably more Samsung than anything else, since it is run by former Samsung executives), even though a few foreign executives are dispatched from the UK. I’m told this is how Amway Korea operates, too. Therefore, those multinational companies where the Korean office is its own operation, rather than a small extension of a supra-national organization, you are likely to find yourself going through Korean processes when applying for lower-level jobs.
Keep in mind that even if you are applying to a Korean company, as a foreigner, you’re still an unusual hire. Therefore, the hiring for these positions is done in a much more ad hoc way, rather than the twice-yearly hiring that many of the large Korean conglomerates schedule out in advance for their Korean applicants. Because of this, there is a lot more scope for you to take the initiative in the job search process, such as by finding jobs through networking, by reaching out to the hiring department personally, or by being creative (in a good way!) with the formats, information and procedures Korean applicants would otherwise be expected to follow.
2. What should go into my resume or CV?
Koreans resumes typically include a small photograph. This should be a head shot similar to what you’d submit with a passport application and not a family or vacation photo. It goes right up at the top of the first page, usually in the right corner.
Unless you’re closer to 50 or 60 than 25, I’d suggest you put your birthdate at the top, too. This may be a no-no for companies to ask back home, but the Koreans you are applying to would like to know (whether they come out and say it or not). Besides, if they’ve asked for your foreigner registration number or a copy of your passport, they’ll know your birth date anyway. As with anywhere, but perhaps to a greater degree in Korea, being young works in your favor for entry-level positions.
Include your nationality and visa status, if an advantage (see below).
Other than that, include the standard stuff, such as education, work experience, and other professional skills and interests. Be specific so that your readers can know exactly when you were working or studying and look up your university and previous companies on the Internet by name.
You may not want to include work experiences that Koreans might misinterpret. For example, you’re unlikely to get many brownie points as a “go-getter” if you mention your university work experience at Burger King. Back home, having a part-time job during high school or college shows a strong work ethic; in Korea, it can lead to unhelpful questions and assessments of you.
Most positions that Westerners from English-speaking countries apply for leverage English skills and your potential employer may not care that much if you speak Korean. (see also Reflections on the Benefits of Learning Korean to One’s Career in Korea ) Still, it’s good to show your commitment to Korea by including any Korean-language courses you’ve graduated from, as well as other Korea-focused language or business certificates (the KBC Professional Certification Program is a great attention-getter!) You might even include experiences you’ve had with Koreans back home, such as volunteering with Korean student organizations there.
If you’ve been in Korea for very long, be sure to mention how long; the longer the better, since this shows your commitment to staying around and not leaving the position early because you got tired of Korea. If you’ve been off the beaten track in Korea, mention your travels briefly. If you like Korean soju or makgeolli , you might even mention this, as it’s a great talking point and tells the company you’ll be willing to join and participate in functions with alcohol (usually a good thing, though not as big a deal as in years past).
If there are online materials about your professional or academic experience relevant to the role, including a link to an online portfolio or to actual certifications can be helpful. It can’t hurt to include a link to your LinkedIn profile, also.
When Koreans prepare their resumes, they invariably include a few lines about hobbies and other personal interests. I would recommend you do the same, but don’t overdo it, such that your company thinks you’ll be so focused on the weekend that you won’t be willing to put in long hours during the week or that you’ll be unavailable for weekend work, as it arises. (BTW, if you’re not willing to work more than the standard 40 hours per week, you might reconsider whether Korea’s the right place for you!)
Your resume in Korea will not be too long even if it has a bit more information than you might ordinarily put on a resume back home, but I’d still suggest you keep it at no more than two pages.
3. What should go into my cover letter and should I translate it to Korean?
Koreans call the cover letter a “self-introduction letter” and this is where you get past the raw facts to show why you’re the best person for the job. This is not the time to list out how you want the work to help you; this is where you point out how your skills will benefit the company. The self-introduction letter is also not just a regurgitation of your resume but should emphasize your fit and strengths concisely.
Korean self-introduction letters sometimes go many pages, but I wouldn’t recommend this at all. If you’re writing the letter in English, a Korean recruiter (even one with good, but not native, English skills) can get bogged down in a lot of words.
I recommend translating your self-introduction letter to Korean; making it short will help you to keep the translation costs down, too. One thing to keep in mind when preparing your letter in Korean is to avoid creating unreasonable expectations of your Korean skills, or to think that this is a deal maker anyway (see link above about learning Korean). The purpose for presenting a letter in Korean is to help the recruiter get quickly to the information in your background that’s relevant without a language barrier and to help you show an extra level of commitment to the position through having made this effort. If your Korean skills are not fantastic, it would be reasonable to include a sentence in the letter mentioning this. The HR person will understand then that you had the document translated, which can still show your sincerity, especially if you include a few words (not a lot!) about what Korea means to you personally. It never hurts to mention that you’re willing and eager to learn more about Korea and Korean ways, too.
One more selling point can be your visa status. If you’re in Korea on a visa that lets you work in-country without being sponsored by your employer, this both shows your commitment to Korea and takes a burden off your employer. Not only can the HR people avoid the hassle of paperwork, but the company also isn’t legally responsible for your good behavior in Korea. Therefore, if you have one of these visas, mention it both in your resume and cover letter. (see also Answers to Top Questions about Business Visas in Korea )
There’s certainly more to the job application process than a good resume and cover letter, but the guidelines above will help you make the best impression at this stage of the application process.
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A Freelancer’s Sample Letter for Visa Application
Freelancers like me dread applying for visa. We often think that we won’t get approved because we can’t provide some requirements like ITR, Company ID, and Certificate of Employment. I tried my luck and wrote a letter to the Korean Embassy explaining why I can’t provide the requirements.
Here’s a sample letter for Korean Embassy:
Embassy of the Republic of Korea in the Philippines 122 Upper McKinley Road, McKinley Town Center Fort Bonifacio, Taguig City 1630
My name is Karla _____ and I am requesting a tourist visa to South Korea. I plan to travel to South Korea this July 2019. I lived in Seoul for two years as a missionary. To be specific, I was a part of the English Ministry of _____. I taught the church members on how to speak English. This time, I plan to go back to South Korea as a tourist. I want to visit and promote some tourist destinations and Korean drama filming locations.
Part of the tourist visa application is to show an Income Tax Return (ITR), which unfortunately I do not possess. Hence, I am writing this letter. The reason I do not have an ITR is because I am a freelance travel blogger (www.travelwithkarla.com) and an English Proficiency Guide at _______. I travel to different places and write about them. Moreover, I also conduct online lectures on how to pass the IELTS and TOEFL exams.
I can give you an assurance that my finances right now are enough to cover my 5 days trip in South Korea. I was able to prepare an enough amount for my 5 days trip. Please see my bank certificate for reference. I am very positive that this amount is good enough for my trip.
In addition, I also attached an invitation letter from _____, the Director of Korean Cultural Center & Counsellor for Culture and Public Relations of the Korean Embassy. I was invited to be a part of the Honorary Reporters of the Embassy of the Republic of Korea. I believe that this trip will really help me in raising awareness of Korea in the Philippines. My 100,000 followers across social media accounts are excited to follow my adventures in Korea. I’m going to make a lot of travel guides after this trip.
I am really hoping that you would grant my request for a tourist visa. Hoping for your kind consideration.
Sincerely, Karla __________ Applicant
Here’s a sample letter for Japanese Embassy:
Embassy of Japan in the Philippines 2627 Roxas Boulevard, Pasay City, 1300
My name is Raymond _______ and I am requesting a tourist visa to Japan. I plan to travel to Osaka this May 2019. I am seriously excited to see the beautiful sights of the city and move my childhood dream into reality. I was exposed to different anime all created in Japan since I was a kid. This exposure to anime is pushing me to visit your wonderful country.
Part of the tourist visa application is to show an Income Tax Return (ITR), which unfortunately I do not possess. Hence, I am writing this letter. The reason I do not have an ITR is because I am a freelance Physical Therapist and a board review Educator. I conduct lectures in review centers for local and US PT board examinations. I also treat patients with disability at their own houses.
I can give you an assurance that my finances right now are enough to cover my 5 days trip in Osaka. I was able to prepare an enough amount for my 5 days trip. Please see my bank certificate for reference. I am very positive that this amount is good enough for my trip.
I have traveled to the United States of America twice already as a tourist visa holder. My first one was last January 2017 in Hawaii and the second one was just last January 2019 in Philadelphia, PA. Please check my passport for reference. It has been my life goal to visit different countries and that includes the wonderful Japan.
Sincerely, Raymond ______ Applicant
I and my friend Raymond got our visas approved using the letter above. I hope you can also get yours approved using those guide. If you have any questions, leave a comment below.
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I’m curious if multiple visa can be granted if unable to provide ITR and give a letter of explanation… would you know? ? I applied for my 2nd Japan visa last year but around that time I was working remotely already so I asked for sponsorship from my sister. I was not given multiple visa (despite being approved prior with a japan visa) ?
YAY! This would be helpful for me for my application after lockdown. Badly want to travel to Korea for a long time now. I HAVE BEEN WAITING FOR YEARS *fingers crossed
this is a good share. Currently, we have an increasing freelancers and digital nomads, and having an ITR is not priority, however, is noteworthy on the letter. I am sure that this article would have helped lots of pinoy travellers to experience South Korea and Japan.
This is so helpful since I also dont have ITR. Papano pag dependent ka ng parent? Pero me ipon ka din as freelancer?
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Thanks for sharing your reassuring tips for those who might be worrying about securing a SoKor visa. It would be a shame if they didn’t try simply because they thought they didn’t have the proper docs.
This is great, Karla! Perfect for freelancers and those who works online.
Thank you this is very helpful to use as a guide in makinh our own letters. There are a lot of requirement when applying for visas and sometimes they’re just impossible to get. This means, there’s still a chance tho!!
Thanks for sharing this letter (ma copy nga hehe) I remember ung nag tourist visa din ako sa singapore though complete requirements naman ako pero grabe yung embassy natin talagang last 10 seconds bago kami pinalabas sa embassy office.
this post is helpful for all the freelancers. congrats on the visa and enjoy your SK trip this July! lapit na!
Thank you for this. Will keep this in mind when we decide to travel to South Korea.
Great help for all the freelancers out there who really wants to travel. You provided pa sample letters. Nice!
So generous of you to share these sample letters! These are such a great aid and guide.
Wow.. Pwede pala to.. Thanks for sharing this.. Sobrang informative and helpful nito..
Wow! What a relief! I am really worried about my upcoming visa application and I have been thinking about it for 6 months now! I am really problematic if I will be approved or not. But with your blog, I am positive that I have a chance to be approved. Me and my boyfriend are planning to visit Korea together this September. I have been to Korea last year as a tourist too but I was employed during that time. And we also purchased the ticket when we are still employed. We did not expect that there’s some issue on our company before and we decided to resign and be an online freelancer. So imagine the pain of thinking that we will be denied? Haha but thanks to you Ms. Karla! Can I ask you something? What did you put on your visa application form? Did you choose “others” then wrote freelancer? What about the contact details of the company? My online client can’t give me a contact details because we only communicate via email. I am looking forward for your answer! You are a big help Ms. Karla! Godbless.
Yup, checked “others”, then I wrote freelancer. For contact number, I just used mine. Good luck on your application. 🙂
Thank you so much Ms. Karla. One last question, my client is based in UK. Shall I put the company name and the UK address too? But I will put my contact number instead, do you think that will be a problem? What did you put on your application Ms. Karla on the co. name and address? I’m sorry, I have a lot of questions.haha. Thank you so much for your reply!
This will be a great help to get every applicant’s visa approved. I can refer to this if I wish to travel to SoKor someday.
Hi Ms. Karla! Did you attached proof of income when tou applied? I am an online freelancer too and I will apply a tourist visa next month. Thanks!
Hi Mindy, I just submitted my bank statement and bank certificate.
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Cover letter for a Korean student visa(4 samples)
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This article will list samples of “cover letters for a Korean student Visa.”
Samples of cover letters for a Korean student Visa
When applying for a Korean student Visa, your cover letter is an opportunity for you to show your recipient why you qualify. The best format for writing a cover letter is:
- Address the recipient with a formal salutation. For example, “Dear/Hello (name of the recipient).” If you do not know the recipient’s name, you can refer to them as sir/madam.
- Write a brief statement about why you are interested in studying in Ireland.
- Make a brief statement about your purpose for choosing the university/college. Next, disclose if you have already paid tuition for the program you have enrolled in.
- Next, clearly state that you intend to return to your home country after completing your educational program in Canada.
- List the expenses/funds and the documents and items attached to the application.
- Conclude your letter with a forward-looking statement.
Korean Embassy or consulate details in India
Your full name
To Whom It May Concern,
[Introduce yourself and why you are applying for a student visa. Include the program and educational institution you have been accepted in and the dates you will need a student visa for]
[A minimum 3-4 lines on why you chose your specific program and educational institution, plus why you want to study in Germany]
[One paragraph on relevant education and experience you have had that showcases your interest to pursue studying in the particular program Germany. How is studying in this program a progression or move forward towards your personal goals]
[One paragraph on what officials can expect from inside the application packet. It is suggested to put the documents down as bullet points]
[Complete the letter stating what studying in Germany will mean to you, and how they may contact you with any questions.
Name and address of where the application is being sent (typically the relevant Embassy or consulate for your application in India)
Subject: [Your Full Name & Application or Passport Number]
Dear Sir or Madam,
My name is [full name] and I would like to apply for a student visa to attend [insert educational institution]. I have been accepted into the [insert program name] and would like to be a full time student to complete this degree or program for [insert number of months you would like a study visa for].
[One paragraph on why you have chosen your program, and your goals; provide a brief synopsis of your academic history in India, and include what you believe you can learn as a full time student from the country]
[One paragraph on if you have already enrolled and if you have paid tuition towards your program. Include also how you will pay for any remainder tuition and your living expenses in the country. Provide any details on scholarships, grants or benefits you are receiving from the educational institution]
[One short paragraph listing in bullet points what documents the officials can expect to find in this packet]
[One short paragraph on your ties to India and your next steps for after your visa and program are complete. Please include your contact information so that officials can reach you with any questions]
Your printed name”
Name and address of where the application is being sent (typically the relevant >Embassy or consulate for your application in India)
I would like to submit my application for a student visa for [insert country]. My application number is xxx-xxx. I have been accepted into [insert program name] at [insert educational institution].
[One paragraph on your educational background and desire to study at your particular program and what you are hoping to accomplish]
[One paragraph on how you intend to fund your tuition, stay and living expenses. >Include also anything that your program is providing you, such as accommodation or benefits]
[One short paragraph on what documents the officials can expect to find in this packet]
[One short paragraph on your ties to India and intentions to return home after your visa is complete. Please include your contact information so that officials can reach you with any questions]
The Visa Officer
Embassy of South Korea,
Subject: Request for a Long-Term Student Visa (Up to 3 years validity)
I am Mr #####, holding an Indian passport R54546, Date of Birth 28/04/1987 traveling to South Korea for pursuing a Ph.D., in ###### UNIVERSITY, Address SOUTH KOREA for a period of 3 YEARS. We received all the necessary documents which are required for a visa from the university. I am planning to move to south Korea by this month’s end approximately by (Date ) based on visa acceptance. And my date of return would be September 2020.
I request you to kindly grant me the Student Visa for pursuing my Ph.D.
Thanks and Regards
Frequently Asked Questions:
What are the elements of a cover letter.
The Four Parts of a Cover Letter
- Address the Recruiter by Name.
- Address the Company’s Needs.
- Tell the Recruiter Why You Want to Work Here.
- Tell Them How to Reach You.
Is it worth applying for a Korean passport?
The advantages of becoming a Korean citizen and holding an Irish passport include:
- You are still considered an EU citizen.
- You can travel freely throughout the 28 member states of the EU to live and work.
- If you have children, they will be granted Irish and EU citizenship.
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Presentation of cv.
- Order Always take the professional approach when writing your CV. Korean employer's attribute professionalism to seriousness and hard work. Show that you are capable of doing the job by organizing your thoughts clearly and orderly.
- Introduction/Biography List your full name, address, e-mail address, phone number (with your appropriate country dialing code) and any other contact information that you find necessary. After you introduce yourself with all your personal information, briefly touch on your skills (computer, language, etc). This section should be concise and straightforward. It is best to only include key words instead of lengthy, flowery sentences.
- Objective Explain in one or two statements the position for which you are applying for and why. This will show the employer the goals you have set in mind for yourself and the company.
- Experience and Education This is where you list your past experiences and special awards. Starting from the most recent, name the company(ies) for which you have worked and any special honors you achieved while working. After professional experience you should list the details of your education and enrollment in other non-academic institutions if they pertain to the job at hand. Similar to work experience, in the order of the most recent, list the university(ies)/college(s) you have attended and any degrees and/or honors you may have obtained. Each educational institution should be accompanied by a date and location, final grade average, study abroad experience, extracurriculars or clubs, etc. You may also list your high school/secondary school experience. The employer should get a good idea of your qualifications from this section.
- References In case an employer wants to further investigate your accomplishments and find out more about you in general, he or she may want a list of professional and personal references. Make wise choices about who to include in your list and don't forget to include their contact information and relation to you. Even if the employer does not utilize this tool, it is helpful to have it readily available just in case.
Conduct in a job interview
- Understand your position . Take the initiative and bow first, since you are in a lower position than your interviewer. Shaking hands is reserved for more personal relationships, so unless the interviewer extends his/her hand first, you are expected to bow.
- Do not interrupt. Whatever the interviewer has to say is not to be taken lightly and therefore should be heard throughout. It is merely a sign of respect to allow the interviewer to control the floor.
- Speak modestly. Whether you are listing prior experiences or sharing any other information, do not be boastful. Arrogance is considered insulting as humility is an inherent quality in the Korean culture.
- Show your interest. One of the main points of the interview is to test your loyalty to the company. The interviewer already knows your stats and history of experience, but he/she must be convinced that you are serious about working for that specific company.
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Need to fill out a Korean Resume? Here’s everything you need to know (in Korean).
One of our readers recently asked me to find out everything I could about Korean resumes because she needs to fill one out. So I did.
Here’s some great info to get you started:
Best Search Term: 이력서 작성방법 (How to Create a Resume) OR simply: 이력서 (Resume)
Types of Resumes:
My wife has told me that in Korea, there are basically 3 types of Resumes:
- A generic resume (good for any job) = 이력서
- A resume for public servants and teachers = 공무원 이력서
- Specialized, creative resumes designed by the applicant themselves
The first two types of resume can be found to Download from many locations online (and I’ve linked to a few below). They can also be purchased in any bookstore.
The third resume type is quite uncommon and would probably only be used if applying for a job like Google or some other specialized company. But even in that case, a generic 이력서 would probably be accepted as well.
Top 3 most relevant How-To posts here:
- 서울특별시 고령자취업알선센터 > 이력서 작성요령 *(Seoul City Elderly Job Placement Center > How to Create a Resume)
- 대구광역시 동구 > 취업가이드 > 이력서 작성요령 (Daegu Metropolitan City > Job Guide > How to Create a Resume)
- 고용노동부 한국고용정보원 >이력서 작성요령 (Korea Ministry of Employment and Labor > How to Create a Resume)
Downloadable Files here (HWP):
- 박하사탕의 블로그: 이력서 양식 HWP 다운(첨부 파일) *(Peppermint Candy’s Blog: HWP Download Forms (Attached File))
- 울산과학기술대학교 취업지원센터 > 이력서 표준양식 50선 – 자기소개서 작성가이드 (Ulsan National University of Science and Technology Career Development Center > 50 Standard Form CVs and Written Personal Statement Guide)
The one from Ulsan University is incredibly extensive. As you can see here, it even includes resume examples in Chinese and English:
Peppermint Candy’s blog provides 6 simple forms:
- The Most Simple Resume
- Superior Simple Resume (with some additions)
- An Additions Page for added experience
- The Korea Ministry of Employment and Labor’s Most Recommended Resume form
- The Most Commonly Used Application/Resume form
- A Basic Self-Introduction form
I will go over EACH of these in more detail in a later post.
Creating a Self-Introduction:
- 국가보훈처 > 자기소개서 작성방법 (Ministry of Patriots and Veterans Affairs > How to Create a Self-Introduction)
- 부자병법 블로그: 자기소개서 작성요령 *(The Rich Man’s Art of War Blog: How to Create a Self-Introduction)
Resume Writing Tips:
- 프루덴셜 스토리 > 취업과 이직을 위한 현명한 이력서 작성 관리 노하우 *(Prudential Story > Smart Resume for employment and turnover management know-how)
The story from Prudential here gives tips for Resume writing for all kinds of different job seekers:
- Entry-level, no experience resumes (be as concise as possible)
- Low-level, with experience resumes (focus on your growth)
- High-level, experienced resumes (emphasize past results – show how you’re a good fit)
Korean Job Seeker Series
Because the above entries look to contain a great deal of excellent information about how to PREPARE for a job in a Korean company (and since I eventually want to do just that), over the course of the next few weeks and months, I will progressively get to work translating some of these to help our readers (and myself) learn more about what it’s like to apply for Korean jobs in Korea. The starred (*) entries above are the first ones I will work on translating.
As time goes on, and as my experience allows, I will continue adding to the Korean Job Seeker series with additional topics about:
- Job Interview Tips
- Korean Presentation Skills
- Getting Your First Korean Job
- The Korean Job Experience
And so on. Many of those topics may take years to write. It all depends on my own personal progress toward those ends.
But for now, I hope this post has provided some good resources to get you started. Stay tuned for next week when I translate the first How-To Create a Resume article from the Seoul City Elderly Job Placement Center . And I’ll try to translate the 6 forms provided by Peppermint Candy as soon as possible as well.
One of our readers recently asked me to find out everything I could about Korean resumes because she needs to fill one out. So I did. Here’s some great info to get you started: Best Search Term: 이력서 작성방법 (How Continue reading Need to fill out a Korean Resume? Here’s everything you need to know (in Korean).
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Hands down the BEST way to transfer money home from Korea
Want to transfer money home? So, you want to transfer money home do you? You’ve really only got 3 options: Go to your “home” bank (set up by your school), fill out the paperwork (every time) and transfer money home. Continue reading Hands down the BEST way to transfer money home from Korea
You can buy those printed resume forms and special envelope in Daiso, for about 1,000원!
great great blog by the way!
Thanks for the info. I’ve definitely seen them around. I know you can also find them online in other places to print yourself if you want. But it’s nice to know that you can get them with special envelopes in Daiso as well!
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How the Apply For a Korean Travel Without an ITR and COE?
Sample Cover Letter, Travel Itinerary & More
Limitation ahead I tell you how to apply since a Asian visa minus an ITR the BIENEN (Certificate von Employment). EGO possessed an ITR (Income Tax Return) available barely 3 years right. I use Taxumo to assistance das register and file in BIR. They’re godsent for freelancers like own. (You cans how my code C2Q0I to get an discount.) If I had known theirs before I wouldn’t have applied available a Lacquer visa without an ITR .
Now them might be wondering if my advice here will work at I already have einer ITR and got my Korean Visa approved. Fine, I don’t have a KOMMISSION because I’m a freelancer, while insert friend who traveled with ich in Korea newest October doesn’t have an ITR and she’s also a freelancer similar me. But please bring note that getting still depends on who Korean Embassy consul.
Step from Step How How to App For an POTASSIUM orean Visa
Speed 1: get a go agent to help they (but walk-ins at kvac can now allowed)..
UPDATES: Starting Noble 29, 2023, in line with the official operation out the Korea Visas Application Center (KVAC), all Korean student aspirants must submit their visa applications at KVAC (you can walk in but make sure to come very early). Applying through accredited travel agencies are back go, but if you submit through them make sure till do it at least a months pre your desired travel select.
- Here is the unite to this accredited travel sales for South Korean pass applications .
- KVAC Location:
- 9F~10F, Britney Hotel BGC, 6 Mckinley Pkwy, BGC, Taguig, Metro Manila
- Website: https://www.visaforkorea-mn.com
- Days open: Same as one embassy’s working days. Days will be declared upon time to time (Office hours: 09:00–17:00 but submission of application cut off is 16:30).
- Service Fee: PHP 900
Take 2: Occupy exit the Demand Form
- Download the visas application form here .
- Must be printed on A4-size paper.
- All must becoming computer-driven or typed, NOT handwritten, and type in Blocks Characters or Capital Letters so make sure your keyboard’s CAPS LOCK is upon.
- One font should be Arial size 12.
- For fields that do not apply to you, leave them space.
For adenine step-by-step guidance on how to fill up the South Korea Visa Application Form, this books by Dual Monkeys Travel Group is very detailed.
Step 3: Gather who required documents
UPDATE: From February 1, 2024, to December 31, 2024, the Our of the Republic of Korea in the Philippines will simplify visa application documents for visa applicants who get the following conditions. Please is aware that for such who meet the following conditions, only the specify financial documents could is exempted or replaced, and other general requirements documents must stand be submitted.
Professional license holders
○ Applicable for this holding a valid PRC license ID (IBP ID available a lawyer) with a profession of physician, dentist, lawyer (including a judge, prosecutor), certified public accountant, pharmacist, and veterinarian. Occupation certificate, financial documentations, and income taxation return (ITR) are the staples regarding most visa solutions. But there is one document that be
○ Required Passport Appeal Register
– Certificate of employment (original) press copy in PRC license USERNAME or IBP ID
– Obedience of bank certificates, bank statements, and ITR were exempted for professional license proprietors and family members. Diverse print, such as proof of relationship, are required. SAMPLE COVER LETTERS to VISA APPLICATION: Korea, Schengen, Australian
* Excluded documents allow still be submitted if preferred
○ Applicable for BDO Gold or BDO Elite Credit Card Holders (Excluding Supplementary Credit Card Holders.)
– (Immediate family members): One’s parents, spouse, minor children (applicable for adult children who can proves to be students through documents), spouse’s parents NO ITR - Sample Schrift of Explanation for Entry How
○ Required Visa Application Document
– Certificate of employment (original), printing of credit card(front only in complete information), and latest 3 months credit card account Quarterly Billing Statements(copy)
– Submission von bank certificates, mound statements, and ITR can exempted for credit card holders and family members. Others documents, how as proof of connection, are required. Before the pandemic, a take me six trips to Korea once I was finally granted our initially Multiple Entry Korean visa--so all our going fr...
* Exempted documents allowed still be submitted if preferred
You could read about this update the this Korean Embassy’s formal website .
Around be this list of this South Korea Visa User Requirements:
- While above in Stage 2 aforementioned.
- Must be glued on the designated area on the application’s first page.
- For the size, computers should to 35×45 mm. Exactly tel which photo studio it’s for adenine Koreans Visa, usually, they already will a pack for thereto.
- Must be valid in more other 6 months from your target travel date.
- Have have a signature. Aforementioned signature field is on the base partial is Page 3 (page next to an Bio page).
- Must have filled from the Emergency Contact Page (the endure page of the passport).
- Submit only if i traveled abroad within the last 5 years. If you doing, submit your together with your current passenger.
- Attach it to your current passport using a rubber band by tying the back cover of the new passport into that front cover of the vintage passport.
- The bio page is the information page of the passport (Page 2).
- Some said Japan a no longer accepted due to several cases of applicants submit FAKE Jp visas, but I only have one Japan visa and I decided to submit it anyway.
- Having an OECD visa can increase your chances of approval.
- Up see view the OECD employee countries, visit this website .
- Require include account type, current balance, account opening start, both ADB (Average Every Balance).
- If you have a assurance, you must submit their original printing.
- Must cover during least 3 hours.
- Again, provided she have a guarantor you must submit theirs.
- But if you file online like me, your ITR isn’t stamped. If you use Taxumo you cannot email them to request a stamped ITR but a takes at least 15 days or more. Alternatively, your can write a cover letter explaining reason thine ITR is no stamped. (I opted to write a cover letter because I only do 3 days to gather mys requirements because my Republik was planned last minute. MYSELF put get sample cover letter below.)
- Copy of PRC Mapping otherwise IBP Card (If applicable only).
- FOR EMPLOYED: Certificate of Employment (COE). Must shall original; and must have the address of the your, the landline number and email address of the employer’s HR department, that applicant’s position, that appointment chartered, and compensation. Mobile number is not allowed.
- FOR SELF-EMPLOYED: Photocopy of the Business registration form from DTI or SEC. SEC Registration must include pages with the names of stockholders. Press Photocopy about the Business permit with Mayor’s permit. And BIR Form use Corresponding Zahlungen Receipt coming a BIR-authorized banks.
- REQUIRED FREELANCERS: The latest contracts from your clients and/or proof of revenue like a written letter (I have a sample below) that has your client’s name, company name (if they have one), landline serial, email address, date hired or collaboration, real compensation. Movable numerical is not also allowed here. Supposing you’re zugelassen to BIR, submit the forms stated in “self-employed” above.
- FOR HOUSEWIVES/ HOUSEHUSBANDS: Photocopying of NSO Marriage Certificate and is spouse’s documents mentioned above contains ITR.
- FOR COLLEGIATE: Original Secondary Certificate, Document of an School ID, Photocopy of the NSO Birthing Certificate of the applicant, Parent’s NSO Wedlock Certificate (if applicable), and parent’s documentations mentioned above including ITR.
- IF THOU HAVE A GARANTORS: You must submit his.
- Not required but if you don’t have an ITR or COE, or to ITR isn’t stamped or you have a missed required document, you needs to write a cover letter. (My sample cover letter is posted below.) Put these at the bottom of the application as. How to Apply For a Korean Visa Without an ITR and COE? - Style Conceitedness
- If you have a guarantor, this is where him explain choose relationship with so person and why they’re push your ride.
- This shall not vital either but I silence provided can. MYSELF put this by the bottom of my application and they accepted it when I submitted my application. (My pattern itinerary is issued below.)
NOTE: For family applications, thou must provide documents that could serving as print from owner ratio. Birth certificates and marriage purchase are recognized. ONE representative canister file for the whole lineage.
STEP 4: Submit the documents and wait
If you’re going to submit it yourself, make sure to put them in can envelope and don’t fold the credentials. Do not staple it either, use an paper snip instead for documents that have more faster one next.
If you’re going to submit the a travelling agency, her will check the download before you drop.
Processing time depends. Into my experience, my best and I decided to submit it ourselves to an embassy and after 5 days we already got our score by checking our level on the Korean Message home here . But an population I know anyone submitted this 2024, it takes them 1 week to get aforementioned result.
For travel agencies, it’s around 15 days, instead items also depends on your travel agency’s backlog. For October furthermore November make sure at submit at least a month before your desired travel choose because a batch of populace apply during those from with the Chuseok holiday plus autumn season.
TRY COVER LETTER FOR KOREA VISA DEMAND
If you could tip, in this second paragraph I mentioned my purpose of entry, low-key implying that I’m going back into mystery country and I be be spending money in their countryside. I don’t guarantee it’ll 100% convince the consul but so far it worked on me both includes Korea or Japanischen holiday visa usage. Korean Visas Apply What for Filipinos (2024)
SAMPLE ON PROOF OF REVENUE FOR FREELANCERS
Don’t remember to ask your client to put their corporate and company name on up of the “Proof starting Revenue” and don’t forget to ask them for sign it too. ONE digital signature is accepted due some freelancers have clients based abroad, more long while the company has a commercial number or email address. Overturning a visa denial by writing an appeal zeichen and freely samples
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Sample korea travel itinerary.
This is the actual travel itinerary that IODIN submit to the Japanese Embassy press the same one I showed to the Immigration Officer in NAIA Terminal 1. The decoration is non necessary, I just want to express insert excitement. I made such after Canva .
FREQUENTLY ASKED ASKING S
Q: Should I book plane tickets before applying for a visa?
A: No, it is not necessary. The Korean Embassy discourages applicants by online plane tickets before applying available a passport. There’s even a book info it taped outside to office.
QUARTO: How much money should I show in my bank credential?
A: People suggest your bank account should have at least Php10,000 per person for day during your intended dwell. So if you’re programmplanung to stay for 5 days, you should at least have Php50,000 inside your bank account. Although just to be indisputable, you should aim for ampere upper amount than settle for the minimum amount requested especially now that they’re super strict on approve tourist visas due to an increasing amount of people without staying to operate in their country.
Q: Can I submit more as one bank certificate?
A: Yes, you can. I submitted 2 bank certificates. The critical thing is your statement of account. They look at how your money comes in and out. I’ve listened of people getting rejected because of a sudden huge security in their accounts. So to be safe, I just submitted all my credit accounts instead of doing adenine very submit.
Q: Should mys bank account be 6 months old upon demand?
This belongs real on a case-to-case basis. I’ve heard people with bank accounts that are only 1-3 months old getting approved. It depends on your supporting documents. Make your South Korea travel daydreams go true and get a single instead multi-user South Korean visa for tourists in Manila, Philippines!
If you have more questions around the Korean indian application, you can attach here private group the Facebook that helped me a lot with who Korean Embassy updates and other members shares they experiences.
What Should You Book in Klook For Autochthonous Korea Trip?
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- AREX Incheon Utter – Diese is a train station within the Incheon Airport that will bring you straight to Seoul Station. No need to worry about catching a charabanc or booking a taxi.
- T-Money Card – This is like a beep card. You can uses this in trains, buses, and taxis. You can get this in convenience stores especially are limited editions to kpop groups. But provided it want one before leaving and airport, yourself can buy one in Klook too.
- N Seoul Tower Ticket – If you’re ampere Kdrama fan, then this is a must-see place. This is the famous spot where lovers leave love locks.
- Hanbok Rental – Live you period kdrama fantasies, be an main character with a beautiful hanbok rental, and take photos included Changdeok Palace.
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Application Tips To Teach In Korea
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Tips For Preparing Your ESL Resume, Cover Letter, Photos, Intro Video & More
Now that you have officially made your decision – and have informed Mom and Dad – that you are going teach English in Korea , it’s now time to get yourself prepared with your teaching in Korea application.
In this post, we will go over the following topics:
How To Write An ESL Resume Schools Will Love
Is a cover letter required, why you need a photo in your teaching in korea application, how a well-planned introduction video will get you hired.
Many applicants overlook the opportunity to create a resume that is solely and directly related to ESL. As this is what schools not only want, but also expect, altering or creating a brand new ESL resume should be at the top of your priority list when you apply to teach in Korea .
So take some time and put some effort into your resume as it will give you a leg up on your competition for your desired ESL position in Korea.
What to Include in Your ESL Resume
At the top of your resume you should first show that you are qualified for the position by listing your educational credentials. Regardless of your school or area of study, this needs to be placed at the very top of your ESL resume.
Did you study any English or teaching-related courses? Highlight these.
Have an outstanding GPA? Put that in there where it can be seen clearly. On the flip side, if your GPA is not that impressive, don’t list it.
Next comes your experience with children.
List ANY and ALL experience with children, including:
- Any teaching-related experience you may have, no matter how limited. If you’ve done it, add it.
- Any work with children, not matter their age. Boy Scouts, Girl Scouts, Big Brother, Big Sister, or anything of the like.
- Any babysitting/nanny work you may have done in your past. This may sound silly – and is not what you would list on a regular resume – but it does show that you have taken care of children, which will be part of your job in Korea.
After this comes volunteer work.
- Any and all volunteer work (with children or without). Simply put, this shows that you are a nice person. ‘Bad people’ usually do not do not spend their time volunteering :).
And finally, list your previous, unrelated-to-teaching employment history.
You may think that your experience as a computer engineer at a large company or your stint in a law firm in downtown Manhattan will make you a shoo-in for the position. It will not.
While there is no doubt that the person reviewing your resume will see that you have a brain in your head, you need to remember that you are applying for a job as an English teacher.
So yes, certainly include this in your resume, but do not highlight it at the top.
List it and any other jobs that you have had, namely those that you held for longer than 6-12 months. Schools want to see you are someone who can commit to a position as they will potentially be inviting you to their school for a year or longer.
What NOT to Include in Your ESL Resume
Any position held for less than 6 months..
Simply put, you are looking at getting hired for a 12 month period. If you have a history of jumping around from job to job, this will make the school doubt that you will last a year in Korea.
That you were born in another non English-speaking country.
Even if you have spent the majority of your life in an English-speaking country, this isn’t something that we recommend including on your resume.
Some may find this insulting, and for good reason. However, this has nothing to do with racism or xenophobia. The ONLY thing it has to do with is your ability to speak English perfectly . Which leads us to the next thing to not include in your ESL resume:
That you speak another language, even Korean.
Korean schools are primarily focused on your ability to speak, read and write English. Simply put, if you speak another language, they may doubt that you are as qualified as another teacher whose only language is English.
Even if Korean is my second language?
Yep! You would think that this would give you an advantage, right? Think again.
The reason schools in Korea provide such a high salary along with other great benefits , is because they want to immerse students in an English-only classroom as this is the best way to learn.
If you speak Korean, the students will default to their Korean whenever they don’t understand something in English, defeating the purpose of the English-only setting.
At Travel and Teach , we all have experience teaching in Korea and know the importance of speaking at least some Korean while living in Korea. However, this is not something you want to highlight in your ESL resume.
PRO TIP: Make sure there are no spelling or grammatical mistakes in your ESL resume. While you may think that these will not be noticed because your future employer’s first language is not English, think again. Directors of schools strive to provide the best English education for their students so your English abilities – or lack thereof – will be noticed.
While a cover letter is not ‘officially’ required in your teaching in Korea application to Travel & Teach, it is something that looks very good to Korean schools.
The simple answer is that it shows you have made the extra effort that most other applicants are not making. This will make you stand out just a little more than the others and hopefully land you that teaching job .
But What Do I Include In My Cover Letter?
Your ESL cover letter is a chance to showcase two things:
1.Your Personality: This is a great opportunity to talk about yourself (we all like to!), so go ahead and brag!
Here you get to tell your potential new employer about all of the good things you have to offer as a person and as a potential teacher at their school.
You can talk about your past life experiences, achievements and future goals you have set out for yourself. Show the school that you are a superstar and someone who they definitely want to join their team!
2. Your Writing Skills: Something a lot of teachers who apply to teach English in Korea overlook is the fact that schools are hiring them because of their English abilities – not ONLY English speaking abilities – but also their ability to write in English.
Your ESL cover letter is your chance to prove that you can not only speak English perfectly (this is what the Korean school looks for in the interview , whether it be a phone interview or a video interview ), but to also write English perfectly. That’s correct – perfectly !
This isn’t too too much to expect from a university graduate, is it? :)
So take some time and put together a proper cover letter for your teaching in Korea application. It shouldn’t take you much more than an hour or two at most, but if it gets you that job, it will be worth the time.
For a paragraph by paragraph breakdown of cover letters that you can use for your teaching in Korea application, check out reed.co and their list of free templates.
A lot of teachers applying for jobs in Korea are thrown off by the fact that all schools require the teacher to submit a photo with the teaching in Korea application.
Teachers wonder whether they are being judged by their looks and if that will affect their chances at getting a teaching job in Korea .
Others see this as an illegal practice, as is the case in most western countries where applicants for positions cannot be judged by looks, age or race.
So why is this done in Korea?
The main reason is because unlike in western countries where interviews are conducted in person, schools in Korea do not have that luxury, so the photo is really your first impression to the school.
As all teaching contracts in Korea are for one year in length , schools want to know as much about their new English teacher as possible. This includes not only what is on the teacher’s resume but also what the teacher will be like to work with for the year.
With this in mind, the best way to really show who you are to the school, is by creating an introduction video of yourself (see below).
What Kind of Photos Should I NOT Include in My Teaching in Korea Application?
As a recruiting agency, we see a lot of absolutely terrible photos that teachers send in with their applications.
Here are a few examples of some of the worst we’ve seen (you can decide why they are bad):
- A male teacher with his shirt off, in a canoe, holding a beer.
- A female teacher at a bar, drink in hand, with a man kissing her neck.
- A male teacher with a cigarette in his mouth, sunglasses on, giving the middle finger
- A dog. Yep – just someone’s dog.
Those are some of the worst we have seen but there are so many more examples as to what makes a bad photo for your application. To see what types of photos you should NOT submit, check out this article on application photos to teach in Korea.
Photo Tips For Your Teaching in Korea Application
- Smile! Remember that this is your first impression to the school, so you want to come off as being a nice, friendly person. You are applying for a teaching job where you will be teaching children, after all!
- Make sure your face is clearly visible . This one may seem obvious but is often overlooked by teachers. A nice, close up shot is best.
- Dress appropriately! Again you are applying for a teaching position and a teaching position in a conservative country like Korea! Dress accordingly!
- Get a photo with children . If you want the school to see that you will be a good teacher to their students, what better way than to show them that you love kids!
- Take a photo of yourself in a graduation gown. As you also want to come off as an intelligent applicant, show the school that you are a university graduate….although they already know that because it is a requirement to teach in Korea …but it still looks good on an application.
If you are applying for a job that you are really interested in getting, why not give it your best shot?
As a recruiting agency, we receive many applications from teachers. For the majority of the time, we ask teachers to either adjust their resume, send better photos or ask them to improve their documents as they simply will not even be looked at by our schools in Korea.
With this in mind, by creating a well planned and executed introduction video of yourself, you are already outdoing most of your competition. So don’t be lazy and apply yourself. When you land that job in Korea, you will thank yourself for making the extra effort.
What to Talk About in Your Teacher Introduction Video
Here we will go over some things that you can discuss in your video. These are suggestions, so you can certainly feel free to expand on these ideas. Just make sure not to do the things in the ‘what NOT to talk about’ list below!
- Introduce yourself: Talk about where you are from, where you grew up and where you went to university. This is a great starting point.
- Talk about your family: Do you have any younger brothers, sisters or cousins? If so, talk about your relationship with them (as long as it’s a good one!) and the things you do together. This shows that you have experience with children…which takes us to our next point..
- Talk about your experience with children : Even if you do not have much or any teaching experience, you want to show the school that you can relate to kids and that you can understand them. This is very, very important as schools do not want to hire someone who hasn’t been around children. Even if you have only done babysitting in the past, that is something you can mention.
- Volunteer work you have done: Any and all volunteer work looks good. So talk about it.
- Your desire to explore the Korean culture: Be careful here. We do not mean that you should tell the school you want to live in Korea so you can drink soju, date a Korean girl or find out where your K-Pop stars live! What you want to express is your general openness to exploring and embracing the Korean culture while you are there.
PRO TIP : Keep in mind that the person watching the video may or may not speak English as their first language, so make sure to speak slowly , clearly and stay away from using too many expressions that may not be understood. Schools are looking for someone who they will understand and also who the Korean students will understand.
What NOT to Talk About in Your Teacher Introduction Video
There are certainly some things to avoid mentioning in your interview with a Korean school. Some may be obvious, but others have more to do with not coming off as insulting from a Korean-cultural perspective. Let’s take a look at what not to mention in your video:
- Your desire to see the world: Schools are not oblivious to the fact that the number one reason for most English teachers to go to Korea is to travel and see the world. While this may be a very exciting aspect to teaching in South Korea, schools do not want to hear about this as they will interpret this as your only reason for wanting to come to Korea – what they want to hear is that you want to TEACH!
- Your desire to make money: Duh! Whether you are applying to teach English in Korea or for a job at your local Starbucks, no employer wants to hear that your main goal for the job is to make money. They know that you want to make money as you would not be applying for a job otherwise.
- Your love for K-Pop or Korean dramas. Yes, we are all aware of how great K-Pop and Korean dramas are. However, this will not make you any more attractive as an applicant, any more than it would if you told the school you really loved popcorn or shopping. Stay on point and talk about children or teaching.
- Your desire to find a Korean girlfriend or boyfriend. Not only does this not have ANYTHING to do with teaching, it can also come off as rude in general. Korea is a conservative culture so bringing up casual dating as part you desire to teach in Korea is really not something you want to bring up.
So there you have it – all of the tips and advice you will need to get started on your teaching in Korea application!
When you are ready, go ahead and apply to teach in Korea by completing our application form .
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How to Apply For a Korean Visa Without an ITR and COE?
Sample Cover Letter, Travel Itinerary & More
Disclaimer before I tell you how to apply for a Korean visa without an ITR and COE (Certificate of Employment). I had an ITR (Income Tax Return) for almost 3 years now. I use Taxumo to help me register and file in BIR. They’re godsent for freelancers like me. (You can use my code C2Q0I to get a discount.) If I had known them before I wouldn’t have applied for a Japan visa without an ITR .
Now you may be wondering if my advice here will work when I already have an ITR and got my Korean Visa approved. Well, I don’t have a COE because I’m a freelancer, while my friend who traveled with me in Korea last October doesn’t have an ITR and she’s also a freelancer like me. But please take note that approval still depends on the Korean Embassy consul.
Step by Step Guide How to Apply For a K orean Visa
Step 1: get a travel agency to help you (but walk-ins at kvac are now allowed)..
UPDATE: Starting August 29, 2023, in line with the official operation of the Korea Visa Application Center (KVAC), all Korean visa applicants must submit their visa applications at KVAC (you can walk in but make sure to come very early). Applying through accredited travel agencies is back again, but if you submit through them make sure to do it at least a month before your desired travel date.
- Here is the link to the accredited travel agencies for South Korean visa applications .
- KVAC Location:
- 9F~10F, Brittany Hotel BGC, 6 Mckinley Pkwy, BGC, Taguig, Metro Manila
- Website: https://www.visaforkorea-mn.com
- Days open: Same as the embassy’s working days. Holidays will be announced from time to time (Office hours: 09:00–17:00 but submission of application cut off is 16:30).
- Service Fee: PHP 900
Step 2: Fill out the Application Form
- Download the visa application form here .
- Must be printed on A4-size paper.
- This must be computerized or typed, NOT handwritten, and type in Block Letters or Capital Letters so make sure your keyboard’s CAPS LOCK is on.
- The font should be Arial size 12.
- For fields that do not apply to you, leave them blank.
For a step-by-step guide on how to fill up the South Korea Visa Application Form, this article by Two Monkeys Travel Group is very detailed.
Step 3: Gather the required documents
UPDATE: From February 1, 2024, to December 31, 2024, the Embassy of the Republic of Korea in the Philippines will simplify visa application documents for visa applicants who meet the following conditions. Please be aware that for those who meet the following conditions, only the stated financial documents can be exempted or replaced, and other general required documents must still be submitted.
Professional license holders
○ Applicable for those holding a valid PRC license ID (IBP ID for a lawyer) with a profession of physician, dentist, lawyer (including a judge, prosecutor), certified public accountant, pharmacist, and veterinarian.
○ Required Visa Application Document
– Certificate of employment (original) and copy of PRC license ID or IBP ID
– Submission of bank certificates, bank statements, and ITR are exempted for professional license holders and family members. Other documents, such as proof of relationship, are required.
* Exempted documents may still be submitted if preferred
○ Applicable for BDO Gold or BDO Elite Credit Card Holders (Excluding Supplementary Credit Card Holders.)
– (Immediate family members): One’s parents, spouse, minor children (applicable for adult children who can prove to be students through documents), spouse’s parents
– Certificate of employment (original), copy of credit card(front only with complete information), and latest 3 months credit card account Monthly Billing Statements(copy)
– Submission of bank certificates, bank statements, and ITR are exempted for credit card holders and family members. Other documents, such as proof of relationship, are required.
You may read about this update on the Korean Embassy’s official website .
Here is the list of the South Korea Visa Application Requirements:
- As mentioned in Step 2 above.
- Must be glued on the designated area on the application’s first page.
- For the size, it should be 35×45 mm. Just tell the photo studio it’s for a Korean Visa, usually, they already have a package for it.
- Must be valid for more than 6 months from your target travel date.
- Must have a signature. The signature field is on the bottom part of Page 3 (page next to the Bio page).
- Must have filled out the Emergency Contact Page (the last page of the passport).
- Submit only if you traveled abroad within the last 5 years. If you did, submit them together with your current passport.
- Attach it to your current passport using a rubber band by tying the back cover of the new passport to the front cover of the old passport.
- The bio page is the information page of the passport (Page 2).
- Some said Japan is no longer accepted due to several cases of applicants submitting FAKE Japan visas, but I only have a Japan visa and I decided to submit it anyway.
- Having an OECD visa can increase your chances of approval.
- To see all the OECD member countries, visit this website .
- Must include account type, current balance, account opening date, and ADB (Average Daily Balance).
- If you have a guarantor, you must submit their original copy.
- Must cover at least 3 months.
- Again, if you have a guarantor you must submit theirs.
- But if you file online like me, your ITR isn’t stamped. If you use Taxumo you can email them to request a stamped ITR but it takes at least 15 days or more. Alternatively, you can write a cover letter explaining why your ITR is not stamped. (I opted to write a cover letter because I only have 3 days to gather my requirements because my Korea was planned last minute. I put my sample cover letter below.)
- Copy of PRC Card or IBP Card (If applicable only).
- FOR EMPLOYED: Certificate of Employment (COE). Must be original; and must have the address of the employer, the landline number and email address of the employer’s HR department, the applicant’s position, the date hired, and compensation. Mobile number is not allowed.
- FOR SELF-EMPLOYED: Photocopy of the Business registration form from DTI or SEC. SEC Registration must include pages with the names of stockholders. And Photocopy of the Business permit or Mayor’s permit. And BIR Form with Corresponding Payment Receipt from a BIR-authorized bank.
- FOR FREELANCERS: The latest contracts from your clients and/or proof of revenue like a written letter (I have a sample below) that has your client’s name, company name (if they have one), landline number, email address, date hired or collaboration, and compensation. Mobile number is not also allowed here. If you’re registered to BIR, submit the forms mentioned in “self-employed” above.
- FOR HOUSEWIVES/ HOUSEHUSBANDS: Photocopy of NSO Marriage Certificate and your spouse’s documents mentioned above including ITR.
- FOR STUDENTS: Original School Certificate, Photocopy of a School ID, Photocopy of the NSO Birth Certificate of the applicant, Parent’s NSO Marriage Certificate (if applicable), and parent’s documents mentioned above including ITR.
- IF YOU HAVE A GUARANTOR: You must submit theirs.
- Not required but if you don’t have an ITR or COE, or your ITR isn’t stamped or you have a missing required document, you need to write a cover letter. (My sample cover letter is posted below.) Put this at the bottom of the application too.
- If you have a guarantor, this is where you explain your relationship with that person and why they’re shouldering your trip.
- This is not required either but I still provided one. I put this at the bottom of my application and they accepted it when I submitted my application. (My sample itinerary is posted below.)
NOTE: For family applications, you must provide documents that can serve as proof of your relationship. Birth certificates and marriage contracts are accepted. A representative can file for the whole family.
STEP 4: Submit the documents and wait
If you’re going to submit it yourself, make sure to put them in an envelope and don’t fold the documents. Do not staple it either, use a paper clip instead for documents that have more than one page.
If you’re going to submit through a travel agency, they will check the documents before you leave.
Processing time depends. In my experience, my friend and I decided to submit it ourselves to the embassy and after 5 days we already got our result by checking our status on the Korean Embassy website here . But the people I know who submitted this 2024, it took them 1 week to get the result.
For travel agencies, it’s around 15 days, but it also depends on your travel agency’s backlog. For October and November make sure to submit at least a month before your desired travel month because a lot of people apply during those months for the Chuseok holiday and autumn season.
SAMPLE COVER LETTER FOR KOREA VISA APPLICATION
If you could notice, in the second paragraph I mentioned my purpose of entry, low-key implying that I’m going back to my country and I will be spending money in their country. I don’t guarantee it’ll 100% convince the consul but so far it worked on me both in Korea and Japan tourist visa applications.
SAMPLE OF PROOF OF REVENUE FOR FREELANCERS
Don’t forget to ask your client to put their logo and company name on top of the “Proof of Revenue” and don’t forget to ask them to sign it too. A digital signature is accepted because some freelancers have clients based abroad, as long as the company has a business number or email address.
If you’re going to use Klook to book train passes and attraction tickets, don’t forget to use my code “ALYRECOMMEND” to get 5% off.
Sample korea travel itinerary.
This is the actual travel itinerary that I submitted to the Korean Embassy and the same one I showed to the Immigration Officer in NAIA Terminal 1. The decoration is not necessary, I just want to express my excitement. I made this using Canva .
FREQUENTLY ASKED QUESTION S
Q: Should I book plane tickets before applying for a visa?
A: No, it is not necessary. The Korean Embassy discourages applicants from booking plane tickets before applying for a visa. There’s even a post about it taped outside their office.
Q: How much money should I show in my bank certificate?
A: People suggest your bank account should have at least Php10,000 per person per day during your intended stay. So if you’re planning to stay for 5 days, you should at least have Php50,000 in your bank account. But just to be sure, you should aim for a higher amount than settle for the minimum amount required especially now that they’re super strict on approving tourist visas due to an increasing amount of people illegally staying to work in their country.
Q: Can I submit more than one bank certificate?
A: Yes, you can. I submitted 2 bank certificates. The important thing is your statement of account. They look at how your money comes in and out. I’ve heard of people getting rejected because of a sudden huge deposit in their accounts. So to be safe, I just submitted all my bank accounts instead of doing a huge transfer.
Q: Should my bank account be 6 months old upon application?
This is actually on a case-to-case basis. I’ve heard people with bank accounts that are only 1-3 months old getting approved. It depends on your supporting documents.
If you have more questions about the Korean visa application, you can join this private group on Facebook that helped me a lot with the Korean Embassy updates and other members sharing their experiences.
What Should You Book in Klook For Your Korea Trip?
My friends and I did a BTS Trip (which I will blog about later) since we went there for the concert. But here are the things we booked in Klook that were very helpful going around Korea. (Don’t forget to use my Klook code “ALYRECOMMEND” to get 5% off.):
- SIM CARD – I highly recommend sim cards over rental WiFi device (if your phone is not locked by a network) because you don’t need a credit card deposit, if you get separated from your companions you have a way to contact them, and you don’t have to return it.
- AREX Incheon Express – This is a train station inside the Incheon Airport that will bring you straight to Seoul Station. No need to worry about catching a bus or booking a taxi.
- T-Money Card – This is like a beep card. You can use this in trains, buses, and taxis. You can buy this in convenience stores especially those limited editions with kpop groups. But if you want one before leaving the airport, you can buy one in Klook too.
- N Seoul Tower Ticket – If you’re a Kdrama fan, then this is a must-see place. This is the famous spot where lovers leave love locks.
- Hanbok Rental – Live your period kdrama fantasies, be a main character with a beautiful hanbok rental, and take photos in Changdeok Palace.
You can search for more activities in Korea through Klook below:
So these are the required documents, processes, and frequently asked questions on how to apply for a korean visa without an itr and coe. i hope this post will help. good luck, style vanity.