Checking Korean visa status online

After four years, Mon and I will be visiting South Korea again! Just like in 2012, we will be there during winter. It is not without its roadblocks, though.

First of all, Mon had a problem with his passport. I was too afraid that he would be held up at the immigration in the Philippines when he followed me to Bangkok last October after my training. Our flight back to the Philippines was on the 31st of October. Two days after that, his passport would have been less than 6 months. Provided that it was still within the validity period during his stay with me, but it nevertheless made me quite nervous.

The earliest schedule for his passport renewal was on November 18. Counting the days for an expedite processing, his passport should have been released on the 29th. But, alas, it was not the case. We had quite a scare and his passport was due to be available on December 9. We still have to process our visa and we were already stretched thin. Good thing he took a chance the other day and got his passport 3 days ahead of the already-delayed schedule.

Word of advice: please make sure your passport’s validity is well more than 6 months your travel date. It is very stressful, given that the release date set by DFA is getting too unreliable for comfort.

As I write, his visa is on process, while I already got word that my visa was approved. How? I checked it online.

Waiting for my turn at Window 3 - Korean Embassy Philippines visa

Waiting for my turn at Window 3

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Our visa for South Korea got approved!

Two weeks ago, I started preparing for the requirements of our visa application for South Korea, but slowly psyched myself out until last night — what if I got denied. O_O

I arrived in the office very eager to leave and immediately go to McKinley Hill. I was so eager that I have even foregone paying my cellphone bill and forgotten that something would arrive in the mail today:

JRS Express Parcel - Letter Pouch, Manila, Philippines

Nothing makes me happy than seeing any JRS parcel. Just kidding.

Black Prada Tessuto Zipped Pouch - Manila, Philippines

Black Prada Tessuto Zipped Pouch - Triangle Logo - Manila, Philippines

It’s no coin purse but I think I can put more things inside! Plus, I need not worry about water stains because tessuto is definitely water resistant.

Back to the visa question, I immediately used the pouch and we went right away to McKinley Hill. I was very anxious because Raisa has still not replied whether she had already obtained my visa from the consular services. When she informed me that Mon was granted one last Monday, she was very quick to let me know. My paranoia kicked in and I called her just to clear things up. Turned out, something was just wrong with the network (damn you, Globe!) and Mon’s cellphone even has no signal.

Chancery lobby - Embassy of the Republic of Korea in the Philippines - McKinley Hill

 

(Not so sure if taking of photos was allowed, but I went for it anyway)

We arrived in the embassy and went immediately by the lobby of Chancery, where we waited for Raisa. The receptionist was already waiting for us and handed out our passports back to us. My first action was to shake the passport for signs of that dreaded white slip/paper, then search for my visa inside. It was on the 21st page and I heaved a sigh of relief (though I’m wondering why the visa was stamped way back into a much latter page of the passport, skipping exactly seven blank pages).

My Korean Tourist Visa for 2012 - South Korean Visa, Manila, Philippines

While waiting for Raisa

When Raisa arrived, we had a quick chat and was even teased over my paranoia, and how she was confident that I will be given one, especially I was also granted a year before. I was also surprised when she said that the results of our comprehensive exams might even reach the first week of November. I initially thought that the results will be out by the last week of October, but either way, they can push the results back to December as long as I pass.

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We weighed our chances for the umpteenth time but as we can no longer do anything but wait and pray, we just promised each other that we’ll let each other know of the results once they are already out.

Meanwhile, I can’t wait for our trip this December! We plan to spend the last day in Incheon and see what we can do there. See you again South Korea!

Preparing for our Korean visa application

More than sixty days from now, Mon and I will be going back to South Korea to experience winter there — on the condition that we get approved visas. So for this day, we just did our best to get all the basic requirements before lodging our application next week.

Korean visa from 2011 - Korean Embassy in the Philippines

Korean visa from 2011

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