Visa Application Guides

I’ve noticed that my top posts are about visa applications so I have listed them here for easier navigation.

How to apply for an Australian Tourist visa online in the Philippines – 2015
How to apply for a Japanese Tourist visa by mail in the Philippines
– 2015
Guest Post: How to get a Philippine Tourist Visa for an Indian Nationals (in Chennai, India) – 2014
How to get a Canadian Tourist visa in the Philippines online – 2014
How I got my Taiwan Visa online – 2014
How to get a Dubai Visa online through Emirates – 2014
Schengen Tourist visa application for Philippine Passport holders at the French Embassy in Manila
– 2014
How to get your China Tourist Visa in the Philippines – second time
– 2014
How I got my Korean Tourist Visa (Multiple Entry) in the Philippines – 2014
Guest Post: How I got my US Tourist Visa – 2014
How I got my UK Tourist Visa in the Philippines – 2013
How I got my Japan Tourist Visa in the Philippines – 2013
How to Apply for a Schengen Tourist visa in the Philippines – 2013
How I got my Canadian Tourist visa in the Philippines – 2012
How I got my Schengen Visa in the Philippines – 2012
South Korea Tourist Visa experience – 2011
China Tourist visa – 2010

Other Helpful blog posts: 

How to Order NSO issued Birth Certificates online in the Philippines – 2012
Philippine Passport renewal at Marquee Mall – 2013

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37 thoughts on “Visa Application Guides”

  1. This is so helpful,Ems! Mabuhay!

    • Thanks eatsinbaguio! Looking forward to more guest posts from you.. Hahahah.

      • ask q lng if pwede na kya ako mg apply ng visa.?9yrs nko married sa husband q na japanese.pero since na deport kc me b4 overstayed sa japan kya 5yrs penalty me b4 dw mkblik ng japan.nattakot kc ako bka di prin ako pwede mgrant ng visa.okey lng ba kht wla ako cert. of eligibility pa tas mg aplay nko ng visa?pls help me..

      • Hi aya,

        Pasensya na wala akong idea about sa sitwasyon mo.. Mas maganda siguro magask dun sa mga accredited travel agencies tutal sila naman ang magchecheck ng documents mo before submitting it to the embassy. Baka mas makatulong sila. Pasensya na.

  2. hi! I need some help with getting TRV for canada hope to have an email from you. thanks :)

  3. Hi! I am applying for a TRV for canada, my documents are all ready. Letter of invitatio, fully accomplished forms, cert of employment, payslips.. Letter of support… I am currently employed at the bank and I will also include my Leave of Absence that already approved by my manager.. In my Leave of Absence letter I indicate the exact date oct1-oct30 and my reason is that I will visit my father at the same time to have a vacation and it also said that i will come back on the said date. My money also at the bank where my savings is not that high but i have a bank cert for support since my father is the one who will shoulder All my expenses. Should I buy now a plain ticket that will attach to the application? And as far as your concern will my application for trv will be successful? Thanks!

    Joan

    • Hi Joan,

      Don’t buy a ticket because there really isn’t any guarantee with visa applications even if you have complete documents. It really depends on them. You can include a ticket reservation which is free. Some travel agencies provide this for free or ask you to pay a minimal fee of 100 pesos.

      As for getting a visa, I’m really in no position to say anything about your approval. My advise though is that we increase our chances if we submit complete documents. I always make sure to submit complete documents, mas ok ang sobra kesa kulang. Haha. You just really have to prove as much as possible that you’ll be coming back. Good luck on your application! :)

  4. Hi! I am applying for a TRV for canada, my documents are all ready. Letter of invitatio, fully accomplished forms, cert of employment, payslips.. Letter of support… I am currently employed at the bank and I will also include my Leave of Absence that already approved by my manager.. In my Leave of Absence letter I indicate the exact date oct1-oct30 and my reason is that I will visit my father at the same time to have a vacation and it also said that i will come back on the said date. My money also at the bank where my savings is not that high but i have a bank cert for support since my father is the one who will shoulder All my expenses. Should I buy now a plain ticket that will attach to the application? And as far as your concern will my application for trv will be successful?

  5. Hi! My daughter is planning to apply for student visa in uk, may i know yhe requirements or do you know an agency that can help my daughter .

    • Hi Pinky,

      I only applied for a uk tourist visa so I don’t have any idea about student visas. I also applied myself and didn’t go through any agency. I have no idea about agencies. Sorry. :)

  6. Michelle Saavedra said:

    Hello Maam Em, question lang po, yung sa letter of invitation bah (Tourist Visa for Canda) saan ba yun isend? Tapos may isa nalang pano ang pagbayad ko sa process ng visa? sabay ba sila ng pgsend ko ng documents or after na ma-approve ng isang agency/embassy. Please help!

    Thanks!

    • Hi Michelle,

      Hindi ako familliar sa agency since nagapply ako directly sa embassy. At the time na nag-apply ako, we mailed lahat ng documents. Ngayon chineck ko yung website, currently you can either apply online or apply through a Visa Application center. Pwede ka magonline application, kung may credit card ka. Kung wala, iapply mo sa Visa application center at dun ka magbabayad ng fee in cash. Sa documents, depende din kung paano ka mag-aapply. Kung online, kailangan mo iscan ang mga documents. Kung sa Visa processing center, kailangan mo isubmit dun sa personnel at sila yung magchecheck including ng letter of invitation among other documents needed.

      • Michelle Saavedra said:

        Hello Maam Em,

        Andito po kasi ako sa Mindanao tapos ang mga application center ay sa Cebu at Manila lang. Plano ko talaga na documents lang talaga ang pagprocess. Pano yun pagbayad sa requirements Maam Em? confused lang talaga ako kasi hindi klaro yung pag reply nung nag inquire ako :( Thanks

      • Hi Michelle,

        Kailangan mong personal na pumunta sa visa processing center – either sa Cebu at Manila dahil kukunin nila ang biometrics mo which is fingerprints at picture for processing. Ang pagbayad ay sa visa processing center din which is in Cebu at Manila. Ang sa Manila ay by cash, hindi lang ako sigurado sa Cebu.

  7. Michelle Saavedra said:

    Hi Maam Em, pero tourist visa yung i-apply ko. Kelangan pa ba ng biometrics yun? Hindi naman siguro.

    • Hi Michelle,

      Sorry i was confused akala ko UK Tourist visa yung tinatanong mo.. Ngayon lang ako nagkachance magread ulit ng comments. Nasa Visa section kasi ito. HIndi nga required ang biometrics with Canada Tourist visas. :)

  8. Hi ems, is it okay lang ba kung ipanotarize ko yung Leave Of Absence ko since our company requires advance filing of leave so the date from my letter of leave of absence is i think May or april but i’ll submit my application in vfs/trv by july or august pa naman. Thanks

    • Hi J,

      As long as naka-indicate dun sa leave of absence mo yung travel dates mo, hindi naman magmamatter yung date of issue. I don’t think it needs to be notarized pero kung mas komportable ka na ganun, nasa sayo yun. :)

  9. Hello po nasa UK n po me kaso malapit na matapos un stay ko dito as tourist.. Pag uwi ng pinas how soon po bago me makapag apply ulit visa para makabalik ng UK

    • I don’t think may restrictions sa pag-aapply ulit unless denied ang application. You can apply as soon as may schedule na available to apply. Or you can check directly with the embassy in Manila or their visa processing center para sure. :)

  10. Hello po mam, ems gusto KO po Sana malaman kung ano po visa ang pwede q kunin bali may friend po ako sa London siya po lahat ang gagatos ano ano po bang papers ang mga kailangan ako at pati po sa kanya salamat po mam ems mam ems Bali mag kano po any magagastos salamat po

    • Hi Belinda,

      Depende kung ano ang purpose ng visit mo. Kung magbibisita ka, tourist visa. Kung ang friend mo ang gagastos, siya ang sponsor mo pero hindi ako familiar sa papers na kailangan pag sa sponsor. Hindi ko po alam kung ilan ang magagastos, depende po yan sa itinerary niyo at ano ang balak niyo gawin. :)

  11. Hi Ms. Ems may I ask where did you submit your requirements for a tourist visa application to Canada is it in VAC office? Did you had any interview with the officer regarding your application? Do you think much easier to apply online or submit docs in person? Thank you in advance for your reply.

    • Hi Belle,

      I submitted my application online as it is more convenient for me living outside of Manila. There was no interview. I don’t know what’s easier, I guess it just depends on your situation. Personally, I found it a lot more convenient to do the application online. :)

  12. Wow you replied so fast thank you!😊 what about the picture if I will apply online do I have to scan it as well and how will they mark if approve or disapprove on my passport? Maybe they will require me to forward original docs afterwards.

  13. hi maam ask ko lang po kc plan ko po mag apply ngvisit visa papuntang UK actually po nakkuha nko last 2012 ng 6 months visa nagpunta po ako dun ng 23 days then plan ko po balik ulit dun ng june then if ever maggrant po gusto ko narin sana apply ng schegen visa ng mkapunta ng france kaso ang problem ko wala pa tlga akong exact date ng travel sa france dpende po lhat sa availability ng kapatid ko na nasa UK kung kailan nya ako pwede samahan pumunta. dba po need dun ng hotel voucher at plan ticket. at usually po ilang days ang bnbgay na visa kpag schengen kc may friend ako nkakuha ung number of days lang tlga ng travel nila ang visa validity.

  14. Just got back from Japan. Thanks for this very helpful site. More power!

  15. Hello emz ..I want to have a travel in Italy and I seach some package trip with a group. Can I ask if you know a good agency to do this? Thanks.

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