Baby Dynamo is barely 3 months old. He was granted his F3 visa here in the Philippines by the Korean Embassy last February 19.
A lot of Filipinos lament the Korean embassy’s strictness with visa application. The Korean Embassy is said to be rejecting a lot of application for tourist visas. Personally, I think it depends on your purpose and the authenticity of your documents. It is a known fact that many apply for a tourist visa with the purpose of working in South Korea. Many of those are English tutors in the Philippines who would like to try their luck to work as (illegal) English tutors in South Korea. The problem arise in their documentary requirements, particularly the financial documents… and then they declare that the embassy is very strict. Without ample and authentic documents, what do you expect?
Four years ago, I also applied for a tourist visa. I submitted all the required documents and surprise!… instead of being granted a tourist visa, I was immediately granted a F-3 visa. It isn’t the standard procedure as F-3 visa holders should go through the process of being granted a tourist visa first and apply for a F-3 visa in South Korea. Anyway, it was a pleasant and a convenient surprise. I showed the lady accepting all visa applications at the Korean Embassy my case four years ago and she was surprised that I was granted the F-3 status instead of a tourist visa. For whatever it’s worth, Baby Dynamo was also granted the same status as I did.
I think the Korean Embassy is perceptive enough to evaluate and conclude that we are going to Seoul not just for a tour. So, instead of letting us go through the usual process of having a tourist visa first, they cut short the process for us and immediately granted us ur desired visa type. And it’s all in the documents that we submitted.
We are just counting the weeks. Little Dynamo, hubby and I are going to welcome our Baby Dynamo to our family life in Seoul. It’s one brave move! I will be assuming my role as the mistress of our house… without the perks our Philippine life is blessed with:-).