UPDATE: Company Alpha List Now Required For First-time Travelers

UPDATE: Company Alpha List Now Required For First-time Travelers

This article has been updated on June 27, 2018. For details read the Important Update below.

Important Update

The Embassy announced on June 25, 2018 that they will no longer require Korean visa applicants to submit their company alphalist. The change in policy takes effect along with the new visa application process on July 1, 2018.

For proper guidance, read: UPDATE: Company Alphalist No Longer Required Beginning July 1, 2018

The Rundown

  • If you are a first-time traveler or someone who has not been to any OECD-member country in the last 5 years, you are now required to submit a stamped Form 1604-CF or Company Alpha List. The policy took effect on March 26, 2018.

  • If you are unable to submit this new requirement, you may write a letter of explanation. However, note that failure to present the form may affect the result of your application.

  • If you hold any OECD-tourist visa/s, stop reading. You are not required to submit this requirement.

For the new Korean visa application procedure, read: Applying for a Korean Visa Through An Accredited Travel Agency

What's New

The Embassy of the Republic of South Korea in the Philippines now requires visa applicants who are employees to submit their Company Alpha List (stamped BIR Form 1604-CF) together with their Form 2316. This is to confirm the applicant's proof of income and returns.

As defined by BIR, the Form 1604-CF is a "...return...filed by every employer or withholding agent...who is...required to deduct and withhold taxes on compensation paid to employees and on other income payments subject to Final Withholding Taxes." Following this definition, applicants may then secure this document from their employer or human resources personnel. (Note that the form must be duly stamped by BIR.)

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If you are unable to obtain the alpha list, you are free to write a letter of explanation (template provided in the link at the TIPS! section). However, the Embassy notes that failure to submit the Alpha List will directly affect the result of the application.

The policy only applies for applicants who are first-time travelers and those who have not traveled to any OECD-member countries.

For Self-Employed Applicants

Those who are self-employed and are considered first-time travelers, submit the BIR Form with corresponding receipt.

Don't Forget

Effective July 1, 2018, all walk-in applicants for the South Korea visa (tourist) will no longer be accommodated in the Embassy. Applications must be coursed through a designated travel agency.

To learn more, read our new Korea visa application guide below (includes travel agency's contact details, address, and fees):


TIPS!

  • In case you missed the Important Announcement above, silly you. You're no longer required to submit the Company Alphalist starting July 1, 2018. Details are found here.

  • For a full list of Korean visa requirements (tourist), click here.

  • Click on the following for a sample letter of explanation.

  • If you have at least two (2) tourist visas to South Korea, you need not submit the alpha list. This is only a requirement for first-time travelers and/or those who have not been to an OECD-member country.

  • Employers from some companies, particularly large corporations, are exempted from submitting their company alpha list. To know whether your company is exempted, you may email or call the Embassy. Contact details are found below.

  • It pays to ask. One of our Facebook followers who works in a large corporation shared that she emailed the Embassy and got confirmation that her employer is exempted.

  • If your employer is not exempted and is unable to provide you a copy of your alpha list as a matter of policy, write a letter. If you could attach a document from your human resources department stating that they are unable to furnish you a copy, attach it to your cover letter to strengthen your application.

  • If your employer is only willing to share their BIR transmittal form, which is a certified confirmation that they've submitted the alpha list, email the Embassy and ask if they can accept this alternative.

  • For a list of OECD-member countries, click here.


Questions and Reference

For further questions about this new visa requirement, you may email the consular section of the Embassy at ph04@mofa.go.kr.

You may also click here to read their official notice.

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