Continuing my South Korea series, I’d like to share the tips I have on how to apply for a South Korean Tourist Visa without an ITR (Income Tax Return).
As freelancers, there are a lot of reasons why some of us do not have ITR. When I applied on Nov 3rd, I was so anxious because my flight was already on Nov 15th. I forgot that I needed to secure a visa and I didn’t have enough time for to request for an ITR. Plus, the company I was working with was new so I knew that if I wanted an ITR, it would take days and I wouldn’t be approved in time for my trip.
So I applied without one, got approved, and here’s how I did it!
How do I apply for a Korean Visa without ITR? The answer? Create an explanation letter.
Since my letter has some sensitive information, I’d rather not share the format here. But here 5 parts that you ABSOLUTELY must include in your letter (after the general info like date, address, to whom it may concern, etc) to get approved of a Korean visa without ITR.
Part 1: Introduction – Introduce yourself properly.
- Passport info
- City you’re from
- Kind of visa you’re applying for
Part 2: Travel History – Show the consulate that you are merely a travel lover and not a person who has other intentions (like finding work there).
- Travel History
- Countries you’ve been to
- How long your trip usually lasts
- How often you travel
- You love for tours, etc.
Part 3: Why South Korea? – Share your admiration for South Korea!
- Why would you like to go to South Korea? Culture? Shopping? Food? Love for Kdramas?
- Where do you plan to go?
- What activities are you looking forward to?
Part 4: Travel Plans & Support – Be specific about your travel plans.
- When do you plan to go there?
- How much money do you have?
- How much have you saved?
- How can you pay for your trip?
Part 5: Honest Reason – Explain exactly and truthfully why you don’t have an ITR.
- Is the company you’re working for new and you’re still about to apply?
- Are you paying taxes elsewhere (like in the US, for example?)
- What is YOUR reason?
And there you have it! My 5-part explanation letter that you absolutely need to create to be approved of a South Korean Visa without an ITR. Hope this helps and if you have any question, feel free to leave a comment! 🙂