So, you’re a freelancer who wants to apply for a South Korean Tourist Visa without a COE? I get it.

As freelancers, we usually work with clients as individual contractors. We are not employees, and thus, we aren’t given any certificate of employment. This was my dilemma too. But think of it this way: COE is a document that shows you have work and you have income. If you have a client whom you work for regularly, try to ask them to sign a certificate. Explain to them that this is only for the purpose of your South Korean trip.

How do I apply for a South Korean Visa without COE? The answer: Have your client sign a certificate!

How To Apply For A South Korean Visa without COE

First, let me create a sample person.

Juan Di Tamad is a social media manager who works for Sample, Inc. He has worked there since April this year and he is in charge of managing social media accounts. His pay is P10,000 per month.

For Juan, here’s a sample certificate:




December 1, 2017

Embassy of the Republic of Korea in the Republic of the Philippines
12th Floor China Bank Corporate Center Lot 2, Samar Loop Cor. Road 5,
Cebu Business Park, Mabolo, Cebu City

Dear Sir / Madam:

This is to certify that Juan Di Tamad is employed/hired by Sample, Inc. as a Social Media Manager. He has been rendering social media management services to our company since April 2017 up to the present.

As a social media manager, he is in charge creating images and posts for the social media accounts of our clients.

Juan Di Tamad receives P10,000 base pay every month for his work. He is not required to apply for a leave of absence.

This certification serves as proof of Juan Di Tamad’s affiliation with us as a social media manager. This certification is issued upon his request for the purpose of acquiring a South Korean Tourist Visa.


Maria Mercedez
Sample, Inc.
+ 1 012 3456
1111 Sample Rd., Sample City, USA

And that’s it! That’s the certificate that YOU have to create if you want to apply for a Korean Visa without COE.

Feel free to follow this format but make sure that you replace the info with your name, position, duties, and pay. Take note of the items that I put in bold, as you need to replace those. Then, send this certificate to your client and have them sign it. Digital signatures are accepted by law. 🙂

Good luck!


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