For Filipinos, it’s unfortunate that it is sometimes difficult to travel abroad and even more difficult when a visa is required. All these documents are especially overwhelming such as ITR, bank certificate and certificate of employment just to name a few. Here, I am going to talk about my experience in applying for a visa to Japan hoping to help others who wish to do the same.
I traveled in Thailand twice and Singapore prior my first Japan visit. During my first overseas in 2013. I was asked the following questions.
1. How many days are you going to stay in Thailand?
2. With whom are you traveling?
3. Round trip ticket and hotel reservation
4. What is your job? (then asked for the company ID)
On my second trip which was in Singapore, I was asked these:
1. With whom are you traveling?
2. How many days are you planning to stay in Singapore
3. What is your job? (No company ID was asked, just any ID. I showed my PRC ID)
4. With whom did you travel in Thailand 2 years ago and how long did you stay there?
I had searched everywhere however it was rather hard to find the exact answers I was looking for when it was time to apply for my Japan visa. This post is for those Filipinos who plan to visit Japan with a guarantor and are unemployed, freelancer or do not have an ITR or Bank Certificate to provide. I do not work for any agency nor the embassy. This is merely from my experience.
My fiance and I had to meet his parents in Japan. Despite the overwhelming requirements, we were very determined to get everything that we needed. We began searching. I couldn’t help but be a bit uneasy because of some horror stories some people posted online, such as getting their visa denied or worse offloaded. The problem was, I couldn’t provide ITR and COE since I was working at home and my husband was a tourist in the Philippines. So we opt to have a guarantor. Fortunately, his father agreed to be my guarantor who would “support” my travel and provide the documents we needed from Japan to have a visa.
MY GUARANTOR’S PART
- Invitation Letter (mimoto hoshosho) with the guarantors signature/ hanko – original copy. Download the form (here) or from accredited agencies (here).
- Residence Certificate (Juminhyo) – original copyNOTE that this is only needed if your guarantor is Japanese but if your guarantor is not Japanese you he/she will need foreign registration certificate from the city hall.
- Income Certificate from City Hall (Shotoku Shomeisho), Tax return certificate (Nouzeishomeisho (form2) from Tax office, Kakuteishinkokusho Hikae or Bank Certificate (Yokin Zandaka Shomeisho)
- Authenticated and Notarized affidavit of Support (optional) – The immigration may asked for this but it is not one of the primary requirements. They usually ask for the passport, visa and ticket only but in some cases, they will require this at the immigration upon departure. I made a post on how to prepare an authenticated and notarized guarantee letter from Japan. You may click here to read it.
All documents mentioned above were sent to us and arrived in 4 days via EMS. EMS parcels can be tracked online here. I needed to pay 100 pesos when the documents arrived.
- PASSPORT. No broken lamination of the picture and MUST have a signature and at least 2 blank pages.
- 4.5 cm x 4.5 cm Photo with white background
- NSO Birth Certificate. (original) Agencies sometimes ask for the receipt
- Pictures, EMAILS or chats with dates
TIPS : Use photos with different locations and clothes on. Do not submit solo pictures.
- Schedule (Taizai Nitteihyo) We had English and Japanese submitted but you may opt for either of them. See the form here
- Application form that can be completed online or printed. See here.
- CENOMAR (optional required) I was required to give a Cenomar (Certificate of Non Marriage) since in the letter if invitation we mentioned that we were planning to get married. This was to certify that I was really not married. You may also visit the website of embassy of Japan for further details. (click here)
- Find an Accredited Agency
Friendship Tours and Resorts Corporation responded to our email the quickest. They asked for a bit higher processing fee compared to the other agencies (₱2200- 2000 for the processing fee, 200 LBC). They have Filipino and Japanese staff. They seemed nice and accommodating. A Filipino staff collected our documents and handed them over to a Japanese staff to have it checked. Everything was smooth and easy. Our documents were complete and we’re told that they would call us when the passport was ready for pick up. They asked us whether we wanted it delivered via LBC or picked up from their office. We decided to just have the passport delivered via LBC. I read many blogs saying that most of the time agencies wouldn’t mention anything about the result of the application whether it was denied or approved over the phone. However, when I received the call that I had been waiting for like, forever, they congratulated me and gave me the good news. ^^ (click here to visit Friendship tours website)
- Friday – Application at the agency
- Monday – Documents sent to the Embassy
- Wednesday – Granted
- Thursday – Received via LBC
I literally couldn’t get a good sleep thinking wether I would be able to get my visa granted or cry in the corner and be miserable. So when I finally got a call from them 5 days after my application, I felt such a relief. YAY! visa granted!
I hope this has been helpful.
UPDATE: We are married!^^