Visa for Filipinos Going to Japan with a Guarantor

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I can’t believe I am actually making this blog on how to get a visa to Japan. For Filipinos, it’s sad to say that it is sometimes difficult to travel abroad especially when there are documents needed for a desired trip such as ITR, Bank Certificate and Certificate of Employment. Here, I am going to talk about my experience in hoping to help others who wish to go outside of the country.

I traveled in Thailand in 2013 and just this year, April 2015, in Singapore. I had no problem at the immigration with the two trips.

During my first trip, I was nervous just like everybody else. I was asked these.

1. How many days are you going to stay in Thailand?

2. With whom are you travelling?

3. Round trip ticket and hotel reservation

4. What is your job? (then asked for the company ID)

On my second trip which was Singapore, I was asked these:

1. With whom are you travelling?

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 hard to find the exact answers I was looking for. This blog is for Filipinos who plan to visit Japan with a guarantor but 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 read blogs made by Filipinos and so did he but only those that were posted by Japanese. Because of some horror stories people posted online, such as getting offloaded or getting their visa denied, I got major anxiety. The problem was, I couldn’t provide ITR, COE and Bank Certificate right away. So we opt to have a guarantor. Fortunately, my fiance’s father agreed to be my guarantor. It means that he was the one who would “support” my travel expenses and provide the documents we needed from Japan to have a visa.

———-MY GUARANTOR’S PART———-

  • (A.1) INVITATION LETTER AND GUARANTEE LETTER  (MIMOTO HOSHOSHO)

There is a form you can download (here) OR you may also get it from the accredited agencies (here). It is important that it has the handwritten signature of the guarantor. So no faxing, photocopying or sending through email. In japan they also put a RED STAMP aside from the signature.

  • (A.2) AUTHENTICATED AND NOTARIZED AFFIDAVIT OF SUPPORT OR INVITATION LETTER

This was the document that we missed at first. You won’t be needing this for visa application but at the immigration. They may asked for this. We actually did not know that we would need this. When I got my visa granted, I  checked online about the possible immigration requirements. Although it was not my first time to travel abroad, I had anxiety when I thought of the immigration.  It is not the primary requirement at the immigration since they will only asked for the passport, visa and ticket. However, since I did not have any documents that proved my financial capability for the trip, I needed an authenticated affidavit of support. We couldn’t find any clear explanation on the internet regarding this. I made a blog on how to prepare an authenticated and notarized guarantee letter from Japan. This how I did it. (Click here to read the blog)

  • RESIDENCE CERTIFICATE (JUMINHYO)

NOTE 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 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) 

After my guarantor completed the documents I needed, they were sent to us Saturday and received the documents Thursday via EMS (4 DAYS). I tracked the document with the tracking number that was provided to us on the EMS website (click here). I needed to pay 100 pesos but I did not know the reason, I just paid anyway to the postman.

———-MY PART—–—–

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  • PASSPORT.

No broken lamination of the picture and MUST have a signature and at least 2 blank pages.

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  • 4.5 cm x 4.5 cm PHOTO WITH WHITE BACKGROUND
  • NSO Birth Certificate. (ORIGINAL CLEAR COPY)

My mom requested it for me and it was released right away. She paid 145 pesos. If there is no problem with anything you can get it the same day.  You may also request online with a higher price (here)PLEASE REMEMBER THAT THE RECEIPT IS IMPORTANT.

  • PICTURES, EMAILS OR CHATS

I needed to prove the relationship I have with my fiance  through pictures, chats or emails. The dates here are also important.

TIPS : use photos with obvious background not just a blank white boring ones.Choose different types of photos with different locations and clothes. Do not submit solo pictures. For couples, It is not necessary to include pictures of you french kissing or something that is not decent just to prove that your relationship is authentic.

  • SCHEDULE (TAIZAI NITTEIHYO)

You may opt to make one in English but my fiance made it in Japanese so I did not have to worry about anything. This schedule was just a plan and NOT mandatory to follow exactly what was in it. It is also NOT required to buy a ticket before applying for a visa. Others do, but I do not recommend.You may download the form from here

  • APPLICATION FORM

It was in PDF file but I was able to type my information. You may also print it and just write your information.I downloaded it from here.

  • CENOMAR WITH RECEIPT (OPTIONAL NOT REQUIRED)

I was required to submit a Cenomar (Certificate of Non Marriage) since in the letter if invitation we mentioned that we were planning to get married. This was to make sure that I wasn’t lying about planning to get married and I was really single. My mom also got this for me but you may also request online and download the application form here.

You could also visit the website of embassy of Japan for further details. (click here)

———–FOR VISA APPLICATION———-

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  • FIND AN ACCREDITED AGENCY 

We chose Friendship Tours and Resorts Corporation because they were the ones who responded to our email the quickest. They asked for a bit higher processing fee compared to the other agencies. 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 to 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. (It was not a door to door delivery) We paid a total of ₱2200 (2000 for the processing fee, 200 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 congratulate me for having my visa granted. ^^ (click here to visit Friendship tours website)

  1. Friday – Submission of the requirements to the agency
  2. Monday – Documents sent to the Embassy
  3. Wednesday – Granted
  4. Thursday – Received via LBC

It was not a good feeling waiting for a visa to be granted. No one wants to waste time, money and effort. The suspense was killing me. I literally couldn’t get a good sleep. So when I finally got a call from them 5 days after I handed my requirements to them. I felt like I heard angels singing from my back. YAY! visa granted!

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———–IMMIGRATION———-

There are some cases when Filipinos are in fact get offloaded due to different reasons. Usually, Philippine passport holders traveling to Japan are just asked to present the following: passport, visa, round trip ticket. letter of invitation authenticated by the Philippine Embassy/Consul is going to be asked by the IO if a Filipino traveler is qualified for a secondary inspection. Please read the blog about authenticated letter of invitation to know the details. The link is above.

I hope this has been helpful.

Have fun in Japan!

binibiningcinnamon

 UPDATE: We are married!^^

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269 thoughts on “Visa for Filipinos Going to Japan with a Guarantor

  1. Hellow po . 2014 po ako unang nkapasok dito sa japan pero 3times napo akong nka uwi ng pinas . 1year po ang visa Ask ko lang po kailan ko po pweding makuha ang asawa ko ?

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  2. Goodevening po.
    Congrats po pala.
    gusto po naming mag pakasal ng girlfriend ko sa japan. 3 months palang po sya dun.
    pwede po makita yung iterenary nyo ?
    and tips po SALAMAT

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    1. Hi bryan. i don’t know why u r congratulating me. I got married in 2015, so thanks anyway. is ur girlfriend filipino or japanese? we ddnt get married in japan so I don’t really know the exact process. what do u mean sa itinerary? Good luck

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      1. filipina po sya maam.
        The biggest problem is my visa maam.
        Natatakot po kasi ako baka ma deny >.<
        Ilang days po kayo noon maam ?

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  3. Hello po. Ask ko lang po, nagpadala yung uncle ko ng guarantee letter kaso may namali po kasi akong sulat ng names ng auntie ko so ang ginawa ko po instead na magpadala uncle ko uli ng papers from Japan pinakopya ko nalang sa friend ko na marunong magsulat ng japanese since pinadala niya rin po yung stamp nia. Okay lang po ba yun? Mag kaiba ng hand writing sa ibang papers.. 😅

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    1. HI sheen. legally that is Forgery. Are you willing to take the risk? If the embassy finds out in the future, you may not be able to visit Japan or worse, the other countries as well. Im sorry. Good luck!

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  4. Hello binibinig cinnamon! Very similar ng situation natin, ang pagkakaiba lng ay nasa Japan ang boyfriend ko.
    Kukuha ako ng visitor visa with your guide. Gusto ko lng po malaman kung gaano katagal yung process ng marriage at visa renew for spouse sa case nyo. Okay lang ba na hindi ako umuwi ng pinas kahit over 15 days habang nag pprocess ang marriage or visa? Umuwi po ba kayo ng pinas after marriage para magapply ng spouse visa?

    Thank you~

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    1. Hi Arisah, ang process ng marriage depende kung may prob kau sa names or documents but if u do it in the phil, u may need months to prepare for the docs and requirements. I havent renewed any visa. If ur visa is for 15 days, the u have to exit or extend. However, I dont know the process for extension in Japan. We got married in the Philippines and Spouse visa means tourist visa for Filipinos who have Japanese spouse. If you mean, living in Japan for good, that is Visa with eligibility. Good luck!

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  5. hi i read your blog and its very helpful i just wanna ask if kailangan talaga ang ang ITR OR bank records kasi ang guarantor ko ang gagastos sa lahat in this case its my sister at ang japanes husbond nya thanks.

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  6. hello binibining cinnamon, during your first trip in japan, what did you wrote on occupation section of departure card? housewife? or just the word unemployed? I traveled several times outside the country but this is my first time to travel unemployed and writing unemployed on departure card will trigger several questions for sure. I have a guarantor.

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  7. Hi, I’m planning to apply for a tourist visa to Japan with a guarantor. Is submitting photos optional? Wala kasi kaming photos together. 😦

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  8. Hi binibining cinnamon! I have been to Japan 5 times now. With the following dates April 7-14, 2016, June 15-25, 2016, November 11-20, 2016, January 27-February 02, 2017, April 17-21, 2017 my boyfriend is my guarantor. I was about to go to Japan on June 13-21 but got denied. I apply last week friday, 10 days before my flight. We even bought a plane ticket. That is why we are sad after finding the result.

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    1. Hi Yaan, I saw your comment and like you I have been in Japan many times already and I have plans of applying for visa again next month. Do you know what is the reason why your visa got denied?

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    2. Hi Yaan, I saw your comment here and like you I have traveled to Japan many times already. I have plans of applying again for visa next month. I was wondering, do you have any idea why your visa got denied? Hope to hear from you.

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  9. Hello binibining cinnamon! yung boyfriend ko yung mg.guarantor saken, ask ko lang po kung anong possible reason yung isusulat sa invitation letter para for assurance of visa approval. thanks po..

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    1. Yes! Same as me! Nag-tatrabaho si BF sa US Air Force sa Okinawa Japan, and currently unemployed ako. Is it possible for him to be my guarantor? He’s American Citizen and we both are not sure kung pwede niyang i-shoulder yung expenses ko. Please help me. ㅜㅜ

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  10. Hello. Possible kaya na madeny ang isa sa amin ng kapatid ko at isa ang maapproved.? Same kami na nagapply for visiting relatives visa pero may record ang kapatid ko. napauwi sya dati dahil nagwork sya sa japan kahit hnd pwede. tnx

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  11. Hello, cinnamonchan.. Ask ko lang if i am a self-employed and have complete docs to comply(itr,lgu,dti,bank cert). But then anxious lang ako if may possibility ba ma denied ang visa ko even i have no travel history?

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  12. Hi! Ask ko lang po, pde ba mag guarantor ang mom ng bf ko for our japan trip? D jap and d rim resident yung mom ni bf .. kasama nmin xa mag tra-travel s jpn. Im currently employed din nman with above min wage .

    Worry lang kasi ako dun s bank bal ko less than 50k kaya we plan sana na umg mom ni bf ang mag gagarrantor

    Tnx in advance for your reply

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    1. Correction po on my post above., Moms bf po ung mag ssponsor nung expenses ko , pde po ba yun? Ano po kaya need nmin docs? Tnx

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  13. Hi, just want to ask to ask lang po we are planning n pmunta s japan this coming oct kasama ko umg family ng bf ko.Is it possible ba na pwede mag guarantor sa akin ung mom ng bf ko (fil citizen and residing here in phils)? May work din nman ako dito as reg company employee earning above min. Wage .

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  14. Hello po. Pwedi po ba e-extend yong Tourist Visa ng 3 months? Nandito na po ako sa Japan at mag eexpire visa ko this June. May chances po ba na hindi ma extend? Ano pa ba mga requirements para sa Tourist Visa extension? More power.

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    1. Hi Maria Clara, I’m sorry I don’t know anything bout extension of visa while ur in the country ur visiting. I know in Singapore it’s possible and easy but I don’t really know bout Japan. Good luck!

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      1. hi po nasa magkano po yong pinakamababang amount ng yen na pwede ilagay ng tita ko bank nya sa japan?
        ..ask ko lang po sana…godbless po

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      2. Hi mhie! There is no amount recommnded. Having big amount in ur bank account does not guarantee a visa approval. I suggest u calculate how much u will spend a day and multiply kung ilang day doon. Good luck!

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  15. hi, i need your suggestion regarding mg ITR, i am presently employed for 3 years as a minimum wage earner meaning wala po kaming tax, what advice should you give? yun lang talaga problema ko eh.. what supporting documents should i present? thank you so much.

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    1. hi jess. ITR is required if u r going to shoulder ur trip. however if u r not unable to present u need to make an explanation why its impossible for u to give them one, I also suggest u ask for professional advice fro ur chosen agency. Goodluck!

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  16. Hello Just want to ask how did u get married in japan? are u holding a tourist visa the time u got married? What is the procedure of getting married in japan? Thanks

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  17. Hi! I am planning to apply ng visa for visiting a friend sa Japan. Nakapag tourist na ako sa Japan for 3 times. Worried lang ako sa “proof of relationship” na hinahanap nila and yung explanation letter. First time ko kasi mag submit ng ganon. Tips naman kung pano mo ginawa yung letter mo? Thank you!

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  18. Hello binibining cinammon. I have a Japanese boyfriend and he is planning to invite me to have a trip in Japan this year. He will shoulder all expenses and I am capable to show a Bank cert. amounting 90K. We already bought one way ticket but as I have read the visa form, a guarantor’s occupation and company is indicated to be filled out and I have been thinking if it’s necesarry that he has current job because the problem is, he isn’t working now after he saved up for couple of years he decided to quit job and to travel. I just don’t know if what to write in that section or should I write his former job? Another problem is I don’t work in a company, I am just teaching as freelancer to Japanese students in different places but mainly in a non profitable guest house and condominiums..but I have read somewhere to never indicate that you are a freelancer.
    Thanks!

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  19. Hi Binibining Cinnamon, i have these questions na nagpapa worry sakin, im going to apply on june 2017 ng tourist visa to japan, my travel dates (august 12-19, 2017) my problem is, wala akong ITR kasi minimum wage earner lang ako,ano pa kayang ibang documents ang pwede ko ipresent to suffice my visa application? i also did a type written explanation letter Re: ITR not available, required po ba hand written?and for 8 days how much money should i put on my bank account? is 50k enough? thank you thank you sooo much for your time, i hope you can answer all these thank you ..

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    1. Hi Binibining Cinnamon, i have these questions na nagpapa worry sakin, im going to apply on june 2017 ng tourist visa to japan, my travel dates (august 12-19, 2017) my problem is, wala akong ITR kasi minimum wage earner lang ako,ano pa kayang ibang documents ang pwede ko ipresent to suffice my visa application? i also did a type written explanation letter Re: ITR not available, required po ba hand written?and for 8 days how much money should i put on my bank account? is 50k enough? thank you thank you sooo much for your time, i hope you can answer all these thank you ..

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      1. HI jess. wala namang required na amount. depende talga sa kung cno mang maasign na magreview ng papers mo. it’s better to use word na lang para neat kesa handwritten. what was the advice of ur agency?

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  20. Hi,nabasa ko ang blog mo and feeling q maging helpfull ito sa pg aapply ko ng visa sa japan.magiging guarantor ko kc ay japanese boyfriend ko.kaso kakauwi ko lng galing japan as trainee.pwede na kaya akong mg apply ng visa?we plan on getting married na kc as soon as possible.☺️Dec 2016 lng ako umuwi.

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  21. hi binibining cinnamon, just wanna ask if need ko gumawa ng letter of explanation kahit na may japanese guarantor ako pero unempoyed ako..thank you

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  22. Hello po, i read your blog And it was very helpful. I just want to ask lang po if may friend invite me and be may guarantor, ilang days po ba bago niya makuha lahat ng requirements such as ITR and bank statements niya sa japan ? Some blogs po kasi says that it will take 3months for my friend to get all the requirements bago niya masend saken dito sa ph. Totoo po ba na it will take that long? Thanks po

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    1. Hindi naman matagal. My mother in law was able to get an ITR the same day she requested for it. Is ur friend japanese? Not necessary itr and bank cert. Ur friend may choose one. from these requirements. Sending here sa phils wil take 1 to two weeks or more. Depende sa location mo. They have EMS service. U can track it.

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    2. Hi jaz wanna ask poh kng is it ok kng mgapply n poh me ng visa etng june kc i was denied poh last december 2016…guarantor k poh hubby k last tym gmit k poh itr nya at prho km bnk cert pero gamit k poh n passport pgkdlga k p poh kc nauna kasal nmn s pgkuha passport poh taz poh ibng papers k poh aplydo n poh ng huby k un poh s tngin k kya cgro denied visa k kc ngdecde poh me mgplit ng passport nlng agad om n poh xa now plan poh nmn mgtour ng anak k kc bday gft poh nmn knya hnd poh kya mdeny ako ulit kc ang guarantor k ulit eh ang hubby koh

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  23. super helpful ako dito sa blog niyo sis,ako kc pure japanese ako,so permanent visa ako. but kababata kong pinay kc,want nya pumunta d2,so ang problema ko is kung ako ang maging guarantor nya,makakakuha ba siya working visa,para maka trabaho sya sa japan?

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    1. Hi Tanaka-san. Kelangan may mag hire muna sa friend mo bago sya mabigyan ng working visa. ganun kc ang process sa pinoy. Dapat may job order. If ikaw ang mag ggarantor sa tourist visa nya, no prob. Good luck!

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  24. Hi binibiningcinnamon,

    Thank po sa mga blog and i learn a lot from it, I am planning now (March) to apply again for 3rd time after ko madeny ng dalawang beses yes sis twice 😦 same agency, with japanese sponsor and guarantor 1st attempt ako lang magisa and nadeny since di naman namin ineexpect na maapprove kakauwi lang po kasi ng lola ko from japan wala pang 6 months same guarantor din so try lang namin, but then again after a year we tried again with my lola naman and for the 2nd attempt deny parin same agency, same requirements,same guarantor and sponsor and unfortunately ako padin ang di nabigyan ng visa. (daig ko pa paulit ulit na iniwan ng jowa) HAHAHA! oo nga pala sis under VISA APPLICATION VISITING RELATIVES ung dalawang application.

    And December 2016, nagapply ng visa tita and tito ko which is based in cebu and for some reason may kulang sila na requirements na ako ang nautusan na magpasa sa FRIENDSHIP Makati para mas mabilis ako narin kumuha ng visa nila and they GOT MULTIPLE VISA 30 days (swerte!),one of the staff approach me since nakita nila ung passport ko with the red mark sa likod they asked me san daw ako nagapply nakakahiya pero kinuwento ko nadin na twice ako nadeny! then sabi sakin bat di ko daw itry ulit magapply under TOURIST VISA with my aunt would be my GUARANTOR and SPONSOR graduated na ako kaso im working as a freelance graphic artist and i dont have ITR we also have a business which is under my name but then i can only provide DTI permit since the ITR nilalakad pa kakaopen palang namin. Since my aunt has a established business in cebu the FRIENDSHIP staff told me, bakit di ko daw itry na itanong sa tita ko if pwede sya magguarantor and sponsor kasi daw if I apply again as VISITING FAMILY with the same guarantor and sponsor na ginamit ko during my 1st and 2nd attempt the result will be same “DENIED” and since medyo nakumbinsi ako ni Kuya i asked my aunt about this and luckily she agree.

    And now with the help of your blog, i know some mistakes i made from the first and 2nd attempt, hopefully mabigyan na ako *crossfinger* i will be applying a TOURIST VISA ,15 days (unlike before na sinasagad namin ng 90 days which is not advisable according sa mga blogs since this would be my first time). Need ko padin ba magpasa ng BANK CERTIFICATE, CREDIT CARD STATEMENT and DTI PERMIT kahit si tita na ang guarantor ko and pati po ba Affidavit of Support?

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    1. Hi iamakikote! Sorry to hear bout ur story. pero try lng ng try. if auntie mo mag gaguarantor, sa kanya manggagaling ung ITR or Bank certificate. wala kang ibbgay. Ang affidavit of support galing sa tita mo patunay na sya ang mag susuport financially ng travel mo. Good luck!

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  25. hi ma’am
    balak ko mag apply ng visa next month, may bf ko is japanese 24 years old student.. unemployed naman ako.. mag aaply ako 5 days staying in japan and sabi ng papa ng bf ko is iggurantor niya ako at ipprovide nya lahat ng focumets na kakailanganin ko.. nagmeet na ola kami ng boyfriend ko last year, july 2016. ma’m first time ko magpunta sa japan at wala pa travel history ang passport ko.. ano ung chances na ma approve yung aaplayan ko na visa? and kahit hondi pa po ako bibili muna ng round ticket is ok lang? sana ma’am mabasa mo to.. maraming salamat.

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    1. hi ジェニー – san!
      1st dont buy your ticket just yet.

      2nd yes pwede sya mag guarantor just like my experience. The difference is that my husband and I were getting married that time.

      3rd as long as you provide all the necessary docs wla kang dapat ikabahala.

      4th you have to prove na babalik ka ng pinas. tulad ng school registration o kahit anong magpapatunay na babalik ka at wala kang balak mag work. ok?

      Good luck.

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  26. Hello po, ask lang. I have a Japanese guarantor, siya nag invite sa akin sa Japan. So, Iyong visa na aaplayan ko ay visiting a friend (my guarantor) pero wala ako ma provide na pictures. Given, my mga chats kami, pero hindi pa kasi kami nagkita eh. Paano po iyon?

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  27. hello,ask q lng if need pa ba ng ‘reservation’ sa hotel kht na my guarantor is my sister?though i’m self employed wouldn’t it be questionable na me reservation pa aq?or much better kng ung address na lng ña ung ilagay or sbhin qng place of stay?first timer here kya mjo clueless..thank you,God bless

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  28. Hello Ms. Cinnamon, I’m Ms. Sunshine, I would like to make a soft survey about the real chance of getting an approval in visa application to japan. Here are my questions:
    1.Im a regular employee, I have 50k in my bank account and I booked a 7 days rounnd ticket to Nagoya. Based from your experience do you think that this fund is enough?
    2. Given the amlunt, is it safe to just stay in nagoya so my tourist iterinary is much more realistic.
    3. I am travelling with my workmates, would it be best to apply for japan visa as an individual applicant? or has to be done as a group?
    4. Any suggestion with regards to.an iterinary that suits a 50k budget for 7 days.

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    1. I suggest u apply as a group. wala naman clang cnasabi na amount so depnde lagi. sbhn ntin 50 k sa bank pero may cash ka. pero hndi na tinatanong yan. they also dont check kung saan ka tlga ppnta. although pwede ka mag gawa gawa ng schedule na maipapakita sa immgration. Good luck!

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  29. Ohayo!! well 6am na ngayon haha di ako nakatulog. sa wednesday next week ko pa malalaman if ok na japan visa namin ng husband ko. last year pumunta kami ng tokyo. this time sa osaka naman. kinakabahan ako baka ma deny kami kasi yung sa contact person nilagay ko yung name ng airbnb host namin. tapos tinanong ako if sino daw yung nilagay ko sabi ko host namin sa airbnb so nilagyan nya ng open close parenthesis. mamaya baka isipin nila guarantor namin yun 😦 para akong masisiraan ng ulo. may 1 week pa ko mag iisip lols!!! kasi today sya susubmit sa japanese embassy daw. wednesday… so maprocess daw yung start e thurs tapos after 4 working days daw ako pwede mag ask. di ko alam if tama ba or mali yung nilagay ko yung name ng host namin….

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    1. hi ms.cinamon.ask ko lng po,me and my son applying for a visa.(spouse and long term resident).late registered ang anak ko,is it possible for a denied of visa and how many days po bago marelease ang visa..tnx

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      1. hi tin! nagkataon ng we are also going to apply for my spouse visa in a few months. Just me coz my son has dual citizenship. Is your son a filipino citizen? kung late registered there are other requirements sila na hinihingi na nasa website. Posibleng madeny kung d mo nameet requirements. I suggest take ur time in preparing the documents. paulit ulit mong icheck para sigurado. I cannot give you an exact answer for now but soon I’ll be writing my post about spouse visa. Good luck!

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  30. Hi binibiningcinnamon, thank you so much for helping people get higher chances of seeing Japan.
    I also have a question. I’m planning to apply for visa and this is my situation

    1. I have booked a round trip ticket for a 5-day trip in March to Tokyo (impulsively, naka air sale kase hehe)
    2. This would be the first time I’d get out of the Phils if ever and I’ll be flying alone. (my passport has no stamps / mark of any travel history)
    3. I have savings in my bank which I think is sufficient for my 5-day trip. However, what worries me most is that I’m recently unemployed.
    4. I have a friend in Japan who may be able to help me. He’s currently a college student but maybe we can ask his parents to be guarantors? (is this possible? I’ve never met his parents)

    would it matter that I’m unemployed kung may guarantor ako and may savings din naman ako?
    I’m just worried na baka maging strict ang embassy and immigration if they find out na wala akong work currently (baka isipin nila mag TNT ako kahit di naman huhu)

    I’m hoping you’ll be able to shed some light on this.
    I really appreciate your efforts!

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    1. Hi marvin. Pwd cla mag guarantor. Mtrabaho pero pwede. No prob. Parang front lng. Cla kunwari ng invite but ikaw pdin ggastos. Kc bka mkwestyon ung capability since wala k work. Alam mo n. Walng tiwala sa tin.U also hav to explain bat wala k work. Just prove ur connction with their son like chats, pics.

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      1. Hi binibiningcinnamon, Ask ko lang about sa pictures to prove relationship. Hindi ba required na ang picture na isubmit ay picture mo together with the guarantor? kasi same case with mine, we have a guarantor in Japan – my bf’s Japanese brother in law. but when i met him in Philippines last year, wala kameng picture together. So ok lang din kaya na ang pic na isubmit ko ay yung picture namin ng bf ko to prove our relationship. tapos si bf naman may pic sha na masusubmit na kasama ung japanese brother in law nya eh.

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      2. Hi isha! yes! pic of u and ur bf is good. Next thing is to prove ung relationship ni bf ant ni brother in law. tulad ng birth certificate (parents name) n mag papatunay na ung sister nya ay wife ni brother in law.

        – ur bf and u pic together
        – ur bf and sister birth certificate
        -(possible) parents marrigae cert
        – sister and brother in law marriage cert

        Good luck!

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  31. Hi po tanong kulang? Nag aaply po kami ng visa ngayon dalawa pokami at may garauntor po kami sister in law ko po at lahat po naman ng requirements ayy naacomplish naman po,, OK napo bayon noong thuesday pa natanggan ng agency ang papers po namin kailan pokaya mababalik saamin Yong passport namin?? Thank you po ☺️

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      1. Maam tanong po..mag apply po ako japan visa together with my friend..he is married and im not.may chance kaya kami or ang isa sa amin ma deny?

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  32. hi tanong ko lang po ung sa authenticated na invitation letter hanggang ngayon po need pa po un?kc po sept2015 po pumunta po kami japan pero hindi po kami hiningian pero kasabay po kc namin ang guarantor that time which is my mother in law,ngayong darating po na feb2017 dalawa nalang kami ng anak ko ang uuwi sa japan kaya gusto ko lang po masure kung kailangan pa po nyan?salamat po

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    1. Hi Caren! As I always tell everyone here that it is not one of the first requirements. visa, passport, ticket. thats all. But if you fall under visiting japan with a guarator, it is mentioned on the phil japan embassy that u will need this document, HOWEVER that most annoying part is that the Immigration i not consistent with this rule. Sometimes they asked for it sometimes not. I had it but i was not asked. The women who came after me during my departure, were asked but unfortunately they did not have and they ended up being offloaded. Even though there was no certainty that it would be asked from me, I still prepared it and brought it on the day of my flight because i was too scared to be offloaded. I ddnt wana waste money nor time so sumugal ako. in the end, they ddnt ask for it. So it is really up to you. So if u decide that u will prepare one, u are free to to check my post for information. Good luck!

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      1. Hello po sobrang helpful ng blog nyo,ito na po talaga ang blog nyo na sobrang na satisfy ako at ito na yung binabasa ko lagi.Pls.po I need your help binibiningcinnamon,I just wanted to ask if kailangan ko pa bang kumuha nung sinasabi nilang CFO.,first time ko rin going to Japan with my Japanese guarantor,and hindi ko cya kasama sa byahe,bf ko po yung guarantor ko,,and ask ko na rin po yung Japan visa ko is valid for 3 months,and may nakalagay for 15 days stay,,pwede po bang gamitin ko yung 3 months?pwede pa rin ba ako mag stay ng more than 15 days sa Japan?,, or 15 days lang talaga ako pwede mag stay dun,if pwede kasi mag stay more than 15 days dun,ipa rebook na lang nmin yung ticket ko pabalik pinas.,Sana po maka response kayo sa akin,,many thanks in advance,your blog is more than helpful to me…

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      2. Hi lorry! Valid for 3 months ibig sabhn. Within 3 months dapat magamit mo sya pero isang entry ka lang at hndi lalampas ng 15 days ang stay mo sa japan. Cfo is necessary if ur partner, husband, bf, fiance is foreigner. Need sya especially if ur aplyin for spouse visa. I recommnd kumuha k n lng para kung sakaling tanungin ka sa immgration. Mggamit mo nman un lifetime as long as u hav d same partner.

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  33. Hi magtourist po ako sa japan, pwede ko bang gawin garrantor un kaibigan ko na pinoy na my business dun.. Ex japan po ako dati magkakaproblema kya pag nagapply ako visa..

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    1. Hi Jay! if you want to have a tourist visa, it means that you are the one who is gona shoulder ur trip. NO GUARANTOR.

      If your visa is visiting a friend/relative with a guarantor then ANYONE who has a job or business and a tax payor can invite you. Filipino man o hindi.
      If you have a problem with Japan embassy, I cannot give you any advice kc they are the ones who will decide whether they will allow you to enter Japan or not. Good luck!

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  34. Hello po! Paano po ang explanation sa reason of invitation if the father of my Japanese friend ang gagawing guarantor? From his point of view po ung explanation na isusulat? Alam ko po dapat sila na ang bahala magsulat ng reason dun, I just wanted to help them by writing the reason explanation in English then i-translate nila sa Japanese.

    Hehe, pasensya na po, sorry to bother you. Super oa sa worried lng po.

    Nasa ibang bansa po kasi nagwowork ung Japanese friend ko, kaya we ask his father to be my guarantor.

    Should we put it in the reason for invitation? Gumawa po kami, in English. Pwd ko po ba ipabasa sa inyo hehe, at ipacheck ko po sa inyo haha, baka we wrote something na biglang questionin ako bigla, hehe, super worried po, hehe, thank you.

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    1. kung sya ang guarantor, explain nya lng kung bakit ka iniinvite. and yes dapat from his pint of view. I would love to check your letter however I just gave birth a few days ago so it might take time for me to reply again. I just had this spare time to answer questions here on my post. You are gonna be fine as long as your guarantor pays his tax and has a job. ok?never submit your docs if they are not complete or young tipong ‘pwede na to’. Make sure, you have what the embassy requires. Good luck!

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  35. hi! gusto ko talaga sana mag vacation this december in japan pero pina cancel ko ung tourist application ko 😦 kasi baka madeny daw ung student visa ko kasi nag apply na ako for a eligibility then january ko makukuha tapos etong november balak ko mag tourist para mabisita ko na agad GF ko sa japan and spend christmas and newyear with here in japan then ayun nag pasa nga ako tourist application sa isang travel agency then the other day tinawagan ako mom ng GF ko na pa cancel ko daw kasi baka pag na approve yun then makuha ko na ung eligibility ko tapos mag apply for a japanese student ma deny ako. Ask ko lng malaki ba tlga ung chance na deny if ganun nga?

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    1. Hi jonross. What dd ur agency say bout ur application? Did u mention to them about ur pending application? I cannot say na madedeny o maaprove. I suggest u call ur agency and talk to them about ur travel plan this december and that u really hav the intention of coming back. Kc bka isipin nila d k na bblik.

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    2. Hi Jonross,

      Can I asked what happened here? any update? I am also in the same situation though my documents for Certificate of eligibility was not yet submitted by the Japanese where I will study. I want to apply for a tourist visa too on May but my school term will be October. If my tourist visa will be denied on May then I can’t apply for student visa before october due to time constraint. Can I ask what did you do on you situation? 🙂 Thanks!

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  36. Thank you for this! This is such an eye-opener. I am already in the process of submitting my lacking requirements and I really want to make sure that eveything will be going smoothly, hence my browsing of blogs in the internet and I’m happy to happen on yours! So I gotta ask, I applied for a Visit-Relative visa in Japan for the first time (first time to go abroad as well) because I plan to visit my Permanent Resident sister for more than a decade (because she married a japanese 10 yrs ago) and a friend of hers(I’m assuming her new boyfriend since she no longer stays with her husband for years now) is my guarantor. I have already obtained all their documents and all I have to submit now is an Affidavit of some sort about proving my relationship with my sister (this is due to the middle name of my father spelt wrong on my NSO. My sister’s NSO got it spelled right). This is what worries me– I initially put “90 days” in my stay. Considering that I am a first-timer (in Japan and abroad), with my sister as my inviter and her friend a guarantor, is there a chance that my application will be denied? Should I lessen my stay to 30 or 15 days instead? Please I need some sort of advise about this ASAP. Thanks!

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    1. Hi. I hav to be honest but ur case is a bit complicated. First, is ur sister divorced? If so, then its easier. As u said she is with her boyfriend now and not with the ex husband. She will hav to prove her status. If ur sister is ur guarantor, all expenses on her, u hav no problem as long as she has a job and she pays her taxes. If ur guarantor is the boyfriend, its a different story. It depends whether ur sister is divorced or not.

      With ur Nso, hav u asked the nso office about ur birth cert? It can be changed. U wil need time and patience. Perhaps they wil ask u to submit ur father’s birth cert and marriage contract if available. U may seek assistance from them. U may choose 90 days, its really up to u. Everything will be ok as long as u provide the complete requirements. Good luck to u^^

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      1. No my sister is not divorced. She just lives separately from her husband. She is a permanent resident still. She doesn’t indicate in the papers nor I that the guarantor is her alleged boyfriend. The agency I presume is quite aware of this and did not ask further. All the documents of my sister and guarantor are all accepted. Do you think the embassy and immigration would wonder and would question about my sister being the inviter and her friend being the guarantor??

        As for my NSO and my sister’s , the agency just asked an original copy of the birth cert of my sister or LCR since her NSO gets the spelling of the middle name of my father right. Also, Affidavit of discrepancy is also required pertaining the wrong spelling of the middle name on my NSO. That is all that was asked of me. I am still debating whether to push through the 90 days with letter of explanation or request 30 days in fear of being a first-timer.

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      2. Agency will only process ur documents but they do not guarantee any visa approval. It is business. Whether u get approved or not, they really dont care. Thats the truth. They will assist but not as much. When i apply for my visa, i asked them how many percent was my chance in getting my visa approved, they just simply said, “we can’t answer that”. It is really up to the embassy.

        If the agency did not say more, then all u hav to do is wait. Some ‘first timers’ get 90 day visa. It depends on the credibility of the guarantor if he can ‘support’ ur stay for that long.

        Did they ask u to submit pictures of ur sister and u or sister and the boyfriend?

        Anyways, if the agency gave u the assurance that everything is fine, then u will just hav to wait. Its normal to get anxiety or sleepless nights. Everybody experiences d same thing.

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      3. True. I as well am aware of the agency’s oath to confidentiality of the embassy’s basis as to approve or reject an application. A bit frustrating but what can we do.

        No, the agency did not ask any pictures of my sister or guarantor together whatsoever. But will it help if I provide one?

        I am confident of my the authenticity of all my documents as my sister’s and guarantor’s and the latter’s credibility to shoulder all the expenses. Despite this, I’m still not quite sure about the length of my stay because I know it is such a big factor especially the reason. Of course I would love to request the 90 day but due to my being first time and now the issue of my sister and guarantor (I didn’t think them an issue since they legit know each other well as long as they provide the necessary documents not until you’ve brought them up) I’m leaning to lessen my stay to 30 days to avoid further suspicions.

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      4. Hav u submitted everything? As far as I know, ur sister has to prove that ur guarantor/the boyfriend and she know each other usually through pictures/emails/chats etc.. But if the agency did not say it is necessary, then again. Trust them. But you may ring them and ask about this. If they confirm to u that no picture is needed, then fine. If u think 30 days is the best option, then do so. Next time, u can apply for 90 days if u wish to visit japan again.

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    1. Hi raymark. I dont know why u r mentioning ‘tarlac’. Anyways, i dont advise u to buy a ticket just yet. U need to secure a visa first. Having a ticket does not guarantee the approval of ur application. Upon acquiring ur visa, u may buy ur ticket online. Jetstar and cebu pacific hav the lowest price.

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    2. Ho raymark.. Pampanga naman po ako. sa Relitours MOA branch po ako nag apply… 🙂 PAL po ang airline ko… thru online booking po ako then bayad sa BDO walk-in. pero wag ka muna bibili ng ticket hanggat wala pang result ang visa mo.

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      1. Okay ba Jan sa agency sa Moa ano requirements nila? Halimbawa ba nasa japan na pano ma extend ang stay sa Japan? , my fb ka po ba?

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  37. Tanong ko lang po. may valid po ba ang guarantee letter? kase papunta ako sa japan ngayung month. so wala naman ako alam sa guarantee letter na yun kase agency nmen ang may alam qng ano yun at di ko nman po naitanong kung ano yun at kung ilan bwan ang tinatagal. Thank you sana po mabasa nyo to.

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  38. Dati po hindi sya nag babayad ng Tax pero ngayon nagbabayad na po sya, may trabaho po sya, Tanong ko lang ate mag kano ba kailangan na laman ng bank account ng guarantor Pag dalawa ang ininvite nya?

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  39. Hello po. Gusto ko lang po ishare ang experience ko.. Nag apply po ako ng visa (visiting relatives) sa http://www.relitours.ph/ Mall of Asia Branch… Visit their webites po and tingnan niyo po ang Japan visa category niyo doon.. follow niyo po kung ano mga requirements na nakalagay dun 🙂 — Last feb 2016, nag apply po ako at nabigyan ako ng 90days.. APRIL to JULY..(1st time) di po ako nakaextend… so umuwi ako ng july 2016… then september 27 2016 nag apply po ulit ako .. visiting relatives ulit 🙂 oct 2 granted po ulit 90days… as long as na complete ang requirements niyo, mabibigyan po kyo.. with guarantor po pala ako.. tito ko.. at dapat po nagbabayad tax ang guarantor nito at may sapat na trabaho.. Mababait po ang mga staffs sa RELITOURS MALL OF ASIA .. twice na ko na po silang nasubukan.. at dun lang po ang agency ko since 1st apply ko ng japan visa.. GOODLUCK po 🙂

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    1. hi binibining cinnamon. yung auntie ko sa japan is inviting me to visit them and ang guarantor ay yung husband nya na japanese. ano po bang proof ang need ko ipresent, picture namin ng tita ko and ano pong docs ang ipepresent ko with my guarantor.. yung japanese husband nya will shoulder all my expenses and yung visa na inapply is 90 days.. ayos na po lahat ng documents, pero yung proof na lang ng ralationship ang need ko.(pic, chat) hoping for your reply.thanks and more power.

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      1. Hi gretchen.

        Ur relationship with ur aunt -birth cert nya and kung cno sa parents mo ang kapatid to show they hav d same parents.

        Ur aunt’s relationship with d husband – marriage contract

        No pics or chats with him ok lang. Usually sa mga magjowa o magfiance un.

        Good luck

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