How Important is Show Money for Visa Application?


“How much show money should I have to have to be approved?”

This is one of the most asked questions visa applicants have, when they start their journey to get that stamp to travel outside the country. As a person who is a citizen of a third world country, it is far more difficult to get out and travel to countries that require visa. Immigration and Border Protection of each countries have their own set of guidelines for tourists; this will ensure safety, socially and medically. So you will likely to have to be asked to get police checks and medical examinations.

But how do we get a higher chance of a visa approval? **this is just to share my experience. I’m not a registered Immigration consultant or affiliated to company that can legally advise of any Visa application.

  1. Travel – and yes I mean get your feet off that couch, now! Start small, travel to countries that does not demand visa.

You will be surprised that there are 25 countries you can travel to without a visa. Isn’t that amazing!!!…/pinoys-can-visit-at-least-25-countries-without-visas-dfa. HongKong, Malaysia, Thailand to name a few. How about basking in the sun in Brazil??!!  or having a sip of pinacolada in Maldives? But you might think, it’s expensive.

Why not travel in one of these Asian countries without visa first for the next 2 or 3 years – this is an achievable goal. Here are are few tips:

  • Save for a year or so- put that Php1000  every payday in a savings account and stay true to your goal. That’s Php2000/permonth* 16months = Php32,000. Once you have that safe and sound. Get ready !
  • Stay tuned for LowFare Promos – take note of the usual dates / months airlines advertise cheaper fares. Do you know when Philippine Independence Day is? Mark that and make sure you start stalking their website as early as June1.
  • Since you already have that travel money in the bank – it’s easy to pay for the return ticket. Don’t worry about having a credit card to pay for tickets, most airlines use 3rd party  payment centers like LBC, etc. Please see following links…s/…/booking-payment.aspx
  • Once you booked that ticket, travel period is usually a few more months before you get into the plane. Which means you can save more. Resist that urge to dine out and focus on knowing your destination at the moment.
  • Research about the country – plan your trip. This will help you create an inexpensive travel itinerary. Read blogs of those who have set a budget in their travels and stick to it. Whether you are travelling solo or with a company of two, knowing where to go for accommodation, food and sight seeing, planning will help you appreciate the experience more.
  • Leave your 13th month and SL/VL conversion pays alone – think of spending Php 3000 to 5000 pesos only from these additional savings. Imagine getting Php22000 (13thmonth) + Php7000 (SL/VL) = Php30,000 . Multiply it in 3years and you have Php90,oooo. Stop! Don’t think of buying a go-pro at the moment..:) This will help you create a more solid track record of savings for your future visa applications.

Once you traveled to at least 2 or 3 countries within 3-4 years; start saving for your trip to South Korea, Japan, or Australia. Remember, you can still travel while saving for your next big trip.  Philippines is a great country with a lot of scenic beaches, amazing sunset and gorgeous landscapes.  With these I mean, Nayong Pilipino, National Museum,  Majayjay Laguna, Antipolo, Cagbalete Quezon, Burot Beach, Cavite,  – search the web for budget travels of less than Php1500 every 3months to keep a balanced life.

       2. Get ready for your next BIG TRIP. Think about the money you saved at the moment. This will give you power and motivation to start planning your trip to South Korea or Japan. Remember to save more and continue your 2K monthly travel savings, give yourself a year. Plan one budget travels every 3months for less than Php2000 at this stage. Remember you still have that 90K savings. Get your bank account to 6 figures without the decimal points 🙂

        3. Finally, get your visa application ready. Search the web and get all information and requirements before applying the visa. Start with Asian countries that require visa. This time, you will be confident that you have strong track records of money in the bank, have experience travelling overseas and a bit of planning to make your trip worth while.

For countries like USA or Australia, travelling solo means having more credentials that you are a genuine tourist.

  • Having strong and long history records of money/savings in the bank helps, not the money you just deposited or borrowed a few months before applying for the visa.
  • Have visa stamps on the passport. That is why it is important you start with other countries that are easy to apply visa for.
  • It means saving more for the next 2-5years and sacrificing expensive wants; Focusing on your big trip to Australia or USA or France. Continue to save Php3000 permonth * 12= Php36,000 for 2-5 years. This will be Php 180,000.00 Or more if you can.
  • Start acquiring assets – open bank trusts and time deposits. Your next 5years will help you. Think about saving your 13thmonth and SL/VL conversion for the next 5years.  Php 30,000 * 5 = Php 150,000. It can be in the province where you grew up, a piece of land or a house and lot as prices are lesser in the provinces.
  • Having goals to travel will also help you, stay on the same company longer and will motivate you strive to better at what you do, getting more skills to be promoted or to get bigger incentives.

There it is folks, who said show money is important? I guess in one side of the story it is, but there are other factors as important as having 6 digits in your bank account.

I’m happy to see your comments or questions below 🙂

Let’s go and travel!!

See you xoxo





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