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What are the South Korea visa requirements?

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Who needs a South Korea visa?

South Korea Visa Exemption (B-1) is set for citizens of some countries who do not need a visa to enter South Korea.  All foreign citizens need a valid visa to enter South Korea. However, for some reason, such as international conventions and national interests, citizens of some countries can apply for a visa waiver. Most citizens of these countries can stay in South Korea without a visa for up to 30 days. Canadian nationals can stay for up to 6 months, and citizens of the United States, Australia, Japan, Hong Kong, and Slovenia are allowed to stay for around three months.

 

What are the South Korea visa requirements?

The basic requirements for a South Korea visa are:

  • A valid passport that must be valid for at least six months
  • The visa application form
  • Photo of the applicant, which must be in the dimensions of the passport and color
  • A visa application fee that can be paid in cash or by postal order
  • A stamped and self-addressed envelope

Depending on the type of visa, it is necessary to submit other documents:

 

Student visa:

  • Letter of admission issued by the Educational Institute
  • Proof of student’s financial situation such as bank statement, scholarship, financial statement
  • Reference
  • Korean language certificate (if required)
  • Invitation Letter from National Institute for International Education of Korea (NIIED) (if required)

 

Short-term business visas:

  • An invitation issued by the host company in South Korea
  • Documents and credential related to the business

 

Work visas:

  • A job contract
  • Recommendation letter
  • Resume or curriculum vitae
  • Applicant’s degree, qualification, and certification
  • Invitation letter from the employer
  • Job description
  • Copy of Company Registration Certificate
  • Copy of the company’s tax payment and financial statement for the previous tax year

 

Family visas:

  • Marriage certificate for spouse (in English)
  • Birth certificate for the minor children (in English)
  • Alien Registration Card of the primary visa holders
  • Applicants from some countries must provide a health certificate
  • A letter of guarantee from Korea (for nationals from some countries)
  • The inviter must provide: Tax payment certificate, bank statement, and certificate of employment
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How can I apply for a South Korea visa?

The steps for applying for a South Korea visa are:

1.  It is needed to download the visa application form and fill it out. You can download the visa application form and other forms you may need in the visa application process here. To get a form, you can also go to the nearest South Korea consulate at your place of residence. Enter your information carefully in the form and sign it.

2. Submit the necessary documents along with the completed and signed visa application form to the nearest South Korea embassy in your country.

3. You can get your visa after the visa is issued.

Can I apply for a South Korea visa online?

In 2018, an online system for applying for a South Korea visa was introduced. The South Korea visa application is not currently available online, and the list of eligible countries to apply for e-Visa has not yet been finalized. But South Korean officials plan to do so by 2021.

 

How much does it cost to apply for a South Korea visa?

The visa application fee based on the number of entries as follows:

Types of visa Application fee
Up to 90 days, single entry USD 40
More than 90 days, single entry USD 60
Double-entry for up to 2 times USD 70
Multiple entry visa USD 90

 

How to extend a South Korea visa?

In most cases, you can renew your stay in South Korea. It is best to apply for an extension two months before the visa expires. For this purpose, you must first go to the immigration office and provide the following documents:

  • Valid passport
  • Application form to be completed by you
  • Alien registration card (if you have one)
  • Other documents ( such as signed contract, proof of the need to extend, etc.)
  • An application fee of 30,000 won (20,000 won for those applying for an F2 visa)

All documents must be submitted to the immigration office. They will review your application and approve or reject your visa renewal application.

What are the types of South Korea visas?

Student visas:

  • Associated degree (D-2-1): For the people who intend to register for an associate degree in a college, undergraduate/graduate college established under the Higher Education Act.
  • Bachelor’s degree (D-2-2): For the people who intend to register for a bachelor’s degree in a college, undergraduate/graduate college established under the Higher Education Act.
  • Master’s degree (D-2-3): For the people who plan to enroll for a master’s degree in a college, undergraduate/graduate college established under the Higher Education Act or a college under the Special Act.
  • Doctoral degree (D-2-4): For the people who want to register for a doctoral degree in a college, undergraduate/graduate college established under the Higher Education Act, or a college under the Special Act.
  • A research study (D-2-5): For the people who intend to join in a research project at a college, undergraduate/graduate college established under the Higher Education Act.
  • Exchange student (D-2-6): For an exchange student intends to study for a needed course/curriculum under the agreement of exchange program between corresponding universities.
  • Korean language trainee (D-4-1): For the people who have at least a high school diploma or the equivalent, or are students of high school or below. They can study the Korean language at an academic institution or a tertiary education center established under the Higher Education Act.
  • Student (elementary, middle, high school) (D-4-3): For students who want to study in high school or lower
  • Foreign language trainee (D-4-7): Those who currently attend to high school or below, or who have a high school certification or above, intend to learn a foreign language at a language institution or a tertiary education center established under the Higher Education Act.
  • Korean art and culture (D-1)
  • Industrial trainee (D-3-11): Those who want to obtain technical training at an industrial entity involved in abroad investment under the Foreign Exchange Transactions Act.
  • Industrial trainee (technology) (D-3-12): Those who intend to obtain training at a technology-exporting entity which the need for the training at the entity approved by the Minister of Justice of ROK
  • Industrial trainee (plant) (D-3-13): Those who intend to involve in training at an entity which transports industrial pieces of equipment (plants) under the Foreign Trade Act
  • General trainee (others) (D-4-2): For people who intend to involve in research or gain training at an organization, company, or academic institution except for an academic institution equivalent to high school or lower, or a language institution
  • Trainee chef (Korean cuisine) (D-4-5): For people who intend to acquire training about Korean cuisine at a Korean cooking academy assigned by the Minister of Food, Agriculture, Forestry, and Fisheries (MIFAFF)
  • General trainee (private institute) (D-4-6): For the people who intend to acquire education at a private academic institute with excellent performance.

 

Family visas:

  • Cohabitee of diplomat/foreign government official (F-1-3): For a cohabitee who does not officially belong to the family who holds Diplomacy (A-1), Foreign Government Official (A-2), or Agreement (A-3)
  • Spouse/underage children of F-4 oversea Korean (F-1-9): For the spouse and minor children of F-4 visa holders
  • Parents of the international student (F-1-13): For parents of a foreign student who has been trained at an academic institute lower than high school.
  • Underage children of Korean national (F-2-2): For a minor child of Korean, or a child born from a marriage of which an either of the parents are Korean (including de facto alliance)
  • Spouse of a permanent resident (F-2-3): For the spouse and minor children of F-5 visa holders
  • Dependent family (F-3-1): This visa is for the spouses and children of people who have some South Korean visas.
  • Spouse of a Korean national (F-6-1): For the spouse of a Korean National with actual matrimonial status who intends to stay in this country to continue the marriage
  • Child raising (F-6-2): For parents of the minor child born after marriage with Korean (including de facto marriage), but not eligible for an F-6-1 visa and plans to raise the child in this county

 

Work visas:

  • The working holiday (H-1): The citizens of the eligible countries can work in South Korea for a short time and save their income under this visa.
  • Work and visit (family connection)(H-2-1): Korean people with a defined foreign nationality and aged 25 or older can apply for this visa if they meet certain conditions.
  • Work and visit (parent/spouse of D-2 student)( H-2-2): Korean people with a defined foreign nationality and aged 25 or older who are invited by their child or spouse who is currently enrolled for at least a semester in Korea under the D-2 can apply for this visa.
  • Work and visit (by lottery) (H-2-5): Korean people with a defined foreign nationality and aged 25 or older can apply for this visa if they meet certain conditions.
  • Work and visit (expired visa) (H-2-7): Korean people with a defined foreign nationality and aged 25 or older who are 60 years or younger at the time of departure from South Korea after the expiration of the H-2 visa.
  • International trade (D-9-1): For tradesman awarded a Trade Business Code through the Korea International Trading Association, under the Foreign Trade Act
  • Technician (industrial machinery) (D-9-2): For the person who is invited to the company to provide the technology required by industrial machines
  • Technician (shipbuilding)( D-9-3): For a person who is invited to supervise shipbuilding or to build industrial facilities
  • Individual foreign businessman (D-9-4): For those who intend to manage a private business or company after raising a certain amount of foreign funds
  • Short-term News Coverage (C-1): For people who work in the media such as a foreign newspaper, broadcasting channel, and journals
  • Long-term News Coverage (D-5): This visa is issued to people who work in the field of media. Holders of this visa can stay longer in South Korea.
  • Religious worker (D-6): For those who want to participate in religious activities.
  • Short-term employee (C-4): For those who want to participate in short time employment such as advertising, modeling, lecturing, or research projects.
  • Jobseeker (D-10-1): For those who want to involve in training or find a job in qualified areas under the E-1 to the E7 visas.
  • Business startup (D-10-2): For those who want to start a new business qualified in the item of C of D-8 Corporate Investment.
  • Professor (E-1): For those who want to work in education and research for more than college level
  • Foreign language instructor (General) (E-2-1): For people who meet the requirements defined by the Minister of Justice, and intend to instruct conversational language at a foreign language institute
  • Teaching assistant (E-2-2): For those who meet the requirements defined by the Minister of Justice and have signed a job agreement with the Minister of Education to instruct a foreign language at an elementary, middle, or high school as the assistant teacher.
  • Foreign language instructor (by FTA) (E-2-91): For someone who wants to teach conversational language at a foreign language institute.
  • Researcher (E-3): For someone who wants to teach conversational language at a foreign language institute.
  • Technical instructor/technician (E-4): For those who intend to provide professional knowledge of natural science or technology guidance regarding an area described as industrially special upon invitation by a Korean government or private institute.
  • Professional (E-5): For those who want to work in law, accounting, medicine, and other specialties in South Korea.
  • Artists (E-6-1): For people who intend to involve in areas such as music, fine arts, and literature, or professional acting, or professional entertainment under the Public Performance Act.
  • Hotel and adult entertainment (E-6-2): For the people who intend to involve in performance or entertainment at hotel business facilities and adult entertainment facilities under the Tourism Promotion Acts.
  • Athlete (E-6-3): For people who want to work in sport fields and their accompanying managers
  • Foreign national of special ability (E-7-1): For those who intend to involve in a field assigned by the Justice Minister for the improvement of national competitiveness through using foreign workers with professional experience under a contract with an institute in South Korea
  • Independent professional (by FTA) (E-7-91): For those who want to be hired independently in a Korean company under FTA.
  • Special talent (F-5-11): For those who have special abilities in the fields of science, management, education, culture, art, and sports
  • Manufacturing (E-9-1): For those who meet the employment qualifications determined in the Employment of Foreign Workers Act and intend to work in a manufacturing area.
  • Construction (E-9-2): For those who meet the employment qualifications determined in the Employment of Foreign Workers Act and intend to work in a construction area.
  • Agriculture (E-9-3): For those who meet the employment qualifications determined in the Employment of Foreign Workers Act and intend to work in farming or livestock areas.
  • Fishery (E-9-4): For those who meet the employment qualifications determined in the Employment of Foreign Workers Act and intend to work in coastal inshore fishery, sea farming, and sea salt farming industry.
  • Service (E-9-5): For those who meet the employment qualifications determined in the Employment of Foreign Workers Act and intend to work in construction waste processing, cold storage, collection and sales of reusable material or press publishing industries.
  • Coastal crew (E-10-1): For those who are a seafarer assistant and have signed an employment contract for six months or more with an employer involving in coast-wide passenger transport service.
  • Fishing ship crew (E-10-2): For those who are a seafarer assistant and have signed an employment contract for six months or more with an employer involving in business under the Regulation on Fixed net Fishery and Inshore Fishery using Motor Vessel
  • Cruise ship crew (E-10-3): For those who are a seafarer assistant and have signed an employment contract for six months or more with an employer involving in a cruise service (operating cruise ship of 2,000 tons or heavier)
  • Household assistant of a diplomat (F-1-21): For those who intend to work for a member of a diplomatic office in South Korea as a household assistant
  • Household assistant of big investor (F-1-22): For those who intend to work for an investor as a household assistant
  • Household assistant of high-tech investor (F-1-23): For those who intend to work for an advanced technology investor as a household assistant
  • Household assistant of professional (F-1-24): For those who intend to work for a sojourner of a prominent expert as a household assistant

 

Visitor visas:

  • B-1(visa exempted): South Korean Visa Exemption (B-1) is set for citizens of some countries who do not need a visa to enter South Korea.
  • Tourist/ transit (general) (B-2-1): This visa allows people to transit in South Korea for a limited time without a visa.
  • Tourist/Transit Visa (Jeju Island) (B-2-2): People who intend to visit Jeju Island for tour or transit within 30 days can enter Soth Korea without a visa.
  • Short-term general (C-3-1): Those who travel to South Korea for activities such as visiting relatives, attending informal sports games, seminars, cultural events, and religious ceremonies need to apply for this visa.
  • Group tourist (C-3-2): A person or group who travels to Korea for the tour, or minor trading, guaranteed by an applicant’s travel agency needs to apply for this visa.
  • The business visitor (general) (C-3-4): The people who intend to involve in business activities, including market research, business conferences, consultation, signing a contract, or minor trading, can apply for this permission.
  • The business visitor (agreement) (C-3-5): People who intend to enter South Korea for short-term business under an agreement with this country.
  • The business visitor (sponsored)(C-3-6): For the people invited by a company or an organization is assigned via the Justice Minister of South Korea as a preferred company.
  • Short term visitor (overseas Korean) (C-3-8): For Korean people living abroad who have foreign citizenship and are under 60 years of age.
  • Ordinary tourist (C-3-9): For those who plan to visit South Korea to spend their holiday and leisure
  • Direct transit visa (Air-side)(C-3-10): For people of some countries including Egypt, Sudan, Syria, Yemen who travel in direct airside transit through South Korea to visit the country.

 

Business visas:

  • Incorporated enterprise (D-8-1): For the needed professional who intends to involve in manufacturing, technical, or management, administration at a foreign-invested Korean company under the Foreign Investment Promotion Act (Incorporated Enterprise)
  • Business venture (D-8-2): For someone who has set up an investment company under Special Measures for Promotion of Business Venture
  • Unincorporated enterprise (D-8-3): For the needed professional who intends to involve in manufacturing, technical, or management, administration at a foreign-invested Korean company under the Foreign Investment Promotion Act  (Unincorporated Enterprise )
  • Technology and business startup (D-8-4): For those who have received their degree from a university in South Korea
  • Intra-company transferee (by FTA) (D-8-91): For transferee of a company under FTA
  • Big investor (F-5-5): For an investor who has more than $ 50,000 at the time of applying for residency and has hired more than five native Korean employees as full-time workers

 

Others:

  • Medical tourists (C-3-3): For people who intend to go to South Korea for medical treatment or recuperation via a local medical institution, or a caregiver (including a family member) of a patient
  • Treatment and recuperation (G-1-10): For those who intend to travel to South Korea for medical treatment or recuperation at a medical institution, or a caregiver (including family)
  • Diplomacy (A-1): For people who work at the consulate of foreign governments in South Korea and are approved by the government of this country
  • Foreign Government Official (A-2): For those who work in international organizations

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Comments (3)

  • Aera Reply

    I was looking for the detailed process of a family visa. My appreciation.

    April 18, 2021 at 2:49 pm
  • Eunice Reply

    I will love traveling to South Korea for schooling, how can i apply for visa lottery form to there? Please i need more information thanks

    September 3, 2021 at 1:38 pm
    • Visalibrary team Reply

      Hello there. Thanks for leaving a comment on our website. To apply for a South Korea lottery application, you can visit here. The process is pretty easy; however, in case of any questions, please contact us again.

      September 4, 2021 at 9:06 am

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