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by Harry
Summary of Visas (Important ones)

Hello, so far all of my posts have been about complicated details and requirements of the different visas in Korea. For this, I would like to summarize those details into one list, to make it as easy to understand as possible. This list will not include required documents, or exact procedures. You would need to check the individual visas from my previous posts to find the exact details. Also note that some details may be left out, and this list does not include all the Visas, so do not rely on this list too much.    Summary list of Visas in Korea (Important ones)    Type of Visa  Eligibilities, Details C-4  (Short-term Employees) Visa Eligibility: Short term employees (temporary work which lasts less than 90 days) - With the condition of payment or profit Limit of Period of Sojourn:  90 days Issuing Authority: The Korean Department of Immigration and the Korean Department of Consular Affairs (Korean Consulates) OR the Korean Minisitry of Foreign Affairs.            D-2 (Students) Visa Eligibility: Candidates who wish to study and research at educational, academic institutions (college or above) All institutions are eligible, with the exception of Night University, Distance Learning University and Korea Polytechnics University Vocational Training Program Maximum Length of Stay 2 Years Issuing Authority: The Korean Department of Immigration and the Korean Department of Consular Affairs (Korean Consulates) OR the Korean Minisitry of Foreign Affairs.     D-4 (General Trainees) Visa Eligibility: Candidates who do research, study, or receive training at an educational organization, academic research center, private enterprise, or other groups. EG Language trainee Limit of Period of Sojourn:  2 years Issuing Authority: The Korean Department of Immigration and the Korean Department of Consular Affairs (Korean Consulates) OR the Korean Minisitry of Foreign Affairs.  D-10  (Job Seekers) Visa Eligibility: You want to engage in researching and job-seeking activities in a relevant field of Professor, Foreign Language Instructor, Researcher, Technological Instructor/Technician, Professional, Athlete, or Foreign National of Special Ability Status Technology / Business start-up activities are also eligible along with job-seeking Limit of Period of Sojourn:  6 months Issuing Authority: The Korean Department of Immigration and the Korean Department of Consular Affairs (Korean Consulates) OR the Korean Minisitry of Foreign Affairs. ‌ E-2 (Foreign Language Instructors) Visa Eligibility: A foreigner that meets the qualifications designated by the Minister of Justice and wants to teach at a foreign language academy, educational institute or its affiliated language centers (elementary school or higher), broadcasting corporation, and other corporate language centers Maximum Length of stay 2 years Issuing Authority: The Korean Department of Immigration and the Korean Department of Consular Affairs (Korean Consulates) OR the Korean Minisitry of Foreign Affairs. ‌E-5 (Professionals) Visa Eligibility: Candidate who has a license that is acknowledged by the Korean Law, and allows you to practice. For instance, a pilot or a doctor. Maximum Length of stay 5 years Issuing Authority: The Korean Department of Immigration and the Korean Department of Consular Affairs (Korean Consulates) OR the Korean Minisitry of Foreign Affairs.   ‌E-7 (Foreign National of Special Ability) Visa Eligibility: Person who wants to engage in activities specially designated by the Minister of Justice after being invited by a public or a private organization Foreign Professional: Refers to a foreign worker who has expertise, skills, and capacities designated by the [Act on the Treatment of Foreigners in Korea] Maximum Length of stay 3 years Issuing Authority: The Korean Department of Immigration and the Korean Department of Consular Affairs (Korean Consulates) OR the Korean Minisitry of Foreign Affairs. ‌ F-1 (Family Visitor) Visa Eligibility: For the purpose of visiting relatives, or family, or dependent, organizing household, and other similar activities. EG Parents of foreign talents, investors or students. Maximum Length of stay 2 years Issuing Authority: The Korean Department of Immigration and the Korean Department of Consular Affairs (Korean Consulates) OR the Korean Minisitry of Foreign Affairs. ‌F-2 (Long-term residents) Visa Eligibility: You are allowed to apply for a visa if you are: planning to stay in the Republic of Korea for a long-term in order to receive a permanent resident permit. Maximum Length of stay 2 years Issuing Authority: The Korean Department of Immigration and the Korean Department of Consular Affairs (Korean Consulates) OR the Korean Minisitry of Foreign Affairs.       ‌F-6  (Visa for Marriage Migrants) Visa Eligibility: Eligible to apply if you are a spouse of a Korean citizen, or raising a child between a Korean citizen and yourself Maximum Length of stay 3 years Issuing Authority: The Korean Department of Immigration and the Korean Department of Consular Affairs (Korean Consulates) OR the Korean Minisitry of Foreign Affairs.           ‌H-1 (Working Holiday) Visa Eligibility: You are a citizen of a country that has signed an agreement or memorandum of understanding on working holiday with the Republic of Korea, visiting the country for the main purpose of tourism while planning to temporarily work to secure tourism expenses Maximum Length of stay Period of stay in accordance with an agreement Issuing Authority: The Korean Department of Immigration and the Korean Department of Consular Affairs (Korean Consulates) OR the Korean Minisitry of Foreign Affairs.   All details are referenced from "Visa Instruction Guide" by the Minister of Justice, Korean Immigration Service. If you want to know more in detail, please refer to this link here , or call the number 1345.  

Apr 23, 2019
by Harry
H-1 Visa - Working Holiday

This will be my final post about Visas, and requirements for each Visa type in Korea.   Following details are referenced from "Visa Instruction Guide" by the Ministry of Justice, Korean Immigration Service   Range of Activities: Tourism Employment   Eligible Applicants: You are a citizen of a country that has signed an agreement or memorandum of understanding on working holiday with the Republic of Korea, visiting the country for the main purpose of tourism while planning to temporarily work to secure tourism expenses   Maximum Length of Stay: Period of stay in accordance with an agreement   Visas Issued at the Discretion of the Chief of Mission   1. Where to Apply Diplomatic missions with jurisdiction over a country which signed the agreement with the Republic of Korea However, nationals of Austria can apply for a visa to the Embassy of Austria in Japan and China, Consulate General of Austria in Shanghai and Hongkong, and the Austrian mission in Taipei in accordance with the agreement   2. Visa Type Multiple-entry visas with 1 year of period of stay and 1 year of validity period Exceptions: Hongkong (multiple-entry visas with 1 year-period of stay and 3 month-validity period), Austria (multiple-entry visas with 6 month-period of stay and 1 year-validity period), Portugal (multiple-entry visas with 3 month-period of stay and 1 year-validity period)   3. Korea-U.S. WEST Program (Eligible Applicants) Undergraduates or recent graduates* of universities * The period after graduation must not exceed 1 year.   (Conditions) Accompanying dependant family members is not allowed   (Visa Type) Multiple-entry visas with a period of stay of 1 year and a half and a validity period of 1 year and a half (2,000 persons per year)   (Conditions for Issuance) U.S. citizens who do not accompany dependant family members. *A criminal record certificate, medical examination and medical insurance are not required.   (Reference) Visas must be renewed every five years (effective as of 1 Nov. 2013)     4. Required Documents    Documents  Remarks Visa application, photograph, passport, application fees Application fees are exempted for nationals of Japan, France, Hongkong and Chile (Nationals of Australia are required to pay 392 dollars as of Apr. 1, 2015 according to reciprocity). ‌Criminal record certificate ‌Italy, Israel, Portugal, Belgium, Taiwan, New Zealand, France, Ireland, the Czech Republic, Austria, Hungary, the Netherlands ‌Medical examination report ‌Submitted or only specific diseases are examined according to reciprocity ‌Insurance certificate ‌Except for Australia, Japan and the U.K. * A medical insurance product that guarantees 40 million KRW or over is recommended but the head of diplomatic missions can apply it differently based on reciprocity. ‌Round-trip ticket and documents such as a certificate of deposit balance that prove your financial ability to stay in Korea for a certain period of time (3 months)     ‌All countries ‌Certificate of Enrollment or a certificate proving your final level of education ‌Based on reciprocity: * These documents are not required in principle as specific regulations are not set out in the agreement. ‌Other documents such as a travel schedule and activity plan ‌All countries: * A brief plan is acceptable and if the plan is confirmed through a phone interview, it can be exempted.   Required Documents   1. Visa Application Form (form #17), Passport, One Standard Size Photograph, Fee 2. Round-trip ticket 3. Financial documents such as a Bank Account Balance Statement, which can prove that you are capable of supporting yourself during your stay in Korea for at least 3 months. 4. Travel Schedule and Activity Plan 5. Documents proving that you have a medical insurance that guarantees your return to your country and medical treatment during your stay in Korea (for Germany, Ireland, Sweden, Denmark, Taiwan, Hong Kong, France, Czech only) 6. Proof of enrollment or certificate of graduation from your final school (the principle of reciprocity will be applied.) 7. Criminal Records (for Hong Kong, Denmark, Taiwan, New Zealand, France, Ireland, Czech, Austria, Hungary only) 8. Health Check-Up Results (the principle of reciprocity will be applied.)   ※ The head of a diplomatic mission abroad may ask additional documents in order to examine the purpose of entry, genuineness of the invitation, and the qualifications of the inviter and the invitee.   Eligibility for the Visa Issuance Confirmation: Not eligible for a Confirmation of Visa Issuance   Remarks   Eligible Applicants for H-1 Working Holiday visas   - You are a young, healthy and good citizen of a country which has signed a bilateral working holiday agreement with the Republic of Korea or which has exchanged a Memorandum of Understanding, declared a joint statement, or exchanged a diplomatic note while meeting following criteria.   * There are currently 16 participants for Working Holiday Programs (Australia, Canada, New Zealand, Japan, France, Germany, Ireland, Sweden, Denmark, Taiwan, Czech, the U.S., the U.K., Austria, Hungary) 1. You are age 18-30. (Nonetheless, Australian citizens must be 25 years old or less, American citizens must be university students or university graduates) 2. You have a valid passport, round-trip tickets and financial expenses that can afford your early period of stay while you are coming to Korea for the purpose of tourism mainly. 3. You do not have dependents who are accompanying you. 4. You have no past experiences in the Working Holiday Program (for France, Germany, Denmark, Taiwan, Hong Kong, the UK only) 5. You are healthy 6. You have no criminal history (for Hong Kong, Denmark, Taiwan, New Zealand, France, Ireland, Czech, Austria, Hungary only)   Those who are not eligible for H-1 Working Holiday visas.   - Those who meet following criteria will be excluded from eligible applicants for the Working Holiday Program. 1. You want to work as a Receptionist, Dancer, Singer, Musician, Acrobat at an adult entertainment establishment. 2. You want to get a professional job which requires certain qualifications (Doctor, Lawyer, Professor, Pilot, Foreign Language Instructor, etc.) 3. You want to focus all your energy on employment rather than tourim after the entry (Although there is no limitation on working at a same place for a long time, based on a principle of reciprocity, Hong Kong nationals are prohibited from working in the same place for more than 6 months.) 4. You want to engage in journalism or political activities which are not suitable for the purposes of the agreement.   Nationals of the countries with a valid passport   *Refugees recognized by the countries, stateless persons and permanent residence holders are not eligible applicants as they are not nationals of the countries. - The submitted documents and passport will be verified (and checked through relevant organizations in the countries if necessary)   Persons aged between 18 and 30 at the time of visa application * In the case of Australia, Canada and Japan, the age limit is extended up to 30 as apposed to 25 on the agreement according to reciprocity.   Persons without criminal record - If a person was sentenced to pay a fine of 3 million KRW or more and it was confirmed, a visa will not be granted. (It is restricted to nationals of countries that are required to submit a criminal record certificate.) * However, if there is a considerable ground to extenuate a crime including criminal negligence, a visa can be issued through diplomatic missions. - If a person had departed from Korea after getting a departure or deportation order due to violation of the Immigration Control Act, Municipal Law, etc., a visa will not be granted. Persons in good health (according to reciprocity) - Applicants' health status will be judged according to the specific requirements for each country * Hospitals can be designated for medical examinations. - While the head of diplomatic missions may exempt medical examinations, etc. for the nationals of a country not affected by any specific requirements, applicants who have purchased a medical insurance product that is effective in Korea are deemed to be in good health. * If a medical examination is required for the nationals of a certain country due to an outbreak of communicable diseases, etc in the country, the head of diplomatic missions may not grant a visa according to the result of the medical examination.   ≪ Medical Examination Requirements by Countries≫ (except for 3 countries whose agreement with Korea has not come into effect)    Requirements  Remarks  Test for tuberculosis  The Netherlands, the U.K. ‌Basic Examination: X-ray - Additional examinations when requested by consuls: a urine and blood test ‌Australia, Canada, New Zealand, Taiwan ‌Proof of good health ‌France ‌No specific requirements (including the case with no documents required to be submitted) ‌Austria, Ireland, Denmark, Germany, Spain, Italy, Japan, the Czech Republic, Portugal, Hungary, Hongkong   Persons with a medical insurance product (according to reciprocity)   Persons who have purchased a medical insurance product, etc. that guarantees 40 million KRW or more (for the purpose of medical treatment and repatriation) * A medical insurance product that guarantees 40 million KRW or more is recommended but the head of diplomatic missions can apply it differently based on reciprocity.   Persons who do not accompany dependant family members, etc. Persons who have not participated in working holiday programs - Exceptions: Canada, Ireland and Sweden * While this requirement is not set out in the agreement with Japan, Australia, New Zealand and the Netherlands, the countries apply it for Korean nationals. Therefore, it is applied as well for the nationals of the countries according to reciprocity.   Persons with financial ability to cover living expenses, etc. in Korea - Round-trip ticket* and documents** such as a certificate for deposit balance that prove your financial ability to stay in Korea for a certain period of time (3 months) * A person who can proves a deposit balance equivalent to a round-trip ticket price may be granted a visa even without a round-trip ticket. ** The minium requirement for deposit balance can be changed according to the decisions of each diplomatic mission but normally, a visa is granted to persons with deposit balance of 3 million KRW or more for living expenses (Minimum requirement standards for deposit balance can be changed based on reciprocity by referring to 【Table 1】)   Persons with the main purpose of tourism - (Standards) A visa may not be granted to persons who fully engage in employment or academic activities - (Academic Activities) Academic activities such as enrollment in a private academy (hagwon) and language training course are allowed but studying in a regular academic course that falls under D-2 student visa activities is not allowed.   《Countries Affected by Limited Period of Academic Activities》 3 months (Canada), 4 months (Australia), 6 months (Ireland, Denmark, Hongkong, Israel, Belgium, Austria)   * A visa is not granted to the persons who plan to engage in activities irrelevant to the purpose of the agreement such as news coverage, political activities, etc.

Apr 22, 2019
by Harry
F-6 Visa - Visa for Marriage Migrants

All details below are referenced from the "Visa Instruction Guide" by the Ministry of Justice, Korean Immigration Service.   Activities Allowed and Eligible Applicants   You are eligible to apply for a Marriage Migrant (F-6) visa if you are A spouse of a Korean citizen.  Raising a child born between a Korean citizen and yourself (including the de facto marital relationship), as a father or a mother, and you are also acknowledged by the Minister of Justice.   * The de facto marital relationship refers to a couple who intends to get married eventually and whose lifestyle can be considered as a married couple from a third person's point of view. (Supreme Court decision made on December 8, 1998)    - However, following examples are NOT considered as the de facto marital relationships; for example, if the couple does not have any intention to get married but has given a birth to a baby out of living together, or if a man is legally married to another woman but living with a different partner, and etc.   You had stayed in the Republic of Korea as a spouse of a Korean citizen, but you were unable to continue your marriage due to reasons and circumstances beyond your control which are recognized by the Minister of Justice, such as death and missing of your spouse.    Visa Codes  Eligibility Criteria  E-6-1 (A spouse of a Korean Citizen) Your marriage is valid in both of your countries, and you have decided to stay in the Republic of Korea in order to continue the marriage.   ‌F-6-2 (Child Raising) ‌Although you are NOT eligible to earn 'F-6-1’ status, a baby was born during the marriage (including the de facto marriage), and you are currently raising that child or planning to raise him/her in Korea as a biological father or a biological mother. ‌F-6-3 (Marriage Discontinuation) ‌You were married to a Korean citizen, but you were unable to continue your marriage due to reasons and circumstances beyond your control such as death and missing of your spouse.   Maximum Length of Stay: You are allowed to stay for up to 3 years   Visas Issued at the Discretion of the Head of a Diplomatic Mission   1. A single entry visa valid for 90 days or less will be issued to a spouse of a Korean citizen (F-6-1) (However, a multiple-entry visa will be issued to an American citizen)   ☞ You can register yourself as an alien and extend the period of your sojourn within 90 days of your entry to the Republic of Korea.    Basic Required Documents (M = Mandatory /O = Optional)    Types of Required Documents  Remarks  M / O  Visa Application Form  -                           M Passport   -  Reference Letter  -  Marriage Migrant Invitation Letter  - ‌Marriage Migrant Personal Statement ‌Must be written in either Korean or English ‌Inviter's Basic Certificate ‌To judge whether the inviter has naturalized or not ‌Inviter's Family Relation Certificate ‌To consider the inviter's family relations ‌Inviter's Copy of Resident Registration ‌To confirm the inviter's cohabiting partner on national resident registration system (# of household family members) ‌Inviter's Marriage Certificate ‌To check whether an inviter has been married before and how many times he/she has invited a marriage migrant in the past ‌Marriage Certificate from the Migrant's Country of Origin ‌to check whether the marriage is also valid in a foreign country (If the certificate cannot be issued in accordance with national legislations of the migrant's country, this requirement can be dropped) ‌Documents proving your place of residency ‌lease contract, confirmation of provided residence, a mail giving the notice of the expiry date of your period of sojourn, a utility bill payment for any public services, receipt of university housing fee and others ‌    Required Documents for Income and Residency    Types of Required Documents  Remarks  M/O       Common  Amount of Income Certificate (issued by the National Tax Services) To prove your total annual income in the previous year. (All reported incomes to the National Tax Services can be checked)       M Credit Information Report To check an applicant's any default on a financial obligation or debts         ‌Earned Income Invoice of Withholding Tax (issued by the place of employment)‌   To prove your annual income last year from the place of employment)       M when used ‌Certificate of Employment If you are currently employed....... Certificate of Career If you were employed in the past.......‌ ‌O       Business Income ‌Copy of Business Registration The copy of registration is to confirm whether the haplce of employment exists or not‌   ‌O Miscellaneous If it is too difficult to prove your income through the documents mentioned above, you can submit following documents instead; copy of account balance statement, pay check, confirmation of health insurance qualification gain/loss, etc.       O ‌Other Income and Assets ‌Documents proving relevant facts ‌To check the applicant's annual income and total assets ‌M when used ‌Residency Requirement Documents proving residency requirements ‌Copy of real estate registration, copy or lease contract ‌M    Required Documents for Communication and Language Proficiency    Types of Required Documents  Remarks  M / O                 Korean Language  TOPIK Report Card  The report card can be authenticated at the TOPIK Website (www.topik.go.kr)                   Select one for submission Designated Educational Organization Certificate If necessary, Korea immigration service will check with the respective educational organization to confirm the certificate ‌Certificate of Degree in Korean Language   ‌- ‌Documents proving your are overseas Korean with a foreign nationality   ‌To verify whether an applicant is Korean descent ‌Have lived in Korea before for one year or more ‌Immigration Records on the Integrated Visa information System ‌   Use of Languages Other than Korean ‌Documents proving your ability to speak the respective language   -         ‌O ‌Have lived abroad before for one year or more ‌Immigration Record, Immigration Stamps on Passports    Required Documents for Eligible Applicants for the International Marriage Introduction Program (Health Status, Criminal History)    Types of required documents  Remarks  M / O  International Marriage Introduction Program Certificate  The certificate is not required if its reference number is written on an invitation letter   O ‌Criminal Record Check   ‌Required for both bride and groom   ‌M ‌Health Examination Report    Other documents that are deemed necessary for visa application review: An immigration officer may further request additional documents for accuracy and effectiveness of visa application review    Expiry Date of Each Document Unless the expiry dates of required documents, such as invitation letter and marriage certificate, are set herein, these documents are valid for the maximum of 3 months from the date of issuance.   2. A single-entry visa valid for 90 days or less will be issued to a person coming to the Republic of Korea for parenting (F-6-2) (Please note that a multiple entry visa will be issued to an American citizen) ☞You will be notified to register yourself as an alien and to extend the period of sojourn 90 days after your entry   Required Documentation   1. Visa Application Form (form no. 17), passport, one standard size photograph, fee 2. Documents proving the family(biological) relation - Basic Certificate of the baby, Birth Certificate, DNA test result confirmation or family relation certificate ※ If a baby was born to a de facto couple, you have to submit documents that can prove the nature of this baby's birth. 3. Documents proving that you have custody over a child - ex) the sentencing which includes the details of custody, or a custody confirmation or other equivalent documents from your child's relative who is the first-cousin once removed or closer (including the father or the mother)   ※The head of a diplomatic mission abroad may request/omit additional documents if it is deemed necessary.   Eligibility for the Visa Issuance Confirmation: You are not eligible to apply for a confirmation of visa issuance.   Remarks   Q. If a foreign spouse of a Korean citizen wants to stay in the Republic of Korea for a year and to apply for the Spouse of a Korean National (F-6) visa, what he/she should do? A. For the spouse of a Korean citizen, a single entry visa valid for 90 days or less, by law, is issued at the discretion of the head of a diplomatic mission abroad. Therefore, the diplomatic mission abroad must issue the Spouse of a Korean National (F-6) visa in which the period of sojourn lasts 90 days or less. Nevertheless, if the foreigner wants to stay longer than the given period of sojourn indicated on the visa, he/she can do so by obtaining an extension permit from a local immigration office after being admitted to the country.

Apr 22, 2019
by Harry
F-2 Visa - For Long-Term Residents

All following details are referenced from "Visa Instruction Guide" by the Ministry of Justice, Korean Immigration Service.  Activities Allowed, and Eligible Applicants   You are allowed to apply for a visa if you are: planning to stay in the Republic of Korea in a long term in order to receive a permanent resident permit. Also, you are: A. An underage foreign child of a Korean national; or an underage child or a spouse of a permanent resident (F-5) visa holder. B. A person born to a Korean national and a foreigner (including the de facto marital relationship) and acknowledged by the Minister of Justice C. A person whose status is accepted as a refugee D. A person who is an investor under the Foreign Investment Promotion Act and meets any of the following conditions:   1) A foreign investor who has invested US$500,000 has stayed in the Republic of Korea for the 3 consecutive years or more on a corporate supervise visa (D-8). 2) You are an executive sent to the Republic of Korea on behalf of a foreign investment body which has invested US$500,000 or more in accordance with the Foreign Investment Promotion Act and who has stayed in the Republic of Korea for three years or more. 3) You are a foreign investor who has invested US$300,000 or more and who has hired at least two Korean nationals as his/her employees E. You have lost the Permanent Resident (F-5) status, but your need to stay longer in the Republic of Korea is acknowledged by the Minister of Justice in order to protect human rights and social security (this excludes a deported person) F. You have a residential address in the Republic of Korea by living here for at least 7 years as a valid visa holder (except Diplomat(A-1) to International Agreement(A-3) visa holders), and your need is acknowledged by the Minister of Justice. [However, for those who have from Professor(E-1) to Professional (E-5) or Foreign National of Special Ability (E-7) visas, they will be issued with a visa valid for 5-years]   G. You are an employee with an E-9 Non-professional, E-10 Maritime Crew or H-2 Work and Visit visa and who had been employed for 4 years out of the past 10 years on a visa designated by the Minister of Justice and meet all of the following criteria. 1) You have the set of skills or licenses designated by the Minister of Justice or you are receiving a certain amount of incomes in the Republic of Korea (The Minister of Justice will notify the general public of the type of skills, licenses and income criteria after the discussion with relevant heads of ministries.) 2) You must have sufficient funds set by the Minister of Justice 3) You are an adult with good conduct in accordance with the 「Korean Civil Law⌟, who has basic quality education. H. You are hired as a civil servant under the National Civil Servants Law」or 「Local Civil Servants Law」and acknowledged by the Minister of Justice. I. You meet the age, education, and income criteria designated by the Minister of Justice J. You have invested in real estate and other assets including investment areas, investment targets, investment amounts designated by the Minister of Justice. K. You are a spouse or an underage child of qualifying applicants for item I or J   Maximum Length of Stay: You are allowed to stay for up to 3 years.   Visa Issued at the Discretion of the Head of Diplomatic Mission   * A person with the refugee status, a high-profile investor, a person who has lost the residence status, or a person who has been staying for more than 7 years are subject to the permit grants or an alteration of the visa status, therefore, it is impossible to receive a visa from a diplomatic mission abroad.   --- 1. A single-entry resident (F-2-3) visa valid for one year or less will be issued to a spouse of resident visa holder (F-5)   Required Documentation:   1. Visa application form (form no.17), passport, one standard size photograph, fees 2. Reference Letter of Korean spouse 3. Invitation Letter (Enclosed Form 1), Marriage Statement (Enclosed Form 2) 4. Any relevant documents from both countries, which demonstrate the marital relationship - Marriage certificate, certification of family relations records 5. Documents proving your funds and finance - Certificate of Income Amount (issued by the Tax Office), Proof of Employment, Bank Statement, etc.   6. Credit Reports of a Korean spouse (issued by the Korean Foundation of Banks) 7. Criminal Records of both parties that are married, which are issued by a responsible organization of respective country - In a case where an F-5 Permanent Resident status holder already submitted his/her criminal record check when he/she changed his/her status to Permanent Resident, he/she does not have to submit the document again. However, if he/she had stayed in a foreign country for 6 months or longer after he/she obtained his/her permanent resident status, he/she must submit a criminal record check issued by the government of that respective country.   8. Health check-up results of a married couple - The document must be issued by a medical institution equivalent to a hospital as set forth in Paragraph 3 of Article 2(2) of the Medicine Act or by a health center as set forth in Article 7 of the Local Health Act. However, if you are a foreign spouse, you can submit similar documents issued from your country instead.   9. If you were married before, please submit any documents proving the dissolution of the previous marriage (e.g. Divorce Certificate)   ※The head of a diplomatic mission abroad may request/omit additional documents if it is deemed necessary to examine the purpose of the entry, genuineness of the invitation, and the qualification of the inviter and the invitee ---   2. A single-entry visa(F-2-2) valid for 90 days or less will be issued to an underage foreign child of Korean national   If you are adopted in order to enter the Republic of Korea, the Ministry of Justice will stop issuing a visa. ※ If you have multiple nationalities including Korean, Rules on Entry, Exit, and Stay of Dual Citizens will be applied to you.   Required Documentation: 1. Application for the visa issuance (form no. 17), passport, one standard size photograph, fee 2. Official documents proving that the applicant is a minor of a Korean national 3.Documents proving the relation between a Korean national and an underage child, and the relation of custodianship. 4. Personal references letters for a Korean father or mother who has custodianship (If the father or mother has a spouse, you need to submit the personal references of the spouse as well.) 5. If you cannot prove a custodianship over the child, then you have to submit an agreement signed by a person with parental rights or by a patron who have the same nationality as the child (If the child does not have the person with parental rights or the patron, you have to submit official documents or authenticated certificates proving that you do not have the person with parental rights․the patron)   ※ The head of a diplomatic mission may request/omit additional documents if it is deemed necessary to examine the purpose of entry, genuineness of the invitation, and the qualifications of the inviter and the invitee   ---   3. A single-entry visa (F-2-2) valid for 90 days or less will be issued to a child born from a marital relationship(including the de facto marital relationship) between a foreigner and a Korean national   ※ The de facto marital relationship means a couple that has an intention to get married, or from the outsider's conventional point of view, there are evidences which can prove that they have maintained a married couple lifestyle. (The Superior Court of Justice 98 mu961, 1998.12.08.) ex) However, the de facto marital relationship does not include a couple living together but which does not have an intention to get married, and which one of the partner is married to another person but living with the other partner   Required Documentation   1. Application for the visa issuance (form no. 17), passport, one standard-size photograph, fee 2. Invitation Letter 3. Documents proving the relation between a Korean national and a respective underage child - Documents proving their biological relation such as the DNA test results or Birth Certificates   4. Reference Letter from your Korean father or mother    

Apr 22, 2019
by Harry
F-1 Visa: Family Visitor

For this post, I will now move on to the F-type Visas. F-1 Type Visas are for family visitors entering, visiting Korea for a temporary basis.   All details below are referenced from "Visa Instruction Guide" by the Ministry of Justice, Korean Immigration Service. Activities Allowed and Eligible Applicants   Sojourn for the purpose of visiting relatives or family or dependent, organizing household, and other similar activities Overseas Koreans who have special privileges for working visit visas (Chinese-Koreans born before October 1st, Former-Soviet Koreans born before August 15th, 1945) Household employee of a staff member at a diplomatic mission abroad in Korea A cohabitee of an A-1 Diplomat visa holder or A-3 International Agreement visa holder, but you are not a part of the household. Family of overseas Koreans visa holders (F-4) (spouse and underage children) Parents of underage international students who are planning to attend or already attending an educational institute such as a high school or below Children who are at the age of 21 or older or other family members of a SOFA applicant A spouse or an underage child of an F-2 Resident visa holder (eligible to apply for an alteration of visa type) A person who needs to stay in Korea for a long time due to unavoidable circumstance (eligible to apply for the alteration of the visa type) Maximum Length of Stay: You are allowed to stay for up to 2 years.    Visas Issued at the Discretion of the Head of Diplomatic Mission   1. Parents of foreign talents, investors and students (F-1-15)   A. Requirements for Inviters   (Foreign Talents) Long-term News Coverage (D-5), Intra-Company Transferee (D-7), Corporate/Foreign Investor (D-8), International Trade (D-9), and from Professor (E-1) to Foreign National of Special Ability (E-7) visa holders whose annual income is twice per capita GNI of the previous year or more Including persons who have changed his/her status of stay to F-2, F-5, etc. while maintaining the same activities falling under the above statuses   (Investors) Registered foreigners who have invested 300 million KRW or more in Korea and stayed in the country for 6 months or more in accordance with the Foreign Investment Promotion Act, the Foreign Exchange Transaction Act and the Immigrant Investor Scheme.   (Students) Foreign students enrolled in a master's/doctoral program of Korea who have stayed in the country for 6 months or more However, if the accompanying family members including invitees are more than three, they should prove that they have at least 50% of per capita GNI of the previous year in Korea for annual living expenses in addition to tuition.   B. Requirements for Invitees (Eligible Invitees) Parents of inviters or inviters' spouse (Permitted Number of Invitees) A maximum of 2 invitees can stay in Korea at the same time.   C. Application for Confirmation of Visa Issuance The inviter applies for a F-1-15 Family Visitor visa or confirmation of visa issuance (single-entry, 90 days or less) to the jurisdictional immigration (branch) office.   Required Documents   1. An application for visa issuance confirmation (enclosed form No. 21), passport, one standard-size photograph 2. A statement of invitation (suggesting that the invitee would not seek a job) 3. A reference letter 4. Documents proving family relations 5. Documents proving inviter's income/invested money/living expenses   ※The Chief of Mission abroad may request/omit additional documents if it is deemed necessary to examine the purpose of the invitation, genuineness of the invitation and the qualifications of the inviter and the invitee.     1. A multiple-entry visa will be issued to overseas elderly Koreans who have visa privileges (F-1-10)   Eligible Applicants: Overseas Koreans who has a privilege to apply for Visiting Employment visa Chinese-Koreans born before Oct. 1st, 1949 Former Soviet-Koreans born before Oct. 15, 1945 Visa Issuance : a multiple-entry visiting and joining family visa (F-1-10, 90 days) valid for one year will be issued   Required Documentation:   Common Application:  1. Visa Issuance Application Form (form #17), passport, one standard size photograph, fee 2. Any official documents to prove you are overseas Korean   ※The Chief of Mission abroad may request/omit additional documents if it is deemed necessary to examine the purpose of the invitation, genuineness of the invitation and the qualifications of the inviter and the invitee.     2. Accompanied parents of international students at the high school level or below (F-1-13)   A. Eligible Applicants You are a family member (2 chon or closer) of an international student who has been accepted to a recognized educational* organization and is planning to enroll or already enrolled in such institution while paying for his/her own tuition. Also, you satisfy certain financial requirements to be a sponsor. (Please note that a sponsor is allowed to fund only one student.) **   「Elementary school, middle school, high school in accordance with Article 2(1) to (3) of the「Elementary and Secondary Education Act」(not including air school, higher civic school, broadcasting and correspondence middle school·high school, and high technical school), Foreigner school* among all types of schools (not including alternative school) in accordance with Article 2(5) of the aformentioned act, Foreign educational institution in accordance with Article 2(2) of the「Special Act on Establishment and Management of Foreign Educational Institutions in Free Economic Zones and Jeju International City」.   ** Please note that in principle, a parent of a student on a full scholarship offered and invited by a government organization and a private firm is not eligible for accompanying family visa.   Staying Expenses (annual living expenses) Annual living expenses: approximately 12 million KRW per person   Financial Requirements (for nationals of 21 states where many illegal immigrants come from) If you are a national of 21 states indicated below, your annual income must be at least 26 million KRW or you must possess financial assets worth of 140 million KRW. **   * <21 countries>: China, Philippine, Indonesia, Bangladesh, Vietnam, Mongolia, Thailand, Pakistan, Sri Lanka, India, Myanmar, Nepal, Iran, Uzbekistan, Kazakhstan, Kyrgyzstan, Ukraine, Nigeria, Ghana, Egypt, Peru ** To prove your financial conditions, you can choose either the annual income amount or the net worth of your financial assets. You can also combine your income and assets with your partners'.   Other conditions If you have been fined at least 2 million KRW or given a notice of disposition, for violating the Immigration Control Act of the Republic of Korea within the past 5 years, or if you have been deported or have received a departure order, a visa (including a confirmation of visa issuance) will NOT be issued.   B. Delegation of Authority   Visa (the Chief of Mission) - Accompanying parent of an international student who is paying for his/her own tuition (2 chon or closer) - In principle, you must apply at a Korean embassy/consulate general in a country where you are currently residing or where the last school of the international student is located. - Period of Stay: within 1 year, Single Entry   Required Documentation   1. Visa Issuance Application Form (form #17), Passport, One Standard-Size Photograph, Fee 2. Acceptance letter or proof of enrollment 3. Documents demonstrating family relations (Both original and translated copies must be submitted, brith certificate and etc.) 4. Documents demonstrating living expenses (i.e. a bank account balance statement proving that the standard amount of money has been deposited for at least 1 month) 5. Documents demonstrating your financial ability (limited to a national of a country where many illegal immigrants come from) - Receipt for earned income tax withholding issued (authenticated and notarized) by a bank or a domestic/international government organization, Real Estate Property Ownership Certificate, Real Estate Contract, Bank Account Balance Statement and etc.   ※ The Chief of Mission may ask additional documents in order to examine the purpose of entry, genuineness of the invitation, and qualifications of the inviter and invitee.     3. A single-entry visa valid for one year or less will be issued to a nanny of a staff member at a diplomatic mission in Korea while holding the same nationality as the staff. (F-1-21)   A visa will be issued to citizens of countries that do not have an embassy in Korea only if he/she has received an approval from the Minister of Justice or a visa issaunce confirmation from the head of an immigration (branch) office (e.g. an Indian ambassador to Korea hires a nanny with philippine nationality)   Required Documentation   1. Application for the visa issuance (form no.17), passport, one standard size photograph, fee 2. Official documents sent from a foreign diplomatic mission abroad for cooperation 3. Labor contract 4. A copy of employer identification   ※The head of a diplomatic mission abroad may request/omit additional documents if it is deemed necessary to examine the entry purpose, genuineness of the invitation, and the qualificatins of the inviter and the invitee     4. Foreign household employee of investor and professional labor (F-1-22, F-1-23, F-1-24)   Eligible Applicants   - The household employee must have been employed for at least 1 year by the same employer in other countries   Institutes responsible for accepting the application - Your country's diplomatic mission in Korea (if you are staying in a third country to acquire a permanent residency and employment for a long time, you can apply it at a Korean consulate general or embassy in the country you are currently staying)   Visa Issuances (High net worth investor: F-1-22, Technology Investor: F-1-23, Professional Labor: F-1-24) - If you are a qualified candidate, the head of a diplomatic mission may issue either a visiting and joining visa(F1) or a single-entry visa at his/her discretion. But if you are considered one of those excellent work force, then a visa will be issued after your application is approved by the Minister of Justice.   Required Documentation   1. Application for the visa issuance (form no.17), passport, one standard size photograph, fee (30,000 KRW) 2. Foreign Investment Declaration form (a certificate of corporate register or a copy of business registration) or a copy of business registration of the investor company   ※However, if you are subject to item(b) of a corporate investor visa (*1(17) of the enforcement ordinance), please submit the following documents instead of above ones. ‣ Business venture confirmation or prospective venture confirmation ‣ Industrial property, a document proving the rights and equivalent skills   3. A proof of employment of an employer (personal reference) 4. A document proving the income status of the employer - Receipt for Earned Income Tax withholding, Certificate of Income Amount, payslip, a copy of your bankbook   5. A document proving the current employment status of domestic temporary workers (If your investment worth less than US$500,000) ※ e.g. receipt for earned income tax withholding, certificate of income amount, payslip, a copy of bankbook and others   6. Labor contract for household employee 7. Personal Reference 8. A document proving a level of education of the household employee 9. A document proving that the household employee has been hired by the employer for at least one year or more ※ e.g. labor contract, payslip, a copy of bankbook   ※The head of a diplomatic mission abroad may request/omit additional documents if it is deemed necessary to examine the purpose of your entry, genuineness of the invitation, and the qualifications of the inviter and the invitee.     5. A single-entry visiting and joining family visa valid for one year or less will be issued to a person temporarily visiting a Diplomat (A-1) or International Agreement (A-3) visa holder and who is not a part of the household.     Required Documentation   1. Application for the visa issuance (form no.17), passport, one standard size photograph, fee 2. A document proving a biological relation (population census, resident identification and etc.) 3. A document proving the necessity of living together or long-term stay ※ A spouse, a child who is under age 21 or a parent or other relatives of a SOFA applicant who receives more than half of the living expenses from the US army     6. A multiple-entry visa valid for one year will be issued to a family member (F-1-9, 90 days) of an overseas Korean visa (F-4) holder   Eligible Applicants : a child or a spouse of an overseas korean visa holder (F-4) Visa Issuance : a multiple-entry visa valid for one year will be issued to visiting and joining family visas holders (F-1-9, 90 days) ※ a family member of those who are subject to F-4(23-27) is not entitled to apply for F-1-9 visa(valid for 90days).   Required Documentation   1. Application for the visa issuance (form no. 17), passport, one standard size photograph, fee 2. Overseas Korean (F-4) visa holder's domestic address declaration or a copy of visa issuance details (including a copy of your passport) 3. A document proving a family relation   ※ The head of a diplomatic missions abroad may request/omit additional documents if it is deemed necessary to examine the purpose of the entry, genuineness of the invitation, and the qualifications of the inviter and the invitee.     6. A single-entry visa valid for one year or less will be issued to a parent of an international student planning to attend a high school or lower or already attending it.   Visa issuance - A single-entry visa(F-1-13) valid for one year or less(within the period of his/her child's stay) will be issued to a parent of an international student, when the parent's reason to stay and financial ability to support his/her child is verified.   Required Documentation   1. Application for the visa issuance (form no. 17), passport, one standard size photograph, fee 2. Other documents proving your (prospective) matriculation such as an acceptance letter or a proof of enrollment 3. Documents proving a family relation such as a birth certificate, and a certificate of biological relation 4. Any documents proving your current financial status - Certificate of bank balances (more than US$10,000 that has been deposited for at least 1month) or wire transfer or certificate of exchange (worth more than US$10,000) - receipts of school tuition, miscellaneous fees (application fee, admission fee, housing fee)   5. Personal References* * Considering that most applicants do not have acquaintance in the Republic of Korea, submitting personal references is, essentially, not a mandatory requirement, however, if your documents proving your financial status are inadequate or if personal references are required for special visa management, you need to hand in the document   ※The head of a diplomatic mission abroad may request/omit additional documents if it is deemed necessary to examine the purpose of the entry, genuineness of the invitation, and the qualifications of the inviter and the invitee   7. A single entry visa valid for one year or less will be issued to children who are age of 21 or olders or family members SOFA applicants   Required Documentation   1. Application for the visa issuance (form no. 17), passport, one standard size photograph, fee 2. A document proving a family relation 3. A document proving the necessity of staying together and a long term stay   ※ The head of a diplomatic mission abroad may request/omit additional documents if it is deemed necessary to examine the purpose of the entry, genuineness of the invitation and the qualifications of the inviter and the invitee   Eligibility for the Visa Issuance Confirmation   1. Household employee of investor (F-1-22) and of foreign talents (F-1-24)   Eligible applicants - Investor or Foreign Talents Household employees that are not eligible to apply for visas issued at the discretion of the head of a diplomatic mission abroad - Visa issuance : visiting and joining family visa(F-1), a single entry visa valid for 90 days or less   Required Documentation   1. Application for the visa issuance confirmation (form no.21), passport, one standard size photograph 2. Foreign Investment Declaration (corporate registration certificate or business registration) or a copy of business registration of investor corporation ※ However, if you are subject to item(b) of a corporate investor visa (*1(17) of the enforcement ordinance), please submit the following documents instead of the ones above. ‣Venture Business Confirmation or Prospective Venture Business Confirmation ‣Industrial Property, documents proving that you have skills and a right to use those skills 3. A copy of labor contract 4. A proof of employment(ID) of the employer(high net wealth investor or human resources from overseas) 5. Personal reference 6. A document proving your level of education of a household employee 7. A document proving the annual income of the employer - Receipt for Earned Income Tax withholding, certificate of income amount, pay slip, a copy of bankbook 8. Additional documents for those who have invested less than US$500,000 - Any documents proving that you are hiring Korean citizens as employees : Receipt for Earned Income Tax withholding, Certificate of Income Amount, Payslip, Copy of Bankbook and others ※ The head of an immigration (branch) office may request/omit additional documents if it is deemed necessary to examine genuineness of the invitation and the qualifications of the inviter and the invitee   2. Household employee for a staff member at a foreign diplomatic mission in Korea (F-1-21)   Eligible Applicants - If you are inviting a household employee whose nationality is not the same as the inviter, ※ The head of the diplomatic mission may issue a visa to a household employee who has the same nationality as the inviter, at his/her discretion. Visa issuance : visiting and joining family visa (F-1-21), a single-entry valid for 90 days or less   Required Documentation   1. An application form for confirmation of visa issuance (form no.21), passport, one standard size photograph 2 Official document of request issued by a diplomatic mission 3 A copy of contract labor 4 A copy of a diplomat ID of the employer   ※ The head of an immigration (branch) office may request/omit additional documents if it is deemed necessary to examine genuineness of the invitation, and the qualifications of the inviter and the invitee.  

Apr 19, 2019
by Harry
E-7 Visa: Foreign National of Special Ability

Welcome again, my final posting about the E-type Visas is the E-7 Visa. This type of Visa is for foreign nationals of special ability, specifically, for people who want to engage in activities designated by the Minister of Justice after being invited by a public, or private organization:   See below for the full details, referenced from "Visa Instruction Guide" by the Minister of Justice, Korean Immigration Service.   Range of Activities and Eligible Applicants   Persons who want to engage in activities specially designated by the Minister of Justice after being invited by a public or private organization * “foreign professional” refers to a foreign worker who has expertise, skills and capacities designated by the [Act on the Treatment of Foreigners in Korea]   The foreign professionals entering the Republic of Korea on the basis of this rule must respect the range of activities as set forth herein this guideline.   Maximum Length of Stay: 3 years     Basic Principles:   We separate the workers into three groups: professionals, semi-professionals, skilled-workers depending on the level of expertise required and substitutability of Korean citizens. Also, we are flexible with running management and introduction standards flexibly by differentiating them.   We will provide a simple convenient visa and residence procedures to foreign skilled-workers who can make significant contributions to our national competency since their vocation levels are high, thus, Korean workers are unable to replace them.   We will find a protective measure for our citizens, such as setting the quotas for each company, wage requirements, and higher job qualifications, from foreign skilled-workers who may intrude a job market of Korean citizens with their substitutability.   --- Eligible Applicants and Introduction Criteria   1. Eligible Applicants:   You want to engage in activities specifically designated by the Minister of Justice on a contract with a private/public companies in Korea. ‘Designated activities’ refer to activities that are considered ‘necessary' by the Minister of Justice in order to strengthen particular industries through introducing foreign workers who have expertise in knowledge, techniques or capacities (hereinafter referred to as ‘Adopting Occupations‘)   (Adopting occupation types) We will separate criteria into professionals, semi-professionals, and skilled workers considering the upper class criteria of the ‘Standard Job Classification of Korea’ and occupational level.   (professionals) 67 occupations among jobs from Big Category 1(manager) and 2(professional and others), selected by the Minister of Justice. * Managers from 15 different occupations such as a high-rank executive of a profit oriented groups and other experts from 52 job fields such as life scientist.   (semi-professionals) 8 occupations (Vocation level 2, 3) from Big Category 3(Office workers), 4(Service workers), and 5(Sales Clerks), selected by the Minister of Justice* * 4 office workers such as air transport officer and 4 service workers such as transport officer   (Skilled-labor) 8 occupations (Vocation level 2) among jobs from Big Category 6(Agriculture and Fisheries skilled workers)․7(skilled-labor and workers with relevant skills)․8(machinery operation and assembling), selected by the Minister of Justice * 3 agriculture/fisheries labors such as a sea cucumber farming technician, and 5 skilled labors such as ship building welding technician     2. Selecting occupations that we are going to introduce and their management   (Selecting occupational categories) We will investigate the current level of demands on foreign professional workers of new occupational fields among central government ministries regularly, while selecting occupations taking accounts of effects, substitutability of Korean citizens and other general criteria. When we research on demand, we will consider education level, work experiences and employment conditions of each occupational type. Also, since there are worries in residence management therefore it requires early review, we will consult the agreement as results of Working Level Committee of Professional Workforce Recruitment Support under the Immigration Policy Commission* As of Feb. 2015, there are 83 occupational types (465 specific types) selected. (There were 75 occupational types and 396 specific types on December 20th, 2007)   (Management) Specific code number will be given to a specific occupational type in order to make it possible to analyse, manage, and calculate statistics of the current state of affairs, numbers, and types of jobs that are introduced. Occupation code number will be given in a form of arabic numerals comprising of small type (three digits) in accordance with 'Korea's standard job classification), detailed type (four digits), and ultra detailed type (5 digits). In case of a newly established occupational type derived from the status quo, ‘S' will be added in front of the code of the most similar occupational type   (Standard for Permission of Introduction of Similar Occupations) We will closely examine whether you satisfy requirements for the most similar occupation types, necessity of the job introduction, and substitutability of Korean citizens, and after rigorous review, we will only allow occupations that are most reasonable to introduce. Professional occupation types eligible under upper class 1,2 of the big criteria are permitted at the discretion of the head of an immigration (branch) office, Skilled workers who are considered upper class 3 to 8 need a permission from the Minister of Justice.   3. Eligibility for each occupational type and introduction method.   A. Eligibility   (General requirements) You must satisfy any one of the following conditions: - You have a master's degree or higher in the relevant field. - You have a bachelor's degree and at least one year of work experience in the relevant field. - You have at least 5 years of work experiences in the relevant field.   (Special Conditions) You must satisfy specific requirements if you work in a field that has designated specific education and work experiences, taking an account of the fact that special treatments are given to those who are considered excellent talents in order to recruit and use them.   (Experienced worker who has worked at one of the World's 500 companies for at least one year) even if you do not satisfy education and work experience requirements, you will be allowed to apply for the visa if the need for employment is considered 'necessary'.   (World's 200 university (prospective) graduate bachelor's degree holder) Even if you do not satisfy the work experience requirement (at least one year of work experience in the relevant field), you may be hired if the employment need is considered 'necessary'.   ((Prospective) graduates of domestic community colleges) If you get a job in one of the introduced fields related to your major study, you will be exempted from the work experience requirement of 1 year or more, and if the employment is considered necessary, you will be hired.   ((Prospective) graduates of domestic universities with a bachelor's degree or higher) If you get a job in a field related to your major study and if your employment is considered necessary, you will be hired regardless of your major.   (Foreign talents in advanced science and technology, recommended by the relevant ministries) considering they are given preferential treatments for visa issuance, a more strict standard will be applied to them in terms of employment recommendation.   (Particular Japanese software technician) If you are a Japanese software developer and basic information technician license holder recognized by the Center for the Application of Information Technology (CAIT) and Japan Information Technology Engineer Examination Center (JITEC), a confirmation of visa issuance will be issued regardless of the qualification standards. (entry 61501-302, ’03.3.11.)   (Chef, Grassroots Industry skilled-technician, ship building welding technician) Occupational standard will be applied. Visa Issued at the Discretion of the Head of Diplomatic Mission   1. A visa will be issued to administrative officers (limited to citizens of their countries only) employed by a diplomatic mission in Korea / period of stay: 1 year or less, single-entry visa valid for 3 months :administrative officers of a special organization (S620)   Eligible Applicants   - Administrative and functional officers, who are employed by diplomatic missions in Korea, foreign cultural centers in Korea, foreign chambers of commerce in Korea and who are also citizens of a country that they are working for, are eligible to apply.   * If a citizen of a third country is hired as an administrative or functional officer, then he/she must obtain an approval from the Minister of justice or must submit a confirmation of visa issuance.   ※ F-1 Family Visitor Visa, which the period of sojourn is 1 year, will be given to a domestic worker of a diplomat/public official stationing in Korea if he/she is also a citizen of the country of his/her employee at the discretion of a Korean diplomatic official.   Visa Issuance - Period of Stay: 1 year or less, single-entry visa valid for 3 months * Even if the period of contract is 2 years, a visa in which the period of sojourn is 1 year will be issued.   Required Documents: 1. Visa Application Form (form #17), passport, one standard size photograph, fee 2. Official documents from a foreign diplomatic mission in Korea requesting for cooperation 3. Employment contract 4. Documents proving the level of your education and career   * The head of an immigration office may ask additional documents in order to examine the purpose of entry, genuineness of the invitation, and the qualifications of the inviter and the invitee if deemed necessary.     2. A single entry visa, which allows you to stay for 1 year or less, will be issued to crew members who are hired by a Korean transport company : transport service practician (431)   Eligible Applicants - You are a crew member who promotes passenger convenience and ensures passenger comfort and safety on an international cruise which is run domestically such as a Kumkang mountain cruise and others. * An airline pilot or a captain of a ship who have national public officials of a foreign country that are recognized in accordance with the Korean Laws are eligible to apply for E-5 Professionals visas.   Visa Issuance - Period of stay: 1 year or less, a single-entry visa valid for 3 months* * Please note that even if your period of contract is 2 years, you will be given a visa that allows you to stay for only a year.   Required Documents 1. Visa application form (form #17), Passport, One standard size photograph, Fee 2. Documents related to the establishment of a hiring company 3. Employment Contract 4. Documents proving the level of your education and career - degree certificate, career certificate, career resume, license, and others   * The head of an immigration office may ask additional documents in order to examine the purpose of entry, genuineness of the invitation and the qualifications of the inviter and the invitee if deemed necessary.     3. You are working for a short-term job allowed by the E-7 Special Occupation visa, for 90 days or less   C-4 short term employment visa, which the period of stay is up to 90 days, will be given. (C-4 Short Term employment visa issuance standard will be applied for required document and review criteria) Eligible Applicants for a Confirmation of Visa Issuance   1. A confirmation of visa issuance   A. Application Procedure     Apply at a local immigration (branch) office that has jurisdiction over the area where the inviting company is located. Also, apply online (Korea Visa Portal) if you are recommended by a central government ministry as a foreign talent.   B. Giving Preferences to Online Application Foreign Talents   If you apply online, either required documents are exempted (if you have been recommended for visa by a visa recommender) or only ‘Employment Recommendation Letter’ can be submitted (if you are recommended by the KOTRA, Small and Medium Business Corporation) while the rest of required documents shall be submitted at the time of alien registration.   2. Common Required Documents and Application Procedure   A. Common Required Documents   1. Confirmation of Visa Issuance (form #21), photocopy of passport, one standard size photograph 2. Documents regarding establishments of public/private companies - Business Registration Certificate, Distinct Number Certificate, Foreign Investment Company Certificate and others. 3. Photocopy of Employment Contract   4. Documents proving the necessity of foreign employments - Invitation Statement, Outline of Foreign Employee Usage* * The inviting company submit a letter which states the necessity of employing the respective foreign worker, the plan for usage of the worker, and expected outcomes.   - Employment recommendation letter from the head of a relevant central government ministry or recommendation letter* from the relevant group * Those of occupations that require mandatory employment recommendation from a relevant central administrative ministry must submit a recommendation letter (If the Special Act on designation and management of Economic Free Zones or the Act on Special Cases concerning Special Economic Zone for Specialized Regional Development Regulation are applied to an occupation, a recommendation letter from the Special City MayorㆍMetropolitan City Mayor or Provincial Governor is needed), whereas those of occupations that does not require mandatory employment recommendation can submit only when it is needed.   【Occupations that require employment recommendation fromthe relevant government organization 】 U-turn corporate production manager (1413), Vessel Management Expert (1512), Travel Agency Manager (1521), tourism leisure business manager (1521), CADONE(2396), Finance and Insurance Expert (272, at least 5 work experiences without a degree), Travel Package Developer(2732), Performance Planner(2735), Technical Management Expert(S2743), Announcer(28331), Hotel Receptionist (3922), Medical Coordinator(S3922), Tour-interpretation guide(43213), Sea Cucumber Farming Technician(63019), Ship Building Welding Technician(7430), Airplane technician(7521) (As of June, 2013, total: 16 states)   5. Personal Reference Letter   ≪Occupations that are required to submit personal references≫ Sales clerk(31215), chef and cook(441), designer(285), hotel receptionist(3922), medical coordinator(S3922), sea cucumber farming technician(63019), Ship Building Welding Technician(7430), Skilled labor〔Grassroots Industry(740), General Manufacturing and Construction companies(700), Agriculture/Livestock/Fishery Industry(610)]   6. Documents Proving Your Qualifications - Degree Certificate, Career Certificate, Career Resume, License, and others ➠ When you request to use a representative : Power of Attorney, Proof of employment of the representative, photocopy of representative ID will be required additionally     3. A confirmation of visa issuance will be issued to main job categories   A. A confirmation of visa issuance for chef and cook (441) You supervise and facilitate cooking assistant in a kitchen with a chef in a hotel, restaurant, and vessel while planning the cooking plan and preparing recipe and cooking food. Period of Stay: up to 2 years, Single-entry Visa   Required Documents 1.An application form for confirmation of visa issuance (form no.21), photocopy of passport, one standard size photograph 2.Invitation statement and detailed plan of usage 3.Business registration certificate and photocopy of business report certificate 4.Certificate of sightseeing facilities for convenience 5.Photocopy of Employment Contract 6.Personal reference letter 7.Documents proving sales record - Value-added Taxation Standard Certificate and a list of employment insurance subscribers 8.Original copy and photocopy of chef/cook license - Apostille confirmation by your country's government or consul confirmation by a Korea's diplomatic mission in your country 9.Proof of employment certificate or career certificate - Apostille confirmation from your country's government or a Korean consul stationed in the respective country 10.Resume ➠ If you hire a representative : Power of Attorney, Representative's proof of employment, photocopy of representative ID will be additionally required.   ※ The head of an immigration (branch) office may ask additional documents in order to examine genuineness of the invitation, qualifications of the inviter and the invitee if it is deemed necessary.     B. Teachers of Foreigner's school․Foreign Educational Institution, Jeju International School (2599)   You carry teaching tasks at a Foreigner's school (Foreigner's kindergarten), Foreign Educational Institution, and an International High School   A single entry visa in which the period of stay is maximum 2 years ※ Nevertheless, for teachers at international school, please see regulations as set forth in article 20(5) of the Presidential decree of the Special Act on Designation and Management of Free Economic Zones •Foreign teaching staff : a single entry visa, period of stay: up to 5 years •Foreign Teachers : a single entry visa, period of stay: up to 3 years   Required Documents:   1. A confirmation of visa issuance application (enclosed form #21), photocopy of passport, one standard size photograph 2. Documents regarding the establishments of a public/private organization - Business Registration Certificate, photocopy of specific code number card 3. Employment contract 4. Original copy or a photocopy of a degree or a teacher license from your country - Those who have teacher licenses are exempt from submitting a degree requirement. 5. Career certificate and Resume 6. Criminal Records Certificate - Those who are eligible for autonomous verification recipient* are exempt from a criminal record check requirement when they apply for a confirmation of visa issuance. However, an educational institution which has caused a problem related to criminal records are prohibited from autonomous verification for maximum 2 years.   ※ Autonomous verification recipient refers to those who have teacher's license holder of their country of origin, who have been hired through a job fair, who have worked as an E-2 foreign Language Instructor for E-7 foreign teacher for at least 3 years in the past 5 years.   - If you are not eligible for the independent verification, you must submit a criminal record issued by the federal (central) government of your country when you request for a confirmation of visa issuance. ※ Criminal record issued by the central(federal) government of the respective country must be submitted   7. Self Health Check-up Confirmation - A confirmation of visa issuance will not be issued, by principle, to those who have experienced drugs or who are infected by an officially designated communicable disease. * However, the Ministry of Justice ensures that visa rejection does not occur just because the applicant is HIV positive. ➠ If you request for a representative : power of attorney, proof of employment for representative, photocopy of the representative ID are additionally required.   ※ The head of an immigration (branch) office may ask additional documents in order to examine genuineness of the invitation, qualifications of the inviter and the invitee if it is deemed necessary.     4. Review standards for eligible applicants for the application of a labor agreement between countries   A. Eligible Applicants for the Agreement on Simplifying Visa Procedures Between the Government of the Republic of Korea and the government of the Republic of India   (Eligible Applicants) You are an independent business owner who is not part of an India corporation, and have signed a service provider contract with a Korean company, entering the Republic of Korea to carry out the terms and conditions of this contract.   (Qualifications Standard) You are an Indian citizen, having a bachelor's degree in 162 fields of Korea-India CEPA experts, and have at least one year of work experience. (However, you must hold a Ph.D degree or equivalent if you are a biologist and chemist.)   Required Documents   1. Confirmation of visa issuance (Enclosed form #21), photocopy of passport, one standard size photograph 2. Service provider contract between a domestic corporation and yourself OR an individual business owner and yourself 3. Copy of corporate registration of a private enterprise or an individual business owner or photocopy of business registration certificate 4. Tax payment certificate 5. Documents proving your education and career 6. Documents proving the necessity of service supply - Plan of Usage, employment recommendation letter 7. Required Documents for other types of occupations. ➠ When a representative applies : Power of Attorney, Representative's proof of employment, photocopy of representative ID   ※ The head of an immigration (branch) office may ask additional documents in order to examine genuineness of the invitation, qualifications of the inviter and the invitee if deemed necessary.   B. You are a professional employed by a company in Korea to which the agreement between republic of Korea and your country of origin is applied for   (Eligible Applicants) you are an employee hired by an organization (branch office local office, contact office, subsidiary company, affiliated company) that is directly or indirectly controlled by a parent company in accordance with the establishment agreement(constitution) between the parent company and the organization (the Second Paragraph, Article 2(b) of the Agreement)   (Qualifications and Required Documents) Since there is no separate qualification criteria under this agreement, work experiences, required documents, and educational requirements stated in this guideline will be applied. Remarks   Criteria to protect National Employment   (Principles) In regards with skilled workers and semi-professionals, the Ministry of Justice will not only put an upper limit on a number of foreign employees each company can hire, but also designate the qualification requirements and a minimum wage so that foreign employment does not conflict with the interests of Korean citizens. However, in principle, this does not apply to foreign professionals who contribute to the national wealth and job creation of Korea. (Employment Company Requirements) If there are less than 5 Korean employees, a company that is domestic-consumption oriented is restricted in principle. If the hiring company designates other employment conditions considering the specialty required for the jobs, prospective employees must satisfy given terms and conditions. * However, exceptions will be made to companies with special skills or trading companies doing business in special language areas with annual sales of 100,000 dollars or higher and at least 1 Korean employee, and if they are recommended by competent agencies (KOTRA, KITA, etc.). (Permission Rate of Foreigner Employment) In principle, among hired employees, approximately 20% of them can be foreigners on E-7 visas. - A company that has hired more than 20% of foreign workers will be prohibited from inviting new foreign workers, change of employee status, change/addition of work places in principle. - However, if a company is recommended by relevant agencies (ex. KOTRA, KITA, etc.), the head of an immigration office, etc. may permit the company to hire additional foreign employees up to the level of 50% (companies in the advanced industry) and 70% (competent companies exporting to special language areas) of the total Korean employees.   The respective standard will be applied to those occupations which have a separate criteria for a number of employees that are allowed to be hired. - U-turn corporation production manager (1413), Vessel Management Expert 1512), Travel Package Developer(2732), Designer(285), Sales Clerk(31215), Hotel Receptionist(3922), Medical Coordinator(S3922), Tour Guide Interpretor(43213), Cook and Chef(441), Sea Cucumber Farming Technician (63019), Ship Building Welding Technician (7430), Grassroots industry skilled-labor(740), general manufacturing and construction skilled-workers(700), agriculture-fisheries skilled-labor(610)   (Wage conditions) We will compare the average wage of Korean citizens who has the same job in order to prevent employers from being expedient by using low wage workers - A visa will not be issued if the indicated wage on an employment contract is less than 60% of the Korean national's wage with the same work experiences (apply to those whose annual salary 30 million KRW only) or is less than 1.5 million KRW per month (apply to those whose annual salary is 30 million KRW only)

Apr 19, 2019
by Harry
E-5 Visa - For Professionals

The E-5 type Visa is for those with a profession that is officially acknowledge by the Korean Law, such as pilots or doctors.    See below to see the full details, referenced from "Visa Instruction Guide" by the Ministry of Justice, Korean Immigration Service. Activities Allowed: Any professional activities that are allowed by the Korean law   Eligible Applicants:    You are allowed to apply if you have a license which the Korean Laws acknowledges and allows you to practice. For example, - You are a pilot recommended by the Minister of Land, Infrastructure and Transport. - You are a doctor recommended by the Minister of Health and Welfare, who also has updated knowledge in the latest medical technology and medical break-through and who wants to work at the following organizations.  Government funded or local government funded Hospitals  Medical corporation  Non-profit or government-invested medical facility - You are an intern or a resident doctor working at a university-affiliated hospital or a hospital that is designated by the Minister of Health and Welfare, after graduating from a medical or dental school in Korea - You are an indispensable professional consultant for tourist ship sailing for the Kumgang Mountain Tourism Development Project, who is also approved by regulations on cooperation between North-South Korea collaborative business   Maximum Length of Stay: You are allowed to stay for up to 5 years.   * e-Visa:    e-Visa policy is a policy which issues an online visa to those who do not need to visit a Korean embassy/consulate general for a consul interview to obtain a visa, such as professors and researchers. The policy is geared towards attracting foreign talents, providing them with a simple visa procedure.   1. Eligible Applicants E-1, E-3, E-4 and E-5 visa holders - If you have any of the visas mentioned above, you are eligible to apply for both a ‘visa issued at the discretion of the Chief of Mission’ and a ‘confirmation of visa issuance'. All applicants for the above visas are requested to submit same required documents. ※ Spouse and underage child(ren) of E-1, E-3, E-4 and E-5 visa holders, who are applying with their primary visa applicant, are eligible to apply for e-visas.   2. Issuing Authority: Minister of Justice   3. Who Can Apply? Eligible foreigner Inviter (applying on behalf of a visa applicant: foreigner) ☞ Please see "E-1 Professorship e-Visa" for application methods, fee payment and e-visa issuance confirmation print-out   Visas Issued at the Discretion of the Head of Diplomatic Mission   1. A single entry visa valid for one year or less will be issued to a pilot who is going to work for Korean airlines 2. A single entry visa valid for one year or less will be issued to a person who would like to work for a Korean transportation company as a captain or an indispensable professional consultant * An indispensable professional consultant, here, refers to the captain, engineer, navigator and others on the Mt. Geumgang tourist ship or passenger ship   Required Documentation:    1. Application for the visa issuance (formno. 17), passport, one standard size photograph, fee 2. Degree and a copy of license (driver's license) 3. A recommendation letter from the head of a responsible government department (However, if you want to get a job in a special economic zone, then you need documents demonstrating the necessity of employment or employment recommendation letters from the mayor or the provincial governor) or relevant documents proving the necessity of the employment 4. Employment Contract   ※ The head of the diplomatic mission may request/omit additional documents if it is deemed necessary to examine the purpose of entry, genuineness of the invitation and the qualifications of the inviter and the invitee   Eligibility for the Visa Issuance Confirmation   1. Except the cases which visas can be issued at the discretion of the head of the diplomatic mission, all applicants will receive E-5 visas in accordance with the visa issuance confirmations.   Required Documentation:   1. An application form for confirmation of visa issuance (form no.21), passport, one standard size photograph 2. The reason for invitation 3. Degree and a copy of a license 4. A recommendation letter from the head of a respective government deparment or a document proving the necessity of the employment - However, if you are planning to get a job a special economic zone, then you will need a recommendation letter or a document proving the necessity of your employment from the mayor or the provincial governor in your respective region. 5. Employment Contract   ※ The head of an immigration (branch) office may request/omit additional documents if it is deemed necessary to examine genuineness of the invitation and the qualifications of the inviter and the invitee

Apr 18, 2019
by Harry
E-2 Visa: For Foreign Language Instructors

A lot of the foreigners coming to Korea recently have found jobs as English, foreign language instructors, working for public and private schools (especially hagwons).   Such foreigners will be enlisted as an E-2 Visa, which I will explain in detail below.   All details are referenced from "Visa Instruction Guide"   Activities Allowed   A foreigner that meets the qualifications designated by the Minister of Justice and that wants to teach at a foreign language academy, educational institution or its affiliated language centers (elementary school or higher), broadcasting corporation and other corporate language centers   A. Concept of Foreign Language Instruction ‣ If you are teaching how to make a conversation in foreign language, at a foreign language academy.educational institution.corporation.associations and others, you are eligible to apply for the foreign language instructor (E-2) visa. ‣ If you are just teaching how to interpret and translate a particular foreign language or literature, you are not eligible to apply for the foreign language instructor visa. B. Allowed Locations ▸ A foreign language academy*, educational institution or its affiliated language centers (elementary school or higher), broadcasting corporation and other corporate language centers   * Including Private educational institute that offers online education programs based on ICT (Amended act on the establishment and operation of private teaching institutes and extracurricular lessons)   【 Other equivalent institutions 】 ‣ A continuing education facility established under the Lifelong Education Act, that meets the requirements designated by the Minister of Justice. ‣ Other continuing education facility that is run by a local governmental body or the state in accordance with laws(including ordinances) other than the Lifelong Education Act. ‣ A vocational development center or a corporation that is established in accordance with the Workers Vocational Skills Development Act. ‣ An education center for construction technology personnel, that was designated under the Construction Technology Management Act (e.g. an English conversation instructor at Construction Industry Education Center) ‣ A public facility or a corporation with a language center/classrooms for its employees   Eligible Applicants   A foreign language instructor at a foreign language academy ▸If you are a citizen and have graduated from a university and received a bachelor's degree (or higher) in a country which speaks the language you are going to teach, you are eligible to apply.   ‣ A special privilege given to a graduate of a Korean university - If you have graduated from a high school or a community college in a country that speaks the language that you are planning to teach, and have received a bachelor's degree (or higher) from a Korean university, you are qualified to apply.    If you are recruited and selected as an (elementary, middle, high) school teacher by the head of a local district school board or the Minister of the Education, Science and Technology, you are qualified to apply.   Native English Teacher (EPIK) ‣A citizen of an English-speaking country who graduated from university and received a bachelor's degree or higher. *English Speaking Countries (7 countries) : the U.S., the U.K., Canada, South Africa, New Zealand, Australia, Ireland   An English Teaching Assistant in accordance with the Korea-India CEPA Agreement ‣An Indian citizen who graduated from university and received a bachelor's degree (or higher) and teacher license (english major)   Volunteer English teacher under a program called Teach and Learn in Korea(TaLK) ‣ A citizen of an English-speaking country - A person who has completed at least 2 years of university (but, you are a U.K. citizen, 1-year-of-university is good enough) or who has graduated from a community college - A person who has been educated in a given language for more than 10 years and who has completed at least 2 years of a Korean university or graduated from a community college   Native Chinese Teaching Assistant under Chinese Program in Korea(CPIK) ‣A chinese citizen who graduated from a Chinese Universeity and received a bachelor's degree and Chinese-as-a-second language teacher license issued by China's HSK   Maximum Length of Stay: You are allowed to stay for up to 2 years.   Visas Issued at the Discretion of the Head of Diplomatic Mission:   1. If you have signed a contract with the Minister of Education, Science and Technology or the head of a district school board and want to teach at an elementary, middle, and high school as a foreign language teaching assistant, a single-entry visa valid for 2 years will be issued to you.   Eligible Applicants - If you are a native speaker of the given language and have signed a contract with the head of a district school board to teach English or Chinese at an elementary․middle․high school as an English teaching assistant (EPIK)* or a Chinese teaching assistant (CPIK)**, you are eligible to apply. * EPIK(English Program In Korea) is introduced by the Ministry of Education, Science, and Technology in 1996 and run from 1997 in order to meet the demands of globalization. ** CPIK(Chinese Program In Korea) is a new project run by the Minister of Education, Science and Technology, which invites a native chinese speaker as a teaching assistant since March, 2012.   - If you are a foreign English scholar who is invited by the government and who has signed a contract with the head of a district school * The TaLK(Teach and Learn in Korea) program invites overseas Koreans and foreign university students as volunteer teachers and team them up with Korean university scholars since August and September, 2012. They teach at elementary schools in rural areas during the after-school hours〔If you are overseas Koreans or permanent residents in English-Speaking countries, you are eligible to apply even if you are freshmen and sophomore at a community college or a university〕   Application for visa issuance and application review (same for the confirmation of visa issuance holder) - You can apply for the visa at any diplomatic mission abroad* (However, if you are Chinese teaching assistant, you can only apply at the Korean diplomatic mission in China)   Visa Issuance - A single entry visa will be issued, which is valid for the contract period plus 1 month with a maximum validity of 2 years, and a specific code for Teaching Assistant (E-2-2) * However, a FTA English teaching assistant will be given E-2-91, and American citizens will be given the multiple-entry visa   Required Documentation:   1. Application for the visa issuance (formno.17), passport, one standard-size photograph, fee 2. An acceptance letter for an english teaching assistant or a Chinese teaching assistant who is a native speaker of the respective language or an invitation letter for Talk scholars (issued by the chairman of the National Institute for International Education or the head of a district school board)   * The National Institute for International Education or the head of a district school board issues an invitation letter or an acceptance letter after he/she has reviewed all education information and background check, therefore, the eligible applicant for the visa is exempt from submitting required documentation like other visa applications 3.Employment contract with the head of a school district school board   ※The head of the diplomatic mission may request additional documents if it is deemed necessary to examine the purpose of the invitation, genuineness of the invitation and the qualifications of the inviter and the invitee.   Eligibility for the Visa Issuance Confirmation   You are eligible to receive an E-2 visa through the visa issuance confirmation. 1. A foreign Language Instructor (E-2) visa will be issued if you have the visa issuance confirmation   A. Eligible Applicants   A teacher at an English Academy - A person who wants to teach a foreign language in accordance with Article 3(3) of the presidential decree of the Act on the Establishment and Operation of Private Teaching Institutes and Extracurricular Lessons   * As Article 2(1) of the Act on the Establishment and Operation of Private Teaching Institutes and Extra Curricular Lesson was revised on October 25th, 2011, a private distance learning center that uses communication and information technology is included as a valid eligibility requirement.   A teacher at an educational institute such as elementary school (or higher) or recruited, selected by an affiliated language center * A visa will be issued at the discretion of the head of a diplomatic mission abroad for those recruited and hired by the head of a district school board, including the English teaching assistant (EPIK), scholar (TaLK), or a Chinese teaching assistant (CPIK).   A foreign language instructor at corporate language centers for employee on-the-job-training - A person teaching a foreign language at an institution․association established in accordance with the Act on the Management of Public Organization or other relevant laws. * We do allow any facility that is registered as the lifelong education institute affiliated with business in accordance with the Lifelong Education Act A foreign language instructor at a continuing education institute in accordance with the Lifelong Education Act * School affiliated continuing education facilities, school․company's internal college, cyber university, business places․civil society groups,media affiliated continuing education facilities, continuing education related to knowledge․human resource development   A foreign language instructor teaching at a continuing education facility that is established and run by the state or other local governments in accordance with other laws (including regulations)   A foreign language instructor teaching at a vocational skills development facility or vocational training corporation established in accordance with the Workers Vocational Skills Development Act   A corporation or a public institute* which has set up a language center that has all the necessary equipments and facilities to study a foreign language for its employees * Government-owned companies, semi-government-owned companies, or other public institutes established in accordance with the Act on the Management of Public Organization are considered this case, and you can check that out at www.alio.go.kr B. Visa Issuance Confirmation and Visa Issuance   A confirmation of visa issuance for E-2-1, which includes maximum 2 years of contract duration + 1 month as the period of sojourn, will be issued. Visa application, review and issuance are possible only at diplomatic missions abroad   1. An application for the visa issuance confirmation (form no. 21), passport, one standard size photograph 2. A proof of your education confirmed by a public authority* (i.e. either a copy of a degree, a proof of degree, or a proof of university graduation which indicates being conferred a degree) * The document needs to be confirmed by the Apostille Agreement (for participants countries), by the consul of the diplomatic mission abroad (for non-apostille-participants countries), by the official public institute (i.e. Korean Council for University Education) or by the government agency (for Japanese only) - If you have received a degree from a local university in Korea, you are allowed to submit an unofficial copy of a degree. - If you have submitted a document confirmed by the institutes listed above in the past, then you are exempt from this requirement.   3. Criminal Records issued and confirmed by a public authority* in your country (it should include all criminal records across the country) * Check with the Apostille agreement (participants) or get your documents confirmed by the consul at a diplomatic mission abroad (for citizens of non-apostille agreement signatories) - The criminal records must have been issued within 6 months from the application date. - If you have submitted a criminal record that was confirmed by a public authority before and have left the country and now are in the middle of process of reapplying within 3 months of your last departure, you are exempt fromsubmitting the criminal records. However, it has been more than 3 months that you have left the country, then, you need to submit a renewed one with application form for foreigner registration.   【Respective Institutions Issuing Criminal Records in Key Countries 】 ‣ The United States : Criminal records issued by the FBI(Federal Bureau of Investigation) or the State (the documents should indicate all criminal records across the U.S.) ‣ Canada : RCMP National Repository of Criminal Records issued by the Royal Canadian Mounted Police ‣ The United Kingdom : Basic Disclosure, Request for Information, ACPO Criminal Records Office Authentic Document issued by the Home Office, Police (Criminal Records Bureau, Disclosure Scotland, Access Northern Ireland, ACPO Criminal Records Office) ‣ Australia : Standard Disclosure, National Police Certificate issued by the AFP(Australian Federal Police) ‣ The Republic of South Africa : Clearance Certificate issued by the South African Police Service ‣ Ireland : Police Certificate issued by the national police of the Republic of Ireland ‣ New Zealand : Criminal Record issued by the Ministry of Justice   4. Self Health Assessment Report (please see the form no. 4 which was newly updated on 19 Jan. 2012) 5. Employment Contract, a relevant document for establishing a private academy or group 6. Other necessary documents for consideration - Outline for how to use the teachers, number of students and teachers ➠ If you hire a representative, you need to submit the power of attorney, a proof of current employment of your representative, and your representative IDs.   ※ The head of an immigration (branch) office may request/omit additional documents if it is deemed necessary to examine the genuineness of the invitation and the qualifications of the inviter and the invitee. Remarks   Places where you can teach how to make a conversation in a foreign language   ‣ Educational institutes (elementary school or higher) or their affiliated language research center ‣ On-the-job-training center of firms and associations designed to train employees ‣ A foreign language private academy that is established in accordance with Article 3(2) of Enforcement Decree of the Act on the establishment and operation of private teaching institutes and extracurricular lessons. - It is possible to register multiple-courses and lessons and run them accordingly - Any private academy equivalent to a foreign language academy in accordance with Article 12 of the presidential decree of the Immigration Act ‣ Any continuing education facility that meets the standard and conditions designated by the Minister of Justice in accordance with the Lifelong Education Act ‣  Other continuing education facility that is established and run by either the state or a local government in accordance with other laws (including regulations) ‣ A vocational skills development center or vocational training center that is established in accordance with the Workers Vocational Skills Development Act - An employment recommendation letter issued by the Minister of Labor is needed ‣ Any government agency* or other corporations that have set up facilities for language training for their employees * Public Institutes such as government owned companies, semi-government-owned companies, and other public organizations that are established in accordance with the Act on the Management of Public Organization (you can check that out at www.alio.go.kr)    

Apr 18, 2019
by Harry
D-10 Visa - Job Seekers

Hello, the last D Type Visa you need to know is the D-10 Visa. D-10 Visas are for job seekers, note that your visa status can change once you have found a job. Below are the full details, and all details are referenced from "Visa Instruction Guide" by the Ministry of Justice, Korea Immigration Service.  Activities Allowed:   1. Range of Activities Allowed - (Job Seeking Activities) You are engaged in job seeking activities or on-the-job paid training (including short-term paid internship) at a Korean company or group - (Technology /Business Startup Activities) You participate in the OASIS programs, preparing for intellectual property right application and business establishment (job seeking activities) 2. Eligible Applicants You want to engage in researching and job seeking activities in a relevant field of E-1 Professor, E-2 Foreign Language Instructor, E-3 Researcher, E-4 Technological Instructor/Technician, E-5 Professional, E-6 Artist & Athlete, and E-7 Foreign National of Special Ability status.   * However, among E-6 status holders, E-6-2 holders working at an adult entertainment establishment are not included. Only pure artists and athletes will be permitted. - You are qualified for the item C of D-8 Corporate Investor status, preparing for a business startup. * You have a bachelor's degree or above, or intellectual property right or equivalent skills. You are also recognized as a founder of a corporation by the Minister of Justice. (Technology and Business Startup Immigration)   Maximum Length of Stay: You are allowed to stay for up to 6 months   Visas Issued at the Discretion of the Head of Diplomatic Mission Abroad   1. All types of employment visas   A single entry visa, which is valid for 6 months, will be issued at the discretion of the head of the diplomatic mission abroad. - A multiple-entry visa, which is valid for 2 years and which allows you to stay for 6 months, will be issued to a national whose country has signed an agreement on the Multiple Entry Visa Issuance for employment seekers with the Republic of Korea.   Required Documentation:    Common Application 1. An application for the visa (form no. 17, passport, one standard size photograph, fee  Supplementary Documents A previous employee of a listed company on the Fortune's Global 500 companies 2. C.V. (Proof of Employment), Employment Seeking Outline A graduate of a university listed on the Times' Higher World University Rankings 2. Proof of Education*, Employment Activities outline * Degree (or a document confirming that you will receive a degree in the future), Certificate of Education, Certificate of your degree (Please choose one) ‌A graduate of a Korean community college or higher ‌2. Proof of education and Transcript, Outline of seeking employment * If your identity can be verified via our immigration information system (study abroad information system), you are exempt from submitting these documents. ‌A person who completed a research program at a Korean university ‌2. Education Certificate, Completion Certificate*, Employment Activity Plan * A certificate indicating research topic, research period, completion results, which is issued by the head of research institution ‌Others who are admitted by the head of a diplomatic mission abroad ‌2. Documents proving that you are a talent*, Employment Activity Plan * Proof of Education, career certificate, recommendation from the respective group or any other proving documents (if you have been awarded or covered by the media for winning a respected international or domestic competition) ‌Those preparing for Technology and Business Startup 2‌. Education Certificate, Technology/Business Startup Plan 3. Application Certificate such as a Letter of Patent․Utility Model Registration Card, Design Registration Card, Copy or Intellectual Property Right Permission (for respective candidate only)   4. OASIS program completion certificate or participation confirmation letter (for a respective candidate only)   ※ The head of diplomatic mission may request/omit additional documents if it is deemed necessary to examine the purpose of the entry, genuineness of the invitation and the qualifications of the inviter and the invitee Eligibility for the Visa Issuance Confirmation: You are not eligible to apply for the visa issuance confirmation

Apr 18, 2019
by Harry
D-4 Visa - General Trainees

My next update on visas, is for D-4 type Visas. D-4 Visas are for General Trainees, whether the candidate does research, study or receive training at an educational institute, a research center of a public/private enterprise.   Again, all details are referenced from "VISA Instruction Guide", by the Ministry of Justice, Korea Immigration Service   Range of Activities:   You are eligible to apply if you research, study or receive a training at an educational organization, academic research centre, private enterprise and other groups. For example, you are:  - A person learning Korean at a particular university-affiliated language centre - A person studying at an educational organization or an academic research centre - A person practicing skills/techniques at a public/private research institute or training center - A person who is on-the-job training, researching, or is an intern at a foreign investment company or foreigner-invested company.   Limit of Period of Sojourn: 2 Years Visa that can be issued at the Discretion of the Chief of Diplomatic Mission   Language Trainee Status (Korean-Language Trainee: D-4-1, Foreign-Language Trainee: D-4-7)   For Nationals of China*, Cuba, Syria, Macedonia and Kosovo only, a visa will be issued through a confirmation of visa issuance.   * For Chinese nationals, visas for students of accredited Korean universities, students on the government scholarship program and exchange students will be issued by the head of diplomatic missions.   Eligible Organizations   A language center of an educational organization (university) where a D-2 Study Abroad visa holder can also attend - A language center of a post-secondary educational institution and foreign educational institution** (ex. community college or higher)   * The language center must be under the authority and responsibility of its university president or dean's of student, and by principle, the center must be located in the university campus. (Immigration officials may ask the university's constitution if necessary) ** In accordance with Article 2 of the Special Act on Establishment and Management of Foreign Educational Institutions in Free Economic Zones and Jeju Free International City, the institution must be located in the Free Economic Zones and Jeju Free International City and approved by the Minister of Education.   ※ Continuing Education Facility (including a university continuing education facility) and Private Language Academy are not D-4 General Training institutions.   Eligible Applicants   You are a student at a secondary educational institution such as high school or below, or you are a high school graduate who would like to study a language abovementioned-level schools. - D-4 General Trainee visa issuance* (Korean-language trainee: D-4-1, Foreign-language trainee: D-4-7)   * If you plan to stay in Korea for 90 days or less, you must apply for a C-3-1 Short-Term General visa instead of D-4 visa   Language Training Class   Class must be offered at least for four days during weekdays (Mon-Fri), for minimum 15 hours per week (minimum 300 class hours must be offered per semester)   Details   D-4-1 Korean-Language trainee · A D-4 General Trainee visa which allows a holder to stay in Korea for 6 months or less will be issued. (However, China·Cuba·Syria·Macedonia·Kosovo nationals are subject to the confirmation of visa issuance)   Where to Apply   You must apply at a Korean embassy in your resident country or in a place where your last school falls into its jurisdiction   Required Documents   ① Visa Application Form (form #17), Passport, One Standard Size Photograph, Fee ② A copy of business registration of an educational institution or a copy of unique number card ③ Standard Acceptance Letter* (issued by the President/Dean's of Student) ⑤ Proof of Enrollment or any documents proving your final level of education - By principle, original copies must be reviewed, but if necessary, a duplicate copy can be attached after an official-in-charge compares the original copy and duplicate copy to confirm authenticity ⑥ Documents proving your financial statement* (approximately worth $5,000) * In principle, documents proving your financial abilities must be reviewed through original copies (ex, balance statement, bankbook, scholarship receipt, deposit/withdrawal statement), and when necessary, a duplicate copy can be attached after an official-in-charge compares the original copy and duplicate copy to confirm authenticity ※ If you submit your parents' balance statement, you must submit a family relation certificate as well. ▸In principle, you must prove your financial ability (tuition + living expenses) for one year (6 months for language trainee) ⑥ Training Plan (Lecture Schedule, Lecturers' Profiles, Training Facility and etc.   ※ The head of diplomatic missions may ask additional requirements in order to examine the purpose of invitation, genuineness of the invitation and the qualifications of the inviter and invitee.   --- 1. A person who would like to receive Korean language training at a language institute affiliated with a Korean university and a person who would like to receive Korean language training invited by the Korea Foundation(D-4-1) or an exchange student who has come to Korea for industrial and academic training via an academic exchange agreement(D-4-2)   A single-entry visa in which the period of stay lasts 1 one year or less will be issued. ➠ For Chinese and Cuban citizens, a visa will be issued through a certificate of confirmation of visa issuance   Required Documents:   1. Visa Application Form (form no. 17), passport, one standard-size photograph, fee 2. Copy of the certificate of business registration of the education institute (Designated number) 3. A document proving the acceptance or the enrollment of the student (Standardized Acceptance Letter) 4. Training Outline (Including the schedule) 5. An original copy and a duplicate copy of graduation diploma for your final level of education 6. A document proving your financial ability to support yourself during your stay (More than $3000 worth of saving, wire transfer to the ROK or currency exchange) duplicate copy to confirm authenticity 7. A copy of the academic exchange agreement between universities (if you are an exchange student.) 8. A personal reference letter (The letter shall be submitted only when the applicant cannot prove his/her financial ability to support him/herself during his/her stay or only when the Minister of Justice deems necessary)   ※ The head of diplomatic missions may ask additional requirements in order to examine the purpose of invitation, genuineness of the invitation and the qualifications of the inviter and invitee.   --- 2. D-4-3 General Trainee visas will be issued to international students at the high school level or below   Eligible Applicants: You are eligible to apply if you are a national of 21 countries or others, who are invited to study in Korea on a full scholarship offered by an organization (i.e. government organization, public organization, general groups and etc.   * China, Philippine, Indonesia, Bangladesh, Vietnam, Mongolia, Thailand, Pakistan, Sri Lanka, India, Myanmar, Nepal, Iran, Uzbekistan, Kazakhstan, Kyrgyzstan, Ukraine, Nigeria, Ghana, Egypt, Peru   ※ Among nationals of the 21 countries mentioned above, international students who are paying for their own tuition shall obtain a visa through a confirmation of visa issuance.   (Visa Application) In principle, you must apply at the Korean embassy/consulate general in a country where you are currently residing or where your last school is located.   (Visa Issuance Details) Period of Stay: Within 1 year, Single-Entry   --- 3. A visa issuance for a ⌜government-invited scholar⌟ invited by the National Institute for International Education   If you have an invitation card from the National Institute for International Education, you do not have to submit the standardized acceptance letter   Government-invited scholarship program invited by the National Institute for International Education    Invitation Purpose  Visa Status  Remarks Korean Language D-4 A bachelor's scholarship recipient must complete the Korean language requirement Master's, PhD after Korean Language D-4   A master's․Ph.d scholarship recipient is exempt from the Korean language requirement if his/her Korean is excellent (scoring grade 5 or higher on the Test of Proficiency in Korean)  Master's D-2 Ph.D D-2 Research Process D-2 Recipients in research process is exempt from the Korean langauge requirement.   --- 4. Confirmation of Visa Issuance for general trainee (D-4) for a foreign-national student enrolled in elementary, middle, and high school   Required Documents: 1. An application for a visa issuance confirmation (form no.21), a copy of passport, one standard-size photograph 2. Admissions acceptance letter 3. A proof of enrollment or a diploma 4. A document proving your financial ability (Please choose 1 from any of the followings) - A reference from your sponsor - A certificate of living expenses reimbursements under the name of the president of your school if the school is paying for your tuition and other expenses during your stay - Bank Statement: more than $3000 worth of saving, wire transfer to the ROK or currency exchange 5. A copy of your family registration and a resident registraion (chinese only)   ※ The head of the immigration (branch) office may ask additional documents in order to examine the genuineness of invitation and the qualifications of the inviter and invitee   Eligibility for Visa Issurance Confirmation   1. Language Trainee (D-4-1) Status   Eligible Organizations A language center* of an educational organization (university) where a D-2 Student visa holder can also attend - A language center of a post-secondary educational institution and foreign educational institution** (ex. community college or higher   * The language center must be under the authority and responsibility of its university president or dean's of student, and by principle, the center must be located in the university campus. (Immigration officials may ask the university's constitution if necessary)   ** In accordance with Article 2 of the Special Act on Establishment and Management of Foreign Educational Institutions in Free Economic Zones and Jeju Free International City, the institution must be located in the Free Economic Zones and Jeju Free International City and approved by the Minister of Education.   ※ Continuing Education Facility (including a university continuing education facility) and Private Language Academy are not D-4 General Training institutions.   Eligible Applicants Korean-language trainees who are nationals of China, Cuba, Syria, Macedonia, and Kosovo (D-4-1) * For Chinese nationals, visas for students of accredited Korean universities, students on the government scholarship program and exchange students will be issued by the head of the overseas diplomatic missions.   Foreign language trainee(D-4-7)   Application Location Immigration (Branch) Office in areas of your school* you are planning to attend to   You can apply onilne at HuNet KOREA(www.visa.go.kr) (for a person-in-charge of internal student program only)   Confirmation of Visa Issuance Detail D-4 single-entry confirmation of visa issuance which allows to stay in Korea for 6 months or less Required Documents 1. An application for a visa issuance confirmation (form no.21), a copy of passport, one standard-size photograph 2. A copy of business registration of the education institute or a photocopy of designated number card 3. Standardized acceptance letter* (issued by the President/Dean's of Student 4. Enrollment letter or duplicate copy of your graduation diploma of your final level of education * a duplicate copy can be attached after an official-in-charge compares the original copy and duplicate copy to confirm authenticity   5. A document proving your financial ability to support yourself during your stay * In principle, documents proving your financial abilities must be reviewed through original copies (ex, balance statement, bankbook, scholarship receipt, deposit/withdrawal statement), and when necessary, a duplicate copy can be attached after an official-in-charge compares the original copy and duplicate copy to confirm authenticity   * If you submit your parents' balance statement, you must submit a family relation certificate as well * In principle, you must prove your financial ability (tuition + living expenses) for one year (6 months for language trainee   6. Training Plan (including Lecture Schedule, Lecturer's requirements, Training Facility and etc)   ※ The head of the immigration (branch) office may ask additional documents in order to examine the genuineness of invitation and the qualifications of the inviter and invitee   --- 2. Confirmations of visa issuance for the D-4-3 General Trainee visa will be issued to international students at the high school level or below   Eligible Applicants: International Students Who are Solely Paying For their Fees   ▪ You have been accepted to an educational organization defined above, and are planning to enroll or is already enrolled in the school as an international student. Moreover, you not only meet all financial requirements, such as the minimum amount of living expenses, but also have a designated sponsor.   ▪ Staying expenses (tuition fee + living expenses for one year) · Tuition (including tuition fee, residence fee, admission fee for studying)   · Annual living expenses : 6 million KRW per one person (If your parent is accompanying you as a sponsor, then about 12 million KRW will be separately charged as your parent's living expenses)*   * The living expenses of an international student (annually 6 million KRW) is similar to the 'minimum cost of living 2013' announced by the Ministry of Health (572,168 KRW per 1 person).   ▪Sponsor · Korean National or Foreigner living in Korea · A sponsor of an international student who is a national of countries where many illegal immigrants come from (21 countries)* must have annual income of at least 26 million KRW or at least 140 million KRW's worth of financial assets (You can opt one among the two financial requirements)   * China, Philippine, Indonesia, Bangladesh, Vietnam, Mongolia, Thailand, Pakistan, Sri Lanka, India, Myanmar, Nepal, Iran, Uzbekistan, kazakhstan, Kirgizstan, Ukraine, Nigeria, Ghana, Egypt, Peru   · If you are a foreign sponsor, you must complete alien registration and be able to stay in the RoK for a long term stay · Sponsorship is limited to two international students per one sponsor   Educational Institution Elementary school, middle school, high school in accordance with Article 2(1) to (3) of the「Elementary and Secondary Education Act」(not including air school, higher civic school, broadcasting and correspondence middle school·high school, and high technical school), Foreigner school among all types of schools (not including alternative school) in accordance with Article 2(5) of the aformentioned act, Foreign educational institution in accordance with Article 2(2) of the「Special Act on Establishment and Management of Foreign Educational Institutions in Free Economic Zones and Jeju International City」   Delegation of Authority and Jurisdiction You must apply at a jurisdictional immigration (branch) office in areas where the school you are planning to enroll in is located.   Eligible Applicants for a Confirmation of Visa Issuance You are eligible to apply for a confirmation of visa issuance if you are a national of the 21 countries below and paying for your own tuition as an international student    - China, Philippine, Indonesia, Bangladesh, Vietnam, Mongolia, Thailand, Pakistan, Sri Lanka, India, Myanmar, Nepal, Iran, Uzbekistan, kazakhstan, Kirgizstan, Ukraine, Nigeria, Ghana, Egypt, Perus   ※ Among nationals of the 21-states and others, if you are coming to Korea on a full scholarship offered by an organization (i.e. Government Organization, Public Organization, Regular Group and etc.), you must apply for a visa (issued by the Chief of Mission abroad), not a confirmation of visa issuances.   Visa Issuance Details Period of Stay: within 1 year, Single Entry   Required Documents:           Common Application 1. Confirmation of Visa Issuance (form 21), Photocopy of Passport, One Standard Size Photograph   2. Photocopy of Educational Institution's Business Registration Card (or Distinct Number Card)   3. Acceptance Letter (issued by the President of School, Enclosed Form #1)   4. Documents demonstrating the final level of your education (Graduation Certificate or Proof of Enrollment and etc. International Student Paying for His/Her Own Tuition 5. Any documents that can confirm your tuition payments (official documents or admission letters of the school confirming course fees, admission fees, and residence fees) 6. Documents proving living expenses (Tuition Fee + 1 year living expense) - Tuition Fee (including course fee, housing fee, admission fee for studying) - Annual living expenses (money that has been deposited for a month or more and that is more than the standard amount, bank account balance statement or bank statement and etc   7. Sponsor Guarantee* (Form 2) - Even if a parent (2 chon or closer) is the sponsor of a student, he/she must write the sponsor guarantee as well   8. Documents demonstrating sponsor's financial ability for nationals of countries where many illegal immigrants come from only) - Invoice withholding receipt issued (certified or notarized) by domestic/international government organizations/banks, real estate ownership certificate, real estate contract, account balance statement and etc.   9. Documents demonstrating family relations (for nationals of countries where many illegal immigrants come from only) - You must submit an original copy (in principle, please attach the translated version*), and attach photocopy of passports in which we can find the english spelling of your parents' names**   * The original copy, if it is written in a foreign language, must be submitted with a translated copy, and when the translated copy is submitted, the confirmation of the respective translator (enclosed document #3) must be additionally submitted     ※ The head of an immigration (branch) office may ask additional documents in order to examine genuineness of the invitation, qualifications of the inviter and the invitee.   --- A certificate of confirmation of visa issuance for Korean Trainee Chef (D-4-5)   Procedure for the visa issuance   Training Recommendation > Request for Visa Issuance Confirmation > Visa Issuance Confirmation (Number Issued) > Request for Visa Issuance > Visa Issuance   Eligible Candidates: : A person satisfying ALL of the three conditions 1. A person satisfying any one or more of the following conditions - A graduate of high school (or higher) who has 3 years of experiences as a chef/cook - A licensed foreign chef/cook who has at least one year of experience - A person holding a degree in hospitality/cooking (including a community college diploma) - A person studying hospitality/cooking for at least one year at a community college or higher   2. A person with basic Korean skills (satisfying any one of the conditions below) - Score of Grade 1 on TOPIK or Score of 120 on B-KLAT* - A person who has received an associate degree or higher - A person who scored 21 or higher on the preliminary test for the Social Integration Program or a person who has completed the level 1 (100 hours) of the Social Integration Program - A person who has received Korean language training for at least one quarter at a language institute affiliated with a Korean university (150 hours) - A person who has submitted a request for the exemption from the Korean language requirement (limited to those from the same linguistic zone participating in training programs that are taught in the respective languages of the trainees) - An interpreter must be able to speak the mother language of the trainee and Korean at the same time, and the Korean language instructor must satisfy all the requirements on the enclosed list no.6   3. A person with healthy mind and body - Considering this is a chef training, you must be free from tuberculosis and other diseases   C. Recommended training institutes Recommender: Korea Agro-Fisheries & Food Trade Corporations (aT)   Recommendation Requirements : Recommendation is given after the education level, professional certificates, experiences, and proficiency in Korean language of the applicant are examined   Procedure for Recommendation : a recommendation form is sent to an inviter. Scann ed images of required documents must be sent to the immigration (brach) office as official notices.   Inviter : the CEO of the educational institute for (prospective) training   Required Documents   1. An application for a confirmation of visa issuance (form no.21), a copy of passport, one standard-size photograph 2. A document relevant to the establishment of the training institute (business registration or a copy of designated number, copy of corporate registration, etc.) 3. A document proving your financial ability to support yourself during the stay (A full-tuition receipt for the training) ※ If the training institute is paying for the trainee expenses, then the confirmation of the expenses paid by the host shall be submitted.   4. A reference letter (only when the Minister of Justice deems it necessary) 5. Training Outline (including training schedule) * In order to prevent the institute running the weekend programs only, training must be taken during the weekdays primarily from the minimum 4 hours per day to the maximum 20 hours per week OR from 8 hours per day to 40 hours per week.   6. A recommendation letter from the Korea Agriculture and Fisheries & Food Trade Corporation(aT) * * Judgment is made on the basis of documents sent by the aT (i.e. aT will scan your documents such as a university degree and send it to us via email) However, if there is suspected possibilities of forged documents, original copies of documents for closer examination will be requested ☞ If an employee instead of the CEO of the inviting company is applying on behalf, power of attorney, proof of employment, photocopy of ID need to be additionally submitted   ※ The head of the immigration (branch) office may ask additional documents in order to examine the genuineness of invitation and qualifications of the inviter and invitee.   --- 4. A general trainee(D-4) visa issuance confirmation for those intending to be trained in other areas   Required Documents: 1. An application for a confirmation of visa issuance (form no.21), a copy of passport, one standard-size photograph 2. A document confirming your training (research activities) (i.e. a research outline which includes your research schedule and others) 3. A document related to the establishment of the training institute 4. A document proving your financial ability to support yourself during the trip - A cost-payment confirmation if a training facility is paying for your staying expenses - Bank statements: more than $3000 worth of savings on your account, wire transfer to the ROK or currency exchange) 5. A reference letter (only when the Minister of Justice deems it necessary or if you have not proved your ability to pay for tuition and other living expenses) 6. A copy of your family registration and resident registration (Chinese only)   ※ The head of the immigration (branch) office may ask additional documents in order to examine the genuineness of invitation and the qualifications of the inviter/invitee. Remarks   Learning Korean language is not allowed at places such as continuing education or private academy (Hagwon)   - The purposes of establishments and management of continuing education are not suitable for the Korean language training because learning Korean is not just about mastering a new language but acquiring comprehensive knowledges in our customs and traditions. Therefore, the language training must be taken at a legitimate educational institute which teaches Korean systemically and professionally.

Apr 17, 2019