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by Inku
Let the University pay for your education

Hi everyone! It's me again with another blog to explain to you about the scholarships given by Universities this time. There are very many scholarships provided by the universities and listing them would be almost endless. This is a little summary of the scholarships available and how you can find details about them.   University Scholarships A. Introduction: Universities have different scholarships ready for international students to lessen the burden of paying school fees and living in Korea. Though each university provides scholarships based on different criteria, scholarships are generally awarded to students with outstanding scores and performance.    B. Qualification: Students with outstanding GPA scores Students who make great improvements from previous GPA scores Students with high TOPIK scores Students who were recommended by faculty members Above are the general criteria required for University scholarships. The amount of scholarship given under such circumstances differ based on each University and degree. Generally, scholarships are awarded to students who perform well in their school as a form of incentive.    C. Date of application Differs by the scholarship type as some may last until you graduate and some do not. You should check with your universities on the date of application. However, most of the times it would be after or before the semester, during summer or winter.     D. Documents:  There are no specific documents required for these scholarships except your grades or a recommendation letter from a professor and it depends on the scholarship program as well. Some scholarship program may also be limited by your nationality. Hence be sure to check if the scholarship applies to you as well.     This list of universities will help you find out what university scholarships are available: http://www.studyinkorea.go.kr/en/sub/overseas_info/request/universityList.do For further details on the scholarship, I suggest that you look into the official university website (which will be shown in the link above according to the school)  Thank you for reading this post! I will continue to put an effort to provide you with any useful information. If there are any changes or mistakes that you want to mention, feel free to email me at (wakandasian@gmail.com). You can email me personally if there are any questions as well and I will give a reply either through the blog or personally.  

May 14, 2019
by Inku
What is SKY and Suneung(CSAT)? And which school should I go to?

Hi! I'm back again with another blog about universities in Korea. Some of you might have heard the term ‘SKY’ or ‘Suneung’. In order to explain that term, I will introduce you to education in Korea and its structure. It's important to understand how Koreans perceive education and the society that revolves around it. While I can't choose what university you should go to, I hope this introduction to Korean education system will provide you enough information to put you in the same position as a typical Korean student.   Education is considered one of the most crucial and important parts of your life. Many Koreans believe that a good education is directly related to success. Getting into one of the top universities in Korea is often the most important goal of high school students and their parents. From as early as elementary school, parents prepare their children to go to the top universities. This issue was highlighted in a recent Korean drama called, “SKY castle”. It became one of Korea’s most viewed drama with 23.8% viewers in its last episode. Much of its success was because this drama shed light on the dark side of education in Korea where people put too much emphasis on their children’s university entrance. While it is true that such excessive interest is negative, it shows the competitive nature of education in Korea and its importance in the Korean community. Hence, the education standard in Korea doesn't fall behind compared to other countries in the world.   Just like many American schools, the typical education in Korea starts from kindergarten, 6 years of primary school, 3 years of middle school, 3 years of high school then to universities or college. The most important transition is from high school to university as mentioned earlier. Students take Suneung (수능) or the CSAT (College Scholastic Aptitude Test) to decide which Universities to go to. In this CSAT, students are tested on their Korean, Mathematics, English, History, Second Language, Humanities/Science/Specialized Job. This test is so important that during the listening part of the test, all flights are delayed and if the students are running late, police motorcycles drive them to the test location. Number grades are given based on a certain percentile such as 1st grade (1 등급deungeub) followed by 2nd grade (2 등급deunggeub) and so on. Based on the grades, students are eligible to enroll in a university. You require an all 1st grade score to get into the top universities in Korea. These students who do make it to the top universities are considered the top 1~3 percentile of students in Korea.   People often mention ‘SKY’ when talking about the top universities in Korea (Hence, the title ‘SKY castle’). ‘SKY’ is a term for grouping Seoul National University (SNU), Korea University, and Yonsei University. These 3 universities are often the dream schools for many high school students. In terms of QS South Korea Rankings 2019 posted by topuniversity.com, KAIST is ranked first, followed by, SNU, Korea, SKKU, Yonsei, POSTECH, Hanyang, Kyunghee and many more. Though the rankings have shown changes over the years, SNU, KU and Yonsei University are still regarded as one of the best schools in Korea. Do not get me wrong, schools such as KAIST, POSTECH, SKKU, and other universities are all fantastic schools and are the best in their own ways. (In fact, KAIST and POSTECH are the best engineering schools in Korea and only the best of the best enter these schools) However, when speaking in general term, SKY remain the top universities in Korea and their CSAT score cutline proves this point.    So how expensive are these Universities? According to the Ministry of Education in Korea, The current average tuition fee in Korea for Universities is 6,696,000 KRW (=5640 USD) per year, 5,789,500 (=4876 USD) for Junior/Community College and 4,212,700 (=3548 USD) for Graduate Universities. Each University has different tuition rates based on its courses. And it may range as low as 1,100 USD to as high as 10,800 USD and 20,900 USD for certain Graduate degrees. (this value was provided by NIIED).   In order to find out more about your school of interest, you may use http://www.academyinfo.go.kr/index.do and http://www.studyinkorea.go.kr/en/sub/overseas_info/request/universityList.do to search about your school. These websites will provide you with the type of scholarships available from the school, facilities, and the numbers of the school at a glance. I strongly suggest you look into this and also the respective school’s website to help you know more about the school.    Although it may seem difficult for Korean students to be admitted to the top university in Korea, I personally found that it is relatively easier for international students to be admitted to prestigious universities. With such opportunities, I suggest you search more about the universities that might interest you and find out which school suits you best. Thank you for reading this post! I will continue to put an effort to provide you with any useful information. If there are any changes or mistakes that you want to mention, feel free to email me at (wakandasian@gmail.com). You can email me personally if there are any questions as well and I will give a reply either through the blog or personally.

May 13, 2019
by Inku
KGSP Support Program for Self-Financed Foreign Students

Hi! this is another blog about how you can get another scholarship for your undergraduate studies. Though this is for undergraduate students who have already finished their first year in a Korean University/College, even if you are not yet in a Korean University, you can look into this as reference.   Support for Self-Financed Students   A. Introduction: A government scholarship provided to foreign students who are self-financed by providing 500,000 KRW per month for 10 months. This scholarship is given to about 200 students yearly. This scholarship is for university/college students who have already studied in Korea for 2 semesters. B. Qualification: The student must be in his/her 2nd / 3rd / 4th year for which he/she is applying. Students enrolled without credit, graduate students, cyber university students are not eligible. Student should be a foreign student with a foreign nationality Cannot be a recipient of a scholarship of similar sort (living expense related scholarship that exceeds 500,000 KRW per month) from Korean Government, university or other institution. Must have a total GPA of 80 percentile or higher Must have previous semester’s GPA of 80 percentile or higher. (if you have ca Must have at least level 4 on TOPIK C. Date of application: Whole application process may be from January to March. Make sure to check with your respective universities regarding application or the NIIED. D. Documents: This scholarship is usually open before the start of the first semester for universities in Korea (early March). Hence, online application will appear early in the year around January to February and application periods usually lasts for a month. As soon as the online application is done, you will need to submit your application form along with a few documents to your university. Below are a list of some of the documents that you may need other than the forms that they provide you: Copy of passport TOPIK report card Copy of Internationally Authorized Language Tests Copy of Recommendation letter (official/university) Other related documents such as voluntary work or awards in Korea. E. Additional Remarks: After the recommendation of the university, NIIED makes the decision on who will be given the scholarship. Below is the scoring criteria that the NIIED screening committee will be using. GPA 40% TOPIK 30% Other language proficiency 10% Self-introduction, study plan, recommendation letter, voluntary work, awards 20% You should be aware of the scoring criteria above so that you can have a higher chance of getting the scholarship. Thank you for reading this post! I will continue to put an effort to provide you with any useful information. If there are any changes or mistakes that you want to mention, feel free to email me at (wakandasian@gmail.com). You can email me personally if there are any questions as well and I will give a reply either through the blog or personally.   Official link and manual for scholarship http://www.studyinkorea.go.kr/en/sub/gks/allnew_excellentMercy.do http://www.studyinkorea.go.kr/download/gks_own_manual.pdf

May 10, 2019
by Inku
Global Korea Scholarship (GKS) / Korean Government Scholarship Program (KGSP)

What if the government will be paying for all your expenses while studying in Korea? Starting from your flight costs to come to korea to your tuition fees, the GKS/KGSP is prepared for you and it is eligible to more than 800 students every year,    Global Korea Scholarship (GKS) / Korean Government Scholarship Program (KGSP) A. Introduction: Global Korea Scholarship (GKS) is provided by the Korean Government and it gives scholarship to international students who may be taking an undergraduate or a graduate Course. It gives scholarship to 150 undergraduate students and to 700 graduate students taking Master’s or a Doctorate. This scholarship includes your degree program as well as a 1-year Korean Language Program before the start of your degree programs. There are 2 tracks to decide from when applying for the GKS. The Embassy and the University, when applying through the university track, it provides regional universities. Hence, you have lesser universities to choose. However, it does not mean one is better than the other. Application requirements for both University and Embassy tracks are similar but the process may be different. The main difference is that Embassy tracks go through an additional process of going through the Embassy while the University track goes straight to the University and then the University decides directly on whether you will accepted or not. (This step is present in the embassy track after the embassy accepts your application) It is your decision on which track to select and you should choose the track that favors you.   Below is the scholarship benefit table released by the NIIED: ‌Category ‌Amount ‌Category A‌mount Airfare Actual cost Tuition Fee Actual cost (No more than 5 million KRW per semester) Ressettlement Allowance KRW 200,000 Printing Costs (dissertation) KRW 500,000 - 800,000 Medical Insurance KRW 20,000 per month Completion Grant KRW 100,000 (Once) Living Allowance Undergraduate: KRW 800,000 Award for Excellent Korean Language Proficiency KRW 100,000 Graduate: KRW 900,000 Language Course KRW 800,000 per quarter Research Support KRW 210,000~240,000 (per semester)   B. Qualification: Applicant should not have Korean citizenships. His/Her parents must be citizens of their country of origin. (exception may be made for parents who have Korean citizenship but hold a ‘Special Permanent Residency Permit’ in Japan). Should be under 25 years of age (undergraduate) and under 40 (graduate). According to the standards of 2019 GKS, if you are applying for undergraduate, you should be under 25 as of march 1. (Hence, born after March 1, 1994). While if you are applying for graduate, you should 40 as of September 1. (Hence, born after September 1, 1979). IF you are an academic professor under 45, and hold citizenship of Official Development Assistance (ODA) Recipients (country), you are also eligible to apply. Completed elementary, middle, high school or scheduled to complete before date of arrival. For graduate school, Bachelor’s/Master’s degree is required. 80% GPA from last education institution (refer to GPA Conversion table of NIIED). Applicants who have previously achieved in any undergraduate program, master’s program, or doctoral program in Korea cannot apply for this program. C. Date of application: (Undergraduate)Sep. before year of planned studies in Korea (Graduate) Feb. in year of planned studies in Korea   Notice will be uploaded and further instruction will be provided if you visit the studyinkorea notice section D. Hear it from alumni: You can access the newsletter provided in the notice section of GKS. Many alumni who were a part of the GKS has left their stories in the newsletter. E. Documents needed: There are a number of documents to submit in order to apply for the scholarship. The application notice will upload additional forms that must be filled. However, some documents have to be prepared separately. Below is a list of documents that may be needed. One is advised to check the notice board for official details. There are differences in terms of application based on your nationality. Make sure to check if you are subject to a certain criteria. Documents Undergraduate Master’s Doctoral Research High school graduation Certificate P Î Î Î High school grade Transcript P Î Î Î Certificate of citizenship of applicant and parents P P P P Certificate of Bachelor’s degree or Bachelor’s Diploma (Original) Î P P Î Bachelor’s degree Transcript (Original) Î P P Î Certificate of Master‟s degree or Master‟s Diploma (Original) Î Î P P Master‟s degree Transcript (Original) Î Î P P Awards OPTIONAL Certificate of valid proficiency tests (TOPIK, TOEFL, TOEIC, IELTS)   OPTIONAL Passport copy 2nd Round successful Candidates     Below are additional documents that may be needed according to your status, Only for Postdoctoral Research Program applicants: 1. Certificate of Doctoral degree or Doctoral Diploma (Original) 2. Doctoral degree Transcript (Original) 3. Certificate of Employment (Original) Only for overseas Korean: Proof of Overseas Korean Document Only for previous Korean citizenship holders: Proof of Korean Citizenship Renunciation Document Only for Korean adoptees: Proof of Korean Adoptee Document Finally, if the documents that you have to submit are not written in English or Korean, they have to be translated and authenticated by the issuing institution (ex. Embassy). Additionally, if your country is a member of the Apostille Convention, you may submit the Apostille documents.   F. Additional Remarks: While it is not compulsory to learn Korean or take the TOPIK (Korean Proficiency exam) prior to your application, those who are capable of speaking both Korean and English may be given preference over those who do not. So, if you want to prepare in advance, it is advisable to learn Korean and to take the TOPIK. Additionally, you do not have to take the compulsory Korean Language Program (1-year program) if you get a Level 5 or 6 in TOPIK. Alternatively, if you earn a level 5 or 6 during the first 6 months of the language program, you may start your degree program in advance. I will provide you further information about how you can achieve this in another blog. You also get the benefit of receiving 100,000 KRW per month if you possess Level 5 or 6 in TOPIK Each Korean Embassy of your country of residence is responsible for the application of the scholarship. Deadline for the submission of required documents are usually more or less a month after the application announcement. Do check with your respective Korean Embassy, Korean education center, or Korean Cultural Center. (If none located at your home country, check with a neighboring country). When applying through the university track, instead of the Embassy, your university that you apply to will be responsible. Thank you for reading this post! I will continue to put an effort to provide you with any useful information. If there are any changes or mistakes that you want to mention, feel free to email me at (wakandasian@gmail.com). You can email me personally if there are any questions as well and I will give a reply either through the blog or personally. *This is not a complete list of what to prepare for the GKS but a summary and few tips that may help your decision and make your scholarship application easier.  Here is a link to the complete and official form of application for the GKS:   http://down.mofa.go.kr/mn-mn/brd/m_293/down.do?brd_id=12302&seq=758683&data_tp=A&file_seq=7

May 10, 2019
by Inku
Why should I study in Korea?

Studying in a new country is never easy. It takes determination and big decisions to decide on where I would complete my studies. I, myself, took a long time before finally deciding to come back to my Korean roots and take my undergraduate program in Korea. It wasn't easy deciding since I had studied in Singapore and Indonesia my whole life. Considering this position, I wanted to share what made me decide on coming to Korea and how you could consider it as an option too.   First of all, Korea's higher education can be grouped into 3 different categories University (4-year program) Junior College (2~3-year program) Graduate school (Master's and Doctoral degree program) *As Graduate school programs are mostly offered in Universities, 'University' and 'Graduate school' are often categorized together.   Universities (including graduate schools) are a common go-to for many foreign students willing to study in Korea as they provide you with various courses to choose from and eventually earning that hard-earned degree or achieving your goal. Universities provide a 4-year program (6 depending on the course) for your Bachelor's Degree, a 2-year program for Master's, and a 3-year program for Doctoral. Junior College, on the other hand, provides you with education specialized to your needs. After 2~3 years in Junior College, you will be eligible for an Associate's Degree. Non-degree programs such as exchange or summer school programs are also readily available for foreign students. These short term programs are also as popular as (if not more) Degree programs. Korean Universities provides foreign students with a multitude of opportunity to study and experience student life in Korea. Additionally, many international students come to Korea to study the Korean language. There are various language institutes to choose from that will help fulfill these needs. With each categories having their own benefits and purpose, you will be able to find the education that fit your needs.   You need not worry about difficulties catching up with the classes in a non-English speaking country, because there are many opportunities that teach you Korean to help with your studies and numerous English-speaking classes (or you can always look for a Korean institute or classes in your home country before coming to Korea). In fact, though English is not the main language in the country, it isn't terribly difficult to communicate in basic English with Koreans. (A note of advice is to keep it simple because some Koreans feel uneasy speaking in English)   "But why Korea?"   Korea has already made its mark in the Global Market (be it through electronics, music, entertainment or whatnot) and it's currently ranked 11th in Nominal GDP in the world. Korea owes much of its success to its high standard of education. Together with its culture which puts education as a top priority for youths, Korea puts in efforts to keep these schools competitive and in the best quality. However, in the past, some people considered Korea's education to be overly competitive and academically-oriented. But in today's Korea, schools, especially universities, are looking at a more holistic approach, embracing not only the academic department. Ultimately, Korea is becoming a more favorable country for international students to come to be it for studies or for the experience. As Korea continues to grow, more and more students are coming to Korea to study and more importantly experience Korea.   Following are the statistics of Foreigners who are currently studying in Korea released by the Ministry of Education (MOE) of Korea: (Data was based on April 2018)    1) Number of Foreign students based on year   Year 2014 2015 2016 2017 2018 Foreign Students 84,891 91,332 104,262 123,858 142,205   2) Foreign students based on continents and course of study   Region Language Training  Course Type Other Courses Total University Graduate School Master's Doctorate South America            213              303            279               58            105            958 North America            414           1,087            718              295          1,350          3,864 Asia        39,507          53,400        18,488           7,532          9,579       128,506 Africa            441              479          1,330              465            103          2,818 Oceania              41              132              74               16            114            377 Europe          1,045              696            540              144          3,257          5,682          41,661          56,097        21,429           8,510        14,508       142,205   *The following numbers were provided by the Ministry of Education of Korea (MOE) and uploaded on its site on 5 November 2018   Since the past 5 years, there has been a constant increase in foreign students studying in Korea (such as shown above) to enroll in a Degree or a non-degree program. It's evident that Korea is willing to accept more foreign students coming to study in Korea and more foreign students are wanting to come to Korea.   The decision is up to you, my readers, on whether to come to Korea to study or not and I don't wish to force it on you. Ultimately, I'm just another blogger and you should be responsible for your education. Leaving your home or where you are familiar is not easy. However, why not try and experience what is new or what you always wanted to do. The opportunity is up for grabs. Thank you for reading this post! I will continue to put an effort to provide you with any useful information. If there are any changes or mistakes that you want to mention, feel free to email me at (wakandasian@gmail.com). You can email me personally if there are any questions as well and I will give a reply either through the blog or personally.     

May 7, 2019
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