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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
by WorknPlay
63 Square, Seoul's Classic Landmark

      Holding the title of Korea’s tallest building for almost two decades and boasting a distinct glistening, golden exterior, the 63 Square remains one of Seoul’s most iconic landmarks. In contrast to the busy Namsan Tower and Seoul Sky, the 63 Square's Art Observatory offers visitors a more relaxing and uncongested viewing experience of Seoul particularly, the Han River which it overlooks. How to Get to 63 Square There are various ways to get to 63 Square using the Seoul Metro.     Daebang Station Shuttle Bus 9:00am~10:15pm  Take Metro Line 1 to Daebang station and get out Exit 6. Take the free shuttle bus to 63 square which you can board 40 m from the exit. Sategang Station 9:00am~10:15pm Take Metro Line 9 to Sategang Station and get out Exit 1. Take the free shuttle bus 10 m from the exit towards Yeoeuido Station. Yeoinaru Station 9:00am~10:15pm Take Metro Line 5 to Yeoinaru Station and get out Exit 4. Take the free shuttle bus to 63 square which you can board 80 m from the exit not far from MBC.  Yeouido Station 9:00am~10:15pm Take Metro Line 5 or 9 to Yeouido Station and get out Exit 5. Take the free shuttle bus to 63 square which you can board in front of St. Mary’s Hospital.  Noryangjin station Take Metro Line 1 to Noryangjin station and get out Exit 1 and walk in the direction of 63 Square.      Buying/Redeeming your Ticket   Once you enter the ground floor of 63 Square, walk over to the ticket office where you can purchase tickets. If you pre-ordered your ticket, show your voucher or QR code to the staff to redeem it for a paper ticket.   To avoid waiting in long ticket lines, we recommend that you buy tickets online beforehand!     Observation Deck and Art Gallery The viewing experience already begins once you enter the elevator to go up to the 60th floor of the building where the observatory is located. The walls of the elevators are made of transparent glass which will allow you to view the Han river and city while ascending up to the observatory The observation deck itself offers impressive views of the Han River, Seoul skyline, and mountains in the background from a height of nearly 270 meters above land. You can pay 500 won to use binoculars that allow a closer glimpse of the city. Tip! Visit the observatory on early morning weekdays to avoid crowds or in the evening to watch the sunset and illuminated of the city at night.               The Art Observatory houses a small collection of artwork from Korean and international artists. It is the highest gallery in the world and holds numerous exhibitions throughout the year which change every three months. The 63 Square Art Gallery aims to contribute toward the development of the domestic art scene by showcasing and introducing the artwork of local talent to the general public.   The artworks is creative but easy to interpret so even children can appreciate it!              The building also has several restaurants, cafes, and shopping amenities in its lower and upper floors. The fine-dining restaurants occupying the 57th to 59th floors boast not only beautiful panoramic views of Seoul but also high-end gourmet food and extensive wine collections to enjoy.             Aquaplanet 63 63 Square also houses Aquaplanet 63 in its basement floor. A must-visit aquarium that occupies nearly 6,000 square meters of space and welcomes over 1 million visitors annually with over 400 different species of sea creatures. The aquarium runs an exciting line-up of aqua programs to watch including a mermaid show, otter show, and string-ray feeding time, just to name a few.               The mermaid show is a big hit with kids (and adults too)!           Yeouido Harbor and Han River    After exploring everything that 63 Square has to offer, you can enjoy the urban scenery along the Han River and Yeouido Island by walking over to the Yeouido Harbor and hopping on a Han River Ferry Cruise. Aboard the E-Land Han River Cruise, you can not only enjoy views of Seoul's most famous attractions by day or night, but also be entertained by fun events and activities, such as a fireworks show, lunch buffet, dinner buffet, live music, and more!            

Apr 16, 2019
by WorknPlay
Namsan Seoul Tower, Putting Seoul into Perspective

      As Seoul’s most iconic landmark, the Namsan Seoul Tower has a wide assortment of attractions and experiences to be enjoyed. Originally opened as Korea’s first general radio wave tower in 1969, the N Seoul Tower was renovated and re-opened in 1980 as a vantage point for locals to visit and get a birds-eye view of Seoul. From the observatory decks, you can enjoy daytime and nighttime views of Seoul from all directions. With indoor and outdoor observatory decks, special photo zones, a hanbok experience culture center, Hello Kitty character exhibition, local 360° VR experience, and high-caliber restaurants, the Namsan Seoul Tower and surrounding Namsan mountain park not only offer us a great view of the city but also an all-inclusive cultural and entertainment complex for everybody to enjoy.   How to Get There? Located in the center of the city, just north of the Han River, Namsan Seoul Tower can be reached by a variety of ways.         Option 1: Namsan Circular Shuttle Bus First, if traveling by Seoul Metro, you can board a free shuttle bus that circles through Namsan Park to get to the base of Namsan tower from shuttle stops located outside various subway stations within the city. The bus fare is 1,200 won (cash) /1,100 won (T-Money card).     Namsan Sunhwan Bus No. 2: 7:00 am~11:30 pm, every 15 mins Chungmuro Station (Metro Lines 3 & 4), Exit 2 (in front of Daehan Cinema) Dongguk University Station (Metro Line 3), Exit 6 Namsan Sunhwan Bus No. 3: 7:30 am~11:30 pm, every 20 mins Seoul Station (Metro Lines 1 & 4), Exit 9 Itaewon Station (Metro Line 6), Exit 4 Hangangjin Station (Metro Line 6), Exit 2 Namsan Sunhwan Bus No. 5: 7:30 am~11:30 pm, every 15 mins Myeongdong Station (Metro Line 4), Exit 3 Chungmuro Station (Metro Lines 3 & 4), Exit 2 (in front of Daehan Cinema) Note! During rush hours, the shuttle bus can take longer to reach the tower due to traffic in the city.        Option 2: Cable Car The cable car will carry you from the bottom of Namsan mountain up to the base of the tower. There are various ways to get to Namsan Cable Car Station. ​​​​​​     Take the shuttle bus from Myeongdong Station (Metro line 4), Exit 1.  Take the shuttle bus from Seoul Station (Metro line 1 or 4), Exit 9 in front of Seoul Square Walk from Myeongdong Station Exit 3 to the Cable Car Base, following the right side of the street with Pacific Hotel for about 10~15 mins.  Take the Namsan Orumi, a slanted elevator connecting Namsan 3 tunnel to the Cable Car Base. The ride is free but can be crowded and have a long waiting time.         Once arrived at the cable car base, you should get off the shuttle bus and go to the ticket office to buy cable car tickets. You can purchase either round-trip or one-way ticket rides. An adult one-way ticket is 7,000 won while a child one-way ticket is 4,000 won. Round trip tickets are 9, 500 won for adults and 6, 5000 won for children.  Cable Car Hours: 10:00 am~10:30 pm daily     During the 5-minute ascension, you can enjoy moving in the midst of Seoul’s natural flora. On sunny days, the cable car ride provides a clear birds-eye view of the stores, houses, and streets in the surrounding district below.   Note! The ticketing and boarding lines for the cable car are usually quite long so you could be waiting for up to 2 hours.  The line is shorter heading down from Namsan Tower.       Option 3: Walk Through Namsan Park  Since Namsan Seoul Tower is located within “Namsan Park”, why not take the cable car one-way and take a leisurely stroll through the park as you enjoy the natural scenery?         Namsan Park is the largest park within Seoul and is a natural habitat for over 60 species of trees, plants, and animals. The park offers several hiking trails from the base of the mountain to the top where Namsan Seoul Tower is located. Its circular trails are especially beautiful during the springtime when cherry blossoms are in full bloom and during autumn when its trees and plant life transform into a mix of vibrant oranges, browns, and reds. Inside the park, the sounds of the city are completely blocked out and are instead superseded by the sounds of leaves swaying in the breeze, wildlife communicating, and other visitors pleasantly chatting to each other while walking leisurely amidst the center of nature.             As you trek along the beautifully tree-lined curving roads, ascending higher and higher, Namsan Seoul Tower will regularly come in and out of view behind the trees. Nearing the tower, there is a parking area for tour buses and cars, a convenience store with indoor and outdoor seating, and washrooms for gents and ladies. Seoul city becomes visible again and can be viewed from a wooden deck in front of the bus stop. From here, the main circular road divides into two paths, one leading directly to the lobby of the tower, the other leading to the tower’s outdoor observatory decks.     N Seoul Tower and Seoul Tower Plaza The entire complex officially called “Namsan Seoul Tower” is divided into two parts: the upper half called “N Seoul Tower”, where the main observatory is located, and the bottom half known as “Seoul Tower Plaza”.         Buying/Redeeming your Ticket In order to get to the Observation Deck,  you'll first have to redeem your ticket at the ticket machines and then take the elevator to the 5th Floor of the tower. Follow the signs for the Observation Deck~            We recommend that you pre-order your tickets online beforehand so that you're not stuck waiting in the long ticket lines especially the evenings, weekends and public holidays. If you pre-ordered online, you can head straight to the ticket machines and redeem your voucher number or QR code.  We found the ticket machines next to the Hello Kitty Island entrance.               If you didn't pre-order and need to buy a ticket walk over to the ticket counter where you can purchase Adult, Child, and Elderly tickets.  The Ticket Office is open Sunday ~ Friday: 10:00 am ~ 11:00 pm  and Saturdays 10:00 am ~ 12:00 pm  After receiving your ticket, you'll need to walk over and present it to staff in the Ticket Verification area, then walk towards the elevator that will take you to the 5F Observation Deck. On the way, there is a photo zone with Namsan Tower and various seasonal backgrounds that you can pose in front of. You can pick up your photo at the gift shop in the Observation Deck.      Observation Deck The observatory on the 4th and 5th floors offers one of the best views of downtown Seoul and the Han River.  The circular deck provides a panoramic view with glass panels protecting visitors from wind and bad weather. If you'd like to zoom into the view and try spotting other iconic landmarks or familiar buildings in Seoul, you can use standing binoculars for only 500 won. There are also free audio guides available in English, Chinese and Japanese.                   You can commemorate the time spent at the tower or in Seoul by dropping by the Tower Gift and N Gift gift shops located on the tower’s 1st and 5th floors. Here you can find items such as t-shirts, plush toys, flasks cutely designed with themes related to love and travel as well as the most popular item, Namsan Seoul Tower miniatures.     ► TOWER GIFT     ► N GIFT     Don't forget to pick up your souvenir photo on this floor! (or the 1st floor)  You can go down to the 4th floor to enjoy the view and take more photos!         Even the restroom in the 4th Floor has an incredible view of the whole city! It might even be the best view in the tower!           Other Attractions     Hello Kitty Island After enjoying the view from the observation deck, visitors can make a visit to Hello Kitty Island which is located on the 5th floor of the Seoul Tower Plaza. Here you can brush up on your history of this international superstar while touring her home. After exploring her home, you can make a visit to the gift shop to get your hands on unique Hello Kitty merchandise.         K-POP Star Photo Booth If you're an avid Kpop fan, there is a K-POP Star Photo Booth on the 1st floor of the Seoul Tower Plaza where you can take pictures with kpop artists such as PSY, BIGBANG, G-DRAGON, 2NE1, and RAINBOW.         Hanbok Culture Experience Center When you get down to the Lobby (B1) of the Seoul Tower Plaza you should check out the Hanbok Culture Experience Center. It boasts a massive collection of traditional hanboks of various colors, fabrics, and patterns available to be tried on. You can try on hanbok, hats, and accessories worn by kings, queens, and dignitaries to pose and take photos in. The center is partitioned into rooms with floors, ceilings, and walls decorated with traditional Korean carpets, cushions, drapes, wall art, and furniture, creating a historically authentic Korean backdrop to augment the hanbok wearing experience. Since hanboks can be rented for an hour, you could wear your hanbok outside the center while strolling around the tower and plaza.         The Namsan Seoul Tower experience doesn’t stop there. Seoul Tower Plaza’s outdoor square contains fast food restaurants, cafes, sketch artists, and most importantly, decks that offer visitors an unrestricted view of the city. Love Locks You will be stunned by the thousands of multi-colored, multi-shaped padlocks affixed to the metallic fences of the wooden decks surrounding the base of the tower. There are even padlocks affixed to artificial trees which bear the resemblance of candy trees. The body of these padlocks have written wishes and notes by visitors from all over the world including wishes for good health, pledges of love, and prayers for loved ones, which they hope will come true someday. If you’d like to affix your own padlock too, you can bring your own padlock or buy one at the square.         After sunset, colorful LED installations illuminate the tower, creating a romantic atmosphere.     ► Tunnel of Love ►Bridge of Love     ►Proposal Staircase     So why don't you save a day to visit Namsan Tower while you're in Seoul? A visit to the Namsan Tower is sure to become a fond memory from your stay in Korea!    

Apr 16, 2019
by WorknPlay
Touching the Clouds from Lotte World Tower's Seoul Sky

      If you're seeking a great vantage point from where to observe Seoul’s impressive skyline, the Seoul Sky Observatory on the 117th and 123rd floors of the Lotte World Tower possesses exactly what you’re looking for. Located at the very top of Lotte Tower, Seoul Sky is the highest observation deck in Korea, providing everyone with an incredible 360-degree view of the city and surrounding metropolitan area. The Seoul Sky Deck has been recognized by the Guinness Book of World Records as the highest glass-floor observation deck and also as the world’s third highest observation deck.       How to Get to Lotte Tower and Seoul Sky You can get to Lotte World Tower by taking Seoul Metro Line 2 or Line 8 and getting off at Jamsil station. From Jamsil station Exit 1 or 2, walk in the direction of Lotte World Department Store.     Lotte World Tower is on the other side of the department store so you can either walk through it until the end or walk around it outside to reach the entrance of the tower. Once you enter Lotte World Tower, go to the B1F to find the Seoul Sky Entrance.  Walk over to the ticket office where you can purchase Adult and Child tickets. If you pre-ordered your ticket, show your voucher or QR code to the staff to redeem it for a paper ticket.     The ticket office opens 10 minutes before operating hours and admission is allowed until one hour before closing hours.    The ticket line is quite long especially during weekends and public holidays so I'd definitely recommend that you buy tickets online beforehand so that you're not stuck waiting.         After receiving your ticket, you'll need to present it to other staff and be guided to a dimly-lit hallway that will lead you towards “Sky Shuttle”, Seoul Sky's exhilarating elevator. Only 500 entrants are accepted into the observation deck during 30-minute time slots, which means that depending on how busy it is that day if there are fewer people you could get to go up to the observatory early but if there's more you will have to wait for a while in the hallway. So in order to cut down part of the waiting process, come with your ticket already bought and skip that line at least!   TIP! If you pre-order online, you can visit the ticket office and make a reservation for a specific timeslot on your schedule ticket date (e.g. Visit the office at 10 am, and make a reservation for 6 pm)   The walls and ceilings of the hallway are lined with LCD displays projecting mosaics designs and shifting colors that illuminate it as you walk through it. It keeps you entertained while you wait.    At the end of the hallway, stands the “Sky Shuttle”, the tower’s elevator which will transport you between its 123 floors. The Sky Shuttle is the world's first double-deck elevator featuring monitors on the ceiling and each wall. During the ride, all four walls of the shuttle display a virtual panoramic depiction of the construction of Lotte Tower against the backdrop of its surrounding landscape before exploding into a celestial burst of colors as the shuttle reaches its first main stop, the “Observation Deck” on the 117th floor.                   Observation Decks From the main observation deck, you can witness and marvel at the immense size and architectural complexity of Seoul’s cityscape. If you’re lucky to have sunny weather, you can get a clear view of the Han River, Lotte World Amusement Park, Namsan mountain and Namsan Seoul Tower, and other iconic landmarks.       If you’re in the company of family or friends, or even by yourself you could commemorate your visit by taking photos at the photo zone located on this floor or the B1, 118th, and 120th floors and pick up the prints on the B1 or 120th floors.     To further your viewing experience, you should move up to the 118th floor by escalator to see the “Sky Deck”. A portion of the floor in the Sky Deck is transparent glass.         If you aren’t terribly frightened of heights, try standing on the glass. When you look down, you'll see Seoul’s urban landscape with its vehicular and pedestrian traffic, 478 meters below. While standing on the highest glass-floor observation deck, you will be able to experience the thrilling feeling of floating in the sky as the glass-floor constantly changes from opaque to clear.         The “Sky Terrace” is the next floor to check-out after the Sky Deck and can be reached by taking the escalator up to the 120th floor.  After enjoying an indoor view of the cityscape, you will finally have a chance to stand in an outdoor terrace, 486 meters above ground level, feeling the cool breeze while viewing the majestic panoramic view of Seoul!           Souvenirs Before boarding the sky shuttle again and heading back down to the lobby, you should take one last escalator ride up to the 121st floor, to visit the "Seoul Sky Shop" which sells souvenir postcards, diaries, miniatures and the most popular item, sleek snow-globes with Lotte World Tower inside.         Lotte Tower Seoul Sky is inside Lotte World Tower and is part of the larger Lotte World entertainment complex containing an amusement park,  Korea’s biggest aquarium, a world-class shopping mall, art museum, concert hall, and cinema. So after the observatory viewing experience, you should definitely explore and enjoy the rest of Lotte World's entertainment facilities!                 Before you leave the tower, why not spend a calming but pleasant time at the Lotte Aquarium in the basement floor.  The aquarium has more than 650 kinds of sea life from all over the world including flashlight fish, spider crabs, beluga whales, sea lions and more!           Lotte World Amusement Park   While you're in the area, why not visit Lotte World's amusement park. It's one of the best amusement parks in Korea and is packed with the most exciting rollercoasters and ride! If you have kids, they will love meeting the adorable animated characters and being entertained by them.              

Apr 16, 2019
by Harry
About a D-2 Visa: For Students

I'm back with more information on visas, and this time, I want to talk about the D-2 Visa, a Visa for students wanting to learn at Korea. Again, the follow details are referenced from the Ministry of Justice, Korea Immigration Service "Visa Introduction Guide"   Range of Activities and Eligible Applicants;   Candidates who wish to study and research at educational, academic institutions (college or above) - A person who wants to study, research or enroll in a full-time program (i.e. Bachelor's, Master, Ph.D) at academic institutions (college or higher) established under either the Higher Education Act or the Special Act.   Maximum Length of Stay: 2 Years   Visas Issued at the Discretion of the Chief of Mission:   A D-2 visa will be issued to a national of China (except for students of accredited Korean universities, students on the government scholarship program and exchange students), Cuba, Syria, Macedonia, Kosovo through a confirmation of visa issuance   Eligible Institutions:   Community college or others established under Article 2* of the Higher Education Act and clauses of the Special Act (including a night program of graduate school) and academic institutions registered at our international student information system (FIMS)   * However, Night University, Distance Learning University (Broadcasting University, Communication University, Korea National Open University, Cyber University) and Korea Polytechnics University Vocational Training Program are all excluded from D-2 Study Abroad visa issuances regardless of the Higher Education Act and FIMS registration except their multi-techniques degree programs. (Border Control Division - 11245, '09.4.27)   ** School Types:  Following schools will be established in order to carry out higher education. 1. University 2. Industrial College 3. Education College 4. Community College 5. Broadcasting college, Communication college, Korean National Open University and Cyber University (hereinafter referred to as "distance learning university") 6. Technical College 7. Other   ---   Visa Issuance Procedure   Request for acceptance > Standard College Acceptance* Issue , Register > Visa Application, Issuance (Submit the acceptance number) > Entry * Once a student is accepted, a standard acceptance letter will be issued while he/she will be registered at our Foreign Student Information Management System (FIMS) (A standard acceptance number will be indicated at the upper left corner of the acceptance letter). Then, the letter will be stamped by the President/Dean of the university and sent to the student. Eligible Applicants:    Confirmation of Visa Issuance  (Chinese nationals) All Chinese nationals except for newly admitted students of accredited Korean universities, students on the government scholarship program and exchange students (Other nationals) Nationals of Cuba, Syria, Macedonia and Kosovo * However, visas for exchange students are issued by the head of overseas diplomatic missions.  Visas Issued by the Head of Overseas Diplomatic Missions (Chinese nationals) Newly admitted students of accredited Korean universities, students on the government scholarship program and exchange students  (Other nationals) Nationals of all countries except for Cuba, Syria, Macedonia and Kosovo ---   Application Center   By principle, you must apply at a Korean diplomatic mission in your country or in country where your last school is located. Required Documents:   1. Visa application form (form #34), photocopy of passport, one standard size photograph, fee 2. Photocopy of Business Registration Certificate (or distinct number certificate) of a respective education institute 3. Standard Acceptance Letter (issued by the dean/president of the university) 4. Documents proving your family relations (Please enclose the original copy as well as the translated version. Also, this document is required from nationals of 21 countries listed below, and the document must indicate English spelling of your parents' names.)   * China, Philippine, Indonesia, Bangladesh, Vietnam, Mongolia, Thailand, Pakistan, Sri Lanka, India, Myanmar, Nepal, Iran, Uzbekistan, Kazakhstan, Kirgizstan, Ukraine, Nigeria, Ghana, Egypt, Peru (Total: 21 states) ** Please indicate English spelling of your name in Korean version and enclose the photocopy of your passport   Documents for each program:   Associate degree․ Bachelor's degree․ Master's degree․Ph.D 5. Documents proving the final level of education   6. Documents proving your financial ability to support yourself (tuition fee and finance for stay for a year  Specific Research Program 5. Documents proving your final level of education (The minimum education requirement is master's degree)   6. Documents proving funds for stay (Bank account balance statement, Research Allowance Confirmation, etc.)  Exchange Students 5. Documents proving personal finance for stay (considering the tuition is paid in the country of origin)  6. Recommendation letter issued by the head of your university in your country 7. Documents proving that you are an exchange student (official document, student exchange agreement between universities) 8. Documents proving that you have completed at least one semester (proof of enrollment issued by your university in your country) ※ The Chief of mission may ask additional documents in order to examine the purpose of stay, genuineness of invitation, and qualifications of the inviter and invitee if deemed necessary.   ---   Required Documents for D-2 visa applicants who are international military trainees invited by the Ministry of National Defense   Required Documents 1. Visa Application Form (Enclosed Form #17), Photocopy of Passport, One Standard Size Photograph, Fee 2. Invitation Letter issued by the Ministry of National Defense ※ The Chief of mission may ask additional documents in order to examine the purpose of stay, genuineness of the invitation, and the qualifications of the inviter and invitee if deemed necessary.   ---   D-2 Student visa issuance in accordance with the Agreement on simplifying visa procedures between the government of Korea and the government of the Republic of India   Eligible Applicants Study Aborad visitor : Indian national coming to Korea to study   Visa Details Status of Stay : Student (D-2) * D-2 Student : the visa is issued at a Korean diplomatic mission in India Validity period of visa : 5 years or if it is a less-than-5-year-program, a multiple entry visa will be issued over the course of the study   Period of Stay : Within 2 years * Period of stay will be given in accordance with a regular guideline since there is no specific article in an agreement   Notes There is no limit on a student taking various education programs. (Article 4(2) of the agreement) A visa is still valid even if the student changes a course of study or participates in a different program during his/her stay. (Article 4(2) of the Agreement)   Required Documents 1. Visa Application Form (form #17), Photocopy of Passport, One Standard Size Photograph, Fee 2. Standard Acceptance Letter 3. Tuition, Certificate of Personal Finance including travel expenses and others   ※ The Chief of mission may ask additional documents in order to examine the purpose of stay, genuineness of the invitation, qualifications of the inviter and invitee if deemed necessary.   Eligible Applicants for a Confirmation of Visa Issuance   Eligible Applicants: Nationals of China (except for students of accredited Korean universities, students on the government scholarship program and exchange students), Cuba, Syria, Macedonia, and Kosovo   Eligible Institutions Community college or above established in accordance with Article 2 of the Higher Education Act and regulation of special laws, being registered at our International Student Information System (FIMS)   * However, Night University, Distance Learning University (Broadcasting University, Communication University, Korea National Open University, Cyber University) and Korea Polytechnics University Vocational Training Program are all excluded from D-2 Study Abroad visa issuances regardless of the Higher Education Act and FIMS registration except their multi-techniques degree programs   School Types: Following schools will be established in order to carry out higher education. 1. University 2. Industrial University 3. Education University 4.Community College 5.Broadcasting University, Communication University· Korea National Open University and Cyber University (hereinafter referred to as "Distance Learning University") 6. Technical University 7. Other   --- Visa Procedure   Acceptance of Request > Standard Acceptance Letter Issuance, Registration > Confirmation of visa issuance (application, issuance) > Confirmation of visa issuance (issuance) > Entry   Eligible Applicants    Confirmation of Visa Issuance (Chinese nationals) All Chinese nationals except for newly admitted students of accredited Korean universities, students on the government scholarship program and exchange students (Other nationals) Nationals of Cuba, Syria, Macedonia and Kosovo * However, visas for exchange students are issued by the head of overseas diplomatic missions.  Visas Issued by the Head of Overseas Diplomatic Missions (Chinese nationals) Newly admitted students of accredited Korean universities, students on the government scholarship program and exchange students (Other nationals) Nationals of all countries except for Cuba, Syria, Macedonia and Kosovo --- Application Center   An immigration (branch) office in the area where the school you are attending is located * If you are entering a branch school, you must visit an immigration (branch) office in areas where your branch school is located (the address indicated on business registration certificate is irrelevant in this case.) Apply online at the HuNet KOREA website (www.visa.go.kr) (limited to person-in-charge of international students only) Required Documents:   1. Confirmation of visa issuance application form (form #21), Photocopy of passport, one standard size photograph (the photo must be taken within the latest 6 months - Size: 3cm X 4cm) 2. Photocopy of Education Institution business registration certificate (or distinct number) 3. Standard Acceptance Letter* (issued by the dean/president of the university) 4. Documents proving your family relations (In principle, you must submit both of original copy and translated copy. Please attach a document that can verify the english spelling of your parents' names)   * You must indicate english spelling of your parents' names in the translated version, and enclose a photocopy of their passpor   Documents for each program:   Associate Degree․ Bachelor's degree․ Master's degree․Ph.D 5. Documents proving the final level of your education - In principle, when we review the documents proving your final level of education, we only accept their original copies. Nonetheless, we accept photocopies of a degree or degree certified report if they are stamped by a respective authority of the university. We accept a proof of education that is issued within its validity period upon your request. You are able to extend your period of stay if it has been 30 days from the issuance date - Nationals of the 21 countries listed below or those who have acquired degrees in the countries below must choose one among A, B, and C * China, Philippine, Indonesia, Bangladesh, Vietnam, Mongolia, Thailand, Pakistan, Sri Lanka, India, Myanmar, Nepal, Iran, Uzbekistan, Kazakhstan, Kirgizstan, Ukraine, Nigeria, Ghana, Egypt, Peru (Total 21 countries) A. Documents proving degrees that are confirmed by the Apostille convention B. Documents (or degrees) confirmed by a Korean consul or a diplomat in a country where your school is located C. Degree verification report issued by the degree verification center whish is run by China's Ministry of Education (for those who have obtained degrees in China)   ※ However, if you have received a degree from a domestic university, you are allowed to submit a degree certificate that is without notarization   6. Documents proving your financial ability - Minimum amount required: annual tuition + expenses for staying  Specific Research Program  5. Documents proving the final level of education (master degree or above) - For chinese national, degree verification for Associate degree․ Bachelor's degree․Master's degree․Ph.D degree is all the same   6. Documents proving the expenses for stay (bank account balance statement, research allowance payment confirmation, and others)  Exchange Student 5. Documents proving your financial ability to support yourself (*Please note that we are aware that the tuition cost is mainly paid from your country of origin)   6. Recommendation letter issued by the head of your university   7. Documents proving that you are an exchange student (official documents of the host university, exchange student agreement between universities)   8. Documents proving that you have completed at least one semester (Proof of enrollment from a university)   * Exchange students who have came to Korea in accrdance with a bilateral industry-school research agreement between universities will be treated as eligible applicants for general trainee visa (D-4-2)s or as normal exchange students.   ※ The Chief of mission may ask additional documents in order to examine genuineness of the invitation, the purpose of stay and qualifications of the inviter and invitee if deemed necessary.   --- Documents required when a foreign army cadet invited by the Ministry of Justice applies for a D-2 confirmation of visa issuance   1. A confirmation of visa issuance application form (enclosed form #21), photocopy of passport, one standard size photograph 2. The invitation letter issued by the Ministry of National Defense   ※ The head of a mission may ask additional documents in order to examine genuineness of the invitation, qualifications of the inviter and invitee if deemed necessary.   Remarks / FAQ   Q. Can a student, who is attending a vocational training school, obtain a Student visa?   A. In accordance with the Workers Vocational Skills Development Act , any vocational skills development training center that uses 'vocational school' in their names is a non-profit enterprise which has obtained a permission of establishment from the Minister of Labor to play public roles such as educating agedㆍdisabled people, and others found in the National Basic Living Guarantee Act fundamental vocational techniques and improving these skills. Thus, a foreigner applying for a D-2 Student visa to participate in a vocational skills development training program is not suitable for the purpose of the establishment of the vocation skills development training cente

Apr 16, 2019
by Harry
About a C-4 Visa: For Short-term Employees

Today's topic is about requirements, and eligibilities for issuing a C-4 type VISA. A C-4 type VISA in short, is for those planning to do temporary work which lasts less than 90 days (With the condition of profit, or payment) Below are the exact details (reference from the Ministry of Justice, Korea Immigration Service "VISA Instruction Guide")    Range of Activities and Eligibilities for the VISA Issuance (A person who would like to work temporarily for profit-making)     Temporary Performance Activities - Please refer to eligibilities for E-6 Artist/Athlete visa   Advertisement․Fashion Activities - Please refer to eligibilities for E-6 Artist / Athlete visa   Lecture․Speeches - A person invited by a government-owned company or a private corporation to give out lectures or public speeches for a short period of time on the basis of a contract - The contract guarantees that the invited lecturer or speaker is compensated for his/her activity ※ If the lecturer or speaker is not compensated, he/she is eligible for a C-3 Short-Term General visa.   Research․Technical Transfer - Please refer to eligibilities for E-3 Research and E-4 Technical Instructor/Technician visas   Any employment activity on the basis of a contract with government-owned companies․private corporations - Please refer to eligibilities for E-7 Foreign National of Special Ability visa   Providing the Service - A person dispatched to the Republic of Korea, working and receiving wages including relocation allowances from government-owned companies or private corporations on the basis of service contracts   Advanced Technology such as Information Technology - Persons intending to work in Information Technology by domestic companies (IT), E-Business such as e-commerce, Biotechnology(BT), Nanotechnology (NT), Advanced Materials Industry (metallurgy, ceramics, chemistry), Transportation Machinery, Digital Electronics and Environment․Energy, or technology management ➠ Simple labor does not qualify for a C-4 Short-Term Employee visa     Limit of Period of Sojourn: 90 Days   However, the following candidates (below) will be given less than 90 days of period of sojourn and a multiple-entry visa.   - A person who would like to work in the information technology sector by domestic companies, e-business such as e-commerce, biotechnology, nanotechnology, advanced materials industry (metallurgy, ceramics, chemistry), transportation machinery, digital electronics, environment․energy, or technology management and who received an employment recommendation by the minister of respective department Required documents for the above candidates: Visa Application Form (Form no.17), passport, one standard-size photograph, fee Employment Contract Employment Recommendation Letter from the respective department (affiliated groups) Relevant documents on institution establishment (A certificate of business registration, a certified copy of corporate registration) ※ The head of diplomatic mission may request additional documents in order to examine the purpose of your entry, the genuineness of the invitation, qualifications of the inviter and invitee       The following are VISAs that can be issued at the discretion of the head of the diplomatic mission: Candidates being dispatched to a Korean public/private company in accordance with a service provider contract, and the respective Korean company will compensate you including staying expenses.   Required documents: Visa Application Form (Form no.17), passport, one standard-size photograph, fee A copy of your service contract Dispatch order or a proof of overseas assignment   ---   Candidates planning to work as a Language Instructor at an English Camp for less than 90 days   Required documents:   1. Visa Application Form (Form no.17), passport, one standard-size photograph, fee 2. A document verifying your degree (Choose one below)  - A copy of your diploma (confirmed by the Apostille Convention or the consul of Korea's diplomatic missions abroad) - A degree conferred by the respective university (confirmed by the Apostille Convention or the Counsul of Korea's diplomatic missions abroad) - A document indicating that you have earned a degree at a respective university (confirmed by the Apostille Convention or the consul of diplomatic missions) 3. Criminal Records (confirmed by the Apostille Convention or the consul of Korean diplomatic missions abroad) 4. Employment Contract 5. A certificate of business registration, a copy of a certificate of private corporations or a document explaining the relation of the establishment of educational institutes 6. A certificate of continuing education registration or a document related to the fix/repair, designation of the continuing education institute 7. English camp schedule and lesson schedules (indicate the teaching hours of the respective foreign teacher)   * Note, if the host institute invites a foreigner as an Instructor in order to run a camp outside of the registered(reported) location, a visa shall not be issued. ※ The head of diplomatic mission may request additional documents in order to examine the purpose of entry, genuineness of the invitation, and qualifications of the inviter and invitee.   ---   A Candidate staying in the Republic of Korea for less than 90 days, who works for a short-run show, advertisement, fashion modelling or others for the purpose of making profits or who participates in an athletic competition, Badook match, singing competition or others, receiving wages or incentives (not including the cash prize) which are higher than his/her travelling allowance.   * Not only people engaged in the employment activities or athletic matches defined above but also others, including an artist who participates in an exhibition to sell his/her works, thereby, making profits, are all considered as eligible candidates for the C-4 visa.    Required Documents: 1. Visa Application Form (form no.17), passport, one standard-size photograph, fee (Common)    If you plan to perform with the Public Performance Act  2. A recommendation letter from the Korea Media Rating Board (Some performances are exempt from submitting the letter if they are chosen as 'recommendation-letter-exempt-performances' in accordance with the Presidential Decree of the Entertainment Law 3. Performance Outline  If you plan to perform or engage in entertainment activities in hotel facilities or adult entertainment establishments, under the Tourism Promotion Act 2. A performance recommendation letter by the Korea Media Rating Board - Performances involved with singing and dancing such as parades, shows, musicals and others shall be recommended by the KMRB if they are showed at tourist business places which own registered venues under the Public Performance Act (i.e. Walker Hill Hotel, Busan Lotte Hotel). - We also recommend such performances at amusement parks (i.e. Everland, Lotte World, Seoul Land and etc) and subsidiary facilities of the international conference centre (i.e. international trade exhibition venues such as COEX, BEXCO and five-star hotels such as Lotte hotel, Hyatte hotel and etc.) 3. Entertainment activities outline 4. A certificate proving your qualification or experiences 5. Personal references  If you plan to participate in athletic competitions, badook matches, singing competitions and others in exchange of having received or receiving wages or incentives (excluding the cash prize) that are higher than your travelling allowance   2. Invitation card or attendance confirmation issued by the host institution 3. A contract that indicates the wages/incentives for participating events (If such details are written on the invitation card as well, you do not have to submit the contract)  Other Cases 2. An employment recommendation letter by the Minister of respective department or a document proving the necessity of hiring ※ The head of diplomatic mission may request additional documents in order to examine the purpose of entry, genuineness of the invitation, and qualifications of the inviter and invitee.   ---   A single-entry visa valid for less than 90 days, which is issued to an eligible candidate for a short-term employment beyond the ones mentioned above   Required Documents: 1. Visa Application Form (form no.17), passport, one standard-size photograph, fee 2. An employment contract 3. An employment recommendation letter by the Minister of respective department or a document proving the necessity of hiring** ※ The head of diplomatic mission may request additional documents in order to examine the purpose of entry, genuineness of the invitation, and qualifications of the inviter and invitee.     Eligibility for Visa Issuance Confirmation Letter  A confirmation letter of C-3 Short-Term Employee visa issuance for a citizen of the designated country (Cuba)    A citizen of Cuba is eligible to receive a visa based on the Confirmation for Visa Issuance issued by the Minister of Justice, head of immigration office, or branch office - Even if you fail to submit the confirmation of visa issuance, you still may be eligible to receive the C-1 visa if the Chief of Mission requests for the C-1 visa to the Minister of Justice and if it becomes approved.   ※ If you are a stateless person living in Cuba, then your eligibility for visa issuance is determined by the same standard applied to Cuban citizens.     Remarks / FAQ In order to receive a single-entry visa, an employment recommendation letter or an official document requesting for a visa cooperation or a document explaining the necessity of hiring, issued by the Minister of a respective department is needed (if you are a celebrity, a performance recommendation letter is required from the Korea Media Rating Board)   Q. What type of visa will be issued if I plan to give a public speech about "The Direction of Foreign Immigration Policy" in English at a Korean university? A. If you receive any kind of income for giving a lecture or a speech upon the invitation of the government-owned/private company in accordance with a contract, then you shall be issued with a C-4 Short-Term Employee visa.    

Apr 16, 2019