About a D-2 Visa: For Students

Work VISAs | Harry

Apr 16, 2019

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

 

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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


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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.

 

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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.

 

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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

 

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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


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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.

 

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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

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