D-4 Visa - General Trainees

Work VISAs | Harry

Apr 17, 2019

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.

 

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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.

 

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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

 

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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.

 

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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

 

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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.

 

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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.

 

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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.

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