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Hello, and welcome to my blog! My aim is to provide new tourists and expats information and daily tips about living in Korea. These tips will be ranging from visa, some history and overview, food, popular attractions, and general information about Korea.

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by Harry
Korean Food - Seafood (Menu, Locations, Types)

(All text is referenced from "Seafood" by Amos Farooqi)   Korean Food - Seafood       Seafood in Korea is very common, as the land is surrounded by sea. At Seoul, there is the famous Seafood Market at Noryangjin, but normally people will head to districts near the sea to try out the freshest seafood. Much like Japan, seafood is consumed either cooked or raw, but unlike Japan when eating raw, rather than eating seafood as a sushi, it is consumed more as a sashimi type.   --- 1. Saeong-seon Gui     Saengseon gui translates as grilled fish. It is a simple way of cooking fish by grilling it on a pan or grill, slightly seasoned with salt or other spices. Now it is a common side dish enjoyed by the general public, but in the old days it was a symbol of wealth, as only a well off family could afford to put out saengseon gui as a side dish.   Where to eat?   - Finding saengsun gui is pretty easy since it’s a very popular appetizer for drinking sessions. However, there’s an alleyway in Dongdaemun known as Saengseon Gui Alley that’s home to a whole bunch of restaurants specializing in the dish. Prices vary depending on the type of fish, but it’s usually no more than 8,000 won for a meal set.     2. Jang-uh Gui       Jang-uh Gui is eel sprinkled with or coated in either a soy-based or chili paste based sauce and grilled on a pan or over charcoal. It’s high in nutrients and believed to be especially good for gaining energy and stamina. It’s also easy to cook at home, with many grocery stores selling special marinade for eel, although it might leave a lingering odor after you cook. However, it’s also quite an expensive meal, with a single eel costing upwards of 30,000 won sometimes at restaurants.   Where to eat?   - There are jang-uh gui restaurants spread all over Seoul, but some famous ones are Wangja jang-uh (왕자장어) in Apgujeong, Suhyeon Minmul Jang-uh (수현민물장어) near Ttukseom station off Line 2, and Yeoui Minmul Jang-uh (여의민물장어) in Yeouido     3. Jogae Gui   Jogae gui is just assorted shellfish grilled over charcoal. You can eat this seafood fresh anywhere due to nearly every Korean city’s proximity to the sea. Restaurants will scoop live shellfish from a tank, usually in front of the store, and bring it right to your table. Don’t forget to order jogae kalguksu also; noodle soup with even more shellfish.   Where to eat?   - There are a number of famous jogae gui restaurants located in Nonhyeon-dong, by Nonhyeon Station Exit 2 as well as Sinnonhyeon Station Exit 3. These restaurants open in the early evening and are usually open until the early hours of next morning. There are also plenty of jogae gui restaurants in coastal towns across Korea, closest ones to Seoul are Oi-do, and Incheon Wolmi-do.     4. Gejang   The famous nickname for gejang is rice thief, because a bowl of rice will just disappear when you eat it with gejang. The recipie is simple. Just marinate fresh raw crabs either in ganjang (soy sauce) or a chili powder based sauce. Female crabs with roe are preferred when making gejang, just like cheese is preferred on pizza.   Where to eat?   - There’s a famous Gejang Alley located by Sinsa Station Exit 4. It’s a cluster of restaurants specializing in various gejang dishes that are open 24 hours a day.     5. Haemuljjim   With three of its sides surrounded by sea, Korea is a peninsula where many different types of seafood are caught. Haemuljjim is a dish where you can taste all these different kinds of sea creatures on one plate. It is a savoring dish cooked by braising fresh seafood in a stimulating spicy sauce with bean sprouts and noodles. It is the ultimate dish for spicy seafood lovers.   Where to eat?   - There’s a famous street that specializes in haemuljjim and a similar dish known as agujjim (which uses a single type of fish known as the blackmouth angler rather than a variety of seafood) in Nagwon-dong, right next to Jongno 3-ga station outside Exit 5. They usually open right before lunch and don’t close until after midnight.     6. Hwe   Korean raw fish, ‘hwe’, is not a Japanese food. Koreans have also enjoyed raw fish since old times. In fact those who have tried hwe will understand that it is a completely different dish compared sashimi. When you order hwe in Korea, fresh fish straight out from the tank is served, whereas Japanese like to age the fish before eating. Also Koreans like to eat hwe with many other side dishes or make it into a lettuce rap (ssam)   Where to eat?   - Noryangjin Market is your best option for the best hwe in Seoul, with plenty of vendors selling it and slicing it up on demand. It’s also incredibly easy to find in any coastal town, with tons of restaurants serving hwe usually lined up by the seaside.     7. Jjukkumi Bokum   Many people believe that its baby octopus, but the jjukkumi used in jjukkumi bokum is actually just a species of octopus that’s very small. This very spicy but mouth-watering dish is made by marinating jjukkumi in gochujang sauce (Korean red chilli paste) then grilling it on a pan mixed with chopped onions and maybe bean sprouts. Many restaurants will have an option of adding samgyeopsal (pork belly) to the dish to give it an even more incredible and interesting taste.   Where to eat?   - There’s a famous alleyway with a large number of jjukkumi restaurants line up together known as Yongdu-dong Jjukkumi Alley, near Jegi Station Exit 6. These restaurants are usually open a little before lunch time and close around 10:30pm.    

May 24, 2019
by Harry
Korean Food - Pork (Menu, Parts, Types)

(All the following text is referenced from "Pork" by Amos Farooqi          Korean Food - Pork   Pork is the most widely consumed meat in Korea, because of its savory taste and relatively cheap price, especially when compared to beef. All parts of the pig, from its head to its feet, are widely used in Korean dishes. Nevertheless, the most beloved part amongst Korean is by far pork belly, or samgyupsal.   ---   Pork Cuts / Parts       Moksal: Boston butt Perfect blend of flesh and fat. barbeque, bossam Deongshim: Loin Consists of mostly flesh. Very soft. steak, bulgogi, cutlet, jjigae Anshim: Tenderloin Consists of mostly flesh. Softest pork cut jangjorim, tangsuyuk, cutlet Dwitdarisal: Fresh Ham Contains low fat and is a vividly colored part ham, bossam, jangjorim, Samgyeopsal: Pork Belly Layered with flesh and fat. Juicy barbeque, bacon, bulgogi, bossam Galbi: Spare Ribs Flesh with a bit of fat. Chewy and savory barbeque, jjim Apdarisal: Picnic shoulder Consists of mostly flesh. A Bit tough bulgogi, jjigae, bossam   ---   1. Dwaeji Galbi   Dwaeji galbi is barbequed pork ribs marinated in a sweet combination of soy sauce, fruit puree, and other spices. This succulent and savory dish is a cheaper, but no less tasty, alternative to sogalbi (marinated beef rib barbeque), and is a popular menu item for all types of gatherings.   Where to eat:   - Suwon is famous for sogalbi (beef), Chuncheon is famous for dakgalbi (chicken), and finally the mecca of dweji galbi is Mapo in Seoul. Many restaurants with long histories are located in the Dwaeji Galbi Alley in Mapo, so if you’re in Seoul, do not miss the chance to taste authentic dwaegi galbi here.     2. Samgyupsal   The direct translation of samgyeopsal is ‘three layered meat’, meaning the three visible layers of meat and fat. It is undoubtedly the most popular food for friendly gatherings or any other dine-outs. Surveys show that the average Korean adult eats samgyeopsal once every four days.   Where to eat?   - You can find Korean barbeque restaurants serving samgyupsal anywhere. It’s also easy to cook at home, as grilling samgyeopsal doesn’t require a lot of skill. However you might have a hard time getting rid of the smell and grease afterwards     3. Bossam    (Photo from Won-Halmeoni- Advert) Bossam is a dish of sliced steamed pork served with various sides. For this dish the sides play as important a role as the meat, and will determine the taste of the dish. The basic sides that come with bossam are salted cabbage, kimchi and saewoojut (salted shrimp sauce). Other side dishes using seasonal ingredients such as oysters or squid are also served depending on the restaurant.   Where to eat?   - There are bossam restaurants everywhere, whether they’re franchises, in the food courts of department stores, or at traditional markets. If you visit the Bossam Alley near Jongno 3-ga station in Seoul, famous for gul-bossam (oyster bossam), you will be amazed by the generous amount of food you can get for an incredibly reasonable price.     4. Jokbal   (Photo from Korea Tourism Organization) Jokbal is a traditional pork dish that Koreans enjoy both as a meal and as a side dish to munch on during drinking sessions. The main ingredient is pig trotters (feet), braised in traditional alcohol and other spices. The front trotter is chewier as its muscles are more developed. But if you want your meat to be soft, eat the back trotter. Koreans usually prefer the taste of front trotter, although it’s more expensive.   Where to eat?   - There are a lot of franchises and restaurants specializing in jokbal in Korea. But the three major jokbal restaurants in Seoul are ‘Manjok Ohyang Jokbal’ near City Hall, ‘Seongsu Jokbal’ in Seongsu-dong, and ‘Yeongdong Jokbal’ in Yangjae. There are also many other famous restaurants located in Jangchung-dong Jokbal Alley and Gongdeok-dong Jokbal Alley     5. Sundae   (Photo by Korea Tourism Organization) Sundae is a Korean style blood sausage generally made by steaming a pig's intestines and stuffing it with dangmyun (glass noodles) and pig’s blood. The thought of eating blood and pig intestines might sound exotic and even horrifying to some people, but it’s a very popular food in Korea. It is one of Korea’s most popular snacks, alongside tteokbokki (stir-fried rice cake) and twigim (deep fried vegetables or seafood), all of which can be found at any street food vendor. There are also many restaurants specializing in sundae soup or stir-fried sundae.   Where to eat?   - You can find sundae at any street food vendor or snack house (bunsikjip), while sundaeguk restaurants are also quite common, usually around offices. But if you are in Seoul and want to try stir-fried sundae, definitely go to ‘Sundae Town’ in Sillim. It’s a building several stories tall filled with nothing but stir-fried sundae restaurants.     6. Gamjatang   Gamjatang is a slightly spicy, boiling hot stew of pork back bone, perilla leaves, perilla seed powder, cabbage, potatoes, and a few other ingredients. It’s very nutritious, making it perfect for recovering stamina. Koreans often eat this dish to cure hangovers, but ironically it is also a popular food to have a few drinks over. Although 'gamja' is the Korean word for potato, the spinal cord included in the bone used to be called ‘gamja’, and this is where the dish got its name, not from potatoes.   Where to eat?   - There are plenty of gamjatang restaurants in any neighborhood you go to. However, there’s a famous gamjatang alley in Eungamdong in the northwestern part of Seoul that’s well known for this dish.    

May 24, 2019
by Harry
Korean Food - Chicken (Menu, Locations, Tips)

(The following text is referenced from "Chicken" by - Amos Farooqi)   Hello, this is the second addition to my blog series of 'Food in Korea' along with 'beef'. Chicken in Korea is consumed as a dish of its own, usually with vegetables especially radish shaped in squares. It is uncommon to see chicken consumed with rice, unless the chicken is dipped in a soup, or stew.         In Korea, chicken is the second most consumed meat after pork. Although the concept of western KFC style fried chicken was a recent addition to the Korean diet, chicken in general is nutritious, high in protein, has healthy fatty acids and is easy to digest. You can often see fitness trainers or people on diet consume chicken breast, due to its low calory, but high protein intake.   Drumsticks, are one of the most expensive and prized parts of the chicken, and in Korea, there is an interesting culture in which taking both chicken legs when sharing friend chicken with your Korean friend is taboo.  --- Chicken Cuts / Parts        Whole Chicken   Samgyetang, Fried Chicken, Jjimdak  Wings  Savory, high in collagen  Buffalo Wings  Drumstick / Thigh Chewy, Consist of Dark Meat Only Dakgalbi, Cutlet  Breast / Tenders Soft white meat, contains little fat Dakgalbi, Salad Feet Full of Collagen, mostly skin Spicy Dakbal Gizzard Very Chewy Deep-fried, Stir-fried   --- Korean Dishes / Menus made from Chicken   1. Fried Chicken   One of the most popular food in all of Korea, with over 40,000 fried chicken restaurants currently open, chicken, in this case, friend chicken have been the best friend of Koreans throughout several years now. The national craze for chicken came about during 2002 World Cup, as chicken was the perfect food to eat while watching the game. In addition, chicken also became commonplace as delivery services in Korea developed. Along with chicken came its best friend, beer. Although beer was popular in the past before the chicken craze, the combination of chicken and beer brought rise to a new term chimaek (chicken + maekju). Chimeak has spread out across the world as hallyu fans spotted their favorite celebrities having chimaek in a number of K-Dramas. For instance, when the drama "My Love from the Stars" was on air in China, people lined up 5 hours to eat chimaek at Chicken restaurants.    - Popular Variations of Fried Chicken:   Fried Chicken - Basic crisy fried chicken without any sauce, or toppings Yangnyeom Chicken - Fried Chicken Coated with a signature style sweet and spicy sauce.  Ganjang Chicken - Fried Chicken coated with sweet soy sauce and sprinkled with nuts and chilli Gu-un Chicken - A Roasted version of Fried chicken Tongdak - A whole chicken deep-fried or roasted Soonsal Chicken - Boneless Fried Chicken, a lot more pricy   Where to eat? - Below are some of the hottest Chicken franchises and restaurants across Korea. Don't forget that most of these franchises also provide delivery service!   BBQ (Currently number one franchise in Korea, as of 2018) BHC (The chicken brand which was featured in "My Love from the Stars") Nene Chicken (Promoted by the famous comedian/entertainer Yu Jae Seok) Pericana (One of the first to come up with Yangnyeom Chicken) Kyochon (More popular in the southern parts of Korea, than in Seoul) Mom's Touch (A typical chicken fast food restaurant like KFC, but much cheaper) Goobne (One of the first 'baked' chicken franchises) Hosigi Dumari (Basic menus consist of two chickens, but the price is similar to other major franchises) Mexicana (Famous for creative chicken menus)   2. Samgyetang   (Photo from Korea Tourism Organization) A whole chicken soup dish which is filled healthy ingredients. The chicken itself, it stuffed inside with rice, jujube, ginseng and other healthy ingredients as well. Samgyetang is usually eaten by Koreans during the hottest days of summer to regain energy and stamina, but it is still popular all year-long round.  There are many varieties of samgyetang depending on what goes in the soup, such as hanban samgyetang (herb) or jeonbok samgyetang (abalone)   Where to eat?   - Samgyetang is not a regional dish, and you will be able to find franchises and great family-run restaurants serve samgyetang. Samgyetang is usually served in a clay pot, or ttukbaegi, and it may take some time to boil the chicken in the soup. It is recommended that if you know the number of the restaurant, you can call to reserve samgyetang beforehand, and have it served right away when you arrive.     3. Jjimdak   (Photo from Korea Tourism Organization) Jjim dak is a dish made with chicken, various vegetables, and glass noodles braised in a savory, mildly sweet and salty soy-based sauce. But don’t be deceived by its unthreatening color. Spicy green peppers are usually part of the dish. There many are other varieties of jjimdak such as cheese jjimdak or gochujang jjimdak.   Where to eat?   - For the most authentic taste visit the Jjimdak Alley in Andong, Gyeongsangbuk Province, where more than 20 thousand visitors from all over the country come every weekend to indulge in this delicious dish.     4. Dakgalbi   (Photo by Korea Tourism Organization) Dakgalbi is made by marinating boneless cuts of chicken breast and chicken thigh in a chili-paste based sauce, then stir frying it with sweet potatoes, cabbage, perilla leaves, tteok (rice cake), and other ingredients.  There are several variations and franchises that serve dakgalbi. The most popular addition is cheese, and bogkeumbap (fried rice), after you finish the dakgalbi.   Where to eat?   - To try authentic dakgalbi, many people go to Chuncheon, which is close to Seoul, and accessible by the Subway. There is a famous dakgalbi alley in Myongdong (Myongdong of Chuncheon, not Seoul) where you can taste another specialty of Chuncheon, makguksu (sweet and spicy cold noodles), as well.     5. Dakbal   (Photo taken by Amos) Dakbal literally means ‘chicken feet’ in Korean, but it usually refers to a dish made with dakbal that is grilled or stir-fried with an extremely spicy sauce. The spicy taste is to cover up the distinctive smell of the chicken feet. This is one dish that many foreigners abhor, not just because of the creepy shaped feet which has hardly any meat, but also because of the extreme spiciness.   Where to eat?   - You can find dakbal offered at Korean style bars. One of the bar franchises that played an important role in popularizing the dish is Hanshin Pocha, and the first store in Nonhyeon station is always crowded with people      

May 23, 2019
by Harry
Korean Food - Beef (Types, Menus, Locations)

(The following text is referenced from "Beef" by - Amos Farooqi)   Hello, I am back this time to tell you some of the major food componenets of Korean food, starting from beef, pork, chicken, and ending with seafood. Although the staple part of any Korean meal is rice, people eat rice with side, or main dishes, and it is common to see any forms of meat as part of the dish.     (Photos from MBC News)     Korean Cuisine - Beef   Beef is actually a relatively recent addition to common Korean cuisine. Cows in the past, were an integral part of the agricultural workforce, thus, beef consumption was confined to once-in-a-lifetime special occasions such as weddings. As Korea's economy grew, beef became a common part of the average Korean's diet, but the price of beef remains high compared to other countries due to high import costs, and low domestic production.   The most expensive, and arguably the best quality among Korean beef is Hanwoo, Korea's indigenous cow. Hanwoo contains a lot of Oleic acid which makes the meat more savory and chewy, while others say that Hanwoo is raised using a special method to make it more suitable for Korean dishes. Thus, some foreigners may be disappointed when eating hanwoo due to its rough texture.         Guide to beef cuts:    Part  Description  Dishes  Moksim (Chunk Roll) Chewy, and abundant in gelatin   Steak, Barbeque  Deungshim (Sirloin)  Soft, and juicy  Steak, Barbeque  Chaekkeut (Loin End)  Tender and moderately blended with fat  Steak, Barbeque  Anshim (Tender Loin)  The most tender part of beef, low fat content  Steak, Barbeque  Woodun (Top round cap)  Smooth texture with low fat Marinated dish, bulgogi, beef jerky ‌Seoldo (Bottom round) ‌Muscle, chewy Bulgogi, beef jerky, Yukhwe (Raw Beef) ‌Galbi (Ribs) Tender, Moderately blended with fat ‌Barbeque, Marinated dish ‌Yangji (Brisket) ‌Chewy due to connective tissues Soup, Stew, Marinated dish ‌Satae (Shin foreshank) Tough, dry, low in fat ‌Soup, Stew, Marinated dish ‌Apdari (Bolar blade) Soft, but dry ‌Soup, Stew, Yukhwe, Marinated dish   1. Galbi / Sutbulgalbigui   (Photo from Korea Tourism Organization) Galbi is a perfect combination of juicy meat and sweet soy sauce, deepened by a smoky charcoal flavor. Traditionally the marinade was made from Korean soy sauce, but nowadays, many restaurants come up with their original recipies Almost all Korean BBQ restaurants that serve galbi, will use Sutbul, a charcoal grill. The taste of the galbi depends on the freshness of the meat, the sauce but also the charcoal grill, which gives a rich flavor that you cannot get from a normal steel grill. You can also get Saenggalbi, which is non-marinated galbi.   Where to eat?   - Nowadays, you can easily find galbi or beef barbeque restaurants all over Korea. Marinated galbi is believed to have emerged in Suwon, in the Gyeonggi-do province. During the Chosun Dynasty, Suwon was the center of commerce in Korea, and galbi was a symbol of wealth. Suwon is famous for its Wanggalbi, which means King galbi, and you can eat galbi a size up to 15 cm long!  - Other famous areas for galbi are Pocheon (also in the Gyeonggi Province), and Busan, with their own Haeundae-galbi. - Prices will range about an average from 40,000 KRW ~ 45,000 KRW (per 100 g) for a hanwoo marinated short rib   --- 2. Deungshim or Kkot Deungshim   Koreans generally prefer the fat to be evenly distributed on their beef. Sirloin, with the evenly distributed fat, is called Kkot Deungshim. Kkot means flower in Korean, and you can see the white fat among the red flesh that resembles flowers, hence is why it is called Kkot Deungshim. This part of beef is extremely popular alongside galbi, and is one of the most expensive beef cuts. It's full of flavor, and melts away in the mouth, making it irresistable.    Where to eat?   - Similar to galbi, you can find restaurants that serve deungshim, and kkot deungshim all over Korea. One place you can try out is Majangdong Butcher Market, and the Food Alley inside. It serves good, fresh quality meat at reasonable prices. Majangdong can be accessed by the Seoul Subway, at Majang Station (Line 5), or by the City Bus.   - Prices will average ranging from 48,000 ~ 52000 KRW for a normal Hanwoo sirloin (per 100 g), and 60,000 + KRW for a normal Hanwoo prime sirloin (kkot deungshim, per 100 g).     3. Bulgogi   (Photo by Korea Tourism Organization) Bulgogi is one of the most famous Korean dishes, commonly made by stir-frying thin slices of beef marinated in sweet soy-based sauce. There are different recipes for bulgogi that vary by region. The taste is similar to the marinated taste of galbi, but bulgogi is much thinner, and is served without the bone.     There are several different styles of bulgogi:   1) Grilled Bulgogi:  - Marinated Beef / Bulgogi grilled on charcoal   2) Gwangyang Bulgogi: - Gwangyang is a district in Jeollanamdo province, and the bulgogi are marinated in a mixture of soy sauce, fruit puree, sugar and other spices, which is then grilled over a charcoal fire. The meat is marinated just before being grilled.   3) Eunyang Bulgogi:  - Eunyang is a district in Ulsan, and it consists of fine shredded marinated beef that comes out in the shape of a pancake. Again, this beef pancake is grilled on a charcoal fire at your table.    4) Yuksu Bulgogi: - Marinated beef that is grilled on a pan, with broth, and other ingredients such as vegetables and glass noodles.   5) Sariwon Bulgogi:  - Bulgogi following the recipe of the Sariwon region in North Korea achieves sweetness with a fruit puree (pear or apple) instead of sugar.   6) Seoul Bulgogi: - Thin slices of bulbogi are placed on a pan that has a dome in the middle, so that when the broth is poured on, it boils at the edges of the pan with vegetables and noodles.   7) Ttukbaegi Bulgogi:  - An individual portion Bulgogi stew that comes out in a clay pot (ttukbaegi). It is commonly served in casual Korean restaurants like Kimbap-Cheonguk, and is much cheaper that grilled bulgogi.     4. Galbijjim   (Photo from Korea Tourism Organization) Galbijjim is made by braising short ribs in a sweet soy sauce, with chestnuts, and other vegetables. It is served on special occasions such the traditional holidays such as Chuseok or Seollal, or is also a food served when inviting guests to your house. Unfortunately, not many restaurants serve galbijjim, as it is more of a home-cooked food.   Where to eat?   - Dongin-dong at Daegu is famous for spicy galbijjims. It is even the neighborhood in which spicy galbijjim originated from. There is even an alleyway called Dongin-dong Spicy Galbijjim Alley. Be careful as it is very spicy, so if you are not good with spicy food, you can request the staff to make it less spicy.     5. Galbi-tang     (Photo from Korea Tourism Organization) Galbi-tang is a type of clear rib-bone soup with several meaty galbi inside, along with vegetables. These days, healthier versions exist with ginseng, jujube and other vegetables.  It is a luxurious soup dish often cooked at households, and is a common dish served also at casual restaurants. People may find the soup salty, but you can request the staff beforehand to reduce the amount of seasoning, before being served.   Where to eat?   - You can find galbi-tang in almost any restaurant, but an excellent quality is hard to find due to the limited supply of good galbi. Within a few walking distance from Gangnam Station in Seoul, there is a restaurant named Budnamujip, which has been rated Michelin star for two consecutive years. It serves only one hundred bowls of galbitang everyday for lunch, but usually they are all sold out by 12 pm.     6. Yukhwe / Raw Beef   (Photo directly taken by Amos) Yukhwe is thin slices of raw beef seasoned with salt, soy sauce, sugar, sesame oil and other spices. It is often served with an egg yolk on top, along with thinly sliced pears. Yukhwe is one of Korea's finest delicacies and it melts in your mouth, but many foreigners may fear food poisoning. Do not worry, as no food poisoning accidents related to yukhwe have been reported in Korea.   Where to eat?   - There is a famous yukhwe alley in Seoul, inside Gwangjang traditional market. Although many of the restaurants here may have a shabby feel, it serves one of the most delicious yukhwe in Seoul. One of the restaurants 'Buchon Sikdang' was listed in Michelin Guide for two consecutive years.     6. Gobchang, Daechang and Yang gui   (Photo by Korea Tourism Organization) Gobchang is the small intestine, Daechang is the large intestine, while the Yang gui is the tripe. Each part has a completely different texture compared to meat, but Koreans prepare it similarly; on a grill or in a stew.  The intestine has a particular 'smell' as you put it in your mouth, due to this, Koreans find it exceptionally fitting with liquor such as soju. It is also best to eat it with vegetables or dipped in sauces.   Where to eat?   - You can find intestine barbeque in franchises such as 'Obaltan', Yeontabal', or 'Gobchanggo' all over Korea, in food alleys near business areas. There are also famous gobchang food alleys in Seoul such as Wangsimni Gobchang Alley, and Gyodae Gobchang Alley.   That is it for my post about beef, and beef menus in Korea! If you have money to spare, then you should definitely try out the beef, and hanwoo in Korea. There is a reason beef is expensive, and you'll figure out that the amazing taste makes it worth every KRW.

May 22, 2019
by Harry
K-Wave, Contemporary Korea: K-Pop, K-Drama and K-Food

    When I saw Seoul officially release a new BTS Edition Discover Seoul Pass, I came to realize just how popular Korea has become globally throughout the years. Much of its success lies in the spread of Hallyu, or the K-Wave, and it is not strange today to hear tourists coming to Korea just because they love K-Pop, or they saw a K-Drama, or even after trying out some K-Food abroad. In this post, I will briefly explain some of the changes Korea had gone through regarding its globalization, and the K-Wave. I will categorize the key characteristics of K-Wave into K-Pop, K-Drama and K-Food, to make explanations and references easier. It might not be perfectly accurate, but you will get a general idea of why Hallyu has become so popular.   K-Pop  K-Pop is a recognized music genre as much as Pop, Rock or Electronic. It is characterized by repetitive, catchy, and fancy melody tunes with a catchy rhythm, and enhanced by idol performers who can dance, sing and/or even rap on stage.    (Girl group, Twice, from JYP Entertainment) It is hard to pinpoint exactly which group/singer and which period of time did K-Pop started becoming popular worldwide. Between 1995 and 1998, the three music industries JYP, SM, and YG Entertainment formed, and these industries helped to pave the way for future artists and idols to enter music industry.  Groups such as Girl's Generation (SM), Big Bang (YG) and Wonder Girls (JYP) were one of the first to start performing and promoting to fans overseas through concerts and SNS, but initially towards Asia. Songs such as "Gee", "Nobody" and later "Bang Bang Bang" became hits overseas, with overseas fans being able to cite Korean lyrics during concerts. Psy (from YG)'s "Gangnam Style" was one of the most viewed Youtube MVs throughout the world, and idol group EXO also played a huge role in spreading K-Pop especially towards the Western countries. The era of the big 3 (JYP, YG, SM) came to a hold when a certain group called BTS, from Big Hit Entertainment came to sweep, and spread K-Pop like wildfire to the US and Europe. Their songs were continuously featured on the US Billboard 200, and BTS also had won Top Artist for three years in a row on the Billboard Music Awards. It is not an exaggeration to say that global K-Pop today, is currently the era of BTS.   ---   K-Drama   Much like K-Pop, K-Drama had first spread across Asia, in regions such as Japan and China, to later spread to other parts of the world such as South-East Asia, and towards Europe and the US. The most common theme for K-Dramas is romance, often brought with dramatic conflicts and sequences that keep the audience on their toes.   One of the most influential early K-Dramas that caught the attention of Japanese, and Chinese viewers was Winter Sonata, starring Bae Yong Joon. It was so famous especially among the Japanese viewers that Bae Yong Joon got the nickname 'Yon-sama'. Other notable dramas include "My Love from the Star" and "Descendants of the Sun". These dramas helped to spark the popularity of 'chicken and beer, chimaek', the Korean army, and the culture in general. Korean movies did not gain as much popularity as K-Dramas did due to the popularity of Hollywood movies, but some notable movies worth mentioning are "The Host" (괴물) and "The Train to Busan" (부산행).     ---   K-Food   K-Food is now so much more than the common 'Kimchi' or 'Bibimbap' that were representative of Korea in the past. Rather, Korean food industries today, are focusing on spreading the Korean culture, and history throughout the food.   As much as how Japanese food, or Thai food have become globally recognized in a short period of time, Korea, and K-Food too has become globally popular through recent times.   Being a representative of slow food, healthy and dieting, K-Food, featuring healthy side dishes, and retaining its local, original tastes have become popular originating from Korean Barbeque and Kimchi.  K-Pop stars have also played a huge role in helping to promote K-Food, through promotions and K-Dramas, drawing attention to fans to try out the food.   ---   I may have missed out many details regarding K-Pop, K-Drama, or K-Food, but there are so much more innate, and correlated aspects which all helped K-Wave to build up to its popularity and significance today. There is no telling of what the future holds for K-Wave, but it seems like right now, it's just the beginning.  

May 21, 2019
by Harry
Summary of Visas (Important ones)

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Apr 22, 2019
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