South Korea has many visa types granting holders a temporary stay in the country for work or business purposes. Here’s everything you need to know about South Korea Work and Business Visas.
Types of South Korea Work Visas
There are many different categories of work visa in South Korea, depending on the type of skilled worker you are. The most common South Korean work visas are:
- C-4 Short-term Employment Visa
- D-7 Intra-Company Transfer Visa
- D-8 Foreign Investment Visa
- D-9 International Trade Visa
- E-3 Research Visa
- E-7 Particular Occupation Visa
Alien Registration Card (ARC) for South Korea
Foreigners staying in Korea for more than 90 days are required to apply for an Alien Registration Card (ARC). Foreign national use ARC in South Korea as a personal identification card, which is needed for essential services such as opening a bank account, registering at the local medical practice and enrolling in the Korean national health insurance and pension system. The card can be applied for at the local immigration office.
Requirements for the South Korea Work Visa
Applicants are required to submit a number of documents when applying for a work visa, including the following:
- Completed visa application form
- Your passport with at least six months’ validity (original and copies)
- A colored passport-style photograph (3.5 mmm by 4.5 mm)
- Your resume/CV
- Job description and letter of invitation
- Copy of academic credentials (degree certificates, etc.)
- Copy of Employment Contract
- Copy of your Academic Requirements
- Copy of the company’s Corporate Registration
- Copy of the company’s certificate of tax payment and financial statements from the previous year
- Information regarding current foreign employees within the company
- Application fee
Upon approval, the Republic of Korea’s Ministry of Justice issues a Certificate of Confirmation of Visa Issuance (CCVI) that the applicant must submit to an Embassy or Consulate Abroad.
How long is the South Korea Work Visa process?
It generally takes between 1 to 4 weeks to process the CCVI from the date of submission. This is normally applied for on your behalf by your employer in South Korea. Once obtained, the applicant must submit the CCVI as part of the visa application at the South Korean Embassy/Consulate abroad to obtain the visa to enter South Korea.
South Korea Business Visa
Short-term business visitors to South Korea typically use the C-3-4 Visa (Business Visitor) as an invitee of a domestic company. The visa, which grants holders a stay of up to 90 days, must be obtained at a South Korean embassy/consulate abroad.
Visa-exempt nationals such as those from Japan and the US may enter using visa waiver status for their short-term business visit.