VISA in KOREA 장행닷컴행정사

VISA in KOREA 장행닷컴행정사




VISA in KOREA 장행닷컴행정사  

VISA in KOREA 장행닷컴행정사 runs the Facebook page, VISA in KOREA since 2016, and it quick to inform immigration policies for foreigners living in Korea as a Licensed Immigration Specialist.  

Requirements and preparations for each visa qualification are essential, and it is most important to consult with experts in immigration matters.  

To better understand, kindly review KOREA VISA SYSTEM which VISA in KOREA 장행닷컴행정사 deals with.


KOREA VISA SYSTEM can be largely divided into 1) visa duration, 2) visa for foreigners to work in Korea, 3) visa for foreigners to do business in Korea, 4) other spouses and study visas.  

There are a total of 37 categories in the group of visa.  

1) Period of stay on visa:

The duration of visa stay is divided into short-term visas and long-term visas, the former can stay in Korea within 90 days, the latter can stay in Korea for more than 91 days and must be registered as a foreigner.  

Not all short-term visas (except for C-4 visa), but generally, short-term visas are not allowed to work in Korea.  

Neither all long-term visas can work nor do business in Korea, but after registering foreigners, some qualified foreigners can either get a job with a work visa or do business with an investment visa.  

2) Visa for foreigners to get a job in Korea:  

Except for short-term visa, C-4 visa, the E-visa family allows foreigners to work in Korea.
E-visa=Employment VISA 

In general, there are a total of 16 visa categories that can be employed in Korea:  

Specifically, such as Professor visa (E-1 visa), Foreign language instructor visa (E-2 visa), Researcher visa (E-3 visa), Technical instructor/Technician (E-4 visa), Professional visa (E-5 visa), Artist & Athlete (E-6 visa), Foreign national of special ability visa (E-7 visa), Seasonal worker visa (E-8 visa), Non-professional visa (E-9 visa), Maritime crew (E-10 visa), Resident visa (F-2 visa), Overseas Korean visa (F-4 visa), Permanent Resident visa (F-5 visa), Marriage migrant visa (F-6 visa), Working holiday visa (H-1 visa), Work and visit for overseas Korean (H-2 visa).

Among them, visa holders with no restrictions on employment and business are F-2 visas, F-4 visas, F-5 visas and F-6 visas. 

3) Visa to do business in Korea:

In principle, foreigners must receive an investment visa if they want to do business in Korea.

Investment visas are represented by D-8 visa and D-9 visa, while D-8 visa can be regarded as for a corporate establishment and D-9 visa as for a personal business.

D-8 visa (business investment visas) must be invested at least KRW 100 million won, and D-9 visa (trade management visas) requires at least KRW 300 million won.  

4) Other spouses, study visas., etc.:

A dependent family visa to invite spouses or minor children of D-groups and E-visa groups is F-3 visa, while spouses or minor children of F-2 visas can live in Korea on F-1 visa.

As described above, a foreign spouse with a spouse visa (F-3 visa) is not allowed to get a job or do business in Korea.  

However, if a person has obtained permission for activities other than the status of stay, he/she may be employed or engaged in business within the scope of his/her permission for activities without changing his/her current status of stay.  

In addition, D-2 visa is a visa issued to foreign students who have college degrees, bachelor's degrees, master's degrees, and Ph.D. programs in Korea.

After graduation, they will be eligible to change their visas to D-10 visa (job seeking visa), E-7 visas and F2-7 visas (points based resident visa).  

Except for the above visas, there are a lot of visas existing and we will explain through posting for better understanding.


F-2 VISA_Resident VISA (F2 비자_거주비자)

F-2 VISA (F2 비자)

F-2 VISA_Resident VISA

1. Range of Activities:

You want to stay in Korea for a long period of time in order to receive the Permanent Resident status.

2. Eligible Applicants:

A. (F2-3 visa) You are a foreign-born child of Korean national, or you are a spouse or a child of someone who has F-5 Resident status;

B. (F2-2 visa) You are a child born between a Korean parent and a foreign national (including the de facto marriage) and recognized by the Minister of Justice;

C. (F2-4 visa) You have been granted 'refugee' status;

D. (F2-5 visa) You are an investor by the definition of Foreign Investment Promotion Act, and meet any of the conditions below:

1) You are a foreigner who has invested at least US$500,000 while you have stayed in Korea on a D-8 Corporate Investment visa for 3 years or more.

2) You are an executive of a foreign company which has invested at least US$500,000 in accordance with the「Foreign Investment Promotion Act」and you have stayed in Korea for 3 years or more.

3) You are a foreigner who has invested at least US$300,000 or more and hired at least 2 people.

E. (F2-9 visa) You have lost your F-5 Permanent Resident status, but considering your living circumstances in Korea related to human rights, the Minister of Justice has recognized your need to continue to stay in Korea (those who are deported are not eligible in this category);

F. (F2-99 visa) You have stayed and settled down in Korea on a visa outside of A-1 to A-3 for at least 7 years in which the Minister of Justice recognizes. However, for those who have E-1 professorship to E-5 Professional employment or E-7 Special Occupation status, the minimum period of stay shall be 5 years.

G. (F2-6 visa→F2-99 visa) You are engaged in employment on an E-9 Non-professional employment, E-10 Vessel Crew or H-2 Working Visit visa, and you have been engaged in employment for at least 4 years within the past 10 years on a visa designated by the Minister of Justice while meeting all conditions listed below:

1) You have licenses for a particular set of skills or capacities recognized by the Minister of Justice or you are getting compensation in exchange of your services (Types of skills licenses and wage standards are announced by the Minister of Justice after internal discussions/consultations with a relevant department head).

2) You have assets worth above a particular amount designated by the Minister of Justice 3) You are considered an adult under the Korean Civil Law and have basic qualities and understandings in Korean culture in Korea.

H. (F2-11 visa) You are hired as a civil servant in accordance with the 'National Civil Servant Act' or 'Local Civil Servant Act' and accredited by the Minister of Justice;

I. (F2-7 visa) You meet all criteria such as age, education, income, which are designated by the Minister of Justice;

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J. (F2-12 visa) You have invested in assets such as real estates in designated investment region, products, and amounts announced by the Minister of Justice;

K. (F2-17 visa & F2-81 visa) You are a child or a spouse of a person eligible for I and J.  

3. Maximum Length of Stay:

5 years.



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Blog: Updated Korea VISA & Immigration Information-2020

30 Dec 2020

2021 E7-4 visa Information_Points based Skilled Workers’ VISA Korea 숙련기능인력 점수제 비자

2021 E7-4 visa Information_Points based Skilled Workers’ VISA 숙련기능인력 점수제 비자

It is under consideration so you may refer to Q4 2020 criteria. 

Higher points application (special quota) will be started from Jan. 1, 2021. 

General quota is the same as 2020 before the final criteria is released.

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E-7 VISA_Foreign National of Special Ability (E7 비자)

Special Occupation: E-7 VISA (E7 비자)

(E-7 VISA): Special Occupation

Foreign National Of Special Activity

(Including E7-4 VISA: Points based Skilled Worker’s VISA)

The E-7 visa is the most widely known visa in Korea for foreigners for working in Korea.

A total of 86 occupations are classified as E-7 visas, including managers and experts (67 professions: E7-1 visa), quasi-professional personnel (9 professions: E7-2 visa), general functional personnel (6 professions: E7-3 visa), points based skilled worker (3 professions: E7-4 visa), and FTA independent specialist (E7-91 visa).  

1. Activities Allowed:

Persons who want to engage in activities specially designated by the Minister of Justice after being invited by a public or private organization.

2. Maximum Length of Stay:

3 years.


3. Participation in Activities Uncertified For Current Sojourn Status:

(1) Expansion of permission exemption for activities outside of the current status of stay.

If you (an E-7 holder) plan to receive formal school education within the expiry date, you are not required to obtain permission within the expiry date unless it doesn't impinge on your original purpose of stay.

(2) Permission for a highly qualified personnel (such as CEO of a Foreign Investment Company), who wishes to work as a lecturer in universities/colleges;

(3) Employment of a family member of the foreign government’s diplomatic corps or consulate general can be permitted when recommended by Minister of Foreign Affairs;

(4) Permission for 'A-1, A-2 Holders'(at the discretion of the Head of Immigration Office or Branch Office);

(5) Employment of a spouse of a substantial-amount foreign investor or a professional labor, etc.

**Based on a current rule, if you want to apply for E-7 visa, your monthly income shall be at least KRW 2.5 million won (yearly: KRW 30 million won). 

It is about 80% of GNI (Gross National Income).




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Notification of cancellation of the pre-evaluation (Pre-Test) of the first KIIP in 2021

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We inform you that we have decided to do so.

-Decision: Cancellation of the 1st pre-evaluation (Jan. 9, 2021) in 2021 and automatic submission for the 2nd pre-test date. 

  * Those who have been submitted for the first pre-evaluation will be automatically accepted by postponing to the second pre-evaluation date in 2021, which takes effect on February 20 (Sat), 2021.

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