Where can I get a certificate of origin form for?

1
Denzel Ramos
December 10, 2021
business_tip No. 2647
Luna said, Here's the list of forms for different Certificate of Origin: https://www.customs.go.kr/engportal/cm/cntnts/cntntsView.do?mi=7323&cntntsId=2827 You can confirm the certificate of origin forms through Legal Information System of the KCS: http://www.customs.go.kr/kcs/co/co.do

Scope of application of the effectiveness of authorization

1
Denzel Ramos
business_tip No. 2645
Luna said, In the case of a company-specific approved exporter, once a company has been authorized as an approved exporter, the procedures for issuing a certificate of origin (C/O) are simplified for all the export goods of the approved exporter. However, in the case of a product-specific approved exporter, the procedures for issuing a certificate of origin (C/O) are simplified only for the respective items for authorization by FTA and by item (six digits of each HS code), and thus neither the effectiveness nor the benefits of such authorization are applicable to all the free trade agreements. Therefore, if a free trade agreement or an item (six digits of the HS code) for which a company has been authorized as an approved exporter has become different, the company must obtain an additional authorization as an approved exporter, and if the company fails to obtain an additional authorization as an approved exporter, it cannot receive the authorization-related benefits granted to an approved exporter.

What is a Certificate of Origin?

1
Edgar Santiago
business_tip No. 2640
Luna said, Certificate of Origin is an instrument which establishes evidence on origin of goods imported into any country. For more information about C/O, you can check this link: https://wonderfulkorea.kr/certificate-of-origin/

I want to visit my friend in Korea

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Skyler Rafael
visa No. 2634
Luna said, First, go to Korea Visa Portal and find the "Visa Navigator" button. You are required to supply the following information: - Continent - Country - Purpose of Entry - Length of Stay If you’re from a country under a Visa Exemption Agreement with Korea or mentioned under the Immigration Act for the exemption of a visa application, then you can visit Korea without any prior procedure. If you’re required to apply for a visa, then follow the steps in the Visa Navigator and please prepare the required documents (depending on the visa type) and apply for the visa issuance.

How can I check the progress of a Visa application?

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Jhon Ace Simbulan
visa No. 2631
Luna said, You can click on the "Check Application Status" on the left of the visa portal screen to check the status of your application. If you type the application number followed by the applicant’s personal information, the status of your application will appear. Visa portal link: https://www.visa.go.kr/

Do I have to go through an interview while applying for my visa at the Embassy?

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Jhon Ace Simbulan
December 9, 2021
visa No. 2580
Luna said, Not all applicants necessarily have to go through an interview. The interview is required depending on the applicant or the type of visa. The Embassy may directly call the applicant or the Visa application agency (travel agency designated by the Embassy) may contact the applicant for an interview. You can check the interview request status through "Check Application Status".

How long will the evaluation take for visa application?

1
Skyler Rafael
visa No. 2575
Luna said, For the e-Visa, you can check the evaluation results within 3 working days from submission. However, for such cases in which required documents are omitted, submission of additional documents is requested, or an investigation is required, evaluation might take longer than usual and the notice letter will be sent to the applicant or the representative via e-mail or SMS. For the Visas being processed at the Diplomatic Office, you can check for the evaluation result within 5 working days from submission. For the cases which require interviews and investigation (e.g. marriage migrant visa), the evaluation process may take 1~2 months. Please refer to the notice board of the Diplomatic Office of submission for the duration of the visa issuance process. Each Diplomatic Office may require a different amount of time depending on the workload.

Online visa application

1
Skyler Rafael
visa No. 2572
Luna said, You have to submit the required documents, such as the application form, passport, fee, and other documents proving the purpose of your entry (depending on the type of visa), to the Embassy/Consulate General of the Republic of Korea. Depending on the policies of the Embassy/Consulate General of the Republic of Korea (in the country you are currently residing in), you can visit there in person or submit the documents through a designated travel/visa application agency.

I want to know about the qualifications for the e-Visa application.

1
Jhon Ace Simbulan
visa No. 2570
Luna said, The qualifications for e-Visa application are as follows (as of Nov 2014): - Professor (E-1), Researcher (E-3), Technical instructor/Technician (E-4), Professional (E-5), Foreign National of Special Ability with employment recommendation (GOLD CARD) from the KOTRA or Small and Medium Business Corporation (E-7). Dependent family (F-3) of aforementioned visa applicants. - Foreign medical patient and his/her companions invited by an Outstanding Medical Travel Agency (C-3-3, G-1-10) - Commercial visitor who has entered Korea three times or more after 2012 (C-3-4)

Where do I have to submit my visa application form?

1
Skyler Rafael
visa No. 2568
Luna said, Depending on your purpose of entry and duration of stay, you can submit your Visa application form either to the Embassy of the Republic of Korea or to a visa application agency (or designated travel agency). Moreover, you can apply for an e-Visa through the Republic of Korea’s Visa portal (www.visa.go.kr). You can either write on the form after downloading the application or simply fill out the form online. It is strongly recommended that you use the online submission function rather than visit the immigration office because it could save you a lot of time. Please refer to the Visa Navigator or the Visa Guide for the application method necessary for your type of visa.

Can I get an official document or certificate stating that I have joined this scheme?

1
Edgar Santiago
business_tip No. 2566
Luna said, Do you provide an official document or certificate stating that you have joined this scheme? After the funds is transferred to an account of Korea Development Bank, the bank issues "Certificate of Balance Payment" and the Ministry of Justice issues "Certificate of Immigrant Investment Approval" upon your request.

What is the e-Visa?

1
Jhon Ace Simbulan
visa No. 2564
Luna said, The e-Visa is a system which allows the applicant or the inviting party to be notified with approval upon submission of the application form and required documents online through the Republic of Korea’s Visa Portal. The applicant or the inviting party will receive a notice of approval after submitting the relevant documents without having to visit the immigration office or the diplomatic office, and the e-Visa holder will be able to enter Korea without an additional Visa label (visa sticker).

Until when can I use the visa?

1
Jhon Ace Simbulan
visa No. 2562
Luna said, If you’re planning a tour in Korea, you have to enter before the expiry date of entry. Depending on the number of visits, the validity periods are as follows: - Visa for single-entry - 3 months - Visa for double-entry - 6 months - Visa for multiple-entry (3 times or more) - 1 year The visa for entry of 3 times or more can be issued with a validity of 1 year, 3 years, or 5 years, depending on the agreement between the applicant’s country and the Republic of Korea.

I’m a registered foreigner holding a long-term visa. I want to invite my parents to Korea during my stay to tour around. What should I do?

1
Skyler Rafael
visa No. 2557
Luna said, To invite your family member for a short-term visit or tour, you can apply for a Short-Term General visa (C-3-1, valid for 3 months, single-entry visa of 90 days-of-stay). The required documents for family invitation are as follows: - Inviter: a original copy of invitation letter, a photocopy of identification card. - Family member: visa application form (with a photo being attached), passport (original and photocopy), a photocopy of identification card, documents proving your family relations (e.g. birth certificate, marriage certificate ) and the purpose of your entry. Depending on the policies of the Korean diplomatic missions, the required documents may vary - so, please check the official website of the mission for more details.

What’s the difference between “duration(period) of stay” and “expiry date”?

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Denzel Ramos
visa No. 2553
Luna said, Duration of stay states the maximum number of days that you can stay from entry - exceeding the stated duration of stay will make you an illegal immigrant. Expiry date is the latest date you can enter with the issued visa. Upon exceeding the expiry date, immigration officials will reject your entry for not holding a valid visa.

Do I have to pay any fee when it comes to applying for Public Investor Immigrant Scheme, especially for a preliminary review?

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Denzel Ramos
December 8, 2021
business_tip No. 2486
Luna said, It is free of charge because Public Investor Immigrant Scheme is introduced by the Ministry of Justice so the preliminary review is conducted by immigration officers. Please note that when you change your status of sojourn and register as an alien, you have to pay a fee.

Do I have to visit a licensed administrative agent’s office to apply for Public Investor Immigrant Scheme?

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Denzel Ramos
December 7, 2021
business_tip No. 2484
Luna said, No, there is no such an agent designated by the Ministry of Justice. Public Investor Immigrant Scheme is directly controlled and managed by the Ministry of Justice. Sometimes there are money damages caused by the agent so you should visit designated immigration organizations including Global Talent Visa Center. There are English and Chinese speakers available at Global Talent Visa Center, they can help you proceed with all services with regard to Public Investor Immigrant Scheme including preliminary review, opening a bank account, preparation of F2 and F5 visa application, F2 visa extension and so forth. If you wish to know everything about Public Investor Immigrant Scheme, please call Global Talent Visa Center. 032-740-7788,7600 (Domestic), +82-32-740-7788,7600 (overseas)

Investment Question

1
Denzel Ramos
business_tip No. 2482
Luna said, Before March 11, 2019, only the investor himself/herself can acquire F-5 visa through "Conditional Investment for F-5," and the investor's spouse and unmarried children can acquire F-2. However, starting from March 11, 2019, the investor's dependent family members (spouse and unmarried children including those who are over 19 but not married) also can acquire F-5 visa. For more info about investment schemes, check out here: https://wonderfulkorea.kr/immigrant-investor-schemes-for-public-business

What should I do to learn about Immigrant Investor Scheme for Public Business?

1
Edgar Santiago
business_tip No. 2466
Luna said, Global Talent Visa Center, herein after referred to GTVC, is located both at Terminal 1 and Terminal 2 since 2018. GTVC at Terminal 1 is located behind H counter near Immigration Service Center and GTVC at Terminal 2 is located next to the One-stop Public Service office. There are Chinese and English speakers available to address your inquiries about investment process, alien registration and so forth. Also, if you have any questions, call us at 032-740-7600 or 7788, or email at gtvc@korea.kr.

What are the benefits of immigrant investment?

1
Edgar Santiago
business_tip No. 2460
Luna said, If you acquire F-2 visa through Immigrant Investor Scheme for Public Business, you are eligible to work, study, run business, and purchase properties. You will be given a maximum period of 3 years at a time and can apply for visa extension if you maintain the investment fund. You are not required to reside in Korea but you have to re-enter the Republic of Korea at least once a year to maintain F-2 status.

What is the fee for a visa application?

1
Skyler Rafael
visa No. 2451
Luna said, The processing fees for visa application are as follows: 1. Single-Entry Visa - 1) duration of stay 90 days or less : 40USD - 2) duration of stay 91 days or more : 60USD 2. Multiple-Entry Visa - 1) Multiple-Entry Visa which allows entry up to two times : 70USD - 2) Multiple-Entry Visa with no limit on the number of entries : 90USD Please note, however, the visa fees may vary depending on the applicant’s nationality, visa type, duration of stay, validity period of his/her visa, and international conventions and agreements.

What is the Korea Immigration and Integration Program?

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Jhon Ace Simbulan
December 6, 2021
visa No. 2425
Luna said, It is a program which helps foreigners to build their basic fundamentals to adapt to and be independent of Korean society. Foreigners who have alien registration card or a domestic residency report card (F-4), and naturalized Korean citizens are available to apply for the program at www.socinet.go.kr

Are all foreigners who live in Korea able to work?

1
Edgar Santiago
business_tip No. 2420
Luna said, A foreigner who holds a visa status which allows them to work in Korea is able to work. However, the type of business is different depending on the visa status and the foreigner has to work in a designated workplace. For some visa status, you are able to apply for the Participation in Activities Uncertified for Current Sojourn Status or Work Permit, and if you meet the necessary conditions and received permission, you are able to work.

Do I have to apply for an alien registration card?

1
Skyler Rafael
visa No. 2416
Luna said, A foreigner who intends to stay in South Korea more than 90 days has to apply for an alien registration card at the immigration office for his place of residency.

Expired re-entry permit

1
Denzel Ramos
visa No. 2409
Luna said, According to the visa issuance procedure, you have to apply for a new visa at the Korean diplomatic mission.

Visa stay extension

1
Denzel Ramos
visa No. 2405
Luna said, Short-term visa holders who will stay until after the expiry date have to apply for an extension of their duration of stay at a local immigration office before the expiry date in accordance with Article 25 of the Immigration Act. In principle, the number of days of the stay can’t exceed 90 days from the date of entry, and an extension of stay may be restricted depending on the purpose of desired extension.

Prohibited Entry

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Jhon Ace Simbulan
visa No. 2403
Luna said, You can check whether you are prohibited from entering Korea and the expected release date of your prohibition of entry, at the Korean Embassy or Consulate General in the country of your residence. You can visit the Embassy with your passport or any other identification materials to check whether you are prohibited from entering Korea.

Lost Passport

1
Edgar Santiago
visa No. 2396
Luna said, If you lose your passport after the visa has been issued, you have to go through the same procedure as if being issuing a new visa. But for a damaged or expired passport, you can be issued the same visa upon visiting the Embassy with the old passport.

Damaged Passport/Visa

1
Jhon Ace Simbulan
visa No. 2394
Luna said, For a damaged or expired passport, you can be issued the same visa upon visiting the Embassy with the old passport.

Multiple Visa Requirements

2
Skyler Rafael
visa No. 2390
Luna said, Therefore, if your minor children with multi-nationality haven’t vowed the “non-use of foreign nationality” and have inevitable circumstances, they can be issued a short-term multiple visa (C-3, 90 days of stay, valid for 1 year) according to statement 1) above. Entry and exit is free within the valid period, and the maximum duration of stay is 90 days for every entry.

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