I want to visit my friend in Korea

1
Skyler Rafael
December 10, 2021
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?

1
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?

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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.

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.

Investment Question

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Denzel Ramos
December 7, 2021
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

Immigrant investor schemes for public business

Luna Arseo
business_tip No. 2477

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.

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Luna Arseo
December 6, 2021
discussion No. 2430

What is the Korea Immigration and Integration Program?

1
Jhon Ace Simbulan
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

1
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.

Do I have to submit my passport along with the application form?

2
Skyler Rafael
visa No. 2388
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I couldn’t prepare some documents required for the visa application. Will I still be able to apply?

1
Skyler Rafael
visa No. 2386
Luna said, You have to submit the required documents without any being omitted. Your application will be disapproved if the required documents are missing or incomplete. But depending on the type of visa or under special circumstances where applicant is deemed unable to submit the documents, he/she can request the exemption of a document’s submission. The name of the document for exemption and reason for the request of exemption should be written on the annexed form, along with your full name, date of birth, passport number, and signature. The evaluation process for the submission of documents with the annexed form for exemption request will take longer than usual.

I want to know about the qualifications for the application of confirmation of e-visa issuance.

1
Denzel Ramos
visa No. 2384
Luna said, The confirmation of e-Visa issuance can be applied for by a foreigner under the categories below, or the inviting person on behalf of the applicant. - Professor (E-1), Foreign Language Instructor(E-2), Researcher (E-3), Technical Instructor/Technician Transfer (E-4), Professional Employment (E-5), Foreign National of Special Ability (E-7) under category 1 or 2 of the standard classification of occupations (National Statistical Office announcement 2007-3), Dependent Family(F-3) - Student (D-2) or Korean Language Trainee (D-4-1) - Non-professional (E-9), Maritime Crew (E-10) - Short/Long-Term Medical Tourist (C-3-3, G-1-10) - Short-term visit on invitation from a preferential company (C-3-6)

What’s the difference between the corporate investment scheme and the immigrant investor scheme?

2
Skyler Rafael
business_tip No. 2382
Luna said, For immigrant investment, on the other hand, you will be granted an F-2 Visa by investing 500 million won or more (700 million won for investments in real estate in some areas) in Korea. You are free to engage in business, education, etc., and even without business results, you can extend your visa as long as the investment status is maintained and unless you violate any of the terms and conditions associated with F-2 status.

For the Immigrant Investor Scheme for Public Business, will my adult child be issued the same visa as me?

1
Skyler Rafael
visa No. 2376
Luna said, If you’re issued an F-2 Visa through the Immigrant Investor Scheme for Public Business, the investor’s spouse and minor children or unmarried adult children will be issued with an F-2 Visa as well.

My last name changed, what do I do?

1
Denzel Ramos
November 23, 2021
visa No. 2174
Luna said, If you change the English spelling of your name, the visa obtained on your old passport is still valid. It would not be a problem if you keep both old and new passports to prove that the two names are of the same person.

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