The sample of the korean visa
Types of work visas
The most commonly used employment visas include:
- The Short Term Employment Visa (C-4)
- The Corporate Resident/ Company Assignment (Intra-company Transfer) (D-7)
- The Foreign Investment Visa (D-8)
- The Trade Management Visa (D-9)
- The Professional Job Visa (E-5)
- The Specific Job Visa (E-7)
The above listed visas must be obtained at the Korean Embassy or Consulate with jurisdiction over the applicant's place of legal residence. The work permit application is initially filed by the sponsoring employer in South Korea with the Ministry of Justice and the Entry Inspection Division of Immigration Office. The Ministry of Justice then confers with the representing agency, where appropriate, and determines whether the visa should be authorized.
Upon approval, the Ministry of Justice issues a Certificate of Confirmation of Visa Issuance (CCVI) that must be submitted by the applicant to a Korean Embassy or Consulate abroad.
Temporary employment (C-4)
Sojourn period of not longer than 90 days.Temporary activities relating to entertainment, ad, fashion model, lecture, research, technology coaching.
Specialized professions (E-1~E-7)
- Professor (E-1) : Sojourn period of not longer than 2 years
- Foreign Language Teaching (E-2) : Sojourn period of not longer than a year
- Research (E-3) : Sojourn period of not longer than 2 years
- Profession (E-5) : Sojourn period of not longer than 2 years
- Arts/Entertainment (E-6) : Sojourn period of not longer than 6 moths
- Specially Designated Activities (E-7) : Sojourn period of not longer than 2 years
Training Employment (E-8)
Foreign nationals can apply for an E-8 visa after successfully completing a year of training and proper education. Once the training is complete, the trainee (D-3 holder) may apply to have his/her visa changed to an E-8 visa and become eligible for 2 years of employment in Korea.
Overseas Koreans (F-4)
Permanent Residency (F-5)
Non-professional Employment (E-9)
Working Visitor (H-2)
Visiting or joining family (F-1)
Basic requirements to qualify
The employee needs to present the following:
- 2 passport-style photographs
- Copy of passport ID page
- Resume/ CV
- Copy of academic credentials
- Original assignment letter/ contract
- Proposed job description
From the transferee's family (if applicable):
- 2 passport-style photographs
- Copy of the marriage certificate of the spouse
- Copy of birth certificates of the children
- Copy of passport ID pages
From the sponsoring company in South Korea:
- Letter of invitation
- Copy of company’s Report or Registration certificate under the Foreign Investment Promotion Act
- Copy of Corporate Registration (Certificate of Incorporation)
- Copy of Certificate of Tax Payment for the previous year
- Copy of financial statements for the last fiscal year
- Information regarding company’s current foreign employees
A company, that has less than 300 permanent employees (standard: employment insurance) or a small-and-medium company, whose total capital is 600 million KRW or below, are eligible to hire foreign workers.
Selected countries (15 states): Thailand, Philippines, Sri Lanka, Vietnam, Indonesia, Mongol, Pakistan, Uzbekistan, Cambodia, China, Bangladesh, Nepal, Myanmar, Kirgistan, East Timor.