VISA Information

VISA Information
e-Visa Application via the Visa Portal
  1. Application Process
    Select 쏛pplication >> 쏣-Visa(Individual) on the Visa Portal (www.visa.go.kr)
  2. Applicant
    Application must be submitted by a foreigner or the sponsor on behalf of the foreigner
  3. Applicable Status of Stay (as of Dec.8.2014)
    • Professor (E-1), Researcher (E-3), Technical Instructor/Technician (E-4), and Professional (E-5) Visa for the applicant and Dependent Family (F-3) Visa for his/her accompanying family members.
    • Foreign Notional of Special Ability (E-7) visa for the applicant and Dependent Family (F-3) Visa for his/her accompanying family members.
      – Qualification : the applicant must be an expert in advanced science and technology and have an official employment recommendation letter (a.k.a. GOLD CARD)
    • Short-term General (C-3-1) Visa for a prospective investor invited by a promotion agency of the Immigrant Investor Scheme for Public Business and his/her accompanying family members
    • Short-term Group Tourist (C-3-2) Visa for Chinese group tourists who can apply for their Visa through a designated travel agency
    • Short-term Medical Tourist (C-3-3) or Recuperation & Treatment (G-1-10) Visa for foreign patients and their caregivers who are invited by an 쁮utstanding medical facilitator designated as e-Visa agency.
    • Business Visitor (General) (C-3-4) visa for an invitee of a domestic company
      – Qualifications : A foreigner who has entered Korea 3 times or more with a Short-term (C-3) Visa since the implementation of the fingerprint confirmation system for foreigner on Jan. 1, 2012, and who has no history of illegal stay or criminal cases
      Please refer to the Visa Navigator for more details.
  4. Required Documents
    • Visa Application Form (electronic form on the Visa Portal)
    • Scanned image files of passport pages
    • Digital Photograph (in natural color, size: 3.5cm x 4.5cm)
    • Fee (credit card for e-Payment)
    • Required documents for respective status of stay (soft copy)
      – Please refer to the guide on required documents for each type of visa on the Visa Navigator or to the Visa Information on the website of a respective diplomatic office.
  5. Procedure
    • Application by the applicant
    • Application by the sponsor (inviter)
Confirmation of Visa Issuance Application via the Visa Portal
  1. Application process
    Select 쏛pplication” >> “Confirmation of Visa Issuance on Visa Portal (www.visa.go.kr)
  2. Applicant
    Application must be filed by the inviter (sponsor)
  3. Applicable status of stay (as of Dec.8.2014)
    • Professor (E-1), Foreign Language Instructor (E-2), Researcher (E-3), Technical Instructor/Technician (E-4) Professional (E-5) for the applicant and Dependent Family (F-3) Visa for his/her accompanying family members.
    • Foreign National of Special Ability (E-7) Visa for the applicant and Dependent Family (F-3) Visa for his/her accompanying family members.
      – Qualification : the applicant must have an occupation under category 1 (executives) or 2 (professionals or related) of the Standard Classification of Occupation announced by the National Statistical Office
    • Short-term Medical Tourist (C-3-3) or Recuperation & Treatment (G-1-10) Visa for foreign patients and their caregivers who are invited by an 쁮utstanding medical facilitator
    • Business Visitor (C-3-6) visa for an invitee of a VIP corporation
    • Student (D-2) and Korean Language Trainee (D-4-1) visa
    • Non-professional(E-9) and Maritime Crew (E-10) visa
      Please refer to the Visa Navigator for more detail.
  4. Required Documents
    • Application form for Confirmation of Visa Issuance (electronic form on the Visa Portal)
    • Scanned image files of passport pages
    • Digital Photograph (in natural color, size: 3.5cm x 4.5cm)
    • Fee (credit card for e-Payment)
    • Required documents for respective status of stay (soft copy)
      – Please refer to the guide on required documents for each type of Visa on the Visa Navigator, or to the Visa information on the board of the respective website of the Diplomatic Office.
  5. Procedure
  6. Check the Result of Your Confirmation of Visa Issuance Application
    You can check the result of your application through 쏛pplication Status via the Visa Portal, ARS (02-2650-6363), text message or e-mail address you gave us.
  7. Visa Application
    • The sponsor (inviter) must download Visa application form (for the applicant) from 쏛pplication Status on the Visa Portal, and send it to the applicant via email, or inform him/her of the number and expiry date of the confirmation of visa issuance.
    • The applicant must receive Visa application form for the confirmation of visa issuance or its number (expiry date) from the sponsor in Korea in order to apply for his/her visa at the Korean Embassy or Consulate General.
      Confirmation of Visa issuance is valid for 3 months, and is effective for visa issuance just for once.
      For any other inquiries, please contact the Immigration Contact center (+1345 without an area code or +82+1345 if you are calling from abroad).
Visa Application via Korean Diplomatic Missions Abroad
  1. Location of Application
    Korean Embassy or Consulate in the applicant셲 country (or area) of residence.
  2. Applicant
    Application must be submitted by a foreigner or a visa agency on behalf of the foreigner
  3. Applicable Status of Stay (as of Dec.8.2014)
    • A single-entry or multiple-entry visa for eligible applicants of Diplomat(A-1), Government Official(A-2) Visa
    • A single-entry visa (with 90 days of duration of stay or less), for eligible applicants of – Short-term News Coverage (C-1), Short-term General (C-3) and Short-term Employee (C-4)
    • A multiple-entry visa (with 90 days of duration of stay or less) for eligible applicants of Short-term News Coverage (C-1) and Short-term General (C-3) Visa who are citizens of countries that have multiple-entry visa agreements with Korea.
    • Visas issued at the discretion of the head of a Korean diplomatic mission abroad, such as single-entry visa (with 90 days of duration of stay or less) for eligible applicants of Korean Arts and Culture (D-1) Visa who are planning to engage in cultural arts activities upon invitation of the Korea Foundation or from Korean Culture and Arts Committee
      Please refer to the Visa Navigator for more details
  4. Required Documents
    • Visa Application Form (application form No.17, or please click the 쁀pplication menu on the Visa Portal >> Fill out the electronic form)
    • Passport
    • Photo (natural color, 3.5cm x 4.5cm)
    • Fee (in U.S. dollars)
      – You can pay the fee in the currency of your own country only if you receive permission from the head of the Korean diplomatic mission in your country.
    • Required documents for corresponding status of stay
      The required documents mentioned on the Visa Navigator are of the minimum requirements.
      Depending on the circumstances of one셲 country, the head of the Korean diplomatic mission may request/exempt additional documents for further evaluation.
      Therefore, in the case that required documents on the Visa Navigator do not match with those of the diplomatic mission, please follow the instructions and requirements provided by the respective diplomatic mission.
  5. Procedure

    For any other inquiries, please contact the consular affair Korean diplomatic missions in your country of residence.
Visa Application via Korean Diplomatic Missions Abroad
  1. Location of Application
    Korean Immigration Office that has jurisdiction over the area of inviter셲 residence
  2. Applicants
    Application must be submitted by a foreigner or the sponsor/agency (E-9, E-10) on behalf of the foreigner
  3. Applicable Status of Stay(as of Dec.8.2014)
    • Long-term Korean Arts and Culture (D-1), Student (D-2), Industrial trainee (D-3), General trainee (D-4), Long-term News Coverage (D-5), Religious Worker (D-6), Intra-company Transferee (D-7), Corporate/Foreign investor (D-8), International Trade (D-9), Professor (E-1), Foreign Language Instructor (E-2), Researcher (E-3), Technical Instructor/Technician (E-4), Professional (E-5), Artists/Athlete (E-6), Foreign National of Special Ability (E-7), Non-professional (E-9), Maritime Crew (E-10), Family Visitor (F-1), Dependent Family (F-3), Miscellaneous (G-1), and Work and Visit (H-2) Visa for eligible applicants
    • Long-term Visa for citizens of countries with no formal diplomatic relations with Korea, or just specific countries (i.e. Cuba, Syria, and Macedonia) designated by the Korean government.
    • Other people recognized by the Minister of Justice as needed
      Please refer to the Visa Navigator for more details.
  4. Required Documents
    • Confirmation of Visa Issuance Application Form (Form No.21)
    • Photocopy of passport pages
    • Photograph (in natural color, size: 3.5cm x 4.5cm)
    • Required documents for the corresponding status of stay
      – The required documents mentioned on the Visa Navigator are of the minimum requirements. The head of the immigration office may request/exempt additional documents for further evaluation.
    • The employment certificate and a copy of the representative셲 ID, and a letter of attorney are required if the representative applies on behalf of the applicant. (Representative셲 application may be restricted when further evaluation is required)
  5. Procedures
  6. Notification of evaluation results
    You can check the result of your application through 쏛pplication Status via the Visa Portal, ARS (02-2650-6363), text message or e-mail address you gave us.
  7. Visa Issuance
    • The sponsor (inviter) must download Visa application form (for the applicant) from 쏛pplication Status on the Visa Portal, and send it to the applicant via email, or inform him/her of the number and expiry date of the confirmation of visa issuance.
    • The applicant must receive Visa application form for the confirmation of visa issuance or its number (expiry date) from the sponsor in Korea in order to apply for his/her visa at the Korean Embassy or Consulate General.
      Confirmation of Visa issuance is valid for 3 months, and is effective for visa issuance just for once.
      For any other inquiries, please contact the Immigration Contact center (+1345 without an area code or +82+1345 if you are calling from abroad).
Visa Application Fee for Each Visa Type(in USD)
Type of Visa Fee
90 days or less Single-entry visa USD 40
91 days or longer Single-entry visa USD 60
Double-entry visa usable up to 2 times USD 70
Multiple-entry visa USD 90
  • Despite the standard visa fee regulations, fees may be differently applied according to international practices, the principle of reciprocity, national agreements, or in the cases deemed necessary by the Enforcement Decree of the Ministry of Justice.
  • Visa fee for a Chinese group tourist whose visa is applied by a designated travel agency is USD 15/person.
  • Visa fee for a C-3 single visa for Vietnamese is approximately USD 30.
  • Since the visa fee covers the costs related to the visa application review such as processing and evaluation, your application fee will not be refundable even if your application is denied.
e-Application fee

Visa application fees processed on the Visa Portal must be paid in USD. If you pay your visa application fee with a credit card, the amount that you pay may be different from the amount you are billed according to the exchange rate.

  • Surcharge
    If you pay your visa fee on the Visa portal, you will be charged additional fees for credit card usage and electronic payment services.
  • Payment Methods
    International Credit Card

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