Learn about Korean visa types
To set foot in the land of kimchi, what everyone needs is a visa issued by the Korean embassy. Currently, there are many types of visas and you need to know for the purpose of going to Korea, which type of visa is appropriate. This article will help divide the Korean visa types based on the purpose of stay so that you can clearly determine the type of visa you need to apply for. Let’s follow the article together!
4 Korean visa types
1. Diplomatic visa, Korean public service
Subjects granted these Korean visas are state people or defense and military personnel. Including 3 types of visa as follows:
- Visa A-1 is issued to diplomats, government officials when on official business in Korea. This visa is valid for 3 months for those who go on temporary duty.
- A-2 visa: issued to foreigners who perform official jobs of the government or international organizations accepted by the Korean government. This visa is valid
- A-3 Visa: The cooperative visa is issued to military personnel, civilian defense personnel, civilian contractors with official duties assigned to Korea, and their family members. This visa is valid for 2 or 5 years.
2. Visa for workers
This list includes 10 types of visas with the purpose of entering and working in Korea, including:
- E-1 Visa: Professor Visa is granted to those who want to teach and participate in research at Korean universities. The duration of this visa is 5 years.
- E-2 Visa: Foreign Language Instructor Visa issued to citizens of certain countries who come to Korea to work as English teachers. The duration of this visa is 13 months.
- E-3 Visa: Research Visa is issued to people who come to Korea to do research activities at research institutes or universities.
- E-4 Visa: The Technical Support Visa is issued to people who come to Korea to do technical support research activities.
- E-5 Visa: Expert visa issued to people working in professional fields such as pilots, doctors…
- E-6 Visa: Art/Entertainment Visa issued to those who want to work in Korea in the field of arts and entertainment.
- E-7 Visa: Specialized Engineer Visa granted to technical workers, with professional qualifications, and highly skilled workers. This is a long-term visa.
- The E-8 visa is a short-term work visa with a period of 5 months. After the 05-month working period in Korea expires, the employer will carry out the extension procedures for employees at the Korean Embassy.
- E-9 Visa: Unskilled worker visa issued to workers with unskilled labor working in Korea. This is a long-term visa.
- E-10 Visa: Working Visa on Ships issued to those who go to work on ships in Korea.
- H-1 Visa: Working Holiday Visa is granted to citizens of some countries who are allowed to come to Korea to work during the holiday. The duration of this visa is 1 year.
3. Korean visa for short stay
This is a list of Korean visa types with a short stay, including 4 specific types of visas as follows:
- Visa C-1: Temporary resident reporter visa granted to reporters who come to Korea to work. This is a short-term visa.
- C-2 Visa: Short-term commercial visa issued to people who come to Korea to do commercial transactions. This is a short-term visa.
- Visa C-3: Short-term tourist visa issued to people with the purpose of short-term stay in Korea such as tourism or medical treatment.
- Visa C-4: Short-term Work Visa issued to people coming to Korea for short-term work. The duration of this visa is 90 days.
4. Korea long-term stay visa
As the name suggests, this list includes Korean visas that allow foreigners to stay long-term. The list includes 17 names as follows:
- Visa D-1: Culture/Art Visa.Issued to individuals who come to Korea to participate in non-profit cultural and artistic activities. The duration of this visa is 2 years.
- Visa D-2: Student visa.Issued to Korean students under formal training systems. The duration of this visa is from 6 months to 1 year.
- Visa D-3: Visa Production Training. Issued to people who come to Korea to attend short-term training courses at industrial training institutions. This visa is valid for 1 year.
- Visa D-4: General Training Visa. Issued to students studying abroad in Korea and participating in language training programs, vocational training…
- Visa D-5: Resident reporter visa.Issued to reporters from countries coming to work for a long time in Korea. This is a long-term visa.
- Visa D-8: Visa for investment cooperation.Issued to individuals who want to open and build small businesses in Korea. This type of visa is valid for 2 or 5 years.
- Visa D-9: Visa for commercial cooperation.Issued to those who come to Korea to work as company managers, international trade, goods production managers. This type of visa is valid for 1 or 2 years.
- Visa F-1: Visa to visit relatives.Issued to those who are invited by relatives staying in Korea to visit relatives.
- Visa F-2: Immigrant visa.Issued to people living and working in Korea under other visa categories. The duration of the F2 visa is 3 years.
- F-3 Visa: Sponsor visa. Issued to relatives of people living and working in Korea to sponsor to Korea. This visa is valid for the duration of the guarantor
- Visa F-5: Visa for permanent residence.Issued to those who are living and working in Korea. Switch from some other visa categories to permanently settle in Korea. This is an indefinite visa.
- G-1 Visa: Other types.Issued to foreigners wishing to enter the country who do not fall into the above cases.
Above, we have summarized and divided the types of Korean visas into 4 groups based on the time and purpose of stay of the individual. We hope that the information we provide will help you understand Korean visa types and know what type of visa you need to be granted.