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SOUTH KOREA: Tuberculosis Test for Long-Term Visa or Residence

April 1, 2020

16 more countries have been added to the list of countries whose nationals are required to submit a tuberculosis test certificate in support of long-term visa and Alien Registration Certificate (ARC) applications in South Korea.

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SOUTH KOREA: New Process for Visa Issuance

February 18, 2020

Effective 24 February 2020, Korean consulates will begin to phase out the stamping of visas into passports.

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SOUTH KOREA: Immigration Processing Delays

January 16, 2020

Due to a systems error in December 2019, the processing of immigration applications in South Korea is currently delayed by one to three weeks.

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SOUTH KOREA: Stricter Policy for Illegal Stay

December 17, 2019

The Korean National Assembly is debating tougher penalties for the employers of illegal residents.  For those voluntarily reporting illegal residence by 28 February 2020, penalties will be reduced or exempted.

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SOUTH KOREA: Visa Invitations and Extensions Limited for Companies with Unpaid Tax

December 3, 2019

The Korean immigration authorities have introduced a new regulation rejecting applications for visa issuance confirmation numbers (VICN) and Alien Registration Card (ARC) extensions if the inviting company has any amount of arrears for any type of tax.

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SOUTH KOREA: Work Experience Requirement Relaxed for E7 Visa Applications

December 2, 2019

Applicants for an E7 visa in Korea whose university diploma is not related to the job position in the Korean company only need to demonstrate three years of related work experience, rather than five years as previously required.

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SOUTH KOREA: Clarification – For-Profit Activities Not Allowed on Business Visa or Visa Waiver

March 31, 2017

In its latest Visa Issuance Guidance Manual issued on 20th March 2017 (the “Guidelines”), Korean immigration clarified, and, in effect, narrowed the scope of permissible activities under the visa waiver status and C-3-4 short-term business visa, by classifying “for-profit activities” as permissible only under the C-4 short-term employment visa. This clarified policy will particularly affect […]

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SOUTH KOREA: Revised Rules for Frequent Visitor Visas

March 3, 2017

From 1st March 2017, foreign nationals qualifying for a five-year multiple-entry visa as frequent visitors to South Korea now have to apply for this visa at a Korean consulate before travelling, rather than receiving it at the port of entry on arrival, as previously. To qualify, applicants must be nationals requiring a visa to visit […]

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SOUTH KOREA: Tuberculosis Test Required for Certain Long-Term Visa Applicants

March 22, 2016

Effective 2nd March 2016, certain applicants for long-term consular visas or post-arrival change of status or visa extension, who are nationals of eighteen “high TB-burden countries”, must submit a “Certificate of Health”, including a tuberculosis test result. Who is Affected? The…

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SOUTH KOREA: Rise in Immigration Fees

January 27, 2014

Following a 15 year hiatus from increasing immigration fees, the South Korean government has doubled and in some cases even quadrupled its processing fees as of 1 January 2014. While this presents a substantial increase in costs, the rise in…

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