Korea Visa

Korean Visa D-2: Eligibility & Other Requirements

RANGE OF ACTIVITIES AND ELIGIBLE APPLICANTS

  • Study and research at educational • academic institutions (community college or higher)
    – A person who wants to study, research or enroll in a full-time program (i.e. Bachelor’s, Master, Ph.D) at academic institutions (community college or higher) established under either the Higher Education Act or the Special Act.

MAXIMUM LENGTH OF STAY 

  • You are allowed to stay for up to 2 years

VISAS ISSUED AT THE DISCRETION OF THE CHIEF OF MISSION

A D-2 visa will be issued to a national of China (except for students of accredited Korean universities, students on the government scholarship program and exchange students), Cuba, Syria, Macedonia, Kosovo through a confirmation of visa issuance

1. Eligible Institutions

  • Educational/academic research institutions (community college or higher, including evening postgraduate courses) established under Article 2* of the Higher Education Act and the provisions of the Special Act and registered with our international student information system (FIMS)

However, if you intend to go to university for evening or distance learning courses (Broadcasting University, Communications University, Korea National Open University and Cyber University), or Korea Polytechnics University for vocational training programs (except for a multiple-techniques degree program), you are not eligible for a Student (D-2) visa regardless of the provisions of the Higher Education Act and FIMS registration. (Border Control Division – 11245, ‘09.4.27)

* Article 2 (School Types) Following schools will be established in order to carry out higher education. 1. University 2. Industrial College 3. Education College 4. Community College 5. Broadcasting collegeCommunication college- Korean National Open University and Cyber University (hereinafter referred to as “distance learning university”) 6. Technical College 7. Others

2. Visa Issuance Procedure

(1) Acceptance Request → (2) Standard Acceptance Letter* Issuance → (3) Visa Application Issuance** (Submit the acceptance number) → (4) Entry
Respective University Applicant International Student Information System (Person-in-charge of international students) Diplomatic mission
abroad
(applicant or
representative)
Airport,
Port

* Once a student is accepted, a standard acceptance letter is issued and the student is registered at our Foreign Student Information Management System (FIMS) (A standard acceptance number will be indicated at the upper left corner of the acceptance letter). Then, the letter will be stamped by the President/Dean of the university and sent to the student.

**Eligible Applicants

Confirmation of
Visa Issuance
♦ (Chinese nationals) All Chinese nationals except for newly admitted students of accredited Korean universities, students on the government scholarship program and exchange students
♦ (Other nationals) Nationals of Cuba, Syria, Macedonia and Kosovo
♦ However, visas for exchange students are issued by the head of overseas diplomatic missions.
Visas Issued by
the Head of
Overseas
Diplomatic
Missions
♦ (Chinese nationals) Newly admitted students of accredited Korean universities, students on the government scholarship program and exchange students
♦ (Other nationals) Nationals of all countries except for Cuba, Syria, Macedonia and Kosovo

3. Application Center
By principle, you must apply at a Korean diplomatic mission in your country or in a country where your last school is located.

4. Required Documents

COMMON DOCUMENTS
(1) Visa application form (form #34), photocopy of passport, one standard size photograph, fee
(2) Photocopy of Business Registration Certificate (or distinct number certificate) of a respective education institution
(3) Standard Acceptance Letter (issued by the dean/president of the university)
(4) Documents proving your family relations (Only when your parent’s certificate of balance is submitted.)

|21 States|
China, Philippines, Indonesia, Bangladesh, Vietnam, Mongolia, Thailand, Pakistan, Sri Lanka, India, Myanmar, Nepal, Iran, Uzbekistan, Kazakhstan, Kyrgyzstan, Ukraine, Nigeria, Ghana, Egypt, Peru (Total: 21 states)
* Please indicate your English name on the Korean version and enclose a photocopy of your passport.

|Examples of Family Relations Certificates|
China : Family Relations Registry or notarized document proving family relations, Philippines : Family Census, Indonesia : Certificate of family relations (KARTU KELUARGA), Bangladesh : 점머 까꺼즈 or 싸이드티켔 , Vietnam : 호적부(So Ho Khau) or Birth Certificate (Giay khai sinh), Mongolia : Certificate of Family Relations, Pakistan : Family Certificate, Sri Lanka: 빠우러 Certificate, Myanmar : Family Relations Certificate (잉타운수사옌), Nepal : 전마달다, Kyrgyzstan/Kazakhstan/Uzbekistan/Ukraine/Thailand : Birth Certificate

DOCUMENTS FOR EACH PROGRAM
Associate
degree • Bachelor’s
degree • Master’s
degree • Ph.D
(5) Documents proving the final level of education
(6) Documents proving your financial ability to support yourself (tuition and living expenses for a year)
Specific Research Program (5) Documents proving your final level of education (The minimum education requirement is master’s degree)
(6) Documents proving your living expenses (Bank account balance statement, Research Allowance Confirmation, etc.)
Exchange Student (5) Documents proving your living expenses (considering that the tuition is paid in the country of origin)
(6) Recommendation letter issued by the head of your university in your country
(7) Documents proving that you are an exchange student (official letter from the inviting university, student exchange agreement between universities)
(8) Documents proving that you have completed at least one semester (proof of enrollment issued by your university in your country)
 *The Chief of mission may ask additional documents in order to examine the purpose of stay, genuineness of invitation, and qualifications of the inviter and invitee if deemed necessary.

5. Required Documents for international military trainees to apply for a D-2 visa at the invitation of the Ministry of National Defense

REQUIRED DOCUMENTS
(1) Visa Application Form (Enclosed Form #17), Photocopy of Passport, One Standard Size Photograph, Fee
(2) Invitation Letter issued by the Ministry of National Defense

※The Chief of mission may ask additional documents in order to examine the purpose of stay, genuineness of the invitation, and the qualifications of the inviter and invitee if deemed necessary.

6. D-2 Student visa issuance in accordance with the Agreement on simplifying visa procedures between the government of Korea and the government of the Republic of India

A. Eligible Applicants

  • Visitors for studying purposes : Indian nationals coming to Korea to study

B. Visa Details

  • Status of Stay : Student (D-2)*
    *D-2 Student : the visa is issued at a Korean diplomatic mission in India
  • Validity period of visa : 5 years or if it is a less-than-5-year-program, a multiple entry visa will be issued over the course of the study
  • Period of Stay : within 2 years
    * Period of stay will be decided according to the general guidelines as the agreement does not include any relevant articles.

C. Notes

  • There will be no restriction with reference to the number of courses a student may attend. (Article 4(2) of the agreement)
  • In cases where a student wishes to change a course midway or join another course, the residence permit is still valid. (Article 4(2) of the Agreement)

1. A ’confirmation of visa issuance’ will be issued to employees and conference participants of international organizations whose headquarters are located in the Republic of Korea.

  • (To issue a Confirmation of Visa Issuance) A confirmation of a visa issuance may be issued at a jurisdictional immigration office for the convenience of employees or those who have relevant works of international organizations secretariats located in the Republic of Korea
  • (Eligible Applicants) You are eligible to apply if you are one of those whom the international organizations want to invite regardless of your status of stay, such as those who
    want to visit Korea temporarily as international organizations’ employees, household helpers, adult children and others.

REQUIRED DOCUMENTS
(1) Visa Application Form (Enclosed Form #17), Photocopy of Passport, One Standard Size Photograph, Fee
(2) Standard Acceptance Letter
(3) Tuition, Certificate of Personal Finance including travel expenses and others

※The Chief of mission may ask additional documents in order to examine the purpose of stay, genuineness of the invitation, and the qualifications of the inviter and invitee if deemed necessary.

ELIGIBILITY FOR VISA ISSUANCE CONFIRMATION

Eligible Applicants : Nationals of China (except for students of accredited Korean universities, students on the government scholarship program and exchange students), Cuba, Syria, Macedonia, and Kosovo

1. Eligible Institutions

  • Educational/academic research institutions (community college or higher, including evening postgraduate courses) established under Article 2* of the Higher Education Act and the provisions of the Special Act and registered with our international student information system (FIMS)

However, if you intend to go to university for evening or distance learning courses (Broadcasting University, Communications University, Korea National Open University and Cyber University), or Korea Polytechnics University for vocational training programs (except for a multiple-techniques degree program), you are not eligible for a Student (D-2) visa regardless of the provisions of the Higher Education Act and FIMS registration. (Border Control Division – 11245, ‘09.4.27)

* Article 2 (School Types) Following schools will be established in order to carry out higher education. 1. University 2. Industrial College 3. Education College 4. Community College 5. Broadcasting collegeCommunication college- Korean National Open University and Cyber University (hereinafter referred to as “distance learning university”) 6. Technical College 7. Others

2. Visa Issuance Procedure

(1) Acceptance Request → (2) Standard Acceptance Letter* Issuance → (3) Confirmation of visa issuance*
application • issuance
(4) Visa Application Issuance** (Submit the acceptance number) → (5) Entry
Respective University Applicant International Student Information System (Person-in-charge of international students) Jurisdictional immigration office
(Applicant or inviter)
Diplomatic mission
abroad
(applicant or
representative)
Airport,
Port

*Eligible Applicants

Confirmation of
Visa Issuance
♦ (Chinese nationals) All Chinese nationals except for newly admitted students of accredited Korean universities, students on the government scholarship program and exchange students
♦ (Other nationals) Nationals of Cuba, Syria, Macedonia and Kosovo
♦ However, visas for exchange students are issued by the head of overseas diplomatic missions.
Visas Issued by
the Head of
Overseas
Diplomatic
Missions
♦ (Chinese nationals) Newly admitted students of accredited Korean universities, students on the government scholarship program and exchange students
♦ (Other nationals) Nationals of all countries except for Cuba, Syria, Macedonia and Kosovo

3. Application Center

  • An immigration (branch) office in the area where the school you are attending is located
    * If you are entering a branch school, you must visit an immigration (branch) office in areas where your branch school is located (the address indicated on business registration certificate is irrelevant in this case.)
  • Apply online at the HuNet KOREA website (www.visa.go.kr) (limited to person-in-charge of international students only)

4. Required Documents

COMMON DOCUMENTS
(1) Confirmation of visa issuance application form (form #21), Photocopy of passport, one standard size photograph (the photo must be taken within the latest 6 months – Size: 3cm X 4cm)
(2) Photocopy of Business Registration Certificate (or distinct number certificate)
(3) Standard Acceptance Letter (issued by the dean/president of the university)
(4) Documents proving your family relations (In principle, you must submit both of the original copy and translated copy. Please attach a document that can verify the English spelling of your parents’ names).
* You must indicate english spelling of your parents’ names in the translated version, and enclose a photocopy of their passports.

|Applicable Documents proving your Family Relations|
China : Family Relations Registry or notarized document proving family relations, Philippines : Family Census, Indonesia : Certificate of family relations (KARTU KELUARGA), Bangladesh : 점머 까꺼즈 or 싸이드티켔 , Vietnam : 호적부(So Ho Khau) or Birth Certificate (Giay khai sinh), Mongolia : Certificate of Family Relations, Pakistan : Family Certificate, Sri Lanka: 빠우러 Certificate, Myanmar : Family Relations Certificate (잉타운수사옌), Nepal : 전마달다, Kyrgyzstan/Kazakhstan/Uzbekistan/Ukraine/Thailand : Birth Certificate

DOCUMENTS FOR EACH PROGRAM
Associate
degree • Bachelor’s
degree • Master’s
degree • Ph.D
(5) Documents proving the final level of your education– In principle, when we review the documents proving your final level of education, we only accept the original copy. Nonetheless, we accept a photocopy of a degree or degree certified report if they are stamped by a respective authority of the university. We accept a proof of education that is issued within its validity period upon your request. You are able to extend your period of stay if it has been 30 days from the issuance date.
– Nationals of the 21 countries listed below or those who have acquired degrees in the countries below must choose one among A, B, and C|21 States|
China, Philippines, Indonesia, Bangladesh, Vietnam, Mongolia, Thailand, Pakistan, Sri Lanka, India, Myanmar, Nepal, Iran, Uzbekistan, Kazakhstan, Kyrgyzstan, Ukraine, Nigeria, Ghana, Egypt, Peru (Total: 21 states)
* Please indicate your English name on the Korean version and enclose a photocopy of your passport.

A. Apostilled documents proving your degree
B. Documents (or degrees) confirmed by a Korean consul or a diplomat in a country where your school is located
C. Degree verification report issued by the degree verification center which is run by China’s Ministry of Education (for those who have obtained degrees in China)

However, if you have received a degree from university in Korea, you are allowed to submit a degree certificate without notarization.

– The head of an immigration (branch) office may ask documents of A or C at his/her discretion if he/she believes a person, who is not a citizen of the 21 countries mentioned above, is suspected of submitting forged documents such as a fake degree certificate, etc.

<Application Examples>

  1. If a Chinese national has acquired a degree in the US : Apostille confirmation, or a consul confirmation from the Korean consul stationed in the US or the American consul stationed in Korea
  2. If an American citizen has acquired a degree in China : education/degree verification center report run by the Ministry of China or a consul confirmation of a Korean diplomatic mission in China
  3. If the final level of your education is high school : you must prove that you have graduated (i.e. high school diploma, proof of graduation)
  4. If the final level of your education is university : you must prove that you have graduated (i.e. degree certificate, proof of graduation which indicates the level of your degree)
  5. Transfer : certificate proving the final level of education (degree certificate if you have acquired a bachelor’s degree or higher), or a proof of enrollment at your current university if you are currently enrolled

(6) Documents proving your financial ability
– Minimum amount required: annual tuition + living expenses

Specific Research Program (5) Documents proving the final level of education (master’s degree or above)
-For Chinese nationals, degree verification rules for r Associate degree • Bachelor’s degree • Master’s degree • Ph.D degree j apply.
(6) Documents proving living expenses (bank account balance statement, research allowance payment confirmation, and others)
Exchange Student (5) Documents proving your financial ability to support yourself (considering that the tuition is paid in the country of origin)
(6) Recommendation letter issued by the head of your university
(7) Documents proving that you are an exchange student (official documents of the host university, exchange student agreement between universities)
(8) Documents proving that you have completed at least one semester (Proof of enrollment from the university in your country, etc.)
* Exchange students who have come to Korea under a bilateral industry-school research agreement between universities are eligible for a General Trainee visa (D-4-2). However, the applications will be reviewed on the same basis as exchange students
 *The Chief of mission may ask additional documents in order to examine the purpose of stay, genuineness of invitation, and qualifications of the inviter and invitee if deemed necessary.

5. Documents required when a foreign army cadet invited by the Ministry of Justice applies for a D-2 confirmation of visa issuance

REQUIRED DOCUMENTS
(1) A confirmation of visa issuance application form (enclosed form #21), photocopy of passport, one standard size photograph
(2) The invitation letter issued by the Ministry of National Defense

※The head of a mission may ask additional documents in order to examine genuineness of the invitation, qualifications of the inviter and invitee if deemed necessary.

REMARKS

Q. Can a student, who is attending a vocational training school, obtain a Student visa?

A. In accordance with the [Workers Vocational Skills Development Act], any vocational skills development training center that uses ‘vocational school’ in their names is a non-profit enterprise which has obtained permission of establishment from the Minister of Labor to play public roles such as educating aged ■ disabled people, and others found in the [National Basic Living Guarantee Act] fundamental vocational techniques and improving these skills. Thus, if a foreigner applies for a D-2 Student visa to participate in a vocational skills development training program, it is not suitable for the purpose of the establishment of the vocation skills development training center.