Korea Visa

Korean Visa F-5: The Sojourn Guide

RANGE OF ACTIVITIES

  • Allowed to engage in any legal activities except the voting right

ELIGIBLE APPLICANT

A. You are considered an adult under the Korean Civil Law , and you or your dependents have abilities to support the family financially. Also you must be well-behaved and have basic qualities, which the Minister of Justice finds appropriate to continuously stay in the Republic of Korea. You have stayed in the Republic of Korea on a D-7 Supervisory Intra-Company Transfer visa to E-7 Special Occupation visa or on a F-2 Residential visa for at least 5 years.
B. You are a spouse or an underage child of a Korean national or of a F-5 Permanent Residence status holder who has stayed in the Republic of Korea for at least 2 years. Also you have applied for the Permanent Resident status in accordance with Article 23 of (_the Act_) as you were born in the Republic of Korea while your father or mother was a F-5 Permanent Resident at the time of your birth.
C. You are a foreign investor who made an investment worth $500,000 and you have hired at least 5 Korean Nationals in accordance with the The [Foreign Investment Promotion Act.]
D. You have stayed in the Republic of Korea on a F-4 Overseas Korean visa for at least 2 years, and you are well-behaved and have basic qualities and ability to support yourself financially to live in Korea continuously, which are acknowledged by the Minister of Justice.
E. You are an overseas Korean as defined in Article 2(2) of the [Act on Immigration and Legal Status of Overseas Koreans] , and you meet all requirements to acquire Korean nationality in accordance with the Nationality Act] .
F. You fall under Subparagraph 27(F-2 Residential Status of Special Table 1 under the previous Enforcement decree of the Immigration Actj (referred to the Presidential Decree #17579 which was partly revised, promulgated and implemented before April 18th, 2002) while your ability to support yourself financially, good conducts and basic qualities are recognized by the Minister of Justice to live in the RoK continuously.
G. You meet either of the conditions below and are recognized by the Minister of Justice.
1) You have been conferred a Ph.D degree in foreign countries and have been hired by a Korean company at the time of your F-5 Permanent Resident application.
2) You have been conferred a Ph.D degree after completing a graduate school in the RoK.
H. You have been conferred a bachelor’s degree in particular fields designated by the Minister of Justice and have a technical license who has stayed in the Republic of Korea for at least 3 years, and you work and get paid by a company designated by the Minister of Justice when you apply for F-5 Permanent Resident status.
I. You have an excellent talent in a particular area such as Science • Management • Education • Culture and Arts • Sports, which is recognized by the Minister of Justice.
J. You have made a special contribution to the Republic of Korea which is acknowledged by the Minister of Justice.
K. You are age 60 or older receiving pensions, which is higher than the Minister of Justice has designated, from a foreign country.
L. You are engaged in employment activities on an H-2 Working Visit visa while you meet all conditions from 1) to 3) of Subparagraph 27(G)(F-2 Residential Status) of table. You are also recognized by the Minister of Justice considering the period of your employment, employment areas, characteristics of your industry, the current labor shortage situation and employment preferences of Korean nationals.
M. You have been staying in the RoK for at least 3 years on a F-2 Residential visa while your ability to support yourself financially, basic qualities and good conducts are recognized by the Minister of Justice to live in the RoK continuously.
N. You have invested in Korea for at least 5 years after you have been given status which falls under subparagraph 27(J)(F-2 Residential Status) of special table. You, your spouse and child have basic qualities, ability to support yourself financially and good conducts which are recognized by the Minister of Justice to live in the RoK continuously.
O. You have been staying in the ROK for at least three years on 17(C)(D-8 Corporate/Foreign Investor Status) of special table, attracted at least KRW 300 million and
hired two Korean employees or more, and satisfy other qualifications designated by the Minister of Justice.
P. You have invested at least the amount prescribed and announced by the Minister of Justice of the ROK on a condition that you will maintain the investment for at least five years and you have met the qualifications prescribed by the Minister such as good behavior.

MAXIMUM LENGTH OF STAY

ACTIVITIES OUTSIDE OF STATUS

CHANGE OR ADDITIONAL OF WORKPLACE

GRANTING STATUS

  • If you were born in the RoK and your father or mother was a F-5 permanent resident at the time of your birth, you will be given F-5 permanent resident status as well in the event of applying.

A. You must apply within 90 days from your date of birth.
Not including a child bom in a foreign country
B. Required Documentation
(1) Visa Application Form (Enclosed form #34), Passport, One Standard Size Photograph, Fee
(2) Documents proving family relations (Birth Certificate and etc.)
(3) Documents proving the identification of the nationality

CHANGE OF STATUS

F-5 Permanent Resident status will be given to everyone except for overseas Koreans

□Calculating the period of your stay in the RoK

  • You must have been continuously staying in the RoK without a complete departure, and if you have departed the country with a re-entry permission (* *please note that a re-entry permission is exempted for F-4 Overseas Koreans), your absence up to 3 months are considered as a part of the period of your continuous stay in the RoK.

□Restricted Applicants to the Changes of Permanent Resident Status

  • You have violated the Immigration Act within 3 years from the date of application submitted.
    * Except for the persons who have already paid fines not exceeding KRW one million)
    – (For immigrant investors of Real Estate or Public Business and their spouse and unmarried children only) You have violated the Immigration Act three times within 3 years from the date of application submitted.
  • You have been sentenced to imprisonment or heavier punishment.
  • You are considered a risk to public order, social welfare and other national interests of the Republic of Korea.
  • You have submitted forged documents.
  • You are restricted from changing your status to permanent resident due to verification results of your overseas criminal record check.
    -You must not have been sentenced to imprisonment for crimes that are identified by Article 2 of the “Special Act on Punishments of Specific Violent Crimes.“
    ■You must not have been guilty of murder, abduction, rape, sexual assaults, or robbery.
    ■You must not have been part of, engaged in, or organized a group that is identified by the Special Act on the Punishment of Violent Crimes or the Special Criminal Laws on Specific Crimes.
    – You must not have been sentenced to imprisonment or heavier punishment tor other crimes.
    – As long as you have never committed crimes mentioned above, we will closely review your visa application.
    * Please note, however, that those who have committed fraudulence, threatening, drug crimes will be prohibited from changing their status to permanent residents.

□Loss of Permanent Resident Status
A. People who meet any of the conditions below will lose permanent resident status

  • You have been ordered to deportation
  • You have acquired permanent resident status through dishonest or unlawful means.
  • You are exempted from a re-entry permission or you have stayed in the ROK exceeding the period of stay in the RoK.
  • You have acquired permanent resident status, but you have entered the Republic of Korea on a fake passport or a passport under a false name, or you are considered to have a fake marriage.

□You must submit a criminal record when you change the status of Permanent Resident (effective since August 1st, 2012)
* The document needs to be confirmed by the Apostille Agreement (for participants countries), or by the consul of the diplomatic mission abroad (for non-apostille-participants countries).

  • Eligible Applicants : You want to change your status to a Permanent Resident in accordance with the Presidential Decree of the Immigration Act

– However, if you fall under any conditions below, you do not have to submit the criminal record.
♦Those among the special table of the Presidential Decree of the Immigration Act: Foreign Investors (who have invested at least US$500,000), Ph.D degree holders, Foreign Talents in particular areas, Special Contributors
♦You are a second generation of Chinese who was born in the Republic of Korea and who has stayed here ever since the birth.
♦You have submitted a criminal record from your country to obtain your visa first before and have stayed in the Republic of Korea continuously*.
* In this case, if you have stayed in a foreign country for up to 6 months, you are considered not to continuously live in the Republic of Korea, thus, you need to submit a criminal record.

1. You have stayed in the Republic of Korea for 5 years or more.
A. Eligible Applicants [Article 28(3)(A) of Special Stable under the Presidential Decree of the Immigration Act]

  • You have stayed in the Republic of Korea for at least 5 years on a D-7, E-7 or an F-2 Residential visa

B. Requirements

  • You are considered an adult under the Korean Civil Law.
  • You had continuously stayed in Korea for at least 5 years prior to the date of application.
    – You cannot count time you spent in Korea if it was before that continuous period of stay.
    However, you are able to count time if you had resided in Korea as a D-7, E-7 or F-2 resident visa holder during that continuous period of stay.
  • You meet all requirements of each type of visa listed on [Annex 1 ] .
    – You or your accompanying family member has an ability to earn a living, and you are a person of good conduct.
    -You satisfy basic criteria to stay continuously in the Republic of Korea.
Requirements Common – Your annual income must be twice bigger than the GNI per capita of Korea.
– You have scored Level 2 or higher on the Korean Proficiency Test or completed the Immigrant Integration Program
Additional – D8, D9: your company’s sales revenue for the past 2 years must be 1 billion won.
(among D9 visa holders, person-in-charge of export facility installation/management/repair and shipbuilding/equipment production supervisor are exempted from the sales revenue requirement)
– E7 : Bachelor’s Degree or higher
Special Application – If you have stayed in Korea for 10 years or more, you are exempted from the Korean Proficiency Test requirement.
– Among E-5 visa holders, those who are taking their medical internship or residency at a Korean hospital must earn an annual income which is twice bigger than the GNI per capita of Korea and must score Level 5 or higher on the Korean Proficiency Test.
  • C. Required Documents
    Common Documents: Visa Application Form (enclosed form #34), Passport, Alien Registration Card, Personal Reference Letter, Fee: 200,000 KRW, Overseas Criminal Record Check, Proof of Residency (i.e. Lease contract, confirmation of provided residence, a mail giving the notice of the expiry date of your period of sojourn, a utility bill payment for any public services, receipt of university housing fee and others.)

* The document needs to be confirmed by the Apostille Agreement (for participants countries), or by the consul of the diplomatic mission abroad (for non-apostille-participants countries).

  • Required Documents to be submitted for each visa types : Please see the enclosed form [Annex 1]

2. An F-6 spouse of a Korean National (F-6), An F-2-2 underage foreign child of a Korean National (F-2-2)
(1) Eligible Applicants

  • You have stayed in the Republic of Korea for at least 2 years as a spouse or an underage child of a Korean nationals
    Article 28(3)(B) of special table 1 of the Enforcement Decree of the Immigration Act

(2) Permission Requirements
A. You are an F-6 Marriage Migrant visa holder and have stayed in the Republic of Korea for at least 2 years as a foreign spouse of a Korean national.

  • You continue to be married to the Korean national.
  • Your Korean spouse has died or been declared as missing by a court.
  • You have divorced or separated from your Korean spouse or you can prove the fact that the fundamental causes for the divorce or separation can be found in the Korean Spouse.
  • You are still raising the kid born between a Korean national even though the marriage has been discontinued.

B. You are an underage foreign child of a Korean national and has stayed in the Republic of Korea for at least 2 years on an F-2-2 Resident status, therefore, you are acknowledged to have acceptable reasons to stay in Korea permanently.

C. You fall under “A”, “B”, and you are well-behaved and have basic qualities such as necessary Korean language skills to continue your stay in the Republic of Korea.

D. Required Documents

Common (1) Visa Application Form (enclosed form $34) Passport and alien registration card, Fee: 500,000 KRW (If you don’t have an alien registration card, a standard profile-size color photograph and additional fee 100,000 KRW will be charged)
(2) Documents proving your current financial status (A spouse of a Korean National)
– You either choose a bank statement (or a photocopy of real estate registration or a photocopy of lease contract) which proves you have had at least 30 million KRW in your bank account under your name or your dependent’s name OR a proof of your or your spouse’s employment which proves you have regular incomes
However, if you are a Chinese who entered the Republic of Korea before the establishment of the Korean government and a direct descendant of such a person, or a Japanese spouse of a Korean national who has F-2 Resident status issued before April 18th, 2002, you are exempted from submitting a personal reference letter and a document proving your current financial status.
(3) Criminal Record
– However, people who meet any of the following conditions are exempted from submitting this document
►You have already submitted a criminal record before when you applied for a stay permit at an immigration office in Korea, and have continued to stay in the country since then*.
* If you have stayed in a foreign country for 6 months or more, then your stay in the Korea is considered ‘discontinued’, therefore, you will be asked to submit a criminal record issued by the country you were staying
► You are a foreign child of a Korean national who is under age 15 at the time of application submitted (F-2-2)
(4) Acceptable documents for proof of residency (i.e. Lease contract, confirmation of provided residence, a mail giving the notice of the expiry date of your period of sojourn, a utility bill payment for any public services, receipt of university housing fee and others.)
Supplementary (1) Declaration of Disappearance Sentencing
Disappearance refers to a case where it receives the declaration of disappearance as set forth in Article 27 of the Korean Civil Law.
(2) Documents proving that you are not the cause of disappearance : official documents such as a court sentencing
(3) Documents related to custodianship of underage children : family register of a child, resident registration, sentencing (divorce report and confirmation registration), a confirmation written by a first cousin or closer of a Korean spouse or by the head of his/her areas
(4) Level 2 or higher of TOPIK or a certificate of Korea Immigration Integration Program. Nevertheless, this category applies to those who are eligible for F-6-2 Parenting, F-6-3 Marriage Severance, F-2-2 Underage Foreign Child of a Korean National (F-2-2, you are under age 15 at the time of your application submitted or you have completed (graduated) at least two years of education at an elementary school, middle school, including alternative school
(5) Underage child of a Korean National : Documents that can prove that you are an underage child of a Korean national such as a Birth Certificate
If you have multiple citizenships including Korean nationality, please see r Guidelines on Immigration & Visa of multiple Citizenship holdersj, Visa&Residence Division-700, effective since January 31st, 2011

3. You are a spouse or an underage child of a F-5 Permanent Resident status holder
A. Eligible Applicants (Article 28(3)(b) of special table under the Enforcement Decree of the Immigration Act)

  • You have stayed in the Republic of Korea for at least 2 years on a F-2 residential visa as a spouse of a F-5 Permanent Resident.
  • You have stayed in the Republic of Korea for at least 2 years on a F-2-3 residential visa as a child (under age 20) of a F-5 Permanent Resident.

B. Requirements

  • You have stayed in the Republic of Korea for at least 2 years on a F-2 Residential visa as a spouse of a F-5 Permanent Resident.
    – If you are maintaining the marriage with a permanent resident
  • You have stayed in the Republic of Korea for at least 2 years as a child (under age 20) of a F-5 Permanent Resident, who is recognized to have acceptable reasons to stay in the Republic of Korea permanently.
    – Not including those who have multiple citizenships including Korean nationality.
  • You behave properly and are able to financially support yourself or accompanied family members.
  • You have basic qualities necessary for continuously staying in the ROK.

C. Required Documents

(1) Visa Application Form (enclosed form#34), Passport and Alien Registration Card, Fee: 50,000KRW (If you do not have an alien registration card, a standard profile-sized color photograph and a fee 10,000 KRW will be added.)
(2) Personal Reference Letter CD Officially confirmed Criminal Record from other countries
(3) Acceptable documents for proof of residency (i.e. Lease contract, confirmation of provided residence, a mail giving the notice of the expiry date of your period of sojourn, a utility bill payment for any public services, receipt of university housing fee and others.)
(4) Documents proving your financial ability to maintain adequate Living Standard
– Documents proving that over the one year from the application date for permanent residence, the total income* of you or you family members living together with you combined was per capital GNI of the previous year (announced by the Bank of Korea) or over**
* A combination of earned income + business income (including income from freelance and agriculture, forest and fishery work) + real estate rental income + interest income + dividend income + annuity income (Other non-regular income is excluded.)
** If the whole family members living together are three or less including you, the minimum total income requirement is 70% of per capita GNI of the previous year. Documents proving family relations, birth certificate, etc.

4. Foreign Investors (at least USD 500,000)
A. Eligible Applicants (Subparagraph 28(3)(C) of Special Table 1, the Enforcement Decree of the Immigration Act)

  • You are a foreign investor who has invested at least 500,000 USD in Korea and have hired at least 5 Koreans at the time of your Permanent Resident application submitted in accordance with the Foreign Investment Promotion Act.

B. Requirements

  • You must invest 500,000 US dollars in Korea in accordance with the Foreign Investment Promotion Act
    * The investor is the only qualified permanent resident candidate. (The investor’s employee is not eligible to apply for the permanent resident status. If the investment is made by two people, then each person should have invested at least 500,000 US dollars in order to apply)
  • You are the principal employer* who is directly involved in an employment contract with Korean employees.
    * If you are not an executive member of that respective company, it refers to a person directly involved in the employment contract.
  • You have hired at least five Koreans as your permanent employees for 6 months or more.

C. Required Documentation
(1) Visa application form (enclosed form #34), Passport, Alien Registration Card, Personal Reference Letter, Fee: 50,000 KRW
(2) Reference Letter
(3) Registration Certificate of Foreign Corporate Investor
(4) A photocopy of business registration, certified copy of register
(5) Receipts for Earned Income Tax Withholding (issued by a Tax Office) or Certificates of Income Amount (issued by a Tax Office) of at least 5 employees that you hired
(6) Proof of residency (i.e. Lease contract, confirmation of provided residence, a mail giving the notice of the expiry date of your period of sojourn, a utility bill payment for any public services, receipt of university housing fee and others.)

5. Chinese born in the Republic of Korea
A. Eligible Applicants (Subparagraph 28(3)(F) of Special Table 1, the Enforcement Decree of the Immigration Act)

  • You used to fall under subparagraph 27 (F-2 Residential Status) of Special Table of the previous Enforcement Decree of the Immigration Actj while you plan to continue staying in the Republic of Korea.

B. Requirements

  • You are an overseas Chinese born in the Republic of Korea and currently a F-2 residential visa holder.
  • You are an overseas Chinese born in the Republic of Korea who used to have the F-2 Residential status and currently holds F-1 Family Visitation visa due to expiration of the period of your re-entry permission.
  • You are an overseas Chinese born in the Republic of Korea and used to have a F-2 Residential visa. But you immigrated to other country (complete departure) but re-immigrated to Korea later and now want to settle down here.

C. Required Documents
(1) Visa Application Form (Enclosed form #34), Passport, Alien Registration Card, Fee: 500,000 KRW
(2) Family register issued by the Overseas Chinese Association
(3) Personal Reference Letter
(4) Documents proving property relations
– Documents proving that over the one year from the application date for permanent residence, the total income* of you or you family members living together with you
combined was per capital GNI of the previous year (announced by the Bank of Korea) or over
* A combination of earned income + business income (including income from freelance and agriculture, forest and fishery work) + real estate rental income + interest income + dividend income + annuity income (Other non-regular income is excluded.)
(5) Overseas Criminal Record Check*
* Only those who had stayed outside of Korea for at least 6 months after departing the country need to submit the certified criminal record check issued by a competent authority of the country they stayed in.
(6) Acceptable documents for proof of residency (i.e. Lease contract, confirmation of provided residence, a mail giving the notice of the expiry date of your period of sojourn, a utility bill payment for any public services, receipt of university housing fee and others.)

6. Ph.D Degree Holder(Subparagraph 28(3)(G) of Special Table 1, Enforcement Decree of the Immigration Act )
A. You have a Ph.D degree in Advanced Science and Technology from a school abroad while being hired by a Korean company.

  • Eligible Applicants: You earned a Ph.D degree in Advanced and Science Industries* and have been hired in a relevant industry, by a Korean company, for at least one year.
    * Advanced Industries refer to as Information Technology (IT), e-Commerce, e-business, Bio Industries, Nano Technology, Environment, Energy, new materials, transport machinery, digital appliances and etc.
  • Requirement(s): You must have earned** your Ph.D degree* in Advanced Science and Technology
    * Information Technology, Technology Management, Digital Electronics, Biological Science, Transportation and Machinery, New Materials, Environment and Energy,
    ** You have earned your Ph.D degree before the date of your application submitted (NOT including the prospective graduates)
    -You had worked in a relevant industry, at a Korean company as a permanent employee, for at least one year prior to the date of your application submitted
    – Your annual salary is higher than the previous year’s Gross National Income Per Capital published by the Bank of Korea.
  • Required Documents
    (1) Visa Application Form (enclosed form #34), Passport, Alien Registration Card, Fee
    (2) Personal Reference Letter
    (3) Photocopy of Ph.D Degree
    (4) A copy of your company’s Business Registration Certificate, proof of employment
    (5) Certificate of Income Amount (issued by a Tax Office)
    (6) Documents proving regular employment such as a certificate of regular employment, the list of subscribers to four major national insurance, etc.
    (7) Documents for proof of residency (i.e. Lease contract, confirmation of provided residence, a mail giving the notice of the expiry date of your period of sojourn, a utility bill payment for any public services, receipt of university housing fee and others.)

B. You have earned a Ph.D degree after completing a regular graduate program at a graduate school in the RoK
Eligible Applicants: You have completed a formal Ph.D program in Korea and have earned a Ph.D degree. Now you want to stay in the RoK continuously.
Requirements: You must complete the Ph.D program at a graduate school in the RoK.
If you have earned a degree without completing the program at a graduate school, you are not eligible to apply.

-You have been engaged in economic activities at a Korean company, as a permanent employee, for at least one year at the time of your permanent residence application submitted. (Your study of major at school is irrelevant.)
– You behave properly, and have an annual salary higher than the previous year’s Gross National Income Per Capita, published by the Bank of Korea.

  • Required Documents
    (1) Visa Application Form (enclosed form #34), passport, application registration card, fee
    (2) Personal Reference Letter
    (3) Photocopy of Ph. D degree
    (4) Certificate of business registration of your company, proof of employment
    (5) Certificate of Income Amount (issued by a Tax Office)
    (6) Acceptable documents for proof of residency (i.e. Lease contract, confirmation of provided residence, a mail giving the notice of the expiry date of your period of sojourn, a utility bill payment for any public services, receipt of university housing fee and others.)

7. Bachelor’s Degree in Advanced Technology
A. Eligible Applicants (Subparagraph 28(3)(H) of special table 1, Enforcement Decree of the Immigration Act)

  • You have a bachelor’s degree in Advanced Technology and Science industries or you have a technician license issued by the Human Resources Development Service of Korea or any other licenses that can substitute the technician license [ex. licenses recognized by the ROK government in accordance with the Mutual Recognition Agreement]. You also have stayed in the ROK for at least 3 years, and your annual income, which you receive from a Korean company, shall be three times larger than the previous year’s Gross National Income Per Capita published by the Bank of Korea at the time of your permanent resident application submitted.

B. Requirements

  • You are a bachelor’s degree holder in Advanced Science and Technology* or technician license holder issued by the Human Resource Development Service of Korea or any other license holder which can replace the former. You must have a license recognized by the government of Korea in accordance with the Mutual Recognition Agreement (MRA).
    * IT, Technology Management, Nanoscience, Digital Electronics, Biological Science, Transportation and Machinery, New Materials, Environment and Energy
    – However, if you have earned a master’s degree at a Korean university or a bachelor’s degree in science and engineering at a Korean university, your major will be recognized regardless of relevance to Advanced Science and Technology.
  • You stayed in Korea for at least 3 consecutive years until the date of your application submitted
    * For overseas degree/license holders: The 3-consecutive-years refers to the period for which you have worked in a field relevant to the degree/license while consecutively staying in the country.
    * For Korean degree holders: The 3-consecutive-years refers to the period for which you have consecutively stayed in Korea after earning the degree. (However, if you had completely departed from Korea and re-entered the country, the period before the re-entry is not recognized.)
  • You must be hired as a regular employee* by a Korean company, etc. in a field* relevant to your degree or license at the time of application for a permanent resident status
    * You must have been hired by a Korean company, etc. for at least one year as a regular employee at the time of application for a permanent resident visa and if the workplace is changed, the work experience at the previous workplace is recognized as well.
  • Your annual salary is at least the previous year’s Gross National Income Per Capita published by the Bank of Korea.

C. Required Documents
(1) Visa Application Form (enclosed form #34), Passport, Alien Registration Card, Fee: 50,000 KRW
(2) Personal Reference Letter
(3) Photocopy of Bachelor’s degree
(4) Photocopy of License (for eligible applicant only)
(5) Proof of employment
(6) Certificate of Income Amount (issued by a Tax Office)
(7) Criminal Record Check Overseas
(8) Acceptable documents for proof of residency (i.e. Lease contract, confirmation of provided residence, a mail giving the notice of the expiry date of your period of sojourn, a utility bill payment for any public services, receipt of university housing fee and others.)

8. Talents in Particular Areas
A. Eligible Applicant (28-3(i) of Table 1 of the Enforcement Decree of the Immigration Control Act)
Persons with exceptional capabilities in such fields as science, business management, education, culture and arts, sports, etc. who meet the qualifications required by at least one of the “Compulsory Items” of the table below and at the same time, satisfy one of the following requirements:
1. Thirty (30) points or higher from one compulsory item and 50 points or higher from compulsory and elective items combined (prompt issuance of a permanent resident visa irrespective of how long the applicant has stayed in Korea)
2. Twenty (20) points or higher from compulsory items and 100 points or higher from compulsory and elective items combined (prompt issuance of a permanent resident visa irrespective of how long the applicant has stayed in Korea)
3. Eighty (80) points or higher from compulsory and elective items combined, and at least one-year stay in Korea after foreigner registration

[Points System for Persons with Exceptional Capabilities: Items and Points]

□ Compulsory Items (245 points)

Note: When items are overlapped in the same category, the item with the highest score is recognized only.

□ Elective Items (185 points)

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– Annual income: based on a certificate of earned income issued by the head of a tax office
(GNI: Per capita Gross National Income of the previous year announced by the Bank of Korea, only for income earned in Korea)
– Net worth in Korea: real and personal properties, and other personal assets excluding debts
(A credit information certificate will be reviewed to find records of default and debts.)
– Education Level: degrees earned from either a Korean or foreign university, only for graduates
(not applicable to prospective graduates)
– Korean proficiency: based on Test of Proficiency in Korean (TOPIK) administered by the National Institute for International Education (Advanced: level 5-6, Intermediate: level 3-4 or completion of the Korean Immigration and Integration Program, Basic: level 1-2)
– Letter of recommendation: issued by the head of constitutional institutions, ministers of the central government, members of the National Assembly, or the head of upper-level local governments
– Study in Korea: at least two-year study in a Korean university and acquisition of an associate degree or higher
Tax payment record: at least KRW four million in annual income tax payment over one year up to the application date
– Stay in Korea: legal stay in Korea for at least three years (total stay period in the past combined)
– Volunteer activity: at least one year of volunteer activities in Korea (including activities in interests of the public after being appointed as a member of the central or upper-level local governments)
– Employment of Korean nationals: employment of two or more Korean nationals as regular workers for at least six months up to the application date
– Home ownership: a house worth KRW 200 million or more in Korea under the ownership of the applicant (Applicants can gain points from both the item “Net Worth in Korea” and “Home Ownership.”)
– Stay in Korea with dependent family: Dependent family members only refer to a spouse or a child. (only when the applicant has continuously stayed in Korea for at least six months after foreigner registration)
– Business management experience: a head of a Korean or foreign business entity who can prove at least three years of business management experience
Note: When items are overlapped in the same category, the item with the highest score is recognized only. (However, points from “Additional Points” items are all recognized regardless.)

B. Required documents
(1) An application form (Form No. 34), passport, Alien Registration Card, fees
(2) Documents proving the place of residence (lease contract, confirmation of provided residence, a mail giving the notice of the expiry date of your period of sojourn, a utility bill payment for any public services, receipt of university housing fee and others)
(3) Documents to prove your qualifications required by each relevant item of the points system

9. Special Contributors
A. Eligible Applicants (Subparagraph 28(3)(J) of special table 1, Enforcement Decree of the Immigration Act)

  • You have contributed to the Independence and Development of the Republic of Korea
    – You have received a medal or a prize for making a special contribution to the independence and development of the Republic of Korea or you are a family member of
    such a person (alive*/deceased**)
    * a lineal descendent (up to great-grandchild) of a man of national merit whose annual income is at least per capita Gross National Income of the previous year, and who has earned a bachelor’s degree or higher after completing regular courses in a Korean university or who has engaged in employment, work as a transferee, investment or trade for at least one year
    ** a spouse/child of a man of national merit or a spouse/child of a person who was specially naturalized as a lineal ascendant/descendant of a man of national merit
    – You have been appointed for at least 5 years at a government organization and a local government and have worked for the common good.
  • You have contributed to improving international relations and raising the international status of the RoK.
    – You stationed in the Republic of Korea as a member of a foreign delegation or of a consulate, making a special contribution to improving the relationship between your country and the Republic of Korea.
    – You are a secretary general, vice-secretary general or at equivalent position of an international organization of which the Republic of Korea is a member, raising the international status of the Republic of Korea.
    – You have contributed to the enhancement of international exchanges in the areas of economics, society, culture, and science of the RoK.
  • You have contributed to Society / Public Welfare / Employment
    – You have contributed to the advancement of society and public welfare in the Republic of Korea and have been recommended by the head of relevant ministry.
    – You have volunteered for the Republic of Korea for at least 5 years as a clergy, contributing to the advancement of society and public welfare of the Republic of Korea
    – You have contributed to creating jobs in the Republic of Korea by hiring at least 10 Korean nationals as an executive of a foreign invested company or at a foreign company’s Korean branch office.
  • You have contributed to the National Security and Social Order
    – You have contributed to the national security of the Republic of Korea and have been recommended by the head of intelligence agency by preventing the leakage of national secrets or information on high-tech industries as well as providing vital information such as terrorist attacks.
    – You have contributed to exposing transnational organized crimes such as human and drug trafficking, smuggling of migrants and fakes passports and have been recommended by the head of investigative agency.
    The head of investigative agency refers to the Director of the National Intelligence Service, the Public Prosecutor General, and others of the central government.
  • You have contributed to other miscellaneous stuff
    – You have contributed to saving lives and protecting properties from crimes, disasters, calamity, and accidents
    – You have cooperated with a national policy of the Republic of Korea and have made a special contribution to the national developments and interests of the Republic of Korea, recognized by the Minister of Justice.

B. Required Documents
(1) Visa Application Form (enclosed form #34), Passport, Alien Registration Card, Fee: 500,000 KRW
(2) Statement of Reasons
(3) Personal Reference Letter
(4) Certificate of medal or award (for winners only)
(5 )Documents proving your contribution, Recommendation Letter(eligible applicants only)
(6) Acceptable documents for proof of residency (i.e. Lease contract, confirmation of provided residence, a mail giving the notice of the expiry date of your period of sojourn, a utility bill payment for any public services, receipt of university housing fee and others.)

10. Pension Beneficiary
A. Eligible Applicants {Subparagraph 28(3)(K) of special table 1, Enforcement Decree of the Immigration Act}

  • You are age 60 or older receiving pension from a foreign country, and your annual pension amount is at least two times larger than the previous year’s Gross National Income Per Capita published by the Bank of Korea.

B. Required Documentation
(1) Visa application form (enclosed form #34), Passport, Alien Registration Card, Fee: 500,000 KRW
(2) Personal Reference Letter
(3) Pension Certificate (Photocopy) and Pension Bank Book
(4) Criminal Record
(5) Acceptable documents for proof of residency (i.e. Lease contract, confirmation of provided residence, a mail giving the notice of the expiry date of your period of sojourn, a utility bill payment for any public services, receipt of university housing fee and others.)

11. You have stayed in the Republic of Korea for at least 3 years after acquiring F-2 Residential Status through the Points-Based System or you are a spouse/underage child of the person.
A. Eligible Applicants (Subparagraph 28(3)(M) of special table 1, the Enforcement Decree of the Immigration Act)

  • You have stayed in the Republic of Korea for at least 3 years after acquiring F-2 Residential Status through the Points-Based System or you are a spouse/underage child of the person.

B. Requirements

  • Financial Ability to maintain a stable livelihood: You (who has stayed in Korea for at least three years after acquiring F-2 status under the points system) have an annual income which is two times higher than the previous year’s Gross National Income Per Capita published by the Bank of Korea
  • Good Conduct: You have never violated the Korean Laws and maintained a healthy condition of your stay, for example, you are not working at an adult establishment or in non-professional areas.
  • Basic Qualities: You have earned at least Level 2 or higher of the Korean Language Test or have completed the Korea Immigration & Integration Program. However, if you have scored at least 15 points on the Korean Language Skill category at the time of acquiring your F-2 residential status, you are exempted from this criteria.

C. Required Documents
(1) Visa Application Form (enclosed form #34), Passport, Alien Registration Card, Personal Reference Letter, Fee
(2) Documents proving that you have financial assets worth at least 30 million KRW (Bank account balance statement, real-estate contract) and the Receipt for Earned Income Tax Withholding or Certificate of Income Amount
(3) Criminal Record Check from a foreign country
(4) Acceptable documents for proof of residency (i.e. Lease contract, confirmation of provided residence, a mail giving the notice of the expiry date of your period of sojourn, a utility bill payment for any public services, receipt of university housing fee and others.)
(5) Documents proving family relations (for your spouse and underage children)

12. Permitting a Foreign Real Estate Investor to change the status of stay to a F-5 Permanent Resident
A. Eligible Applicants

  • You are a foreign investor or a spouse and underage child (F-5-19) of the investor who has maintained the investment for at least 5 years since the date you earned F-2 Resident status and who has satisfied certain visa requirements.

B. Requirements

  • You behave properly and have no grounds for disqualifications.
  • After receiving the F-2 Resident status for real estate investment, you maintain the investor status for at least 5 years (the same rule is applied to your spouse and unmarried child as well)
    – You can add the investment period of public business to the investment period of real estate as long as the combined total is 5 years or more,
    – Re-entry permission(exemption) period is recognized as a part of investment period.
    If you re-acquired(re-register) resident status after the final departure (cancellation of registration) from Korea, the sum of period of status and the period of re-acquisition of resident status will be recognized as valid staying period for visa determination.
  • You must maintain your investor status for at least 5 years while satisfying certain investment requirements such as having a long-term lease contract or collateral for the loan. But the long term lease contract amount must be set within the standard amount of investment.
    In a case where you fail to satisfy one of the investment requirements during your investment period, the period of investment before you lost your investor status and after you reinstated the status will be counted as a part of your official staying period. Moreover, the investment period for Public Business will be added to the investment period for Real Estate as long as the combined total is 5 years or more.

C. Required Documents
(1) Application form(enclosed form #34), passport and alien registration card, fee
(2) Documents proving that you have maintained your investment amount, such as real estate business registration (effective only for five days from the issue date)
(3) Residence Record of the House (only for persons who invested in an unsold new house, issued by the head of Eup, Myeon and Dong, effective only for five days from the issue date)
(4) If you are an executive or stockholder of a corporate, you must submit documents proving that you are a sitting executive or stockholder of the corporate at the time of application for the change of status of stay (e.g. an official letter issued by the corporate with its name on it, a certificate of employment, documents confirming your holding of shares, etc.)
(5) Overseas Criminal Record Check (please see appendix 4 for those exempted)
(6) Family Relations Certificate (only if your spouse or unmarried child apply for visas as well)
(7) Documents proving that your child is single (only if your unmarried child applies for a visa)
(8) Proof of residency (i.e. Lease contract, confirmation of provided residence, a mail giving the notice of the expiry date of your period of sojourn, a utility bill payment for any public services, receipt of university housing fee and others.)

13. You are a child of an F-5 permanent resident, who was born in the Republic of Korea (F-5-20)
A. Eligible Applicants (Subparagraph 28(3)(B) of special table 1, the Enforcement Decree of the Immigration Act)

  • You have applied for a F-5 Permanent Resident visa in accordance with Article 23 of the Immigration Act as you were born in the Republic of Korea, and your father or mother was a F-5 permanent resident staying in the Republic of Korea at the time of your birth

B. Requirements

  • Your father or mother who was a F-5 permanent resident staying in the RoK, has applied for a F-5 permanent resident visa for you born in the Republic of Korea.
    – This does not include a child born in a foreign country.

C. Required Documents
(1) Visa Application Form (Enclosed form #34), Passport, Personal Reference Letter, Fee
(2) Documents proving family relations (Family register for Chinese only), Birth Certificate, and etc.
(3) Acceptable documents for proof of residency (i.e. Lease contract, confirmation of provided residence, a mail giving the notice of the expiry date of your period of sojourn, a utility bill payment for any public services, receipt of university housing fee and others.

14. Foreign Investors under the Immigrant Investor Scheme for Public Business and their Spouses • Unmarried Children
A. Eligible Applicants

  • You have maintained investment status for at least five years after acquiring F-2 resident status and have satisfied certain investment requirements, you are a spouse or an unmarried child of such a person.

B. Requirements

  • You behave properly and have no grounds for disqualification.
  • You maintain F-2 Residential status for at least five years after acquiring F-2 Residential status (applied to a spouse and unmarried child as well)
    – The sum of the period of Real Estate investment and other investment periods will be counted as a part of official staying period as long as the combined total is five years or more.
    – The period of re-entry permission (exemption) is recognized as a part of the maintenance period of the status.
    In case where you re-acquire the same residential status after the complete departure (cancellation of registration) from Korea, the maintenance period prior to the complete departure will be added to the re-acquisition maintenance period.
  • You have maintained your investor status for five years* and you haven’t withdrawn your money.
    * Regardless of the loss of original investment amount caused by the capital mismanagement by the investment promotion agency, you will be considered an investor who has maintained his/her investments, provided that you have never withdrawn your money.
    – We will recognize the sum of the period of real estate investment and the period of transition as long as the combined total is five years* or more.
    * We will recognize the sum of the period (including transition period) of real estate investment and the period of public business investment if it is five years or more.
    (However, the investment period of public business must be 2 years or more.)
  • For immigrant retiree investors, they or their spouses must have financial assets equivalent to 300 million KRW in Korea.
    * Only the assets in Korea is counted, which means that assets in other countries will not be taken into a consideration.

C. Required Documents
(1) Application form (enclosed form #34), photocopy of passport, alien registration card, fee
(2) Documents demonstrating that you have maintained the investment money (must be issued within 5 days from the application submitted)
(3) Immigrant retiree investors must prove that they have financial assets equivalent to 300 million KRW under their names, or their spouses’ names.
(4) Overseas Criminal Record Check
(5) Family Relations Certificate (only if your spouse or unmarried child apply for visas as well)
(6) Documents proving that your child is single (only if your unmarried child applies for a visa)
(7) Acceptable documents for proof of residency (i.e. Lease contract, confirmation of provided residence, a mail giving the notice of the expiry date of your period of sojourn, a utility bill payment for any public services, receipt of university housing fee and others.)

15. Business Establishment (D-8-4) visa holder
A. Eligible Applicants (Subsection A of Special Table 1 (28)(3) of the Presidential decree of the Immigration Control Act)

  • You have stayed in Korea for at least 3 consecutive years on a Business Establishment (D-8-4) visa while securing 300 million KRW or more as investment amounts from other investors and hiring at least 2 Korean nationals as employees for at least 6 months

B. Requirements

  • You behave properly and have no grounds for disqualification.
  • You had stayed in Korea on the Business Establishment visa for 3 consecutive years before the date of application submitted (not including period of stay before the 3-consecutive-years)
  • You have attracted at least 300 million KRW from investors in Korea or abroad, or you have investment capitals equivalent to that.
    You can add the amount of investments that you have attracted to the investment capitals of the respective entity if the combined total is 300 million KRW or more.
  • You had hired 2 Korean nationals for at least 6 months before the date of your application submitted.

C. Required Documents
(1) Application Form (enclosed form #34), Passport, Alien Registration Card, Fee
(2) Reference Letter
(3) Business Registration Certificate, Complete Record of Business Registration
(4) Overseas Criminal Record Check
(5) Documents proving that you have attracted at least 300 million KRW as investment capitals from international/domestic investors, or possess investment capitals equivalent to that (i.e. Financial Statements, Introduction of Investment Capitals and etc.)
(6) You have hired at least 2 Korean nationals as your employees for at least 6 months (Certificate of Income Amount, Tax Payment Receipt, etc.)
(7) Proof of Residency (i.e. Lease contract, confirmation of provided residence, a mail giving the notice of the expiry date of your period of sojourn, a utility bill payment for any public services, receipt of university housing fee and others.)

16. Permanent Residency on a condition that the applicant makes a large investment
A. Eligible Applicants

  • You must invest 1.5 billion KRW in public fund of the Immigrant Investor Scheme for Public Business and maintain the investment status for at least 5 years. In addition, you must satisfy certain criteria to qualify.

B. Requirements

  • You must deposit KRW 1.5 billion or more in the Immigrant Investor Scheme for Public Business of the Korea Development Bank designated by the Minister of Justice
  • You must sign a written oath for investment maintenance for the next five years (please submit the Written Oath for Investment Maintenance)
    If you withdraw part or full investment money from your account, your permanent resident status will be cancelled.
  • You do not have any grounds for disqualification and you are a person of good conduct.

C. Required Documents
(1) Application Form (Form 34), Passport, Fee
(2) Proof of Residence (e.g. Lease Contract)
(3) Criminal Record Check
(4) Confirmation of Investment (issued by the Korea Development Bank), any documents proving the bank transfer of foreign currency (e.g. Certificate of Purchase Foreign Currency), Written Oath for Investment Maintenance (Appendix 5)

EXTENSION OF STAY

RE-ENTRY PERMIT

  • If you want to re-enter the Republic of Korea within 2 years from the original departure date, you will be exempt from re-entry permission requirements.
  • If you want to stay in another country for more than 2 years from the original date of your departure, then you must apply for extension of re-entry permission at a foreign mission (permission period: within 3 months)
    – Permission range of the Chief of Mission : within 3 months before your re-entry permit is expired

ALIEN REGISTRATION

  • Visa Application Form(enclosed form #34), One standard size photograph, Fee