List of South Korean visas

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This is a list of visas issued by South Korea. The government of South Korea, through the Bureau of Immigration, issues one of these visas to all non-citizens entering the country. In 2005, 5,179,848 visas were issued, not including military and landing-permit visas, a slight increase over the previous year. More than half of these were B-2 visas.

A visas[edit]

Visa Category Name (Korean name) Number issued (2005)[1] Number issued (2010)[2] Number issued (2013)[3]
A-1 Diplomat (외교) 7,070 8,001 11,067
A-2 Government official (공무) 11,854 13,753 17,819
A-3 Agreement (협정) 27,946 92,450 N/A

B visas[edit]

Visa Category Name (Korean name) Number issued (2005)[1] Number issued (2010)[2] Number issued (2013)[3]
B-1 Visa exemption (사증면제) 496,356 803,617 1,090,907
B-2 Tourist/transit (관광통과) 3,404,923 4,601,828 5,040,354

The B-2 status allows travellers who are passport holders of various jurisdictions, including the People's Republic of China mainland, to stay in South Korea for a maximum period of 30 days, provided that they are using Incheon International Airport as a transit stopover. It applies to ordinary PRC passport bearers when they are travelling between the Chinese mainland and Canada, the United States, Australia, New Zealand, Japan or 30 European countries.[4] The B-2 status is encoded in Article 7 of the South Korean immigration law.[5]

C visas[edit]

Visa Category Name (Korean name) Number issued (2005)[1] Number issued (2010)[2] Number issued (2013)[3]
C-1 Temporary news coverage (일시취재) 2,217 2,212 1,323
C-2 Short-term business (단기상용) 214,621 224,574 N/A
C-3 Short-term visit (단기방문)[6] 444,822 959,374 2,728,573
C-4 Short-term employee (단기취업) 11,944 12,888 10,736

D visas[edit]

Visa Category Name (Korean name) Number issued (2005)[1] Number issued (2010)[2] Number issued (2013)[3]
D-1. Artist (문화예술) 241 277 196
D-2 Student (유학) 25,635 106,961 114,818
D-3 Industrial trainee (산업연수) 41,365 2,274 1,806
D-4 General trainee (일반연수) 10,257 30,938 37,282
D-5 Journalism (취재) 379 315 398
D-6 Religion (종교) 2,086 2,346 2,362
D-7 Supervisor (주재)[7] 8,369 7,930 9,234
D-8 Corporate investor (기업투자) 35,712 37,966 39,859
D-9 International trade (무역경영) 5,917 16,848 32,326
D-10 Job Seeking (구직) N/A 11 5,482

E visas[edit]

Visa Category Name (Korean name) Number issued (2005)[1] Number issued (2010)[2] Number issued (2013)[3]
E-1 Professor (교수) 3,204 7,454 8,186
E-2 Foreign language instructor (회화지도) 12,439 47,405 38,572
E-3 Research (연구) 5,406 7,829 9,223
E-4 Technology transfer (기술지도) 819 1,252 1,122
E-5 Professional employment (전문직업) 581 1,406 1,978
E-6 Artistic performer (예술흥행) 4,759 4,183 4,368
E-7 Designated activities (특정활동) 13,514 24,525 36,904
E-8 Training employment (연수취업) N/A 5 N/A
E-9 Non-professional employment (비전문취업) 38,244 82,099 105,738
E-10 Crew employee (선원취업) N/A 7,084 8,281

F visas[edit]

Visa Category Name (Korean name) Number issued (2005)[1] Number issued (2010)[2] Number issued (2013)[3]
F-1 Visiting or joining family (방문동거) 74,479 34,595 41,740
F-2 Resident (거주)[8] 88,391 122,063 24,948
F-3 Accompanying spouse / child (동반)[9] 20,741 26,459 36,544
F-4 Overseas Korean (재외동포) [10] N/A 129,142 280,130
F-5 Permanent resident (영주) 11,239[11] 41,561 87,497
F-6 Marriage to Korean Citizen (결혼이민) N/A N/A 98,965

Some of the F-2 visa sub-types:

  • F-2-1: Awarded to the spouse of a Korean.[12]
  • F-2-2: A single-entry visa valid for 90 days or less issued to an underage foreign child of Korean national.[13]
  • F-2-3: Single-entry resident visa valid for one year or less issued to the spouse of a resident visa holder (F-5).[13]
  • F-2-7: Awarded on a points-based system.[14] It seems difficult to find details of this system on Korean government agency websites. More up-to-date information on the points system is available on various sites around the web.
  • F-2-99: May be awarded upon fulfilment of additional requirements after 5 years on an E-2 visa.[12]

G visas[edit]

Visa Category Name (Korean name) Number issued (2005)[1] Number issued (2010)[2] Number issued (2013)[3]
G-1 G-5 Miscellaneous 1,247 1,390 1,014

H visas[edit]

Visa Category Name (Korean name) Number issued (2005)[15] Number issued (2010)[2] Number issued (2013)[3]
H-1 Working holiday (관광취업) 1,113 1,400 4,121
H-2 Working visit (방문취업제) [16] N/A 310,230 230,739

M visas[edit]

Visa Category Name (Korean name) Number issued (2005)[15]
M-1 Military (군인) 73,014[17]

T visas[edit]

Visa Category Name (Korean name) Number issued (2013)[3]
T-1 Tourist landing (관광상륙) 428,481

Notes[edit]

  1. ^ a b c d e f g Bureau of Immigration (2006). "체류자격별 외국인 입국자". 2005년도 출입국관리 통계연보 (Electronic version). Seoul: Author. p. 17.  Retrieved from http://immigration.go.kr (자료실:통계) on 2006-11-26.
  2. ^ a b c d e f g h Bureau of Immigration (2011). "체류자격별 외국인 입국자". 2010년도 출입국관리 통계연보 (Electronic version). Seoul: Author. p. 14.  Retrieved from http://immigration.go.kr (자료실:통계) on 2015-03-23.
  3. ^ a b c d e f g h i Bureau of Immigration (2014). "체류자격별 외국인 입국자". 2010년도 출입국관리 통계연보 (Electronic version). Seoul: Author. p. 27.  Retrieved from http://immigration.go.kr (자료실:통계) on 2015-03-23.
  4. ^ (in Chinese) Epoch Times, Xinhuanet.com
  5. ^ Ministry of Foreign Affairs and Trade, Republic of Korea
  6. ^ Short-term general (단기종합) before 2011.
  7. ^ Business supervisor (상사주재) before 2009.
  8. ^ Various sub-types exist. Formerly also given to foreign spouses of Korean citizens.
  9. ^ Limited to those married to a visa holder.
  10. ^ Also includes returning Korean adoptees.
  11. ^ Bureau of Immigration (2006). "국적 및 체류자격별". 2005년도 출입국관리 통계연보 (Electronic version). Seoul: Author. pp. 420–473.  Retrieved from http://immigration.go.kr (자료실:통계) on 2006-11-26.
  12. ^ a b crossmr (26 March 2011). "F2-99 visa - 5 years continuous employment: advice please". Dave's ESL Cafe. Retrieved 7 March 2015. 
  13. ^ a b Korea Immigration Service, Ministry of Justice (1 August 2014). "Visa Instruction Guide (English)" (PDF). http://www.hikorea.go.kr/. p. 224. Retrieved 7 March 2015.  External link in |website= (help)
  14. ^ Shannon Heit (17 May 2010). "Setting record straight on new F-2-7 visa". The Korea Herald. Retrieved 7 March 2015. 
  15. ^ a b Bureau of Immigration (2006). "국적 및 체류자격별 외국인 입국자(승무원·상륙허가자 제외)". 2005년도 출입국관리 통계연보 (Electronic version). Seoul: Author. pp. 166–231.  Retrieved from http://immigration.go.kr (자료실:통계) on 2006-11-26.
  16. ^ 5 years multiple-entry visa for oversea Koreans in China and former Soviet Union (available since March, 2007)[1]
  17. ^ 72,806 of these were from the United States of America. See USFK

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