South Korea – Clarification: For-Profit Activities Not Allowed on Business Visa or Visa Waiver

Posted on August 28, 2017

In its latest Visa Issuance Guidance Manual issued on March 20, 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”… Read more »


South Korea – Revised Rules for Frequent Visitor Visas

Posted on August 28, 2017

Effective March 1, 2017, foreign nationals qualifying for a five-year multiple-entry visa as frequent visitors to South Korea will have to apply for this visa at a Korean consulate before travelling, rather than receiving it at the port of entry… Read more »


South Korea – Offices Closed for Mid-Autumn Festival

Posted on September 9, 2016

From September 14th to the 16th, all government and non-government offices in South Korea will close in observance of the Mid-Autumn Festival, which celebrates the autumn harvests. All applicants and employers seeking work permits and other services should expect delays… Read more »


SOUTH KOREA – Tuberculosis Test Required for Certain Foreign Nationals

Posted on March 11, 2016

Foreign nationals who have resided in high-burden tuberculosis (TB) countries will now be required to undergo TB testing and show proof of the issued Certificate of Health when applying for various immigration services. The following countries are deemed as high-burden… Read more »


SOUTH KOREA – Changes to ARC Collection Rules

Posted on October 23, 2014

A recent change by the Seoul Office of the South Korean Immigration Service has declared the following change to the collection of Alien Registration Cards (ARC): depending on the type of visa one holds, he/she may no longer delegate a… Read more »


SOUTH KOREA – Fee Increases for Most Immigration Applications

Posted on January 13, 2014

Beginning January 1, 2014, South Korea has increased the fees for visa and immigration related applications and services. The following are the revised fees:   Type of Application Revised Fee (KRW) Old Fee (KRW) Grant of temporary stay status 80,000… Read more »