Requirements of a South Korea Work Visa

While document requirements differ based on the visa type you apply for, some standard document requirements include:
  • A completed visa application form
  • A passport with validity for the next six months and blanks pages for visa stamps
  • A copy of the passport
  • Passport size photographs taken in the last three months
  • Professional and educational certificates
  • Employment contract
  • Business registration license (in select visa applications)
  • Tax returns and financial payments of the company in the previous financial year
  • Sponsor letter from an MNC or a South Korean Business/Government/Organization
  • Application fee

South Korea Work Visa Processing Time

Depending on the visa type, the application processing time for a South Korea work visa can take anywhere from two weeks to two months. Therefore, it is advised that expats begin their application process well ahead of time.

The application for an Alien Registration Card is processed in three to five weeks. When preparing for hiring into South Korea, an important part of the process is to acquire all the necessary work visas for the employees you want to bring with you. However, the process of applying for and obtaining South Korea work visas can be difficult. There are multiple categories of visas and strict requirements, so failing to prepare in advance can lead to expensive delays.

At Horizons, our expansion experts offer extensive South Korea work visa services, immigration support, and outsourcing, giving your organization everything needed to expand into South Korea along with your experienced workforce.

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