Information for E-Visa application
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The Ministry of Justice has enacted guidelines for implementation of the e-visa policy which allows people to apply for visa online without having to visit a Korean diplomatic mission. The policy is geared towards actively attracting foreign talent, such as professor, researcher and others, to the Republic of Korea.
※ Legal Source: Article 7(2) of the Presidential Decree of the Immigration Control Act (Online Visa Application)
2. Main Ideas
※ Visas will be issued either by ❶ the head of the diplomatic mission or by ❷ the Minister of Justice via online.
(Eligibility) A foreigner who does not require an interview with the Consul. Qualified applicants for the professor visa (E-1), researcher visa (E-3), or the technology transfer visa (E-5), are eligible to apply.
(The online application can be submitted by only) "the qualifying applicant, himself or herself" OR a "party who wants to invite that foreigner".
(Visa and Entry Procedures)
❶ Either the applicant or the inviter applies for an e-visa at the Hunet Korea website (https://www.visa.go.kr/)
(If the applicant applies for the visa, the inviter shall confirm the employment contract)
➠ ❷ A local immigration office will examine the application in Round 1
➠ ❸ The headquarter office will issue the e-visa
➠ ❹ The applicant prints out an e-visa issuance confirmation and enters the Republic of Korea "without having to visit the diplomatic mission abroad'.
3. Effective Date
Effective Date (yy.mm.dd) : '13. 3. 1.(Fri)