1. Background for the scheme
With the full-fledged implementation of i-Prechecking system scheduled during the first half of 2017, the new scheme is designed to help successfully support the i-Prechecking system and immigration services for the eligible foreigners in a stable way, by switching the current visa-free policy beneficiaries of frequent visits into multiple entry visa eligible persons.
Those who have made visits to Korea more than 4 times within the recent 2 years at the time of application or,
Those who have visited Korea more than 10 times in total
※ At least one of the visits must be within the recent 2 years.
The followings are not for consideration.
Nationals of China, Cuba, Macedonia, Kosovo, and Syria of Non visa exempt countries.
Those who have been fined more than 5 million Korean won or have been given deportation or departure order in violation of the domestic law such as illegal stay within 3 years at the time of application.
※ Those issued multiple visas under the above mentioned conditions, if found ineligible for the requirements, will have their visas nullified.
3. Assesment standards of immigration record
One entry and departure is counted in as one immigration record
Visa-free entry or re-entry records of registered aliens are included
※ However, immigration records arising from simple labor visas such as Non-professional(E-9, E-10,
seasonal worker), crew and landing permit are excluded.
4. Application Procedure
Apply at overseas Korean consulate or Embassy
(Documentation) Application, Passport, One photo, * Visa fees are exempted.
※ Applicants may be required to submit additional documents if necessary.
5. Examination Criteria and visa issuance details
∙ Reviews on whether the applicants meet the qualifications
∙ Reviews on whether the requirements for immigration records are fulfilled
(Visa issuance details)
Short-term-General (C-3-1) : Valid for 5 years with the maximum length of stay of 30 days
6. Enforcement date
Effective from March 1st, 2017