I. General Information
1. Visitors who plan to stay in Korea must obtain visas before entering Korea. Visa fees are as follows(visa fees below are basic rates so first contact the Embassy or Consulate before applying for a visa)
① U.S. Citizens visa : US$45(regardless of number of entry)
② Non US Citizens Fees vary based on reciprocity.
- Please check with Consulate General for the exact amount.
- Single entry visa for a stay of no more than 90 days : US$30 – US$130
* Vietnamese citizens applying for C-3 : US$20(Effective Date : 2013.09.01)
* Philippines citizens applying for C-3 under 56 days : Visa Fee Waived
* Mongolian citizens : Visa Fee Waived
* Chinese and Indian citizens : US$40
- Single entry visa for a stay of more than 90 days : US$50 – US$200
* Money Order Only (pay to Korean Consulate General).
We accept cash when the applicants come in person to the Consulate.
③ Please note
- At least one contact number is needed.
- Our jurisdiction is IA, IL, IN, KS, KY, MI, MN, MO, ND, NE, OH, SD, WI.
Applicants who do not live in the states above must apply to other consulates.
2. Following information is for U.S. citizens
① U.S. citizen does not require a visa for a stay up to 90 days for tour, short term business, provided that he/she has proof of transportation out of the country and sufficient funds for the stay.
② Those arranging the establishment of a branch of foreign corporation or corporation with inward foreign direct investment.
③ Those that are self-employed, and seeking to make purchase
④ Those entering Korea consulting or contract, that were invited by Korean public/private organization
⑤ Those that are going to stay for a short period of time for tourism, transit, visiting relative, conference, culture and art, common training, religious care, collecting academic datum, or other similar reasons (Must not be for profit)
3. Notice for Non-US Citizens applying for a Korean Visa in the U.S.
① A Korean entry visa must be applied for and issued in your home country. However if you have a valid green card(re-entry permit) or valid entry visa to the U.S for a long term stay, you can apply for the visa at the Korean consulate.
② Visa holder cannot apply if the visa has expired
③ Visa holders who have been in the U.S.less than 2years can not apply in the U.S.(Temporary visit to other countries during the stay in the U.S. will be not counted as leaving the U.S.)
※ ② and ③ rules apply to the countries that we listed section 5. (Transit tourists bound for another country) as excluded countries for the visa free transit visit.
④ Green card holders(re-entry permit holder) and U.S visa holders must submit flight itinerary and bank statement for traveling to Korea.
⑤ Please check for visa process fees on our website
⑥ If there's any additional questions, please visit or call the Korean consulate of Chicago
4. In regards to work visas, you are required to obtain a certificate number of certificate for confirmation of Visa Issuance, except the type C-4 visas.
① If there is a subsidiary company established in Korea, the president of the company( as long as he/she has the necessary documents) can apply for your work permit at the Immigration Office and obtain the certificate number of the Certificate for Confirmation of Visa Issuance.
5. Transit tourists bound for another country
① Eligible countries(Updated in Sep. 2019., Please confirm with immigration offices or consulates)
- Applicable to all countries, except for the 24 excluded countries(Syria, Sudan, Iran, Macedonia,
Cuba, Kosovo, Palestine, Afghanistan, Iraq, Nigeria, Ghana, Yemen, Gambia, Senegal,
Bangladesh, Kyrgyzstan, Pakistan, Somalia, Uzbekistan, Nepal, Cameroon, Sri Lanka,
Myanmar, Egypt) that are not granted visa-free entry into Korea.
② Applicable to…..
- Persons holding a visa(re-entry permit, permanent residency, etc.) to enter the
U.S. (including Guan and Saipan), Canada, Australia, or New Zealand
(hereinafter referred to as “the four advanced countries”)
1) Who transit through Korea to go to one of the four advanced countries.
2) Who stay in one of the four advanced countries and take a flight
from the country to Korea to go to a country of origin or a third country.
- If you are a Chinese group tourist holding a group-tourist visa to Japan and
Meet certain requirements(e.g. using a travel agency that only attracts
Chinese group tourists), you are permitted to enter Korea without a visa.
- If you hold an e-visa to Australia and a visa label is attached to your passport, you
are permitted to enter Korea without a visa. However, if the label is not on your
passport, you are granted no-visa entry only when you depart from Australia
transit through Korea.
※ Japanese individual visa holders are excluded as of 1 May, 2016
- Must have a confirmed onward flight ticket for departure within 30 days after entering Korea, in addition to having no record of criminal offence in the five countries mentioned above.
6. If an applicant is requesting a visa by mail, she/he is required to enclose self-addressed, prepaid envelope for the passport to be returned. Please include a PREPAID Envelope from a mail delivery service (ONLY Fedex or UPS). We do not accept credit card numbers as a way to pay for shipment. Please write your return address clearly.
The Korean consulate is not responsible for lost mail
Mailing Address :
Korean Consulate General
NBC Tower Building Suite 2700
455 N. Cityfront Plaza Dr.
Chicago, IL 60611
II. Necessary Documents for Korean Visa Application (General Required Documents)
1. Regardless of visa status, the following two documents are needed.
① Valid Passport (should be valid more than 6 months)
② Completed Visa Application form with one photo attached
③ For nationalities other than the U.S., individuals must submit their U.S. permanent resident card copy or valid U.S.A. visa copy. (F visa holders should submit I-20 copy, J visa holders should submit DS-2019 copy, H visa holders should submit I-797 copy)
④ Visa holders should submit any legal documenet that shows the stay in the U.S.
more than 2years such as printed I-94 from USCIS.
⑤ Visa Fee : US citizen $45(non US citizen : check with section I-1-②)
※ Money order only
- Pay to : Korean Consulate General
- Cash accepted in person
⑥ Self-addressed, pre-paid envelope for return of the passport by mail(Must be something with tracking number from only Fedex or UPS) if passport want back by mail
2. Processing Time
① The visa processing time is five to seven working days (not including mailing time)
② The visa process can be delayed due to various reasons
③ Processing time may change depending on the volume of applications received and are not guaranteed.
3. All Submitted documents w/visa application will not be returned to the applicant except the passport.
4. Please Note :
① When filling out the visa application form, please type or print neatly. (For a much better printout)
5. Photo Requirements for Korean Visa Application
Beginning September 9, 2015, photographs must conform to the following requirements.
① Photos must be color neutral, size 35x45mm, with a length of full face 25x35mm or 2inchx2inch
② Photos must be taken against a plain, evenly lit and light background, without any mark or creases
③ Photos must be taken within the last 6 months
④ Applicant must be shown looking directly at the camera
⑤ No sunglasses or hats, except for medical/disability reasons
⑥ Photographs will be returned(and applications will be delayed) for the following reasons:
-The same photograph has been submitted as the previous passport,
alien registration card, refugee travel certificate, flight attendant ID, etc. those
were issued before six months
- It is too difficult to judge that photograph is of the same person, (e.g. significant
changes of face, hair color, lack of quality, without showing ears)
⑦ Photo Standards for Religious Apparel