H-1 Visa (including WEST Program)
Korean Consulate General
3500 Clay street. San Francisco CA 94118
Tel:(415)921-2251 Fax : (415)921-0932
Office Hours : MON - FRI [09:00-17:00]
|Age Requirement|| 18-30 years old at the time of visa application |
(Additional requirements for U.S. Participants: See below **)
|Entry to Korea||within 12 months after visa issuance|
|Visa Application Fee|| U.S. : $45 |
Australia, Canada, New Zealand : $80
France, Japan : Exempt
(Please note: Visas should be issued at the Korean Embassy in your home country)
|Duration of Stay|| Up to 12 months from entry date |
Up to 18 months for U.S. participants
|Work Conditions|| No specific time limitations set to work at a particular place |
(Please refer to the "Ineligibility" section for information regarding job restrictions in particular fields)
|Expenses Incurred||Airfare, Travel insurance, Basic amount needed to support yourself prior to employment|
|Language study||Language study is possible|
|Quota of WHP individuals per country(2009)|| Australia : N/A |
Canada : 4020
New Zealand : 1800
Japan : 7200
France : 2000
U.S. : 5000
|Dependents||cannot be accompanied by dependents|
** : U.S. participants should be bona fide post-secondary students or recent graduates (within 1 year after graduation), and provide evidence of status from his/her post-secondary institution.
Individuals of the WHP cannot engage in the following job categories that are against the spirit of the WHP agreement or national laws:
Adult entertainment-related businesses
Dancer, singer, musician or acrobat
Requiring specific licenses or skills, such as in the field of medical practices, lawyer, professor, pilot, etc.
Foreign language instruction (if an individual desires to work as a foreign language instructor after their arrival in Korea under WHP, the individual will be required to change their visa status to E-2); and
Those who desire to take training or educational course in pursuit of an academic degree other than a Korean language training course will be required to apply for a student visa (D-2).
Related to journalism, religion, academic research, or instruction of engineering-related technical skills.
Those whose main objectives for coming to Korea are not travel, but solely to seek employment, will be ineligible to participate in WHP.
Recent Photograph (taken within the last 3 months)
Proof of a roundtrip airline ticket
Proof of financial support or other documents that show you have sufficient funds to support yourself (for at least 3 months)
Proof of student status or proof of highest academic qualifications (Reciprocity)
Canada, New Zealand, France
Medical Exam (Reciprocity)
Australia, Canada, New Zealand, and France
The required documents may differ among respective embassies, so please contact the nearest embassy for detailed information.
You can apply for a visa at the nearest Korean Embassy in your country.
Once you submit all the required documents to the Korean Embassy in your country and apply for a visa, your visa will be issued upon review.
Please ensure that you have correctly completed all the required information before submission. Any inconsistencies or false information within the submitted documents may result in visa denial.
Upon your visa application, you may be asked to submit additional documents or be requested for an interview, so please ensure that you apply with plenty of time.
Please note that submitted documents will not be returned.
For more detailed information, please contact the Korean embassy nearest you.