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[VISA] Mail-in applications (only if you reside 2+ hours away from our office)

DATE
2021-04-20

Mail-in application:

 

All visas except the F-6-1 visa can currently be submitted by mail if you reside 2+ hours away from our office (via car or public transit; please reference Google Maps) and want to apply by mailing in your passport, required documents, and fees. (F-6-1 visa applicants must present themselves in person at the Consulate in order to apply).


In order to send a visa application by mail, you must use a prepaid Xpresspost envelope from Canada Post (use National if sending from Manitoba) to send your document. 


Please send payment as a certified cheque or bank draft in CANADIAN DOLLARS. We do not accept cash, e-transfer, or personal cheques. Please send the exact amount. You will not receive any change back if you send excess. If you send less amount than required OR IF YOU SEND AMERICAN DOLLARS, your visa will NOT be processed.


Please note, we are able to accept your application by mail but we are not responsible for any postal accidents or damages nor are we responsible for any delays in processing. Due to COVID-19, mail processing has already been delayed but recently, there was a COVID-19 outbreak at Canada Post processing facility, which has resulted in significant delays in mail processing and delivery. PLEASE CONSIDER THE RISKS ASSOCIATED WITH MAILING IN YOUR APPLICATION PRIOR TO PROCEEDING.


Please note that on average, mail-in applications take approx. 5 additional business days or more (significantly more if you are missing requirements) on top of the 12-15+ business days (total of 17-20+ business days) from the date it is received. As Visa Applications are by appointment-only and we are consistently fully booked, we have extremely limited time to process mail-in applications and they usually get processed during the times when we have no-shows. 


Please also note that we are currently experiencing significant delays to receive mail as Canada Post is struggling to cope with increased volume of mail and increased safety measures due to COVID-19. As well, both in-person application and mail-in application have significantly increased due to the suspension of visa-free entry to Korea by Canadians. If you would still like to travel to Korea for an essential trip and would like to send your application by mail, please follow the instructions carefully.


If mailed-in applications are missing any requirements, it will take an indefinite amount of time to process. Worst case, it will not be accepted and returned to you but we will first try our best to wait for you to completely supplement your application. You will only receive a call or email to give you the confirmation of acceptance if you have sent in a complete application. You will not be contacted if your mailed-in application is missing documents. Please make sure you adhere to the guidelines and send ALL requirements listed in the guidelines.  As part of routine procedure, we may check in on incomplete applications around periodically but you are NOT guaranteed to receive a call or email if you are missing documents.


 


Mail-in address:

ATTENTION: VISA DEPARTMENT

CONSULATE GENERAL OF THE REPUBLIC OF KOREA IN TORONTO

555 AVENUE ROAD

M4V 2J7

(Tel) 416-920-3809

* YOU MUST WRITE YOUR PHONE NUMBER & ADDRESS IN THE "FROM" SECTION. 

 

In addition to regular visa requirements, please send these additional documents:

 

1. Photocopy of your driver's license (must be valid) that proves your place of residence

 

2. Prepaid Xpresspost return envelope from Canadapost with all information filled in. Consulate's address and phone number in the "FROM" section, YOUR address and phone number in the "TO" section. If you would like to pick up your passport, instead of sending in a return envelope, you may send a signed note saying you will pick up in person.

 

* Please note that we do NOT accept cash or personal cheques. You must send a certified cheque PAY TO: CONSULATE GENERAL OF THE REPUBLIC OF KOREA IN TORONTO (OR KOREAN CONSULATE TORONTO if the bank draft cannot fit the full name). If you write any other name on the PAY TO section, your application cannot be processed as we will be unable to cash your cheque.

 

Once your application is received and you've met ALL other requirements, we will enter your application in our system and either give you a call or an email with the Visa Accept No (If you receive an email, DO NOT EMAIL YOUR COVID-19 DOCUMENT IN RESPONSE TO THIS EMAIL. WRITE A SEPARATE EMAIL). You can then get your COVID-19 TEST.

 


Visa processing time: Generally 12-15+ business days from submission of ALL required documents submitted in person (includes interviews if necessary but does not include shipping time). Mailed-in applications take approx. 5 or more additional business days on top of the 12-15+ business days.



The requirement to send in a negative NEGATIVE PCR COVID-19 test result at the time of visa application is suspended as of January 8, 2021 as the government of Korea is now requiring all foreigners entering Korea as of January 8, 2021 at 0 am KST to submit a NEGATIVE PCR COVID-19 test result at the time of boarding a flight to Korea. 



Once you receive the call or email, please follow EXACTLY the following instructions:

 


Please submit NEGATIVE PCR COVID-19 test results (attached as PDF). Please note that the results may take you 12 hours to a week. 

 

Write in the title of the email the following: VISA ACCEPT NO ACCEPT DATE ENTRANCE PURPOSE (visa type you applied for) NAME (last name followed by first and middle names as shown on your Visa Accept paper) COVID-19 TEST RESULTS

 

Example: VXXXX 2020-07-27 E-2-1 HONG GILDONG COVID-19 TEST RESULTS


* If you did not receive the Visa Acceptance Number by phone, you may leave that field out.

 

We only accept a PDF file format for supplementary document(s). Do NOT alter the PDF document in any way. Please simply print the results screen as PDF from Google Chrome on a desktop/PC/Mac computer. If you alter the document and/or if we suspect the document has been edited or otherwise tempered with, your application may be denied, it may be entered into your long-term records, and you may be denied any visa applications for a period of 3 years.


Failure to follow the above instructions will result in a delay in your visa processing and may result in your visa application being denied.


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