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Visa Guideline

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Notice **MUST READ** [GENERAL INFORMATION OF VISA GUIDELINE]

DATE
2022-04-01

[GENERAL INFORMATION OF VISA GUIDELINE]

Before you apply for a visa, please read this page "General Information of Visa Guideline" first. After you read this page, click the visa category which you are applying for and prepare the required documents. 


 INFORMATION ON VISA-FREE ENTRY FOR CANADIAN CITIZENS

From 2022.04.01, Canadian passport holders are eligible for visa-free entry for a short-term visit up to 180days. You must apply a K-ETA (Electronic Travel Authorization) and get approval in advance. Please read the post about K-eta → "Click" 


 VISA  APPLICANTS

If you are not a resident of our jurisdiction (British Columbia, Alberta, Saskatchewan, Yukon, and Northwest Territories), please contact and apply through the embassy or consulate present in your jurisdiction.


For visa applicants, please refer to each visa category you’re applying for to verify the required documents for your visa application. Please be advised that for non-canadians to apply for a visa, those of the following nationality should be a resident of Canada for more than TWO YEARS and will be asked to submit government issued documents to prove such as PR CARD or VALID Canadian Visa. 


China, Philippines, Indonesia, Vietnam, Mongolia, Thailand, Pakistan, Sri-Lanka, India, Myanmar, Nepal, Iran, Russian, Uzbekistan, Kazakhstan, Kyrgyzstan, Ukraine, Nigeria, Ghana, Egypt, Peru 


Following nationalities must submit a copy of valid Canadian PR Card (Front and back) or Valid Canadian visa (student/work permit) to show they are residents of Canada. Study or Work permit holders must be present in Canada at least 2 years in order to apply for the visa. 


Those who have a valid (not expired) *multiple visa* issued before April 5, 2020, can enter the Republic of Korea with that visa again from the 1st of June.  If you have any questions regarding this matter or the validity of your previous(existing) visa, please contact the Korean Immigration Service directly. +82-2-1345, +82-2-6908-1345~6. Our consulate DO NOT verify the validity of your existing visa.


 HOW FAR IN ADVANCE TO APPLY?

From the date of visa issue, regular visas have a 3 months window for the visa holder to enter Korea. That window will expire after 3 months as indicated on the visa. If that period has passed, your visa is no longer valid, and you will need to re-apply with all relevant required documents. Please do not apply too far in advance. We recommend applying about a month prior to your intended departure date as our regular processing time is approximately 14 business days and to give yourself some extra time in case your visa is delayed due to heavy volume of application or if we require any additional documents or interview from you.


 HOW TO APPLY FOR VISA (ONLINE RESERVATION OR MAIL-IN)

※ Starting from 3.1(Tues), Mon/Tues/Wed are online reservation and Thurs/Fri are reserved for walk-ins only. Monday, Tuesday, Wednesday will be restricted to those who made a reservation visa the Consulate's online reservation system. Thursday and Friday services will be provided on a first-come, first-served basis so, therefore number of services provided is limited and not guaranteed.


▶[Online Reservation, Mon/Tues/Weds]

The Consulate has started an online reservation system from August 17, 2020. The online reservation system is still maintained for those living far away and have difficulty visiting the Consulate. Please reserve the time of the day and apply for the visa. Click the website below and go to “VISA'' and reserve the time. Once you come to the Consulate, please have a seat and we will call your name. While you wait to be called, please check if you have all the documents ready and prepare them in order to submit them to the visa officer. After we put your passport information on our system, we will return your passport on the site. You do not need to visit Consulate again. You are going to print out your visa at home through visa portal site (→ Visa Portal Site).  


When making an online reservation, please reserve one spot of each applicant. If you make a reservation for you and your minor child, 2 spots in total are needed for you and your minor child to apply for the visa.


The online reservation website: https://www.minwonreservation.com/ 


Address of Consulate General of the Republic of Korea in Vancouver:

#1600-1090 West Georgia St, Vancouver, BC V6E 3V7


▶[Walk-in, Thurs/Fri]

Starting from November 16th, 2021, every Thursday and Friday will be reserved for walk-ins only. The Consulate of General of the Republic of Korea is introducing [Walk-in Kiosk] which allows the applicant to make a reservation on the walk-in day (first-come first served basis). It is installed in the hallway on the 16th floor of the consular office. Please note that if you could not make a reservation through the kiosk on the walk-in day, you cannot apply for the visa. In addition, visa service is limited and number of visitors exceeds the number of applicants, you cannot submit your visa application.


After we put your passport information on our system, we will return your passport on the site. You do not need to visit Consulate again. You are going to print out your visa at home through visa portal site (Visa Portal Site).  


Walk-In Information: →  CLICK

▶[Mail-in ]

You can apply for a visa through mail except F-6 visa. F-6 visa must come in person and present themselves at the Consulate in order to apply. Mailed-in applications generally take extra business days to process on top of the general visa processing days. 


In order to send a visa application by mail, you must use a prepaid Canada Post  Xpress Envelope to mail-in and also the same as your return envelope. Please keep your tracking number (i.e PG 000 000 000 CA) to track your packages (both mail-in and return). For mail-in applicants, you must send the original passport and return envelope so we can return back your passport.


We are able to accept your application by mail but, please note that we are not responsible for any postal accidents or damages nor are we responsible for any delays in processing. Please consider the risks associated with mailing in your application prior to proceeding. 


If there are any missing documents, mail-in visa applications will be returned back to the applicant. Please make sure you send all requirements listed in the visa category that you are applying for. You must send an original passport when you apply for the visa. 


Please write your address and phone number in the “TO” section for Prepaid Xpresspost return envelope from Canada Post. If you would like to pick up your passport in person, instead of sending in a return envelope, you may send a signed note saying you will pick it up in person. After we receive a note, we will inform you when to pick up your passport. 


[Example of Canada Post Xpress Envelope]


Mail in Address: 

Attention: VISA DEPARTMENT

CONSULATE GENERAL OF THE REPUBLIC OF KOREA IN VANCOUVER

#1600-1090 WEST GEORGIA ST. VANCOUVER, BC

V6E 3V7

TEL) 604-681-9581


 VISA PORTAL SITE (CHECKING YOUR VISA STATUS, PRINTING OUT VISA GRANT NOTICE)

As of July 1, 2020, all Embassies of the Republic of Korea around the world will no longer issue visa labels. Holders of valid visas can print out the “Visa Grant Notice” document at any time through the official website at www.visa.go.kr by entering personal details such as passport number, name, and date of birth. The document is valid printed either in colour or black and white and must be presented with a passport to immigration authorities during immigration clearance. 


You can check your visa processing status online at your convenience. You will not receive any emails or phone calls on the status of your visa process and confirmation of your visa issuance. 


Step 1: Visit →  KOREA VISA PORTAL

Step 2: Click “Check Application Status”

Step 3: Click “Diplomatic Office” as type of application

Step 4: Enter your passport number (i.e. AB000000)

Step 5: Enter name in English last name first followed by first names and middle name as it appears on your passport with no commas or dashes in between. If there is a space or dash in your first and/or last names, please replace them with space(s). 

Step 6: Enter your date of birth

Step 7: Click “Search”

Step 8: Once the status shows a “Visa Grant Notice”, please print it out. The print button only appears on the screen if your visa has been issued. 


Visa Grant Notice is your visa and is required in paper to board the flight and to enter Korea. You must enter Korea within the validity period of your visa. Visa is valid for 3 months from the date of issue. From the date you enter Korea, you can stay for the period of stay granted to you on your visa grant notice. 


Please do not call to ask how to check your status online or to expedite your visa. We are not able to expedite your visa to accommodate your job start date. 


 INFORMATION FOR LONT-TERM VISA HOLDERS

Please visit the Korean Immigration Service Office within 90days of your arrival in Korea to register for it.


If you have F-4 visa, you will receive an Overseas Korean Resident Card (외국국적동포 국내거소증).  If you have a valid Overseas Korean Resident Card, you are eligible to re-enter and exit Korea with your Card without needing to apply for a re-entry permit or applying for the visa every time. 


For all other long term visa types, you will receive an Alien Registration Card (외국인등록증). 


If you have any questions about registration in Korea, please contact the Korean Immigration Service Office and if necessary, please prepare all requirements prior to your departure from Canada.


Korean Immigration Service website: →   Korea Immigration Service (출입국·외국인정책본부)

Immigration Contact Center: 1345, (International Contact Number: +82-1345, +82-2-6908-1345~6)


 VISA FEES

▪ Canadian Citizens

-Single Entry Visa, stay less than 90 days: $52.00 CAD

-Single Entry Visa, stay more than 90 days: $78.00 CAD

-Double Entry Visa: $91.00 CAD

-Multiple Entry Visa: $117.00 CAD


▪ US Citizens

-Regardless of the visa type: $58.50 CAD


▪ England

-Single Entry Visa, stay less than 90 days: $202.80 CAD

-Single Entry Visa, stay more than 90 days: $312.00 CAD

-Double Entry Visa: $343.20 CAD

-Multiple Entry Visa: $390.00 CAD


▪ Austria

-Visa Fee is exempted for C-2, 90days

-Single Entry Visa, stay less than 90 days: $78.00 CAD

-Single Entry Visa, stay more than 90 days: $78.00 CAD

-Double Entry Visa: $109.20 CAD

-Multiple Entry Visa: $124.80 CAD


▪ Iran

-Single Entry Visa, stay less than 90 days: $65.00 CAD

-Single Entry Visa, stay more than 90 days: $104.00 CAD

-Double Entry Visa: $117.00 CAD

-Multiple Entry Visa: $156.00 CAD


▪ Russia

-Single Entry Visa, stay less than 90 days: $78.00 CAD

-Single Entry Visa, stay more than 90 days: $124.8.00 CAD

-Double Entry Visa: $117.00 CAD

-Multiple Entry Visa: $187.20 CAD


▪ Italy, Japan, Spain, Taiwan, Thailand, Ukraine

-Visa Fee is exempted for all visa types


▪ Sweden

-Visa Fee is exempted for a stay of no more than 90 days


▪ Barbados, Colombia, Dominican Republic, Liberia, Peru

-Visa Fee is exempted for a stay of 91 days or more


▪ Benin, Brazil, Cyprus, Guatemala, Paraguay, Romania, Uruguay, Mexico, Algeria

-Visa Fee is exempted for holders of diplomatic and official passports for a stay of 91 days or more


▪ Mongolia

-Visa Fee is exempted for holders of ordinary passports for a stay or no more than 90 days


▪ Venezuela

-Visa Fee is exempted for holders of diplomatic and official passports for a stay of 31 days or more


▪ Philippines

-Visa Fee is exempted for stay of no more than 59 days (temporary commercial or tourism purposes)


▪ Australia

-Visa Fee is exempted for stay of no more than 90 days (temporary commercial or tourism purposes)

-Single Entry Visa, stay less than 90 days: $124.80 CAD

-Single Entry Visa, stay more than 90 days: $187.20 CAD

-Double Entry Visa: $202.80 CAD

-Multiple Entry Visa: $234.00 CAD


▪ Germany

-Visa Fee is exempted for D-2, D-4, D-7, D-8, D-9, E-7 visa

 

※ Certain Visa fess are waived for people from countries under fee-exemption agreements. Therefore, for more information please see more details Ministry of Foreign Affairs website → "Click".


 TELEPHONE INQUIRIES

o Please note that the Korean Consulate receives an extreme number of inquiries by phone and e-mail.

※ Please read the visa guidelines carefully on the Consulate website and if you have any additional questions, please visit our visa-specific website at www.visa.go.kr





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