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Visa Issuance

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Notice All about Visa Information (Please Read This Notice First)

DATE
2022-06-01

1. Visa-free Entry to Korea for US Passport Holders

    

     U.S. citizens can visit the Republic of Korea without a Visa up to 90 days if the purpose of the trip is for

     tourism, business meeting, attendance at a conference or visiting families or relatives. (US Green Card holders

     are not applicable to the Visa-free entry.

2. Visa Navigator

   (1) Anyone, who is not qualified for Visa-free entry(e.g. who wishes to stay more than 90 days, to work or

        to engage in for-profit activities in Korea), is kindly requested to apply for an appropriate entry Visa.

​   (2) You can check the categories of Visa through Visa Navigator(If webpage is shown in Korean, please

         press "ENGLISH" in upper right corner of the page.)  

   (3) Dual Citizens : A person with multiple nationalities who has both Korean nationality and foreign nationality

        is considered a Korean national, not a foreigner in Korea. The applicant’s visa hereby could be cancelled

        if he/she is proved to be a Korean national and not be a foreigner anymore even though the visa has been

        issued from the Korean government. Korean government may ask you to submit additional documents

        related to you and your parents’ nationality when you apply for a visa to check it.

3. How to Apply

   (1) You must submit your Visa application with all required documents in-person. (Not allowed by Mail)

         - The Consulate General of the Republic of Korea in Boston serves Massachusetts, New Hampshire,

           Rhode Island, Maine and Vermont residents.

  

  (2) Application forms and required documents. 

       1) Application Form (see Attachment 2-1)

               - For those with alphanumeric Visa issuance confirmation number (such as 'AB-CD-12-345678') issued

                 by the Ministry of Justice in Korea, please fill out 1st page of Attachment 2-2.

        2) Additional documents by Visa categories  : You can check required documents through Visa Navigator.

             (If webpage is shown in Korean, please press "ENGLISH" in upper right corner.)      

        3) Valid Passport (must have at least 6 months of validity left) and a photocopy

        4) One Passport photo glued on the application form

        5) Visa Fee : $45 (Cash or Credit Card) for US citizens regardless of Visa category

              - Other country citizen : See Attachment 4 (Visa Fees by Countries)

              - VISA FEE ☞


4. Office Hours Monday through Friday, 09:00 ~ 16:45

     Closed on federal holidays of USA and Mar 1, Aug 15, Oct 3, Oct 9.

5. Processing Time 7 days

 

6. Questions : Please call to 617-641-2830 or send e-mail at kcgboston@mofa.go.kr


7. Others

    (1) All submitted documents with Visa application will not be returned to the applicant.

          -  If you want to keep the original documents for yourself after Visa process, please prepare

             photocopy along with original documents.


    (2) You don't need come back again to get the Korean Visa sticker.

          -  You can print out by yourself at home, "Visa Grant Notice" See Attachment


8. Required Documents

 

   (1) General Required Documents

 

- Visa Application Form (See top of page for links to download form)

- Passport Photo

  (on photo paper, natural color, 2inches x 2inches, taken within 6 months)

- Fee $45 for US Citizens (Cash or Credit Card)

 

  (2) Additional required documents for Non-US Citizens

- U.S. Permanent resident card (or Valid long-term U.S. visa) and copy

- Recent 1 month bank statement or certificate of remittance or exchange

   (current balance over $3,000) for C3-9 Tourist Visa

- Basic visa application fee $40 (90 days or less Single-entry)

                                            $60 (91 days or longer Single-entry)

                                            $70 (Double-entry visa usable up to 2 times)

                                            $90 (Multiple-entry)

    The fees vary depending on nationality.  See attachment File 3

     

 (3) General Additional required documents by purpose 

 Depending on the applicant’s circumstances, the head of the Korean diplomatic mission may request/exempt additional documents or to interview for further evaluation.

 

Visa Type

Additional required Documents

A-1 Diplomats

o Temporary duty order, statement of employment or official letter from the Foreign Minister to certify his/her status

o Diplomat passport is required

A-2 Official Duty

o Temporary duty order, statement of employment or official letter from the Foreign Minister to certify his/her status (a clear statement declaring that he/she is on official duty must be included in the letter)

o Official passport or identification card is required

A-3 Agreement

o Temporary duty order, statement of employment or official letter from the Foreign Minister to certify his/her status (a clear statement declaring that he/she is on official duty must be included in the letter)

o Official passport or military ID is required

o Spouse: copy of marriage certificate, Child: copy of birth certificate

A-3 Fulbright

o Invitation letter from Fulbright

 

Visa Type

Additional required Documents

C-1 Temporary News Coverage

o Documents proving purpose of stay

  (Letter from U.S. or Korea invitation organization related

   to itineraries, tickets, bank/financial statements and

   places in Korea)

o Warrant of detachment, certificate of incumbency

  or a copy of foreign press identification

C3-9 Short-Term

Visit (Tourism, Visiting families or relatives)

※Open from June 1, 2022

o US Citizens: General required documents

o NonUS Citizens: 1. General required documents

                     2. Addtional required documents

C3-4 Business Meeting

 C3-1 Attendance at a Conference

o Documents proving purpose of stay

  (Letter from U.S. and Korea invitation organization related to

   itineraries, tickets)

o Bank/Financial Statements more than $3,000 balance)

C-4 Temporary Employment

o Employment Contract (Original with employee’s signature)

o Invitation letter from Korean company

o A copy of certificate of business registration of

  the organization

C-4 Temporary entertainment or advertisement/fashion model

o The recommendation letter of performance from

  the Motion Pictures Grade Committee

o Employment Contract (Original with signature)

o Recommendation letter

o A copy of certificate of business registration of

  the organization

o Performance plan

C-4 Foreign teacher of English camp

o Original diploma and copy

o Official transcript (Affixed with an apostille)

o Criminal records issued by FBI for US citizens or relevant nation’s apostille(the records must be affixed with the relevant nation’s Apostille)

o Employment Contract (Original with employee’s signature)

o Recommendation letter

o Business Registration of the organization that opened the camp, Corporate Registration or Document of establishing educational organizations

o lifetime education facility registration, Acceptance of a report documents relevant to designation of lifetime education facility

o The schedule of the English camp(mark the parts that are relevant to the applicant)

 

Visa Type

Additional required Documents

D-2 Study Abroad

or D-4 General Training

o Visa Issuance Number from school in Korea

or

o Original certificate of admission(Original with student’s signature) and a copy of certificate of business registration from Korean School

D-6 Religious Affairs

o Visa Issuance Number from employer in Korea

or

o A copy of the permit for foundation of religious body or social welfare organization

o Documents that prove the financial support from their organization

 

Visa Type

Additional required Documents

E-1 Professor

o Visa Issuance Number from employer in Korea

E-2 Foreign Language Director

o Visa Issuance Number from employer in Korea

E-2 Epik Program

o Documents received from EPIK Program in Korea

E-2 Talk Program

o Contract from Talk Program in Korea

E-7 Foreign National of Special Ability

o Visa Issuance Number from employer in Korea

 

Visa Type

Additional required Documents

F-1 Family Visitation

o Spouse’s Korean visa copy

o Documents that prove the family relations(a marriage certificate, a copy of family register or a birth certificate)

F-3 Dependent Family

o Visa Issuance Number from employer in Korea

or

o Documents that prove the family relations(a marriage certificate, a copy of family register or a birth certificate)


Visa Type

Additional required Documents

Korean-U.S. West Program (H-1)



- You are eligible to apply for a H-1 visa, if you are undergraduate or recent    (period after graduation must not exceed 1 year) graduate of university.

- Accompanying dependent family members is not allowed
- Multiple-entry visas only with a period of stay of 1 year and a half


- Required documents :

o A valid passport & A passport copy(passport must be valid for more

  than 6 months at the time of application submission) 

o A completed visa application(attached)

o A passport size photo for the application (2” x 2” passport photo

  must be glued down on the application form)

o Activity Plan (please check the attached sample)
o Proof of a roundtrip airline ticket

o Proof of Bank Statement more than $3,000 balance

o Proof of student status or proof of highest academic qualifications

  (Reciprocity)

-> Japan, U.S.(U.S. Passport holders must be a current student or a graduated student within less than a year.)

o Criminal Record(Reciprocity)

-> Canada, New Zealand, France:

o Medical Exam (Reciprocity)

-> Australia, Canada, New Zealand, and France
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