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Issuing Visa and Immigration

Procedures for Getting a Visa

After you have received acceptance from a regular educational program in Korea as a regular student or a language student, you must get a student visa by submitting the documents required for entry into Korea. As periods of stay can vary depending on the program, one should check related regulations concerning each one.

Certificate for Confirmation of Visa Issuance

In order to shorten the issuing period and simplify visa issuance procedures, an immigration office head can issue a certificate for recognition of visa issuance after examining the applicant's documents upon the request of a sponsor in Korea. Then, the Korean missions overseas will issue a visa based on the certificate. The certificate is required except for special cases. The applicant or sponsor in Korea can apply for the certificate at the nearest immigration office (or its branch) with required documents. When the certificate is issued and sent to the applicant, then the applicant can get a visa by submitting the certificate to the nearest Korean missions overseas. The certificate is effective for three months and valid for a single visa application.

Visa for Regular Educational Program (D-2)

Eligibility
Persons who intend to receive education in a standard course (Bachelors, Masters, Ph. D) or research specialist fields in junior colleges, universities, graduate schools established according to the Korean Education Law, or academic research institutions established under the provisions of a special law of a status as least as high as a junior college.
How to apply for visa & application requirements
How to apply Applicant submits visa application documents to an embassy or consulate of the Republic of Korea
Documents to
be submitted
Valid Passport
Visa application form or Certificate for Recognition of Visa Issuance
Processing Fee: Amount corresponding to USD50 (Single-entry) or USD 80 (Multiple-entry)
Admission from the school with its Recognition of the student’s aptitude for study and financial ability
Most recent certificate of school record
Financial Verification (more than USD12,000 or USD13,000(capital city) in domestic bank account or certificate of currency exchange) or documentation under a university academic exchange agreement
Family Registry (Applies to Chinese only; Must include whole family)
※ In case of getting a recognition of visa issuance or visa issuance recognition number, you only need to submit a valid passport, visa application form, and the visa issuance recognition (or number)

Visa for General Training (D-4)

Eligibility
For persons who study Korean at a university-run language school, persons who study in a qualified educational institute or an educational institute other than an academic research institute, persons who get technical training at national or public research institutes, training institutes, bodies etc. persons receiving payment from research institutes or who have industrial training system qualifications.
How to apply for visa & application requirements
How to apply Applicant submits visa application documents to an embassy or consulate of the Republic of Korea
Documents to
be submitted
Valid Passport
Visa application form or Certificate for Recognition of Visa Issuance
Fee: Amount corresponding to USD 50 (single-entry permit) or USD 80 (multiple-entry permit))
Verification of School Entrance or Enrollment (Verification of Training)
Financial Verification (more than USD 5,000 in domestic bank account or certificate of currency exchange) or documentation under a university academic exchange agreement
Identification Verification (for those who cannot verify their financial ability for tuition and living expenses or upon the request of Justice Ministry)
※ Provided that, where you have a recognition of visa issuance or visa issuance recognition number, you only need to submit a valid passport, visa application form, and the visa issuance recognition (or number)
※ Contact for Visa Inquiries : www.immigration.go.kr 하이서울

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