Guidelines on Employment for International Students in Korea

A. For Enrolled Students

Part-time job

If you are a Student (D-2) visa or Language Trainee (D-4-1 or D-4-7) visa holder and confirmed by the person-in-charge of the international students of your school, you may apply for a part-time job permit to the immigration (branch) office and engage in the job once granted the permit.

Part-time Work for International Students

A. Ground Rule
  • >General regulations: In general, part-time work is limited to activities commonly done by students (such as low-skilled labor)
B. Eligible Individuals
  • >Individuals with Student (D-2) or Language training (D-4-1, D-4-7) status who possess a certain level of Korean proficiency and have received permission from a school official

    Foreign language learners can hold a part part-time job 6 months after entering the country (for those entering on a visa), or 6 months after changing their visa status to D-4. Elementary, middle, and high school students receiving language training are not allow to have a part-time job despite holding a D-4 visa (possible for expected graduates).

C. Approved activities
<Organized according to Korean language ability and working hours allowed per type of degree>
Type of
school
Year in
program
Korean language
proficiency
(TOPIK, KIIP)
When you are
allowed to
start working
Working Hour Limit Increased weekday working hour limit for certified schools
Weekdays Weekend, during school breaks
Language training program N/A Before ’18.10.1. After 6 months 20 hours 25 hours
Level 2 X After 6 months 10 hours 10 hours
O After 6 months 20 hours 25 hours
Associate degree program N/A Before ’18.10.1. No limitations 20 hours 25 hours
Level 3 X No limitations 10 hours 10 hours
O No limitations 20 hours 25 hours
Bachelor's degree program Year
1-2
Before ’18.10.1. No limitations 20 hours No limit 25 hours
Level 3 X No limitations 10 hours 10 hours
O No limitations 20 hours No limit 25 hours
Year
3-4
Before ’18.10.1. No limitations 20 hours No limit 25 hours
Level 4 X No limitations 10 hours 10 hours
O No limitations 20 hours No limit 25 hours
Master’s/ Doctoral program N/A Before ’18.10.1. No limitations 30 hours No limit 35 hours
Level 4 X No limitations 15 hours 15 hours
O No limitations 30 hours No limit 35 hours

※ English track programs: regardless of an individual’s year in the program, they must possess a score of TOEFL 530 (CBT 197, iBT 71), IELTS 5.5, CEFR B2, TEPS 600 or above. Individuals from English-speaking countries are not required to provide proof of English ability.

D. Required Documents
  • - Passport, foreigner registration card, application form
  • - Recommendation letter for part-time employment, transcript or record of attendance (may be substituted with FIMS verification), document proving Korean language ability
E. Special circumstances exempt from needing to receive part-time work permission
  • >Any type of temporary reward, prize money or other type of compensation used towards daily living expenses that is consistent with your purpose of stay as a student is exempt from requiring permission for part-time work.
F. Penalty for working without prior permission
  • >In the event of being caught working in the construction industry, even for the first offence, the offender will be ordered to leave the country within 30 days with no exception (reentry will also be suspended).
  • >In the event that an individual violates the rules for permission for part-time work and receives a fine or noticed disposition, limitations will be placed on their ability to switch to a job seeker (D-10) visa.
Last modified : 2020-08-26
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