1. Application Process

  • Go to https://www.visa.go.kr/
  • Select "Application" on the menu
  • Click "e-Visa (Individual)"

2. Applicant

The application must be submitted by a foreigner or the sponsor on behalf of the foreigner.

3. Applicable Status of Stay (as of Dec.8.2014)

  • Professor (E-1), Researcher (E-3), Technical Instructor/Technician (E-4), and Professional (E-5) Visa for the applicant and Dependent Family (F-3) Visa for his/her accompanying family members.
  • Foreign Notional of Special Ability (E-7) visa for the applicant and Dependent Family (F-3) Visa for his/her accompanying family members.
    - Qualification : the applicant must be an expert in advanced science and technology and have an official employment recommendation letter (a.k.a. GOLD CARD)
  • Short-term General (C-3-1) Visa for a prospective investor invited by a promotion agency of the Immigrant Investor Scheme for Public Business and his/her accompanying family members
  • Short-term Group Tourist (C-3-2) Visa for Chinese group tourists who can apply for their Visa through a designated travel agency
  • Short-term Medical Tourist (C-3-3) or Recuperation & Treatment (G-1-10) Visa for foreign patients and their caregivers who are invited by an ‘outstanding medical facilitator’ designated as e-Visa agency.
  • Business Visitor (General) (C-3-4) visa for an invitee of a domestic company- Qualifications : A foreigner who has entered Korea 3 times or more with a Short-term (C-3) Visa since the implementation of the fingerprint confirmation system for foreigner on Jan. 1, 2012, and who has no history of illegal stay or criminal cases

* Please refer to the Visa Navigator for more details.

4. Required Documents

  • Visa Application Form (electronic form on the Visa Portal)
  • Scanned image files of passport pages
  • Digital Photograph (in natural color, size: 3.5cm x 4.5cm)
  • Fee (credit card for e-Payment)
  • Required documents for respective status of stay (soft copy)- Please refer to the guide on required documents for each type of visa on the Visa Navigator or to the Visa Information on the website of a respective diplomatic office.

5. Procedure

  • Application by the applicant
  • Application by the sponsor (inviter)

Confirmation of Visa Issuance Application via the Visa Portal

1. Application process

  • Go to https://www.visa.go.kr/
  • Select "Application" on the menu
  • Click "Confirmation of Visa Issuance"

2. Applicant

The application must be filed by the inviter (sponsor)

3. Applicable status of stay (as of Dec.8.2014)

  • Professor (E-1), Foreign Language Instructor (E-2), Researcher (E-3), Technical Instructor/Technician (E-4) Professional (E-5) for the applicant and Dependent Family (F-3) Visa for his/her accompanying family members.
  • Foreign National of Special Ability (E-7) Visa for the applicant and Dependent Family (F-3) Visa for his/her accompanying family members.
    - Qualification : the applicant must have an occupation under category 1 (executives) or 2 (professionals or related) of the Standard Classification of Occupation announced by the National Statistical Office
  • Short-term Medical Tourist (C-3-3) or Recuperation & Treatment (G-1-10) Visa for foreign patients and their caregivers who are invited by an ‘outstanding medical facilitator’
  • Business Visitor (C-3-6) visa for an invitee of a VIP corporation
  • Student (D-2) and Korean Language Trainee (D-4-1) visa
  • Non-professional(E-9) and Maritime Crew (E-10) visa

* Please refer to the Visa Navigator for more detail.

4. Required Documents

  • Application form for Confirmation of Visa Issuance (electronic form on the Visa Portal)
  • Scanned image files of passport pages
  • Digital Photograph (in natural color, size: 3.5cm x 4.5cm)
  • Fee (credit card for e-Payment)
  • Required documents for respective status of stay (soft copy)- Please refer to the guide on required documents for each type of Visa on the Visa Navigator, or to the Visa information on the board of the respective website of the Diplomatic Office.

5. Procedure

6. Check the Result of Your Confirmation of Visa Issuance Application

You can check the result of your application – through “Application Status” via the Visa Portal, ARS (02-2650-6363), text message, or e-mail address you gave us.

7. Visa Application

  • The sponsor (inviter) must download Visa application form (for the applicant) from “Application Status” on the Visa Portal, and send it to the applicant via email, or inform him/her of the number and expiry date of the confirmation of visa issuance.
  • The applicant must receive Visa application form for the confirmation of visa issuance or its number (expiry date) from the sponsor in Korea in order to apply for his/her visa at the Korean Embassy or Consulate General.

Confirmation of Visa issuance is valid for 3 months and is effective for visa issuance just for once.
For any other inquiries, please contact the Immigration Contact center (+1345 without an area code or +82+1345 if you are calling from abroad).

Visa Portal / Website: https://www.visa.go.kr/