Virginia, US

Republic of Korea (South Korea)

If your company is sending employees to South Korea — Fragomen is here to help. Working closely with our Local Advisors in South Korea, we provide the immigration strategies and support you need to get your employees on the ground as quickly as possible.  If you have any questions, please click here to contact us.

In general, whether or not a foreign national is required to obtain a visa to visit South Korea depends on a variety of factors including nationality, the purpose and expected duration of stay, occupation and family relations.  

Business visitors to South Korea typically use the C-3-4 Visa, which must generally be applied for outside of South Korea. The visa validity period and duration of stay are determined on a case-by-case basis, depending on business need and consular officer discretion.

Foreign nationals who enter the country to work at a government agency or a private company to install, repair and maintain imported machinery or to engage in, produce or supervise shipbuilding and industrial facilities, for up to 90 days, must obtain the C-4 (Short-term Employment Visa).  

The primary categories of work authorization are the D-7 (Intracompany Transfer Visa) and the D-8 (Corporate Investment Visa). 

The D-7 visa is issued to intracompany transferees seconded to the South Korean branch or liaison office of a foreign company. The company must first obtain pre-approval of the application before the foreign national can submit the application to a consulate and enter Korea using the D-7 visa.

The D-8 visa is issued to employees seconded to a foreign company's South Korean subsidiary registered under Korea's Foreign Investment Promotion Act. Foreign nationals can generally file an application for conversion to a D-8 work visa after their arrival in South Korea on business visitor status.

Note that decisions regarding work authorization are at the discretion of the immigration authorities. In addition, the advice provided by immigration authorities in South Korea and the opinion of the consular officers may vary given the latter's discretion.

Detailed Immigration Snapshots, Document Lists and Process Guides are available to clients on request.

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