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VISA & IMMIGRATION

Applying for a Visa

It is necessary to obtain a proper visa to stay in Korea. Please check the details on visa types and application details below.

VISA is a kind of endorsement or acknowledgment, whose specific meaning differs from country to country. Generally speaking, however, it is used to mean one of the following two things; One being the 'permission to enter' a given country, and the other being the 'consul's recommendation for a foreigner's entry request.’

In the case of Republic of Korea, the latter definition is used. Therefore, even if one were to have a Korean visa, one can still be denied entry to Korean soil should an immigration officer find some requirements unsatisfactory after inspection.

Sample of Republic of Korea VISA

Eligibility

For individuals who seek to give lectures or conduct a special study at a college or university for more than 90 days. New international faculty members are required to obtain an E-1 Professor visa (hereinafter, E-1 visa) in order to enter Korea and perform work at Yonsei University. If they are expected to work less than 90 days, other working visas like C-4 are applicable.

Yonsei OIA grants E-1 visas to tenure-track professors employed by the Office of Academic Affairs only. Other professors seeking working visa must consult with the office of their designated department/research institute.

How to Apply
  • Option 1: E- Visa Application
    • In lieu of submitting documents to the OIA, professors may individually apply for E-1 visas through www.visa.go.kr.
    • E-visa policy is a policy which issues an electronic visa to those who do not need to visit a Korean embassy/consulate for a consul interview to obtain a visa, such as professors and researchers.
  • Option 2: Submitting documents through the OIA
    • Refer to the following list of required documents and submit them to istudent@yonsei.ac.kr.
    • It usually takes about 2~3 weeks from the date of application to receive your visa issuance approval number.
    • Once Immigration Office notifies the OIA of your visa issuance approval number, details will be sent to you via e-mail.
    • Please provide the visa issuance approval number to your nearest Republic of Korea Embassy or Consulate to receive your E-1 visa.
Required Documents
  • Application for Confirmation of Visa Issuance
  • 1 photocopy of passport
  • 1 photocopy of Ph.D. degree certificate
  • Curriculum vitae / An employment contract, or confirmation of prospective employment
  • 1 color photo(3.5cm X 4.5cm)

Refer to GETTING STARTED > New Scholars > Scholar Visa Process for more information.

Eligibility

For individuals seeking to engage in research activities in a research institute or respective college department.

Application - Regular Applicants
  1. Applications must be made by the inviting party(research institute or respective college department)
  2. Where to apply: Local immigration office in Korea
  3. Required Documents
    • 1) Application for Confirmation of Visa Issuance
    • 2) Passport
    • 3) 1 color photo(3.5cm X 4.5cm)
    • 4) 1 copy of Business Registration Certificate of Yonsei University
    • 5) Degree Certificate of Masters or above
    • 6) Document proving professional experiences (CV)
    • 7) Employment contract
    • 8) If applied by a 3rd party: a power of attorney, a proof of employment and representative IDs of staff member who is applying as a representative of the inviting party

Refer to GETTING STARTED > New Scholars > Scholar Visa Process for more information.

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