South Korea Work Visas & Work Permits

How to apply for South Korea work visas, how to hire foreign employees in the country, and more information to help you expand into South Korea

When preparing for an expansion into South Korea, an important part of the process is to acquire all the necessary work visas for the employees you want to bring with you. However, the process of applying for and obtaining South Korea work visas can be difficult. There are multiple categories of visas and strict requirements, so failing to prepare in advance can lead to expensive delays.

At New Horizons, our expansion experts offer extensive South Korea work visa services, immigration support, and outsourcing, giving your organization everything needed to expand into South Korea along with your experienced workforce.

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Basic requirements for South Korea work visas

The various categories of work visas for South Korea have differing requirements, so the first step in the visa process is to determine which visa is suitable for each of your employees. However, there are some general requirements for most applications, including:

  • A valid passport
  • A criminal record check
  • Job offer
  • An application form
  • A visa application fee

Types of work visas for South Korea

The visa system in South Korea is relatively complex, with various different types of visas for different purposes. Some of the most common include:

  • E-2 visas: for foreign language teachers.
  • E-3 visas: for professional science and technology research.
  • E-4 visas: for high-level experts in particular fields of science and technology.
  • E-5 visas: for recognized professionals, including lawyers and doctors.

These examples are commonly used by employers looking to bring in foreign talent, but there are various other special visas for fields such as the arts, journalism, lecturing, and so on.

Obtaining work visas for South Korea

The application process for South Korea work visas can be done online, by paper, or at an official diplomatic location such as an embassy. In general, your employees will need a formal job offer, which will need to come from a registered South Korean entity.

Further considerations

Employees commonly need to bring family members such as spouses and dependent children when they relocate to South Korea. To do this, each family member will need to apply and be accepted for F-3 visas, and the validity of their visas is usually linked to the employee in question.

How can New Horizons help?

At New Horizons, we assist organizations of all kinds with their successful expansion into South Korea, and we are experts in obtaining work visas. Our South Korea work visa specialists offer dependable advice and outsourcing services to support you through South Korea’s complex immigration process quickly and effectively. We can ensure that you and your valued employees are fully compliant with South Korea’s unique regulations, save you time, and answer any questions you may have along the way.

Additionally, we provide extensive outsourcing services covering recruitment, payroll, HR, administration, employer of record, and more to help your business start trading in South Korea as efficiently as possible, even if you don’t have an established subsidiary in the country.

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