D-4 Visa General trainee (일반연수)

 

The D-4 visa is subdivided into Korean-Language Trainee: D-4-1, General Training D-4-2, D-4-3 International Student At High School Level or below, Korean Cuisine Trainee D-4-5, Training at a Superior Private Educational Institution D-4-6 and Foreign-Language Trainee: D-4-7.

Eligibility

You are eligible to apply for a D-4 visa if you research, study or train at an educational organization,academic research center, private enterprise and other groups that do not fall under D-2 categories.

This visa is for you, if you are:

– A person who wish to learn Korean at a university-affiliated language center

– A person who intend to study at an educational organization or an academic research center that do not fall under D-2 categories

– A person who plan to practice skills/techniques at a public/private research institute or training center

– A person who intend to receive on-the-job training, researching, or is an intern at a foreign investment company or foreigner-invested company.

Required Documents

The D-4 visa is issued in accordance with visa issuance confirmation letter. In order to apply for the visa issuance confirmation letter you will need:

  • Valid Passport
  • Application for Visa Issuance (available at Korean Embassy or Consulate)
  • Certificate of Admission
  • Certificate of tuition payment
  • A copy of business registration or copy of school registration
  • Certificate of graduation or certificate of enrollment
  • Certificate of bank balance (more than US$ 3,000) or certificate of remittance or exchange
  • 1 passport photo
  • Visa Fee
  • Notarized Sponsorship Letter

*For Chinese students only, a copy of Chinese ID card and Family Registry (list of all family members)

*The confirmation of visa issuance number is issued by the head of an immigration (branch) office. Additional document may be required depending on individual circumstances.

Additional Documents

Documents for students who wish to study Korean at a University affiliated language school:

  • The admissions letter to the language school
  • Proof of tuition payment
  • A copy of school registration certificate
  • The certificate of graduation or certificate of enrollment (once you have enrolled after acceptance)
  • Financial statements to cover the school’s tuition and living expenses
  • If you don’t have financial records, you need a reference from school proving that the school takes responsibility for your expenses
  • *for Chinese students only:
  • A copy of your Chinese ID Card and family registry (lists all family members)

Documents for students who plan to receive education/training in technical fields:

  • The business or school registration certificate
  • Proof of your study program (your schedule for training or course timetable)
  • Agreement of academic exchange between universities in the case of undergraduate or graduate students
  • The certificate of enrollment or certificate of graduation
  • Your resume or records of employment
  • Financial statements to cover the school’s tuition and living expenses (If you don’t have financial records, you need a reference from school proving that the school takes responsibility for your expenses)
  • A copy of your Chinese ID Card and Family registry (lists all family members) if you’re Chinese

Documents for foreign national students who want to attend elementary, middle or high school:

  • The admission document
  • Your certificate of enrollment or certificate of graduation
  • Financial statements to cover the school’s tuition and living expenses or a reference from your sponsor or a document proving that the principal bears the expense

Documents for interns:

  • Your certificate of enrollment or employment given by the inviting institution
  • Your résumé or records of employment
  • A copy of school or business registration certificate
  • Your training schedule, including your financial plan for living in Korea
  • A reference letter
  • A copy of your Chinese ID Card and Hogubu (lists all family members /호구부) if you’re Chinese

Documents for individuals who intend to work in a foreign investment company:

  • A copy of the investment company’s registration
  • An overseas investment declaration from the business’s bank (if applicable)
  • A remittance confirmation by bank (if applicable)
  • The export permit by the customs (for equipment investment only)
  • The local equivalent of business registration and a copy of the business establishment permit (confirmed by the local Korean embassy)
  • The Chinese business registration –for those involved in Chinese investment

Maximum Length of stay

The maximum length of stay on a D-4 visa is 2 years.

Extension of stay

In principle you are allowed to participate in general training for a period not exceeding one year after your initial entry in Korea.

Required Documents

  • Application Form
  • Valid Passport
  • Alien Registration Card
  • A Certificate of Enrollment
  • Transcript
  • Application Fee
  • Financial documents for example: A tuition payment receipt or Certificate of Scholarship
  • Certificate of Completion (Applicable for Chinese Students)
  • Proof of residency for example: A Confirmation Letter of Residence or a lease contract

* Immigration office may require additional documents depending on individual case and circumstances.

Re-Entry Permit

In December, 2010, the enforcement Regulations were revised. The Re-entry Permit Exemption is implemented now. This means:

– If you are a registered foreigner and plan to return to the ROK within 1 year from the

departure date, you are exempted from re-entry permit.

– If your period of sojourn remains less than 1 year, you are exempted from re-entry permit

for the remaining period.

If you need the permission due to the entry restrictions, you may submit application to an

Immigration (Branch) Office free of charge.

Required Documents For Re-Entry Permit

  • An application form
  • Passport
  • Alien Registration Card,
  • fee (single: 30,000 KRW, multiple: 50,000 KRW)

Working On D-4 Visa

You must be in the country for 6 months before you can get a work permit. You need to go to immigration to get permission to work part-time. D-4 visa holders are allowed to work part-time, which is no more than 20 hours long Monday to Friday, and unlimited hours on the weekend. During the summer or winter vacations you can work as much as you want.

Once you are issued a work permit, you can work legally only for the employer mentioned on your application form. It takes about five days to process student work permits.

Required Documents
  • Valid Passport
  • Application form
  • Alien registration card
  • Recommendation for part-time work form (It should be signed by employer, guidance professor or a staff in charge at the applicant’s university.)

You must also apply for an Alien Registration from the local Immigration Office, sine your your stay in Korea will be more than 90 days. You must apply for the alien registration card within 90 days upon your arrival in Korea.

For more information please contact your local Korean Consulate/ embassy or immigration office. You can also visit the immigration website at www.hikorea.go.kr or call the immigration helpline at 1345.

Leave a Reply