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Procedure flowchart
Procedures for those entering with Working Visit (H-2) status.
Procedure Details
1. Apply for visa or visa issuance certificate
  • Visa must be applied at an overseas embassy
  • Visa issuance certificate can only be issued to parents or spouse of Study Abroad (D-2) visa holders that have studied in Korea with enrolling more than 2 semesters, or Korean national's relatives that are closer than 3rd cousin by consanguinity or 1st cousin by affinity. It can be applied at  local immigration office.
2. Foreigner registration and employment education
  • Those seeking over 90 days of stay must apply for foreigner registration within 90 days from the date of entry
    * Application for foreigner registration can be filed regardless of the applicants employment education status.
  • Applicants may apply for employment or request employment recommendation upon completing employment education at an educational facilities designated by the Ministry of Labor
  • Notification of employment or change in workplace must be filed within 14 days of its occurrence.
3. Extension of stay
  • May stay for up to 3 years from the date of entry into Korea. 
    * But, those who are requested to work continuously by the employer can be allowed to stay within 4 years and 10 months from the entry date.
    * However, parents of spouse of those with Study Abroad (D-2) status may stay for as long as D-2 remains valid.
  • Extension of stay must be applied at the local immigration office prior to the expiration of current term of stay.
4. Departure
  • Must depart after 3 years of stay
  • Foreigner registration card must be returned at the airport immigration office.
5. Re-entry
  • Re-entering with previous Working Visit (H-2) status
    * If the visa is still valid, there is no need to be issued another visa.
6. Re-application for foreigner registration
  • Re-application for foreigner registration must happen within 90 days of re-entry (App required documents and procedures are the same)
  • The status of stay expires on the same day as the visa.
* Employment education facility : Human Resources Development Service of Korea
Procedures for those eligible for status change into Working Visitor (H-2) status
Procedures Details
1. Foreigner registration and change of status
  • Those seeking over 90 days of stay must apply for foreigner registration within 90 days from the date of entry
  • Status will be changed to Working visitor (H-2) upon foreigner registration
2. Employment education
  • Applicants may apply for employment or request employment recommendation upon completing employment education at an educational facilities designated by the Ministry of Labor
  • Notification of employment or change in workplace must be filed within 14 days of its occurrence.
3. Extension of stay
  • May only stay for up to 3 years from the date of entry
  • Extension of stay must be applied at the local immigration office prior to the expiration of current term of stay.
4. Complete departure
  • Complete departure must be made before the expiration date for the status of stay.
  • Foreigner registration card must be returned to the airport immigration office upon departure
* Employment education facility : Human Resources Development Service of Korea
< posted : 01/26,2010 >

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