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Permits and Visas - Government Information Sources

Official government websites for information on living and/or working in Korea:  

One Click, Practical Law
This site provides information on Investing, Working, and Studying in Korea. It also offers information for overseas Koreas and foreign spouses of Korean nationals. It has replaced the Ministry of Government Legislation and Ministry of Justice sites for these and various other immigration issues.

Government of Korea for Foreigners
This site provides information in English on various issues affecting foreign nationals in Korea and includes links to e-application forms. T
his site is sometimes difficult to access if you don't have Active X. Try cutting and pasting:

Korea Immigration Service
This site Immigration's official site. Here you will find information regarding immigration regulations as well as e-forms. Lately, the bureau has become more vigilant about updating its site and new regulations have been posted relatively soon after they are announced.
Help LIne: Dial 1345, press 3 and then * for English. No need to press area code, even from cell phones. 

Ministry of Foreign Affairs and Trade 
This site is a compilation of press releases on matters related to trade and foreign relations as well as speeches, printed materials, etc.  There is also information here about working holidays in Korea, foreign investment and trade opportunities. 

Ministry of Labor
This site provide general information on issues of interest to foreign employers and employees in Korea.You can also as specific questions here or telephone a counsellor directly.
Labor Law Counselling for
Foreign CEO's: 031-345-5200 (from overseas 82-31-345-5200)
Foreign Workers: 031-345-5000 (from overseas 82-31-345-5000)

Much of the information contained on these sites is quite useful. However, it is important to note that it is not always complete and that you often must make additional inquiries. Do not be surprised either if you’ve heard or read something that is different from the content of any of the above sites. Sometimes, rules/laws are changed but there is a lag in the time between the adoption of the rule/legislation and updates of the English site.

It doesn’t hurt to e-mail and ask specific questions or to confirm that the information you’ve read on the English site is accurate. A written inquiry is often more helpful than a verbal one. Since reading is taught from a relatively early age, people here often find it easier to deal with written requests in English rather than verbal questions. To avoid misunderstandings, it is also helpful to get the answers in writing.

K4E Editor: tries to ensure that the information we provide is accurate and complete, so should you notice any errors or omissions in the content above please contact us at Please note that government regulations and proceedures may have changed from what has been described above or may not apply in all situations/cases. K4E recommends that you check with the appropriate government office and/or officials prior to going forward.  

Last Updated on 2011-07-15

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