Methods of Submission

The visa regulations established by the Republic of Korea allow three different methods of visa applications. Note that only specific visa types or applicants with specific characteristics are eligible to apply using a specific method.

Long Term Visas - Over 90 Days

Visa Category

Visa Type

Reference Number

In person

E-Visa

Confirmation of Visa Issuance

Short Term Visit

Working holiday

H-1

Ѵ

X

X

Medical Treatment

Medical treatment and recovery

G-1-10

Ѵ

Ѵ

Ѵ

Family Visitor and Dependent Family

Parents of international student

F-1-13

X

X

Ѵ

Cohabitee of diplomat/foreign government official

F-1-3

Ѵ

X

X

Spouse of permanent resident

F-2-3

Ѵ

X

X

Dependent family

F-3-1

Ѵ

Ѵ

Ѵ

Overseas Korean

Overseas Korean

F-4-11

Ѵ

X

X

Dependent of Overseas Korean

F-4-12

Ѵ

X

X

Marriage Migrant

Spouse of a Korean national

F-6-1

Ѵ

X

X

Child raising

F-6-2

Ѵ

X

X

Journalism/Religious Affairs

Long-term news coverage

D-5

Ѵ

X

Ѵ

Religious worker

D-6

Ѵ

X

Ѵ

Study and Language Training

Associate degree

D-2-1

Ѵ

X

X

Bachelor's degree

D-2-2

Ѵ

X

X

Master's degree

D-2-3

Ѵ

X

X

Doctoral degree

D-2-4

Ѵ

X

X

Research study

D-2-5

Ѵ

X

X

Exchange student

D-2-6

Ѵ

X

X

Korean language trainee

D-4-1

Ѵ

X

X

Student (Elementary, Middle, High School)

D-4-3

Ѵ

X

Ѵ

Foreign language trainee

D-4-7

X

X

Ѵ

Trainee

Industrial trainee (FDI)

D-3-11

X

X

Ѵ

Industrial trainee (Technology)

D-3-12

X

X

Ѵ

Industrial trainee (Plant)

D-3-13

X

X

Ѵ

General trainee (Others)

D-4-2

Ѵ

X

Ѵ

Trainee chef (Korean cuisine)

D-4-5

X

X

Ѵ

General trainee (Private institute)

D-4-6

X

X

Ѵ

Korean arts and culture

D-1-00

Ѵ

X

Ѵ

Intra-Company Transfer

Intra-company transferee (international company)

D-7-1

X

X

Ѵ

Intra-company transferee (domestic company)

D-7-2

Ѵ

X

X

Investment

Incorporated enterprise

D-8-1

Ѵ

X

Ѵ

Business venture

D-8-2

Ѵ

X

X

Unincorporated enterprise

D-8-3

Ѵ

X

X

Technology and Business startup

D-8-4

Ѵ

X

Ѵ

International Trade

International trade

D-9-1

X

X

Ѵ

Technician (Industrial machinery)

D-9-2

Ѵ

X

X

Technician (Ship Building)

D-9-3

Ѵ

X

X

Individual foreign business man

D-9-4

Ѵ

X

X

Professional

Job seeker

D-10-1

Ѵ

X

X

Business Startup

D-10-2

Ѵ

X

X

Professor

E-1

Ѵ

Ѵ

Ѵ

Foreign language instructor (General)

E-2-1

X

X

Ѵ

Researcher

E-3

Ѵ

Ѵ

Ѵ

Technical instructor/Technician

E-4

Ѵ

Ѵ

Ѵ

Professional

E-5

Ѵ

Ѵ

Ѵ

Artist

E-6-1

X

X

Ѵ

Hotel and adult entertainment

E-6-2

X

X

Ѵ

Athlete

E-6-3

X

X

Ѵ

Professionals

E-7-1

Ѵ

Ѵ

Ѵ

Non-Professional

Household assistant of diplomat

F-1-21

Ѵ

X

Ѵ

Household assistant of big investor

F-1-22

X

X

Ѵ

Household assistant of high-tech investor

F-1-23

X

X

Ѵ

Household assistant of professional

F-1-24

X

X

Ѵ

Permanent Residence

Visa Category

Visa Type and Checklist

Ref. No.

 

 

 

Professional

Special talent

F-5-11

Ѵ

X

X

Investment

Big investor

F-5-5

Ѵ

X

X

Short Term Visas - Up to 90 Days

Visa Category

Visa Type and Checklist

Ref. No.

 

 

 

Short Term Visit

Short term visitor (Overseas Korean)

C-3-8

Ѵ

X

X

Professional

Short term employee

C-4

Ѵ

X

X

Journalism/Religious Affairs

Short term news coverage

C-1

Ѵ

X

X

Family Visitor and Dependent Family

Parents of special talent

F-1-15

X

X

Ѵ

Spouse/Underage children of F4 Overseas Korean

F-1-9

Ѵ

X

X

Underage children of national Korean

F-2-2

Ѵ

X

X

Note that, regardless of the initial method of application, every applicant must visit in person the IOM KVAC or use the mail-in service to submit the visa application supporting documents and the passport. 

 

Visa Application Process

Application in Person at KVAC 

1. Preparation of needed documents

2. Payment of visa fees, service fees, and additional service fees (if any)

3. Appointment scheduling at the KVAC

4. Visit at the KVAC

5. Decision making at the ROK Embassy in Berlin

6. Updated status on the Korea Visa Portal 

7. Passport return at the KVAC 

 

Mail-In Application

1. Preparation of needed documents

2. Payment of visa fees, service fees, and courier fees

3. Shipment to the KVAC 

4. Decision making at the ROK Embassy in Berlin

5. Updated status on the Korea Visa Portal 

6. Passport return visa registered mail by the KVAC

Please download here the guideline for Mail-In application and relevant forms.

For further information, please visit the website of the Embassy of the Republic of Korea in Berlin and the website of the Korea Visa Portal

 

Processing Time

The processing time may vary depending on:

•Visa type;

• Complexity of the documentation;

• Completeness and accurateness of the documents;

• Need for interview;

• Peak season.

Currently the ROK Embassy in Berlin needs two weeks to process a visa application. Please do carefully consider this time when you plan for your visa. 

In case of emergency, the Embassy can consider accelerating the decision process if there is a reasonable and attestable reason. 

If you find yourself in a situation of need, please write an email to kvaceuinfo@iom.int providing full name, passport number, telephone number, a detailed explanation, attaching any document proving the emergency, noting that the ROK Embassy in Berlin does not allow any expedite process so every request will be carefully evaluated and there is no guarantee of success. 

 

Visa Decision Process  

Please note that starting from February 24, 2020, the Embassy of the Republic of Korea in Berlin stopped issuing visa stickers. The whole process is currently managed online.

Once the decision making has been completed, the status of your visa application will be updated in the Korea Visa Portal. Please verify the result here.