IMPORTANT NOTICE 
 

 

REGARDING APPLICANT WITHDRAWAL: Visa denial + Restriction on visa issuance in cases of interference with KVAC operations

Recently, there has been an increase in applicants who, without considering the general visa processing time, request withdrawal of their applications citing reasons such as passport retrieval. This has disrupted the normal procedure of the visa application process, causing inconvenience to other applicants. 
Therefore, effective March 25, 2024, applicants who submit visa applications without considering the general processing time and subsequently request withdrawal due to reasons such as simple passport retrieval (excluding humanitarian cases) may result in visa denial. 

Furthermore, unannounced visits, unauthorized entry or intrusions, repetitive and indiscriminate communication (via email, phone), verbal abuse (shouting), insults, or threats that disrupt business operations may result in restrictions on visa issuance in accordance with the Ministry of Justice's ‘Guidelines for Sanctions against Individual Disrupting Visa Operations’ with a minimum duration of one year.

 

 

KVAC Paris : Security measures for the Olympic Games

Starting from June 17, 2024, until September 2, 2024, because of renovation works that will be conducted within the office and because of imposition of security measures for the Olympic Games in Paris, the KVAC office will interrupt receiving applicants in person for passport return.

The KVAC in Paris will only receive applications and return passports via posts.

The KVAC in Paris kindly recommends all applicants who may submit their visa requests during this time to be aware of the above-mentioned restrictions and eventual implications in submission and collection time.

The visa processing time during summer peak season is 2 to 6 weeks and there is no expedite process. Please ensure that you submit the documentation complete and in compliance with the relevant checklist. Missing documents, incorrect information or incomplete or incorrect payments will cause delays in the processing time.

The KVAC and the ROK Embassy in Berlin recommends all visa applicants not to purchase flight tickets before the visa decision is made. The flight schedule will not be considered to expedite the processing time.

(Please note: The KVAC in Paris kindly suggests avoiding submitting your applications from July 26 to August 11, 2024, during the Olympic Games.)

 

 

NEW REQUIREMENT FOR C3 MULTIPLE ENTRY VISA

Effective March 1, 2024, C-3 type applicants for a multiple-entry visa must have a documented stay of more than 2 years in countries where KVAC is located.
Please note that fees for multiple visa applications with ineligible cases are non-refundable, regardless of the visa outcome.

 

 

NEW VISA FEE 

From January 1, 2024 to June 28, 2024, the new visa fee applies. 
Visa fees vary according to nationality, visa type, and the number of entries, please check HERE for information on your visa fees.

 

 

KVAC PARIS - OFFICE MAINTENANCE NOTIFICATION

KVAC Paris office is currently undergoing maintenance. During this period, our office may experience temporary disruptions. Applicants are requested to use Building A for the passport pick-up. We apologize for any inconvenience this may cause and appreciate your understanding as we work to enhance our office facilities.

 

 

VISA DECISIONS AND CONDUCT GUIDELINES - VISA REJECTION 

Upon receipt of your visa decision from the Consul, it is important to understand that the decision is final and cannot be reversed under any circumstances. In the event that your visa application is rejected, and you are dissatisfied with the outcome, we kindly emphasize the necessity of maintaining respectful and appropriate conduct. The use of abusive language, verbal harassment, or continuous and repetitive contact with the embassy or visa application center can result in repercussions under the 'Standards for Disciplinary Action for Visa Interference' as outlined by the Ministry of Justice. Please be aware that such actions may lead to visa issuance restrictions, which could extend for a period of up to 3 years.

 

 

KVAC VISA APPLICATION PROCESSING TIME

The general visa processing time takes 14 working days from the date when you submit all the required documents to our KVAC team. However, please note that if an applicant fails to provide all mandatory documents or necessary information, the processing time may be delayed.

During peak season, which varies depending on the country and the specific KVAC office, the processing time may take longer.
Generally, the peak seasons are during the summer (June to August) and winter (December to February). 

Please make sure to plan in advance for the visa application submission for your timely departure. Your flight schedule will not be considered to make your visa processing time short. 

 

 

KVAC BERLIN OFFICE RELOCATED

We would like to inform you that the KVAC Berlin office has moved from Taubenstrasse 20 to Charlottenstrasse 68, effective from 2 February 2023. We kindly request you to take note of this information before submitting your passport and visa application documents.

For all applicants visiting our office, you can enter after registering at the reception located on the 1st floor. Our call center number and email address will remain the same for any inquiries or further assistance.

Please find our contact details as follows:

Phone: +49-302902245550
Email: kvacdeinfo@iom.int

 

 

INTERNATIONAL POST IS NOT ACCEPTABLE

As part of the visa application process, it is required for the applicant to be physically present in the country where they are applying. Therefore, the Visa Application Centre (KVAC) only accepts applications that are submitted in person within the country's borders. Please note that KVAC does not accept visa applications that are mailed or submitted from outside of the country.

 

 

PHISHING SITE WARNING

  • We would like to bring to your attention the presence of fraudulent visa agency websites that claim to be official sites for entering Korea. These fraudulent sites impersonate the government of the Republic of Korea and demand large sums of money, often resulting in financial loss and other forms of fraud.
  • We have recently identified a fraudulent website, koreaonlinevisa.com, k-eta.co, evisa-go-kr.online, checkvisa.vn which are impersonating the K-ETA portal and Korea Visa Portal. Please note that the official websites for visa applications are the Korea Visa Portal [ www.visa.go.kr], KVAC Europe Website [www.visaforkorea.eu], and K-ETA Portal [www.k-eta.go.kr].