South Korea offers several types of business visas for foreign nationals who want to conduct business activities in the country. These include the D-7 (Investor/Business Manager) Visa, D-8 (Corporate Investment) Visa, and D-9 (International Trade and Investment) Visa, among others. Each type of visa has its own eligibility requirements and conditions, and applicants must provide proof of their business plans and financial ability in order to obtain the specific visa.
Korea’s visa laws are, often, changing. For an article quoting Sean Hayes on the D-8 Investment Visa, please see: Sean Hayes Quoted by Korea Times on D-8 Investment Visa. To learn more about business in Korea, please see: Tips for Start-up Success in Korea.
Korean Short-Term Visitor (C Visas)
The short-term business visas C-3-4, C-3-5, and C-3-6 are available to people travelling to South Korea for activities such as attending meetings, negotiating contracts, and market research. Depending on the type of visa, different eligibility requirements and conditions apply, but all applicants must demonstrate their financial capability and the purpose of the business activities.
Korean Long Term (D Visas)
For foreigners wishing to conduct a variety of business operations in South Korea, the D-8, D-9, D-8-1, D-8-2, D-8-3, D-8-4, and D-10-2 visas are long-term business visas. The qualifying requirements and restrictions differ by visa class, and applicants must demonstrate their financial capability and business ideas. The D-8 visa is intended for corporate investors, the D-9 visa is intended for people involved in international trade and investment, the D-8-1 visa is intended for starting a local business, the D-8-2 visa is intended for venture capital, the D-8-3 visa is intended for unincorporated enterprises, the D-8-4 visa is intended for technology and business start-ups, and the D-10-2 visa is intended for business start-ups.
Major Business Visas for Those Wishing to Live and Work in Korea
- D-7 (Investor/Business Manager) Visa: for foreign investors and business managers
- D-8 (Corporate Investment) Visa: for corporate investors
- D-9 (International Trade and Investment) Visa: for individuals engaged in international trade and investment
- D-8-1 (Establishing a Local Business) Visa: for individuals establishing a local business
- D-8-2 (Venture Capital) Visa: for venture capital activities
- D-8-3 (Unincorporated Enterprise) Visa: for unincorporated enterprise activities
- D-8-4 (Technology and Business Start-up) Visa: for technology and business start-up activities
- D-10-2 (Business Start-up) Visa: for business start-up activities
- C-3-4 (Business Visitor [General]) Visa: for short-term business visits
- C-3-5 (Business Visitor [Agreement]) Visa: for short-term business visits in accordance with an agreement with the Korean government
- C-3-6 (Business Visitor [Sponsored]) Visa: for short-term business visits sponsored by a Korean company or organization.
Each type of visa has its own eligibility requirements and conditions, and applicants must provide proof of their business plans and financial ability.
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