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SOUTH KOREA: New Process for Visa Issuance

, 17/02/2020

Effective 24 February 2020, Korean consulates will begin to phase out the stamping of visas into passports.

Instead, the applicant must check the status of the visa application online. A "Visa Grant Notice" will be issued in PDF format, and must be printed out, in colour or black and white, and submitted on entry.

This new procedure is effective from 24 February 2020, for visas issued by the Korean missions in the United States, Japan and Europe (specifically: Austria, Belgium, Bulgaria, Croatia, Czech Republic, Denmark, Finland, France, Germany, Greece, Hungary, Ireland, Italy, Netherlands, Norway, Poland, Portugal, Romania, Serbia, Slovakia, Spain, Sweden, Switzerland and the United Kingdom).

It will be effective worldwide from 1 July 2020.

Work visa applications are submitted to Korean consulates once a Visa Issuance Confirmation Number (VICN) has been obtained from the Korean Immigration Office.