|A-3 1||None||Multiple||24 Months|
|CW-1 11||None||Multiple||12 Months|
|CW-2 11||None||Multiple||12 Months|
|E-1 2||None||Multiple||60 Months|
|E-2 2||None||Multiple||60 Months|
|E-2C 12||None||Multiple||24 Months|
|G-5 1||None||Multiple||24 Months|
|H-1B||None||Multiple||60 Months 3|
|H-1C||None||Multiple||60 Months 3|
|H-2A||None||Multiple||60 Months 3|
|H-2B||None||Multiple||60 Months 3|
|H-2R||None||Multiple||60 Months 3|
|H-3||None||Multiple||60 Months 3|
|H-4||None||Multiple||60 Months 3|
|J-1 4||None||Multiple||60 Months|
|J-2 4||None||Multiple||60 Months|
|O-1||None||Multiple||60 Months 3|
|O-2||None||Multiple||60 Months 3|
|O-3||None||Multiple||60 Months 3|
|P-1||None||Multiple||60 Months 3|
|P-2||None||Multiple||60 Months 3|
|P-3||None||Multiple||60 Months 3|
|P-4||None||Multiple||60 Months 3|
|Q-1 6||None||Multiple||15 Months 3|
|S-5 7||None||One||1 Month|
|S-6 7||None||One||1 Month|
|S-7 7||None||One||1 Month|
|V-2||None||Multiple||120 Months 8|
|V-3||None||Multiple||120 Months 8|
Available. Effective January 1, 2008, new forms of family register certificates are issued by the competent government offices, Ward offices, City halls, Myun offices, Eup offices, and Dong offices, throughout the country when the individual and his/her immediate family members (parents, children, or spouse) apply for the issuance of these certificates.
The new Family Relation Register (FRR) has been organized for each individual member of a family to protect personal information. According to the purpose of issuance, the certificates of family relation registers can be classified into five categories:
(1)Identification certificate (Gibon jeungmyongseo)
(2)Family relation certificate (Gajokkwankye jeungmyongseo)
(3)Marriage relation certificate (Honinkwankye jeungmyongseo)
(4)Adoption relation certificate (Ipyangkwankye jeungmyongseo)
(5)Special adoption relation certificate (Chinyangja ipyangkwankye jeungmyongseo)
Please note that the Family Relation Register certificate of family relation shows names of spouse, parents (including adoptive parents), children (including adopted children) based on current family relationship. The Identification certificate shows only the individual's date of birth, place of birth, changed names, and death. The Marriage Relation certificate provides the information on the individual's marital status only.
The former Family Census Register (FCR) is still available as an archived family relation register (Jejeok Deung-Bon) which was organized under the name of the "Head of Family." The former FCR records personal information for the "Head of Family" and all family. This document contains information concerning birth, marriage, divorce, adoption, death, and other family history reported before January 1, 2008. It is still fundamental to family cases and any other IV case in which the principal applicant has derivative family members.
If the individual's birth, adoption, marriage, divorce, or death was reported after January 1, 2008, the certificate issued for that purpose should be accompanied with identification certificate (Gibbon jeungmyongseo), Family relation certificate (Gajokkwankye jeungmyongseo), and Marriage relation certificate (Honinkwankye jeungmyongseo) for applicants over 18.
The Korean National Identification (KID) number is a thirteen digit number consisting of two parts. The first part is a six-digit number representing the date of birth (YY-MM-DD). The second part, separated from the first part by a hyphen, is a seven-digit national identification number. This seven-digit number is located on the right side of the DOB on the data page of Korean passports issued in Korea, but not on passports issued elsewhere. Note that national identification numbers for males begin with "1" and numbers for females begin with "2." For Koreans born after 2000, male ID numbers start with "3" and female ID numbers start with "4."
When data entering the KID number into the IV application, the standard practice is to enter the last seven digits of the National ID number (without the six-digit DOB reference) as an alias name. The first four digits of this seven-digit number are entered as the surname, and the last three digits are entered as the first name. A trailing zero (0) should be added to the end of the first name field as a dummy variable, making it also four digits long.
Available. A court certificate of adoption may be obtained from the district court having jurisdiction over the adopted child's residence in Korea. The child's FCR is required, containing full details of the adoption, including the full names, dates and places of birth of the adopting and birth parents, if known.
Korean National Police Certificate (Crime-Investigation History Report: Bomjoi-Soosa Kyongreok Johoi Hoiboseo) is available to visa applicants of any nationality who are physically present in South Korea. The new KNPC now includes all serious crimes since 1945, regardless of expungement benefits under Korean law, and misdemeanors for five years, according to the Individual Information Protection Law of March 2003.
Applicants presently in Korea: Foreign nationals, regardless of visa status, and Korean citizens must apply in person at any local police station. The KNP checks non-Koreans according to the requestor's Korean alien registration card or passport. Korean citizens must show a Korean identity card with the Korean citizen's unique, lifetime Korean identification number, which is found on Korean national identity cards and Korean passports adjacent to the applicant's name. KNP processing is no fee and takes less than one hour. The new KNPC bears a red ink half inch square stamp on the bottom containing the Korean characters for National Police. It is issued in Korean only and applicants must attach a complete English translation, certified as true and correct by anyone competent in Korean and English, for the visa interview. A simple computer printout of criminal records is issued with the Korean annotation for information only, has no red ink stamp and is not a KNPC for visa purposes.
Applicants outside of Korea: Unavailable.
Available. Records of court judgments are maintained at the records section of the district public prosecutor. A certified copy of judgment (Pangyulmoon) may be issued either to Koreans or non-Koreans upon application in person or by letter. The application must include full name, date of birth, permanent legal domicile, date of conviction, place of conviction and the purpose for which the copy of the court judgment is required.
The Korean government began issuing machine-readable passports on January 1, 1994. The old version of the Korean passport was issued at Korean Consulates until supplies were exhausted. The new passport is valid for an initial five-year period; it is extendible for an additional five years.
Koreans may carry a limited validity passport for one of several reasons and it is impossible to ascertain the reason for the limited validity by examining the passport book itself. Reasons for the issuance of limited passports may include:
Conscription: Korea has nearly universal mandatory national service for males. However, exemption from military service is possible for men 31 years of age or older. Also, military service evaders and emigrants who are 36 years or older are exempted. Men who have completed their military service obligation do not need special permission to travel and are eligible for a full validity, 10-year passport. Males who are 18 years or older, who have not completed their military service obligation, or who are not otherwise ineligible for military service, must seek special travel permission from the Manpower Recruitment Administration (Byongmuchung) before a passport can be issued. If travel permission is granted, the validity of the limited passport will be limited to the approved travel period which in turn depends on the purpose of travel. Males under 17 years of age are not issued a passport with validity beyond December 31st of the year they turn 17 years old. However, if a male receives travel permission when he turns 17 years old, he can be issued a passport with validity beyond the year he turns 18 years old.
Note: For Koreans, a man is 20 years old as of January 1, 2006, he he were born on any date between January 1, 1986 and December 31, 1986.
Seoul, South Korea (Embassy)
All visa categories for Korea. Seoul also processes immigrant visas for Mongolia, and Commonwealth of the Northern Mariana Islands (CNMI, Saipan et al.).
The validity of A-3, G-5, and NATO 7 visas may not exceed the validity of the visa issued to the person who is employing the applicant. The "employer" would have one of the following visa classifications:
An E-1 and E-2 visa may be issued only to a principal alien who is a national of a country having a treaty, or its equivalent, with the United States. E-1 and E-2 visas may not be issued to a principal alien if he/she is a stateless resident. If the spouse and children of an E-1 or E-2 principal alien are stateless, or if they are nationals of a country which does not have a treaty with the United States, they may be accorded derivative E-1 or E-2 status. In these cases, the reciprocity schedule of the principal alien's nationality is used.
Example: John Doe is a national of the country of Z that has an E-1/E-2 treaty with the U.S. His wife and child are nationals of the country of Y which has no treaty with the U.S. The wife and child would, therefore, be entitled to derivative status and receive the same reciprocity as Mr. Doe, the principal visa holder.
The validity of H-1 through H-3, O-1 and O-2, P-1 through P-3, and Q visas may not exceed the period of validity of the approved petition or the number of months shown, whichever is less.
Derivative H-4, L-2, O-3, and P-4 visas, issued to accompanying or following-to-join spouses and children, may not exceed the validity of the visa issued to the principal alien.
There is no reciprocity fee for the issuance of a J visa if the alien is a United States Government grantee or a participant in an exchange program sponsored by the United States Government.
Also, there is no reciprocity fee for visa issuance to an accompanying or following-to-join spouse or child (J-2) of an exchange visitor grantee or participant.
In addition, an applicant is eligible for an exemption from the MRV fee if he or she is participating in a State Department, USAID, or other federally funded educational and cultural exchange program (program serial numbers G-1, G-2, G-3 and G-7).
However, all other applicants with U.S. Government sponsorships, including other J-visa applicants, are subject to the MRV processing fee.
Under the North American Free Trade Agreement (NAFTA), Canadian and Mexican nationals coming to engage in certain types of professional employment in the United States may be admitted in a special nonimmigrant category known as the "trade NAFTA" or "TN" category. Their dependents (spouse and children) accompanying or following to join them may be admitted in the "trade dependent" or "TD" category whether or not they possess Canadian or Mexican nationality. Except as noted below, the number of entries, fees and validity for non-Canadian or non-Mexican family members of a TN status holder seeking TD visas should be based on the reciprocity schedule of the TN principal alien.
Since Canadian nationals generally are exempt from visa requirement, a Canadian "TN' or "TD" alien does not require a visa to enter the United States. However, the non-Canadian national dependent of a Canadian "TN", unless otherwise exempt from the visa requirement, must obtain a "TD" visa before attempting to enter the United States. The standard reciprocity fee and validity period for all non-Canadian "TD"s is no fee, issued for multiple entries for a period of 36 months, or for the duration of the principal alien's visa and/or authorized period of stay, whichever is less. See 'NOTE' under Canadian reciprocity schedule regarding applicants of Iranian, Iraqi or Libyan nationality.
Mexican nationals are not visa-exempt. Therefore, all Mexican "TN"s and both Mexican and non-Mexican national "TD"s accompanying or following to join them who are not otherwise exempt from the visa requirement (e.g., the Canadian spouse of a Mexican national "TN") must obtain nonimmigrant visas.
Applicants of Iranian, Iraqi or Libyan nationality, who have a permanent resident or refugee status in Canada/Mexico, may not be accorded Canadian/Mexican reciprocity, even when applying in Canada/Mexico. The reciprocity fee and period for "TD" applicants from Libya is $10.00 for one entry over a period of 3 months. The Iranian and Iraqi "TD" is no fee with one entry over a period of 3 months.
Q-2 (principal) and Q-3 (dependent) visa categories are in existence as a result of the 'Irish Peace Process Cultural and Training Program Act of 1998'. However, because the Department anticipates that virtually all applicants for this special program will be either Irish or U.K. nationals, the Q-2 and Q-3 categories have been placed only in the reciprocity schedules for those two countries. Q-2 and Q-3 visas are available only at the Embassy in Dublin and the Consulate General in Belfast.
No S visa may be issued without first obtaining the Department's authorization.
V-2 and V-3 status is limited to persons who have not yet attained their 21st birthday. Accordingly, the period of validity of a V-2 or V-3 visa must be limited to expire on or before the applicant's twenty-first birthday.
Posts may not issue a T-1 visa. A T-1 applicant must be physically present in the United States, American Samoa, the Commonwealth of the Northern Mariana Islands or a U.S. port of entry, where he/she will apply for an adjustment of status to that of a T-1. The following dependents of a T-1 visa holder, however, may be issued a T visa at a U.S. consular office abroad:
The validity of NATO-5 visas may not exceed the period of validity of the employment contract or 12 months, whichever is less.
The validity of CW-1 and CW-2 visas shall not exceed the maximum initial period of admission allowed by DHS (12 months) or the duration of the transition period ending December 31, 2014, whichever is shortest.
The validity of E-2C visas shall not exceed the maximum initial period of admission allowed by DHS (24 months) or the duration of the transition period ending December 31, 2014, whichever is shortest.