U.S. Visas

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U.S. Visa: Reciprocity and Civil Documents by Country

South Korea

South Korea
Republic of Korea

Reciprocity Schedule

Select a visa category below to find the visa issuance fee, number of entries, and validity period for visas issued to applicants from this country*/area of authority.

Explanation of Terms

Visa Classification: The type of nonimmigrant visa you are applying for.

Fee: The reciprocity fee, also known as the visa issuance fee, you must pay. This fee is in addition to the nonimmigrant visa application fee (MRV fee).

Number of Entries: The number of times you may seek entry into the United States with that visa. "M" means multiple times. If there is a number, such as "One", you may apply for entry one time with that visa.

Validity Period: This generally means the visa is valid, or can be used, from the date it is issued until the date it expires, for travel with that visa. If your Validity Period is 60 months, your visa will be valid for 60 months from the date it is issued.

Visa Classifications
A
B
C
D
E
F
G
H
I
J
K
L
M
N
O
P
Q
R
S
T
U
V
Visa
Classification
Fee Number
of Entries
Validity
Period
A-1 None Multiple 60 Months
A-2 None Multiple 60 Months
A-3 1 None Multiple 24 Months
B-1 None Multiple 120 Months
B-2 None Multiple 120 Months
B-1/B-2 None Multiple 120 Months
C-1 None Multiple 120 Months
C-1/D None Multiple 120 Months
C-2 None Multiple 12 Months
C-3 None Multiple 60 Months
CW-1 11 None Multiple 12 Months
CW-2 11 None Multiple 12 Months
D None Multiple 120 Months
E-1 2 None Multiple 60 Months
E-2 2 None Multiple 60 Months
E-2C 12 None Multiple 24 Months
F-1 None Multiple 60 Months
F-2 None Multiple 60 Months
G-1 None Multiple 60 Months
G-2 None Multiple 60 Months
G-3 None Multiple 60 Months
G-4 None Multiple 60 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
I None Multiple 60 Months
J-1 4 None Multiple 60 Months
J-2 4 None Multiple 60 Months
K-1 None One 6 Months
K-2 None One 6 Months
K-3 None Multiple 24 Months
K-4 None Multiple 24 Months
L-1 None Multiple 60 Months
L-2 None Multiple 60 Months
M-1 None Multiple 60 Months
M-2 None Multiple 60 Months
N-8 None Multiple 60 Months
N-9 None Multiple 60 Months
NATO 1-7 N/A N/A N/A
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
R-1 None Multiple 60 Months
R-2 None Multiple 60 Months
S-5 7 None One 1 Month
S-6 7 None One 1 Month
S-7 7 None One 1 Month
T-1 9 N/A N/A N/A
T-2 None One 6 Months
T-3 None One 6 Months
T-4 None One 6 Months
T-5 None One 6 Months
T-6 None One 6 Months
TD 5 N/A N/A N/A
U-1 None Multiple 48 Months
U-2 None Multiple 48 Months
U-3 None Multiple 48 Months
U-4 None Multiple 48 Months
U-5 None Multiple 48 Months
V-1 None Multiple 120 Months
V-2 None Multiple 120 Months 8
V-3 None Multiple 120 Months 8
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Country Specific Footnotes

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Visa Category Footnotes
  1. 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:

    • A-1
    • A-2
    • G-1 through G-4
    • NATO 1 through NATO 6

  2. 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. The spouse and children of an E-1 or E-2 principal alien are accorded derivative E-1 or E-2 status following the reciprocity schedule, including any reciprocity fees, of the principle alien’s country of nationality.  

    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.  

  3. 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.

    Under 8 CFR §214.2, H-2A and H-2B petitions may generally only be approved for nationals of countries that the Secretary of Homeland Security has designated as participating countries. The current list of eligible countries is available on USCIS's website for both H-2A and H-2B visas. Nationals of countries not on this list may be the beneficiary of an approved H-2A or H2-B petition in limited circumstances at the discretion of the Department of Homeland Security if specifically named on the petition.  

    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.

  4. 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.

  5. 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.

    Canadian Nationals

    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

    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.

  6. 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.

  7. No S visa may be issued without first obtaining the Department's authorization.

  8. 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.

  9. 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:

    • T-2 (spouse)
    • T-3 (child)
    • T-4 (parent)
  10. The validity of NATO-5 visas may not exceed the period of validity of the employment contract or 12 months, whichever is less.

  11. 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.

  12. 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.

 

 

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General Documents

There is no general document information.

Birth, Death, Burial Certificates

Birth Certificates

Available

Fees:  500 Won-1,000 Won

Document Name:  The Basic Certificate (Detailed) “Gibon Jeungmyongseo (Sang Sae)” and Family Relation Certificate (Detailed) “Gajok Kwankye Jeungmyongseo (Sang Sae)” must both be submitted.

Issuing Authority:  Both certificates are issued by competent government offices, ward offices, city halls, Myun offices, Eup offices, and Dong offices throughout the country.

Special Seal(s) / Color / Format:  The certificates are generally printed electronically with an official seal of the chief of the issuing office on a white paper; however, a green paper is used when issued from the Automatic Certificate Issuing Machine.  A computer-generated anti-fraud logo should appear on the bottom of all certificates.

Issuing Authority Personnel Title:  The name and title of the chief of the issuing office is printed with his/her official seal.

Registration Criteria:  A Basic Certificate “Gibon Jeungmyongseo” can be issued to Korean nationals who register by reporting their births.  The certificate is updated when there are changes to the person’s  status (name change, custody, death, and etc.).  A Family Relations Certificate “Gajok Kwankye Jeungmyongseo” can be issued to Korean nationals who register by reporting their births and contains information on immediate family members (biological and adopted parents, spouse, and children).  It is updated when there are status changes to any of the family members (name change, custody, death, and etc.). 

Procedure for Obtaining:  Individuals can apply for the issuance of these certificates with a Korean ID at an issuing office in person.  Qualified family members (parents, spouse, children, siblings, etc) may apply on an individual’s behalf; a third party can only apply with a power of attorney.  They are also issued through Automatic Certificate Issuing Machines if available at the issuing office; however, the individual must apply in person using his/her fingerprints.  Please see the links below for more information:

Certified Copies Available:  Certified copies are not available.

Alternate Documents:  A person who lost Korean nationality prior to 2008 can submit a Family Census Register “Jejeok Deungbon” in lieu of a Basic Certificate “Gibon Jeungmyongseo” and Family Relations Certificate “Gajok Kwankye Jeungmyongseo”.

Exceptions:  None

Comments:  Please note that the Detailed “Sang Sae” version of the Basic Certificate “Gibon Jeungmyongseo”  shows an individual's date of birth, place of birth, name changes, child custody, loss/restoration of nationality, and death. The Detailed “Sang Sae” version of the Family Relations Certificate “Gajok Kwankye Jeungmyongseo” shows the family relationships of spouses, parents (including adoptive parents), and children (including adopted children but excluding step children).

 

Death Certificates

Unavailable:  The Basic Certificate “Gibon Jeungmyongseo” provides information on an individual’s death.  The Family Census Register “Jejeok Deungbon” also provides information if the death was reported before January 1, 2008.

Marriage, Divorce Certificates

Marriage Certificates

Available

Fees:  500 Won-1,000 Won

Document Name:  The Marriage Relation Certificate (Detailed) “Honin Kwankye Jeungmyongseo (Sang Sae)”.

Issuing Authority:  Marriage certificates are issued by competent government offices, ward offices, city halls, Myun offices, Eup offices, and Dong offices throughout the country.

Special Seal(s) / Color / Format:  Certificates are generally printed electronically with an official seal of the chief of the issuing office on white paper; however, green paper is used when issued from the Automatic Certificate Issuing Machine.  A computer-generated anti-fraud logo should be at the bottom.

Issuing Authority Personnel Title:  The name and title of the chief of the issuing office is printed with his/her official seal.

Registration Criteria:  A Marriage Relation Certificate (Detailed) “Honin Kwankye Jeungmyongseo (Sang Sae)” is registered when there is a change to marital status.  It contains all marriage and divorce records.  Certificates are also available to people who have never been married and states that there is no record of marriage.

Procedure for Obtaining:  Individuals can apply for the issuance of these certificates with a Korean ID at an issuing office in person.  Qualified family members (parents, spouse, children, siblings, etc) may apply on an individual’s behalf; a third party can only apply with a power of attorney.  They are also issued through Automatic Certificate Issuing Machines if available at the issuing office; however, the individual must apply in person using his/her fingerprints. Please see the link below for more information:

Certified Copies Available:  Certified copies are not available.

Alternate Documents:  There are no alternate documents.

Exceptions:  None

Comments:  None


Divorce Certificates

Unavailable:  The Marriage Relation Certificate (Detailed) “Honin Kwankye Jeungmyongseo (Sang Sae)” provides information on marital status and also contains previous divorce information.  The Family Census Register “Jejeok Deungbon” also provides divorce records if the divorce was reported before January 1, 2008.

Adoption Certificates

Available

Fees:  500 Won-1,000 Won

Document Name:  The Adoption Relation Certificate (Detailed) Yipyang Kwankye Jeungmyongseo (Sang Sae).

Issuing Authority:  Adoption certificates are issued by competent government offices, ward offices, city halls, Myun offices, Eup offices and Dong offices throughout the country.

Special Seal(s) / Color / Format:  Certificates are generally printed electronically with an official seal of the chief of the issuing office on white paper; however, green paper is used when issued from the Automatic Certificate Issuing Machine.  A computer-generated anti-fraud logo should be at the bottom.

Issuing Authority Personnel Title:  The name and title of the chief of the issuing office is printed with his/her official seal.

Registration Criteria:  Adoptions become effective when reported under the Act on the Registration of Family Relationship.  The report must be in writing with signatures of both adoptive parents and two adult witnesses from the competent government offices having custody over the child.  If the child is under fifteen-years old, a legal representative must consent to the adoption on behalf of the child.  A guardian can only give consent for adoption with permission from the Family Court.

Procedure for Obtaining:  Individuals can apply for the issuance of these certificates with a Korean ID at an issuing office in person.  Qualified family members (parents, spouse, children, siblings, etc) may apply on an individual’s behalf; a third party can only apply with a power of attorney.  They are also issued through Automatic Certificate Issuing Machines if available at the issuing office; however, the individual must apply in person using his/her fingerprints.

Certified Copies Available:  Certified copies are not available.

Alternate Documents:  There are no alternate documents.

Exceptions:  None

Comments:  None

Identity Card

Available

Fees:  No fee for initial issuance and 5,000 Won for the reissuance

Document Name:  Resident Registration Card “Jumindeungrokjeung”

Issuing Authority:  It is issued by the Ward offices (Gun or Gu offices) and City halls throughout the country.

Special Seal(s) / Color / Format:  The Resident Registration Card “Jumindeungrokjeung” is a plastic card containing the individual’s photo, name, national ID number, address, issuance date of the card, and the title and seal of the chief of the issuing authority on the front side.  The individual’s address change information and his/her right thumb finger print on the back side.

Issuing Authority Personnel Title:  Title of the chief of the issuing office is printed with his/her official seal on the front side of the card.

Registration Criteria:  Any Korean nationals who are over 17 years old can be issued a card.

Procedure for Obtaining:  Individuals must apply in person at the Eup office, Myeon office, or Dong office of his/her residence for the initial issuance.  Fingerprints will be taken.  The card can be picked up at the office where the application submitted or received by mail.  One photo taken within 6 months is required.  The card can be reissued if it is lost or damaged.

Certified Copies Available:  Certified copies are not available.

Alternate Documents:  There are no alternate documents.

Exceptions:  None

Comments:  The Resident Registration Card “Jumindeungrokjeung” certifies the individual is a resident of South Korea as a Korean national.  It is not required for the visa issuance purpose.

Police, Court, Prison Records

Police/Prison Records

Available

Fees:  There are no fees.

Document Name:  Criminal (Investigation) Records Check Reply ‘For confirmation of investigation card materials (including lapsed criminal sentences)’ “Bomjoi-Soosakyongryeok Hoiboseo: Soosajaryopyo Naeyong Hwakinyong (Shilhyodoin Hyung Deung Poham)”

Issuing Authority:  It is issued by any local Korean national police station throughout the country.

Special Seal(s) / Color / Format:  It is printed electronically with an official seal of the chief of the issuing police station on white paper.  A computer-generated anti-fraud logo should be at the bottom of the certificate.

Issuing Authority Personnel Title:  Commissioner General, Korean National Police Agency

Registration Criteria:  Criminal (Investigation) Records Check Reply ‘For confirmation of investigation card materials (including lapsed criminal sentences)’ provides an individual's criminal records including lapsed criminal sentences.  These certificates are also available to people who have never been arrested or convicted of any crime and will state that there is no record of an arrest or conviction.

Procedure for Obtaining:  Foreign nationals, regardless of visa status, and Korean citizens must apply in person at a local Korean National Police station. The Korean National Police search a foreign national's records using the foreign national's Korean alien registration card or passport. Korean citizens must show their Korean identification card “Jumindeungrokjeung” or passport.

Certified Copies Available:  Certified copies are not available.

Alternate Documents:  South Koreans and foreigners living outside Korea can obtain a police certificate at a Korean Embassy or Consulate. The requestor should download the police certificate request application from the official KNPA website at minwon.police.go.kr (accessible by clicking on the “civil format” link under the “customer center” tab) and apply for the certificate in person at a Korean Embassy/Consulate.   People who reside outside of Korea and far away from a Korean Embassy or Consulate can mail a request application to the Korean National Police in Korea.  The mailing address and guidance are provided in the Korean National Police website at minwon.police.go.kr.  People who submit requests by mail should contact the Korean National Police by phone at 82-2-3150-2676 after mailing the application.

Exceptions:  None

Comments:  The certificate may be issued as a single document or as separate Criminal Records Check Reply and Investigation Records Check Reply. Both are acceptable, but if issued as separate documents, both the Criminal Records Check Reply and Investigation Records Check Reply must be submitted. Applicants must submit the criminal records check that includes lapsed sentences to satisfy U.S. immigration law.


Court Records

Available

Fees:  1,000 Won for the first 5 pages and 50 Won per additional page.  Fees for copies issued from National Archives of Korea may differ.

Document Name:  Judgment “Pangyeolmun” or Summarized Order “Yaksik Myeongryeong”

Issuing Authority:  It is issued by the district court or the public prosecutor’s office.

Special Seal(s) / Color / Format:  Certified copies of the original judgment are issued with a red seal of the issuing office.

Issuing Authority Personnel Title:  Chief of the service center of the district public prosecutor’s office, chief of the service center of the court, or chief of the Archives Information Center of the National Archives of Korea

Registration Criteria:  Court records are registered by the judge.  For the closed cases, court records are also maintained at the district public prosecutor’s office.  The court records that are over 10 years old may be forwarded and archived at National Archives of Korea.

Procedure for Obtaining:  Applications can be made in person by the individual or designee at the district public prosecutor’s office or court.  Internet application is also available for limited cases with authenticated certificates.  Court records can be picked up in person or mailed to the applicant and are generally issued within five business days.

Certified Copies Available:  Certified copies are available.

Alternate Documents:  There are no alternate documents.

Exceptions:  None

Comments:  Applicants should contact the service center of the court or the district public prosecutor’s office where judged or prosecuted their case to check the location of the court record.

Military Records

Unavailable:  All Korean national males should perform military service according to the Constitution of the Republic of Korea and Military Service Act.

Passports & Other Travel Documents

Types Available (Regular, Diplomatic, Official, etc.):  Regular passports are issuable to any Korean national.  Individuals can apply for either a multiple entry passport (PM) which is usually valid for 10 years for adults and five years for minors or a single entry passport (PS) which allows one overseas trip within one year.  A residential passport (PR) is issued to Korean nationals who have reported relocating overseas, obtained permanent resident status or immigrant visas from other countries, or been authorized for intercountry adoption and it is usually valid for 5-10 years with multiple entries.  Official passport (PO) and Diplomatic passport (PD) are issued to eligible government officials and diplomats under the Ministry of Foreign Affairs and Trade and their dependents with a maximum validity of five years.

Note:  South Korea began issuing electronic passports (e-passport) in August 2008.  Former non-electronic passports can still be used through their validity.

Fees:  Fees may vary depending on the type of passport.  Please refer to passport.go.kr for the fee details.

Document Name:  Passport “Yeo Kwon”

Issuing Government Authority:  Ministry of Foreign Affairs (MOFA)

Special Seal(s) / Color / Format:  The Korean e-passport contains a hard biometric IC chip and antenna and it is machine readable.  A gold logo is inserted in the front page that complies with the standards of the International Civil Aviation Organization (ICAO).  Regular and residential passports have dark green covers, official passports have reddish brown, and diplomatic passports have dark navy covers.  The main identification page contains photo and personal information of the passport holders:  type of passport, issuing country, passport number, surname, given name, nationality, date of birth, date of issue, date of expiry, gender, name in Korean and also indicate the holder's resident registration number.

Issuing Authority Personnel Title:  The Minister of Foreign Affairs

Registration Criteria:  All Korean nationals are eligible to apply for a passport.  Individuals must apply in person unless they fall into the exceptional cases (e.g. minors, handicapped, etc.).  The application for the regular passport, official passport and diplomatic passport can be made at the ward offices or city halls throughout the country while the application for the residential passport should be submitted to the passport department of the MOFA.  The passport application offices are listed on passport.go.kr.  Korean nationals overseas can apply for their regular passports at the nearest Korean consulate.  The application form, photo and personal ID are basic requirements for the passport application.  Additional documents may be needed for males, minors, government officials, handicapped, resident passport applicants and official or diplomatic passport applicants.  Please find more information on required documents for the passport application at passport.go.kr.

Alternate Documents:  There are no alternate documents.

Exceptions:  None

Comments:  A limited validity passport may be issued to a male applicant who is over 18 but did not complete his mandatory military service and applicants who are pending court action.  Residential passports are not required for immigrant visa applications.

Other Documents Available:  Travel certificate (PT) is issued to a stateless persons who are departing Korea, a person who is residing overseas but his/her passport has been lost or expired and cannot wait for the issuance of the new passport prior to travel, and to children who are eligible for intercountry adoption.

Other Records

Not applicable

Visa Issuing Posts

Post Contact information

Embassy:  U.S. Embassy Seoul

Address:

  • APO/DPO:  U.S. Embassy Seoul, Unit 9600, BOX 9997 DPO, AP 96209-9997
  • Diplomatic Pouch:  9600 Seoul Pl Washington DC 20521-9600
  • Local Address:  188 Sejong-daero, Jongno-gu, Seoul 110-710 Korea

Phone Number: (82-2) 397-4114

Comments / Additional Information: None

Visa Services

U.S. Embassy Seoul processes all visa categories for South Korea.  It also processes immigrant visas for Commonwealth of the Northern Mariana Islands.

Additional Information for Reciprocity

Although care has been taken to ensure the accuracy, completeness and reliability of the information provided, please contact the U.S. Embassy or Consulate where you plan to apply if you believe this information is in error or if you have further questions.