South Korea offers international students an array of educational choices. Mulltilingual campus instruction in Seoul, Daeju, Busan, Daejeon, and Ulsan enables students who are not yet fluent in Korean language to study at Korea’s competitive universities. To enroll at a South Korean university, the student must apply for a student D-2 visa for the expected length of study for both undergraduate and graduate programs. Extension of the D-2 visa is usually a relatively simple process once the student is enrolled in the South Korean post-secondary program.
The student should initiate the D-2 visa application process by making sure that he or she qualifies for a program of study at a Korean university. Most require a minimum of 12 years of education and demonstrated proficiency in the instructional language. For English-speaking universities, the requirement is a proof of education in English language or a TOEFL score of at least 80.
Foreign Student Requirements for D-2 Student Visa
When studying at a Korean university, the student must take the TOPIK test to demonstrate comprehension of Korean language. Information from the TOPIK exam helps the student’s university to establish learning goals needed to achieve Korean language proficiency.
After confirmation that the student meets these basic requirements, he or she should apply to the Korean university, or daehakyo. The student is usually able to apply to university online. Korea’s universities have various criteria for student acceptance, and some daehakyos are more competitive than others.
After the student applies, he or she should wait to hear from the university. After considering the student’s application, he or she will receive an acceptance or rejection from the daehakyo. If accepted, the student may begin the D-2 visa application process.
If a student plans to visit Korea for 90 days or less and does not plan to matriculate in a program of study, he or she does not need a D-2 visa. If the student plans to stay longer than 90 days or plans to enter into an employee relationship with a business or plans to pursue other opportunities for profit in the country, he or she must apply for a visa with the South Korean consulates.
In some instances, the student may plan to work while he or she is studying at a Korean university. The student is required to submit information about his or her employer in that case.
D-2 Visa Application Process
The D-2 application process is frequently perceived as a complex task by many students hoping to study in Korea. First, the student must print the D-2 application from the Republic of Korea website. It is possible to partially translate the page to English language if necessary. Alternatively, the student may request or download a D-2 student visa application from the Ministry of Foreign Affairs (MOFA).
The student must accurately complete the D-2 visa application. He or she may fill out the D-2 visa application in Korean or English. The student should fill in the application in the language with which he or she is most familiar. Small or unintentional errors on the application may cause processing delays or rejections.
When complete, the student should submit the D-2 visa application to the Consular Section at the South Korean embassy. The application for the D-2 visa should include:
1. Proof of valid passport through the program of study’s duration.
2. Entering university’s certificate of admissions to the student.
3. Bank balance certificate, reflecting the student’s balance of at least USD 10,000 or university scholarship letter to show that he or she has necessary financial support to live in Korea.
–Non-exchange students’ bank balance certificates dated within one month should show at least USD 8,000 for one semester, or a bank balanace certificate dated within one month of at least USD 17,000 for two semesters.
–Exchange student bank balance certificates dated within one month must show at least USD 3,600 for a single semester or USD 8,500 for two semesters.
4. Student diploma or transcript to substantiate the student’s desire to continue research and/or study in Korea.
5. Two passport-sized photos, 3.5 cm x 4.5 cm
6. Completed Personal Security Assurance (FORM 129) should also be included in the application.
Submission of the Student D-2 Visa Application
After completion and several reviews to ensure accuracy, the student should submit the application packet to the consulate in person or by mail along with an average $45.00 processing fee. The student should anticipate a processing time of up to two or more weeks. If all information on the D-2 application is accurate, the consulates may approve the student’s request more quickly. Some applications are approved in 24 hours.
The consulate office notifies the student by phone when the visa is approved and ready. If there are issues with the student’s application for the D-2 visa, the consulate will also attempt to notify the student.
To prevent the possibility of processing or administrative delays, the student may benefit from the services of an experienced immigration attorney. An experienced immigration lawyer will guide the student’s D-2 visa application in order to avoid errors and inaccuracies that delay application approval and extend the time needed to process the D-2 application request.
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