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Who is eligible to work in Korea?

If you want to work in Korea, you must have a visa allowing employment activities. And each visa allowing employment has also specific restrictions on the scope of your activities.
- Even if you have a visa allowing employment, you should work only in the place of work reported to and designated by a local or district Immigration office

How to change or add the place of work?

If you want to change or add the place of stay, you are required to apply for a permission to a local or district Immigration Office

If you want to engage in the activities beyond the current visa status, you are required to apply for a permission to a local or district Immigration office
※ It is punishable if you engage in the activities beyond your current visa status without the proper permission

To apply for the permission, you should make an application to a local or district Immigration office having jurisdiction over the place of your stay, either by visiting in person or by proxy

Document requirements are as follows ;
A travel document ex) passport
An Alien Registration card
Application forms (Downloadable forms)
Other documents for each category of visa may be additionally required
Fees (60,000 won)

If your application is accepted, the Immigration officer in charge will stamp your passport and record the amendments on the back of your alien registration card

If you want to work in Korea, you must have a visa allowing employment activities. And each visa allowing employment has also specific restrictions on the scope of your activities.

Even if you have a visa allowing employment, you should work only in the place of work reported to and designated by a local or district Immigration office

Work-related visas and the scope of activities
Administrative District Info
C-4
(Temporary employment)
Short-term commercial activities such as
- Commercial entertainment
- Activities in commercial advertisement
- Fashion shows
- LectureㆍDiscourse
- Research
- Technological guidance
E-2
(Foreign Language Teaching)
Foreign languages teaching - Eligibility ∙ Those who meet certain qualifications set by the Justice minister - Restrictions on where to teach ∙ Foreign languages-teaching academies, ∙ Educational bodies at a level higher than elementary school ∙ Language-teaching institution attached to a broadcast company ,etc.
E-3
(Research)
Research activities in the areas of science or industrial high-technologies - Eligibility ∙ Those who are invited by public or private entities, and are going to work in research institutions of those entities (Exclusive of E-1 visa holders)
E-4
(Technological Guidance)
Technological Guidance with expert knowledge in science or industrial high-technologies - Eligibility ∙ Those who are invited by public or private entities, and are going to work for those entities
E-5
(Profession)
Engagement in professions such as law, medicine, etc, within the areas of activities allowed by Korea's relevant laws - Eligibility ∙ Those who are qualified in law, medicine, etc both in their home country and in Korea
E-6
(Arts/ Entertainment)
Commercial Entertainment activities such as ; - Music performance - Fine Arts exhibition - Sports - Fashion show - Commercial advertisement
E-7
(Specially designated Activities)
Special Activities designated by the Justice minister - Eligibility ∙ Those who have a contract with a public or private entity
E-8
(Employment after Industrial Training)
Employment after Industrial Training - Eligibility ∙ Those who have been trained in training entities with a visa status for industrial training, and who have not been absent from the entities during the period of industrial training, and have met such requirements as passing a Skills Certification test for E-8 visa status
E-9
(Nonprofessional Employment)
Employment after Industrial Training - Eligibility ∙ Those who meet requirements for employment activities according to the Foreign Workers Work-Permit Act
E-10
(Labor Aboard)
Unskilled labor onboard ships of more than 5 tons - Eligibility ∙ Those who wish to work as laboring seamen onboard ships that are prescribed as ships for passengers & freight transportation in the Marine Transportation Act
H-1
(Working Holiday)
Trip, while working for accompanying expenditures - Eligibility note) Exclusive of the activities that run counter to the purport of the working holiday arrangements, or require certain qualifications by Korean laws ∙ Those who wish to work as laboring seamen onboard the ships that are prescribed as ships for passengers & freights transportation in the Marine Transportation Act