One of the most common questions we get asked is: “Can I find a job in Korea”. The answer is YES and today we will tell you all about the job seeking D-10 visa. It is the visa you can use to help you stay in Korea while you care looking for jobs.
What is job seeking visa in Korea?
The Korean D-10 visa is a temporary visa for those who have recently graduated from university, finished a language course or are in between jobs. Basically, D-10 is a good solution for you to be able to stay in Korea until you find employment.
Quick Information on the D -10 Visa.
The D-10 visa is issued for up to 6 months at a time. Depending on your points and funds, you may be able to extend it for up to 3 years.
D-10 visa holders can live in Korea and enter the country using their ARC.
Although you cannot work, you can have an internship on a D-10 visa. Including, those that are full-time with full benefits and wages. It is the perfect visa to sit on while testing to see if a job is right for you before signing a contract and committing for an entire year.
If you are a student seeking an F-visa this visa can allow you to attend KIIP or get some extra points in before you apply. In order to apply for a residency visa, you have to have been in Korea for at least 3 years. However, switching from a student to a working visa will result in the time being reset. To avoid waiting three years before you can apply for residency, the best option is often to apply directly from a D-10 visa.
So let’s calculate your D-10 Visa points!
To get a D-10 visa in Korea you apply under a point scale system. Points are awarded relative to your age, graduation, work experience, etc.
All in all, you need to have 60 points to be able to apply for a D10 Visa.
20-24 years – 10 points
25-29 years – 15 points
30-34 years – 20 points
35-39 years – 15 points
40-49 years – 5 points
Specialized secondary education in Korea – 10 points
Bacelor – 15 points
Master – 20 points
PhD – 30 points
If you don’t have 20 points yet, you do not qualify for the D-10 visa.
Work experience In Korea:
1-2 years – 5 points
3-4 years – 10 points
5 years – 15 points
Work Experience Abroad:
3-4 years – 5 points
5-6 years – 10 points
7+ years – 15 points
Education in Korea:
Specialised secondary – 5 points
Bacelor – 10 points
Master – 15 points
PhD – 20 points
Other education (training):
D2-5 12-18 months – 3 points
D2-5 +19 months – 5 points
D2-6 12-18 months – 3 points
D2-6 +19 months – 5 points
D4-2 12-18 months – 3 points
D4-2 +19 months – 5 points
D4-1 12-18 months – 3 points
D4-6 12-18 months – 3 points
D4-6 +19 months – 5 points
5급 – 20 points
4급 – 15 points
3급 – 10 points
2급 – 5 points
Global Top 500 University – 20 points
All the points you have should be provable via certificates and documents.
Documents You Need to Apply for a D-10 Visa
1.)1 passport size photo (3.5*4.5
2.) 1 copy – University Degree/Diploma (Required)
3.) 1 copy – School Transcript
4.) 1 copy – Passport (primary name page)
5.) 1 copy – ARC (front & back)
6.) Change of Sojourn status form (on the 종합/Combined Immigration Office form)
7.) Seeking Employment form (available at immigration)
8.) ₩100,000 in cash – visa application fee
9.) ₩30,000 in cash – processing fee
10.) Bank Statement proving at least 6 months of living expenses
11.) All the documents proved your work experience
In addition, you will need to prepare a ‘Seeking Employment Plan’. You need only to mention on which platforms you will use to search for a job and which recruitment tell agencies you have connected with.
When you finish, you can check your application status here
Renewing Your D-10 Visa
When you renew your visa, you will have to resubmit the above forms with the exception of the passport photo. Plus you will have to prepare a few additional documents.
1.) A list of jobs you have applied to. This can be a print-out of jobs under the ‘applied for’ tab on sites like LinkedIn or JobKorea.
2.) Your Korean bank statement showing the last 6 months of transactions. They will comb through all of your financial records, so be sure to register any work you do as an internship!
3.) Proof of insurance. They may or may not ask for this document. However, during the pandemic immigration has begun to request it. You are required to have national health insurance while on a D-10 visa. If you haven’t been paying, you will have to backpay all at once since your visa began if they request proof.
Good Luck on your job search!
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