If you are an international student in South Korea, you will find that one topic everyone is talking about is part-time jobs. Legally earning money as a foreign student is complicated. Mess up, and you may have to leave Korea forever. But, don’t worry too much! Here is everything you need to know about working as a foreign student in South Korea.
Working part-time is perhaps the most heated topic among foreign students. Everyone wants to work to make some pocket money and less rely on their parents’ support. But do you know the law related to the part-time job of foreigners?
If you are found working illegally by the immigration office or police, you may not be accepted for visa extension, visa renewal, or changing of visa status in the future. As a result, you may end up having to leave Korea forever. Scary stuff, right?
This post will give you useful information regarding the law and help you avoid some issues in the visa extension or changing process. This can help avoid the situation where you unknowingly break the law and get caught by the police.
If it’s summer or winter break (방학) can I work freely without a limit on my hours?
Those who work part-time without registration or have not yet been issued a visa but have been found working by immigration officers or the police. Below is the penalty which is determined by the amount of time spent working illegally.
2 million won
3 million won
4 million won
7 million won
10 million won
15 million won
20 million won
25 million won
30 million won
However, for foreign students, the department can reduce the fine by 30~50%
If you are applying for any visas based on a points system, points will be deducted for working illegally. The period of time and the amount earned will play a factor in how many points are deducted. In some cases, after unsuccessfully renewing or applying for a visa with a working violation, you may be unable to legally enter Korea again.
For foreign students, in order to avoid illegally working which can affect your visa renewal, you should apply for a part-time job at the migration. You can come to the immigration office or apply for a part-time job online through Hikorea.
If you are graduating from a university in Korea and would like to remain in the country, Click Here to learn about the D-10, job-seeking visa.