New Measures Reported for Getting a Multiple-entry Visa to South Korea
Qualified applicants from the Philippines and other Asian countries may expect to get a multiple-entry South Korea visa this 2019.
South Korean news organization The Korea Times had reported a new guideline in getting a South Korea multiple-entry visa.
The new process is said to apply to Korea visa applicants from the Philippines, Myanmar, Cambodia, Sri Lanka, Indonesia, Laos, Nepal, Pakistan, Vietnam, India, and Bangladesh.
The new guideline in getting a multi-entry Korean visa was reported to have taken effect on December 3, 2018.
As of writing time, there no official announcement from or confirmation of this report by the Embassy of the Republic of Korea in the Philippines.
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New Qualification to Get a South Korea Multiple-entry Visa
On November 27, 2018, The Korea Times made a report regarding a new qualification in getting a multiple-entry visa to South Korea. The criteria is said to apply to Filipino applicants, as well as those from Myanmar, Cambodia, Sri Lanka, Indonesia, Laos, Nepal, Pakistan, Vietnam, India, and Bangladesh. This was reported to be a move made by South Korea’s Ministry of Justice in order to encourage more tourists from the region to visit Korea.
According to the article, those who meet any of the following criteria may be eligible to get a South Korea multiple-entry visa:
Professionals, including doctors, lawyers, and professors
Graduates of local universities with a degree of any four-year-plus program
Those with an overseas academic degree equivalent to or higher than a Master's degree
The eligible pool was reportedly characterized by the Ministry of Justice as "those with the least risk on… infringing on Korean immigration laws, like staying illegally or getting a job without a valid work permit."
A South Korea multiple-entry visa has a validity period of up to ten (10) years and “[allow] holders to stay up to 30 days [for] each visit.”
As of writing time, we have not found any information from The Embassy of the Republic of Korea in the Philippines to confirm this matter.
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While there is no official information released yet by the Embassy, we know that there are Korea visa applicants who have been granted a multiple-entry South Korea visa in the past years.
Based on the information we gathered, the main criteria in getting a multi-entry visa is the number of times the applicant has visited South Korea in a given timeframe. Some recipients have made two to four visits to Korea prior getting a multiple-entry visa.
If you’re thinking about applying for a Korean visa for the first time, read our guide here.
Single-entry visas to South Korea have a validity of three (3) months from the issue date.
For the full report on the new qualification to get a multiple-entry South Korea visa, you may check out The Korea Times’s article here.
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