Visa Requirements Revised for Students Seeking to Study in Korea

Visa Requirements Revised for Students Seeking to Study in Korea

Those who come from Vietnam, Guinea, Mali, Uganda, Ethiopia, and Cameroon will now undergo a more tedious screening.

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The Rundown

  • According to a report published by The Korea Times on March 3, 2019, stricter guidelines in getting a language exchange visa for South Korea are currently being implemented by the Ministry of Justice.

  • Citizens of Vietnam, Guinea, Mali, Uganda, Ethiopia, and Cameroon, who intend to get the language exchange visa will either have to prove a higher-level Korean language literacy or stronger financial capability.

  • The move comes after the increase of unauthorized stays from foreigners who come in via the D-4 visa in the past years.

  • Click here to view the full report published by The Korea Times.

Also read: Applying for a Korean Visa Through an Accredited Travel Agency

Standards Raised for Korean Language Visa Applicants

Changes in visa requirements for those who intend to get into a Korean language program are currently being implemented by the government, The Korea Times reported on March 3, 2019. Those who will be affected by the revised language exchange visa rules include citizens of Vietnam, Guinea, Mali, Uganda, Ethiopia, and Cameroon. The applicants’ financial capability or language literacy will be reviewed against the following new standards:

  • For students in Vietnam: Must have $10,000 deposited in an account that allows a withdrawal of ₩5,000,000 (around $4,400) every six (6) months

  • For students in Guinea, Mali, Uganda, Ethiopia, and Cameroon: Should minimally obtain a level 3 TOPIK certificate or 530 points in TOEFL

These changes in Korean language visa requirements come after the increase in number of illegal aliens and drop-out’s who transfer to the Korean workforce unlawfully.

To view the full report from The Korea Times, click here.


TIPS!

  • Singaporeans who wish to apply for the D-4-1 Korean Language Training Visa may view the requirements set forth by the Korean Embassy here.

  • Australians who are interested to apply for the D-4 Visa may view the requirements here.

  • The Korea Times also reported here about the 42% increase in the number of illegal aliens in Korea.


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