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| Foreigner stay
Foreigner stay is categorized as follows
-Short-term stay: Limited, up
to 90 days of stay
-Long-term stay: Limited, more than 91 days of
-Permanent Residency: Unlimited period of stay
Long-term stay and Permanent residency must register as a foreigner or
file Domestic Residency Report within 90 days of arrival.
| Scope of activities and employment for foreigners staying in Korea
Foreigners are granted rights to any activities granted by their visa, and
may stay as long as their given period of stay. They are not, however, allowed
to participate in any political activities except when specifically
Foreigners seeking employment during their stay in Korea must have a visa
that allows it, and may only work in workplaces designated by local or
district Immigration Office.
If they wish to change their workplace, permission must be
received from the local Immigration Office prior to
Visa statuses that allow employment are as follows.
Short term employment (C-4), Professorship (E-1), Foreign Language
Instructor (E-2), Research (E-3),
Technology Transfer (E-4), Professional
Employment (E-5), Arts & Performances (E-6), Special Occupations
Employed Trainee (E-8), Non-professional Employment (E-9), Vessel Crew
(E-10), Residency (F-2),
Overseas Koreans (F-4), Permanent Residency (F-5),
Working Holiday (H-1)
It is unlawful to hire, recommend, or arrange for hiring of foreigners who
don't have appropriate visa status, and doing so is punishable offence under
the Immigration Act
Therefore, one must check for the following before hiring any foreigner.
1. Valid foreigner registration card
2. Appropriate visa status - employment may be restricted depending on
visa status. Consult the local Immigration Office for details.