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Career Venue => Contract, and Job Related Issues => Topic started by: Davey on May 07, 2014, 04:46:37 am

Title: E2 and D10 VISA FAQ (In Progress)
Post by: Davey on May 07, 2014, 04:46:37 am
Credit to Waygook member "skippy" for providing a lot of the info in the FAQ.

E2 FAQ

Q: When do I have to leave Korea after I fulfill my contract?

You must leave by the date of your ARC, not your contract/ visa. If you overstay, you will be fined 100,000 KRW per day.

Q: 1) What if I quit or got canned?  2) What if I quit (or got canned) and want to stay in Korea to find another job?

1) You have up to 14 days, and can ask Immigration for an additional 14 days (call 1345).

2) You can apply for a D-10 visa, and it'll make things easier if you get a Letter of Release (LOR) from your employer. However, your employer is under no obligation to give you one.

The D-10 visa gives you 6 months to find a new job and, out of those 6 months, you can be out of Korea for a maximum of 90 days.

Q: My contract ended in March; I'm back home; and my visa expires in October. Can renew my visa in my home country?

A: No. Your visa gets canceled/cancelled 14 days after you finished work. You will have to apply for a new job from scratch.


Q: Have a job lined up, but will arrive Korea before getting E2. Is this okay?

You'll arrive on a tourist visa then will have to go to Japan for a visa run. The employer won't likely pay for your airplane ticket to Korea, but will likely pay for the visa run.


Extending Visa


You can apply for a visa extension within the last 60 days before your current visa expires.

If you're not renewing and wish to stay in the country after your contract expires, you need to apply for an extension (maximum one month). You can either go directly to Immigration Office  or do it online:

HiKorea.go.kr. --> Under the E-application tab --> The heading for is is Sojourn - Temporary extension of stay for departure of registered foreigners. 

If you're renewing, you'll need the following documents:

- Your passport
- Your Alien Registration Card
- Your new contract
- Proof of Employment, the POE Business Registration Number (ask your school for these)
- A processing fee: ~30,000 KRW (cash only)

D10 Visa


What does it do?

The D-10 visa gives you 6 months to find a new job after you've completed your contract (or got canned, laid off, or quit). Out of those 6 months, you can be out of Korea for a maximum of 90 days.

Note that travelling outside of Korea might require a new CRC and health test check! Also immigration may take your ARC to update it when you apply for a D-10; if you MUST travel without an ARC (not recommended), make color/colour photocopies of the front and back and get and get a "Certificate of Residency" (외국인사실증명서).

http://www.hikorea.go.kr/pt/InfoDetailR_en.pt?categoryId=2&parentId=413&catSeq=&showMenuId=406

This costs 2,000 KRW and get it at the same time when you apply for the D-10. The certificate is just a basic letter with letterhead and official stamp stating your registration with immigration.


How to apply?

-you need to apply before your ARC expires, but can't apply while you're still working

-go to local immigration office, ideally where you got your first ARC

-make an appointment if possible, calling 1345 or via http://hikorea.go.kr

What do I need?

-passport
-two passport photos (use  subway booth)
-ARC
-application form aka integrated application form aka appendix paper no.34


application form can be downloaded at:

First choice from http://www.hikorea.go.kr/pt/DownLoadTemplPopupR_en.pt#

Fill out the form using the Change of Status (No. 4) Requirements.


-here you'll fill out where you'll living during your D-10 status. Depending on the person you have at immigration, you might need proof of residence. The person whose name is under the residence will need to sign the 34 Form to prove you're living with him/her

-goshiwons (http://wiki.galbijim.com/Goshiwon), motels, hotels, etc. are acceptable residences

-intention for seeking employment form (available at immigration office)

-bring copies of updated bankbook or bank statement to show how you plan to survive while looking for a job.  Also need to explain how you plan to find a job (e.g., craiglist's, recruiters, Waygook, Dave's ESL, etc.) and if you'll do other things such as traveling/travelling (cannot be outside of Korea for more than 90 days!)

-previous employer's contract

-application fee of 130,000 KRW CASH

-Letter of Release (LOR)

-not needed if contract has been completed, but will make process easier.

-if quitting or laid off, then LOR is technically needed, but some have been lucky and received a D-10 without it (some difficult employers refuse to give LORs)
. Also LORs should be signed by the owner of the school.

Transferring D-10 to E-2?

-go to local immigration office, ideally the same one where you applied for your D-10

-Bring

-Passport
-ARC
-Application form/Integrated Application Form/Appendix Paper No.34


Available from the HiKorea website. It is the first choice from forms section.

-contract from new job

make sure it is signed (number and initial every page, too) and dates line up with D-10 visa.  Remember to get an extra copy for yourself.

-Copy of School Establishment & Operation Registration

-Copy of the Business Registration

-Letter of Guarantee(Sponsorship Form)
Available from the HiKorea website. It is the second choice and third from forms section.  You will likely submit a Korean version filled out by your future boss.

Details of Letter of Guarantee:
http://www.hikorea.go.kr/pt/InfoDetailR_en.pt?catSeq=417&categoryId=2&parentId=389&showMenuId=376


- 130,000 KRW in CASH


Can I work while on a D-10?


No, it's illegal and thus at risk of being deported.


Can I get my pension refund while on a D-10?


No. If you heard otherwise, they were exceptions, not the rule.


Other Notes

-you have no health insurance

-can't get pension refund on D-10 (if you've heard stories, they were anomalies)

- you cannot work while a D-10 (it's illegal to do so and thus at risk of being deported)

-travelling outside of Korea might require a new CRC and health test check! Also immigration may take your ARC to update it when you apply for a D-10; if you MUST travel without an ARC (not recommended), make color/colour photocopies of the front and back and get and get a "Certificate of Residency" (외국인사실증명서).

http://www.hikorea.go.kr/pt/InfoDetailR_en.pt?categoryId=2&parentId=413&catSeq=&showMenuId=406

This costs 2,000 KRW and get it at the same time when you apply for the D-10. The certificate is just a basic letter with letterhead and official stamp stating your registration with immigration.
Title: Time Table D-10
Post by: Denevius on May 21, 2014, 01:34:46 pm
Just curious what people's experience was in getting a D-10. I just talked to immigration, and the representative said I'll need a Passport, ARC, 1 photo, 130,000 won, Form 34, and a Job Seeking Form. I'm leaving voluntarily at the end of my contract, not getting fired/laid off, so I don't need anything from my employers.

In the experience of those who've done the same, are there any surprises? Something I should make sure to have just in case?

Also, she said to wait until the day *after* my contract is over, which I thought was strange. Is this a process that usually  happens in one day? I thought your visa expired when your contract expired. But is it an automatically 14 days, as stated in the FAQ thread. I didn't think to ask that when I was on the phone with them. I do know an awful lot of people who didn't leave as soon as their contract was over, but sometimes hung around Korea for a week or so before finally going home.

Thanks!
Title: Re: Time Table D-10
Post by: aisy on May 21, 2014, 02:36:42 pm
ask your employer to cancel your e-2 visa once your contract ends as an e-2 visa is valid for about a month after your contract finishes. once it is canceled you can apply for a d-10 though it takes a few weeks to make the switch and you cant leave before then.
Title: Re: Time Table D-10
Post by: skippy on May 21, 2014, 03:06:02 pm

I'm leaving voluntarily at the end of my contract, not getting fired/laid off, so I don't need anything from my employers.

Technically you do not need it, but... having a LOR can help things along quicker and easier.  Immigration official seeing a LOR will be set a ease and more likely to give a D-10.


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Also, she said to wait until the day *after* my contract is over, which I thought was strange. Is this a process that usually  happens in one day?
  The D-10 usually takes that visit to get.   The problem comes with physical card aka ARC.  Sometimes immi will update that D-10 by just printing or writing on the back.  Sometimes, they like to take the card and issue a new one.  Problem is you have a few weeks you have no card which can make traveling hard.  Not impossible just troublesome.  Look site for details.

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I thought your visa expired when your contract expired. But is it an automatically 14 days, as stated in the FAQ thread. I didn't think to ask that when I was on the phone with them. I do know an awful lot of people who didn't leave as soon as their contract was over, but sometimes hung around Korea for a week or so before finally going home.

They hang around because is common for people to be given about an extra month on their ARC.   You have to apply for the D-10 before you ARC expires.   The problem becomes timing.   You may finish your contract and go to immi and they will look at the date and tell you to come back later closer to the end of the ARC.

If my above website is helpful please message or email me with more info on how your process went.

Title: Re: Time Table D-10
Post by: Denevius on May 21, 2014, 03:41:43 pm
Hey Skippy, that's a detailed page! Yeah, I see what you meant about the LOR. When I talked to immigration, I told the representative that I was leaving at the end of the contract of my own volition (my co-teacher wanted me to stay), but a minute later she reminded me that if the contract was being cut short early for any reason, a LOR was needed. Kind of like she didn't really believe me.

So yeah, I guess they just aren't used to NETs just deciding to relocate without being forced somehow, like not being re-signed or something, or just plain fired. I'll definitely snag one before August.
Title: Re: Time Table D-10
Post by: misskris on May 21, 2014, 03:44:07 pm
Don't cancel your e2! You need to change your visa status to d-10. You definitely dont want your school to cancel your work visa!

Your visa status will be changed to d-10 the same day you visit the immigration office. It will just take a couple of weeks to re-issue you an alien card.
You dont need any LOR. Just bring your contract.  They will see the date  and will see you have completed it.

100% absolutely YOU CAN TRAVEL while your new ARC is being processed. You will need to get a "certificate of alien registration" . It is proof of your work visa... its just as good as your alien card.
I switched to a d-10 on a Friday in February and left on a 2 week vacation the next day. Just make sure you carry your certificate to show immigration.

My final piece of advice is not to listen to what people on the immigration hotline tell you. They told me that all of the above was not possible. They have a lot more information at the immigration office.

Goodluck! And DO NOT CANCEL YOUR E-2!!!!
Title: Re: Time Table D-10
Post by: scholes on May 21, 2014, 03:56:59 pm
Your visa doesnt expire once your contract is finish. Check your dates on your arc. You should have one extra month left after u finish your contract. That's why they told you to wait till your contract is up.
Title: Re: Time Table D-10
Post by: Veganessa on May 21, 2014, 07:57:41 pm
I went to immigration and applied for my D-10 the first Monday of March and my new ARC was sent to my new (temporary) address that I put on the application form 1 week later. Definitely DO NOT cancel your E2. All I needed to bring were my ARC, Passport, acceptable photos (hair back, mid shoulders to a bit above the head, no hat, etc...) 130,000 won, a completed "Job Seeking" form, and a "34 Form" which says where you will be living. They will take your ARC but you will leave the immigration office with a paper that says you applied for the visa change.

I called immigration several times and got different info from different people but I did end up getting the new visa. One of the immigration tellers emailed me the application form, the Job seeking form, and the 34 Form so I could print them out at home. If it is convenient for you to go to the immigration office to pick up the papers, you can just do that.

I was told I needed proof of me living there, but it's technically my boyfriend's place so my name wasn't on any utility bills. I had my bf sign the "34 Form" and write a letter that said I live with him. Then I cut the address part of a package he received and brought that for them to photocopy to use as proof that he lives there. Utility bills or housing contracts are also acceptable.

I called immigration everyday after that to see when my status officially went thought. About 3 days later, they said I was officially of D-10 status so I went to my recent District Office and had them print a paper that said my visa status. That paper cost about 2,000 won.

Just to recap, I'll list everything I brought to the immigration office.

ARC
Passport
Korean official style photos (You can get them from a photo booth in a train station or at the immigration office. If you get them at the office, expect a line. There's only 1 machine. It costs something like 7,000 won and it ONLY TAKES CASH)
130,000 won
Job Seeking Form (You write a list of the things you're going to do to find a job. Such as "check for job postings on craigslist.com")
34 Form (Where you will be living during your D-10 status. Depending on the person you have at immigration, you might need proof of residence. Basically, anything that has the name of the person who you're staying with and their address. That person needs to sign the 34 Form. I had my person write and sign a letter saying that I lived with them.)

Make sure you bring enough cash plus some just in case. Always have singles!!

Hope this helps :-D
Title: Re: E2 and D10 VISA FAQ (In Progress)
Post by: Davey on May 22, 2014, 03:43:31 am
Updated the FAQ.
Title: Re: E2 and D10 VISA FAQ (In Progress)
Post by: Missmarlea on August 26, 2014, 10:24:57 am
Okay... So if my boss wants to punish me for quitting and therefore refuses to give me a letter of release. I'm not able to transfer to a d-10
Visa and therefore have 14 days to leave the country?

Are there anyways to verify if you can transfer to a new position without the letter of release once you have quit?
Title: Re: E2 and D10 VISA FAQ (In Progress)
Post by: popeye2u on August 26, 2014, 12:24:04 pm
You will need an LOR if you quit.  But if you quit due to abuse by the school such as non payment of benefits, you would have to provide proof to immi official.  It's really up to them to approve your case without an LOR.  The more evidence you show, the better chance you have.
Title: Re: E2 and D10 VISA FAQ (In Progress)
Post by: RotGutPirate on August 26, 2014, 12:45:34 pm
Sometimes the immi hotline just make shiz up, imagine that in Korea? I had a flight leaving a few hours past my arc expiration and called immi hotline to see if it was gonna be aproblem and was told it could be a serious problem if I was going t come back to Korea and should bali bali to immi office. I went to the Immigration office to get a days extension to find a ticked off immi agent wondering why I was wasting her time with this while a long line of people were waiting for more important shiz.
Title: Re: E2 and D10 VISA FAQ (In Progress)
Post by: alexc2000 on August 27, 2014, 04:30:57 pm
I have a D-10 visa now.

How important is it to get a national FBI criminal background check?

For my original E-2 visa, I just have a state criminal background check.
I heard it's a hit and miss situation but I was wondering if it was worth going all the trouble to get it.
Title: Re: E2 and D10 VISA FAQ (In Progress)
Post by: skippy on August 27, 2014, 05:31:08 pm
I have a D-10 visa now.

How important is it to get a national FBI criminal background check?

For my original E-2 visa, I just have a state criminal background check.
I heard it's a hit and miss situation but I was wondering if it was worth going all the trouble to get it.

The hit will be more likely if you change schools.  So if you are on a D-10 you can expect to be asked.  If you were extending I am surprised that the you have not been asked for it yet.   Immigration gave peoples a break about two years ago.   My advice is get started on getting it.    You might not have it when immi asks for it, but it is better to have it half done then not done.   Immigration might give leeway if you can prove it happening.
Title: Re: E2 and D10 VISA FAQ (In Progress)
Post by: waterfall12 on September 02, 2014, 03:38:19 pm
So when you apply and have everything prepared, they can update your visa status on the same day?

I just finished my school but have until the end of september. Just trying to figure when to apply...
Title: Re: E2 and D10 VISA FAQ (In Progress)
Post by: pilferstarfish on September 12, 2014, 05:55:42 pm
I am currently on an E2 Visa and planning on changing to a D10. This questions is primarily for Americans, as getting an FBI background check is a lengthy process. Is this something I'll likely need to do if I visit the United States while on my D-10?
Title: Re: E2 and D10 VISA FAQ (In Progress)
Post by: coomac on September 13, 2014, 10:51:53 am
I ended my contract half way with a LOR just before chuseok. I have a job lined up, but the contract is not yet signed. I plan on heading to immigration on Monday to figure out the documents I need, but would like to get first hand accounts if possible.

Has anyone recently transferred from an E2 to another E2 or to an E7? What was the process? Thanks!
Title: Re: E2 and D10 VISA FAQ (In Progress)
Post by: Redondo on September 13, 2014, 11:42:51 am
pilferstarfish: you should absolutely get a FBI check if you are going back to the states. It depends on the immigration office (some willl say it's OK, some will say it's not). If you do it at the same immigration office you started out at, they probably won't need it but it's never a bad idea to have one. So I would get two, one for the next six months (in case the new job doesn't work out) and one to use right away if you need to.
Title: Re: E2 and D10 VISA FAQ (In Progress)
Post by: waterfall12 on September 19, 2014, 02:38:04 pm
So how long does it take to process guys?
Title: Re: E2 and D10 VISA FAQ (In Progress)
Post by: Leah_07 on December 21, 2014, 04:18:21 am
Hey guys,

Myself and my husband are currently travelling through Asia and hope to teach in Korea this Feb. We have all the documents but need to obtain the E2 visa from abroad. I've heard conflicting things about getting the visa in Japan prior to teaching. This is the 1st time we have applied for an E2 visa.

Anyone have experience of this? Any help is warmly welcomed!

Thanks
Title: Re: E2 and D10 VISA FAQ (In Progress)
Post by: skippy on December 23, 2014, 04:57:11 pm
Hey guys,

Myself and my husband are currently travelling through Asia and hope to teach in Korea this Feb. We have all the documents but need to obtain the E2 visa from abroad. I've heard conflicting things about getting the visa in Japan prior to teaching. This is the 1st time we have applied for an E2 visa.

Anyone have experience of this? Any help is warmly welcomed!

Thanks

Yes.  Often people get the visa from Japan via a visa trip.   Through people have been able to get the E2 visa from other countries in Asia like Thailand, Hong Kong, etc.  Basically from most Korean Consulates you should be able too.  The time from applying to getting varies and some consulates are not used to dealing with E2s.   Just you need a sponsor first.

The only visa hassle I know for doing the Japan trip is for South Africans.  Of the Seven golden English E2 countries South Africa is the only country that needs a tourist visa to visit Japan.  The other six are exempt as they are on visa waiver.
Title: Re: E2 and D10 VISA FAQ (In Progress)
Post by: weigookin74 on December 25, 2014, 11:34:15 am
Question about D10.  Do you have to get it before your contract ends or just before the E2 expires?  We have one month extra on the E2 visa after the contract is finished.  That's what I'm unsure about. 
Title: Re: E2 and D10 VISA FAQ (In Progress)
Post by: skippy on December 26, 2014, 11:36:49 am
Question about D10.  Do you have to get it before your contract ends or just before the E2 expires?  We have one month extra on the E2 visa after the contract is finished.  That's what I'm unsure about.

Timing is an issue. 
Best is to get the D-10 after contract is finished.   Cause you can not work on the D-10 and transferring it to the D-10 could have you forgoing you end of contract benefits.  That one month extra technically is not for working but more towards wrapping things up.
Two other issues with timing and the D-10.  One it takes time to get the D-10/get the ARC card changed.  It takes a couple of weeks.  Yet most often once you are waiting you are fine visa wise.   Second problem is when you apply.   Let's say you have that one month before end of visa.  Work is finished.  For some officials it is still too soon and they may tell you to come back close the end.  Add in the waiting time it can create a weird limbo.

Good Luck.
Title: Re: E2 and D10 VISA FAQ (In Progress)
Post by: pilferstarfish on December 28, 2014, 10:09:46 pm
Hey all,

I submitted my D-10 application 3 days after my contract finished, on
Dec. 11. My certificate of Application for Permit of Stay (temporary piece of paper they give you) designates the ARC pick-up date as 1/08/15. Does anyone know if this is the latest pick-up date, and if my ARC will possibly be ready before then?

In the interim I had to prove my residency and alien registration with another bureaucracy and thus applied and received 외국인등록사실증명, Certificate of Alien Registration. It accounts for my D-10 visa registration and lists my period of sojurn until 7/08/15. Can I use this certificate to travel outside of the country?

I want to visit my family and book a flight as soon as possible. I am wondering if I can use this certificate or pick up my ARC perhaps early to get this show on the road.

Thanks!
Title: Re: E2 and D10 VISA FAQ (In Progress)
Post by: Grimne_Lothos on December 28, 2014, 11:04:44 pm
no, you cant leave Korea for two weeks after applying for your D-10.   That's why most people apply for  their D-10 two weeks before their contract ends......which is the advice that people have been giving on this site consistantly  for more than a year.
Title: Re: E2 and D10 VISA FAQ (In Progress)
Post by: laizamaria on January 05, 2015, 11:34:26 pm
Hi, does anyone know if we need to do a health test when going from a D10 to an E2?!
Title: Re: E2 and D10 VISA FAQ (In Progress)
Post by: skippy on January 10, 2015, 01:06:57 pm
Hi, does anyone know if we need to do a health test when going from a D10 to an E2?!

It depends.  In general in the past if you were transferring from E2 to E2 from school to school you would often be asked for a health check. If renewing the health check would be skipped. The same could be said of the D-10 to E-2.   

Through my advice is save yourself the hassle and ONLY get the health check if immigration asks for it.  It might mean another trip to immigration.  Often recruiters and schools will ask for a check as they either for three reason.  One they just want all stuff needed for the visa ready even if it does not get looked at.   Two, they want to snoop.  Three, they just don't know any better.

Now the government regulations and procedure documentation says drum roll.  Yes you will need a health check. And a criminal health check!

(http://i.imgur.com/mzipfMi.jpg)

edit: resized image
Title: Re: E2 and D10 VISA FAQ (In Progress)
Post by: laizamaria on January 27, 2015, 10:58:08 pm
Skippy, many thanks for your response.. :)
Title: Re: E2 and D10 VISA FAQ (In Progress)
Post by: pilferstarfish on February 06, 2015, 03:29:58 am
I'm currently coming back from my vacation in the United States on the D-10. As was suggested earlier in this thread, it would be a good idea to get another FBI check to transfer back to the E-2 (even though immigration has my initial criminal check on file). I've applied for the check but it doesn't appear I will be able to get an apostille before I start my new contract.
My recruiter and the administration at the new job I have lined up say I don't need a new one, but I don't know that they know for sure.

Are there any Americans with first hand experience who went home to the U.S.A. and came back on the D-10? Did you need a new FBI check to get your E-2? Informative experiences would be much appreciated.  8)
Title: Re: E2 and D10 VISA FAQ (In Progress) Time limit for home country?
Post by: pilferstarfish on February 07, 2015, 02:50:36 am
OR does anyone know if there there is a time limit for travelling to your home country, shorter than the 90 days?
Title: Re: E2 and D10 VISA FAQ (In Progress)
Post by: overdrive2023x on February 09, 2015, 11:08:15 am
Korvia posted these on their Facebook the other day. It's a set of guides for both the E2 (Renewal and Transferring) and D10 process.

E2 Guide for New Teachers
http://www.korvia.com/e2-process-step-by-step-instructions-for-new-teachers/

E2 Guide for Transferring Teachers
http://www.korvia.com/e2-process-step-by-step-instructions-for-transferring-teachers/

E2 Guide for Those on a D10 Visa
http://www.korvia.com/e2-process-step-by-step-instructions-from-d10-status/

Title: Re: E2 and D10 VISA FAQ (In Progress)
Post by: Yaya on February 25, 2015, 01:22:52 pm
A friend of mine has a problem:


His contract (with EPIK) finishes on March 25th but his ARC expires on March 20th. He went to immigration today to try and get an extension on his visa but they would not allow him to do it without a housing contract for the time he will be here.

He also plans on staying here after his contract ends in order to find a new job.

Could anyone please advise on what he can do?

TIA
Title: Re: E2 and D10 VISA FAQ (In Progress)
Post by: bakerboy on February 26, 2015, 11:20:36 am
A friend of mine has a problem:


His contract (with EPIK) finishes on March 25th but his ARC expires on March 20th. He went to immigration today to try and get an extension on his visa but they would not allow him to do it without a housing contract for the time he will be here.

He also plans on staying here after his contract ends in order to find a new job.

Could anyone please advise on what he can do?

TIA

Hey look at that. I'm in a similar situation, my ARC expires the very same day as my contract ends. It was a cock up in immigration, but it kinda puts a crimp in my plans since I plan on staying in-country for a few months. Here's what I've come up with:

1) I can't apply for the d-10 early. I called immigration and they specifically said I can't apply for the D-10 until I am no longer employed. Not just that I can't receive one, but I can't even apply. It's a pain, but there you have it.

2) what I CAN do is get an E-2 extension. There's a step by step guide around, and they say that if I get that, I get the month that everyone else gets normally. Of course I have to pay for that mistake of theirs, but it's the  best I've got.

I'm a little confused about one thing though, do I forgo my exit allowance if I change to a D-10? If so, with all the visa application fees, it might be better to do a quick flight out then come back in as a tourist.

Australians get a 90 day tourism visa for free... I was hoping to stay for four months rather than three (waiting for my girlfriend to finish her contract), if I overstay my tourist visa is it the same exorbitant fee? And finally, can I leave the country then come back again and get ANOTHER 90 days?

Thanks for any help anyone can give me!
Title: Re: E2 and D10 VISA FAQ (In Progress)
Post by: Yaya on February 26, 2015, 11:59:35 am
A friend of mine has a problem:


His contract (with EPIK) finishes on March 25th but his ARC expires on March 20th. He went to immigration today to try and get an extension on his visa but they would not allow him to do it without a housing contract for the time he will be here.

He also plans on staying here after his contract ends in order to find a new job.

Could anyone please advise on what he can do?

TIA

Hey look at that. I'm in a similar situation, my ARC expires the very same day as my contract ends. It was a cock up in immigration, but it kinda puts a crimp in my plans since I plan on staying in-country for a few months. Here's what I've come up with:

1) I can't apply for the d-10 early. I called immigration and they specifically said I can't apply for the D-10 until I am no longer employed. Not just that I can't receive one, but I can't even apply. It's a pain, but there you have it.

2) what I CAN do is get an E-2 extension. There's a step by step guide around, and they say that if I get that, I get the month that everyone else gets normally. Of course I have to pay for that mistake of theirs, but it's the  best I've got.

I'm a little confused about one thing though, do I forgo my exit allowance if I change to a D-10? If so, with all the visa application fees, it might be better to do a quick flight out then come back in as a tourist.

Australians get a 90 day tourism visa for free... I was hoping to stay for four months rather than three (waiting for my girlfriend to finish her contract), if I overstay my tourist visa is it the same exorbitant fee? And finally, can I leave the country then come back again and get ANOTHER 90 days?

Thanks for any help anyone can give me!

I have absolutely no idea, but interested to know if you find out anything because my ARC also expires the same day my contract ends.

We called 1345 yesterday and managed to speak to someone at immigration (her English was pretty good and she seemed to know what she was talking about). I'd suggest giving that number a call and asking them your questions.
Title: Re: E2 and D10 VISA FAQ (In Progress)
Post by: seantheman on June 11, 2015, 02:19:43 pm
no, you cant leave Korea for two weeks after applying for your D-10.   That's why most people apply for  their D-10 two weeks before their contract ends......which is the advice that people have been giving on this site consistently  for more than a year.

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D10 : How to apply?

-you need to apply before your ARC expires, but can't apply while you're still working


Hi all, I was wondering if you could suggest the best course of action for me.
I have added the above 2 quotes as they contradict each other a little, but may be needed in someones suggestions.

Situation

- Contract Ends  July 17th 2015
- ARC Ends  August  18th 2015
- Looking to go back home from  July 20th - August 14th
- New contract in new school would start Sept 1st ideally (From CNOE to GEPIK)

So would I be best of

A. Just going home , coming back with my current ARC and just get a new visa when I sign with the school ? (or will the interim 2 weeks be a problem)

B. Going about getting a D10 visa which the above says to do 2 weeks before my current contract finishes, and then change back (but that's 200k + gone) and also the conflicting above...that I can't apply while currently working

or any suggestions are more knowledgeable person might have ?


I just got off the phone with Immigration , they said that they'd take my ARC off me at the airport and that I'd have to make a new E2 Visa back home (which takes forever if I remember correctly )...so this isn't really the option I'd like.
Title: Re: E2 and D10 VISA FAQ (In Progress)
Post by: seantheman on June 15, 2015, 12:04:06 pm
I could really use some help on this, anyone, please ?
Title: Question regarding D-10 status.
Post by: Duffman033 on August 16, 2015, 08:44:35 am
So I looked through the D-10 visa forum, but could not find the answer.

My contact finished in August and I have already bought a ticket home the day after my contract expires. My E-2/ARC expires on October 8th. Would I be able to fly back to Korea say the first week of October and apply for a D-10 visa then?
Title: Re: Question regarding D-10 status.
Post by: Redondo on August 16, 2015, 12:39:23 pm
As long as you have a visa application in process you are allowed to stay in Korea ie. you have to apply for the D10 before your E2 expires.
Title: Re: E2 and D10 VISA FAQ (In Progress)
Post by: SamanthaB on August 26, 2015, 01:47:02 pm
I could really use some help on this, anyone, please ?

I'm planning on a similar situation to what you were questioning and was wondering if you could offer some insight based on what happened with your circumstances.

My contract will end February 25, 2016.
My ARC expires March 25, 2016.

Ideally, I would like to do a South East Asia trip from February 25 - March 20th, return and apply for the D10 before my ARC expires March 25th. I'm not sure if this is possible as I have heard different information from various sources (some say the ARC visa is automatically cancelled 14 days after your contract expires (which would be mid march as my contract ends Feb 25th, others say it only end on the date on your ARC which would be March 25th.

I would then hang around and wait for my new ARC following the D-10 application around march 22/23. I plan to book a flight home or travel more on the new ARC ( D-10) until mid-June, and would return to Korea then to find a job.

Anyone got insight if this timeline is possible? My main concern is whether I can travel for a month from Feb 25th - March 20th and apply for the D-10 right before my ARC expires March 25th. or if my visa will be automatically cancelled 14 days after my contract ends February 25th. I phoned immigration 4 times and spoke to 4 different people who gave me 4 different answers. So would appreciate any insight from someone who has experienced this situation.


Thanks~
Title: Re: E2 and D10 VISA FAQ (In Progress)
Post by: imagicaxx on January 24, 2016, 09:04:50 am
Can you apply for a D10 visa more than once? I completed a contract last year and switched to a D10 to go home for a bit between jobs. I'm leaving my current job in March with a LOR (it's the start of the school's new year so they're allowing me to leave early if I want, and I do) and was wondering if I could go back on the D10.
Title: Re: E2 and D10 VISA FAQ (In Progress)
Post by: kokesemo on January 27, 2016, 03:50:53 pm
no, you cant leave Korea for two weeks after applying for your D-10.   That's why most people apply for  their D-10 two weeks before their contract ends......which is the advice that people have been giving on this site consistantly  for more than a year.


Please could you give some feedback on your answer?

- Why can't you leave Korea for two weeks using just the certificate of ARC?

This document is valid as shows hikorea.go.kr site:

Scope of Foreigner Registration Certification
The certification will be issued only to foreigners that have registered in compliance with the procedures under Immigration Control Act
When related laws require a national ID card or a resident registration in various procedures and transactions, Domestic Residency Card / Certificate, foreigner registration card or foreigner registration certificate can be substituted instead.
If foreignersí registration expires due to permanent departure, death, or if they are staying illegally, certification will not be issued. However, provided that the record of termination is available through foreigner registration information system, certification can be issued as a former visitor.


- How can you apply for a job-seeker visa if you are still under your employment contract?

Thanks in advance.
Title: Re: E2 and D10 VISA FAQ (In Progress)
Post by: kokesemo on January 27, 2016, 03:55:33 pm
I could really use some help on this, anyone, please ?

I'm planning on a similar situation to what you were questioning and was wondering if you could offer some insight based on what happened with your circumstances.

My contract will end February 25, 2016.
My ARC expires March 25, 2016.

Ideally, I would like to do a South East Asia trip from February 25 - March 20th, return and apply for the D10 before my ARC expires March 25th. I'm not sure if this is possible as I have heard different information from various sources (some say the ARC visa is automatically cancelled 14 days after your contract expires (which would be mid march as my contract ends Feb 25th, others say it only end on the date on your ARC which would be March 25th.

I would then hang around and wait for my new ARC following the D-10 application around march 22/23. I plan to book a flight home or travel more on the new ARC ( D-10) until mid-June, and would return to Korea then to find a job.

Anyone got insight if this timeline is possible? My main concern is whether I can travel for a month from Feb 25th - March 20th and apply for the D-10 right before my ARC expires March 25th. or if my visa will be automatically cancelled 14 days after my contract ends February 25th. I phoned immigration 4 times and spoke to 4 different people who gave me 4 different answers. So would appreciate any insight from someone who has experienced this situation.


Thanks~




Could you share those 4 different version about your problem? I'm exactly in the same situation. I would appreciate your feedback and how it ended.
Title: Re: E2 and D10 VISA FAQ (In Progress)
Post by: Proctor on January 28, 2016, 01:41:48 am
I think it takes 24 hours to 3 days to get the certificate that you are referring to. They do give you something at the time of application but you cannot use it to leave the country. People may be confusing the two documents. You have to go back to the office and pay a small fee to have it printed. Another issue to consider is that someone needs to be home when your new ARC with the D10 is delivered. I am not sure what would happen if no one is there to sign for it. It can be anyone living at your address though.
Title: Re: E2 and D10 VISA FAQ (In Progress)
Post by: nomadicmadda on February 04, 2016, 09:27:51 am
Can you apply for a D10 visa more than once? I completed a contract last year and switched to a D10 to go home for a bit between jobs. I'm leaving my current job in March with a LOR (it's the start of the school's new year so they're allowing me to leave early if I want, and I do) and was wondering if I could go back on the D10.

I also want to know this! 

My ARC expires Sep. 20 of 2016 (contract finishes Aug. 20 of 2016) and I want to:
1. Go to Thailand for a month to do a CELTA from Oct. 10 - Nov. 4 (~30 days out of Korea)
2. Go home for a month from Nov 22- Dec. 27 (~36 days out of Korea)
3. Come back to Korea before 2017 to search for a job that starts at or before March.

Additional questions I have are:
1. When is the best time to apply for a D10 with my dates?  I'll be staying in Korea (ideally ON the D10 already) after Sept. 20, but how soon before this should I apply?  I want to have my 6mo go for as long as possible.
2. Is the date that begins your 6mo period the date you apply for a D10, or is it the date it gets approved/issued?  For example, if processing takes 2 weeks and I apply on Sep 1, would my D10 most likely be valid beginning Sep. 1 or Sep. 15?
3. What if my new job's start date is technically after my D10 is valid for, but I sign the contract while on my D10?  What I mean is, say my D10 ends on March 1 and I get a job offer that wants me to start March 15, how does that work for transferring visas?
4. Like imagicaxx, I also want to know if you can apply for a D10 more than once as long as it's between E2 contracts.
Title: Re: E2 and D10 VISA FAQ (In Progress)
Post by: Proctor on February 04, 2016, 02:13:44 pm
Quote
2. Is the date that begins your 6mo period the date you apply for a D10, or is it the date it gets approved/issued?  For example, if processing takes 2 weeks and I apply on Sep 1, would my D10 most likely be valid beginning Sep. 1 or Sep. 15?

Your questions need to go to immigration, but the way I understand it is: Your ARC card takes 2-3 weeks to produce and send to you. Your D10 should be processed in a day or two as long as they have everything they need. So the 6 months should start when you apply not when you get your new card.
Title: Re: E2 and D10 VISA FAQ (In Progress)
Post by: nomadicmadda on February 04, 2016, 02:27:45 pm
Your questions need to go to immigration, but the way I understand it is: Your ARC card takes 2-3 weeks to produce and send to you. Your D10 should be processed in a day or two as long as they have everything they need. So the 6 months should start when you apply not when you get your new card.

Yeah.  I live really far from Seoul so I was hoping to avoid having to figure out a time I can actually meet with someone there since the hotline seems to have mixed reviews from the LOFT folks...If they aren't open on Saturdays I'm sort of screwed.  Figured I'd take a shot here just on the off chance that someone had already experienced something similar.
Title: Re: E2 and D10 VISA FAQ (In Progress)
Post by: Toshiba on February 10, 2016, 01:56:00 pm
So, if we have an extra month on our ARC card after our contract expires (and during which we can stay in Korea) can we transfer to a new E-2 visa at any time during that 'thirteenth month'?

One more question. Does it matter which immigration branch we go to to apply for the D-10, or is one as good as the other?

Cheers in advance.
Title: Re: E2 and D10 VISA FAQ (In Progress)
Post by: oatmealkooky on February 21, 2016, 08:18:45 pm
I read this thread and it's very useful, but I wanted to ask:

Has anyone left a job before the contract end date and still received a D-10 without a LOR?

That's not my express plan. But I'm not pleased with my current employer and want to know if I can still hang around on a D-10 if they do not give me a LOR.

So if anyone has pulled this off, I'd like to know how it went.
Title: Re: E2 and D10 VISA FAQ (In Progress)
Post by: Proctor on February 22, 2016, 12:04:07 am
I read this thread and it's very useful, but I wanted to ask:

Has anyone left a job before the contract end date and still received a D-10 without a LOR?

That's not my express plan. But I'm not pleased with my current employer and want to know if I can still hang around on a D-10 if they do not give me a LOR.

So if anyone has pulled this off, I'd like to know how it went.

If they wont give you a LOR then you should go to immigration and try for the D10 anyway. It may depend on how nice and helpful they happen to be on that day. Immigration may contact your employer and ask for them to fax one. If the request is coming from immigration they may feel obligated to give them one. Just make sure you do not owe your employer any money.
Title: Re: E2 and D10 VISA FAQ (In Progress)
Post by: ashleystar on March 02, 2016, 08:14:29 pm
Has anyone ever gone home on a D10 and collected their pension on the way out? Like if I decided that finding another job was not going to happen, would I have any issues applying for an receiving my pension? Do I have to cancel the visa first? Any info would be appreciated.
Title: Re: E2 and D10 VISA FAQ (In Progress)
Post by: nomadicmadda on March 03, 2016, 07:50:13 am
Anyone ever gotten a D10 and then decided to get a job in another country?  How do you go about canceling the D10 and collecting your pension?
Title: Re: E2 and D10 VISA FAQ (In Progress)
Post by: Kliuchevskoi on March 18, 2016, 11:41:26 pm
So the 6 months should start when you apply not when you get your new card.

Right. Which means by the time you get your card-and your application is confirmed- you have only 5 months left.

Title: Re: E2 and D10 VISA FAQ (In Progress)
Post by: PsychoGemini on April 11, 2016, 10:54:52 am
Okay Waygook brethren I have a present for you all.  I had an adventure today at the Seoul Immigration Office in Mokdong to get my D10 and found that you have to make an online reservation because they're not doing the number tickets anymore.  I was able to make a reservation in person for later this week thanks to a helpful clerk.  The HiKorea site just absolutely refuses to work with my computer so I've never been able to do the online reservation.  Anyway, I decided to grab two necessary forms and scan them so we can all have copies.  I grabbed the Plan for Seeking Employment form and the Confirmation of Residence form.  The job search form I previously found online with some digging, but for some reason the other language on it is Chinese and not Korean.  To be safe I grabbed the ones at the office with the Korean on it.  The residence form I haven't been able to find anywhere online.  Download away and godspeed folks.
Title: Re: E2 and D10 VISA FAQ (In Progress)
Post by: eerieder on May 18, 2016, 09:26:17 pm
The D-10 was supposed to make the process simpler but I don't really see how.  Please tell me if I have this information correct:
I cannot apply for the D-10 visa until after I have finished my contract.  Then I need to wait 2-3 weeks to receive my new ARC before I can leave the country?   
Title: Re: E2 and D10 VISA FAQ (In Progress)
Post by: yamaMori on July 21, 2016, 07:42:39 am


Q: 1) What if I quit or got canned?  2) What if I quit (or got canned) and want to stay in Korea to find another job?

1) You have up to 14 days, and can ask Immigration for an additional 14 days (call 1345).

2) You can apply for a D-10 visa, and it'll make things easier if you get a Letter of Release (LOR) from your employer. However, your employer is under no obligation to give you one.

The D-10 visa gives you 6 months to find a new job and, out of those 6 months, you can be out of Korea for a maximum of 90 days.


I was recently fired (tuesday) and she said she will cancel my Visa at the end of this month, refusi.g to give me a release letter.I am going to ask when today about exactly when she will cancel the visa....
 But if I already have found a job, before the 14 days, can I just transfer my e 2 visa? I have been looking but have never got quite a clear answer, other than here.

My contract will be terminated, so will it matter if theres still 3 months remaining? Should I call immagration to clarify? I've been reading I might need some sort of written reason as to why i need to transfer?

I've been reading so many forums with no clear answers ^^;;
Title: Re: E2 and D10 VISA FAQ (In Progress)
Post by: orionchocopie on July 21, 2016, 08:17:12 am
Yes, you should call immigration.
Title: Re: E2 and D10 VISA FAQ (In Progress)
Post by: yamaMori on July 21, 2016, 12:30:49 pm
All immagration told me was I had to leave within 30 days, and with no LOR, I can't change jobs.

I plan on visiting tomorrow and asking for a copy of all my appostilled documents, hoping I can apply for another visa this way. I will update.
Title: Re: E2 and D10 VISA FAQ (In Progress)
Post by: orionchocopie on July 21, 2016, 12:37:18 pm
All immagration told me was I had to leave within 30 days, and with no LOR, I can't change jobs.
That sounds about right.

So, you need to get an LoR from your employer.  If you can't get an LoR you will have to wait for the current visa to expire (after 3 months) before you can get a new one.  Korea sucks in that way.
Title: Re: E2 and D10 VISA FAQ (In Progress)
Post by: matador on July 25, 2016, 04:02:38 pm
I went to apply for a D10 visa and received the form attached to give to my previous employer to fill in.

This is after the fact that I presented my contract and proof of employment to the immigration officers.

Reason I ask is because both officers seemed clueless and took a while to look things up on the computer.

Thinking of going to another immigration office because I haven't heard of anyone else needing this form.

Is this a standard form that employers need to sign off?It doesn't look like a letter of release.
Title: Re: E2 and D10 VISA FAQ (In Progress)
Post by: imagicaxx on August 21, 2016, 02:30:58 pm
Since my job fell thru, I only have 2 weeks left before my D10 expires and I'm worried about finding employment by then.
If I can't find a job, do I have to be out of Korea by the expiration date? Can I get an extension so I have time to sort things out? I'm still looking for jobs but I don't think I'll find one in time so I'll need a chance to ship my things home, close accounts, etc.
Title: Re: E2 and D10 VISA FAQ (In Progress)
Post by: orionchocopie on August 22, 2016, 07:50:57 am
Have you tried calling immigration on 1345?
Title: Re: E2 and D10 VISA FAQ (In Progress)
Post by: Superunknown on August 28, 2016, 05:55:51 pm
Regarding the Form 34:

"Fill out the form using the Change of Status (No. 4) Requirements.

-here you'll fill out where you'll living during your D-10 status. Depending on the person you have at immigration, you might need proof of residence. The person whose name is under the residence will need to sign the 34 Form to prove you're living with him/her"

Can somebody please tell me where exactly on the form this person should sign? Thanks!
Title: Re: E2 and D10 VISA FAQ (In Progress)
Post by: weigookin74 on August 28, 2016, 09:09:27 pm
So, for those who have applied for and gotten a D10 Visa in 2016, what did you need to bring with you and what forms did you fill out?

(I've heard there's a form called finding a job plan?) 

Do you need proof of money, place to live, new criminal checks, etc?

Title: Re: E2 and D10 VISA FAQ (In Progress)
Post by: imagicaxx on August 29, 2016, 12:57:01 pm
So, for those who have applied for and gotten a D10 Visa in 2016, what did you need to bring with you and what forms did you fill out?

(I've heard there's a form called finding a job plan?) 

Do you need proof of money, place to live, new criminal checks, etc?

Needed Form 34 (basically the application), job searching plan (it was on one of the websites, sorry i can't remember where because it wasn't out in the open), a rental contract, copy of passport photo page, 2 passport photos, and current ARC. Didn't have to provide proof of money (I did the first time I applied in 2015 but I guess it wasn't actually required, just something I read about) or any new documents nor copies of them.
Title: Re: E2 and D10 VISA FAQ (In Progress)
Post by: MLK on September 26, 2016, 04:48:43 pm
Hi y'all
I'm leaving my current job when my contract is up, going home for a month, then returning to korea to start with a different job...I wanted some opinions on whether it's more cost-effective to apply for D-10 visa or start from scratch with a new E-2(since I will be out of the country for the time I'm out of work)?

Thanks!
Title: Re: E2 and D10 VISA FAQ (In Progress)
Post by: m.corless on September 27, 2016, 03:13:26 am
Hi y'all
I'm leaving my current job when my contract is up, going home for a month, then returning to korea to start with a different job...I wanted some opinions on whether it's more cost-effective to apply for D-10 visa or start from scratch with a new E-2(since I will be out of the country for the time I'm out of work)?

Thanks!

Starting from scratch means obtaining a new criminal background check + apostille and degree verification in the month that you are home. Not only cost-effective, but also less stress due to time constraints to just get the D10 visa before you leave.
Title: Re: E2 and D10 VISA FAQ (In Progress)
Post by: hawtdawg on October 18, 2016, 11:50:48 am
 Does anyone know if http://www.apostillepros.com/ is of any use for getting the FBI CBC completed, and for the apostilles for that and a BA diploma? If it's no good, can anyone recommend another site for the same services? Thank you for any helpful info.
Title: Re: E2 and D10 VISA FAQ (In Progress)
Post by: daechan16 on December 06, 2016, 08:06:58 am
Is it possible to start an online clothing store while teaching in korea? Is it a ban on all jobs or other teaching jobs?
Title: Re: E2 and D10 VISA FAQ (In Progress)
Post by: Chrism_D on March 21, 2017, 10:15:23 pm
Does anyone know if the length of an E-2 visa can be as little as 3 months and still be legal?
Title: Re: E2 and D10 VISA FAQ (In Progress)
Post by: phant on April 05, 2017, 11:13:22 am
Hey guys a few questions.

1.
I am finishing soon. Can I apply for the D10 and leave the country without it yet? My ARC would expire a month later but I want to start my travel asap. obviously if I don't need to wait  I can buy my ticket right away and plan dates. Without it , it's all up in the air.

2.
I'd like to get a public school gig with a flight paid for. Would I get an incoming flight to Korea paid for or not because I'd be on a D10? Does the D10 mean I'm a temporary resident here and therefore won't be getting a flight paid for.

3.
For that matter if you start a new contract and were on an E2, can you get a flight paid for to bring you back to Korea after a holiday?

any help, very much appreciated!!!!

Phant
Title: Re: E2 and D10 VISA FAQ (In Progress)
Post by: m.corless on April 05, 2017, 10:26:58 pm
Hey guys a few questions.

1.
I am finishing soon. Can I apply for the D10 and leave the country without it yet? My ARC would expire a month later but I want to start my travel asap. obviously if I don't need to wait  I can buy my ticket right away and plan dates. Without it , it's all up in the air.

2.
I'd like to get a public school gig with a flight paid for. Would I get an incoming flight to Korea paid for or not because I'd be on a D10? Does the D10 mean I'm a temporary resident here and therefore won't be getting a flight paid for.

3.
For that matter if you start a new contract and were on an E2, can you get a flight paid for to bring you back to Korea after a holiday?

any help, very much appreciated!!!!

Phant

1. You can only apply for a D10 once your ARC is expired (/within a couple of days - call the specific immigration office you will be visiting and ask because they will give different answers)

2. EPIK doesn't accept D10 visa holders because technically during their orientation period you would be on a "looking for work" visa while working, and this causes them problems. If you applied directly with an office of education, that might be different. The office of education you are employed by will decide if you are eligible for the entrance allowance.

3. Same as above, the employer will have stipulations as to in what circumstances they do and don't pay out an entrance allowance
Title: Re: E2 and D10 VISA FAQ (In Progress)
Post by: nicoinibooking on April 11, 2017, 09:07:51 am
Hi. Can I go out of Korea and come back if I'm on a D10 visa?
Title: Re: E2 and D10 VISA FAQ (In Progress)
Post by: phant on April 11, 2017, 10:18:47 am
Thanks for the reply M. Corless!


1. You can only apply for a D10 once your ARC is expired (/within a couple of days - call the specific immigration office you will be visiting and ask because they will give different answers)
to be clear my Arc is finishing later on in June, but my contract will be done before that. My friend who I asked after posting said that going when the contract is done would be fine. Main thing is to ask at the office.

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2. EPIK doesn't accept D10 visa holders because technically during their orientation period you would be on a "looking for work" visa while working, and this causes them problems. If you applied directly with an office of education, that might be different. The office of education you are employed by will decide if you are eligible for the entrance allowance.
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Wow, really? That is rough! Is this your experience? Anyone else experienced this?
Title: Re: E2 and D10 VISA FAQ (In Progress)
Post by: phant on April 12, 2017, 03:26:49 pm
following up... I wonder if it is also the case that GOE won't accept transfering from a D10 visa and requires all documents to be gathered and handed in again?

any ideas? or for other provinces? (I'm talking about going through a province/ school/ recruiter - i thought i'd be grand on the D10 now i'm wondering if i need to hurry and get my docs)

Thanks for any advice

phant
Title: Re: E2 and D10 VISA FAQ (In Progress)
Post by: Aelliseu on April 18, 2017, 08:49:54 am
Hi, I just want to confirm this, so I can only start applying for D10 once my E2 expired? For example, if my E2 expired on August 31, then I can only start applying after Sept 01?

Thanks!
Title: Re: E2 and D10 VISA FAQ (In Progress)
Post by: phant on April 26, 2017, 09:14:16 pm
Hi, I just want to confirm this, so I can only start applying for D10 once my E2 expired? For example, if my E2 expired on August 31, then I can only start applying after Sept 01?

Thanks!

It's once your contract has been finished. I went a few days before my contract finished and they were cool with that. So it'a contract not ARC card date
Title: Re: E2 and D10 VISA FAQ (In Progress)
Post by: susbauer on May 01, 2017, 05:20:58 am
What if I don't need an E-2? I have an employer waiting to hire me already. I need to go from an E-2 to another E-2. My boss is unlikely to issue an LOR, though. Suggestions?
Title: Re: E2 and D10 VISA FAQ (In Progress)
Post by: Cyanea on August 17, 2017, 08:18:41 pm
(I've heard there's a form called finding a job plan?)  .

Where is this form on the hikorea website?

Does anyone know if the length of an E-2 visa can be as little as 3 months and still be legal?

I worked a camp once and they put me on an E2 visa, then cancelled it after 7 weeks at the end of the camp. There was no problem.
Title: Re: E2 and D10 VISA FAQ (In Progress)
Post by: 02sanupp on August 18, 2017, 09:20:34 am
Can you work another job on an E2 Visa?

I don't mean teaching, like a restaurant job or something?
Title: Re: E2 and D10 VISA FAQ (In Progress)
Post by: Mezoti97 on August 18, 2017, 10:32:19 am
Can you work another job on an E2 Visa?

I don't mean teaching, like a restaurant job or something?

I don't think so.
Title: Re: E2 and D10 VISA FAQ (In Progress)
Post by: PsychoGemini on August 18, 2017, 11:00:25 am
(I've heard there's a form called finding a job plan?)  .

Where is this form on the hikorea website?

I posted this form on the previous page.  Here it is again with another form I scanned.
Title: Re: E2 and D10 VISA FAQ (In Progress)
Post by: Star1 on September 14, 2017, 11:06:22 pm
Hi, For E2 Visa, can I use my background check that's 6 months old or I need to get a new background check? Please Help!

Thank you!
Title: Re: E2 and D10 VISA FAQ (In Progress)
Post by: SongLima on September 22, 2017, 02:48:18 pm
Hi,

Really helpful section; however, I'm hoping I might be able to squeeze a little more specific info outta someone. I'm currently on an E-7 visa that will expire in March 2018. I plan on quitting this November. There are no workplace issues, I just don't want to work anymore and enjoy my final few months in Korea before I leave in March. I understand I need a large volume of documents for immigration, I'm more concerned with not having a letter of release. Obviously as I'm quitting for no discernible reason, other than I do not enjoy my work and hate where I live, I'm not expecting my employer to grant an LOR.  Do you think I will be able to get a D-10? I have enough money to comfortably last a year. I am, at least to immigration, seeking employment so is it really a big deal if I quit? I mean, it's quite common in the West to quit if you don't enjoy your work. Is quitting perceived as that serious that it could harm you receiving a new job-seeking visa?

Any pertinent info is greatly appreciated!
Thank You.
Title: Re: E2 and D10 VISA FAQ (In Progress)
Post by: Proctor on September 22, 2017, 09:08:47 pm
Hi,

Really helpful section; however, I'm hoping I might be able to squeeze a little more specific info outta someone. I'm currently on an E-7 visa that will expire in March 2018. I plan on quitting this November. There are no workplace issues, I just don't want to work anymore and enjoy my final few months in Korea before I leave in March. I understand I need a large volume of documents for immigration, I'm more concerned with not having a letter of release. Obviously as I'm quitting for no discernible reason, other than I do not enjoy my work and hate where I live, I'm not expecting my employer to grant an LOR.  Do you think I will be able to get a D-10? I have enough money to comfortably last a year. I am, at least to immigration, seeking employment so is it really a big deal if I quit? I mean, it's quite common in the West to quit if you don't enjoy your work. Is quitting perceived as that serious that it could harm you receiving a new job-seeking visa?

Any pertinent info is greatly appreciated!
Thank You.
You either need a LOR or a completed contract to get a D10. I would find a cheap ticket to Japan and come back as a tourist but that will only give you 3 months.
Title: Re: E2 and D10 VISA FAQ (In Progress)
Post by: SongLima on September 25, 2017, 09:04:18 am
Thanks for your reply; I've been receiving conflicting information from online sources and immigration. It seems, under Korean law, a letter of release is not required but has become a standard that immigration enforce it as if it were a law. Thanks for your reply, I will try to secure or go to Japan.
Title: Re: E2 and D10 VISA FAQ (In Progress)
Post by: phantomemma on November 01, 2017, 02:47:49 pm
This may be a stupid question, but any help would be greatly appreciated.

I need to leave Korea in March. My contract ends in April, but my boss has agreed to let me go home to see my family for a couple of months. So, my visa will expire while I am gone. I plan to return to Korea at the end of April. Does this mean I will have to start from scratch to make a new e2 visa? The reason I am letting the original one expire is so that I can get my pension refund, so getting an extension or a d10 isn't an option in this case.  THANKS!
Title: Re: E2 and D10 VISA FAQ (In Progress)
Post by: Cyanea on March 02, 2018, 03:03:37 pm
For those undergoing the D10 process currently, here is an up-to-date summary:


D10 APPLICATION PROCEDURE 2018

1. Reserve an appointment online via the HiKorea website at: https://www.hikorea.go.kr/pt/RsvInfoPageR_en.pt (https://www.hikorea.go.kr/pt/RsvInfoPageR_en.pt)

You should reserve your appointment 2-3 weeks in advance because of current waiting times. Needless to say you must go to the same Immigration office that registered your last contract. You should time your appointment to as soon as possible after your contract expires. I have heard (unconfirmed) that you must apply within 12 days of finishing your contract.


2. You will need to prepare and bring the following to your appointment:

i) Appointment Reciept (방문예약 접수증)
Print this when you when you make a reservation online. It has a call number which will show up on the electronic sign in the immigration room along with the desk number. Be on time because appointments are now quite punctual.

ii) Application Form (Report Form) 통합신청서 (신고서)
This can be downloaded and printed from the HiKorea website. Tick the box for "Change of status of sojourn" and fill in your details.

iii) Two passport photos size 35mm X 45mm.

iv) Confirmation of Residence Form 거주/ 숙소제공 확인서
If you have a rental contract bring a copy. In which case you will not need to provide this form.

v) Passport.

vi) ARC card.

vi) ARC re-issuance fee. This is W30,000 for the pick-up option, or W33,000 if you want your new ARC delivered by post.  To pay this, take your passport into the bank/ payment room (within the Immigration Centre) and use the cash machine and instructions provided.

vii) Tax Revenue Reciept for W100,000. Pay at the booth in the payment room. There are no longer actual stamps but they will give you a simple form.

viii) Proof of adequate funds to cover your stay. You may or may not be asked for this. Bring a bank statement in any case.

viv) Copy of previous contract. If your contract is not finished then you will need a LOR (Letter of release).

x) Plan for seeking Employment form (구직활 동계 획서).


Processing.

Assuming your application is accepted (and it should be if you have all your stuff together), then you will be provided with a "Certificate of Application for Permit of Stay".  Keep this safe as it functions as your ARC and you will need it to pick up your new ARC later.

The pick up date is invariably 21 days from the initial date of application. During this period you may not leave the country, although if you do, your application will be automatically cancelled.



Good day  :smiley:.
Title: Re: E2 and D10 VISA FAQ (In Progress)
Post by: essjay on March 05, 2018, 08:52:50 pm
I have a question that may sound very dumb. I'm starting a job at the beginning of next week but it was all very last minute so I had very little time to actually apply for my E-2 visa. My application has been submitted to the Korean Immigration Office so I can receive my visa issuance number. I was told I would receive it by the end of the week. My question is once I receive my number and go to the Korean Embassy in London with my other documents, how long does it take to process everything. I've heard people say it takes days and people saying it takes hours and I'm not really sure.
Title: Re: E2 and D10 VISA FAQ (In Progress)
Post by: m.corless on March 06, 2018, 10:42:27 pm
I have a question that may sound very dumb. I'm starting a job at the beginning of next week but it was all very last minute so I had very little time to actually apply for my E-2 visa. My application has been submitted to the Korean Immigration Office so I can receive my visa issuance number. I was told I would receive it by the end of the week. My question is once I receive my number and go to the Korean Embassy in London with my other documents, how long does it take to process everything. I've heard people say it takes days and people saying it takes hours and I'm not really sure.

I've never heard of it only taking hours. Typically the consulates say 5-7 business days and most will do it in five. When you drop off the documents the person will be able to tell you when you can come back to pick up your passport.
Title: Re: E2 and D10 VISA FAQ (In Progress)
Post by: KorEr on March 09, 2018, 04:49:05 pm
Hei guys!

I hope someone can advise me on this: I am currently on D-10 visa looking for jobs in Korea, but I am planning to return to my home country at the end of this month and come back again in April. My D-10 visa ends in May, is there a problem for leaving Korea for 2 weeks?

Also, I know many people who keep staying in Korea on D-10 visa and extend it many times, but can you confirm this? Is there a limit on how many times you can apply for D-10 visa and are there any additional documents to show when applying for the 2nd time?

Thank you in advance!
Title: Re: E2 and D10 VISA FAQ (In Progress)
Post by: amyb72 on March 11, 2018, 02:14:54 pm
For the D10 application, how much do we need in our bank book to prove funding for living here?
Title: Re: E2 and D10 VISA FAQ (In Progress)
Post by: Cyanea on March 11, 2018, 07:14:16 pm
For the D10 application, how much do we need in our bank book to prove funding for living here?

Not sure. I was asked for proof last time and showed a statement with 20M on it. The official nodded and said ok.

is there a problem for leaving Korea for 2 weeks?

Apparently you can leave for up to 3 months without having to get new docs.

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I know many people who keep staying in Korea on D-10 visa and extend it many times

 its possible but starts to get complicated. ie you have to prove you were actually jobhunting.

https://www.reddit.com/r/korea/comments/5m0a2w/anyone_have_experience_extending_d10_visa/ (https://www.reddit.com/r/korea/comments/5m0a2w/anyone_have_experience_extending_d10_visa/)
Title: Re: E2 and D10 VISA FAQ (In Progress)
Post by: PsychoGemini on March 12, 2018, 01:25:09 pm
For the D10 application, how much do we need in our bank book to prove funding for living here?

The first time I did it years back the minimum I heard you needed was 2.5 million.
Title: Re: E2 and D10 VISA FAQ (In Progress)
Post by: amyb72 on March 12, 2018, 03:26:54 pm
For the D10 application, how much do we need in our bank book to prove funding for living here?

The first time I did it years back the minimum I heard you needed was 2.5 million.

Thank you. That's not as much as I was expecting to be honest. I also read a lot of people weren't even asked to prove this. So I'm guessing it's all dependent on whose working on the day?

Second question, if my current immigration office is Suwon/Pyeongtaek but my new address (the place where I will live whilst on D10 visa) is in Seoul, should I go to my current local immigration office or to one in Seoul? Or does it not matter?
Title: Re: E2 and D10 VISA FAQ (In Progress)
Post by: PsychoGemini on March 12, 2018, 04:36:01 pm
Thank you. That's not as much as I was expecting to be honest. I also read a lot of people weren't even asked to prove this. So I'm guessing it's all dependent on whose working on the day?

Second question, if my current immigration office is Suwon/Pyeongtaek but my new address (the place where I will live whilst on D10 visa) is in Seoul, should I go to my current local immigration office or to one in Seoul? Or does it not matter?

I would get that bank statement regardless because you can never be too safe.  Keep in mind that it will freeze your account for 24 hours when you get the statement.  I would go to the Seoul office if that's where you'll be staying.  The first time I did this I was headed out of Suncheon and was going to be staying in Gwangju for a bit and I tried to do the paperwork at the area immigration office in Yeosu.  I was told I had to go to Gwangju's office since that's where my address would be.
Title: Re: E2 and D10 VISA FAQ (In Progress)
Post by: amyb72 on March 30, 2018, 09:08:06 am
Thanks for the heads up. So I should get a statement from inside the bank branch?
Title: Re: E2 and D10 VISA FAQ (In Progress)
Post by: PsychoGemini on March 30, 2018, 10:33:04 am
Thanks for the heads up. So I should get a statement from inside the bank branch?

Yes.  Go to your bank and ask for that statement of balance.
Title: Re: E2 and D10 VISA FAQ (In Progress)
Post by: amyb72 on April 11, 2018, 02:04:10 pm
So on 2nd April I managed to get it done at my immigration office and I made sure to go on 2nd April because I am flying out to England on 20th April. This allows plenty of time. So I thought..
However, the paper I received from the office says the pick up day is 23rd April. I thought it only takes 10 days to process plus I said at the immigration office I will be leaving on 20th April. The lady proceeded to yell at me "COME BACK BEFORE 20TH THEN!!!" I am really confused as to when my ARC will be available to pick up and wondered if the date on the form meant before 23rd not ON 23rd. If so how can I know when it's ready?
Title: Re: E2 and D10 VISA FAQ (In Progress)
Post by: amyb72 on April 18, 2018, 09:35:36 pm
Updates (even though no one replied lol but this might be helpful for other people in the future)
I called immigration to ask if I could pick up my ARC before the date given on the paper and they called my local office and apparently my ARC card is already processed and ready to be picked up. This is good news for me but just wondering why there's no email/phone service that notifies you when your card is available to be collected?
Title: Re: E2 and D10 VISA FAQ (In Progress)
Post by: smkndofpnutdssr on April 29, 2018, 04:03:52 pm
So on 2nd April I managed to get it done at my immigration office and I made sure to go on 2nd April because I am flying out to England on 20th April. This allows plenty of time. So I thought..
However, the paper I received from the office says the pick up day is 23rd April. I thought it only takes 10 days to process plus I said at the immigration office I will be leaving on 20th April. The lady proceeded to yell at me "COME BACK BEFORE 20TH THEN!!!" I am really confused as to when my ARC will be available to pick up and wondered if the date on the form meant before 23rd not ON 23rd. If so how can I know when it's ready?

Were you able to get a certificate of residency? That's what I'm worried about. My contract ends in the beginning of July and my ARC at the end of July and I need to go back to the US for 3 months, but I don't have time to sit around and wait for my card to come.

And does anyone know if we're allowed to have a job OUTSIDE of Korea on a D10?
Title: Re: E2 and D10 VISA FAQ (In Progress)
Post by: MauTra on May 04, 2018, 04:32:36 pm
Hi,

Do you need to make an appointment to pick up your new ARC issued after changing over to the D10 visa?
Or can you just show up and go straight to the booth? It's at the Goyang branch.


Thanks!
Title: Re: E2 and D10 VISA FAQ (In Progress)
Post by: Cyanea on May 31, 2018, 01:29:30 pm
Hi,

Do you need to make an appointment to pick up your new ARC issued after changing over to the D10 visa?
Or can you just show up and go straight to the booth? It's at the Goyang branch.


Thanks!

When you applied for your D10, they gave you a paper to keep in the interim. On that paper is written the date you should come in to pick up your arc. It should be exactly 21 days from the date of your application.

No need to make an appointment. Just go in on that date and pick it up from the booth. You will have to sign for it.