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11 JAN 2020

Korea Company Registration : 2020 Requirements and Procedure

To register a company in Korea, one can pick the most suitable setup specific to one’s business suitability, from many different kinds of enterprises and branches of industry. This decision is determined by the line of business and respective rules and regulatory provisions.

This article talks about the requirements and procedure of a Korea company registration, the important things a foreigner must know concerning accountancy and taxation framework and also the advantages and options open to a foreigner.

All the topics have been aligned in an order that is easy to understand, starting with the most attractive part; the advantages.

Quick Facts before registering a company in Korea

Placed between two of the world's economic giants, Japan and China, South Korea has a perfect geographic location. International trade between these economies is hassle-free. This makes it a strategic location to incorporate a company. An industrial installation in South Korea has the following plus points:


1.    If you want to incorporate a limited liability company, you will need at least one director and a shareholder. The person doesn't have to be Korean - any nationality can play a role as a director and a shareholder. For foreigners though, you must have at least KRW 100M (equivalent to USD 90,000) to set up a foreign-invested company and apply for an entrepreneur visa (D-8).

2.    There can be any number of foreign currency accounts and at the same time, there are no limitations on the returns of capital gains.

3.    In 1998, the Foreign Investment Promotion Act was framed by the Korean government, to draw Foreign Direct Investment (FDI) in South Korea foreign company. The Act brought 99.8% of Korea's industries within the reach of foreign investment and served as a strong security cover for investors' interests. The Act also provides foreign investors with incentives such as tax relief, cash benefits and inexpensive land.

4.    South Korea prospers in an environment of technologically advanced air, land and sea transport system, making it quicker to move goods and raw materials within the country.

5.    South Korea is made up of very qualified manpower having a literacy level higher than 97% and a technologically advanced rate of 60%. According to employment surveys, 80% of adults between the age group of 25 to 64 are university educated.

6.    Incheon International Airport is a major supply and transport hub in Northeast Asia, having the latest and advanced features. This is likely to enable entrepreneurs to clear their customs 50% faster.

7.    South Korea’s national IQ is evaluated as the world's best. It tops the ranks in science, mathematics and resolution of issues, as declared by the OECD.

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Main Choices

Foreign businesses or persons who are not the residents of South Korea have three main choices in terms of putting together and registering a business or company in South Korea:

1. Local Corporation / FDI Company 

This is the registration that defines a local company. However, by investing at least KRW 100M (equivalent to USD 90,000), it will fall into the category of a Foreign Capital Invested Company, or a Foreign Direct Investment Company (FDI). Korean law is beneficial to FDI firms in several ways, as against normal local companies.

An FDI company can be set up as one of the following kinds of business:

·         Private Limited Company (‘Yuhan Hoesa’ in Korean) – this company has a configuration that comprises a maximum of 50 shareholders and it is not open to the public. This type of company often known as an LLC.

·         Joint Stock Company (‘Chusik Hoesa’ in Korean) – this is a very popularly used corporate structure in Korea, even for FDI companies. Often, the names of companies registered on the lines of this pattern had Corp. / Ltd / Co., Ltd., at the end.

·         General Partnership Company – (‘Hapmyung Hoesa’ in Korean) – this is a company structure that requires two or more partners who keep up unlimited liability.

·         Limited Liability Company (‘Yuhan Chaekim Hoesa’ in Korean) – this configuration of a company is like a limited liability company (LLC) in the US.

·         Limited Liability Partnership – (‘Hapja Johap’ in Korean) – This kind of a business structure resembles a Limited Partnership Company. Its legal entity is bound with its members. This resembles an LLP in the US.

·         Limited Partnership Company – (‘Hapja Hoesa’ in Korean) – Different from a General Partnership Company, in this type of company, a few partners may have limited liability.

2. Branch Office

Although the FDI Company is regarded as a domestic corporation, a branch office is regarded as a foreign corporation. In this registration, the foreign headquarter and the Korean branch are one legal entity. A branch office can get into profit-making operations in Korea and is liable to the tax laws and rates that apply to local Korean firms. However, the benefits in terms of tax incentives and government support will be limited compared to local corporations or FDI companies.

3. Liaison Office 

Similar to the branch office, this structure of a business can be seen as a foreign corporation. However, it differs from a branch office in the way that it can only get involved in non-sales operations like market research, R&D, advertisement, business development, etc., in favor of the foreign company.


Korea Accounting and Tax Regulations You Must Know

Here are the accounting and tax regulations that global investors must know before they step into the South Korean market:

1.    Corporate income on South Korea is taxed at 10% on the first 200 million won, 20% on income between US$180,000 and US$20m and 22% for incomes more than US$20m.

2.    The VAT in South Korea comes down to 10% on sale and transfer of goods and services. It is mandatory to submit VAT invoicing in an electronic format and if it is not done this way, penalties apply.

3.    South Korea non-resident companies that have no Permanent Establishments (PEs) in South Korea have to pay withholding tax on every income item.

4.    Resident foreigners have to pay taxes on their global income, in case they have lived in South Korea for more than 5 years from a 10-year period. For individuals who have lived for shorter periods are required to pay taxes only on their locally earned income and foreign-sourced income.

5.    Foreigners employed in Korea are given a special rebate, while foreign immigrants and workers can apply for a fixed tax rate of 16.5% on their earnings.

6.    Three-monthly VAT filing is essential even if the company is inactive.

7.    Yearly tax returns must be submitted to the National Tax Service of South Korea after putting a business in place in South Korea.

8.    South Korea does not levy export duties.

9.    After a South Korean company is set up, yearly external audits need to be carried out if a company’s total assets exceed US$1 million.

10.    Before importing any product to Korea from abroad its customs duties must be paid. The tax amount is dependent on the type of imported goods and quantity.

11.    The only tax that non-resident individuals must pay on their earnings in South Korea is personal income tax.

12.    For drawing foreign direct investment (FDI), the Korean government offers tax incentives to small and medium-sized enterprises (SME) like;

        i) An SME investing in factory machinery or advanced office supply may avail a 5% tax credit of the invested amount, and

        ii) the tax rebate for improving technology and manpower has been hiked from 10% to 15%.

13.     South Korea has signed 54 DTAs (double taxation treaties), cutting down local withholding tax on payments to non-residents.

14.     A company is required to file a provisional tax return with the Korean Government, including i) balance sheet ii) profit and loss statement and iii) a trial balance.


In the next 5 years, South Korea will call for tenders from foreign building firms to assist the building of infrastructure with an expenditure of US$300bn on airports, roads and railways by the end of 2020. Hence, a high inflow of global investors is expected in the times to come.

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Business Registration Requirements and Procedures

A. Procedure for Business Registration (Article 5 of the Value-added Tax Act)

1) All business establishments must be registered.

2) In case you register multiple businesses, each business requires to be registered individually.

3) Registration can be applied for in 20 days from the start date of your business, with the necessary papers, in the civil service area of the national tax service, with jurisdiction in the area of your business address. The process of business registration can start before the start of business, but you must apply personally.

4) When applying through agents, both your and your agents ID cards are required. The business registration application must have all personal information and it should be personally applied for.

5) In a joint business, the registration should be in the name of one of the joint operatives of that business.

B. Per-business Unit Taxpayer Scheme

1) If one individual operates two businesses and that an individual is registered as a per-business unit taxpayer with the National Tax Service in the authority where the principal place of business is done, the individual may report and pay the related taxes for each business together.

2) Setting up 2 or more businesses including the main office or the business hub and seeking taxation per business unit, one must register with the head of the National Tax Service with authority on the location of the head office or the business hub in not more than 20 days from the launch of your business. (the business registration form)

3) If the current businessperson seeks per business unit taxation, he/she must register 20 days before the start of the taxation period. (business unit taxpayer registration form)
Online Application: To apply online, connect to the National Tax Service website
 to apply.
The required documentation (on the webpage) is required in a scanned format. 

Korean citizens living overseas will require the extra documents listed below:

 i. A registration certificate as a Korean national living overseas, a copy of the registration report, or a copy of the Korean national’s passport photo page.

 ii. In case the entrepreneur does not typically live in the business setup or has lived there for less than 6 months, he/she may appoint a tax manager and report it.

C. Basic Taxpayer vs. General Taxpayer

1) Basic taxpayer: Single business with anticipated yearly sales lower than KRW 48,000,000
General taxpayers are taxed at 10% and all the VAT on the purchase tax invoice it gets while purchasing goods.

Put differently, the tax amount of the purchase tax invoice (10% of the purchase amount) is taken away.

If your previous year’s annual sales have been KRW 48 million or more, you are a general taxpayer.

2) General taxpayer: Single taxpayer apart from a basic taxpayer
Businesses qualifying for various tax benefits when VAT is charged. 
In single businesses, whose annual sales are not KRW 48 million, (VAT included), retail stores, restaurants, hair salons operating a business in non-urban regions or outside the capital area and the real estate sales, real estate brokerages, assessment businesses do not qualify for simplified taxing.

Although tax of 0.5-3% is applicable, only 5-30% of purchase tax amount may be charged and no tax invoice may be issued.

Tax amount calculation: sales × value-added rate per business × tax rate (10%)
Although the sales amount of the businesses in the center of the city does not equal KRW 48 million, producers and real estate sales do not qualify for basic taxation.


D. Paperwork while Registering your Business in Korea

1) Individuals

1. One copy of Korea Business Registration form

2. Copy of lease agreement (only for businesses that lease).
Given for sublease agreements, a copy of the sublease agreement was required (consent or authorization from the building owner shall be marked.)

3. Copy of the Permission (registration, report) Certificate, (corresponding businesses) – If registration has happened before the Permission (registration, report), the Copy of the Business Registration Application or such as Permission (registration, report) or the Prospectus

4. Partnership Agreement (for Cooperative Businesses)

5. Korean citizens living overseas, documents showing that they are foreigners: passport copy or copy of the alien registration card. For non-Korean residents: tax manager designation report.

2) For-profit Corporation

1. One copy of the Application for Korea Company Registration Incorporation and the Business Registration Form

2. One copy of the Korea Corporate Registration

If no consent is given to confirm the personnel in charge, the applicant should directly submit the document.

3. (Corporation Name) One copy of lease agreement (only for currently leasing businesses)

4. One copy of Shareholders or Investors List

5. One copy of the Business Approval, Registry, and Report stamped Certificate (only for the respective enterprises) – In case the registration (registration, report), before the permission registration: a copy of the permission (registration) application or business plan

6. One copy of List of in-kind Contributions (limited for in-kind contribution corporations)

3) Non-profit Koreans

1. A single copy of Application for Registration Incorporation and Business Registration form

2. A single copy of the Corporate Register
If there is no consent to the confirmation of the personnel, the applicant must personally submit the document.

3. (Corporation Name) A single copy of the lease agreement (solely for businesses currently leasing)

4. One copy of the Business Permission, Registration, and Report stamped Certificate (only for the corresponding corporations) – If the registration (registration, report), before the permission registration: a copy of the permission (registration) application or business plan.

5. A single copy of Incorporation Permission Certificate from the concerned authority.

4) Koreans

1. A single copy of the Application for Registration Incorporation and Business Registration form

2. A single copy of the Corporate Register
Refusal of consent to the confirmation of the personnel in charge requires the applicant to directly submit the document.

If the registering business is a non-registered corporate branch, the minutes from a board of directors’ meeting can confirm setting up of the branch. (Calling a board of directors’ meeting is tough because of issues like direct sales shop creation, a copy of the document with the CEO’s sanction.)

3. One copy of the lease agreement (only for business leasing at present)

E. Getting the Korea Company Registration Certificate

1) A business registration certificate is issued 3 days after applying for registration.

2) The certificate is issued after consultation and verification of the essential paperwork in the civil service area.

3) Given that, however, from the application content, if there seems to be a doubt of the hidden name or the hidden membership of the credit card, etc., before giving the business registration certificate, the national tax office carries out the site review and issues the certificate after confirmation of normal business.



Since the last few years, South Korea company registration has become as easy as attracting more investment and entrepreneurship. With a well-to-do economy and an inviting stance towards foreign investment, Korea is definitely where your business should be, especially for expansion in the Asian market.

We provide from Korea company incorporation, monthly accounting, payroll, tax and visa services. Most importantly, we put our best efforts to understand your company registration requirements and give you solutions that are not just best for you, but also comply best with the local laws. Get in touch with us to know more.

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Social insurance schemes in Korea

The four social insurance schemes in Korea, based on the Framework Act on Social Security, are part of socio-economic system created by introducing principles and methods of insurance for the country to carry out social policy. The goal of this socioeconomic system is to prepare for possible social risks (disease, disability, unemployment, death, etc.) to ensure the people's economic life in a stable manner. Social insurance system includes National Pension, National Health Insurance, Employment Insurance and Workers’ Compensation Insurance. Businesses hiring more than one employee in Korea are subject to enrollment in the four social insurances, and employers and workers are obliged to contribute their prescribed portions to the insurance authorities in accordance with the relevant laws (Except for the workers whose working hour is less than 60 hours/month). All workers under legal labor contract are eligible for social insurance coverage regardless of their types of contract (e.g., Intern, non-regular or full-time workers). In this article, we would like to introduce the details of the social insurances which are critical when hiring employees and doing business in Korea. National Pension Authority: National Pension Service The National Pension Service is an insurance scheme in case the national citizen ages in the future or income activities are suspended due to sudden accidents or diseases and is managed by the government when people pay part of their income as insurance premiums. It protects life of the elderly so that one can maintain one’s basic life by returning the insurance money to himself/herself or his bereaved family. The less you earn, the more money you'll receive relative to the amount you paid. All employers should enroll their employees (including a representative director of a company) in the National Pension plan. Those who are defined under the relevant Acts such as employees aged 60 or more, casual workers and temporary employees are exempted from the mandatory enrollment. Employers should register with the National Pension plan for foreign employees who reside in Korea except for a foreign expat from one of countries where there is mutual social security agreement with Korea. Given that the prescribed requirements are met, foreign employees may apply to get a refund for the contributions paid to the National Pension authority when he or she leaves Korea. The amount paid for National Pension is 9% of the employee's income. If you are working at a Korea company, you and your employer will each pay 4.5% of the income, which is half of the premium. Other individuals and freelancers will pay total premium which is equivalent to 9% of their income. From July 2019, the income ceiling for pension contributions per month is set to increase to 4,860,000 won, and total pension contributions per month are capped at 437,400 won. National Health Insurance Authority: National Health Insurance Service National Health Insurance is social security insurance to prevent high medical costs from becoming a household burden and to promote public health by providing insurance services for disease or injury. Like National Pension Service, the government collect insurance premiums paid by the citizens every month and bear part of the medical expenses. Health insurance, which every citizen must subscribe to, is characterized by paying insurance premiums in proportion to their income and benefits being equal. Like National Pension Service, all employers should enroll their employees (including a representative director of a company) in the National Health Insurance plan. Those who are defined under the relevant Acts such as casual workers and temporary employees are exempted from the mandatory enrollment. However, if foreign employees receive medical insurance benefits under global medical insurance cover sponsored by their employers or National Health Insurance plans provided by their resident countries, they may file an application to get an exemption from mandatory enrollment. Insurance premiums consist of "health insurance" and "long-term care insurance". Health insurance contributions are computed as 6.46 % of monthly employment income. Additional contributions for long-term care of old-aged patients, amounting to 8.51% of monthly Health insurance premium, are also charged both to employers and employees. Therefore, an employer and an employee equally bear the cost of insurance contributions. Premiums for local subscribers, those who are not registered under a company in Korea, are calculated based on individual income and property. Employment Insurance Authority: Korea Workers’ Compensation & Welfare Service Employment Insurance is social security insurance that supports job security and reemployment by paying the necessary salary for living when one's income is lost due to job hunting and unemployment. Employment Insurance has become increasingly necessary as the crisis over employment and labor increases, resulting from the foreign exchange/financial crisis, the increase of the unemployed, and the continued expansion of youth unemployment. All employers must enroll all employees (except for a representative director of a company) in the Employment Insurance. However, employees commencing one’s first employment at the age of 65 or older, or casual workers are exempted from the enrollment. Further, foreign employees except for those who having F-2 or F-5 visa are generally not required to be registered with the Employment Insurance (Enrollment of Employment Insurance is optional for employees with F-4 visa). Employees are responsible for paying the insurance contributions at 0.80%(Unemployment benefits) of monthly employment income, whereas employers are required to pay contributions at 1.05%(Unemployment benefits 0.80% + Employment stability ∙ Vocational competency development 0.25%) to 1.65%(Rate of Employment stability ∙ Vocational competency development differs depending on the number of employees) of monthly employment income. For your reference, there is no income ceiling for the Employment Insurance premium. Unemployment benefits can only be received in the event of ‘non-voluntary retirement’ due to employ matters. Workers’ Compensation Insurance Authority: Korea Workers’ Compensation & Welfare Service Workers’ Compensation Insurance is a social security insurance that compensates for various treatment costs and death insurance in the event of occupational accidents. Government collects insurance premium from the employer and compensates the employees who suffer from industrial accidents with the funds. All employers, having at least one permanent employee, must enroll all their employees including foreign employees regardless of the age or visa status in the Workers’ Compensation Insurance. Employers are solely responsible for paying the insurance contributions. The contribution rates are determined by the industry of the employer. For instance, the contribution rates for companies in manufacturing sector are 0.7 to 4.2% and the rate for businesses in wholesale or retail industry is 0.9%, whereas the premium rate for enterprises in financial services and insurance is 0.7%. For your reference, manufacturing companies tend to subject to the higher rates of WCI and there is no income celling for this insurance. Year-end settlement Above-mentioned national social insurances except National Pension will go through year-end settlement process in the following year. Monthly insurance premiums will be charged on the reported chargeable income multiplied by the prescribed rate and in March of the following year, the different amount between the insurance premium calculated based on the total chargeable income incurred in the previous year and insurance premium paid will be further notified or refunded. Conclusion Social insurance scheme is one of requirements for a company to run business in Korea. As almost all employers must register with social insurances for their employees and pay employer’s portion of contributions to the relevant authorities, social insurance contributions should be taken into consider along with salaries and bonuses when hiring employees in Korea. If you have any questions about Korea company incorporation and investment in Korea, please contact us via Contact Us page. We will provide you with a variety of solutions for efficient business operations as well as practical advice on legal requirements.

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Top Advantages to Do Business in Korea 2020

South Korea’s innovative governmental reorganization has led to the nation hovering on the top of the World Bank’s ranking of ease of doing business in different countries. Indeed, efficient laws, transparent marketplace and the government’s enthusiasm to welcome international investors have resulted in doing business in South Korea a smart move. If you already run a business elsewhere and are looking to expand it in Asia, there is no place like South Korea and no better time than now to go for it. The reason behind this is that South Korea’s post-registration procedures that were earlier necessary to be complied with at the time of setting up or expanding a business, have now been eliminated. The Index of Economic Freedom and businesses characterizes South Korea as ‘largely free’ and both, old, as well as new companies, encounter minimal red tape interference from the government. As a regular rule, in practice, the Confucian principles and code of conduct drives the South Korean culture and even business practice. Confucian values comprise respecting those who seem decent, a quality that is gained via dedication, labor, abiding by rules, mutually agreeable decisions and time and energy used in establishing links. This is evident in the Korean saying, “Make a friend first and client second”. The broad database and guidance spread across on the World Business Culture website is a great help to whoever intends to do business in South Korea get the know-how about the country’s business and economy. In the meanwhile, this piece articulates the advantages that Korea offers for business expansion in Asia. Appetizing Incentives Foreign Direct Investment (FD) incentives are instrumental in reimbursing foreign investors in South Korea for their financial inputs, at the same time also lowering their launching expenses. The present tax regime provides a tax rebate to international enterprises having the ability to play an important role in the Korean economy. Simultaneously, the government helps these companies set up their industrial establishments (or help them acquire a good site location) and supports them with financial aid. Government-assigned free trade zones drive a lot of expansion, along with minimal bureaucracy in manufacturing, distribution and trade; reduced land and buildings rents; tax credits; and single-window administrative unit. Also, streamlined custom reporting processes are implemented in a variety of value-added planning operations. The government has also built free economic zones to support companies in free trade zones, so as to drive logistics at key global hubs and set up a welcoming residential environment for foreigners. Till date, the government has marked six free economic zones.   Geography Placed strategically with China on one side and Japan on the other, South Korea is very close to more than 60 cities having more than a million inhabitants (average 3 hours away by flight). South Korea has extensive free trade agreements (FTA) with the Association of Southeast Asian Nations, a provisional accord with India, an FTA with the European Union and a number of other nations.   Smart Customers South Korea’s computer geeky consumers have brought a lot to the growth of the country’s home market in the last ten years. Korean cell phone and home appliance makers— popular for their high-grade products all over the world— have been successful, thanks to their perceptive local customers. 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The facility that began operations in 2007, has emerged as among the few car factories across the world that can build as many as 8 types of models with a common effect.  Innovation can change other unripe zones of the economy like services, agriculture and water resources management, particularly in the event of getting aid in the form of investment and technical support from abroad. Foreign businesses keen on expanding in Asia should collaborate with corresponding Korean firms that have moved much ahead in expansion. Koreans are glad to have something that makes them more capable. In the event of a foreign company that brings in any type of a value-added factor, the potential of starting and developing a fruitful and profitable business liaison is very high. If plans and designs progress well, perhaps those companies’ directors and officers can call it ‘business better than usual’.   Conclusion South Korea's extraordinary rankings for ease of doing conducive business are driven by quite a few contributing factors that work in tandem. These include the nation’s topmost digital infrastructure and skilled human resources, appended with decades of investment in an internationally-acclaimed learning system. Reforms initiated and churned out by the government have made it the entry and exit conditions for foreign capital more profitable. Likewise, its capital markets are in the midst of the most developed in the developing global scenario. If you are looking to expand your business and set up an office or a company in Korea, we would be happy to help. Get in touch with us for details.

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Applying for D-8 visa in Korea

The Republic of Korea offers a range of visas for foreigners looking to settle in the country. However, in this article, we will look at the provisions for the application of D-8 (business investment) visa. If you want to set up a small business in Korea, the D-8 visa is just the right thing for you. Apart from this, the D-8 visa also covers the requirements of foreign employed managers of domestic companies, officers, senior managers or employees with expertise. Business Investment Visa (D-8) 1.   Eligibility for a D-8 Visa A business investment (D-8) visa is suitable for key professional experts involved in the management, corporate governance, manufacturing, engineering, or research of a foreign-invested enterprises, according to the Foreign Investment Promotion Act. Foreigners employed within Korea, general managers or engineers and service companies who can be substituted by local manpower resources do not fall in the category of critical professional experts.   Key Professional Experts ·         Specialist A highly professional individual with exclusive expertise and knowledge vital for research, design, and technology and management core to the service provided by the company, is a specialist. ·         Senior Manager A senior manager is in charge of the operations and business activities of a company, or the objectives and policies of a department. Top leadership (barring specialized service providers) or staff members who directly provide services, are not part of this classification. ·         Executives An executive is an individual with fundamental control over business administration and major say in decision-making. Being among the topmost members of a company, an executive reports exclusively to the Board of Directors and shareholders. (An executive has no direct participation in the service delivery or the organization’s service-linked business.) 2.   Application and Issuance The process to get a business investment (D-8) visa is as follows: ·         A foreigner is required to present the concerned papers to an overseas diplomatic mission to apply for issue of visa. The chief of a diplomatic mission is authorized to issue a business investment (D-8) visa for a maximum of one year stay. ·         If the authority that issues visas is not with the head of a diplomatic mission abroad, a foreigner can submit an application for issue of visa once he/she get a certificate of confirmation of issue of visa or a certificate number, from the immigration control office that regulates the inviter’s place of stay. ·         If a foreigner is in Korea without a visa or with a short-term visa due to compelling reasons, he/she can apply for permission to change the status of sojourn at the immigration office that decides his/her place of sojourn or at KOTRA’s Investment Consulting Center. Essential Paperwork for a Business Investment (D-8-1) Visa Approximate paperwork that may be required for review ·         Dispatch order in the case of employees sent to Korea ·         Description of modifications in shareholders (master copy) ·         Corporation registration certificate released in the last quarter ·         Foreign-invested company registration certificate copy ·         Business registration certificate copy ·         With respect to citizens of countries having a lot of cases of tuberculosis, a certificate of tuberculosis examination is  a must (provided by the local community health center) ·         Application form for issue of visa or application form for confirmation of issue of visa ·         Passport (copy of passport in the case of application for issue of visa), color photo for passport, service charges ·         Employment certificate from the company headquarters (for employees sent to Korea) ·         Certificates of education as a crucial professional expert (any of the following): technical certifications (for engineers), career certificate, company hierarchy, diploma ·         Statement proof of tax payment (specifying payment of corporate tax, grade A gained income tax, etc.) ·         Paper confirming the place of sojourn (property rental agreement, etc.) ·         Paper affirming introduction of investment funds ·         Cash investments – Document showing permit to deal in foreign currency, from the tax authority or bank (financial institution) of the investor’s country of origin (where appropriate) – Description of introduced investment funds (remittance certificate, certificate of buying foreign exchange, customs entry, etc.) ·         Material investment – Copy of completion certificate of material investment (from the Commissioner of Korea Customs Service) – Completion Certificate of import declaration ·         Other papers for submission by each investor, with investment below KRW 300 million ·         Record certification of capital spending o   Receipt for goods bought, office interior decor expenditure, etc. o   Withdrawal and deposit logs of a domestic bank account, etc. ·         Withdrawal and deposit logs of business account ·         Document endorsing an operational business setup o   Office lease contract o   Snapshot of building, work facility, signposting, etc. ·         Certificate verifying business experience in the relevant industry or field (if necessary) Service charges (revenue stamp): Is different in different countries because of reciprocity principles. The exact amount can be found out from a diplomatic mission. * There is no processing fee to apply for the certificate of confirmation of issue of visa Further, there are 4 types of D-8 visas, with different paperwork requirements of each type. D-8-1 Incorporated Enterprise Visa For qualifying candidates posted in a foreign invested company, in line with the Foreign Investment Promotion Act. (Excluding Cuba) The aim must be to invest in a Korean enterprise (including the ones that are being established). The minimum investment must be of 100 million KRW, along with a minimum of 10% of the total capital stocks of the company, besides the voting right or a contract of dispatch and hiring of executives. Essential Paperwork ·         Valid passport ·         Visa Application form ·         Fee ·         One standard-size photograph ·         Proof of employment of assignment abroad ·         Dispatch order (should have the dispatch period) ·         Photocopy of business registration certificate ·         Documents showing the movement of capital investment ·         Foreign investment report form or a copy of investment company registration certificate D-8-2 Business Venture Visa for commercial enterprises adhering to the Special Act on the Growth of Business Ventures (excluding China and Cuba) Essential Paperwork ·         Business Venture Confirmation or Prospective Business Venture Confirmation ·         Photocopy of Business Registration Certificate ·         Fee ·         One standard size photograph ·         Photocopy of passport ·         Visa application form ·         Paperwork that shows you either have the copyrights or matching expertise. Instances of this paperwork may be Patent right card (Korean Intellectual Property Office), Utility Model Right registration card (Korean Intellectual Property Office) and Korea Technology Finance Corporation or Small and Medium Business Corporation Assessment Test Result. D-8-3 Unincorporated Enterprise Visafor foreigners who have invested in a company run by a Korean national Documents required ·         Fee ·         Visa Application Form ·         One Standard Size Photograph ·         Passport ·         A copy of investment company registration certificate or a foreign investment report form ·         Paperwork validating the use of startup capitals by a Korean local, also the cofounder ·         Authentic document of Business Partnership Agreement ·         A photocopy of Business Registration Certificate displaying the name of c-founder ·         Paperwork showing the transfer of investment capitals. Examples of these are declaration of foreign currency transfer or confirmation of remittance released by the Customs or a bank (financial institution) of the concerned country, photocopy of investment in Kind Completion Confirmation Letter (from the Chief of Korea Customs Service) Extra paperwork for individual investor with investment lower than 300 million KRW Paperwork showing information of the use of the investment funds product purchase receipt, office interior fee, deposit/withdrawal records of a domestic bank account, etc. Conclusion Though it may sound straightforward. The task of applying for a D-8 visa in Korea has its set of complications that we can easily resolve. For all the help to get a D-8 visa in Korea, do get in touch with us.

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