Foreigners arriving in South Korea to work must register with the local immigration authorities during the first three months of their stay. The kind of work permit and employment visa required depends on the function that the person will be doing. To enable an employee to remain in South Korea for more than 90 days, the following visas must be obtained:
The E-1 Professor Visa is intended for foreigners who want to give lectures or do research in their area; it is valid for one year and may be extended on an annual basis.
The E-2 Foreign Language Instructor position is intended for foreigners who want to teach a foreign language in a company/school/education infrastructure. It has a two-year validity period and may be renewed every two years.
E-3 Research is intended for foreigners invited by a public or private institution to do natural science or advanced technology research; it is valid for one year and may be renewed yearly.
E-4 Technological Guidance is intended for foreigners who are invited to give expertise in natural science or high technology by a governmental or private organization; it is valid for one year and may be renewed yearly.
E-5 Special Profession is intended for foreigners who are architects, attorneys, surgeons, accountants, and other globally licensed professionals who have authorization from the Korean government to practice their area of competence. It is good for one year and may be renewed yearly.
E-6 Culture and Art visas are intended for foreigners who engage in musical, artistic, and literary activities; they are valid for one year and may be renewed yearly.
E-7 Specially Designed Events are intended for foreigners who have been asked to engage in activities organized by the Korean Ministry of Justice via a public or private organization. It is valid for a year and may be renewed on a yearly basis.
D-5 Long-Term New Coverage is intended for international media correspondents (broadcast, newspapers, magazines, etc.). The single-entry visa is valid for three months and may be renewed once per year for a total of three years.
Formalized Alien Registration Card (ARC) Most individuals who remain in South Korea for more than six months must also get an Alien Registration Card (ARC).