Exploring the D-10-1 Point-Based Job-Seeking Visa 😎
June 22, 2023
Hello! This is Kowork.
There are many international students who wish to work in Korea after completing their studies, right?
However, immediate employment requires submitting applications, preparing for interviews, and it takes time, doesn't it? 😯
That's why I would like to introduce the 'D-10-1 Job Seeking Visa' for those individuals!
What is the D-10-1 Visa?
The D-10-1 Visa is a visa that allows you to engage in internship activities before official employment. It is designed for individuals seeking employment in professional fields that qualify under the E-1 to E-7 categories.
❗️Please note that internships are not allowed in positions involving simple labor or manual work. (Restrictions apply to industries such as manufacturing, construction, and English kids' cafes.)
This visa allows you to engage in internship activities before official employment in fields that qualify under the E-1 to E-7 categories.
The D-10 visa allows a stay period of 6 months at a time and can be extended for a maximum of 2 years.
During the maximum 2-year period, internship activities are allowed within a one-year timeframe, and each internship position can last for a maximum of 6 months. For example: 6 months in a marketing company + 6 months in a trade company.
Eligibility Requirements for the D-10-1 Visa
To be eligible for the D-10-1 Visa, you must score 60 or more points on the point-based system. Therefore, it is important to check your own score and if it falls short, take steps to increase your score in advance.🌟
Among the total 190 points in the point-based system, the basic requirements must account for 20 points or more, and the total score must be 60 or more.
You can conveniently check your score on the Cowork app.
Exemption from the point-based system: Individuals who have completed a bachelor's degree or higher at a domestic university and have obtained a Korean Language Proficiency Test (TOPIK) Level 4 or higher within 3 years after obtaining the degree.
Required Documents for D-10-1 Visa Application
If you meet the score requirements, you need to prepare the following documents for the D-10-1 Visa application.
You must provide supporting documents that match the scored items on the point sheet, and additional documents may be required depending on the immigration officer.
Common documents (application form, photo, passport, fee, ID card)
Proof of Korean language proficiency, employment certificate (if applicable)
Proof of financial ability (minimum of 900,000 KRW per month for 6 months = approximately 5,400,000 KRW)
Exemption from proof of financial ability: Individuals who switch from a student (D-2) visa to a job-seeking (D-10) visa are exempt from providing proof of financial ability.
Required Documents for D-10-1 Visa Internship Declaration
So, you've changed to the D-10-1 Visa and will be working as an intern?
In that case, you must make an internship declaration at the immigration office!
You must make an internship declaration at the immigration office within 2 weeks of starting the internship to avoid any future disadvantages.
Internship employment contract
Copy of company's business registration certificate
List of employees covered by company's employment insurance
*Internship declaration must be made at the immigration office within 2 weeks of starting the internship.
D-10-1 Visa Extension Report Submission
D-10-1 visa extension filing is as follows!
1. Common documents (application form, photo, passport, fee, ID card)
2. Job search plan (the details of job search activities over the past six months and future plans)
3. Attestation documents for stay expenses (at least 900,000 won per month × 6 months = about 5.4 million won)
4. Documentation of proof of residence (lease contract)
We have provided an introduction to the D-10-1 Visa 😌
It serves as a gateway for many people who aspire to obtain the E-7 Visa, so it is crucial to succeed in job-seeking activities during the D-10 Visa period!
Since you can only engage in internships twice within a 6-month period, I recommend discussing with your company whether it is possible to switch to an E-7 Visa after the internship period.
Kowork supports your successful employment in Korea! 👍