South Korea

There are more than two dozen national parks in South Korea.

About Country

    Continent

    Asia

    Capital

    Seoul

    Population

    51,269,185

    World share 

    0.7 %

    Land area

    97,230 km²

    Official Languages

    - Korean

    Unofficial Languages

    Currency

    KRW

    Economy rating

    10

    Economy GDP

    1,806,707 millions USD

    ВВП на человека

    35,240 USD

Democracy Index

8.01

Full
democracy

*

Electoral process and pluralism

9.17
9.17

Functioning of government

8.21
8.21

Political participation

7.22
7.22

Political culture

7.5
7.5

Civil liberties

7.94
7.94

    Crime Rate

    0.6

    Safe zone

    Unemployment

    4.2 %

    Low unemployment

Expense and Salary

;">

2.99

Bad

*

Average salary

3.9
3.9

Average expense

2.97
2.97

Average rent price

2.09
2.09

    Average salary

    2,738 USD

    Average expense

    780 USD

    Average rent price

    530 USD

Immigration

    Immigration difficulty

    Normal

    Recommended Savings

    7,858 USD

    Double citizenship

    Allowed

    Official site

    Immigration official website

    Compulsory exams

    Korean Language and History Written Examination

    Passport rating

    2 Amount of countries: 192

Immigration options

Immigration typeRequired TimeFee
Marriagefrom 2 to 6 weeks (paperwork)
3 years (for citizenship)
25 USD
Studentfrom 1 to 4 weeks (paperwork)
5 years (for citizenship)
120 USD
Family reunificationfrom 2 to 4 weeks (paperwork)
3 years (for citizenship)
60 USD
Employeefrom 1 to 4 weeks (paperwork)
3 years (for citizenship)
120 USD
Businessfrom 2 to 5 weeks (paperwork) 120 USD
Originfrom 2 to 6 weeks (paperwork)
5 years (for citizenship)
120 USD
Special casesfrom 2 to 6 weeks (paperwork)120 USD


Marriage

Immigration feeImmigration Time
25 USDfrom 2 to 6 weeks (paperwork)
3 years (for citizenship)

List of documents:
-Completed application;
- Original passport;
- A copy of the first page of the passport;
- A document confirming the marriage;
- Documents confirming knowledge of the language of communication with the spouse;
- 2 photos;
- Income statement for the last year
Additional Information:
Marrying a citizen of the country is a good and fairly easy way of immigration.
To do this, you will need a marriage certificate. Koreans recognize only official marriages, because they honor and observe family traditions very much.

Student

Immigration feeImmigration Time
120 USDfrom 1 to 4 weeks (paperwork)
5 years (for citizenship)

List of documents:
-Completed application;
- International passport;
- Copies of previous passports;
- Invitation from an educational institution;
- Certificate from work or study;
- 1 color photo;
- A copy of the license of the educational institution;
- Receipt of payment for the training course;
- Certificate of absence of tuberculosis;
- Sponsorship letter or bank statement;
- Birth certificate and parental consent to travel (for persons under 18 years).
Additional Information:
A great way to immigrate to South Korea is to get a higher education.
To do this, after admission, you will need to provide an agreement with the educational institution, which specifies the payment terms, training plan and duration.
The residence permit for students takes into account the possibility of part-time work 20 hours a week, and 40 hours a week during the holidays.

Family reunification

Immigration feeImmigration Time
60 USDfrom 2 to 4 weeks (paperwork)
3 years (for citizenship)

List of documents:
-Completed application;
- Receipt of payment of the consular fee;
- 1 color photo;
- Passport (original);
- Photocopy of F4 visa and passport;
- Photocopy of the Alien Card;
- A child's birth certificate, marriage certificate or other documents indicating family ties (original + copy);
- Address reference
Additional Information:
It is possible to immigrate to South Korea through family reunification. To do this , you need to comply with several conditions:
- your relatives must be citizens of South Korea for at least 5 years
- the invitation they send you must be approved by the migration service of the country
- you should not have a criminal record and criminal past
- sufficient amount of finance for living
And there is one "but", you will have to get a work permit yourself.

Employee

Immigration feeImmigration Time
120 USDfrom 1 to 4 weeks (paperwork)
3 years (for citizenship)

List of documents:
-<-Completed application;
- Passport and its copy;
- Copies of previous passports;
- - A copy of the Russian passport;
- 2 color photos;
- A copy of the diploma of education;
- Original invitation letter from the employer - Resume;
- Receipt of payment of the visa fee;
- Information about the financial position (bank statement)
Additional Information:
South Korea is one of the major largest and technological centers in the world. The country is extremely interested in attracting foreign specialists in such fields as programming, genetics, biotechnology, etc.
To obtain a residence permit, you must have an employment contract signed with a South Korean company. In addition, this contract must be approved by the Ministry of Labor, because priority is given to South Korean citizens when hiring.

Business

Immigration feeImmigration Time
120 USDfrom 2 to 5 weeks (paperwork)

List of documents:
-Completed application;
- International passport;
- A copy of the passport;
- Color photo;
- Certificate from the place of work (specify the position, salary, date of admission to work, etc.);
- Bank account statement
Additional Information:
You can get Korean citizenship by investing in the country's economy. To do this, you need to invest at least half a million dollars. In such cases, the investor is given a permanent place of residence, and he can be in the country indefinitely with it.
You can also open your own business, but in this case you can only count on a residence permit. To do this, you will need to provide a business plan with a clear path for the development of your business. After that, you will only need to get the approval of the Ministry of Economy of South Korea.

Origin

Immigration feeImmigration Time
120 USDfrom 2 to 6 weeks (paperwork)
5 years (for citizenship)

List of documents:
-Completed application;
- Foreign passport;
- Passport of a citizen;
- 1 color photo;
- Receipt of payment of the visa fee;
- A certificate from a phthisiologist that you are not sick with tuberculosis;
- A document confirming the origin
Additional Information:
You can immigrate to South Korea if you have Korean roots. For this, 2 conditions must be met:
- good command of the Korean language
- documentary evidence of Korean roots
If these rules are followed, you`ll receive a residence permit for 5 years, but with one condition, you can leave the country for no more than 90 days a year.

Special cases

Immigration feeImmigration Time
120 USDfrom 2 to 6 weeks (paperwork)

List of documents:
-Completed application;
- International passport;
- 2 color photos;
- A copy of the internal passport;
- Consent to isolation;
- A copy of the invitation from the hospital (with a detailed description of the diagnosis and duration of stay);
- Confirmation of booking treatment;
- Certificate of registration of a medical organization;
- A diagnosis issued by a medical organization in the country of residence or abroad, a doctor's opinion;
- Original certificate of employment/ bank statement
Additional Information:
A residence permit in South Korea can be obtained if you are undergoing a long course of treatment. To do this, you will need to provide a contract with the clinic, a treatment plan and details of your diagnosis.
The validity period of the issued residence permit will correspond to the duration of the treatment period.

Taxes

Residents of South Korea pay district and municipal taxes. Municipal taxes form 80% of all fees, district taxes - 20%. Municipal taxes include direct and indirect fees. · Direct fees are: benefit tax, corporate tax, inheritance and gift tax, etc.
• Direct fees are: benefit tax, corporate tax, inheritance and gift tax, etc.
• Indirect fees: value added tax, excise tax on alcoholic products, transport tax, tax on users of telephone sets.

District taxes in turn are divided into:
• Provincial Taxes: License Fee, Road Maintenance Tax, Regional Improvement Tax
• City taxes: excise tax on tobacco products, tax on drivers, registration fee.

If the company's profit is more than $200,000, then the profit tax will be 10%. If the amount of income is less, the rate of tax is 12%.

Income tax varies depending on the benefit. The average rate is from 6% to 38% of wages.

If the annual earnings of the company are not higher than 12 million per year, the income tax will be 6%.

Legal entity tax (10-22%). It depends on the turnover of the company for the year. This tax includes the benefit from the land and the liquidation of debts.

Property tax covers from 0.2% to 2%. When purchasing real estate, a tax of 4% is calculated. If the asset is included in the list of luxury products, the rate increases to 12%.

The tax system of the state is focused on stimulating the export of products abroad:
• Indirect tax rebates for the production of export-oriented products
• 50% discount on export benefit tax.

Education

Korean schools can surprise foreigners with their training organization.

The scholastic year starts at the beginning of spring. School vacations take place only 2 times a year, and last 1-1.5 months: July-August, December-February. An elementary school and intermediate school pupils have classes separately in different buildings. In South Korea, there is a single required school uniform.

Toddlers are instilled with a love of learning from an early age. They are taught to read, write and speak English from the age of 2-3. The government focuses on the English speaking. Kids begin study it already in kindergarten.

The apprenticeship scheme is paid and includes 3 stages:
• Elementary School. Kids are taught morality and general cultural education. Particular attention is paid to a foreign language proficiency.
• Junior high school. 7-9 grade. The child goes to the next grade, regardless of academic performance. The scorecard matters only in grade 9.
• Senior high school is not mandatory. Before enroll the school teenagers complicated tests. Pupils spend a lot of free time perusing, preparing for the final and entrance trials to the institute.

College alumni receive good professional training. The training lasts 2-4 years.

Post-secondary education provides a bachelor's degree, a master's degree and a doctorate degree. The most prestigious universities are located in the Seoul. The main directions are: technical, humanitarian, scientific, medical.

Foreigners can come to study on an exchange basis or enter independently. Most of the training programs are in English. There is also an opportunity to win a study grant. State programs will pay for tuition, travel, accommodation and language courses.

Healthcare

Public health care in the Republic is extremely effective. All treatment in the State is paid, but there is a health insurance scheme. The certificate is valid both in public and private clinics. The amount of the insurance fee depends on the income of the citizens of the country. The insurer reimburses the compensation of 60% to 90%. Thus, poor citizens are treated almost free of charge.

State insurance assumes reimbursement of only the vitally important aid for the sufferer. If the well-being of the client is not in danger, the overall price of provided facilities is to be paid.

Such approach allows all citizens and even foreigners who have been living in the state for a long time to receive support. Governmental clinics in Korea are not entitled to waste the profits received except on improving the conditions of the clinic, equipment, wages for workers. All hospitals in Korea are always well renovated and have new quality equipment.

Medical university students must study hard and dedicate a huge amount of time on education. The training takes 11 years. Practitioners in Korea are students who have practiced in developed countries. Few students later become doctors, however, those who have passed all the trials can be considered true professionals in their field.

Such a paid healthcare system allows people of all incomes to receive high-quality and complete medical care, which is partially covered by the insurer. Citizens are confident in such a system and boldly trust their funds and their health to state clinics.

Climate

The Republic of Korea or South Korea is proud of a temperate environment, which is predominant in the country. Here we can observe all 4 seasons in all their glory. And only Jeju Island has a subtropical climatic zone.

Spring comes to Korea with the arrival of birds and the blossoming of flowers and trees. There is a lot of sunshine here, the mountain system of the eastern mountains closes the Republic from cold wind currents and frost. In early spring the thermometer shows +10 degrees Celsius, later +20 degrees Celsius.

Summer is very hot and tropical. The climate is humid. Due to the heat, moisture and stuffiness a greenhouse effect is created here. Ordinary degree +25, +35 Celsius. July brings monsoons with it. Precipitation in the form of heavy tropical rain falls on South Korea in the middle of summer.

The country is under the threat of typhoons and sea storms approaching the coast and islands in August and autumn.

Autumn is coming. This means that the rainy season is over and dry and comfortable weather is coming. The middle temperature value is +10, +15 degrees Celsius.

In winter it can be extremely cold up to -25 degrees Celsius, particularly in the mountains. However, winter does not punish the inhabitants of the State with severe frosts, the average cold value here is +4 degrees. On the south coast and islands weather conditions are even softer and the middle temperature is +6 degrees Celsius. Despite the relatively high winter temperatures, the humid air gives the impression that it is much colder outside.

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