South Korea has introduced a digital nomad visa, effective from January 1, 2024, inviting global remote workers to enjoy an extended stay for up to 2 years.
The Digital Nomad Visa is a new initiative by South Korea, allowing foreign residents to live and work remotely in the country for a foreign company. This visa is part of South Korea's strategy to embrace the global 'workcation' trend and boost its global competitiveness by attracting international professionals.
Eligible applicants must be 18 or older, with a minimum of one year of experience in their current field. They must demonstrate financial stability with an annual income of around $65,860, twice the per capita income in South Korea, and have no criminal record. Those already in South Korea on certain tourist visas can also apply.
The visa grants an initial one-year stay, extendable for one more year, totaling a possible two-year stay. It's tailored for individuals seeking to balance professional duties with the immersive experience of living in South Korea--a huge improvement from the standard 90-day tourist visa.
Applicants must submit proof of income, employment verification, a criminal record check, and private health insurance with coverage of at least 100 million won. Applications must be submitted to the Korean embassy in the applicant's home country.Required documents checklist:
Can I bring my family to Korea with this visa?
Yes, spouses and children under 18 can accompany digital nomad visa holders in South Korea if they are listed during the application process. Uncles, brothers, sisters, or grandparents may not accompany you.
Can I work for a Korean company with this visa?
No, this visa is only for those employed by foreign companies.
What if I'm already in Korea on a tourist visa?
You can change to a digital nomad visa if you meet the requirements and apply at the embassy.
Is there a language requirement for the Korean digital nomad visa?
No, learning or knowing Korean is not required, but it may enhance your experience.
How much money do I need to earn to be eligible?
You need to demonstrate an annual income of around $65,860 USD or more.
Which countries can apply for the Korean digital nomad visa?
Details about which specific countries can apply are not established. Applicants will need to check with their local Korean embassy for more details.
What if I get fired or quit while working on this visa?
The visa would be terminated, and you'd need to switch to another visa type.
South Korea's Digital Nomad Visa offers a unique opportunity for global professionals to explore and work within its dynamic culture. With a straightforward application process and the potential for a two-year stay, it's an inviting option for those seeking a blend of work and cultural exploration.