Question of the Week: Can non-Koreans get a visa in Korea? 이번주의 질문: 한국인이 아닌 외국인도 한국에서 비자를 받을 수 있습니까?

Every week we get lots of questions from visa seekers.  Since many other visa might have the same question in mind, we’ll post some of the best questions here for everyone to see, along with our answer.  Feel free to post your general questions on this blog, or, if you have a very specific question about your individual situation, you can email us at

매주 저희는 비자를 신청하고자 하는 분들로부터 많은 질문을 받고 있습니다.  많은 비자 신청자분들께서 같은 의문사항을 가지고 계실 것으로 예상합니다.  저희가 가장 자주 받는 질문에 관한 답변을 이곳에 게시하여 모든 분이 함께 정보를 공유할 수 있도록 하겠습니다.  여러분 또한 비자신청에 관한 일반적인 문의사항이 있으시다면, 이곳에 귀하의 질문을 자유롭게 올려주세요.  귀하의 개인적 비자 신청 상황에 관한 구체적 문의사항이 있으시면 로 이메일을 보내주세요.

한국어 연결
Question:  I am in Korea now, but I am not Korean.  I want to visit the United States, but I don’t plan to go back to my home country right now.  Can I apply for a U.S. visa in Korea, even if I’m not Korean?

Answer:  Yes!  Any foreign citizen physically present in Korea can apply for a U.S. visa at the U.S. Embassy in Seoul.  The same U.S. visa laws apply no matter which country you apply in, though processing procedures could be slightly different from place to place.

For a visa interview in Seoul, you must schedule an appointment online at, or by calling 003-08-131-420 within Korea and come to the U.S. Embassy on the date of your scheduled appointment for an interview.  Each visa type (visitor, student, work, etc.) has different requirements, so we recommend you check our website for all of the application procedures and downloadable forms for your specific purpose of travel to the United States.

U.S. law requires that all visitor and student NIV applicants show sufficiently strong family, social, professional or economic ties to a residence abroad to ensure that their stay in the United States will be temporary.  We must caution non-Koreans that establishing these kinds of ties while being away from home, and in Korea temporarily, can be difficult.  We recommend that applicants apply in their home country where they can best prove strong economic, social and educational ties.  But, it is not impossible for foreigners in Korea to qualify for a U.S. visa, since we evaluate every case individually and will consider the merits of your particular situation.

질문: 저는 지금 한국에 있지만, 한국 사람은 아닙니다.  미국에 방문을 하고 싶은데,  본국으로 돌아갈 계획은 없어요.  제가 한국사람이 아니더라도 한국에서 미국비자를 신청할 수 있나요?

답: 네, 하실 수 있습니다!  한국에 거주중인 외국인이라면 서울소재 주한미국대사관에서 미국비자를 신청하실 수 있습니다.  어느 국가에서 비자를 신청하시든 모두 동일한 미국비자 법의 적용을 받습니다.  물론, 비자수속 절차는 지역에 따라 조금씩 차이가 있을 수는 있습니다.

서울에서 비자인터뷰를 하시려면 먼저 인터넷 또는 한국내에서 전화003-08-131-420 로 인터뷰 예약을 하신후 예약일에 인터뷰를 위해 대사관에 내방하셔야 합니다.  비자종류별로 (방문, 학생, 취업 등) 비자신청 수속에 차이가 있으므로, 저희 공식웹사이트를 방문하셔서 귀하의 미국 방문 목적에 맞는 비자종류별 비자수속 절차와 신청서 양식 등에 관한 안내를 확인해 보세요.

미국 법적으로 방문과 학생 비이민비자 신청자는 사회적 기반, 가족, 직업, 경제 여건상 미국에 일시 체류한 후 반드시 본국으로 돌아얼 것이라는 사실을 증명할 수 있어야 합니다. 본국에서 떠나 한국에 일시 체류하고 있는 외국인들은 한국에서의 기반증명이 어려울 수 있다는 사실에 저희는 주의를 기울여야 합니다.  신청자가 본인의 경제적, 사회적, 그리고 교육적인 기반을 가장 잘 증명할 수 있는 신청자의 본국에서 비자를 신청하실 것을 권장드리지만, 한국에서 외국인이 미국비자의 승인을 받는 것이 불가능한 것은 아닙니다.  각 신청자의 개별적 상황을 고려하여 모든 케이스에 대해 개별 심사를 할 것입니다.


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6 Responses to Question of the Week: Can non-Koreans get a visa in Korea? 이번주의 질문: 한국인이 아닌 외국인도 한국에서 비자를 받을 수 있습니까?

  1. Noman Ahmed Shaheer says:

    If a foreigner applies US Student Visa from US Embassy at Seoul, does he need to present the identity card of his home country as well as Alien registration card? The ARC is in Korean and home country identity card is in home country local language, does he need to provide true translation with notarization? Or these cards are not required?
    Also, salary certificates and tax returns are in Korean. Does applicant need to provide true translation of these documents?

    • Yes. We suggest you bring your original identity card and Alien Registration Card issued by the Korean government. Although we do not require they be accompanied by notarized translations, the officer may request them if the information is deemed to be necessary.

      Nonimmigrant Visa Unit
      U.S. Embassy – Seoul

  2. Noman Shaheer says:

    Good Day Sir, I am a citizen of Pakistan working in Korea. I want to apply for USA student Visa for PhD studies from US embassy Seoul. I have ties with my home country Pakistan (A job offer after PhD from a Pakistani Company, and some property). However, May I have more information how proving these ties will be difficult in US Embassy Seoul as compare to US Embassy Islamabad? I mean no matter in which Embassy I apply, Seoul or Islamabad, I will present same property papers as well as same Post-PhD Job offer letter by employer. Would you please explain this?

    • Thank you for your inquiry. As it stated in our website, any individual who is legally present in South Korea may apply for a visa at the U.S. Embassy in Seoul. However, in order to qualify for a nonimmigrant visa, such as a student visa, an applicant must be able to prove that he or she is not an intending immigrant by demonstrating sufficiently strong familial, social, professional, and economic ties to a country outside the United States that would compel return after completing the planned course of study in the United States.

      Upon receipt of a visa application, a consular officer will determine an applicant’s eligibility under the Immigration and Nationality Act (INA). Please refer to our website for visa application procedures. Should you have questions, please send an email to for assistance.
      Thank you.

  3. Anonymous says:

    Have any non Korean worker applying for US student visa F1 in Seoul though he/she has a study break a lum sum of 5-8 years after him/her high school.

    • I understand that you are asking if a non-Korean (working in Korea) for the past few years could apply for an F1 visa to study in the U.S.? This is a good question, and the answer is yes, you certainly may apply for an F1 to study. That particular visa has it’s own set of requirements, and you may want to review this article that we posted a few months ago to help students better prepare for their interview.

      Hope this helps!

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