Change in requirements for E-7 Visa applicants

The Ministry of Justice in Korea has issued additional requirements for all E-7 visa applicants (local hires) which will be implemented as of 18 March 2019.

All E-7 visa applicants must submit their highest degree certificate and all employment certificates in an apostille format.

The Korean Immigration Office will not accept scanned copies of either documents any longer. All E-7 applicants are required to send their apostilled original documents to the Korean Immigration Office.



Due to the increased number of forged documents, the Korean Immigration Office has strengthened its screening standards and practice applied to the verification of an applicant’s educational and work background.


Santa Fe Analysis

It is our recommendation, that 4 months prior to an assignee’s employment start date in Korea, the company representative communicates with the assignee regarding this additional step and factors this into the overall immigration processing time.

An Apostille must be obtained from the Apostille Authority of the country in which the document was issued and if documents are not issued in English, these need to be translated by an official translator and notarized before applying for an apostille.

Santa Fe expects this will create an additional 1~4 weeks to the existing process :

  1. Collecting original documents;
  2. Translation/notarization (if required);
  3. Obtaining apostille;
  4. Sending original documents to South Korea.


The processing time can be negatively impacted, if all documents are not correctly presented to the authorities and this should be checked prior to submission with Santa Fe. Our recommendation is prior to the immigration process commencing, the company representative evaluates with the assignee if all the necessary documents can be provided in the format required, as the Korean Immigration Office will not accept any alternate documents.

For more information, please contact the following:


Yaenah Park

Immigration Team Lead
Santa Fe Relocation
Seoul, South Korea
D: +82 2 2235 3391


Thomas Morocz

General Manager – South Korea & Mongolia
Santa Fe Relocation
Seoul, South Korea
D: +82 2 797 3138


Soumeya Messadi

Head of Immigration – Asia Pacific, Middle East & Africa
Santa Fe Relocation
D: +65 6398 3520
M: +65 9169 6061


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