November 5, 2020

South Korea: Re-entry Permit Application Process Update

The South Korean Immigration Office has advised that the application process for re-entry permits has been transferred to an online application system. Face-to-face submissions of the permit applications will no longer be possible, with the exception of applications for newborn infants who were born in Korea. If the child has not yet used a passport, and therefore does not have departure or arrival data within the system, applications must follow the original in-person submission process.

Other important information to note:

    • Re-entry permits are being issued with a validity period of 3 months following the expected date of re-entry. For example, if the expected re-entry date is November 5, the re-entry permit will have a validity up to February 4, 2021.
    • As of right now, it does not appear possible to obtain an extension to the re-entry permit.

For further information on applications for re-entry permits in South Korea, please contact the Sterling Lexicon immigration team.


Leanne Cottrell

Leanne Cottrell

As Head of Immigration with Sterling Lexicon, Leanne leads a team of specialists who are responsible for ensuring the entire immigration process is smooth and stress-free for clients, assignees and their accompanying family members. She brings over ten years of experience in strategic immigration management, planning and consultation to her role, and has cultivated invaluable knowledge and experience in processing countless global migration applications. As a trusted partner, she consults with clients on everything from policy considerations and cost or efficiency improvements, to the impact of opening offices in new locations. Leanne is a frequent presenter and author on global immigration topics and trends.

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