After you have completed your studies in South Korea and graduated from one of its universities, you will need to change the status of your D-2 student visa. This will allow you to extend your stay and work in South Korea.
How to convert a student visa to a work visa in South Korea
An application to change your visa status from D-2 (student visa) to D-10 (job seeker visa) is required if you wish to:
- Start or join a business/organization in South Korea.
- Participate in short-term training before officially starting work.
- Attend support courses on the OASIS immigration system.
- Participate in activities related to intellectual property rights, such as patents and others.
Documents required to change visa status to D-10 after graduation from a South Korean university
Students holding a D-2 visa who wish to change their visa status to D-10 after graduating from a Korean university must have the following:
- Application form (Form #34).
- Specific plan indicating their job search activity.
- A copy of the certificate of study in South Korea. You will be exempted from providing these documents if they can be verified by the immigration data system.
- Application fee.
How do I apply for a D-10 visa after I graduate from a South Korean university?
Basically, you can apply for a change of status from a D-2 to a D-10 visa by going to the immigration office of the Ministry of Justice closest to your place of residence in South Korea.
Working part-time in South Korea
This may be suitable for students as it allows them to finance their studies and provide them with valuable experience.
Indeed, South Korean universities regularly participate in job fairs. You can follow the latest news about job fairs offered by your Korean university. You can also follow the link to the Korean government-sponsored job fairs.
Working full-time after graduation in South Korea
First of all, as mentioned above, full-time employment is suitable for foreign graduate students once they have completed the process of obtaining a D-10 job seeker visa.
For the latest job opportunities for international students in South Korea, you can check this link.
This link is provided by the Korean government to students around the world. It will give you access to all the tips, and inquiries about studies, and scholarships. It also provides everything a student may need to know while in South Korea.
The inquiries are not limited to students in Korea, but also to foreign students who are considering studying in Korea.
In addition, you can communicate with them in English (there are several languages to communicate with, including French, Russian and Chinese).
Korea’s job market and additional information
With the steady growth of the South Korean economy, the unemployment rate is lower. And the government supports graduates who stay on to work in South Korea. The only challenge is competing with nationals, especially if you are not fluent in the Korean language.
The number of working hours in Korea is 52 hours per week, including 40 regular hours and 12 overtime hours. You are entitled to 10 to 16 days of public holidays and paid annual leave, which increases for each additional year you must pass with the same company.
In addition, workers in South Korea must pay income tax, which ranges from 8% to 35%. In addition to the tax, you must purchase health insurance and pension insurance.
Links that may be of interest to you
For information about studying in South Korea (you can contact them by clicking on the “Write” icon at the bottom right).
In addition, this link allows you to follow the latest notifications and news about foreign students.
Links to help you find work in South Korea:
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You may be hesitant to study abroad in general, and you would like to hear about the experiences of students like you who have already studied abroad. This will allow you to maintain an overview of specific points. In addition, it will help you make the right decision.