Advice for Visitors to Canada
Koreans Visiting Canada
Korean citizens visiting Canada from the Republic of Korea (South Korea)
do not require a visa as long as they meet all of the requirements for
entry and are not planning to stay in Canada for more than six months.
Koreans can enter Canada for business purposes or study purposes, but
will require a work permit to work in Canada or a study permit for studying
longer than six months at a Canadian school.
Visiting Canada for Pleasure
If you are coming to Canada as a tourist or to visit friends or family,
you do not need to apply for a visa as long as your visit will be less
than six months. You will need to provide all of the necessary documentation
at the Canadian entry point including a valid passport or travel document.
You will need to meet all of the requirements; this includes having no
criminal record and having enough money to pay for your stay and return
home. You will have to satisfy Canadian border officials of your intent
to return home after your visit.
Koreans Visiting Canada for Business
Business trips to Canada do not require a visa as long as the person entering
the country plans to stay for less than six months and can provide all
of the appropriate documentation to indicate what their business plans
in Canada entail. Business visitors must meet all of the standard entry
requirements as well as meet all of the business requirements. Visitors
who will be seeking to work in Canada on a temporary work visa must follow
the work visa process prior to arriving in Canada. You will need to fill
out the entire temporary work visa application packet and pay the necessary
fees. Work visa applications should be submitted at the Canadian visa
office in Seoul.
Korean Students In Canada
Korean citizens visiting Canada to study for less than six months do not
require a visa to enter the country. For those who plan to pursue a course
of study lasting longer than six months, a study permit is required. Before
applying for the permit, you must be accepted at an accredited school
in Canada. You must also meet all of the requirements for the permit.
With or without a permit, you must prove that you have enough money to
pay your tuition as well as provide for living expenses and the return
trip home. As with all visitors, you must prove that you plan to return
home after your time in Canada ends. To apply for a study permit in Canada,
fill out the appropriate forms and submit them along with required fees
and documentation at the visa office in Seoul.
Obtaining Permits if Required
Although in most cases Koreans visiting Canada do not require
any special permits, those extending their stay for more than six months
for study purposes, or those planning to work in Canada will require a
permit. The Canadian Visa office located in Seoul processes all visa and
work permit applications for visitors from South Korea. All of the appropriate
application forms can be downloaded and printed from the Citizenship
and Immigration Canada website. Be sure to verify the correct
fee amount and submit it with your application.
Be sure to apply for any permits or visas you require well in advance
to allow processing time. This way you will be sure to have everything
you need when you leave for Canada.
Koreans visiting relatives in Canada
Currently visitors from the Republic of Korea (South Korea) do not require an entry visa. However, Korean parents or grandparents of Canadian citizens or permanent residents are also eligible to benefit from the Parent and Grandparent Super Visa provisions. Korean citizens who wish to visit Canada for up to two years without the need to renew their authorized stay should consider applying for an extended authorized stay by proving that the requirements for the Super Visa are met. See more on the Parent and Grandparent Super Visa.