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Visa codes taking a long time?

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Waiting for visa codes can be a tremendous nail biter.  Sometimes they can take as short as 1 or 2 days and sometimes up to 3 weeks!  It all depends on the immigration office and the season.  November is relatively busy so if you’re waiting for a code now, it may take longer than usual.

Seoul definitely takes the longest; the average being 2 weeks but I’ve seen 3 weeks or more in some cases.  Smaller cities like Cheongju and Pohang can get the code within a couple of days.  Also, something you guys may not know but schools that have been around for awhile have solid ‘relationships’ with immigration officers and provide them ‘favours’ in some cases, can get the code verrrrry quickly.  I’ve seen a case in Daegu where we sent the docs and literally got the code the same day, a few hours later.  The director even openly admitted to us that he greased the immigration officer.

On the flip side, schools can be pricks and sit on docs before submitting them.  Honestly this is usually due to ignorance and laziness but sometimes for more sinister reasons like they’re waiting for a better applicant before moving forward with a visa application.  In suspicious cases like this, we always ask for the proof of the submission date (if the code takes unusually long with a given immigration office).  What do we do?  Down the list you go!


Written by recruiterinkorea

November 10, 2009 at 12:11 pm

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  1. […] like. Unfortunately many schools/recruiters practice this at the expense of instructors. If your visa is taking unusually long, this may be the case for you (being on the backburner). A reputable recruiter doesn’t do […]

  2. I am often searching for recent articles in the net about this matter. Thanx!!


    December 12, 2009 at 1:32 am

  3. Hey, I am waiting for my E2 visa number still. It’s a Seoul immigration office, and it is November, (you mentioned it’s often more busy) however, today will mark three weeks since my school submitted it to immigration. You have said it has sometimes taken longer, but at what point should I contact immigration, or my school/recruiter? What should I say? Should I wait one more week? This just seems like a long wait for something people seem to be getting in two weeks.


    November 28, 2011 at 5:37 pm

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