I've a job offer in South Korea and I would like to know if I have the needed qualifications for the E-7 visa.

I have 5 years and 2 months of experience in IT. The company that is going to sponsor my visa is also in the IT field. I completed a 3-year Associate Degree program, but the final exam is still pending. Because of that, I don't have a diploma yet.

Will that affect being granted the E-7 visa?

  • In your case, the date of your final exam won't matter. A 3-year associate degree doesn't give you an edge. Your professional experience should be enough. But it'll be up to the gremlins in Mok-dong (where the Immigration office is).
    – dda
    May 26, 2018 at 6:20

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According to the Ministry of Labor, the E-7 is granted to:

Foreigner who want to engage in occupations specially designated by the Ministry of Justice after making an employment contract with a public or private organization in Korea.

Applicants have to satisfy one of the following requirements:

  • A Master’s degree or higher in the relevant field
  • A Bachelor’s degree and at least one year of work experience in the relevant field
  • At least 5 years of work experience in the relevant field

Your background does seem to fit; however, only those who review the application can determine whether the absence of the diploma would be an issue.

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