Missionary Visa in Korea
Unlike other people who underwent the process of applying as an EPS worker, I had a different method in obtaining my job in Korea. I applied for a missionary visa instead of a working visa.
Actually, my boss guided me all throughout the process. We used e-mails to exchange messages about the requirements I need to prepare. It was July 11, 2015 when I got his first message.
In his first email, he mentioned that there are two conditions: I need a certificate of graduation from a Bible School and I need to be a church worker like a pastor or a deaconess. I did not graduate from a Bible School nor served full time as a church worker. The good thing is I’m active in church activities. I was able to provide them certificates from the seminars and workshops I attended from the church.
You are eligible to apply for a D-6 Religious Worker visa if :
- you are dispatched to the related Korean religious organization or branch by the foreign religious body or social welfare organization.
- you intend to engage in religious activities at Korean religious organizations while being dispatched from a foreign religious organization or social service agency.
- you are willing to engage in missionary or social service activities upon the invitation of medical, educational, relief organizations run by your religious organizations.
- you are practicing asceticism, training of your mind, or researching upon the recommendations of Korean religious organizations.
In his second email, he sent me the list of things I need to prepare:
- 2 pcs. Passport Size Photo (3cm x 4cm)
- Certificate of graduation (undergraduate school and/or graduate school)
- Certificate of dispatch
- Passport (scanned photo)
All of the things mentioned above are easy to prepare except for the certificate of dispatch. I asked help from a Methodist pastor who is very close to our family. The letter of dispatch looks like this:
I sent all the original documents (diploma, certificates, pictures, and resume) to Korea. The only thing left with me is my passport. After few weeks, I received another email.
My visa was approved! The next step is to print the form sent to me by my boss. The form contains the Confirmation Number. After that, I went to the Korean Embassy to fill out a form for applying a visa and attached the Visa Application with Confirmation Number.
And that’s how I got my job in Korea. I developed English programs for the church members.