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Consular Services for citizens specific to South Korea (RoK)

The services which are most often provided by the Embassy specifically for Irish citizens residing in South Korea, and their respective fees are as below. Please note that KRW fees are regularly updated to keep in line with the Euro fees charged by the Department of Foreign Affairs and Trade in Ireland.

Acknowledgment of an Irish Police Certificate of Character (For those renewing a working visa in Korea only)

If you are currently working in Korea (mainly on E Categories - Teaching English Visa) you are required to submit a Criminal Background Check (called 'Police Certificate of Character' in Ireland) when you renew your visa. Korean authorities also require that this Police Certificate is endorsed with the Embassy stamp.

After you receive your original Police Certificate of Character from An Garda Síochána in Ireland, the Embassy in Seoul can acknowledge your Police Certificate. This means that we will place the stamp 'Original seen' and also the Embassy stamp and the signature of a diplomat on the document.

You need to visit the Embassy in person with the original Irish Police Certificate and your passport so that the Embassy can verify all the information. You also need to make an appointment in advance by phone or e-mail. Alternatively you can post your original passport and Police Certificate to the Embassy;- Embassy of Ireland Seoul, Leema Building. 13F, 42, Jong-ro 1-gil, Jongno-gu, Seoul 110-755

Please bear in mind this service is only provided for those who are already working in Korea on appropriate working visas when they are renewing their Korean visa.

In addition the Embassy cannot accommodate your application for securing the Police Certificate. Information on how to process an application for the certificate is available on the Citizens Information website.

Fee: if apply in person – KRW56,000 / if apply by post – KRW59,000

Remember….

This is not an 'Apostille Stamp'. For further information on authentication of other Irish documents issued by authorities or organisations in Ireland, please refer to Authenticating documents.

A Certified Copy of an Irish Driver’s Licence (when applying for a Korean licence)

If you are in the possession of a valid Irish driver’s licence you can exchange your licence for a Korean licence at local driving test centres. To exchange your Irish licence, you will need to provide a certified copy of your licence which can be obtained from the Embassy.

You need to submit to the Embassy your original Irish driver’s licence and your passport so that the Embassy can produce a certified copy of your license. If you decide to post your licence and passport, we strongly recommend that you use registered mail or a reputable courier service (Taek-bae in Korean). The Embassy cannot be held responsible for applications or documents lost in transit. If you wish to visit the Embassy in person, you need to make an appointment in advance by phone or e-mail.

For further information on the Korean driver’s licence please refer to the website of Road Traffic Authority–Driver’s Licence Examination Office.

Fee: if apply in person – KRW56,000 / if apply by post – KRW62,000

An Embassy Statement on the basis of a Korean official marriage certificate (when applying for an F-spousal visa)

This statement is only aimed at facilitating Irish citizens married to Koreans who are applying for Korean spousal visa (visa category F) in Korea. Please bear in mind this document is not an Irish civil marriage certificate. You are eligible to request this statement, only if you have completed the legal formalities to register your marriage with a Korean Ward Census Office.

You first need to obtain a Korean official marriage certificate (혼인관계 증명서) from a local district office and have that translated into English by an authorised translator or company and notarised by a notary public in Korea. You then need to bring the notarised English version of your Korean marriage certificate with your Irish passport to the Embassy to have a Certificate issued by the Embassy. Please make an appointment in advance by phone or e-mail. Alternatively, you can post the forenamed documents to the Embassy;- Embassy of Ireland Seoul, Leema Building. 13F, 42, Jong-ro 1-gil, Jongno-gu, Seoul 110-755

In addition you can find instructions for the F visa on the Korea Immigration Service website.

Fee: if apply in person – KRW56,000 / if apply by post – KRW59,000

Legalising Documents (which originate in Korea for use in Ireland only)

Documents executed in the Republic of Korea need to be apostilled for use in Ireland. Please read the document "How to get Korean documents apostilled" to find out how/where to get your Korean documents apostilled for use in Ireland.

Alternative, the Embassy can legalise documents created in Korea so that they are acceptable for use in Ireland once they have been translated into English and notarised by a notary public in Korea before coming to the Embassy.

Please bear in mind this service is only available to documents issued in the RoK (South Korea) and for use in Ireland

Fee: if apply in person – KRW56,000 / if apply by post – KRW59,000

Other Consular services provided by the Embassy

Service

Fee

For verifying or certifying a copy of any document. (If a citizen needs to retain the original documents, for instance passport, birth certificate and etc., please be sure to check that the certified photocopies are acceptable to the authorities you’re dealing with.) KRW56,000 
For each signature attested by a diplomatic or consular officer in any document where a fee is not otherwise provided for  KRW56,000 
For administering an oath or receiving a declaration or affirmation, with or without attestation of signature (e.g. signing an affidavit form to apply for a replacement of the original degree and etc.)  KRW84,000