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How to Live in Korea as a U.S. Citizen
By:Kensey McKutchen

The Republic of Korea, also known as South Korea, is a democratic country located in northeast Asia. It has a population of over 48 million people. It became the world's 12th largest trading partner in the early 2000s, with an industrial base in services. Korean is the primary language, and English is rarely spoken outside of major tourism centers. Each year, there are nearly 120,000 United States citizens traveling, living and working in Korea.

Acquiring a visa

Obtain your U.S. Passport if you plan on living in Korea for less than 90 days as a tourist or on business.

Obtain a visa if you are staying for more than 90 days. All visa applications will require a valid U.S. Passport, a completed visa application, a 2" x 2" passport photo and a $45 fee in cash or money order made out to the Korean Consulate General.

Visit the Embassy of the Republic of Korea website at www.dynamic-korea.com/consulate_service/visa.php. Determine the type of visa you will need and procure the other necessary materials listed on the website, then mail your application to the embassy. Visas can also be obtained at the nearest Republic of Korea consulate.

Finding Housing

Arrange for a place to live before you arrive in Korea, if possible. if you are moving there for a job, you and your employer will likely have already settled on housing arrangements.

Search online for rental housing on sites such as Justlanded.com and others that specialize in housing for foreigners.

Ensure that all monetary exchanges and reservations are backed up by paperwork.

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