|Company A imports new machinery, parts and tools from Japan.
Two Japanese consultants and a consultant from the Taiwanese subsidiary were dispatched to offer technical assistance to employees at the local Korean branch. The employees from Japan are allowed to reside in country for 90 days without a visa while the one dispatched from Taiwan was only allowed to reside for 30 days. The question was whether they are allowed to conduct technology transfer activities under their current visa status if they do no receive financial composition for technical services, or whether they would have to receive a C2 visa and if there are any other alternatives.
For the Japanese Consultants;
Due to a mutual agreement between Korea and Japan, employees from either country are allowed to reside in their respective countries for 90 days without a visa. Activities allowed under this classification include those allowed under a general C-3 short-term visa. In other words, the aforementioned dispatched employees from Japan are allowed to tour and pass through Korea, participate in meetings or attend certain classes, collect research materials and conduct similar activities. However, only not-for-profit work is allowed.