South Korea

Immigrant Investor Scheme for Public Business (IISPB) and Immigrant Investor Scheme for Real Estate (IISRE)

South Korea is a peaceful, safe, advanced, and high-income jurisdiction.

The country is atypical among Asian peers for its willingness to grant citizenship to foreigners. The South Korean Investor Visa allows foreigners to obtain permanent residency in the country either immediately (if the higher minimum investment option is chosen) or within five years. Permanent residents of South Korea are eligible to apply for citizenship, for which they qualify if they speak Korean.


Program at a glance

Program TypeGolden Visa Program
Time to citizenship5 to 6 years
Time to permanent residency5 years
Minimum investmentKRW 300m (about US$250,000)
Physical presence requirementVisit South Korea at least once a year
Application processing time20 days
Citizenship grants visa-free travel to190 destinations, including Schengen countries and the US
Contribution types availableFund investment, Real Estate Investment, Designated development projects

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