J Visa Application Translation Requirements for South Korean Nationals

According to the U.S. Department of State, South Korean visa applicants must present documentation in English. If original documents are in Korean or any other language, they must be accompanied by certified English translations.

South Korea


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Documents Required for South Korea

As per the U.S. Department of State guidelines, the primary documents required for J visa applications include:

  • Birth certificate.

  • Documents indicating marital status, if relevant: marriage certificates, divorce decrees, death certificate of a spouse, etc.

  • DS-2019, Certificate of Eligibility for Exchange Visitor Status.

  • Proof of financial means showcasing the applicant's ability to fund their stay in the U.S.

  • Detailed correspondence from the sponsoring U.S. entity describing the nature, intent, and duration of the exchange program.


Any other documents may be required by the U.S. Embassy or Consulate in South Korea based on the specifics of the application.

Translator Qualifications

Based on regulations from the U.S. Department of State, a translator tasked with delivering a certified English translation doesn't require a specific accreditation. Nonetheless, the translator should prove their ability to competently translate from Korean to English. Alongside the translation, a statement should be included, signed by the translator, affirming their expertise in both languages and the accuracy of their translation.

Certification Requirements

According to the guidelines provided by the U.S. Department of State, every translated document should come with a signed statement from the translator. This statement should testify to the translator's fluency in both Korean and English and assert the correctness of the translation. South Korea being a signatory to the Hague Apostille Convention means that documents may require an apostille for further authentication. Therefore, South Korean nationals are advised to liaise with the U.S. Embassy or Consulate in South Korea or relevant South Korean authorities to clarify specific requirements.


For the most tailored and current information relating to their situation, South Korean nationals should directly engage with the appropriate U.S. Embassy in South Korea.

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This guide provides a general overview, and for specific, accurate, and detailed advice, consulting directly with the relevant institutions or migration experts is essential. For more detailed information, contact the US Embassy in South Korea.