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Immigration Guide

a. Foreigner registration and entry declaration
If a foreigner wants to stay in the Republic of Korea more than 90 days from entry date, he/she should personally visit the immigration service or its branch office, which oversees one's place of residence, of Korea Immigration Service, and then register as a foreigner and receive a certificate of foreigner registration. The issued certificate of foreign registration can be used as ID in Korea.

In addition, a foreign student must declare his/her entry to Korea at his/her own embassy or consulate in Korea. There are 41 immigration services across the country and you can find information on the website (http://www.immigration.go.kr/HP/IMM80/in dex.do)or by visiting your local office guide on an Introduction to the Korean Immigration Service.
- Required documents: Application form (It can be downloaded from www.hikorea.go.kr. Go to civil form application), passport, one color photo (size: 3.5*4.5, background: white color)
- If the certificate of foreigner registration is lost, one should apply for reissuance of the lost one within 14 days from the lost date by visiting the immigration service or its branch office with passport, document explaining how it became lost, photo, and fee of 30,000 won.

b. Foreigner registration and report on address change
Foreign students must have in his/her possession at all times a certificate of foreign registration issued by Immigration Service. Besides, if any one of the following is changed, one must report to the immigration service or its branch office within 14 days to change the foreign registration item.
1. Name, gender, date of birth, nationality
2. Passport number, issue date, expiration date
3. Organization, institution, or school is changed (including name change) or added.

※ If the above item is not reported within 14 days from the date of the change, you may be penalized and required to pay a fine or penalty of up to 1,000,000 won for violating Article 35 of the Immigration Act (reporting of change on foreigner's registration item). In addition, if the place of residence changes, this must be reported to the local government office or its branch office within 14 days from moving residence. Pay attention therefore to timely reporting. If you do not report within 14 days of address change, you will be subject to pay a fine of up to 1,000,000 won for violating Immigration Law of Article 36 (report on address change).

Required documents (if school is changed): Integrated application form, passport, certificate of foreigner registration, certificate of student registration for changing schools and certificate from previous school
Required documents (if place of residence is changed): Integrated application form, passport, certificate of foreigner registration, proof of residence (e.g. rent agreement)
c. Visa extension
Application for visa extension (extendong the length of stay) can be made two months before the expiration date by the local Immigration Service. However, if the applicant violates visa stipulations during his/her visit, the visa extension may be restricted.
1) Student visa (D-2)
① Required documents: application form, passport, certificate of foreigner registration, receipt of tuition payment, copy of bankbook or certificate of bank account transaction for the past three to six months (proof of living expenses during stay), 60,000 won fee, transcript, and confirmation of school attendance (if required).
② Extension period: 1-2 years
※ Available one every six months for up to two years for a regular course (one year for graduate degree)
2) Training visa (D-4)
① Required documents: application form, passport, certificate of foreigner registration, certificate of student registration (which should state class attendance and training schedule), certificate of training expenses, copy of bankbook or certificate of bank account transaction for the past three or six months (proof of living expenses during stay), 60,000 won fee, transcript (if required).
② Length of extension: 3-6 months
③ Limitation on extension: It will be not extended in case of frequent absence, possible illegal work, or long-term stay.
d. Part-time jobs (“arbeit”)
1) Qualifications
① Foreign student (D-2) who is attending undergraduate courses which are more than a two-year-college and graduate or Ph.D.program
② As a language training attendee, more than six months of training is required.
2) Required documents
consolidated application form, passport, certificate of foreigner registration, confirmation letter for hourly part-time job by the staff in international student service center, including signature of employer. Please visit the HiKorea website (www.hikorea.go.kr) and download “Part-time Work of Foreign Student Confirmation Form” for the part-time job application form.
3) Allowed hours
Less than 20 hours per week per term [semester or quarter] (Less than 30 hours per week during semester or quarter if student has completed all graduate coursework and is preparing for thesis of dissertation).
4) Attention
① This is limited to a job that can be done on student status.
② If one does not report the work to the Immigration Service and an illegal hourly job activity is discovered, one is subject to payment of a fine and/or deportation.
③ Qualification for language conversation instructor: Anyone who is qualified for language conversation instruction (E-2)
※ Qualification for language conversation instructor (one who meets one of the following conditions)
 
- As a citizen and native speaker of that country, one should graduate from a university that uses the respective language
       as a native language and hold a minimum of a bachelor's degree or equivalent.
 
- If one graduates from high school or college in the respective country where one uses the respective language
       as a native language, and acquires a degree which is at least a bachelor's degree in a domestic university
 
※ Conversation instructor at short-term English camp (C-4) has same required qualifications as for an E-2 visa.
④ If a wage is not paid, one should report this to the Department of Labor to receive unpaid wages. If one cannot process it by oneself, one should seek help from a school staff member or a friend
(Can be reported at http://minwon.moel.go.kr/ ☎ Tel 1350)
5) Guidelines on private teaching
If one teaches foreign language conversation, one must obtain a foreign language teaching visa (E-2) and get permission for extracurricular activity from the Immigration Service. Please take note that extracurricular private lessons are not allowed, except for holders of residence visas (F-2 of Ga~Da, Ma) / overseas Koreans (F-4)/ permanent resident (F-5)/ marriage immigration (F-6).
(Violators will be imprisoned for up to one year or subject to a fine of 5,000,000 won.)
6) Restrictions on hourly part-time jobs for international students
Private lessons, high-tech industries or institutions, entertainment bars or salons, adult entertainment, speculation business like casino or gambling, or any business location which may be considered unethical, etc.
e. Visa status change
1) Visa change from D-2 (international student) visa → D-4 (training) visa
- Required documents: application form, passport, certificate of foreigner registration, 100,000 KRW fee, standard admission letter, receipt of tuition payment, proof of staying expenses (at least 5,000 USD).
2) Visa change from C-3 (general short-term), D-4 (training), etc → D-2 (international student) visa
- Required documents: application form, passport, certificate of foreigner registration, 100,000 KRW fee, standard admission letter, a receipt of tuition payment, proof of living expenses (at least USD 13,000 for non capital region, USD 15,000 for capital region)
The above mentioned documents for visa status change can vary. More information can be found at: (www.hikorea.go.kr)
※ Reservation service is available before visiting immigration center ⇒ http://www.immigration.go.kr