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Immigration Guide

a. Foreigner Registration
   Those Eligible for Foreigner Registration
   · Foreigners intending to stay in Korea for more than 90 days after entry
   · A former Korean who have acquired a foreign nationality after losing the Korean one or a foreigners born in Korea, who are given
   residence status and intend to stay for more than 90 days.
   · Exceptions to Foreigner Registration - The following are exempt from registering as foreigners
   - Those carrying out Diplomacy (A-1), Official business (A-2), or Conventions/Agreements (A-3) and their family members
   - Those undertaking diplomatic, industrial, or other important duties for the national security, their family members, and other foreigners
   found to be unnecessary to register as foreigners by the Minister of Justice
   - Foreigners from Canada intending to stay for less than 6 months, who has following visa status → Cultural Arts (D-1), Religious Affairs (D-6),
   Family visitation (F-1), dependent Family (F-3), Miscellaneous (G-1)
  • Applicant
  • Application Period
  • - Within 90 days from the Arrival date
    - For foreigners who granted status or change of staus at the time when such permissions were given
  • Submitted Documents
  • - Application
    - Passport
    -2 Color Photos (3x4cm)
    -Attached Documents per Status of Stay
    -Fee
  • Submission of Application
    for Foreign Registration
  • At the Immigration Office or Branch Office Under Relevant Jurisdictions
  • Issuance of Foreign
    Registration Card
  • Registration as Foreigner affixed in the Passport
b. Reporting changes of details on Foreigner Registration Card
   Reporting changes of particulars of Foreigner Registration card
   · If any of the following happens to registered foreigners, the changes to the registration details must be reported to the local Immigration
   Office within 14 days from its occurrence

   Changes that must be reflected on Foreigner Registration card
   · Name, sex, date of birth or nationality
   · Passport number, date of issuance or expiration date
   · Details of the organization (including name changes) that Cultural Arts (D-1), Overseas Study (D-2), General Training (D-4) status holders belong to
   · Details of the organizations (including name changes) that Journalism (D-5), religious Affairs (D-6), Supervisory Intra-company Transfer (D-7),
   Corporate investment (D-8), Trade Management (D-9) status holders belong to

   How to report changes of details on Foreigner Registration card
   Report to the local Immigration office with the necessary documents. It may be made in person, or through an appointed agent.

   Required documents
   · Passport and Foreigner Registration card
   · Application form of Report on changes of particulars of Foreigner Registration card

   Notes
   If a registered foreigner does not report the aforementioned changes to the details of the foreigner registration card within 14 days of the
   change,he/she will be considered to be in breach of Immigration Act Article 35, and will be fined accordingly.
c. Re-entry
   Applies to:
   · Registered foreigners seeking to stay for more than 91 days, who want to depart and reenter within the permitted period of stay
   · Foreigners who were exempted from foreigner registration, who intends leave Korea and enter again
  • Applicant
  • Application of Re-entry Permit
  • Immigration Office
  • Examination
  • Permission
  • Rejection
  • - Re-entry Permit affixed on the passport
  • - Informing the cause
  • Period
  • - Before Departing
  • Attached Documents
  • - Application of Re-entry permit
    - Passport
    - Foreign Registration Card(If applicable)
    - Attached Document per Status
    - Fee
d. Extension of stay
   Permission for Extension of Stay
   In case of expiration of permission of stay, the foreigner shall receive permission for extension of stay if he/she desires to stay
   continuously in Korea
  • Applicant
  • Application of Permission for
    Extension of Stay
  • Immigration Office
  • Examination
  • Permission
  • Rejection
  • - Permission for Extension affixed on the passport
    - Description on Foreign Registration Card
  • - Informing the cause
    - Depature Order
  • < Period >
  • Before the Expiration
  • Attached Documents
  • - Application of Permission for Extension of Stay
    - Passport
    - Foreign Registration Card(If applicable)
    - Attached Document per Status of Stay
    - Fee
e. Change status of stay
Foreigners must receive permission to change of status of their stay if they want to participate in new activities which is not relevant or permitted for current status

  • Applicant
  • Application of Permission for
    Change of Status
  • Immigration Office
  • Examination
  • Permission
  • Rejection
  • - Permission for change of residence qualification affixed on the passport
    - Description on Foreign Registration Card
  • - Informing the cause
  • Application Period
  • - Before engage in activities beyond the current visa status
    - Within 30 days if foreigner's stasus is changed(only foreigners with Diplomacy/Official Mission/Agreements status)
  • Attached Documents
  • - Application of Permission for change of status
    - Passport
    - Foreign Registration Card
    - Attached Document per Status
    - Fee
* For detailed information, please visit the Korea Immigration Service website. (http://www.hikorea.go.kr)
* Source: Korea Immigration Service (http://www.hikorea.go.kr)