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VISA & IMMIGRATION

Maintaining Visa Status

There are a few requirements mandated by Korean Immigration Regulations that you need to be aware of and comply with during your studies at Yonsei.

It is important to maintain your visa status, so please be aware of your immigration responsibilities and meet the requirements.

What is Foreigner Registration?

Foreigners staying in Korea for more than 90 days must register for an Alien Registration Card(ARC) at a local immigration office within 90 days from the date of entry. Simply receiving your visa is not the last step to registration, and those with visas must receive an ARC to finalize their sojourn documentation. It is illegal to stay in Korea for more than 90 days without being registered, regardless of your visa at entry. Please be sure to check for the most recent information at HiKorea website before your visit, or by calling the immigration hotline at 1345(no area code needed)

Eligibility
  • Foreigners intending to stay in Korea for more than 90 days after entry.
  • A former Korean who has acquired a foreign nationality after losing the Korean one or a foreigner born in Korea, who is given residence status and intends 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 have the following visa status → Cultural Arts (D-1), Religious Affairs (D-6), Family visitation (F-1), Dependent Family (F-3), Miscellaneous (G-1)
Where to Visit for Foreigner Registration

You (and any visa dependents) need to visit your appropriate Immigration Office in person with these required documents.

It takes approximately 6 weeks for the Immigration Office to process the application. Please be aware that applicants must leave their passports with the Immigration Office under appropriate jurisdiction during the entire approval period. You can locate the immigration office directory and reserve a visit at HiKorea

KISF visa agency service(group application)

Yonsei OIA will be operating a KISF visa agency service(group application) to assist international students for each semester. The foreigner registration application will be open early March or early September when the new semester begins. Yonsei OIA will send the details to the international students by email.

Foreigner Registration Procedure

Applicant

Submission of
Application for
Foreign Registration

The head of the Regional
Immigration Office

Issuance of
Residence Card

Registration as Foreigner affixed
in the Passport

Application Period

  • Within 90 days from the arrival date
  • For foreigners who granted status or change of status at the time when such permissions were given

Submitted Documents

  • Application
  • Passport
  • 1 Color Photo(3.5x4.5)
  • Attached documents per status of stay
  • Fees: KRW 30,000(Cash only)

Foreigner Registration Procedure

Applicant

Application Period

  • Within 90 days from the Arrival date
  • For foreigners who granted status or change of status at the time when such permissions were given

Submitted Documents

  • Application
  • Passport
  • 1 Color Photos(3.5x4.5)
  • Attached documents per status of stay
  • Fees: KRW 30,000(Cash only)

Submission of Application for Foreign Registration

The head of the Regional Immigration Office

Issuance of Residence Card

Registration as Foreigner affixed in the Passport

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Required Documents
  • Application Form
  • Passport
  • 1 Color Photo (3.5cm X 4.5cm)
  • Proof of Residence
  • Application Fee of KRW 30,000

Additional Documents

Additional Documents
Visa Status Required Additional Document
Study (D-2) Certificate of Enrollment
Language Training (D-4) Certificate of Enrollment
Training Center Establishment Related Certificates
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Foreigner Registration Card Re-Issuance

Foreigner Registration cards are reissued at the Immigration Office under the appropriate jurisdiction

Eligible Circumstances

  • Lost or stolen registration cards
  • Damaged registration cards
  • Lack of space for necessary information
  • Changes in details on the existing card (name, sex, date of birth, or nationality)
    * Note: Application for a new card must be made within 14 days of the above reasons.
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 15 days from its occurrence.

Changes that must be reflected on the Foreigner Registration Card

  • Name, gender, 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

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.

In case of expiration of permission of stay, the foreigner shall receive permission for an extension of stay if he/she desires to stay continuously in Korea.

The visa expiration date for D-2 visa holders will most likely be March or September(this is so that when international students graduate in the end of February or August, they have 30 extra days to depart from Korea). A visa extension can be applied starting from 4 months before the expiration date. If students stay in Korea after their visa has expired, they can be regarded as illegal immigrants and will have to pay fines to the Immigration Office. Thus, don't forget to extend the visa in advance to the expiration date.

How to apply for permission for an extension of stay

Principal or principal’s agent shall prepare the required documents to the Immigration Office having the jurisdiction.

Visa extension can only be done through Korean Immigration Office while the foreigner is actually residing in Korea. Visa extension is not possible through the Korean consulate or Embassy in other countries.

Application Period for Extension

The foreigner shall apply 4 months before current expiration date to the expiration date. In case of applying for the extension after the expiration date, the individual shall pay the penalty according to Article 25 of Immigration Act.

Visa Extension Procedure
  • Option 1. Individual application :
    • Visit the Immigration Office or Apply Online
    • Principal or principal’s agent shall prepare the required documents (See the documents by the qualification) for the Immigration Office having the jurisdiction.

    Applicant

    Applicantion of Permission for Extension of Stay

    Examination

    Permission
    • Permition For extention affixed on the Passport
    • Description on Foreign Registration Card
    Rejection
    • Information the cause
    • Departure Order

    [Period]
    Before the Expiration

    [Attached Documents]



    • Applicantion of Permission for Extension of Stay
    • Passport
    • Foreign Registration Card
      (If applicatioble)
    • Attached Documents per Status of Stay
    • Fee
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  • Option 2. Collective application through the university :
    • March and September of every year(Detailed information will be sent through student's email every February and August.)

    Individual applications will take more time to process than collective applications, so the use of collective application service(held every March and September) is highly recommended. Yonsei OIA informs the details by email before the application.

Required Documents
  • Application Form
  • Passport
  • Alien Registration Card
  • Certificate of Enrollment
  • Transcript
  • Proof of Residence
  • Document of Financial Statement(only for those who have an overall GPA less than 2.0)
  • Confirmation of Extra Semester(if applying for an extra semester for undergraduate students) or Confirmation Form for Faculty Advisor on a Student's Thesis Schedule(if applying for an extra semester for graduate students) → Forms
  • Fee of 60,000 KRW

Those who have an invalid visa must change their visa type to an appropriate one before the university begins.

Process
  • Individual application: Visit the Immigration Office or apply Online
Required Documents
  • Application Form
  • Passport
  • Foreigner Registration Card
  • Certificate of Enrollment
  • Transcript
  • Proof of Residence
  • Document of Financial Statement(only for those who have an overall GPA less than 2.0)
  • Confirmation of Extra Semester(if applying for an extra semester for undergraduate students) or Confirmation Form for Faculty Advisor on a Student's Thesis Schedule(if applying for an extra semester for graduate students)
  • Fee of 60,000 KRW
Persons Exempted from Re-entry Permit
Eligibility

Persons falling under any of the following (ⓐ to ⓓ) are exempted from the Re-Entry Permit and will be allowed to re-enter the ROK within the relevant period, without obtaining a Re-entry Permit

  • ⓐ Registered Foreign Resident: Diplomat (A-1) through International Agreement (A-3), Korean Arts and Culture (D-1) through Dependent Family (F-3), Marriage Migrant (F-6) through Work and Visit (H-2) status holders, for Re-entry into the ROK within 1 year from the date of departure

    Re-entry will be allowed until the validity of stay for persons with a period of stay of less than l year

  • ⓑ Permanent Resident (F-5): For re-entry within 2 years from the date of departure
  • ⓒ Overseas Korean (F-4): For re-entry within the authorized period of stay
  • ⓓ Holders of Refugee Travel Document: For re-entry within the validity period of the document
Persons Required to Apply for Multiple Re-Entry Permit
Eligibility

Registered foreigners (A-1 to A-3, D-1 to F-3, F-6 to H-2 status holders) should apply for a multiple Re-entry Permit to re-enter the ROK after spending more than 1 year and up to 2 years abroad from the date of departure

How to Apply

Through in-person visits to an Immigration Office, by proxy application through an administrative agency, e-Application services on the HiKorea website

Required Documents and Fees
  • Documents to submit: Passport, Foreign Resident Registration Card(Residence Card)

    Persons with type A status (A-1, A-2, A-3) are required to additionally submit a document proving the incumbency period such as a diplomatic identification card, official letter of cooperation from the Embassy, certificate of employment

  • Fees: 50,000KRW

    Persons exempted from fees

    • Nationals from Argentina (aged 14 years or less ONLY), Taiwan, Tunisia
    • Scholarship students invited by the government such as Korean Arts and Culture (D-1), Student (D-2), General Trainee (D-4) status holders who have submitted a certificate of scholarship or those with exemption requests from the relevant organization
    • Diplomat (A-1), Foreign Government Official (A-2), International Agreement (A-3), Corporate Investor (D-8) Status holders
Departure After Change of Academic Status

D-2 student visa is only valid while the student is enrolled at the university and taking classes. If there is a change of academic status for international students with a D-2 visa, their visa will expire regardless of the maturity date written on the back side of the Foreigner Registration Card and students MUST leave Korea within 30 days from the date of the change. If a student does not leave the country within 30 days, he or she will be regarded as an illegal immigrant and will have to pay fines to the Immigration Office, so do depart from the country in time.

  1. List of changes of academic status that require departure from Korea
    • Leave of absence
    • Dropping out of school voluntarily
    • Expulsion
    • Graduation
    • Completion of Bachelor’s Degree
    • Outbound Exchange Program for more than 2 semesters
  2. Departure process
    • Change of academic status > Buy flight ticket > Return Foreigner Registration Card at the airport
Return to School

Returning students MUST receive a new Certificate of Admission for their new D-2 visa because their previous D-2 visa expired when their academic status changed.

  1. Apply for the return through Yonsei Portal website during the announced application period for return.
  2. Receive a guideline email regarding re-issuance of the Certificate of Admission for a new D-2 visa from Yonsei OIA.
  3. Receive the new Certificate of Admission(COA).
  4. Go to the nearest Korean Embassy/Consulate in your country to apply for a new D-2 visa.
  5. Upon arrival to Korea, re-apply for a new Alien Registration Card(the number on the issued card is generally the same as your original number).
Required Documents

Refer to GETTING STARTED > New Students > Student Visa Process for more information.

International students with a D-2(Student) visa must obtain permission from the university and Immigration Office before working a part-time job. For those who are planning to do a part-time job, refer to the following requirements and application process below and prepare the necessary documents in advance.

Eligibility

D-2(Student)Visa → Previous semester’s average GPA of C(2.0) or above

KGSP students must check in advance with their KGSP coordinator whether they are eligible for a part-time job

As of June, 2022

Maximum Amount of Hours per Week

The maximum amount of hours the student can work per week depends on the student’s program, year, and Korean Proficiency Level.
ex) Undergraduate Year 4 with TOPIK Level 3 = Maximum 10 hours per week permitted

Maximum Amount of Hours per Week
Program Year Korean Proficiency
level(TOPIK)
Maximum Hours
per Week
Weekdays Weekend, Break
Language Training(After 6 Montds) All Level 2 X 10
O 25
Undergraduate 1 ~ 2 Level 3 X 10
O 25 Unlimited
3 ~ 4 Level 4 X 10
O 25 Unlimited
Graduate/Ph.D All Level 4 X 15
O 35 Unlimited
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Required Documents
  1. Passport
  2. Alien Registration Card
  3. Application Form
  4. Part-Time Work of Foreign Student Confirmation Form
  5. Transcript
  6. Korean Proficiency Level (expired scores are still acceptable

    For those who are taking all-English track course(UIC, GSIS), refer to FAQ Q1 & A1

  7. Business Registration Certificate of the workplace
  8. Employment Contract
  9. Part-Time Work of Foreign Student Requirement Abidance Form

    Refer to FAQ Q2 & A2

FAQ
  • I’m an international student taking all-English track courses. Can I still work the maximum hours per week?

    Those who have TOEFL 530(CBT 197, iBT71), IELTS 5.5, CEFR B2, TEPS 600 scores will be allowed to work the same maximum hours per week without any Korean Proficiency Level. This English Proficiency Level can be exempt for students whose nationality’s mother language is English.

  • Can I work in all business areas?

    Manufacturing and Construction Business Registration Certificate will not be accepted. However, if you have TOPIK Level 4 and submit an extra document (file 3), permission may be granted to the manufacturing business area.

  • I found a workplace, but it’s far from where I live. Can I work there?

    Dispatch labor and long-distance labor (more than 1 hour away from your residence) can be restricted.

  • Is there a limit to the number of workplaces I can get employed?

    The maximum amount of places you can work simultaneously is two(2).

  • What happens if my TOPIK score has expired?

    Expired TOPIK scores are still acceptable. Also, you can still do a part-time job without a TOPIK score. However, if you want to increase the maximum hours per week you can work, you must get a TOPIK score.

Immigration Offices

Many visas and visa alterations may be applied for through the HiKorea website. Before visiting your assigned immigration office, it is highly recommended that you first attempt to submit an e-application.

It is strongly advised that you make a reservation before you visit the Seoul Immigration Office. It is known to have very high traffic and long wait times. Arriving too late in the day, especially for Chinese nationals, may result in a failure to be seen that day.

Seoul Southern Immigration Office
  • Address: 48, Magokseo1-ro, Gangseo-gu, Seoul
  • Jurisdiction: Seodaemun-gu etc
  • Directions: Take subway line 5, get off at Magokstation. Then go out exit #1 and walk straight ahead for approximately 5 minutes.
  • Telephone: +82-2-6980-4700
Incheon Immigration Office
  • Address: 1-31, Hangdong7-ga, Jung-gu, Incheon
  • Jurisdiction: Incheon (Except Incheon International Airport)
  • Telephone: +82-32-890-6322

For more information about the jurisdictions please check the latest information at https://immigration.go.kr/immigration/2057/subview.do

Contact Information at Yonsei