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Alien registration and stay


• Hi Korea website : www.hikorea.go.kr (Available in English, Japanese and Chinese)
• Korea Immigration Service website : www.immigration.go.kr (Available in English) ☏ 1345

■ Eligibility
 • A foreigner who wants to stay in Korea for more than 90 days from the date of entry.
 • A foreigner who has acquired a different nationality after losing Korean nationality or was born in Korea etc. and wants to
   stay in Korea for more than 90 days after acquiring stay status.
 • Exemption from Alien Registration
  - A foreigner (including his or her family) who is engaged in activities related to diplomacy, official business, or
     international agreement (A-1, A-2, A-3)
  - A foreigner (including his or her family) who is engaged in important work related to diplomacy, industry and defense
     industry, and others deemed by the Minister of Justice as necessary to be exempted from Alien registration.
  - Among Canadians staying in Korea within 6 months, those who want to engage in activities corresponding to the
     following stay statuses
     → Culture and Art (D-1), Religion (D-6), Visit and Stay (F-1), Companion (F-3), Others (G-1)
  - Registered foreigners under 17 (the individual should be registered within 90 days after turning 17.)
 

Registration Period
 • A foreigner intending to stay in Korea for more than 90 days → Required to register within 90 days from date of entry
 • Registration should be made immediately at the time of permission to stay in Korea or permission to change status is
    received.
 ※ For Canadians with B-2 visa (tourist pass), an alien registration is made when the permission for the change of stay
     status is applied for after staying for 5 months.

■ Where to Apply
 - The Alien Registration Card is issued by the local immigration office which has jurisdiction over the district in your
    address.
 • Institution : Incheon Immigration Center
 • District : Incheon Metropolitan City, Gyeonggi-do Bucheon, Gimpo
 • Address : 393, Seohae-daero, Jung-gu, Incheon (Hang-dong)
 • Tel : (032)890-6300 / Fax : (032)890-6400
 ※ For addresses in Gyeonggi-do Ansan and Siheung, please contact the Ansan Immigration Branch Office.

■ Required Documents (For All)
 • Passport, Alien Registration Form, Color photo (3.5×4.5cm)
 • Registration Fee: Alien registration card issuance (30,000 won), Fees differ for other administrative services such as stay
    extension and change of visa status etc.
 • Additional documents to be submitted according to visa status
 ※ Application by an approved representative : Letter of attorney, a copy of representative's identity card, a copy of
     applicant's identity card, applicant's proof of employment etc. required
 ※ For more details on additional documents to be submitted according to visa status :
     'Electronic government for foreigners website (www.hikorea.go.kr / Available in English, Japanese)'
    -> Information-> Immigration Guide(Foreigner Sojourn).

 
 

Re-issuance of Alien Registration Card


■ Reasons for Re-issuance :
 • Card is lost
 • Card is damaged
 • Short of space on card to enter required information
 • Change of particulars (name, gender, birth date and nationality)
 ※ Should the need for re-issuance arises, it should be directly applied for by cardholder within 14days from the date of 
     occurrence.

■ Required Documents for Re-issuance
 • Passport, Application forms for Re-issuance of Alien Registration Card, Documents to prove need for re-issuance 
   (eg. documents to prove of lost of card), 1 color photo (3.5×4.5cm)
 • Old Alien Registration Card (When card is damaged or when there is a lack of space on card to enter required
    information or when there are changes made to No. 1 of Article 35 under the Alien Registration Act)
 • Registration Fee: 30,000 won

■ Re-issuance Location : Local Immigration Office

■ Obligation to Report Changes in Foreigner Registration Information
If any of the following happens to registered foreigners in Korea, changes in registration details must be reported to the
local immigration office within 14 days from the date of occurrence. Violation of the above will result in a penalty fine imposed according to Article 35 of the Immigration Act)
 • Changes in name, gender, date of birth or nationality
 • Changes in passport number, date of issuance or expiration date
 • Changes in details (including name changes) of the organizations and groups which the foreigner belongs to
 ※ Required Documents
   - Application form (Report on changes to Alien Registration)
   - Passport and Alien Registration card 
   - Supporting documents to prove changes

■ Scope of Activities and Employment for Foreigners Staying in Korea
 • Foreigners are granted rights to any activities granted by their visa, and may stay as long as their given period of stay.
 • They are not, however, allowed to participate in any political activities except when specifically allowed by law.
 • Foreigners seeking employment during their stay in Korea must have a visa that allows it, and may only work in
    workplaces designated by the local immigration office.
 • If they wish to change their workplace, permission must be received from the local immigration office prior to the change.
 ※ For more details, please refer to the website below
     Electronic government for foreigners website (www.hikorea.go.kr / Available in English, Chinese and Japanese) →
     Information → Foreigner sojourn

■ Obligation to Report Change in Residence
 • Any change in residence should be reported to the city, county or ward office or the local immigration office which has
    jurisdiction over the new address within 14 days of its occurrence.
 • It may also be reported via 'Hi Korea website (http://www.hikorea.go.kr)'
 • For foreign spouses, any change in residence must be reported separately even if a change of address report has been
    made by the Korean spouse at the Dong office.
 • Violation of the above will result in a penalty fine imposed according to Article 36 of the Immigration Act.
 ※ Required Documents (For All)
   - Registration Form
   - Passport & Alien registration card
   - Documents to prove change in residence (mail, lease contract, proof of provided residency form etc.)


 
※ Source : Guidebook for foreigners, daily living information in Incheon




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