Alien Registration

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Alien Registration (as of Feburary 1, 2008)

Foreigners who intend to stay in Korea for more than 90 days must apply for alien registration. This rule also applies to those who have acquired foreign nationality after giving up their Korean citizenship and to foreigners born in Korea who stay longer than 90 days from the date he or she obtains the legal right to remain in Korea. 「Alien registration cards」 are issued only to those who apply for alien registration.

Foreigners are legally obliged to always carry their 「alien registration card」, which may be needed in many different circumstances at any moment. Foreigners can apply for alien registration in the immigration office or its branch in his or her region.

New Registration

When to Apply
Foreigners who want to stay in Korea for 90 days or more shall apply for foreign registration within their first 90 days in Korea.
Foreigners granted with residential qualifications or approved for modifications -> At the time of obtaining approval (Immediately)
Required Documents
Passport, two copies of colored pictures (3.5 x 3.5 cm.), and commission of 30,000 won (Government revenue stamps, however, those who are applying for the company investment visa (D-8) are exempted)
Issuance Process
When applying for alien registration, the official in charge will review your application and will issue an application receipt if there is no problem. An alien registration card will be issued within one week after the application. Your passport will bear a stamp saying 「registered alien」 next to the visa stamp
Fingerprinting
Foreigners Cases Requiring Fingerprinting
- Those aged more than 17 qualify for foreigner registration
- Foreigners registered before the age of 17 but now became 17
- At the time of foreigner registration
- Within 90 days as of when he/she becomes 17
- Those under investigation for violation of Immigration Control Law or other laws - If the protection order or expulsion orders were issued
- Those notified with fines worth more than 1,000,000 won, according to item 1 in Article 102 of the law
- When sued by the item 3 in Article 102 or item 2 in Article 105 of the law
- Those with unclear identity - When under investigation according to Article 47
- Those determined to be needed for safety and profits of foreigners or for safety and profit of Korea by the Minister of Justice - When it is needed by the Minister of Justice
Things to Remember
Foreigners who are in Korea must always carry their passport, an entrance permit aliens and an alien registration card (foreigners under the age of 17 are exempted).

Exemptions for Alien Registration

  1. 1. Employees at international organizations, foreign official residences (including the embassy and consulate) and with their families
  2. 2. Diplomats, those enjoying the exemption and special rights consul and their families according to the Korean government
  3. 3. Those determined by law from the Ministry of Justice as people invited by Korean government

Reissuance of Alien Registration Cards

Reason for Reissuance:
You can apply for another alien registration card when your card has been damaged, has no spaces left, has been lost or when any changes in personal information occur (name, gender, date of birth, nationality, and other pertinent information).
Application Period:
Apply within 14 days after having a reason to apply.
Required Documents:
Documents specifying the request of application, 1 copy of a photo (3.5 x 4.5 cm.), application for a re-issuance certificate of alien registration, an old certificate of alien registration and a commission of 10,000 won
Where to get a Reissuance : The immigration office or local office in jurisdiction of residential area

Changing Status of Sojourn

Permitted Cases
This case may arise when a foreigner ceases to engage in the activities that correspond to his or her current status of sojourn and if there is intention to start another activity which requires a different status of sojourn. A foreigner must get permission for a change in the status of sojourn if, for example, he or she has a short-term commercial visa and wants to start an investment activity, get married or take up residence with a Korean national. Those who with short-term permission of less than 90 days or who entered Korea without a visa are not allowed to change their status of sojourn unless there are unavoidable special circumstances.
Required Documents
Passport or certificate of alien registration, commission of 100,000 won (government revenue stamp), 200,000 won for permanent residence, proof documents of each type of stay and an application for modifying the qualification of stay
Things to Remember
The whole process usually takes less than one week. You will need to call the immigration office prior to applying because each status of sojourn requires different documents.

Extension of the Period of Sojourn (as of February 1, 2008)

Permitted Cases
Foreigners who seek to stay in Korea after the expiration of his or her status of sojourn may apply for an extension at least 2 months before the expiration date.
Those who apply after the expiration will incur a fine (Article 25 of the immigration law)
Required Documents
Passport or certificate of alien registration, commission of 60,000 won (government revenue stamp), 30,000 won for marriage immigrants, proof documents of each type of stay and an application for modifying the qualification of stay.
Things to Remember
The whole process usually takes less than one week. You will need to call the immigration office before completing an application because each status of sojourn requires different documents.

Extension of Sojourn Period for the Purpose of Departing from Korea

If the departure is scheduled to occur after the expiration date or if extenuating circumstances make the departure impossible within the period of sojourn, the individual may be granted an extension up to no more than 10 days. Documentation required includes an application form, an airplane ticket and other written description of the circumstances.

Division in Charge : Local Autonomy Administration Division in Local Autonomy Administration Bureau

Contact : +82-62-613-2913 (2913)