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Application for Alien Registration in Korea

Qualifications for application

  • A foreigner who intends to stay in Korea for more than 90 days
  • An individual who gives up Korean nationality and gains a foreign nationality
  • A Korean-born foreigner who was born in Korea and intends to stay in Korea for more than 90 days from the date of receiving residence status.

Exemptions from Alien Registration

  • Individuals engaged in Diplomacy, Official Missions and Agreements and their families (A-1, A-2, A-3)
  • Citizens of Canada intending to stay in Korea for less than 6 months who fall under one of the following statuses: Culture/Arts (D-1), Religious Works (D-6), Visit & Stay with Family (F-1), Family Dependency (F-3) and Others (G-1)
  • Individuals undertaking diplomatic, industrial, or other important duties for national security, their family members, and other foreigners for whom exemption is deemed necessary by the Minister of Justice.

Alien Registration Procedure

The following chart shows a Procedure of Foreign Registration.
Foreigner Registration procedure

  • Submission of Application for Foreign Registration : At Immigration Office or Branch Office Under Relevant Jurisdictions
  • Issuance of Foreign Registration Card : Registration as Foreigner affixed in the Passport

Common required documents

  • Passport
  • Application form
  • 1 color photos (3cm x 4cm)
  • Process Fee: KRW 10,000 (Government Revenue Stamp)

Other required document as according to the status

Status Required documents
Culture/Arts(D-1) A document proving Culture/Art organization (a copy of business registration, etc)
Overseas Study(D-2) A certificate of studentship
Industrial training(D-3) A copy of business registration
A medical certificate
A certificate of subscription in insurance regarding delayed payment
General training(D-4) Korean language training at a university : A certificate of studentship
Elementary,middle,high school student : A certificate of studentship
Other training : A document proving foundation of training organization (a copy of business registration, etc.)
Journalism(D-5) A certificate of approved establishment for branch, or a copy of business registration
Religious Affairs(D-6) A copy of business registration
Supervisory Intra-company Transfer(D-7) A copy of business registration
Coorporates Investment(D-8) A copy of foreign invested corporation registration
A copy of business registration
Treaty Management(D-9) A copy of business registration
Job Seeking(D-10) No additional document
Professor(E-1) A Copy of business registration
Foreign Language Instructor(E-2)

·Instructor at a university, private institute, etc.
  - A copy of business registration
  - Original medical checkup including drug test(TBPE test) and AIDS test(HIV test) issued within 3 months from the application date

 ※ Medical checkup should be issued by general hospital, hospital, clinic under Article 3 of the Medical Law or public health center under Article 7 of the Regional Health Law or medical center under Article 8.

·Native instructor invited by the Ministry of Education
  - A copy of business registration
  - A result for TBPE test and HIV test by general hospital, hospital, clinic under Article 3 of the Medical Law or public health center under Article 7 of the Regional Health Law or medical center under Article 8.

·"Presidential volunteer scholarship student" invited by the Ministry of Education
  - A copy of business registration

Research(E-3) A copy of business registration
Technology Guidance(E-4) A copy of business registration
Special Profession (E-5) A copy of business registration
Arts & Performance (E-6) A copy of business registration
A medical certificate(domestic hospital)
A negative result for HIV test
Specially Designated Activities (E-7)

·A copy of business registration
·Instructor at a foreigners' school, foreign educational institute or international high school
  - Original medical checkup including drug test(TBPE test) and AIDS test(HIV test) issued within 3 months from the application date

 ※ Medical checkup should be issued by general hospital, hospital, clinic under Article 3 of the Medical Law or public health center under Article 7 of the Regional Health Law or medical center under Article 8.

Non-professional Employment(E-9) A copy of business registration
Vessel Crew(E-10) Business license of coastal passenger transport or a copy of business registration regarding coastal freight
A medical certificate(domestic hospital)
A certificate of subscription in accident insurance or insurance regarding industrial disaster
Visiting and Staying with Relatives (F-1) Visiting/Staying with relatives : Birth certificate or family register, certified copy of resident registration for whom living together
Domestic help : ①at diplomatic or consular personnel's: copy of the official's ID card ②at foreign high investor's: copy of the employer's alien registration card
Residency(F-2) Chinese resident abroad: N/A
A spouse of Korean national: Korean's certificate of marriage showing marriage status, Korean's certified resident registration, Korean's reference
Family Dependency(F-3) Spouse or parents' alien registration card copy
Permanent Residency(F-5) A copy of business registration
Miscellaneous(G-1) N/A
Working holiday(H-1) Itinerary or activity plan
Certificate of employment or a copy of business registration (in case of being at work)
Working Visit(H-2B,D,E,F) Resident registration card or family register
Working Visit(H-2C) Resident registration card or family register
A certificate of studentship(issued in last 1 week) and copy of alien registration card
※ Overseas Koreans (F-4) : See eligible to report of Domestic Residency
※ Permanent Residency (F-5) : Same as required documents upon change of status (permission of status)
※ The official in charge may ask you additional documents after screening basic requirements.

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