Foreigners who plan to stay in Korea for more than 90 days must complete their alien registration before the 90 day period is complete.
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F61 visas are given to the first 90 days from the date of the entry to the country. Alien registration and extension of stay are processed simultaneously. Nationals of the 18 high TB burden countries must obtain a TB examination proof from a public health center or a hospital designated by the Ministry of Justice.
Two-year stay periods are only awarded to foreigners who have completed Programs for Early Adaptation of Immigrants.
Application and (re)issuance of alien registration can only be completed at the immigration office (or branch office) that has jurisdiction over the district in which you live, or at the community service center that has jurisdiction over the district in which you work as of Nov. 10, 2014. (Re-issuance of the Registration can only be applied at the jurisdiction of residence.).
Alien registration cards are issued within 3 weeks of the application date. Alien registration cards can be picked up in person by the applicant, or delivered to the residence of the applicant. Deliver services must be requested and paid for at the time of card application.
The Korea Minting and Security Printing Corporation has been responsible for the issuance of alien registration cards since May 1, 2011; it takes about 3 weeks from application to issuance.
The Korea Minting and Security Printing Corporation delivers the alien registration card to the applicant directly; the card does not pass through the district office. Card delivery services can be requested at most immigration offices, including the Seoul Immigration Office and the Seoul South Immigration Office.
Alien registration cards are necessary to verify the identity of foreign residents. Foreign residents are required to carry it at all times.
Note: Anyone who neglects to keep his alien registration card in his possession may be subject to a fine of up to KRW 1 million.
In the following cases, foreign residents should apply for reissuance of their alien registration card at the appropriate Korea Immigration Service agency within 14 days.
Alien registration cards must be returned to the proper authorities in the following cases
Please note that information contained within this publication is current as of March 2017; information is subject to change without notice.