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  • Living in Korea
  • Support for foreigners residing in Korea
  • Immigration and Stay for Foreigners

Registration of Foreign Residents

Extension of Stay and
Change of Nonimmigrant Status

Extension of Stay

Procedure of Extension of Stay

  1. 1

    Application for Extension of Stay

    (Korea Immigration Service or branch office that has jurisdiction over applicant’s place of work/residence)

  2. 2


  3. Approval
    Information pertaining to the extension of stay is marked on the alien registration card
    Delivery of rejection letter in response to request for extension of stay (reason for rejection, date of departure, etc.)

Required Documents

  • Application
  • Passport and Alien Registration Card (if applicable)
  • Proof of stay
  • Other required documents related to status of stay
  • Fee of KRW 60,000 (KRW 30,000 for F-6 Married Immigration)

Marriage Immigrants

  • Certificate of marriage
  • Copy of resident registration
  • Certificate of place of sojourn (needed only when the addresses of a Korean spouse and his/her foreign partner are different from one another) The immigration officer may require additional documents if deemed necessary during the application and evaluation process.

Married immigrants who have experienced marriage breakdown will be required to submit different documents from the documents listed above and should contact the General Information Center for Foreigners (1345) for more information.

Change of Nonimmigrant Status

Qualification and Period of Change of Nonimmigrant Status

If foreign residents in Korea intend to cease the activities permitted under their current status and undertake activities permitted under another status, they must visit the appropriate immigration service center for a permit before undertaking said activities. These cases include, but are not limited, to the following.

  • Foreigners who are currently working under a short-term visiting visa (C-3), and intend to invest in Korea (D-8)

    Stay changes for those with C-3-2 group tour visas are prohibited.

  • Foreigners who have completed their language studies (D-4) and intend to continue studying at a Korean university (D-2)
  • Foreigners who have other stay qualifications (except for carriers of short-term visas effective for less than 90 days, illegal immigrants, etc.) and plan to marry a Korean (F-6 visa)

Required Documents

  • Application and a standard-size photo
  • Passport and alien registration card (if applicable)
  • Other required documents, according to status of stay
  • Fee of KRW 100,000 (the issuance of an alien registration card is a separate KRW 30,000 fee)


Once an applicant is granted permission for change of stay, the applicant will be re-issued an alien registration card with the new stay qualification. In the case of a change of status or extension of stay, if permission is denied, a letter of rejection will be issued to the applicant.