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Registration of Foreign Residents

Obligation of Foreign Residents to Report

Obligation of Foreign Residents to Report

Foreigners registered as alien are required to report the following cases to the Immigration Office (or branch office) in their area of residence or employment within 14 days from the date of the cases occurred. Foreigners who fail to report may be subject to fines or other penalties regarding their stay.

Cases to Report

Foreign residents who have been registered in Korea must report the following information changes to the appropriate Immigration office (or branch office) within 14 days of said change.

  • Changes in name, sex, date of birth, and/or nationality
  • Changes in passport number, date of issuance, and passport expiration date
  • Changes in basic information (including change of names) or addition of organizations for D-1, D-2, D-4 and D-9 status holders
  • Initiation of training of D-10 holders or change of training organizations (including change of names)
  • Initiation/changes of employment for H-2 holders
  • Change or name change of individuals and organizations for H-2 holders
  • Change of residence due to reasons such as moving

Required Documents

  • Application
  • Passport and alien registration card
  • Documents to prove the change (documents proving the new address for change of the residence)

Useful Information

What is quarantine?(Inspection on livestock‧plants)
Quarantine inspection is being implemented to all incoming livestock and plants from abroad to avoid epidemics of diseases and harmful insects in all ports and airports nationwide. Possession of agricultural·livestock products and failure to report may be subject to fines of up to KRW 5,000,000.
“ If you possess agricultural·livestock products, please make sure to check the Traveler Declaration Form and report to the Animal and Plant Quarantine Agency located at the Airport or seaport.”
Quarantine Procedures
  • Arrival in Korea (airports, seaports, postal service)
  • Immigration screening
  • Fill out customs declaration (inspection report) form
  • Inspection on animals, plants, agricultural and livestock products: Only the products that passed the quarantine will enter the country.
  • Customs inspection
  • Entry to the country
Inspection on animal‧livestock products
  • Livestock products that are prohibited
    1. ① Meat and processed meat products: beef, pork, chicken, duck, sausage, ham, beef jerky, curry, etc.
    2. ② Milk products: milk, cheese, butter, etc.
    3. ③ Eggs and processed egg products: chicken eggs, bird eggs, egg white, egg powder, etc.
    4. ④ Pet foods, pet snacks, nutritional supplements for pet, etc.
Inspection on plants-agricultural products
  • Products banned for import
    1. ① Raw fruits and vegetables including mangoes, bananas, apples, pears, oranges, limes, avocados, green beans, cucumbers, tomatoes, etc.
    2. ② Root vegetables such as sweet potatoes, potatoes, Chinese yams, etc., and walnuts with shells on
    3. ③ Soil, plants with soil on, live insects, seeds of weeds, etc
  • Cautions for importing plants/agricultural products by air or mail Plant quarantine certificate issued by the exporting country must be submitted for plants for planting and breeding such as seeds, seedlings, etc. Products without a plant quarantine certificate cannot be imported (To be implemented from July 2019).

For more details on quarantine, please contact the Animal and Plant Quarantine Agency (www.qia.go.kr). (054-912-1000 or 032-740-2661,2077)

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