Why do I need to get an Alien Registration Card (ARC)?
– To stay in Korea for more than 90 days, all foreigners must apply for a foreign registration card at a local immigration office within 90 days from the date of entry.
The ARC, or a foreigner registration card, is your ID card in Korea. You might need your ID card in many situations like buying a Wi-Fi router, getting medical insurance benefits, etc.
*If you are under the age of 17, you can get an Alien Registration card on your own or simply get recorded on your parent’s card.
How to apply for an Alien Registration Card:
- Prepare your passport, a color photograph and go to Immigration Office.
- Submit the documents and pay the fee for application.
- Once an application has been processed, an alien registration card will be issued within 2 weeks.
- The card is valid for one year, after which it will need to be renewed.
*The card must be returned to the immigration office when leaving the country permanently.
Image of ARC
1. Registration Number : first six digits(birth date) – last seven digits(personalized number)
2. Name : name as appears on passport
3. Nationality : nationality as appears on passport
4. Place of stay : address in Korea
5. Status of sojourn
6. Date of issue, Expiry date
7. Issuing office
Don’t forget to bring:
- Application forms (It is placed at the immigration office.)
- 2 color photographs (3cm×4cm, front view of the face on white background, taken within the past 6 months)
- Fee in cash (10,000 KRW)
- Medical check-up record for tuberculosis (Changed since 2016.03.02.)
- (18 countries) China, Sri Lanka, Russia, Uzbekistan, Thailand, Vietnam, India, Nepal, East Timor, Indonesia, Pakistan, Mongolia, Bangladesh, the Philippines, Myanmar, Cambodia, Kyrgyzstan, Malaysia
- Students of these nationalities are required to submit the medical check-up report including the examination for tuberculosis issued from a neighborhood public health center.
*Additional documents are needed if you fall into any of these categories of visa. Click here for more info.
Getting a new card & Reissuing the card:
It usually takes around 3 or 4 days to get your new Alien Registration Card.
If your alien registration card is lost, stolen, damaged or there are any changes made on the details recorded on the card, you can reissue the card. However, you must apply for the reissuance within 14 days.
Locations of Immigration Office:
*Make sure you know which area you’re living in and visit the office that covers your area of residency.
1) Omokyo Office: Covers the areas of Seoul excluding Jongno-gu, Jung-gu, Eunpyeong-gu, Dongdaemun-gu, Jungnang-gu, Dobong-gu, Seongbuk-gu, Gangbuk-gu, Nowon-gu)
Address: 151, Mokdongdong-ro, Yangcheon-gu, Seoul, Korea
Contact number: +82-2-731-1799
(About 15 mins by foot from Subway Line #5 Omokgyo Station Exit #7)
2) Sejongno Office: Covers Jongno-gu, Jung-gu, Eunpyeong-gu, Dongdaemun-gu, Jungnang-gu, Dobong-gu, Seongbuk-gu, Gangbuk-gu, Nowon-gu
Address: SK Hub Bldg. 2F, 89-4, Gyeongundong, Jongno-gu, Seoul
Operation Hours: 9:00 – 12:00, 13:00 – 18:00 (only weekdays)
(About 5 mins by foot from Subway Line #1 Jonggak Station Exit #5)
Tips on Alien Card Registration!
- Just get your photo and photocopying done at the office. There is a photo booth at the office and it might be cheaper than the usual photo studios.
- You have to apply for an ARC at the local immigration office in person and you can save your time by reserving your visit online in advance: http://www.hikorea.go.kr/pt/main_en.pt
- Make sure you know the exact address of where you stay so that you visit the right office.
- Make sure you have the exact amount of change in cash!
- If you go later in the day and end up staying after closing, be aware that you might have to return the next day for fingerprinting.
For more detailed information on Alien Registration Card and visas, we strongly recommend you to check in the official website for immigration (http://www.immigration.go.kr/HP/IMM80/imm_04/imm_0405/imm_405010.jsp) or call the Immigration Contact Center (☎1345 or +82-1345 from overseas / Operates on weekdays only: 9am-22pm KST). You will be able to receive assistance and more detailed information on your issues regarding Alien Registration Card and visas.
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