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Office of International Affairs (OIA),
as SNU's headquarter for developing and promoting its international programs and initiatives,
welcomes all students and scholars to SNU's vibrant intellectual community.

If you are planning to study or work in Korea, you must apply for a relevant visa at an overseas Korean embassy or consulate. In order to obtain a visa you must submit the required documents to the embassy. The application procedure may vary according to the embassy or consulate, so it is advised that check with your local Korean embassy or consulate beforehand. The length of the visa is determined by the Korean consular officer, and the expiration date on your visa may not match the end date of your degree program or employment contract. If your visa expires before you complete your tasks, you will need to apply for a visa extension at the Korean Immigration Office.

All international students must obtain a student (D-2) visa before entering Korea. Please visit the Korean embassy/consulate’s website in your home country and the check the list of required documents for D-2 visa application. Certificate of Admission (CoA)* is one of the required documents to process your visa application and serves as an official admission letter. Upon your acceptance, you will get informed of its issuance through e-mail. Once you have all of the documents ready, submit them to the Korean embassy/consulate for your visa application

Certificate of Admission

1. Degree-seeking Students
2. Exchange Students
  • Exchange Program(Inbound), Office of International Affairs
  • Email : hongjie@snu.ac.kr
* For International faculty, once the appointment to SNU is made official, either the department office or Office of International Affairs will ask you to send necessary documents in order to process your visa application.
** For general information, we strongly recommend you visit the HiKorea website (http://www.hikorea.go.kr)

If you are eligible for F-4 (Overseas Korean) or E-3 (Researcher) or F-3 (Dependent Family), you may apply for these visa types since F-4, E-3 and F-3 visa allow visa holders to conduct study activities in Korea. To find out how to apply for these types of visa, please visit www.hikorea.go.kr.

Alien Registration

All foreigners who are to stay for more than 90 days must complete alien registration within 90 days of arrival to Korea. After alien registration, you will be given an ID card, namely, Alien Registration Card (ARC), which states your permitted sojourn period (on the backside).

Sojourn Period

During your study/research/training, you must make sure to extend your sojourn period before it expires. You can file an application for extension by either visiting the immigration office or submitting online application through www.hikorea.go.kr. If you fail to extend it in time, you will be considered as illegally studying/working in Korea and thus be in violation of Korean Immigration Law.

Re-entry and Absence

When you are to re-enter Korea after leaving Korea for either sabbatical, sick leave, research leave, and any general leave of absence, you must have your ARC with yourself. If your ARC is to be expired during your overseas stay, you must either extend it in advance before you leave Korea or acquire a new visa abroad. In case you are required to apply for a new visa, please inform your department office or Office of International Affairs

You must have a valid ARC to re-enter Korea after leaving Korea for sabbatical, sick leave, research leave, and generally, leave of absence, etc. If your ARC expires during your stay overseas, you must obtain a new visa before re-entering Korea. To apply for a new visa, please make the request to your department office or Office of International Affairs of it through i-office@snu.ac.kr.

In accordance with the Korean immigration law, your visa, ARC, and sojourn period would automatically be expired regardless of the originally permitted period, if you were not physically in Korea for a consecutive period of one year or longer, unless you obtain a re-entry permit before temporarily leaving Korea. Applying for a re-entry permit is possible only if your ARC is still to be valid when you come back to Korea. To apply for a re-entry permit, contact your department office or Office of International Affairs.

If your ARC is found to be void upon your return to Korea, you will be asked to turn in your ARC at the international airport. Once this happens, you must apply for a new Alien Registration Card as your ARC and visa will no longer be valid.

*After you enter Korea, you may address any questions directly to the immigration office by calling 1345 (without area code).

All foreigners who are to stay for more than 90 days must complete alien registration within 90 days of arrival to Korea. After alien registration, you will be given an ID card, namely, Alien Registration Card (ARC), which states your permitted sojourn period (on the backside). For any kind of inquiries on your alien registration and sojourn status, you can contact the immigration office directly through calling 1345 (without area code).

Please carefully note that alien registration could 2 to 3 weeks for your ARC from the date you file an application, and you cannot leave Korea before you obtain the card. It is thus recommended that you obtain a Certificate of Alien Registration (외국인등록 사실증명서) after you apply at the immigration office (fee: 2,000 KRW). This certificate will temporarily serve as a substitute for your ARC and can be used for academic affairs until you formally receive your ARC. However, please note that the Certificate of Alien Registration cannot be used to open a Korean bank account or be used to sign in for mobile phone subscriptions.

Required Documents

  • Application Form (Report Form)
    Downloadable at Forms Download menu / Pick-up available at OIA office
  • Passport
    Both original and photocopies of the information page and visa page
  • One passport photo
    3.5 cm x 4.5 cm, taken with a white background
  • Application Fee (30,000 KRW)
  • Certificate of Enrollment at SNU (재학증명서) (for D-2 visa holders) / Contract (for professors/researchers)
    Printable through mySNU > Get Certificates
  • Confirmation of Residence/Accommodation (거주숙소제공확인서)
    If you live ‘on-campus’, you can print this document from MySNU portal through Residence Halls menu. If you live ‘off-campus’, you must provide a copy of your lease contract, a confirmation of your stay at the provided residence, and a payment receipt for use of any public utility services such as water or electricity.
  • Certificate of Health Examination Form (Tuberculosis (TB) Test Certificate)
    Required to those who are with the following nationalities and did not submit the certificate during the visa application: (High TB-burden countries) Nepal, East Timor, Russia, Malaysia, Mongol, Myanmar, Bangladesh, Vietnam, Sri Lanka, Uzbekistan, India, Indonesia, China, Cambodia, Kyrgyzstan, Thailand, Pakistan, Philippines, Laos

* Gwanak-gu Community Health Center: 145 Gwanack-ro, Gwanack-gu, Seoul (next to the Gwanackgu Office, walking distance from the Gate no. 3 of Seoul National University Subway Station)

If you lose your Alien Registration Card, you must report the loss to the Immigration Office within 14 days of the occurrence of loss. If you do not report within the given time period, you will be fined. To report the loss of your ARC and apply for re-issuance, please prepare the documents listed below and submit them to the Seoul/Sejongro Immigration Office.

Required Documents

  • Application Form (The Application Form is available on the IO website or at the ISSS office.)
  • Copy of passport (Page where date of birth and photo is printed)
  • A passport photo (3.5 cm x 4.5 cm, taken against a white background) pasted onto the application form
  • Application Fee: KRW 30,000
  • Proof of Residency

You must report any changes that may affect the status of your alien registration within 14 days of the occurrence of change. If you do not report within 14 days, you will be fined.

  • Change of name, sex, date of birth, or nationality
  • Change of passport number, issuance date, or its expiration date
  • Change in address of residence in Korea
  • Change of university, workplace, or details of the organization you are part of (including name changes)
    You may report the change of address at the Gwanak-gu District Office. However, changes for the rest of the information must be reported to the immigration office.

Required Documents

  • Application Form (Report Form)
    Downloadable at Forms Download menu / Pick-up available at OIA office
  • Passport
    Both original and photocopies of the information page and visa page
  • Alien Registration Card
  • Additional documents required to attest the change of information (a new contract for change of address, a new passport for change of passport information, etc.)

A request for an extension of sojourn period can be made from 4 months before the expiration date by making a visit to the immigration office or filing an e-application through HiKorea (www.hikorea.go.kr). For the online application, there will be a discount in application fee from 60,000 KRW to 56,000 KRW. To learn the list of required of documents, we strongly recommend you to call the immigration office directly through 1345 (without area code) in advance you file an application.

Required Documents

  • Application Form (Report Form)
    Downloadable at Forms Download menu / Pick-up available at OIA office
  • Passport
    Both original and photocopies of the information page and visa page
  • Alien Registration Card
  • Certificate of Enrollment at SNU (재학증명서) (for D-2 visa holders) / Renewal Contract (for professors/researchers)
  • Academic Transcripts (for D-2 visa holders)
  • Application Fee (60,000 KRW)
  • Confirmation Form for Faculty Advisor on a Student’s Thesis Schedule (Degree-seeking students who need sojourn extension to work on the graduation thesis only)
    Downloadable at Forms Download menu / Pick-up available at OIA office
  • Confirmation of Residence/Accommodation (거주숙소제공확인서)
    If you live ‘on-campus’, you can print this document from MySNU portal through Residence Halls menu. If you live ‘off-campus’, you must provide a copy of your lease contract, a confirmation of your stay at the provided residence, and a payment receipt for use of any public utility services such as water or electricity.
  • Other additional documents upon request from the immigration office, including the bank statement

If you are already in Korea and your family wishes to join you, they must apply for their respective visas at the Korean embassy/consulate office in their home country.

Alien Registration Card

  • Application form
  • Passport (original and copy, including the page where the visa is printed)
  • A passport photo (3.5 cm x 4.5 cm, taken against a white background)
  • Fee: KRW 30,000
  • Copy of Alien Registration Card of spouse or parent (E-1 or E-3 holder)
  • Proof of Residency*

Note that minors (under 18 years) do NOT have to register their fingerprints.

Extension of the Authorized Stay (Visa Extension)

  • Application for extension is possible from 60 days before the visa expiry date.
  • Application form
  • A copy of your Passport
  • Alien Registration Card (original and copy)
  • Fee: KRW 60,000 in Revenue Stamps (수입인지) (Revenue Stamps are available at the bank and the Post Office) pasted to the application form
  • Copy of Alien Registration Card of spouse or parent (E-1 or E-3 holder)
  • Proof of Residency

Parents who have given birth to a baby in Korea must apply for an alien registration for their child within 90 days of the date of birth. As it may take several months to obtain the baby’s passport from your home country, please apply for it as soon as possible.

Required Documents

  • Application form
  • Baby’s passport from your home country (this process may take some time, so please begin the process as early as possible).
  • 1 passport photo (3.5cm x 4.5cm taken against a white background)
  • Birth Certificate from your home country’s embassy
  • A copy of the parent (SNU employee)’s Alien Registration Card (please make a copy of both front and back)
  • Fee of KRW 30,000 in cash and KRW 80,000 in Revenue Stamps pasted onto the application form (Revenue Stamps are available at the bank and the Post Office)

If your visa is for a single entry and you wish to temporarily leave Korea for a trip, make sure to complete alien registration and obtain your Alien Registration Card (ARC) before your departure. Otherwise, you will not be able to re-enter Korea on the same visa. If you complete your alien registration, you will be able to travel in and out of Korea, maintaining your sojourn status in Korea.

Those with the C4 single entry visa cannot return to Korea on the same visa.

If you need more detailed information on the immigration procedures or consult with officers individually, please contact the Korean Immigration Call Center

  • Services are provided in 18 different languages including English
  • Operating Hours: 09:00 -18:00, Monday – Friday (Closed on holidays)
  • Contact Information: 1345 (without area code) / (If you are calling from overseas) +82-1345 or +82-2-6908-1345~6
  • Website: www.hikorea.go.kr, www.immigration.go.kr

Seoul Immigration Office

  • Address : 319-2, Shinjeong 6 dong, Yangcheon-gu, Seoul, Subway line No. 5, Omokgyo Station, Exit no.7
  • Contact Information : (no area code needed) 1345
    (If you are calling from overseas) 82-1345 or 82-2-6908-1345~6

Sejongno Immigration Office (For international students who study at SNU Yeongeon Campus)

  • Address : 2F Seoul Global Center, 64-1, Seorin-dong, Jongno-gu, Seoul, Korea How to get there by subway: Take the subway Line #1 and get off at Jonggak station. Get out through Exit #6
  • Contact Information : (no area code needed) 1345
    (If you are calling from overseas) 82-1345 or 82-2-6908-1345~6

It is illegal for D-2 visa holders to work outside of the university and earn an income without acquiring a prior permission. To obtain this permission, you are required to file an application for part-time work permission to the immigration office, by submitting the following documents and completing all the necessary processes before you start to work.

If you work without a permission, you will immediately get fined and restricted from taking part-time permissions for one year. If you are once again disclosed to violate the regulation, you will be immediately deported.


General Process

  • The applicant arranges a part-time job or internship individually and sign a contract
  • The applicant and the officials from the intended place of work fill out a part-time work of foreign student confirmation form together.
  • The applicant contacts and visits Office of International Affairs with all the required documents and acquires an approval for the application by the designated authorized officer at SNU. (i-office@snu.ac.kr)
  • The applicant makes a visit reservation at the immigration office and files an application.
    * Please note that application for the part-time work permission must be made before you start working. This means the date of application must be earlier than the starting date of the part-time work stated on the application form.

Eligibility and Restrictions

D-2 visa holders who are qualified with sufficient GPA and TOPIK or English test score can apply for part-time work permission, with the maximum allowance as one year; research students with D-2-5 visa are ineligible.

If the intended workplace falls under the category of construction and manufacturing, part-time work is not permitted. (Exception: When the workplace falls under a complex type (construction/manufacturing/services), permission may be granted. When the applicant is with TOPIK Level 4 or above, permission for manufacturing type can be granted.)

For more detailed information, please make sure to call 1345 or contact i-office@snu.ac.kr .

Required Documents

  • Part-time Work of Foreign Student Confirmation Form
    Downloadable at Forms Download menu / Pick-up available at OIA office
    * Please note that this confirmation form must first be approved and signed by the authorized officials at SNU before you file an application to the immigration office. To process this initial approval, please contact i-office@snu.ac.kr.
  • Passport
  • Alien Registration Card
  • Academic Transcripts (Minimum Required GPA: 2.3)
  • TOPIK Certificate (when applicable)
  • Contract
  • A Copy of a Certificate of Business Registration of your intended place of work
  • Other additional documents upon request from the immigration office

Working Hours Limit

  • Undergraduate students (Year 1 - 2)
    • With TOPIK Level 3 or above: 25 hours per week (weekdays), no limit (weekend)
    • Without TOPIK: 10 hours per week (weekdays and weekend)
  • Undergraduate students (Year 3 - 4)
    • With TOPIK Level 4 or above: 25 hours per week (weekdays), no limit (weekend)
    • Without TOPIK: 10 hours per week (weekdays and weekend)
  • Graduate students
    • With TOPIK Level 4 or above: 35 hours per week (weekdays), no limit (weekend)
    • Without TOPIK: 15 hours per week (weekdays and weekend)

It is illegal for D-2 visa holders to work outside of the university and earn an income without acquiring a prior permission. To obtain this permission, you are required to file an application for part-time work permission to the immigration office, by submitting the following documents and completing all the necessary processes before you start to work.

If you work without a permission, you will immediately get fined and restricted from taking part-time permissions for one year. If you are once again disclosed to violate the regulation, you will be immediately deported.

An SNU international student who takes a Leave of Absence(휴학) or No Leave of Absence(미휴학파견/participating on an exchange program outside of Korea) will be deemed to have stopped their study in Korea. This change in the student status must be reported to the Immigration Office by the OIA. You must leave Korea within 30 days from the date of occurrence.

Upon your report of the occurrence, your authorized length of stay will be automatically shortened regardless of the period printed on your visa or the dates printed on your ARC. Furthermore, your ARC will be voided based on the change in your alien registration. You must turn in your ARC at the international airport when you depart from Korea.

To reenter Korea, you must acquire a new student visa (D-2), which in turn means that you need a new Certificate of Admission. When you apply for a new student visa, please contact the OIA for a Certificate of Admission. As you have turned in your ARC at the international airport upon your departure, you must apply for a new one upon your return to Korea.

To file any application at the immigration office, you must first make a visit reservation through HiKorea website. (http://www.hikorea.go.kr) Please see the attached guides for how to make an appointment online.

Attachment (How to sign up and make a Visit Reservation at Hikorea.go.kr)