How to Get Your Alien Registration Card
All foreign students must get their ARC within 90 days of arrival
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All Hanyang students without Korean nationality should receive their Alien Registration Card (ARC) to be legally qualified to stay in Korea. Hanyang's Office of International Affairs has provided a guideline to get your ARC without complication.
Foreigners staying in Korea for more than 90 days should get their ARC
Article 31 of the Immigration Act requires foreigners staying in Korea for more than 90 days to register at their local immigration office within 90 days of entry. This implies that simply receiving your visa is not the last step to registration. Those with visas must receive an ARC to finalize their sojourn documentation. ARC acts as an ID card during their stay in Korea.
Get prepared to get your ARC
Students must prepare the following documents along with a processing fee of 30,000 won: passport, photo, ARC application form, certificate of enrollment, certificate of residence, a copy of the passport and visa page. The immigration office requires a color headshot photo taken within 6 months of registraion. If your photo does not meet the requirements, visit a photo studio near campus and ask for a "passport photo." You can get your certificate of enrollment from automatic machines in Hanyang Plaza, Paiknam Academic Information Center, or the lobby of the Student Union Building. Check the infographics below for information on preparing documents on your residence.
Students must make a mandatory appointment before visiting the immigration office through the Hi-Korea webpage (https://www.hikorea.go.kr/ty/main_en.pt). Reserve your spot at the Seoul immigration office and confirm your reservation. Do not forget to print out the appointment receipt. Also, download your ARC application form which is on the bottom of the confirmation page. Fill it out before the appointment.
Visit the immigration office and receive your ARC
Seoul immigration office is located at 151 Mokdongdong-ro, Sinjeong-dong, Yangcheon-gu, Seoul. It is a ten-minute walk from Omokkyo station on line number 5. Students are recommended to arrive at the office at least 30 minutes prior to their appointment.
Upon arrival, go to the ATM which is on the left side of the building. You need to pay for the government revenue stamp. Scan your passport first and pay the fee (30,000 won) by cash or card. Keep the receipt and submit it along with the application.
Then, head to the right of the building that says "Seoul Immigration Residence Section." When your number is called on the screen, go to the booth and follow the instructions. Submit your documents and register your fingerprints.
It usually takes six to seven weeks to receive your ARC. You can receive it by revisiting the immigration office. The immigration authorities strongly advises students not to leave Korea until the card is ready. If you leave during the process, your application, as well as your visa, will be automatically canceled. Hanyang University strongly recommends not to plan an overseas trip until you receive the card.
Group application for Hanyang students
Hanyang University offers students a more convenient way of ARC issuance through agents. You can submit the form and upload the required documents online. All you need to do offline is register your fingerprints at the immigration office. You can pick up your ARC on campus and pay the application fee on-site. The application is held from 9 a.m. March 12 to 1 p.m. March 18 at https://kisfvisa.org. The fee is 40,000 won and only cash is acceptable.
Ask for help when you are stuck
The Office of International Affairs said that they are ready to provide assistance to students who have trouble adapting to their lives in Korea. "If you have any questions, feel free to ask the Office of International Affairs," said Hong Seung-woo, a staff member of the International Office. You can also ask the student community. Global student union Hanyang One World (HOW) offers counseling sessions for international students. HOW is located in the international lounge on the first floor of the Student Union building.
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