Admission & Registration

Visa & Stay

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Minimum Enrolled Semesters More than 2 semesters (around 6 months)
Duration of stay
  • Grant stay period considering the academic calendar of enrolled semesters
  • Can extend after initial approval of 6 months of stay
    (Additional semester enrollment and more than 70% attendance on registered semesters)
  • Allow a maximum stay period of 2 years
Note
  • Apply 2 months before start of classes as issuance takes 2 weeks or up to 5 weeks for certain countries
  • Make sure to check with the diplomatic office in the country of residence for the submission documents when applying for the visa
Minimum enrolled semesters More than 1 semester (around 3 months)
Duration of stay
  • Allow up to 90 days of stay
  • Cannot extend duration of stay
  • When hoping to extend the duration of the stay, need to change a visa into a Korean language training visa in domestically. Check in advance if it is possible to change with the immigration office under the jurisdiction of the residence.
Note
  • Check in advance with the diplomatic office in the country of residence if obtaining period of stay exceeding academic schedule is possible
  • Plan entry and exit schedules depending on the academic schedule
Minimum enrolled semesters More than 1 semester (around 3 months)
Duration of stay
  • Check with the diplomatic office in the country of residence as the duration differs by country
  • Cannot extend duration of stay
  • When hoping to extend the duration of the stay, you must change the visa into a Korean language training visa domestically. Check with immigration office in the country of residence as changing residence status domestically may not be possible depending on the country (re-entry after exit or apply for visa issuance overseas)
Note
  • Check in advance with the diplomatic office in the country of residence if obtaining period of stay exceeding academic schedule is possible
  • Plan entry and exit schedules depending on the academic schedule

Visa Application Process

  • Overseas When applying for a Korean language training visa (D-4-1) in a country other than Korea

    Visa Application Process and Method
    • School
      Provide a certificate of admission, a certificate of enrollment, tuition payment receipt
    • Applicant
      Submit application document
    • Consular
      Reception & Review
      (overseas diplomatic office)
    • Consular
      Visa issuance
      (overseas diplomatic office)
    • Applicant
      Entry to the Republic of Korea
    Required Documents
    • Application, copy of passport, one photo(3.5cm×4.5cm, white background, taken within 6 months), fees
    • Document issued by language education institution (Sogang University Korean Language Education Center) such as a certificate of admission, etc.
    • Tuberculosis medical certificate issued by a diagnostic hospital designated by the diplomatic office
      (for students from countries below)
      List of Countries(19 countries)
      China, Sri Lanka, Russia (federation), Uzbekistan, Thailand, Vietnam, India, Nepal, Indonesia, Pakistan, Mongolia, Bangladesh, Philippines, Myanmar, Cambodia, Malaysia, East Timor, Kyrgyzstan, Laos
    • Other documents requested by the diplomatic office
      (※Documents certifying family relationship, final education level, financial capabilities, etc. may be requested depending on country and location)
    • Contact the diplomatic office consulate of country of residence (jurisdiction) for other queries.
  • Korea When changing to a Korean language training visa (D-4-1) in Korea

    Visa Application Process and Method
    • School
      Provide a certificate of admission, a certificate of enrollment, tuition payment receipt
    • Applicant
      Submit application document
    • Visa official
      Reception & Review
      (immigration foreigner office of jurisdiction)
    • Applicant
      Check residence status change results
    Required Documents
    • Application, copy of passport, one photo(3.5cm×4.5cm, white background, taken within 6 months), fees
    • Certificate of alien registration
    • Document issued by language education institution (Sogang University Korean Language Education Center) such as a certificate of admission, etc.
    • Verification of financial capability(certificate of bank balance, require balance equivalent to USD 10,000)
    • Verification of residence(real estate contract, dormitory residence verification, “goshiwon” residence verification, etc.)
    • Medical report issued by a local health center
      (for students from countries below)
      List of Countries(19 countries)
      China, Sri Lanka, Russia (federation), Uzbekistan, Thailand, Vietnam, India, Nepal, Indonesia, Pakistan, Mongolia, Bangladesh, Philippines, Myanmar, Cambodia, Malaysia, East Timor, Kyrgyzstan, Laos
    • Other documents requested by the immigration foreigner office of jurisdiction
      (※Additional documents may be requested depending on the country or location)
    • Contact the immigration office of jurisdiction for other queries.

Manage Stay Eligibility

Alien registration

How to apply Apply by visiting the immigration office of jurisdiction Visit reservation required
Required Documents ① Application
② Passport
③ 1 color photo(3.5㎝ × 4.5㎝, taken within 6 months)
④ Certificate of enrollment
⑤ Verification of residence
     (real estate lease, verification of residence accommodation, “goshiwon” residence confirmation, etc.)
⑥ Fee of KRW 30,000
Note
  • Apply within 90 days of entering the country; if the deadline is missed, a fine will be imposed.
  • when returning to the home country during the language training period, make sure to hold the alien registration certificate, as otherwise exit from home country or entry into Korea could be limited
    • When exiting the country before receiving the certificate with application approved, get an “alien registration confirmation certificate” issued from the airport, community service center or immigration office
    • Location of issuance at the airport: Ministry of Justice immigration service center, 3rd floor of Incheon Airport terminal 1 or Ministry of Justice immigration service center, 2nd floor of Incheon airport terminal 2
  • Request reissuance within 14 days if it is lost
  • The alien registration certificate should be returned at the airport immigration when returning to home country for the last time, as not doing so could have negative impacts towards future entry into Korea

Visa Extension

How to apply Apply through e-application (www.hikorea.go.kr) or by visiting the immigration office of jurisdiction Visit reservation required
Required Documents ① Application
② Passport
③ Alien registration card
④ Certificate of enrollment
⑤ Receipt of tuition payment
⑥ Verification of residence
     (real estate lease, confirmation of Residence/Accommodation, “goshiwon” residence confirmation, etc.)
  • If the contract was not made under your own name, submit an ID copy of the contractor and
    Confirmation of Residence/Accommodation
⑦ KRW 50,000 of fees for e-application / KRW 60,000 for in-person application
Note
  • You may request extension from 4 months prior to expiration of stay period.
  • You can make an e-application between 4 months and 1 business day prior to visa expiration.
  • Visit reservation can be made from 4 months before your visit; however, make sure to make a reservation at least 1 month before your visit, as it is booked out quickly during the visa extension period.
  • A fine will be placed if visa is extended after the expiration of stay period
  • Extension of stay could be limited if language training activity is determined to be insincere due to attendance rate, etc.

Change in Residence

How to apply Apply through e-application (www.hikorea.go.kr) or by visiting the immigration office of jurisdiction Visit reservation required
Required Documents ① Application
② Passport
③ Alien registration card
④ Verification of residence
     (real estate lease, confirmation of Residence/Accommodation, “goshiwon” residence confirmation, etc.)
  • If the contract was not made under your own name, submit an ID copy of the contractor and
    Confirmation of Residence/Accommodation
Note
  • A fine will be placed if changes are not reported within 14 days

Part-time Work

How to apply Apply through e-application (www.hikorea.go.kr) or by visiting the immigration office of jurisdiction Visit reservation required
Required Documents ① Application
② Passport
③ Alien registration card
④ Part-time work of foreign student confirmation form
⑤ Transcript or attendance certificate
⑥ Korean proficiency certificate (if necessary)
⑦ Copy of business license (if business license includes manufacturing, additionally submit ‘verification of part-time employment requirement compliance’ and copy of ID)
⑧ Copy of standard employment contract (include hourly wage, work details and hours, contract between directly associated parties according to the business license required, employment contract with separate employment and utilization such as temporary agencies not allowed)
Note
  • Receive confirmation by the school foreign student manager on part-time employment certificate and submit to immigration office of jurisdiction
  • Application permitted for those holding D-4 visas exceeding 6 months from the date of entry
  • You can apply if the average total attendance of enrolled semesters exceeds 90%
  • TOPIK level 2 or higher holders can work for 25 hours a week or less for a part-time job, otherwise 10 hours a week or less
  • Limited to maximum 6 months within the stay period, at 1 location
  • Study abroad qualification can be cancelled and the student can be sent back to their country if they are employed without permission, or if they violate permission conditions
  • All responsibilities of the management of stay eligibility lie with the individual.
  • Documents and relevant details are in accordance with the Ministry of Justice guidelines, and make final confirmations with the immigration office of jurisdiction as changes could occur at all times.

Immigration Office Information

Immigration Counseling
Contact Phone no.
1345
(providing consultation in various languages including Korean, English, Chinese, Japanese, etc.)
Homepage http://www.hikorea.go.kr
Office Hours 09:00 ~ 18:00
(Lunch hour: 12:00 ~ 13:00)
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Location of the Immigration Office and Transportation
* Online visit reservation required before visiting
Southern Seoul Immigration Office More View
Area of jurisdiction Seoul (Yangcheon-gu, Gangseo-gu, Geumcheon-gu, Seodaemun-gu, Yeongdeungpo-gu, Guro-gu, Mapo-gu)
Address Second floor, 48, Magokseo 1-ro, Gangseo-gu, Seoul
Map
Directions Go straight from exit 1 of line 5 Magok station, 5 minutes by walk
Seoul Immigration Office More View
Area of jurisdiction Seoul (Gangnam-gu, Yongsan-gu, Songpa-gu, Seongdong-gu, Seocho-gu, Dongjak-gu, Gwangjin-gu, Gwanak-gu, Gangdong-gu)
Address First floor, 151, Mokdongdong-ro, Yangcheon-gu, Seoul (Seoul immigration management office)
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Directions Go straight from exit 7 of line 5 Omokgyo station, 15 minutes by walk
Seoul Immigration Office Sejongno branch More View
Area of jurisdiction Seoul (Nowon-gu, Dobong-gu, Dongdaemun-gu, Seongbuk-gu, Gangbuk-gu, Jongno-gu, Jung-gu, Jungnang-gu, Eunpyeong-gu)
Address 38, Jong-ro, Jongno-gu, Seoul Floor 2/3, Seoul Global Center
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Directions Exit 6 of line 1 Jonggak station, Seoul Global Center floors 2 and 3, next to Youngpoong Bookstore
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