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International Students Services
Pre-arrival information for new student
D-2 (Study) Visa
The application for student visa (D-2) requires a number of documents like the Certificate of Admission (COA), which will be issued by the Admissions Team at SUNY Korea. Proof of Final Academic Credentials and Financial Statement (ex. Bank account, scholarship, etc.) which serves as proof of student’s budget for expenses while staying in Korea are needed too. Keep in mind that these documents may take a long time to be issued, and additional requirements may be asked of you during the process. It is recommended that students contact the Korean Embassy or Consulate in your country well ahead of time, to ask for the documents needed for student visa application, and prepare them in advance to get the visa on time.
Certificate of Admission for the D-2 Visa
After international students have been admitted and paid the tuition fee, they will be able to receive their Certificate of Admission (COA). This must be taken to the Korea Embassy or Consulate in your country to apply for a D-2 visa.
- Items subject to change depending on individual circumstances
1. A completed visa application
2. A recent passport photo (3.5 x 4.5 cm, color photo)
3. Passport (Original)
4. Certificate of Admission (Official Letter from Korea)
5. Certificate of the current or last school attended
6. Documents proving financial affordability:
7. Visa fee: Please check with Korean Embassy or Consulate in your country.
8. If you are an exchange student, you need to submit the exchange student agreement between the universities and a letter of recommendation written by your current school
9. Documents proving your family relations (original copy and translated version with notarization) only for the 21 states below: China, Philippines, Indonesia, Bangladesh, Vietnam, Mongolia, Thailand, Pakistan, Sri-Lanka, India, Myanmar, Nepal, Iran, Uzbekistan, Kazakhstan, Kyrgizstan, Ukraine, Nigeria, Ghana, Egypt and Peru.
How to apply for Residence Card
Alien Registration Card
- Required documents
1. Valid passport
2. Enrollment verification
3. Application form
4. 1 color ID photo (3.5*4.5 cm) taken within the past 6months
5. Copy of visa and your passport
6. Service Charge: Approximately 35,000 KRW (cash only)
7. Health document (if applicable)
8. Please note that you need to issue your Residence Card within 90 days of your arrival in Korea.
How to apply for visa (Residence Card) extension
Prepare the required documents for the Immigration Office. The required documents are listed below. However, they are subject to change
We strongly encourage you to visit the official Immigration website or inquire directly to the Immigration Office to find the updated information:
Immigration Office: Call 1345 (Various language service available)
Hi Korea homepage (e-government for Foreigners): http://www.hikorea.go.kr
1. Application of Permission for Extension of Stay
2. Valid passport
3. Alien Registration Card (Residence Card(RC))
4. Enrollment Verification: You can request this through the SUNY Korea website. It takes 2-5 business days and 2,000 KRW for the Korean version.
5. Proof of bank account and necessary funds (including tuition fee statement, proof of living expenses and Scholarship Maintenance Certification)
6. Official Transcript: Available at your student portal (SOLAR/myfit). It may take days or weeks depending on the option you choose
7. Proof of current residence (confirmation for dormitory residence, mails, lease contract, or bills for public utility charges): You may request this at the Student Team office if you reside on campus. It also takes 2-5 business days.
8. Service Charge: 50,000 KRW
Visa extension availability will be restricted according to your academic schedule. Students who have completed the undergraduate course will be permitted an extension of stay of only 1.5 years (Master’s course) or 3 years (PhD course). Students must graduate within this time period with no exceptions. Also, please note that the visa will be automatically canceled within 30 days according to the school registration change such as dis-enrollment, dropout, leave of absence, expulsion, graduation and/or Korean nationality acquisition.
Health Insurance for international students
Students must have health insurance coverage if they are enrolled as full-time students at SUNY Korea. Korean Alien Law requires all international students to have health insurance while they are enrolled at the University.
However, you cannot apply for the Korean National Health Insurance until your Alien Registration information is registered to the system. Therefore, you must have health insurance coverage for at least 3 months until you can subscribe to the Korean National Health Insurance. It usually takes at least one month to receive your Alien Registration Card (ARC) after you apply. All international students must send proof of health insurance or traveler’s insurance to the Student Services Team m ( email@example.com ) a week before the SUNY Korea New Student Welcome Week begins.
If you cannot prove your health insurance coverage when you come to SUNY Korea, your admission offer may be rescinded.
As of March 1, 2021, the Korean Government has issued a new law which international students residing in Korea with a valid D-2 student visa are subject to a mandatory subscription to the Korean National health insurance from March 1, 2021.
You can see more information regarding the guidelines in the PDF attachment available here:
Subscription Start Period:
a. If it’s your first entry to Korea, then from your alien registration date
b. If it’s your second or reentry, then from your reentry date
Monthly Insurance Fee (for 2021): 43,490 KRW
- 39,540 KRW for April + 3,950 KRW (1/10th of the March contribution)
As of 2021, the health insurance fee is about 135,000 KRW. However, the Korean Government decided to allow international students to receive the insurance benefits with a 70% discounted fee from March 2021 until February 2022.
However, the reduced fee only applies to students who:
- did not pay any income tax in 2019,
- are not self-employed insured whose contribution (fee) is above the average contribution, and
- has a household income of KRW 3.6 million or below, and the property tax base of KRW 135 million or below.
If you received an income and paid the income tax in 2019 (such as working as a Research Assistant), your insurance fee may be different than the reduced fee. If you worked in 2019, but currently not working, then you may be able to request for the reduction (they may request for documentation for verification purposes). The insurance fee may differ for each student.
Fee Due Date: The fee for the next month is due by the 25th of the current month (prepayment)
ex. April 2021 fee is payable by March 25, 2021 (billed around the 10th of each month)
Payment Method: Automatic transfer (from your bank account or credit card), website, NHIS branch office, bank
*You can call ( 033-811-2000 for English service) or visit a NHIS branch office to apply for an electronic (email or mobile) billing instead of receiving a paper bill. We recommend you to do so for efficient communication.
Closest NHIS branch office from campus:
- NHIS Incheon Yeonsu-gu
- Weekdays (M to F) 09:00 ~ 12:00 / 13:00 ~ 18:00
- 1st Floor (KT Plaza), 145, Cheongneung-daero, Yeonsu-gu, Incheon / 인천 연수구 청능대로 145 1층 ( http://naver.me/G2UFoPil )
*Please bring your Alien Registration Card (ARC) and bankbook or bank account information Insurance Benefits:
- Same benefits as Korean citizens
- Various benefits are available, including dental and oriental medical treatment, health checkups, and pregnancy and childbirth-related medical expenses
Disadvantages with Nonpayment of the Fee:
- Restrictions on health insurance benefits
- Restrictions on visa extension
- Dispositions on default
- No action is required from students, as they are automatically subscribed to the health insurance by the NHIS
- A NHI Card and subscription guide are sent to your residential address in Korea
Q. I am subscribed to a health insurance plan through a local (Korean) private health insurance company.
- You cannot request for a waiver and you will still be required to subscribe to the Korean national health insurance plan.
Q. I am subscribed to a health insurance plan from home/overseas that covers my stay in Korea.
- If your international health insurance plan covers your hospital and medical fees in Korea, then you may request for a waiver of the Korean national health insurance plan. You need to show proof of the coverage and submit them at a NHIS office. Keep note that you will still be automatically subscribed to the national insurance plan until you are confirmed for a waiver. Please contact NHIS via phone or visit their office for more information on the required documents and process.
Q. What if I used to work in 2019, but not anymore? Can I be eligible for the reduced insurance fee?
- We called NHIS regarding this question. However, they said that the best way to find out is for the student to call them or visit their office.
If you have any questions regarding the Korean national health insurance, please contact NHIS at 033-811-2000 for services in English, Chinese, Vietnamese, or Uzbek. You can also visit the nearby NHIS branch office for consultation ( click here to access the NHIS website ).