According to Korean Immigration Law, international students are required to report to the university and to the Immigration Office when their information regarding passport and/or residential address changes.
Updating residence address
You are required to report the change of your residential address every time you move to a new address within 15 days. This applies to the following situations:
If you used to live in the dormitory but moved to an off-campus residence
If you need to live off-campus and moved to the dormitory
If you used to live in address A (off-campus) and changed to address B (off-campus)
You are not required to visit the local immigration office to declare the change of address as long as you report within 15 days from your move-in date. You can fill out the application online. (*Please note that you might be fined if you do not report the change of your residence address within 15 days from your move-in date.)
2Click ‘Petition Application’ on the top left of page
3Click ‘E-application’, choose ‘Address Change Declaration’ and check the checkbox at the bottom of the page
4Attach the required documents
a. One of the following: passport / Entry Permit for Foreigners / Residence Card
b. Residence Confirmation / Rental Contract under your name
5Submit the e-application and check your application status on MyPage
If it has been more than 15 days since you moved to your new residence, please visit the local immigration office as soon as possible with the following documents. (*You do not need to make a reservation in this case)
Official Transcript via SOLAR/MyFIT (E-transcript should take less time to receive. Express Transcript may take more than a month to arrive, so please order it in advance.)
Proof of Residence (if you live in the dorm, you may request it to the IGC Housing Office)
Proof of bank account and necessary funds (10,000,000 KRW):
The bank account needs to be from a Korean (local) bank and under your name
If you are a scholarship recipient over the amount of 20,000,000 KRW per year, you do not have to bring other financial statements but a scholarship offer letter and Scholarship Maintenance Letter (request through the Document Request Form)
If your scholarship does not cover 20,000,000 KRW per year, you need to prove the outstanding amount (20,000,000 KRW - Scholarship amount = The amount that needs to be proved)
You need to prove the source of funding when proving the bank statement. If you are receiving funds from your family, the Immigration Office might request the receipt of an overseas transfer/remittance slip/proof of family relations.
Service Charge: 50,000 KRW (cash only if visiting the Immigration Office in person)
If you are extending the RC due to the graduation delay at SUNY Korea, you must submit a letter from your Department Chair to explain the reason for the graduation delay and graduation plan
How to apply for the RC Extension
You can either submit an e-application online or visit the Incheon Immigration Office in person by making a reservation.
Steps to submit e-application:
*Please note that there is no ‘temporary save’ option, so please make sure you have everything needed when starting the e-application process.
2 Click ‘E-application’ - ‘Extension of Stay for Registered Foreigners’
3 Fill out your personal information and attach the required documents
4 Make the service charge payment and submit the application
5 Check your text message/email frequently since you might be requested to submit an additional document during the review process
6 Follow up on your application status from MyPage on HiKorea website
7 Submit ‘Certificate of Permission for the E-application’ to firstname.lastname@example.org once your RC extension has been processed (*refer to the attached file that shows the steps to download the document)
HiKorea Certificate of Permission for e-application Issuance GuidelineDownload
Steps to make a reservation for the Immigration Office visit:
3 Choose ‘Incheon’ as a region and click ‘Incheon Immigration Office’ as an organization
4 Fill out the application form, choose your time slot, and click ‘apply’
5 Print out and bring your reservation information along with the required documents when visiting the Immigration Office
D-2 Visa Work Permit
As an international student with a D-2 visa, you are required to apply for work permit if you are planning to work part-time/internship off-campus. It is required to apply for the work permit at least 2 weeks before the start date. We strongly recommend you consult with staff at the Student Services Office before starting the process.
While staying in Korea, students are required to prioritize their studies. Thus, students with D-2 visas are only allowed to engage in activities usually considered part-time jobs.
Students with one of the following visa statuses: D-2-1, D-2-2, D-2-3, D-2-4, D-2-6, D-2-7
Students who have spent over 6 months in Korea after entry
Academic requirements: cumulative GPA of 2.0 or above
Work hour limit:
Maximum 20 hours during weekdays in academic semesters
No limit on weekends and semester breaks
English proficiency qualification: TOEFL PBT 530, CBT 197, iBT 71 / IELTS 5.5 / TEPS 600 / CEFT B2 or above (*This can be waived if you hold a nationality that uses English as an official language)