April 23, 2021
South Korea Issues Updated Reporting Guidelines, Visa Extension Parameters
In accordance with the Korean Immigration Act, registered foreign residents are required to report significant changes to authorities, such as those impacting individuals’ addresses, passports, children’s school enrollment or annual income. Failure to report changes within the expected timeframe will lead to penalties.
The Korean authorities have also advised that from July 1, 2021, visa extensions will be granted in line with the length of the validity of the applicant’s passport.
Per the Immigration Act, registered foreign residents aged between 6 and 18 years of age who have completed the Report of Elementary/Middle/High School Enrolment must now also report any change in the information relating to their school enrollment. The new regulation came into effect from the beginning of March and the update to the report is required when there is a change in school or the initial enrollment.
Changes can be reported to the immigration office in person or by sending a fax. Penalties for failure to complete the report on the change within the expected time frame vary between KRW 100,000 and KRW 500,000, depending on the length of the delay.
Articles 47 and 49 (2) of the Enforcement Rule of the Immigration Act require foreigners with a status of stay for employment to report their occupation and annual income information, both when applying for an alien registration and when any subsequent changes occur. Work visa holders are required to report these changes to the Korea Immigration Office in their residential area.
Applying for Visa Extensions
Those individuals wishing to extend the length of a visa should be aware that as of July 1, 2021, approvals will be made in line with the length of the validity of passports.
For example, if there are only six months left before expiry of the applicant’s passport, the visa will only be issued for 6 months and will need to be further extended once the passport is renewed. Bearing this in mind, and to avoid unnecessary duplication of the visa extension process, foreign nationals with upcoming extension requirements are advised to ensure their passport holds sufficient validity to accommodate the duration of the renewed period.
For further information on obligations to report change to personal circumstances in Korea, please contact the Sterling Lexicon immigration team.
As Head of Immigration with Sterling Lexicon, Leanne leads a team of specialists who are responsible for ensuring the entire immigration process is smooth and stress-free for clients, assignees and their accompanying family members. She brings over ten years of experience in strategic immigration management, planning and consultation to her role, and has cultivated invaluable knowledge and experience in processing countless global migration applications. As a trusted partner, she consults with clients on everything from policy considerations and cost or efficiency improvements, to the impact of opening offices in new locations. Leanne is a frequent presenter and author on global immigration topics and trends.