It’s that time of the year, for me at least! Around the beginning of the year is when people flock to immigration, newcomers and seasoned expats alike. Unfortunately, this is my time of the year, too, when I need to renew my visa as well. I just wanted to write a quick post about what you will need when you need to renew your marriage visa. This can be done within two months of the expiration date on your card.
Note: This was as of March 3rd.
To get your visa you will need the following:
- Alien Registration Card, or ARC (외국인등록증면서)
- Marriage Certificate (혼인증면서)
- Your husband/wife’s proof of citizenship (국민등록증면서)
- 1 photo
- 60,000원 fee. I think you will buy the stamps at immigration for the fee.
- Housing contract
- The application form no. 34. This can be found at immigration.
To expedite your visit to immigration I suggest going to the hikorea.go.kr website, registering, and making an appointment. There are no appointments during 11:00-13:00 and most of the time it is all filled up for around two weeks in advance. Note about the website that you might have some problem about “Put your NAME in English.” Immigration told me that it was because I was on a laptop and not a desktop (false, by the way). Just make sure you download anything the website wants you to. Korean government websites love to make you download stuff. And you HAVE to be in Internet Explorer.
Anyways, hope this helps! They told my husband that the applicant has to go. So I will be going Monday bright and early to handle my name change as well as visa application.