So, you’ve gotten a job teaching English in South Korea, and you might’ve even just touched down after doing a visa run to Fukuoka. Regardless, you’re stepping into a new world, but there are still a few things you’ll need to do before you can really settle in. The most critical thing is to apply for your alien registration card, often abbreviated as an ARC. This card is what gives you license to stay in the country longer than 90 days and will help you transition from a tourist to a resident. With that said, here’s what you’ll need to get your South Korean alien registration card!
*NOTE* This guide is strictly for E2 visa holders. Others may need additional documentation.
Things you need:
Sealed results from your health exam
This one is the biggest pain to get (literally) and will involve a trip to the nearest hospital. Bring your passport and some passport photos, as well as a credit card to pay for the health check. Fees can vary from place to place but expect to pay between 80 ~ 100,000 won.
Show the receptionist your passport and E2 visa. That should be enough to clue them in on what you’re there for. They’ll hand you a form to fill out and take payment for the test. Once that’s done, you’ll be given a numbered slip and a sheet of paper. Wait until your number is called, then let the staff shuffle you from one station to the next as you get your urine, vision, hearing, teeth, heart, blood pressure, blood, height, weight… well, pretty much everything, checked and tested. Don’t blink, or you might miss the whole process.
*PRO TIP* Your blood will not only be tested for AIDS, but also for any signs of drug use. Be smart, and don’t do drugs, kids!
Once finished, you’ll have to come back in a few days to pick up your results. Make sure the envelope stays sealed. If you open it, the Immigration Office won’t accept the test as valid. [Read more…]