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Renewal of Alien Registration Card: Fingerprinting Requirement

March is the time of the year when our family renews our Alien Registration Card (ARC) in the Mokdong Immigration Center. It had always been my husband who goes to the Immigration Center with all our passports and application forms ready to hand in.

Surprise! This year, I  needed to personally go to the Immigration Center, too. Since January 2012, fingerprinting had been part of the requirement for the renewal of the ARC. This we learned after hubby left the Immigration Center with only  his and the two kids’ ARCs. ARC holders who are 17 years old and above are now required to appear so they could be fingerprinted. I guess, this is aligned with the fingerprinting method in the Incheon International Airport Immigration upon arrival in Korea.

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