My family renewed our Alien Registration Cards (ARCs) last March 2017. Aside from renewal, we also had to get new IDs as we have already consumed the spaces reserved for extension on our current ID.
Scheduling an appointment
You need to do an online appointment through the Immigration website. As soon as you have secured a spot, go to your designated Immigration Center (ours is at Mokdong) and bring your requirements and the corresponding fees. Strictly, each applicant only has 10 minutes application processing. We all know the ppali-ppali (빨리 빨리) culture of the Koreans and you won’t even have to doubt this. In our case, hubby applied for two spots and on each spot he indicated 2명 (2 persons). That’s for him and me and our 2 sons, otherwise the Immigration staff won’t process those which were not applied for.
How much did we pay?
Let’s make the charges clear and simple:
Please note that you don’t need to pay for your ID every renewal. You are only charged when you get a new ID (my sons and I needed new IDs because our IDs didn’t have space anymore for stamping for extension). You can choose to go back to personally pick up your ARC or you can opt to have it delivered to your preferred address. Delivery service is reliable and efficient so I personally suggest to use the delivery service.
New requirement as of March 2016
My husband and I were surprised when we were told that the staff cannot process our extension yet. We, my husband and I and our 2 sons, need to undergo a tuberculosis test. This was new to us. Apparently, this requirement took effect on March 2016. And NOT ALL expats and foreign workers are required to undergo a tuberculosis test. Only foreigners from high risk T.B countries are required:
- East Timor
- Sri Lanka
Foreigners who have submitted medical check-up records with T.B. test results after the law took effect do not need to undergo this test again. The Immigration staff gave us a list of authorized centers and hospitals. We chose the Sinchon Yonsei Hospital since it is nearest to us.
What are the fees for a T.B. test?
Testing fee: 27,970-won/person
T.B. test result certificate: 30,000-won/person
Yap, to get that official piece of paper indicating your test result, you need to pay on top of the actual testing fee. That is the official result that you need to bring to the Immigration Office so your application will be processed. For the 4 of us, this year was an expensive trip to Immigration.
What do you think of this new requirement? Is it discriminating against citizens coming from the 18 countries listed above?
In the meantime, while this requirement is in effect you may spare yourself the stress and the waiting time by processing your T.B. test and bringing the result on your appointment. Better yet, you might want to call the Immigration hotline (Foreigner Complex Counselling Center) 1345 for further clarification.
I wish this will be abolished. It is discriminating. And it isn’t cheap.