Here is my simple story on how I renewed my F4 Visa. I went to the Sejongno Branch of the Seoul Immigration Office. This branch serves the 9 northern districts.
You can take the following buses: 109, 151, 162, or 171. It is located near Anguk (안국) station on the orange line. Take exit number 6 do a “U-turn” and walk about 100meters and there it is at the SK Hub(허브) Building. It’s a fairly new building you can’t miss it.
Walk up to the second door and follow the signs that are posted “Seoul Immigration Office.”
If there is a long line I suggest you get a waiting ticket before you get the necessary forms. I grabbed a ticket and there were 32 people ahead of me. I went to go fill out the necessary form. I grabbed an “Application Form (Report Form)” or form number “34.”
I filled out the form and checked the necessary boxes. I paid 30,000 won at the nice lady at the box in the corner in the room. It took me about 5 minutes to fill out the form. If you’re not familiar with all of the Korean or the poor English it may be a good idea to ask Korean fluent friend to come along and buy him or her lunch- a couple rolls of kim bab (김밥) or bean paste soup (됀장찌개) might be good around 4,000 won.
I waited for my time. I got in around 10:00AM with the 30 or so people ahead of my it took me about half an hour, but there were a lot of people who were not there when their numbers were called. I gave her my F4 Visa card, my passport, and the application form with the 30,000won stamps on it.
She looked through it and asked about my parents. The whole transaction took less than two minutes. The immigration officer told me to wait and gave me back my passport, took my card and walked off somewhere.
I waited for about five minutes and I got my card back with some new scribbles with blank ink on the back side and now okay till September of 2009.
Remember to renew your visa before the time comes, because if it expires I believe you have to pay an additional 100,000won late fee.
Suggestions and notes:
- They have a instant photo booth there it costs 5,000won.
- Dress clean and be polite to the immigration officer- remember they have the power to kick you out of the country.
- If you’re married to a Korean check out this Daum cafe community: http://cafe.daum.net/immigration
Additional notes from our friends at the Seoul Immigration office:
- In case of changing your place of residence, you should report the alteration of your residence to the district (Gu /구) office or immigration office having jurisdiction over the place of your new residence within 14 days from the date of change.
- In case of the changes regarding your alien registration such as the nationality or name, you are required to report the changes to your designated immigration office no later than 14 days from date that the change occurred.
- If you intend to visit another country during your registered sojourn period, you are required to get the re-entry permit in advance before you leave Korea. (I believe F4 Visa Holders are exceptions to this rule)
- An employer who hires a foreign employee should report all the changes in status of his or her foreign employee’s work conditions such as the termination or resignation of employment or walking out on their job to the designated immigration office no later than 15 days from the change occurred.
You can find all this information and more at the Seoul Immigration Office.