****Update as of 09/30/2017 – The Seoul Global Center’s Immigration office near Jonggak Station (exit 6) also offers services for foreigners to obtain your Visa or Alien Registration Sticker. You can contact them directly for additional assistance (Phone: 02-2075-4180)****
We recently went to the Seoul Immigration office and wanted to share our experience along with directions on how to get there. It was a fairly simple and painless process. We went there to get our Visa and our Alien Registration Card (ARC).
Seoul Immigration Office
319-2, Sinjeong 6 (yuk)-dong, Yangcheon-gu, Seoul
This is the full service immigration office for Seoul. You will hop on Line 5 on the subway to Omokgyo Station. Then you will take exit 7. Once you come out of the exit, you will immediately see blue signs stating Seoul Immigration Office.
As you continue walking you will see additional signs directing you towards immigration. You will be very close when you see an SK gas station on your left.
One you arrive at the building, enter through the center doors and then take a right. There you will find the immigration office. Inside the office there is a machine to the left side that has different options. Simply select the one that you need assistance with and it will then spit out a ticket and you will wait for you number to be called. When you number is called, they will advise you which window to go to. We waited less than 10 minutes and were called to have our paperwork processed. The agent then told us to wait in the lobby again so that our visa could be processed. She gave us a new number and said that the counter at the far right would call us when our passports were ready. We waited another 5 minutes and got our passports back.
Please note that if you want a resident card, this is also the place to do it. Make sure you bring a 3 cm x 4 cm picture of yourself for the application (similar to a passport photo, but smaller). They advised that we would be able to pick up our resident card in about 2 weeks.
We were expecting long lines and a similar experience to the DMV back in the US, but we were pleasantly surprised. The whole process was fairly simple and efficient. If you move to Seoul and need a visa, there is no need to be intimidated. The hardest part will be navigating the subway, and that is pretty easy as you know if you have read my subway post.