Immigration Support

 

George Mason University Korea provides support to international students to help them adjust to life in Songdo, Korea and to ensure that students stay in Korea with proper legal boundary complying with the laws and regulations set by Korea Immigration Office. Students are responsible for keeping track of the immigration status such as the visa type and its allowed activities. Please read the paragraphs below carefully for your information. You may find more information on Korean Immigration website at
http://www.hikorea.go.kr/pt/main_en.pt (IE only)

 

Certificate of Admission

Upon admission, you will need to contact the Office of Academic and Student Affairs and request your Certificate of Admission form, which you will need to take to the Korea Embassy or Consulate in your country to apply for a Student visa(D-2). Please submit following documents either to askmk@gmu.edu if you are newly admitted or to mkasa@gmu.edu if you are a student visiting Mason Korea in short-term basis. After reviewing the documents, university will send you Certificate of Admission, Letter of Acceptance and Business Registration Certificate of Mason Korea.

  1. Copy of passport identification page
  2. Certificate of Financial Responsibility (click to download the file)
  3. Proof of Funding
    * For example, official bank statement, letter/certification of financial aid or scholarship award and etc.
    * If your parents are sponsoring you financially, additional submission of Birth Certificate is required.
  4. Photo copy of Alien Registration Card (if applicable)
  5. Verification and policy statement of your medical insurance which covers your stay in Korea (if applicable)

 

Student Visa (D-2) Application

Students will need to contact the Korea Embassy or Consulate in their country to apply for a Student visa(D-2). Below are basic required documents for the application. Documents may be added or exempted as needed at the discretion of the immigration officer in charge of individual review processes. Students are highly recommended to contact Korean embassy, consulate, or Immigration Office near you and check out student visa application process in order to avoid unexpected inconvenience.

  1. Application Form (available at the Korean Embassy or Korean Immigration Office)
  2. Copy of passport identification page
  3. Passport Photo (color, 3.5cm x 4.5cm)
  4. (for incoming Freshmen) Certificate of Admission, Letter of Admission and High School Transcript
    (for Fairfax campus student) Certificate of Admission, Letter of Acceptance and Official Mason Transcript
  5. Business Registration Certificate (Mason Korea)
  6. Proof of Funding
    * For example, official bank statement, letter/certification of financial aid or scholarship award and etc.
    * If your parents are sponsoring you financially, additional submission of Birth Certificate is required.
  7. Administration Fee (KRW 60,000, cash only, embassy rate may vary)

 

Arriving GMU Korea

Please check out the Academic Calendar and plan your travel accordingly. Fall 2017 semester of George Mason University Korea will start on Monday, August 28th. Students are strongly recommended to arrive at least one week before the first day of the term. For freshmen, it is mandatory to attend student orientation activities which is usually scheduled a week ahead of the first day of the term.

University campus is 20-30 minute away from Incheon International Airport by automobile. To help students to arrive on campus, we would like to suggest the two options below.

  • Option 1. Taxi
    If you are traveling alone, we recommend you to take a taxi to get to the GMU Korea campus. There are plenty of taxies waiting outside of the airport. The charge usually ranges from KRW 35,000 – 40,000 ($30 – 40) including the toll fee. Payment can be made directly to the driver after the service. You may use the address below to inform your driver.
    – 인천광역시 연수구 송도문화로 119 인천글로벌캠퍼스
    – Songdomunhwa-ro 119, Yeonsu-gu, Incheon, Republic of Korea

 

  • Option 2. Call Van
    Van is recommend for those who travel with more than 3 family members. University can reserve van driver who can wait for you at the reception lounge and take you straight to the GMU Korea campus. To arrange the service, please send email to the Office of Academic and Student Affairs at mkasa@gmu.edu with your travel itinerary at least 3 days before your departure. We will get back to you with the reservation details. The charge usually ranges from KRW 55,000 – 65,000 ($50 – 60) including the toll fee. Payment can be made directly to the driver after the service.

 

Moving in to Housing

Students are allowed to move-in to their room during the designated time and dates specified by housing office. Please refer to Fall 2017 Housing Application Guideline to find out the exact time and dates for your move-in. When you arrive on campus, please come to the IGC Housing Office at Room #117 on the first floor of Housing Building A and check-in. You may directly contact IGC Housing Office at housing@igc.or.kror 032-626-4856 for any questions regarding moving-in.

After checking in to your room, you may find GMU Korea building in Zone 3 of Incheon Global Campus. The Office of Academic and Student Affairs is located on the 5th floor of the building (G536).

  • Free Wifi on campus. (SSID: IGC_User / ID: mkguest / PW: 87654321)

 

Immigration Check-in

All international students must check in to the Office of Academic and Student Affairs no later than the last day to add classes. Both new students and continuing students are required to check in. Students will be notified via email before beginning of each semester.

During the check-in, the office will report your arrival to Korean Immigration and check out your visa compliance in order to make sure that you can stay in Korea within proper legal boundary. Students are required to bring following items to the Office of Academic and Student Affairs.

For new students,

  1. Passport
  2. Passport Photo (Color, 3.5cm x 4.5cm)
  3. Proof of Residency
    • For example, verification from IGC Housing, current rental contract and etc.

For continuing students,

  1. Alien Registration Card
  2. Proof of Residency
    • For example, verification from IGC Housing, current rental contract and etc.

 

Please note that the check-in is mandatory for both new students and continuing students with D-2 visa.

 

Foreigner Registration

Korean Immigration Law requires all foreigners be registered properly at the governmental authorities. Official residential permit and period will be given to the students after being registered as a foreigner. Students will need to visit the Office of Academic and Student Affairs with following items.

  1. Application Form
  2. Passport
  3. Passport Photo (color, 3.5cm x 4.5cm)
  4. Certificate of Enrollment in Korean
  5. Proof of Residency
    * For example, verification from IGC Housing, current rental contract and etc.
  6. Administration Fee (KRW 33,000, cash only)
  7. Tuberculosis (TB) Test Certificate in Korean (if required)
    * List of countries that requires submission of TB Test Certificate
    Nepal, East Timor, Russia, Malaysia, Mongol, Myanmar, Bangladesh, Vietnam, Sri Lanka,
    Uzbekistan, India, Indonesia, China, Cambodia, Kyrgyzstan, Thailand, Pakistan, Philippines

The registration process takes approximately two to three weeks to be completed. Upon completion of the process, you will receive your Foreigner Registration Card which is a legal identification material that you must always carry it with you while you’re staying in Korea.

 

Extension of Stay

Students who are approaching to the date of their visa expiry must apply for Extension of Stay by submitting items below to the Office of Academic and Student Affairs in person. Application must be submitted at least one month before the expiry of student visa.

  1. Application Form (available at the Office of Academic and Student Affairs)
  2. Copy of passport identification page
  3. Copy of Alien Registration Card
  4. Enrollment Verification in Korean (available at the Office of Academic and Student Affairs)
  5. Official Mason Transcript
  6. Certificate of Financial Responsibility (click to download the file)
  7. Proof of Funding
    * For example, official bank statement, letter/certification of financial aid or scholarship award and etc.
    * If your parents are sponsoring you financially, additional submission of Birth Certificate is required.
  8. Proof of Residency
    * For example, verification from IGC Housing, current rental contract and etc.
  9. Administration Fee  (KRW 50,000, ash only)

 

Leave of Absence

All international students who have taken leave of absence from the university must leave the country within 15 days from the day of the application. So as to be aware and well informed of the problems that may arise regarding the leave, foreign students are advised to receive counseling from the Office of Academic and Student Affairs prior to the application.

  1. You must surrender your alien registration card to the Immigration officer when leaving the country.
  2. Those who wish to return to the university must register during the period specified by Academic Calendar and receive Certificate of Admission by contacting the Office of Academic and Student Affairs in order to apply for a new student visa.

 

Work Permit

Under the Korean Law and regulation set by Ministry of Justice, international students with D-2 visa are allowed to work as a part-timer no more than 20 hours per week during semester. There is no work hour limitation on weekends, holidays and semester break. To acquire a work permit, students are required to submit documents listed below to Korea Immigration Service.

  1. Employment Report signed by the university officials
  2. Official Transcript
  3. Business Registration Certificate of the employer

Before the submission, students must review the documents with university officials at the Office of Academic and Student Affairs and get signature on the report form. Students are allowed to submit documents through Korea Immigration Service website. The request may not be approved if the employment is considered to be taking higher priority over academic responsibilities of the student. For more details, please contact the Office of Academic and Student Affairs at mkasa@gmu.edu. Also, student who wish work must comply with the academic policy of George Mason University. According to “AP.1.2 Academic Load” section of GMU Academic Policy.

 

Reporting Address Change

When international student changed his/her address, they must visit the local community center (동사무소 or 주민센터) in person within 14 days with the following items. Please note that if you do not report the change of your address within 14 days, fine may be charged.

  1. Passport
  2. Alien Registration Card
  3. Proof of Residency
    * For example, verification from IGC Housing, current rental contract and etc.

 

Medical Insurance

South Korea has a National Health Insurance (NHI) system, which is compulsory and required by Korean law. Everyone resident in the country is eligible regardless of nationality or profession. The National Health Insurance Service (NHIS) is the only public insurance institution operated by the Ministry of Health and Welfare in Korea. Foreigners in Korea are also eligible for subscription after being registered at the immigration office.

NHIS provides insurance benefits for foreigners as same as for Korean citizens. The insurance service will cover 80% of medical expenses for hospitalizations and 50-70% of medical expenses for out-patient visits. Almost every medical institution in Korea accepts the patient with NHIS insurance. Simply visiting medical institution with alien registration card will get you covered.

According to NHIS customer center, average amount of insurance fee is KRW 95,000 per month. The exact fee depends on your current age, heath status, etc. In order to be a beneficiary, you need to visit the nearest NHIS branch office with your alien registration card, passport, and university enrollment verification. Please note that only those who plan to stay more than three months in Korea will be eligible to be enrolled. You will find more information about the insurance and its benefit on NHIS website.