Immigration

Generally, international students who do not possess permanent Korean citizenship and who wish to study in a long-term academic program (i.e., longer than 90 days) in South Korea must obtain a D-2 visa. You may be fined if you do not possess a D-2 visa by the start of the semester. Also, you will need to obtain your Alien Registration Card to finalize your D-2 visa documentation once you arrive in South Korea. Despite possessing a D-2 visa, it is illegal to remain in South Korea for more than 90 days without registering and obtaining the Alien Registration Card from your local immigration office.

Below are guides to help you start the processes for obtaining the D-2 visa, Alien Registration Card, and any extensions of stay, if desired. Please be aware that any changes to these processes by the relevant authority may not be immediately reflected on this page, and it is your responsibility to work closely with the relevant authority to ensure you correctly adhere to the most updated requirements for all of the processes below.

D-2 Visa

Students will need to contact the South Korea Embassy or Consulate in their country to apply for a South Korea student visa (i.e., the D-2 visa). Below is a list of documents generally required for 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 their local South Korea Embassy, Consulate, or Immigration Office for the most updated visa information and requirements.

  1. Application form with passport photo (color; 3.5cm x 4.5cm; taken within the past six months)
    *The application is also available at the South Korean Embassy, Consulate, and Immigration Office.
  2. One copy of your passport (bio-data page)
  3. Signed certificate of admission (provided by George Mason University Korea)
  4. George Mason University Korea business registration certificate (provided by George Mason University Korea)
  5. Letter of admission (provided by George Mason University Korea)
  6. Official transcript
  7. Application fee (varies according to country; $45 USD in the United States, cash or money order to “Embassy of Korea”)
  8. Valid passport

Proof of funding is required before George Mason University Korea will send you items 3, 4, and 5. Please read Office of International Programs and Services- Proof of Funding for more information. If your parents are sponsoring you financially, additional proof of your relationship may be required (e.g., copy of birth certificate).

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Alien Registration Card

International students studying at George Mason University Korea on the D-2 visa must apply for the Alien Registration Card within 90 days of arrival to South Korea. The failure to apply for the Alien Registration Card may result in legal penalties against the student. 

For questions regarding the Alien Registration Card process, contact:

Hannah Park, Mason Korea
Student Affairs, Campus & Office Coordinator
George Mason University Korea Building
Room G414
Email: hpark42@gmu.edu
Phone: (+82) 032-626-5034

Re-Issuance of Your Alien Registration Card

Should the need for re-issuance arise, re-issuance should be directly applied for by the cardholder within 14 days from the date of occurrence. The student may be subject to a fine if they do not adhere to the policy and regulation. Please contact the Immigration Office for the re-issuance of your Alien Registration Card if:

  • Your card is lost,
  • Your card is damaged,
  • Your card is short of space to enter required information, or
  • You need to change particulars (e.g., name, gender, birth date, or nationality).

Immigration Contact Center Contact Information

Extending Your Stay (Four Months Before Visa Expires)

International students studying at George Mason University Korea on the D-2 visa with a valid ARC may extend their stay with prior approval from the University and four months before the expiration of their visa. Remaining in South Korea beyond the visa expiration date may result in legal penalties against the student. Please download and carefully read the following documentation to begin the extension process:

For questions regarding the extension of your studies in Korea, contact:

Hannah Park, Mason Korea
Student Affairs, Campus & Office Coordinator
George Mason University Korea Building
Room G414
Email: hpark42@gmu.edu
Phone: (+82) 032-626-5034

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Important Dual Citizenship and Military Service Information

Please note prospective GMUK  male students who hold Korean citizenship or are dual citizens ( Korea and another country) may be subject to Military service conscription requirements before being able to leave Korea and return to their country of residence at the end of their program of study.  Prospective  male students who fall in one of the citizenship categories referenced above should contact the Korean embassy or consulate in their country of residence to receive information about the process to be allowed to return to their country of residence without being conscripted through the Overseas Travel Permit .  The Overseas Travel Permit is required for all conscription candidates who have not yet completed their military service duty and wish to travel or stay overseas. For more information  please consult the following link:

See Military Manpower Administration – Overseas Travel Procedure Guidebook for Conscription Candidates.