Application for the visa extension is available from 4 months before the expiration of visa.When not applying in this period, penalty may be imposed. As of January 1, 2013, immigration policy office has been implementing electronic civil service to improve the congestion in civil service as well as inconvenience of civilians. If applying the extension of the length of stay in HiKorea(, 10% of the civil service commission is saved.

Common documents

  • Integrated application
  • Copy of passport
  • Foreigner registration slip
  • Proof of enrollment
  • Transcript
  • Proof of education cost payment
  • Commission of KRW 60,000
  • Bank balance *Only to students with GPA of 2.0 or lower from the previous semester
  • Documents to prove residential place (choose one below)
    • Proof of move-in to the dorm
    • Real estate contract letter
    • Confirmation of residential accommodation, copy of the ID of a room provider, real estate

Additional documents : Students registering in excess of semesters (more than 9 semesters)

  • Letter of causes
    (Approval of extra semester registration)
  • Bank balance (About KRW 3 million)
    *Undergraduate : More than 9 semesters/graduate school : More than 5 semesters

Additional documents : Graduate school students

  • Completion proof
  • Confirmation of mentor on the dissertation schedule
  • Bank balance

Extension allowed period; (As of July 1, 2020)

  • Undergraduate : Within 6 years after entering
  • Master's program : Within 3 years for students preparing for dissertation after the completion (complete within 5 years after entering)
  • Doctoral program : Within 5 years for students preparing for disssertation after the completion (complete within 8 years after entering)

How to apply

How to apply : Prepare for documents and apply for the extension

  • Online application : Scan related documents and apply through 'electronic civil service' on the immigration office website(
  • Visit and apply : Make reservation at immigration office website(, print 'visiting reservation confirmation letter' and visit immigration office
  • Group application from international student support center : Due to high congestion in civil service on February/March and August/September, students shall apply in groups to the immigration office after receiving documents in international student support center.
    ※ Group application period is notified in the homepage of international student support center.