SOUTH KOREA - Sharp Increases for Immigration Fees in 2014
Effective 1 January 2014, the South Korean government has doubled its fees for most immigration services, although there are exceptions. An application for change of status to permanent residence will now cost four times as much as last year.
This is the first increase in fees for immigration services in South Korea since 1998, and aims to bring the fees into line with those charged by comparable countries.
Fees Comparison Table
The full list of fee increases is as follows:
|Category||Previous Fee (KRW)||Revised Fee (KRW)|
|Permitting Activities Outside of Temporary Status||60,000 (c. $55USD)||120,000 (c. $110USD)|
|Change/Addition of Workplace||60,000 (c. $55USD)||120,000 (c. $110USD)|
|Grant of Temporary Stay Status||40,000 (c. $37USD)||80,000 (c. $74USD)|
|Spouse of a Korean National (Initial)||20,000 (c. $19USD)||40,000 (c. $38USD)|
|Spouse of a Korean National (Renewal)||20,000 (c. $19USD)||30,000 (c. $28USD)|
|Change of Stay Status||50,000 (c. $46USD)||100,000 (c. $94USD)|
|Change of Stay Status to F-5 Permanent Resident||50,000 (c. $46USD)||200,000 (c. $190USD)|
|Extending the Period of Stay||30,000 (c. $28USD)||60,000 (c. $55USD)|
|(Re)Issuance of Alien Registration Card||20,000 (c. $19USD)||30,000 (c. $28USD)|
|Issuance of Miscellaneous Document||1000 (c. $1USD)||2000 (c. $2USD)|
- Note the new fees and budget accordingly.
- Ensure that employees/assignees take the correct fees to appointments.