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  • ahess.wisc
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    • March 01, 2012, 03:51:33 pm
    • Yoeng Duek South Korea
Lost ARC
« on: May 29, 2012, 08:27:08 am »
I was just wondering if anyone knew the current rules for replacing a lost ARC. I was told they made the process a lot more difficult a couple of months ago.


  • JahRhythm
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    • May 25, 2011, 12:49:41 pm
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Re: Lost ARC
« Reply #1 on: May 29, 2012, 09:32:52 am »
Best thing to do is call immigration and get the skinny straight from the horse's mouth. Call 1345.

You can search this site as this issue comes up fairly often.
If the search function yields no results, type this into google.

site: waygook.org (ARC card)
We teach EFL not ESL. Hagwon and "Private School" are not synonymous. Not everyone works in either a hagwon or public school. Immigration Question? Call 1345.


Re: Lost ARC
« Reply #2 on: May 29, 2012, 09:52:17 am »
Friend lost his last month.  Just go with your passport and school contract and they will file for a replacement.  Should take a couple weeks to get it back.  If you leave the country, ask for a receipt as proof of an ARC card when coming back to Korea.


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    • Yoeng Duek South Korea
Re: Lost ARC
« Reply #3 on: May 29, 2012, 10:40:32 am »
Thanks. I was told that about 3 or 4 months ago they changed the regulations on getting a new ARC (something about having to do a whole new CRC, Apostille etc...) and the results that searching arc site:waygook.org yielded were all from 2011. But if your friend lost his card recently then I am thinking that the rumor of new regulations was exaggerated.

Getting a CRC from the US is a pain in the ass.


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Re: Lost ARC
« Reply #4 on: May 29, 2012, 11:52:00 am »
I'd still take the 5 minutes to make a phone call and confirm secondhand info before making a trip.
We teach EFL not ESL. Hagwon and "Private School" are not synonymous. Not everyone works in either a hagwon or public school. Immigration Question? Call 1345.


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Re: Lost ARC
« Reply #5 on: June 03, 2012, 09:24:33 am »
I had to replace mine at the start of May (2012). It was 10 000 Won, make sure to bring your passport. No new documents (CRC/health check/etc) were needed.

I read that they may ask for a police report filed for the lost/stolen ARC and new photos, but in my case neither was needed.

Takes 3-4 weeks for the new card to arrive. You can get a document called a "Certificate of Alien Registration" for 1000 Won at the office (same info as your ARC but no photo) if you need temporary ID. I was told this and the receipt for your new ARC are valid for reentry into the country if you travel abroad.

You can have it mailed back to you for 4 thousand won, or go pick it up when it arrives.

Good luck, try to get there early ;)


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Re: Lost ARC
« Reply #6 on: June 04, 2012, 06:09:37 am »
Thanks, someone actually found it and gave it back to my school, but its good to know what the current regulations are. I still have the certificate of alien registration from the first time I got my ARC though, does anyone know if they expire?