Guide to 2019 KIIP (Korean Immigration and Integration Program)

Korean Immigration & Integration Program (KIIP) 2019: Guidelines

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1. What is Korea Immigration & Integration Program (KIIP)?

A FREE education program developed to help immigrants acquire basic knowledge and information about life in Korea (Korean Language and Culture, Understanding Korean Society, and etc.) so that they can adapt to and become self-reliant members of Korean society.

2. Eligible Participants:

❍ Foreign residents and naturalized Koreans who hold an alien registration card or domestic residence card
- Naturalized Koreans who have acquired Korean nationality 3 years ago can take the level test and audit classes after gaining approval from the head of immigration office
※ Foreign national Koreans applying for permanent residency (F5-7) must complete the 'KIIP level 5 basic course'

3. Benefits of KIIP program:

A. When applying for naturalization : exemption from naturalization written test and interview, reduced waiting time for naturalization evaluation (only applied to those who completed the intensive course)
B. When applying for status of sojourn:
❍ Additional points
- Those applying for points system based residential status (F2-7) (maximum 28 points)
❍ Exemption from proving Korean fluency
- Long-term foreign residents applying for permanent residency (F5-1)
- Spouse of Korean citizen (F6) applying for permanent residency (F5-2)
- Underage children (foreigner) of Korean citizens (F2-2) applying for permanent residency (F5-3)
- Working visit (H-2) visa holders applying for permanent residency (F5-14)
- Long-term foreign residents (D1, D5~D9, F1, F3, E1~E5, E7, etc.) applying for residential status (F299)
- Non-professional employment (E9), vessel crew (E10), working visit (H-2) visa holders applying for residential status (F2-6) or specially designated activities (E7-1)

4. Curriculum:

◦ In principle, applicants can start at the assigned level based on their test scores (points) of the level test (administered by the Ministry of Justice) and TOPIK (administered by the National Institute for International Education)
◦ Applicants who did not take the level test or TOPIK can start from level 0
* Applicants must first take the level 5 basic course (50 hours) in order to apply for the intensive course (20 hours).

5. 2019 KIIP Level Test Registration Period

6. Guide to Register and Apply for the Level Test:

Visit: How to apply for the KIIP Level Test (사회통합프로그램 사전평가) with simple 8 steps

※ From 2019, the level test is no longer free. You must pay 30,000won the registration fee for taking the test.
※ If you can not find such information on the「Class Registration」menu bar, it means that there are no available classes for you to register
※ Questions about specific schedule (classes) and assigned levels: please contact the education centers (education center contact number : - 「KIIP」 - 「Status of Education Centers Nationwide)

7. Guide to Class Registration:

When to Register: during the registration period starting from 00:00
How to Register: check class information by clicking on "name of education center", and click the "register" button at the bottom
Information on Registration:
1) Before Registration Period: You can not register before the registration period starts (you can register only during the registration period)
2) Registration: You can register since there are still vacant seats for classes
3) Waiting: If the class is full, 3 people (maximum) can be on the waiting list for each class
- Before class starts: if there is an available seat, you will be registered automatically according to your waiting number
- During class: you can register before 20% of class time has passed, and the class you missed will be considered an absence
※ Note: Being on the waiting list does not mean you registered for that class
4) Registration Closed : you can not register as both class registration and waiting are closed
- Confirmation : you can check status of class registration, waiting, and assigned level on "My Page"
- Cancellation : click on the classes you registered (or the waiting list), and click the "cancellation" button

❍ Curriculum (Class) Schedule:
※ Notice related to schedule and class registration is posted on -「Announcement」- 「Office Announcement」 bulletin board
- Dates on posting schedules and registering classes may differ according to Immigration Offices

❍ Online Class (Real-Time Video Class):
- Education Center : Korea Immigration Service Foundation
- Eligible participants : ⓵ pregnancy, childbirth, long distance, restricted mobility ⓶ class cancelled ⓷ applicant who can not attend class due to unavoidable circumstances such as a job (proof required)
※ Applicants can register for online classes on a first come, first served basis during the registration period. The education center will contact the applicant for documents (pregnancy confirmation, family relation certificate, employment certificate), and make deliberations before assigning a class.

8. 2019 KIIP Test & Class Schedule:

◦ If you select 'start from level 0 (Basic Korean)' on the SociNet webpage, the level test will be exempted
◦ Comprehensive evaluation is divided into evaluation for permanent residency and naturalization, and it will be carried out simultaneously (you can not register or take both)
◦ Certificate
- If you complete Korean Language and Culture (level 4) and pass the midterm evaluation, you will receive the "Korean Language and Culture Test (KLCT)" certificate.
- If you complete the basic course for Understanding Korean Society and pass the comprehensive evaluation for naturalization, you will receive the "Permanent Residence Test (KIPRAT)" certificate.
- If you complete the intensive course for Understanding Korean Society and pass the comprehensive evaluation for naturalization, you will receive the "Naturalization Test (KINAT)" certificate.

9. Level Assigned in Connection to TOPIK (without taking level test)

❍ Required Documents and Registration
- Required Documents : Alien Registration Card or passport, application form for KIIP connected evaluation, TOPIK certificate
- Location : Immigration and Integration Center of Immigration Office that has jurisdiction over the place of your stay, and education centers nationwide (education center address & contact number : SociNet - 「KIIP」-「Status of Education Centers Nationwide」)
※ Applicants living in Seoul, Seoul Nambu, Sejong-ro (regardless of jurisdiction) can only register at the Seoul Immigration Office Immigration and Integration Center (7th floor)
※ TOPIK Certificate : should have application number, and valid date (certificate is printable from
※ In principle, the applicant should register first hand. If someone else (substitute) submits for the applicant, he/she should bring an authorization letter (custom format) and identification (ID) of the applicant and substitute
※ If you did not sign up as a member on the SociNet webpage, please first sign up to submit the application form

10. Other useful information

Foreign Language Service Center: Call 1345 anywhere in Korea

Guide to apply for KIIP level-test:

사회통합프로그램 사전평가 2018 PDF with keys (2018 KIIP Level tests)

Download KIIP textbook, visit:

사회통합프로그램 KIIP Program Textbook (Korean for Immigrants) PDF+Audio

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  1. Hi, I have topik level 3 cert. How can I submit my score during the KIIP pre-test?

    1. Visit the closest immigration office to submit your topik certificate.


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