Alien Registration Numbers

On May 14, 2005, Stephen Revere said this about the Alien Registration system

Korea’s Immigration Bureau adopted an excellent system to assist foreigners about three years ago. Prior to the implementation of this system it was very difficult, if not impossible, for foreign residents in Korea to properly fill out a document or register online because of the different registration numbering systems for Korean residents and resident aliens. The Immigration Bureau, to their credit, went to great lengths to resolve this problem by conducting a complete overhaul of the registration number system for foreigners residing in Korea.
The current alien registration system is now similar to that for Korean residents. Most importantly there are the same number of digits, allowing it to be inputted into the space allotted for Korean citizen numbers on forms or websites. The first set of numbers denoting date of birth, is followed by a second set of numbers that begins with a 5 (denoting a foreigner) and then a 1 in the case of males, and a 2 in the case of females. For example, the number 800101-5200000 would refer to a foreign female born on January 1, 1980.

Fortunally things have improved a lot in recent years. One example is I was able to get a KTF phone by giving my Alien Registration Card number and my Australian credit card (Mastercard) without the help of a Korean.
The KTF phone is my second phone. The first one was legally owned by my Korean friend even through I was the one that used it. At the time (October 2003) they (LG Telecom) wouldn’t let me have a phone in my name.

Show me the money, BABY!

Nonghyup Visa Card
Last week some people from Nonghyup came to school.
Nonghyup is a co-operative bank. It is acttually a agriculutural co-operative. Each branch is actually an independent entity. But they co operate for the common good.
Anyway I got a Visa card from them which was very interesting. Two weeks before when I was sending some money back to Australia at the same branch one of the staff members here told me that I had very little chance of getting a credit card.
THe card I got as you can see from the picture is issued to teachers or staff who work for the Ulsan board of education.

Yesterday on Saturday I tried to use my credit card online to purchase a new computer monitor. But the web site would not accept my Alien Registration number.
Everyone in Korea has a National ID. Foreigners have an Alien ID.
Unfortunally and I am not sure who is to blame here, business or government or all of them, when you purchase anything online or register on a web site you have to enter your ID number.
So Korea being the ‘most wired nation’ and aspiring to be “an international business hub” easily accepts my ID card number on web sites ?

NOPE – bloody useless!

So no ID number means you can’t join sites, you can’t purchase stuff online.