I (German passport holder) can only apply for a Russian visa in my home country or the place of my current residence. Of course, I am already traveling. Soon I will go to Korea, where I have to keep my passport at all times. So I can't send it home for visa applications. It is possible for me, as a tourist, to obtain an Alien Registration Card (ARC) in Korea? With this card I could apply for a Russian via.
As a tourist you cannot obtain an ARC, because it is for residents, not tourists. Since you don't reside in Korea, you can't go to the Immigration office in Mok-dong and ask for a resident card. You'd need to enrol in a language course, for instance, or find a job.
Note that if for instance you enrolled in a language class, say a 6-month course while in Korea, you'd have to take a few points in consideration:
- Start date of the class: it's not a buffet. You can't start when you want.
- If you find a class while already in Korea, you'll have to leave Korea to invalide your tourist visa, go to a Korean consulate to apply for the student visa, and come back.
- You then need to go to Mok-dong and register. For first-timers, getting the card can take a few weeks (and a couple of visits to Mok-dong).