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Overseas Koreans

   

 

    Who are Overseas Koreans?  

 

 

 

 

Overseas Koreans are as follows ; 

 

 

- Those who have Korean nationality but have acquired permanent residency in another country or have long stayed overseas for permanent residency in another country, or

 

 

  Those who had Korean nationality in the past, but have acquired the nationality of another country, or

 

 

  Those who have acquired the nationality of another country, but either of whose parents or grandparents had Korean nationality in the past

 

 

      Entry/Departure and Stay of Overseas Koreans

 

 

 

 

 

- Overseas Koreans who still keep Korean nationality can freely enter and depart from Korea, if they have a valid passport and a valid permanent resident card or an equivalent visa of another country

 

 

 

 

 

※ If they report domestic residency to a local or district Immigration office, they can engage in economic activities more conveniently

 

 

 

 

 

- However, Overseas Koreans who have lost Korean nationality are considered as foreigners, when coming into and out of Korea as well as staying in Korea.

 

 

 

 but, If they change the status of stay to F-4 according to the "Overseas Koreans' Immigration Procedures and Legal Status" Act, they can be granted such preferential treatments as follows ;

 

 

 

 

 

          The holders of a F-4 visa status can stay for up to two years and the period of stay is extendable by application

 

 

           The holders of a F-4 visa status can engage in alomost all employment activities excluding unskilled manual labor and speculation activities

 

 

 

        ※ However, if they want to engage in professions, they must qualify in law, medicine, etc, in accordance with relevant Korean laws

 

 

         If the holders of a F-4 visa status report domestic residency to a local or district Immigration office, they don't have to register with a local or district Immigration office as a foreigner

 

 

        

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