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Overseas Korean's Report of Domestic Residence Application Eligibility
      "Korean nationals reside abroad" and "Foreign nationality Koreans" entering Korea with overseas Koreans status (F-4) who wish to be applicable to the Overseas Koreans law. (Overseas Koreans law Article 6-1, here to referred as Overseas Koreans)
  • "Korean nationals residing abroad" are Korean nationals who have attained permanent residency status in foreign countries, or who are residing in foreign country with the aim of attaining permanent residency status.
    - Those who have attained permanent residency status of foreign countries are those who have attained long term residency rights from the countries of residence. (the Presidential Decree of the Overseas Koreans Law Article 2-1)
    - Those residing overseas with aims of attaining permanent residency status are movers as per Emigration law Article 2, who have yet to receive permanent residency status from the country of residence as of yet (the Presidential Decree of the Overseas Koreans Law Article 2-2)
  • "Foreign nationality Koreans" is Koreans who once possessed Korean nationality, or their immediate descendents who have attained foreign nationalities, but appointed by the Ministerial Ordinance of the Overseas Koreans Law.
    - Once possessed Korean nationality who have attained foreign nationalities (the Presidential Decree of the Overseas Koreans Law Article 3-1)
    - One side of the parents or grandparents who once possessed Korean nationality.(Including those who haver emigrated to overseas before establishment of government of Republic of Korea) (the Presidential Decree of the Overseas Koreans Law Article 3-2)
    《Immigration Law Enforcement Regulations Article 76, Section1, asterisk 5, among the "Requirements for Visa issuance", overseas Koreans from China or the former Soviet Union who are going to apply for F-4 visa should be one of the following.》
      ① Those who have been staying in Korea over 6 months with  Culture/ Arts(D-1), Journalism(D-5), Religious Affairs(D-6), Supervisory Intra-Company Transfer(D-7), Corporate Investment(D-8), Trade Management(D-9), Professor(E-1), Foreign language instructor(E-2), Research(E-3), Technology Transfer(E-4), Professional Employment(E-5), Arts and Performance(E-6), Special Occupation(E-7).
      ② Those who graduate from university for bachelor's degree in(out of) Korea and scholarship student by government
      ③ Those who have permanent residency of OECD countries④ Owner of corporative company, registered director * management employee - within 2 persons per company⑤ Individual company(Owner of self-employed company) whose sales is over 100,000 U.S. Dollars
      ⑥ Employee of multinational company, director and reporter of the media, lawyer, accountant, doctor, artist of the first rank(equivalent to university professor)․artist of the second rank(equivalent to associate professor)who gained official approval from the residential country, industrial technology development research fellow, agrotechnician over intermediate grade, high-class technical expert in the field of ship, civil aviation
      ⑦ Representative(vice-representative)of overseas Korean association or culture․art association that the residential country officially approved
       *Member(staff) of those associations is limited to within 10 people per association (in case of association in Korea, within 2 persons)
      ⑧ Former․incumbent lawmaker, public official or employee of government-run firm who worked over 5 years
      ⑨ University professor(including associate professor, lecturer), principal(vice-principal) of the school that provides education for CHINA P.R , teacher of elementary․middle․high school, kindergarten teacher
      ⑩ Those who are running own business in Korea or planning to run
      ⑪ Those who have entered with short term visa(C-2, C-3, C-4) or working visit(H-2) over 10 times for the last 2 years (each period of sojourn should be within 30 days), working visit(H-2) holder who stay out of Korea more than 150 days per year , except for those who meet above-mentioned conditions in the last 1 year.
      ⑫ Working visa(H2) holders who contributes to National interests 
          - As a manufacturing industry, agricultural, fishery, nursing and housemaid,        working at same work place over 1 year. (Here are the followings acceptable    circumstances even if you work less than 1year :If the company suspends, shuts down, bankrupt, delayed payment, or face other unexpected situations.)
          - Manufacturing industry, agricultural, fishery, nursing and housemaid who worked  over 6 months  can receive the  certificate of qualification for related field 
          - Recent 2years living in overseas over 200days.(ex: packman)
          - A person over 63 years old

Overseas Koreans Report of Domestic Residence Reporting period
  • As Domestic residency reporting is not mandatory, in principle there are no limits to the reporting periods.
  • Except, where the foreign nationality Korean does not report the local place of residence, they must register as a foreigner within 90 days from the date of entry as per the Immigration Act Article 31.
  • As per the Immigration Act those who receive foreign Overseas Koreans status (F-4) or receive permissions for change of status, must report the domestic residence upon receiving such permissions.
Method of reporting
  • Must apply in person at the Immigration Office under the jurisdiction by preparing the following submission documents. (Proxy applications not allowed)
Submission documents
- The documents deemed necessary for application procedure may increase or decrease
  • Common submission documents
    - Passport or foreigner entry permission and copy of passport(page with photo)
    - 2 photos (3.5cm x 4.5cm)
    - Fee: KRW 10,000 (Government stamp duty)
  • Korean nationals residing abroad
    - Domestic Residence Report of Korean nationals residing abroad  
    - Basic registry
    - Family relation registry (Those who are needed to verify family relation)
    - Certificate of cancellation of resident registry (Exempted for those who were born out of Korea)
    - Original and copy of permanent residency certificate of residing country or other documents verifying long term stay status attained.
  • Foreign nationality Koreans
    - Domestic Residence Report of Foreign National Korean  
    - Basic registry of loss of Korean nationality (If removed after 1.1.2008)
     or Certificate of loss of Korean nationality (If removed before 1.1.2008)
     or Receipt of reporting loss of Korean nationality(Issued by Korean embassy)
    (China Koreans who don't have basic registry or certificate of removal from family registry are required to submit ID card of China or Hokuben and Overseas Koreans residing at former Soviet Union area are required to submit birth certificate and passport.)
    - A copy of  Overseas Koreans status (F-4)
Residence Change Report of Overseas Koreans
  • Where an overseas Korean who has reported domestic residence and changed his or her residence, he or she shall file a report with the competent immigration office having jurisdiction over the place of the newer residence within 14 days from the moving date.
  • Required documents to Residence Change Report
    - Passport and domestic residence report card
    - Domestic residence change report  
  • Where the person who has not reported his or her residence change within 14 days after the moving date, he or she will be fined not more than 2,000,000 won for violation of the Clause 6 the Article 2 of Overseas Korean Act.
Reissuance of Residence Report Card of Oversea Koreans
  • In case of occurrence of one of events set forth below, he or she shall get domestic residence report card issued again from an immigration office concerned:
    - the card is lost;
    - the card is damaged;
    - the card is lack of space for record of necessary items;
    - name, date of birth, nationality, and residence country while staying in Korea are changed.
  • Required documents for reissuance of domestic residence report card
    - passport
    - application for reissuance of domestic residence report card  
    - a photo (3.5cmX4.5cm)
    - former domestic residence report card except it is lost
    - explanatory materials (where it is lost)
    - fee: 10,000 won (government revenue stamp)
Return of Residence Report Card of Overseas Koreans
  • Where an overseas Korean does not need to have domestic residence report card due to occurrence of one of events set forth below, he or she shall return the card to an immigration office or a branch:
    - the foreign nationality Korean acquired Korean nationality;
    - the foreign nationality Korean lost qualifications for stay as an overseas Korean;
    - the Korean national residing abroad acquired foreign nationality;
    - the Korean national residing abroad enters into Korea for good;
    - the overseas Korean died in Korea;
    - the overseas Korean departs without intent to reenter to Korea within the term of stay as an overseas Korean status
  • When to return residence report card:
    - the foreign nationality Korean acquires Korean nationality;
    - the foreign nationality Korean loses qualifications for stay as an overseas Korean;
    - the Korean national residing abroad acquires foreign nationality;
    - the Korean national residing abroad enters into Korea for good;
    · He or she shall submit explanatory materials to the director of the immigration office within 14 days after the reason occurs (a relative under the same roof may submit the materials)
    - the overseas Korean dies in Korea
    · a person who lives with the overseas Korean, a householder, a relative or a manager of the site of death shall submit death certificate or other documents which prove the fact of death to the director of an immigration office or a branch.
    - the overseas Korean departs without intent to reenter to Korea while the term of stay 
    may return to the director of an immigration office or a branch at the departure site or mail to the director of an immigration office or a branch within 14 days after departure
  • Where he or she does not return the card within 14 days after the reason occurs, he or she will be fined not more than 1,000,000 won.
Duty to Carry and Present Residence Report Card by Overseas Koreans
  • Overseas Koreans who reside in Korea shall always carry passport or domestic Residence report card (except overseas Koreans under 17 years old)
  • Where an officer of an immigration office or an authorized officer asks the overseas Korean to present his or her passport and domestic residence report card in discharging the officer's duty, the overseas Korean shall comply with the request.
<Posted 6/17, 2010 >

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