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Change of Status for Stay of Overseas Koreans
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The subject of Grant of Overseas Koreans status (F-4)
  • Overseas Koreans with foreign nationality by Clause 3 of the Presidential Decree for Overseas Koreans Law
     - A person who had had Korean nationality and acquired foreign nationality.
     - A person whose either of parents or either of grandparents with Korean nationality acquired foreign nationality 
     《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
  • Exceptions
    Minister of Justice will not grant Overseas Koreans status in case of occurrence of one of the events set forth below.
    Except for the cases where Overseas Koreans who are subject to the item 1 of item 2 reach at the age of 36.
    1. Where a man with dual nationality who was born in a foreign country and obtained foreign nationality while his immediate ascendant(s) was staying in the foreign country without intent to reside for good renounces Korean nationality to evade military service and becomes a foreigner before January 1st of the year when he reaches the age of 18 under the regulation of the former Clause 12 before reformed Regulation of No. 7499 Nationality Law is enforced.
    2. Where a Korean man loses his nationality and becomes a foreigner by acquiring foreign nationality for the purpose of evasion of military service.
    3. Where granting the status is likely to harm security, maintenance of order, public welfare, foreign relations or other interest of the Republic of Korea.
    [the Clause 5 the Article 2 of Oversea Koreans Law]
How to apply for the change of status of Overseas Koreans status (F-4)
  • A subject may apply to the competent Immigration Office having jurisdiction over the place of his or her address with the documents below. (agential application will not be accepted.)
  • Above ⑫applicant needs to make reservation through hikorea(online) or the administration company(lawyer, adminstration) to register in immigration office.

Required documents for change of status to Overseas Koreans(F-4) status.
    ※ The documents deemed necessary for application procedure may increase or decrease.
  • A person who had had Korean nationality and acquired foreign nationality.
    - Passport and copy of passport(page with photo)
    - A photo (size 3.5cm * 4.5cm)
    - Application form
    - Domestic Residence Report of Foreign National Korean  
    - Documents which proves the fact that he or she had Korean nationality.
    - 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)
    ※ A person who didn't report loss of Korean nationality, he or she is required to report loss of nationality first and will be eligible for change of status to Overseas Koreans status (F-4).
    (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.)
    - Document(s) which proves the reason, month, date and year of acquiring a foreign nationality (ex. copy of citizenship certificate)
    - Fee : 60,000 won(10,000 won for residence report card +50,000 won for change of status)
     ※ He or she must apply for the residence report card when apply for the change of status to Overseas Koreans (F-4)status.
  • A person whose one side of parents or grandparents who once possessed Korean nationality, who have attained foreign nationalities.
    - Passport and copy of passport(page with photo)
    - A photo (size 3.5cm * 4.5cm)
    - Application form
    - Domestic Residence Report of Foreign National Korean  
    - Document which proves the fact that his or her immediate ascendant was a Korean citizen
    - 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)
    (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.)
    - Document(s) which proves the reason, date, month and year of acquiring a foreign nationality of oneself and one's immediate descendants. (ex. copy of citizenship certificate)
    - Document which proves the relation of ascendant and descendant (ex. birth certificate)
    - Fee : 60,000 won(10,000 won for residence report card + 50,000 won for change of status)
  • A notification of countries(China, Soviet Russia etc) foreigner of Korean descents who holds Culture/art (D-1), Press Coverage(D-5), Religious Works (D-6), Intra-Company transfer (D-7), Corporate Investment(D-8), Trade Management (D-9), Professor(E-1), Foreign Language Instructor (E-2), Research (E-3), Technological Guidance (E-4), Special Profession (E-5), Art/Entertainment (E-6), Specially Designated Activities (E-7) who has lived in Korea for more than 6months.
    - Passport and copy of passport(page with photo)
    - A photo (size 3.5cm * 4.5cm)
    - Application form  
    - Domestic Residence Report of Foreign National Korean  
    - Proof of documents for Overseas Korean
       · Soviet Russia or other foreigner of Korean descents : birth certificate
       · Korean-Chinese : Chinese family register Original document(Ho-gu-bu) and Chinese Id card  (Guh-min-jung)
    - A proof of documents of current status
       · Employment at a company: Certificate of work employment, Tax payment            certificate(If you are E-7 Specially Designated Activities)
       · Intra-Company transfer (D-7), Corporate Investment(D-8), Trade Management (D-9) : Certificate of work employment, Private investor(Copy of business registration), Tax payment certificate( or Certificate of income)
    - Fee : 60,000 won(10,000 won for residence report card + 50,000 won for change of status)
  • Notification of countries(China, Soviet Russia etc) foreigner of Korean descents
    are graduate 4year university or more in Korea and take a scholarship from NIIED and other types of scholarship student sponsor by government. 
    ※ Graduated from University in Korea, transfer to University in Korea and graduated, a person graduated from University in Korea or overseas and taking master or doctoral course or graduated in Korea.   
    - Passport and copy of passport(page with photo)
    - A photo (size 3.5cm * 4.5cm)
    - Application form
    - Domestic Residence Report of Foreign National Korean  
    - Proof of Documents for Foreign Nationality Korean
      · Soviet Russia or foreigners of Korean descents : Birth certificate
      · Korean-Chinese : Chinese family register Original document(Ho-gu-bu) and Chinese Id card Original (Guh-min-jung)
    - A proof of documents of current status 
      ·  Certificate of  Studentship or diploma  
      ·  Document proof of government scholarship   
    - Fee : 60,000 won(10,000 won for residence report card + 50,000 won for change of status)
     
  • A notification of countries(China, Soviet Russia ect) foreigner of Korean descents are holding OECD Permanent residency
    ※ OECD countries (reference: www.oecd.org )
    - Passport and copy of passport(page with photo)
    - A photo (size 3.5cm * 4.5cm)
    - Application form
    - Domestic Residence Report of Foreign National Korean  
    - Proof of documents for Overseas Korean
       · Soviet Russia or other foreigner of Korean descents : birth certificate
       · Korean-Chinese : Chinese family register Original document(Ho-gu-bu) and Chinese Id card  (Guh-min-jung)
         * Who is registered on Korea family tree: renounced family register or closing        registered
    - OECD nations permanent residence card or related with permanent residency certificate   
    - Fee : 60,000 won(10,000 won for residence report card + 50,000 won for change of status)  
     
  • A notification of countries(China, Soviet Russia ect) foreigner of Korean descents are representative of corporate company and registered executives
     ※ When you apply for  visa  for corporate company, which has been established for more than a 1year and for company allocated two people of employments. 
    - Passport and copy of passport(page with photo)
    - A photo (size 3.5cm * 4.5cm)
    - Application form
    - Domestic Residence Report of Foreign National Korean  
    - Proof of documents for Overseas Korean
       · Soviet Russia or other foreigner of Korean descents : birth certificate
       · Korean-Chinese : Chinese family register Original document(Ho-gu-bu) and Chinese Id card  (Guh-min-jung)
         * Who is registered on Korea family tree: renounced family register or closing        registered
    - Representative of corporate company and registered executives :
     Certificate of work employment, a document from home county that suitability as a certificated of corporate  registration, written oath of not find a job.   
    - Fee : 60,000 won(10,000 won for residence report card + 50,000 won for change of status)  
     
  • A notification of countries(China, Soviet Russia ect) foreigner of Korean descents are last year incomes are over U.S. 10,000 of private company(CEO of self-employed)
    ※  Maximum of two personnel per company can apply for a visa if the company has been  established for more than 1 year.   
    - Passport and copy of passport(page with photo)
    - A photo (size 3.5cm * 4.5cm)
    - Application form
    - Domestic Residence Report of Foreign National Korean  
    - Proof of documents for Overseas Korean
       · Soviet Russia or other foreigner of Korean descents : birth certificate
       · Korean-Chinese : Chinese family register Original document(Ho-gu-bu) and Chinese Id card  (Guh-min-jung)
         * Who is registered on Korea family tree: renounced family register or closing        registered
    - Documents showing sales statement 
    - Business Waiver or suitability documents as a business registration.   
    - Fee : 60,000 won(10,000 won for residence report card + 50,000 won for change of status)  
     
  • A notification of countries(China, Soviet Russia ect) foreigner of Korean descents who are executives of multinational corporation, executives of press and reporter, lawyer, accountant, doctor, residing country that government authorized level 1(equivalent of Professor)․ level 2(equivalent of Vice Professor), Artist, Industry of technical development researcher, Intermediate or higher agricultural technician, Ship or private aviation of expert technician.
    ※ 2009 U.S. Fortune magazines(http://money.cnn.com/magazines/fortune/) selected 500 multinational corporations 
    - Passport and copy of passport(page with photo)
    - A photo (size 3.5cm * 4.5cm)
    - Application form
    - Domestic Residence Report of Foreign National Korean  
    - Proof of documents for Overseas Korean
       · Soviet Russia or other foreigner of Korean descents : birth certificate
       · Korean-Chinese : Chinese family register Original document(Ho-gu-bu) and Chinese Id card  (Guh-min-jung)
         * Who is registered on Korea family tree: renounced family register or closing        registered 
    - Certificate of Work Employment
    - Copy of business registration of your association
    - A certificate of qualification  according to your job (If you are agricultural technician has an intermediate of certificate of qualification, ship or private aviation expert technician related with their job qualification.   
    - Fee : 60,000 won(10,000 won for residence report card + 50,000 won for change of status)  
     
  • A notification of countries(China, Soviet Russia ect) foreigner of Korean descents are residing country that government authorized Korean descents associations or culture․art(association)'s representative or vice representative.
    ※ Korean descents associations : All regions of Chinese Entrepreneur Association, World-OKTA, Artists Association of Yan bian Korean Autonomus Prefecture, Yan bian Korean Traditional Food Association, Beijing Gorye Culture and Economy Research Institute included and other organization that registered or associations in own residing country. 
    - Passport and copy of passport(page with photo)
    - A photo (size 3.5cm * 4.5cm)
    - Application form
    - Domestic Residence Report of Foreign National Korean  
    - Proof of documents for Overseas Korean
       · Soviet Russia or other foreigner of Korean descents : birth certificate
       · Korean-Chinese : Chinese family register Original document(Ho-gu-bu) and Chinese Id card  (Guh-min-jung)
         * Who is registered on Korea family tree: renounced family register or closing        registered 
    - Copy of business registration of your organization.   
    - Fee : 60,000 won(10,000 won for residence report card + 50,000 won for change of status)  
     
  • A notification of countries(China, Soviet Russia ect) foreigner of Korean descents are previous․ current National Assembly, Over 5years works for government or employment of national enterprise.
    - Passport and copy of passport(page with photo)
    - A photo (size 3.5cm * 4.5cm)
    - Application form
    - Domestic Residence Report of Foreign National Korean  
    - Proof of documents for Overseas Korean
       · Soviet Russia or other foreigner of Korean descents : birth certificate
       · Korean-Chinese : Chinese family register Original document(Ho-gu-bu) and Chinese Id card  (Guh-min-jung)
         * Who is registered on Korea family tree: renounced family register or closing        registered 
    - Proof of documents current National Assembly , certificate of work employment   
    - Fee : 60,000 won(10,000 won for residence report card + 50,000 won for change of status)  
  • A notification of countries(China, Soviet Russia ect) foreigner of Korean descents are University Professor(include of vice professor, instructor), related with Korean descents education school of principal (vice principal, Communist party secretary), Middle․high school or elementary teachers, Primary(kindergarten) teacher.
    - Proof of documents for Overseas Korean
       · Soviet Russia or other foreigner of Korean descents : birth certificate
       · Korean-Chinese : Chinese family register Original document(Ho-gu-bu) and Chinese Id card  (Guh-min-jung) 
    * Who is registered on Korea family tree: renounced family register or closing registered  
    - Certificate of Work Employment
    - Country of sojourn's certificate of appointment or high or middle school instructors certificate of qualification, teacher's license   
    - Fee : 60,000 won(10,000 won for residence report card + 50,000 won for change of status)  
     
  • A notification of countries(China, Soviet Russia ect) foreigner of Korean descents are running private company in Korea or promise to open a business- Application for registration certificate of foreign invested enterprise.
    - Passport and copy of passport(page with photo)
    - A photo (size 3.5cm * 4.5cm)
    - Application form
    - Domestic Residence Report of Foreign National Korean  
    - Proof of documents for Overseas Korean
       · Soviet Russia or other foreigner of Korean descents : birth certificate
       · Korean-Chinese : Chinese family register Original document(Ho-gu-bu) and Chinese Id card  (Guh-min-jung)
    * Who is registered on Korea family tree: renounced family register or closing registered    
    - What you need to bring for wired or certificate of money exchange 
    - Company's lease contract and statement of remittance key money, contract of           premium and statement of wired.
    - written oath of not find a job   
    - Fee : 60,000 won(10,000 won for residence report card + 50,000 won for change of status)  
     
  • A notification of countries(China, Soviet Russia ect) foreigner of Korean descents are holding temporary visa (C-2, C-3, C-4)or working visa(H-2) who is visiting in Korea over ten times recently 2years(every time visit in here stay in less than 30days), other working visa(H-2) holders who visited and stayed in Korea for more than 150days. Except for those meet these requirement  cannot apply.
     ※ The Commonwealth of Independent States(especially Russia)Korean descents
     who meets the following categories for free visa entry (ex:B-2) can transfer visa  
      ·  A person who is shipowner or wealthy  resides in Sakhalin visit in Korea often for business.
      · Who is hired from trade company and dealing or intermediary of duty free goods and Korean home electronic appliances.
      ·  When someone interchange to  Local government as direct or indirect way helping bridge between Korea and Russia.
    - Passport and copy of passport(page with photo)
    - A photo (size 3.5cm * 4.5cm)
    - Application form
    - Proof of documents for Overseas Korean
       · Soviet Russia or other foreigner of Korean descents : birth certificate
       · Korean-Chinese : Chinese family register Original document(Ho-gu-bu) and Chinese Id card  (Guh-min-jung)
    - Country of sojourn's company corporate registration or related that can proof of business registration document and certificate of work employment.
    - written oath of not find a job  
    - Fee : 60,000 won(10,000 won for residence report card + 50,000 won for change of status)  
     
  • A notification of countries(China, Soviet Russia ect) foreigner of Korean descents are working at manufacturing industry, agricultural, fishery, nursing and housemaid that continuously working at a same company.
    ※ Here are the followings acceptable circumstances even if you work less than 1year :If the company suspension, shut  down, bankrupt or delayed payment or other unexpected situations so that work  at a different company at same job field recognize as work continuously can be an applicant.
    ※ When you apply for visa you need to have 1year or more at a work or commencement of work or approval of work place.
    - Passport and copy of passport(page with photo)
    - A photo (size 3.5cm * 4.5cm)
    - Application form
    - Domestic Residence Report of Foreign National Korean  
    - Proof of documents for Overseas Korean
       · Soviet Russia or other foreigner of Korean descents : birth certificate
       · Korean-Chinese : Chinese family register Original document(Ho-gu-bu) and Chinese Id card  (Guh-min-jung) 
    - Certificate of work employment 
    - Copy of business registration(In case of if you are nursing∙ housemaid present employer's certified of resident registration)
     - Proof of documents of income within 1year. 
    - Written oath of work at a same company continuously.  
    - Employer's recommendation letter  
    - Reference  
    - Fee : 60,000 won(10,000 won for residence report card + 50,000 won for change of status)  
     
  • A notification of countries(China, Soviet Russia ect) foreigner of Korean descents are working at a manufacturing industry, agricultural, fishery for over 6months without time off and get a certified technician related with your job field. 
    ※ Check it out following  certified technician related with your job Following are    examples of Certification:
    - Passport and copy of passport(page with photo)
    - A photo (size 3.5cm * 4.5cm)
    - Application form
    - Domestic Residence Report of Foreign National Korean  
    - Proof of documents for Overseas Korean
       · Soviet Russia or other foreigner of Korean descents : birth certificate
       · Korean-Chinese : Chinese family register Original document(Ho-gu-bu) and Chinese Id card  (Guh-min-jung)
    - Certificate of work employment
    - Copy of business registration
    - Original of certificate of qualification and copy.
    - Certificate of Income for recent 6months. 
    - Written oath of work at a same company continuously.
    - Employer's recommendation letter
    - Reference  
    - Fee : 60,000 won(10,000 won for residence report card + 50,000 won for change of status)  
     
  • Notification of countries(China, Soviet Russia ect) foreigner of Korean descents are who is over 63years old and Recent 2years living in overseas over 200days.(ex: packman) Overseas Koreans from former Communist countries who are 63 years or older and for who lived overseas over 200 days. (Ex: Sailor)
    - Passport and copy of passport(page with photo)
    - A photo (size 3.5cm * 4.5cm)
    - Application form
    - Domestic Residence Report of Foreign National Korean  
    - Proof of documents for Overseas Korean
       · Soviet Russia or other foreigner of Korean descents : birth certificate
       · Korean-Chinese : Chinese family register Original document(Ho-gu-bu) and Chinese Id card  (Guh-min-jung)
    -Commission: fee-exempt
Limits of overseas Korean status(F-4) grant 
  • Those who were given a penalty, departure order or expulsion order, sentenced to imprisonment or more in violation of Immigration Law can be subject to restriction in getting overseas Korean status(F-4).
  • For more information regarding overseas Korean status, please inquire Immigration Contact Center(1345).
     
< Posted June 17, 2010 >

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