Special Naturalization (Underage foster children)
- Must have good conduct
- Must have basic knowledge befitting a Korean national; such as understanding of the Korean language, customs and culture
Additional requirements (Nationality Act. Article 7-1-1)
- Foreigners that meet general requirements and also apply to the following:
- Foreigners whose either parent is of Korean nationality, except foster children who were adopted after they have become adults according to the Korean civil law
- Underage at the time of adoption
- Based on the fact that at least one of the foster parents is a Korean national, the applicants are eligible for special naturalization. Since special naturalization does not require that applicants spend a certain amount of time in Korea, applicant may apply for naturalization straight after entry.
※ Adopted adults cannot apply for special naturalization, and must apply for naturalization after legal residence in Korea for 3 or more consecutive years.
※ If a Korean national adopts underage children of their foreign spouse, applies for their naturalization, but later decides to cancel the adoption, they must first report to the local family registry office.
- Immigration Office of Nationality department
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- Naturalization application form
: attach 1 color photo (4cm x 5cm)
- After filling out the form, submit a copy of the first page
- A copy of the passport: Present with the original
- Adoption particulars report (Composed by the father or the mother)
- A full copy of Chinese population certificate: Present with the original (only applicable to Chinese)
- Family registration, basic registration, and adoption certificate (that shows adoption and marriage records) of the Korean stepparent
- Proving documents of parents, spouse, children, marriage status or adoption of person who applied for naturalization
- Documents issued by government of People's Republic of China proving the person who applied for naturalization is Korean Chinese when his/her name is written in Korean pronunciation not in Chinese pronunciation
- In case that the person who applied for naturalization specifies the date of birth newly, a certificate proving this fact issued by Embassy or consulate's office of their original country.
- Fee: 300,000 KRW (Government revenue stamp)
< posted : 10/15,2008 >