Acquiring Korean Nationality

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  1. Tamar says:

    “# Other material that can prove you and your Korean spouse have a true relationship”.

    Interesting. I have a friend here in the USA who married a Coptic Christian and she brought in a box of scrapbooks with photos of different trips that her and her fiance/husband took. They didn’t even look through them. They just saw the pile of books and check it off the list.
    .-= Tamar´s last blog ..Recollections of NK’s famine =-.

    • Betchay says:

      Hi Tamar! I submitted pictures prior to our marriage as proof and they looked through everything, probably because I’m Filipino.

  2. Sujin says:

    Hi! Just got my citizenship 2 months ago, and I didn’t undergo any interview^^ I waited for a year after filing my application. But I heard from other Filipinas who also applied for it went through rigid interview and investigation since they don’t have any children with their Korean spouse. So if you have any child, the process will be easier.

  3. Rocky Garcia says:

    There’s a Korean businessman here in the Philippines who already acquires his Filipino nationality just last month. I asked him why he wanted to be a Filipino? He answered, for his business.

  4. reijene says:


    and the idea of changing citizenship is great because….

    i have no reasons. i find it ridiculous. no offense to those in NEED to change, but i’m not throwing my nationality away.

    matter of opinions. dare react to it?
    .-= reijene´s last blog ..heartbreak quotes =-.

    • cher says:

      same sentiments here
      .-= cher´s last blog ..VOTE for a Filipino HERO =-.

    • Nika says:

      Not everyone is like you. Maybe ate Betchay wrote this because it might be helpful to others. You act as if yours is the only opinion that matters in the world. Sorry ate Betchay but I just can’t stand superficial and pretentious snots.

      • Betchay says:

        ^^ i’m pretty sure she meant no harm… i don’t want this to turn into another debate about who’s right or wrong… after all, at one point or another we have to make decisions about how we live our lives… we just need to learn how to respect our differences… (effect of reading “desiderata” every morning when i was in high school!)

  5. Ning says:

    i came in 1997,decided to change my citizenship in 2000,it took me more than a year to get the notice from the central immigration office that i would take the exam required to pass to get my citizenship..i studied hard,but then failed on my first try…imagine i went to 과천 kwacheon in kyongkido,to take the test, it took another 4 months of waiting till the next exam,then i passed and after a while we got notice from the immigration to submit my renunciation of filipino citizenship from the phil embassy.2 yrs later,there was no more exam,because not so many pass.after getting my citizenship,hubby applied for my ID at dongsamuso.then proceeded to the court for the change of my name,it costed 12,500……so i was wondering why other pinays said it costs 200-300T to change name……

  6. Ning says:

    hi betchay,

    naalala ko tuloy last thursday,my friend and i went to the notary public office here in jeonju,because it costs only 12,500wons to make an invite letter for a relative in the phil to korea..others pay 70-100Twons to make an invite letter….

    we couldn’t understand the assistant upstairs very well,so we went downstairs and entered a private office and asked…..they gave us 4 copies of invite letter.after getting those papers i said “thank you very much” and the lady told me :those papers cost 2000wons…hehehe tig 500wons kada page….kagulat tuloy.sabi ng friend ko e lessons daw yun sa mga matitigas ang ulo gaya ko….

    so if anyone would like to invite a realtive,just go to the notary public office and bring the necessary documents.and alas,you spend only 12,500wons..

  7. jasmine says:

    hi po ask ko lng po pagmag aaply kna po ng korean citizen eh mawawala na po ba ang pangalan sa pinas at buburahin na po ba ang pangalan natin sa pinas …un lng salamat po

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  9. Kath says:

    Pwede po ba mag-aapply for dual citizenship kung dalaga pa pero jan magwowork?

  10. merz says:

    nag apply po ako citizenship sa gwangju december 2009 pina delay po ng bro,in pano ko po malaman at san ako cocontact kong na 확인 na uli or if onthe line na salamat po

    • Betchay says:

      Hi Merz! Usually naman two years ang processing ng citizenship application, depende rin kung maraming nag-aapply. Noong 2003 or 2004 lang ata nila pinabilis sa mga may anak pero balik normal din ang processing after that.

      Basta naibigay ninyo na ang mga documents eh wait na lang kayo na tawagan ng immigration. Tapos may mag-iinterview din sa ‘yo sa bahay ninyo. Anyway, hintay ka lang ng mga 3 to 4 months at darating din ‘yan.

  11. rachelle says:

    hello po! iaappLy nadin po ang ctznship ku ds sept, ang problema po kc nmin is ung requirement no.5 w/ch wala kaming gnung kalaking pera or even ariarian na nkapangaLan sa hubbie ku. my question is what if di nmin ma-meet ung no.5 requirement??? been living here since 2005, i have 2 kids but still puro extension lng visa ku d2 til now, ewan nlng ds sept.

    • Betchay says:

      Hi Rachelle! Hindi naman kailangan ng may pera kayo worth 30 million won. Kahit na “jeonse” ang bahay ninyo pwede na yun i-submit as requirement sa citizenship application. O kaya ay proof na may trabaho ang husband mo.

  12. Greta says:

    Te Betchay,

    I have been staying here in Korea for 2 years already and by next year, based on the requirements you mentioned, am qualified to apply for Korean nationality… However, Im just confused/wondering on how do they count this “2 years of stay” coz within 2 years of staying here, I had frequent visits also to the Phils… does it mean I should be here straightly for more than 2 years before I can apply? Pls I need your guidance…
    Thanks and More Power!

    • Betchay says:

      Hi Greta! They will count the time you spent outside the country against the time you spent in Korea. So if you stayed outside for two months, that’s two months less the time you spent here. You should be in Korea for two years (not really straightly) before you could apply.

  13. camilo manansala says:

    need your advice i have grandson 5 granddaughter 7 and their father is a south korean who live in the philippines now hes gone what should i do so ican appy my children their dual citizenship as akorean and a filipino advice will be much appreciated

  14. myeanfe says:

    hi betchay, I would like to know how long should I wait for my second interview ‘coz I failed my first interview for korean citizenship? does the second interview much harder than first? thank you very much. Godbless!

    • Betchay says:

      Hi Myeanfe! How did you know that you failed your first interview? What was the reason? I couldn’t speak Korean well when I was interviewed but I was able to prove my Korean family ties.

      • myeanfe says:

        hello, the interviewer told us better luck next time, maybe 6 months after, its very disappointed that the questions he asked me are all about history/persons and very sad I’m didn’t studied very well because the interviewed was pure korean. By the way,thank you I do my very best next time. More power and Godbless!

  15. jhen says:

    hello mam, ipinanganak ko po ang baby ko sa korea, pwede po ba sya magacquire ng korean citizenship?thank u! madali po ba sya makapunta ng korea in her legal age?

  16. Lhet says:

    Hello poh,

    Pwd poh b malaman anu mga common questions nila during mag apply mag eexam poh para sa korean citizenship.
    Thanks in advance;)

    • Betchay says:

      Hi Lhet! Yung sa interview, tungkol sa pamumuhay ninyong mag-asawa at kung gaano mo kakilala ang family niya. Ask ka rin tungkol sa kaalaman mo sa Korea, gaya ng kaunti ng history nila.

      Dapat alam mo kung sino presidente ng Korea at ilan taon siyang nanunungkulan, national anthem, national flower… at kung anu-anong national. Kasama rin ang Korean syempre…

  17. gabs says:

    ask ko lang po..if a filipina divorced with a korean husband.. retained pa rin ba korean nationality niya? please advise. thanks.

  18. divine says:

    hello po.. kanina interview ko po for korean citizenship.. i was able to sing the korean national anthem and read hanggukmal.. ngayon po, di po ako masyadong nakasagot sa mga ibang questions.. may chance po ba akong pumasa?

    • Betchay says:

      Hi Divine! Hindi rin ako nakasagot sa ibang questions before kasi hindi naman ako magaling mag-Korean. Titingnan din nila ang pamumuhay ninyo, hindi lang naman sa questions nakalaan lahat. Think positively.

  19. jm says:

    Hello po, just want to ask those people who passed the interview for korean citizenship.. When they got the letter/mail from the immigration for passing korean ctznshp? Thanks

  20. ayee says:

    Hello po gsto ko po sanang malaman kung pano ang dapt gawin or may posibility ba na maging korean ang baby ko (buntis po ako now) at plano ko pong manganak sa pilipinas..korean citizen po ako at devorce na sa korean husband ko at yun father ng baby ko ngayon ay filipino… anu po ba ang dapat gwin para maging citizen ng korea ang baby ko,gsto ko pa kasi na makasama at dito lumaki sa korea ang bata since wala sa kin ang mga anak ko sa koreano kong asawa.. salamat po ng maaga…

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