Dual citizenship/nationality in South Korea
When I met my friends last Saturday, Jas oriented us about the new Nationality Law which allows dual citizenship. Korea Times posted an informative article on this. The article is quite long, but here’s the part that affects foreign spouses in Korea:
Foreigners without exceptional skills, married to Koreans, are also included on the list of people eligible for dual citizenship.
However, they will have to pass a naturalization test after staying here for two years to seek dual nationality.
Those divorced from a Korean spouse will not be able to apply for the privilege, as the government fears that such measures will increase the divorce rate among multicultural marriages, ministry officials said.
According to government figures, 6,187 Koreans divorced their foreign spouses in 2006, accounting for some 4.9 percent of that year’s 125,937 divorces.
In past years, the figure for divorce in such marriages stood at 4,208 in 2006, 3,315 in 2004 and 2,784 in 2003.
The law doesn’t work retroactively. For those who are naturalized Korean and would like to also regain their lost nationality, here’s the piece on it:
Meanwhile, those who have renounced their foreign nationality to maintain Korean citizenship will be eligible for dual citizenship if they regain their lost nationality by 2016.
The law will take effect next year.