F-6 New visa for foreign spouses of Korean nationals
Something that we would be watching out for. A new visa will be issued specifically for foreign spouses of Korean nationals. Right now, the F-2-1 is the visa issued for them. F-2 is a temporary visa that is renewable every year or every other year.
A new F-6 visa will be issued to foreigners who come here to marry Koreans in a bid to better help a growing number of migrant wives, mostly from China and Southeast Asian countries, adapt to the new living environment and deal with legal and other issues here. Currently, they receive an F-2 visa just as other foreigners who wish to stay here for longer than 90 days.
The country has seen a rapid increase in the number of foreigners coming to marry Koreans over the past few years. The number was estimated to exceed 140,000 nationwide as of the end of 2010.
Foreigners whose Korean husbands or wives have died or gone missing will also be eligible for the visa.
The Korean government has been introducing new and better laws in response to the increasing number of foreign spouses in the country.