When I applied for my Korean citizenship, the dual citizenship law has not even been drafted. I arrived in Korea in August 2003 and we applied for my citizenship in October 2005, before I had my son. A year later, immigration officials visited us and I had my interview. I received the letter from the MOJ confirming my naturalization in September 2007. I had to denounce my Filipino citizenship then. Now, new applicants won’t need to denounce their nationality to acquire Korean citizenship if dual citizenship is allowed in their home country (like in the Philippines). From that time I lodged in my application, the list of requirements for citizenship has changed a few times.
There is a new list of revision and it’s easier to apply now since there are less documents required.
The following is the information on changes in the visa extension, citizenship and naturalization application system of marriage immigrants:
APPLICATION FOR VISA EXTENSION
Qualifications: Spouse of a Korean citizen (Type of visa: F-6)
The same criteria is applied to F2 visa holders whose visa has been issued before December 23, 2011.
* Revised provision: Abolishment of the requirement for submission of the certificate of personal status (valid from December 23, 2011)
* Documents to be submitted: Application for visa extension, certificate of marital relations (certificate of marriage) and certificate of family relations
APPLICATION FOR NATURALIZATION
Qualifications: Spouse of a Korean citizen
Accompaniment of Korean spouse is not required.
* It is recommended that the Korean spouse accompany the applicant at point of application for naturalization approval, but a marriage immigrant may submit the application without the Korean spouse.
* If the Korean spouse does not accompany the applicant, a review will be conducted on whether the applicant has maintained normal marital relations with his or her spouse after the application for naturalization is accepted.
* Revised Provision: Abolishment of the requirement for submission of the written confirmation of the personal status of a marriage immigrant (valid from July 1, 2011) and the requirement for submission of the document guaranteeing the personal status of a Korean spouse
* Documents to be submitted: Application for naturalization, evidence of the status of an alien, copy of the alien registration card, certificate of immigration records and certificate of the bank balance
APPLICATION FOR CITIZENSHIP
Qualifications: F-6 visa holder who has lived in Korea for two years or longer
* Revised provision: Abolishment of the requirement for submission of the document guaranteeing the personal status (valid from August 1, 2012)
* Documents to be submitted: Police record check issued by a competent authority in the marriage immigrant’s nation and certificate of completion of KIIP or TOPIK (applicable to some children of marriage immigrants and native Koreans who are minors) (Optional until July 31, 2013)
I copied the information above from the Autumn 2012 issue of Rainbow Magazine that was given to me by my son’s counselor. Instead of applying for the F-5 or Permanent Residence visa, just apply for Korean Citizenship. That was the advise to one of my friends here in Korea.
* Originally posted on December 13, 2012