Is there a way for parents or a family member of a Filipino, who is married to Korean, to stay in South Korea for a period longer than 90 days? Yes, it’s possible for the parents of a married immigrant to stay in Korea longer than 90 days. The specific visa for the parents or a sibling of a Filipino married to Korean is the F-1-5 visa.
First, this visa is applied only in South Korea. The parents or sibling has to secure a C-3 or tourist visa first. Before the visitation period is over, they should go to the Immigration Office and apply for the F-1-5 visa or 방문동거.
Who can get this visa?
1. Parents of married immigrants
– to visit the married immigrant after giving birth
– to support the married immigrant in parenting
2. Family of married immigrant
– not including the parents of the married immigrant
– to support the married immigrant after giving birth
– to help the married immigrant with childcare (age is 5 and below)
– only granted if the parents of the married immigrant are deceased or too old to travel
– only granted to one member of the family up to the fourth degree (cousin)
– only the female relative is allowed
How long is the term of stay?
The parent or relative of the married immigrant (such as a Filpino married to Korean) is allowed to stay for one year. This can be extended to two years. The maximum stay is 4 years and 10 months from the date of entry.
What are the documents needed?
1. Application form
2. Passport photo
3. The inviter’s family registration, marriage history, resident certificate (초청자의 가족관계증명서, 혼인관계증명서, 주민등록등본)
4. The inviter and invitee’s proof of relationship (birth certificate, marriage certificate) and other supporting documents that may be necessary
5. Letter of guarantee
Where to apply?
Immigration office nearest the residence of the inviter
Remember that this visa is only granted to help the married immigrant take care of a child.
It is best to ask your parent or relative to stay in Korea legally. At least they could get covered with the National Health Insurance while they are here.