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F-4 Overseas Korean Visa (재외동포비자)

DATE
2023-12-29

F-4 Overseas Korean Visa (재외동포비자)



1. General Information
     F-4 Overseas Korean visa is a 5-year multiple entry visa with sojourn period of 2 years.

    ○ We no longer issue physical visa stickers. You may download the visa grant notice online upon approval (read more here)

    ○ The visa holder must apply for a Resident Card(거소증) at the local immigration office in Korea within 90 days of his entry.

    ○ F-4 visa holder is not allowed to get a job in the field of simple labour service or activities against virtuous public customs.


2. Who is not eligible to apply
    ○ A Korean male who formally renounced Korean nationality after May 1st, 2018 without performing Korean military service. He will not be able to obtain F-4 visa until the year he turns 41 years old.

    ○ A Korean male who became a naturalized citizen of another country after May 1st, 2018 without performing Korean military service. He will not be able to obtain F-4 visa until the year he turns 41 years old.

    ○ A person who has violated the Korean Immigration Law in the past 3 years and charged with fines ₩7,000,000 altogether.

    ○ A person who has been sentenced to jail in the past 5 years.


3. Who is eligible to apply



 A person who used to be Korean national but has since acquired foreign nationality

 No.

 Documents required 

 Checklist 

 1

 Visa application form with one passport photo taken against white background


 2

 Passport with at least 6 months remainder validity (original and clear copy of bio-data page)

 ※ Passport will be kept at the Embassy during the processing of your application.


 3

 Document showing renunciation of Korean nationality issued within 3 months

 - family census registry (제적등본) (if renunciation completed before 01 Jan 2008)

 - basic certificate (기본증명서) (if renunciation completed on/after 01 Jan 2008)


 4

 Copy of foreign citizenship certificate 


 5

 Certificate of Clearance issued by Singapore Police Force (SPF) if the applicant has resided in Singapore for 1 year and above (issued within recent 6 months)

 ※ Please print out this page and submit to SPF to prove the necessity of COC for visa application.



 6

 Criminal records certificate in home country (applicable to non-Singaporeans)

 ※ apostilled or notarized by the Korean Embassy in the issuing country

 ※ issued within recent 6 months


 Who may be exempted: 

① Applicant is 60 years old or more, ② Children under 13 years of age, ③ Independence patriots and family of the deceased, ④ Special contributor


 7

 Criminal record in country/countries where the applicant has resided for 1 year and above in the recent 5 years (applicable to Singaporeans and non-Singaporeans)

 ※ apostilled or notarized by the Korean Embassy in the issuing country

 ※ issued within recent 6 months


 Who may be exempted: 

① Applicant is 60 years old or more, ② Children under 13 years of age, ③ Independence patriots and family of the deceased, ④ Special contributor




 8

 Certificate of proficiency in Korean (choose one)

 ① TOPIK first grade or more

 ② Sejong Hakdang elementary level 1B or more


 Who may be exempted:

 ① Applicant had Korean nationality previously, ② Applicant is 60 years of age or more, ③ Children under 13 years of age, ④ Applicant has been lived in Korea with F-4 visa



 9

 Certificate of birth (if applicable)



 10

 Visa fee (cash only)

 Please click here for fees



 11

 Tuberculosis test result (applicable to certain applicants)

 Click here to check if you are required to fulfil this requirement

          





 Additional requirements (if applicable)

 A Korean male who did not complete Korean military service and was 18 years old and above when he became a foreign citizen before May 1st, 2018.

 ▷ Document(s) to prove that one or both parent(s) is/are foreign citizen or has permanent residency in foreign country.

 A Korean male who completed Korean military service

 ▷ Copy of the certificate of military service completion or military service waiver issued by Military Manpower





 A person whose parent or grandparent used to be Korean national but has acquired foreign nationality 

 No.

 Documents required from parent or grandparent 

 Checklist

 1

 Renunciation application form (국적상실신고서, if renunciation is not reported)



 2

 Copy of foreign citizenship certificate


 3

 CLEAR copy of valid passport



 4

 Document showing renunciation of Korean nationality issued within 3 months

 - family census registry (제적등본) (if renunciation completed before 01 Jan 2008)

 - basic certificate (기본증명서) (if renunciation completed on/after 01 Jan 2008)



 5

 Copy of Petition for Name Change (if applicable)


 

 Documents required from applicant 

 Checklist

 6

 Visa application form with one passport photo taken against white background


 7

 Passport with at least 6 months remainder validity (original and clear copy of bio-data page)

 ※ Passport will be kept at the Embassy during the processing of your application.



 8

 Certificate of Clearance issued by Singapore Police Force (SPF) if the applicant has resided in Singapore for 1 year and above (issued within recent 6 months)

 ※ Please print out this page and submit to SPF to prove the necessity of COC for visa application.


 9

 Criminal records certificate in home country (applicable to non-Singaporeans)

 ※ apostilled or notarized by the Korean Embassy in the issuing country

 ※ issued within recent 6 months


 Who may be exempted: 

① Applicant is 60 years old or more, ② Children under 13 years of age, ③ Independence patriots and family of the deceased, ④ Special contributor


 10

 Criminal record in country/countries where the applicant has resided for 1 year and above in the recent 5 years (applicable to Singaporeans and non-Singaporeans)

 ※ apostilled or notarized by the Korean Embassy in the issuing country

 ※ issued within recent 6 months


 Who may be exempted: 

① Applicant is 60 years old or more, ② Children under 13 years of age, ③ Independence patriots and family of the deceased, ④ Special contributor


 11

 Certificate of proficiency in Korean (choose one)

 ① TOPIK first grade or more

 ② Sejong Hakdang elementary level 1B or more


 Who may be exempted:

 ① Applicant had Korean nationality previously, ② Applicant is 60 years of age or more, ③ Children under 13 years of age, ④ Applicant has been lived in Korea with F-4 visa


 12

 Birth certificate 


 13

 Visa fee (cash only)

 Please click here for fees


 14

 Tuberculosis test result (applicable to certain applicants)

 Click here to check if you are required to fulfil this requirement

         


4. Submission & collection hours

    ○ 9am-11.30am, Monday to Friday excluding public holidays listed here (click)


5. Processing time

    ○ 4 working days. No urgent or express service.


6. Mode of submission

    ○ In-person submission (no appointmentor through an appointed travel agent (click).


7. Contact us 

    ○ Please send your enquiries to consg@mofa.go.kr including your name and contact number.

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