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The Complete Guide to the F-1 Family Visa in South Korea

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I. Overview

The F-1 Visa in Korea is designed for individuals who wish to visit family members residing in Korea. This visa permits a stay in Korea for up to 90 days. However, it's a single-entry visa, meaning reapplication is necessary for subsequent visits.

For official details, please refer to the Ministry of Foreign Affairs (MOFA) website.

II. Who Can Apply for the F-1 Visa in Korea?

A. Sponsors

Sponsors are family members living in Korea, and they must meet one of the following criteria:

  • Students with a D2 visa in Korea.

  • Holders of F2 or F5 visas.

  • Individuals earning at least twice the average income of Koreans and holding D5, D7, D8, D9 visas.

  • Investors who have invested a minimum of 300 million won and resided in Korea for at least 6 months.

B. Guests

Guests are the relatives of the sponsors and can be:

  • Parents and siblings of students in Korea.

  • Parents and siblings of individuals married to Koreans.

  • Families of E7 visa holders.

III. Duration and Entry Limit

  • Duration: Up to 90 days per visit.

  • Entry Limit: Single entry. Reapplication required for each visit.

IV. Application Process

Both the sponsor and the guest are required to submit documents for application.

Checklist - F-1-5 (Parents of F-5 or F-6 visa holders)
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Checklist - F-1-21~24 (Domestic helper)
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Checklist - F-1-21~24 (Domestic helper)
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A. For Students in Korea

  • Original, signed invitation and guarantee letters.

  • Photocopies of passport and ARC.

  • Proof of study (e.g., certificate of enrollment, transcript).

  • Visa application form.

  • Original passport with a photocopy.

  • Documents proving family relationship.

  • ID card.

B. For Inviting Parents-in-Law

  • Photocopies of Korean ID card/passport and ARC of the foreign spouse.

  • Original Korean family relationship certificates.

  • Passport valid for at least 6 months.

  • Passport photo.

Applications are processed by the Korean consulate, and you can check the application status on the MOFA website.

V. Important Notes

  • Single Entry: The F-1 Visa allows for a single entry; if you wish to re-enter, a new application is necessary.

  • Subsequent Applications: After a short-term visit, you can reapply for a long-term visit after 1 year.

VI. Summary

The F-1 Visa in Korea is crucial for family members wishing to visit their relatives residing in the country. It is imperative to adhere strictly to the provided guidelines and submit the required documents to ensure a hassle-free visit.

VII. Frequently Asked Questions (FAQ)

What if my F-1 visa application is denied?

Can I extend my stay beyond 90 days?

Can I seek employment on an F-1 Visa?

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