South Koreans residing abroad who voluntarily acquire foreign nationality will automatically have their Korean citizenship revoked and are required to report this change in status to the Ministry of Justice.  South Korean nationals may also lose their South Korean citizenship if they indirectly or involuntarily obtain alien status through marriage, adoption, or legal recognition of parentage. They have six months to formally declare their intention to retain South Korean citizenship.  A: Please make an appointment with the notary. We will provide you with the required affidavit in Korea upon arrival. The fee is $50 for each affidavit. A: If you would like a trusted family member or friend to pick up your new passport at the Embassy, please provide them with a signed letter authorizing them to perform this service for you. You must bring this letter along with a valid government-issued ID when you pick up your passport. The rapid development of the industry over the past decade has sought a dream of tens of thousands of migrant workers in South Korea, and as it becomes more difficult to obtain a work visa every year, many foreigners have begun to think about obtaining citizenship.
A: Only an original or officially certified copy of legal documents such as a divorce decree, annulment or death certificate for your ex-spouse can be presented as proof of the dissolution of previous marriages. Copies must be certified true copies by the court or issuing body as authentic copies of the original document and bear an original stamp or signature. Scanned, photocopied or faxed documents will not be accepted. A: The ROK government does not recognize same-sex marriages, even though such marriages have been legally recognized and contracted in other countries such as the US. A: As we explained on our appointment page, your passport appointment password is not recoverable. If you are unable to attend your appointment, your appointment will be cancelled automatically and without penalty. If you have lost your password and cannot change, confirm or reschedule your appointment, please try to reschedule an appointment after 1-2 days if the previous appointment is automatically cancelled in the system. Most people use the Korean age, which has its roots in China, in everyday life and social scenarios, while the international age is more commonly used for legal and official matters – for example, in the treatment of civil rights. A: Our office does not have this information. However, you can contact the U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services (USCIS) for more information about when and how your U.S.
citizenship was acquired. If you registered your marriage before January 31, 1995, you can obtain a certified copy of your marriage certificate by calling the Department of Public Utilities, Seoul City Hall at +82-2-2133-7903. For more information, call the Dasan Call Center at +82-2-731-2120, a service that provides English-language support available by pressing the appropriate prompts when dialing. However, some laws – including those regarding the legal age for alcohol, smoking and conscription – use the calendar year age. But when asked about their age in informal settings, most South Koreans answer with their “Korean age,” which could be a year or even two older than their “international age.” It is possible to become a Korean citizen if you have a real place of residence. There are three pathways to citizenship by naturalization, but the most typical way for a foreigner to obtain South Korean citizenship is through “general naturalization.” The U.S. Embassy cannot offer an apostille. An apostille is a certificate that a document has been “legalized” or “certified” by the issuing body through a process in which different seals are affixed to the document.
According to a 2021 study, “North Koreans often struggle to gain state recognition when claiming foreign citizenship, and acquiring Korean citizenship remains a gradual and contingent process that requires a high degree of agency on the part of North Koreans seeking resettlement.”  Korea continued to lack formal regulation until 1948, when the U.S. military`s military government in Korea issued temporary measures regarding nationality as it prepared to establish a South Korean state.   For the purposes of these measures, a Korean national was defined as any person born to a Korean father. Children born to a Korean mother inherited their nationality only if the father was stateless or had unknown citizenship status. Koreans who had acquired another nationality were considered lost Korean nationality, but could have it restored if they renounced their foreign citizenship or were expelled from Koseki in Japan. The first national law governing nationality was adopted later that year by the National Constituent Assembly and largely transferred this framework.  A: There is no such document to prove residency, but there is an affidavit that you can complete when you visit our office. Please note, however, that the U.S. Embassy is unable to verify the statement you have made or the information contained in any attached documents.
Only the identity of the person making the declaration is confirmed. The cost is $50 per notarial service. Please visit our website to make an appointment and get more information. Permanent residence in South Korea for at least 5 consecutive years. In some cases, a temporary stay outside the country is allowed for a maximum period of one month. The person who wants to obtain a residence permit must have permanent residence, legal work and a foreign registration card. Please address specific enquiries to: Narcotics Policy Division Bureau of Pharmaceutical Safety MFDS [Ministry of Food and Drug Safety] Tel. +82 43 719 2801~16 Fax. +82 43 719 2800 E-Mail. Narcotics@korea.kr Q: Can the U.S.
Embassy act as my legal representative with respect to my dispute? Koreans born abroad, for example, when their parents were studying or working in another country, as well as children from multicultural families in South Korea born before the age of 22. took a special oath not to use the rights of a foreign city during their stay on South Korean territory. Korean citizenship law primarily recognizes ius sanguinis, which means that anyone born to a Korean citizen immediately becomes a Korean citizen, regardless of where they were born. On the other hand, Korean citizenship can only be granted on the basis of the jus soli principle if the parents of a child born in Korea are unknown or have no nationality and if an abandoned child has been found in Korea. Q: I made an appointment, but I couldn`t print the confirmation page. Do I need to bring the appointment confirmation page when I go to the Embassy for my appointment? Q: Will I get my old passport back if I renew it? – If they answer that no number exists, write 000-00-0000 on the application form and bring the answer by e-mail with you when you ask for the passport as proof. The move, which follows a long-standing debate on the issue, will align the country with most other countries around the world and reduce legal discrepancies resulting from the use of three different systems, CNN reported. The legal requirements for obtaining a South Korean passport are listed in the local citizenship law.