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Citizenship South Korea

Nationality South Korea

The SOUTH KOREA CITIZENSHIP: the nationality Law of South Korea is based on the citizenship Law of 13 December 1997, with subsequent amendments.

BY BIRTH: birth on the territory of the Republic of Korea does not provide for automatic citizenship.

A person born in the Republic of Korea from unknown parents.

Abandoned child found in the Republic of Korea, recognized the child born in Korea.


A person whose father or mother was a citizen of the Republic of Korea at the time of birth of the child.

The child, whose father is a citizen of Korea, is automatically considered a Korean citizen, regardless of place of birth even if the father died before the child was born.

BY NATURALIZATION: Naturalization is divided into two main categories: by Recognizing and Naturalization on a common basis.

NATURALIZATION THROUGH recognition of the Laws in relation to recognition are typically used when there is any blood or marital connection with the participation of the citizen of the Republic of Korea. Requirements for acquisition of citizenship through Recognition range, if the applicant is a minor or the wife is a foreigner.

All applicants, including minor children and wives of foreign origin, must not have foreign citizenship or to renounce a foreign nationality within 6 months. In addition, applicants must reside in Korea for at least three years.

If the person is a minor (under the laws of the former country of residence), his mother or father who are citizens of the Republic of Korea, should recognize this face. The recognition by the parent of a child is a prerequisite for naturalization. It is also essential that the parent-Korean at the same time declared his own Korean ancestry.

The foreigner (the foreigner), whose spouse (wife) citizen (citizen) of the Republic of Korea may obtain permission for naturalization, if their marriage lasts for three years and they reside in Korea for at least one continuous year.

NATURALIZATION ON GENERAL GROUNDS: In the absence of a blood or marital relations, special conditions apply for naturalization. In this case, Korean citizenship will be granted subject to the following conditions:

The person must reside in Korea for five years or more.

The person must be of legal age in accordance with the Civil Code of the Republic of Korea.

The person must be trustworthy.

The person must be able to secure a livelihood.

The person must have a basic knowledge of the Korean language and understand Korean customs.

The person must obtain the permission of the Minister of justice.

DUAL CITIZENSHIP IN SOUTH KOREA: NOT RECOGNIZED. A person who is a citizen of the Republic of Korea and any foreign state by birth must choose one nationality before reaching 22 years.


VOLUNTARY: renunciation of citizenship should contact the Consulate. You are also required to pay the relevant fee. The Embassy will ensure the fulfillment of the formalities in Korea.

INVOLUNTARILY: Grounds for involuntary loss of Korean citizenship:

If a person acquires the citizenship of a foreign spouse or adoptive parent, or uses any other form of voluntary adoption of a foreign citizenship.

If the nationality of the person or revoked if the person got divorced, and the citizenship was obtained based on marriage.

If the person who received Korean citizenship, has renounced previous citizenship within six months.

More detailed information and advice on citizenship issues, you can contact EFSAG .