F-4 Visa 1st extension
All overseas Korean adoptees do not officially have a 기본증명서 (Family registry) simply because your birth parents didn’t subscribe you in their family register when they sent you for adoption. But there is a way to get this.
Here are the few steps you have to do to get your family registry :
- Check your adoption file which adoption agency in Korea created your adoption papers.
ex. Korean Social Service (KSS), Holt, SWS etc.
- Call them or send them an E-mail (Calling by telephone is recommended and they speak English) and
ask if they can send you an updated 입양확인서 (adoption confirmation) document. It’s a document
that says that you were adopted overseas with your Korean and International family name, date of
birth and the date of when you’re adopted.
- Print this document (2 pages) and bring this to a local 동사무소 (Village center / Dong office) and ask
for your family registry. Just in case bring all your adoption documents with you. It will cost KRW 1,000
for the family registry. After you got the family registry you can make an appointment with the
immigration office online or just to call them. They will give you the application form for the extension
of your F4 visa.
Foreigners that stay in Korea for a long time should NOT FORGET to register their home address in Korea! If you moved to another place you have 14 days maximum to report your new home address otherwise you will have to pay a penalty fee that can rise up to KRW 1,000,000 if you're not on time!
This also counts for visa renewing. If you forgot or didn't know about this law you can't renew your visa before you pay the penalty fee. Make sure before you renew and apply for the visa that all your documents are ready and that your home address is registered at the local village center!