Birth family search
Nest Korea is dedicated to finding Korean homes for adoptees who wish to know who their Korean parents are.
Nest Korea maintains a powerful network throughout Korea.
The right information in the adoption file will be a good opportunity to find them in a short time.
To find a family in Korea, please send us the following information :
A copy of your adoptive file (Ask your adoptive parents for it)
A copy of your ID / passport (required by the police department)
If you live in Korea, please visit our office
In 2012, the Korean government changed the adoption law requiring the adoption information received from the adoption family. You can download Special Adoption Act.
Nest Korea offers homestay programs for Korean adoptees that wish to experience the Korean family culture.
Traveling for the first time to Korea?
Unsure of how to reach your accommodation from the airport?
We can help you arrange a free Airport pick-up
from Incheon or Gimpo Airport to your accommodation within Seoul!
Must be your first time visiting Korea
Must be an Overseas Korean Adoptee
Accommodation/lodging must be within Seoul
Must complete an airport pick-up application form and submit it at least 1-2 months before arriving
F4 Visa status gives overseas Koreans (Gyopos) the right to stay and work in Korea for minimum of 3 years without having to leave the country. It's very convenient for Korean adoptees that want to stay for long term in Korea. Nest Korea can help Korean adoptees to get this F4 visa from the government.
To apply for the F-4 visa you must prepare the following documents (If done in Seoul):
A. Valid Passport (only needs to be shown)
B. Two current photos, 3.5 x 4.5 cm (1.4 x 1.8 in)
- Need to be same pictures
- Photo booths are available in various places throughout Seoul including some subway stations and at the immigration office.
C. Adoption Certificate = need original (not older than 3 months, see date of issuance)
- Needs to be requested through your adoption agency in Korea
- Usually available within 3 - 5 business days (Holt only sends it on Tuesdays, so it takes 7-10 business days)
D. Korean Family Registry (1,000 won per copy) = need original
- Usually available immediately at a district office near the immigration office
- Can be picked up just prior to going to the immigration office
E. Certificate of Naturalization = need copy
- Needs to be translated from your language to Korean
- If the certificate is not in English, please translate from your language to English.
F. 80,000 won for the Immigration Office's application fees (Every year it can be raised)
- 70,000 Won have be exchanged into revenue stamps and 10,000 Won have to be given in cash
1. E-mail F4 Visa assistance request to firstname.lastname@example.org. The email should contain
(Only if you want us to apply for the ADOPTION CERTIFICATE)
Your Korean name
2. Once we receive the ADOPTION CERTIFICATE from your adoption agency, Nest Korea will send you an email to make an appointment with us for a Nest Korea volunteer to go with you to the immigration office.*
3. Please bring your PASSPORT, APPLICATION FEE and 2 PHOTOS to the Nest Korea OFFICE.
4. Pick up your completed F4 Registration card at the immigration office on the date it is available. You can also have it delivered to the address you registered with.
It takes now at least 3 weeks to process the F4 Visa. During that time, you are not allowed to leave the country.
YOU MAY HAVE TO RENOUNCE YOUR KOREAN CITIZENSHIP AT THE IMMIGRATION OFFICE AT THE SAME TIME
YOU APPLY FOR THE F4 VISA.
Make sure you check with the immigration office about when and where you should pick up your F4 registration card.
F4 visa 1st extension
If your F4 visa will expire soon you can renew it at the immigration office
however you need to prepare a few documents before you can apply to
extend your visa for another maximum 3 years
(Duration could be changed to 2 years because of law changes etc.).
The documents that you need are:
Copy of your passport
(Bring just in case also your original passport to the immigration office)
Copy of F4 visa + current F4 visa
KRW 60.000 for stamps
2 passport-size pictures (just in case)
Application form (You can get this at the immigration office)
Contract or proof from your address where you are staying at the moment.
기본증명서 (국적상실 내용 기재된); Family Registery (Showing that you have lost Korean nationality)
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. For example:
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 1000 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.