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  • kengreen
  • Expert Waygook

    • 650

    • July 03, 2013, 11:30:02 am
    • South Korea
F-5 Visa Question
« on: November 16, 2018, 08:19:32 am »
Now that F-5 people are changing their visa status to permanent resident, do we still need to jump through all the hoops? (FBI check, Apostille, etc) I now work in China, so I have no idea.


  • KoreaBoo
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    • 565

    • May 25, 2014, 04:00:42 pm
    • Korealand
Re: F-5 Visa Question
« Reply #1 on: November 16, 2018, 09:21:37 am »
No.

Immigration has no involvement with your employment after you receive it.


  • m.corless
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    • August 30, 2011, 02:55:14 pm
    • Toronto, ON, Canada
Re: F-5 Visa Question
« Reply #2 on: November 16, 2018, 10:44:33 pm »
Not for immigration, but your employer can ask for anything they want/need for their records. At a hagwon/after school job you might be able to get away with less documents but public school positions typically want all the usual paperwork (background check + degree apostilles, reference letters, etc).


  • kengreen
  • Expert Waygook

    • 650

    • July 03, 2013, 11:30:02 am
    • South Korea
Re: F-5 Visa Question
« Reply #3 on: November 17, 2018, 07:34:17 am »
I heard that it's not even called an F-5 anymore. It's now referred to as a straight permanent resident visa. But I don't know if I'm being misinformed.

Here's the link: http://www.immigration.go.kr/HP/COM/bbs_03/ShowData.do

It would be nice if those with this status didn't have to keep getting FBI checks and apostilles.
« Last Edit: November 17, 2018, 07:37:08 am by kengreen »


  • KoreaBoo
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    • 565

    • May 25, 2014, 04:00:42 pm
    • Korealand
Re: F-5 Visa Question
« Reply #4 on: November 17, 2018, 07:54:17 pm »
My new green card has both permanent resident and F-5 on it. 


  • Lazio
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    • January 27, 2018, 03:56:10 pm
    • Gyeongi-do
Re: F-5 Visa Question
« Reply #5 on: November 17, 2018, 10:47:05 pm »
The F-5 visa has already been referred to as "permanent resident visa" for ages. Even by Immigration. So what is this new thing of converting F-5 visas to permanent residency? Aren't they the same thing basically? Is there any difference between the two? Any benefits?
Seems like it's just a new name and nothing more. Won't bring any difference for those with the new status.


  • kengreen
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    • 650

    • July 03, 2013, 11:30:02 am
    • South Korea
Re: F-5 Visa Question
« Reply #6 on: November 19, 2018, 05:31:48 am »
It's my mistake. Immigration put down something on the website, and I probably misinterpreted. From what I understand, we just have to renew it every ten years.


  • KoreaBoo
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    • 565

    • May 25, 2014, 04:00:42 pm
    • Korealand
Re: F-5 Visa Question
« Reply #7 on: November 19, 2018, 07:48:13 am »
It's my mistake. Immigration put down something on the website, and I probably misinterpreted. From what I understand, we just have to renew it every ten years.

You don't need to renew your visa every 10 years, you are required to get a new ID card every 10 years.


  • fishead
  • Hero of Waygookistan

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    • April 23, 2010, 07:58:05 am
    • Yangju Korea
Re: F-5 Visa Question
« Reply #8 on: January 03, 2019, 07:40:53 am »
Not for immigration, but your employer can ask for anything they want/need for their records. At a hagwon/after school job you might be able to get away with less documents but public school positions typically want all the usual paperwork (background check + degree apostilles, reference letters, etc).

For Epik you are expected to jump through all the same hoops. Even if you are currently working for a public school and need to make the transfer.


  • hippo
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    • 151

    • July 16, 2011, 11:28:36 pm
    • Seoul
Re: F-5 Visa Question
« Reply #9 on: January 05, 2019, 04:42:33 pm »
They can check to make sure you have paid all your taxes, etc..  Two million fine if you donít do renew in time.  Source of revenue for an aging population.

The pictur updatee is a good explanation, but I doubt itís the foremost intent.

Just my guess though.


Re: F-5 Visa Question
« Reply #10 on: January 05, 2019, 05:18:10 pm »
They can check to make sure you have paid all your taxes, etc..  Two million fine if you donít do renew in time.  Source of revenue for an aging population.

The pictur updatee is a good explanation, but I doubt itís the foremost intent.

Just my guess though.

Don't Koreans have to update their ID cards every 10 years?  This is a case of equal treatment.


  • KoreaBoo
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    • May 25, 2014, 04:00:42 pm
    • Korealand
Re: F-5 Visa Question
« Reply #11 on: January 05, 2019, 07:17:19 pm »
Korean nationals do not currently need to update their photo ID's.

Foreigners with permanent residency do.


  • raycar
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    • July 12, 2018, 10:12:26 pm
    • Busan
Re: F-5 Visa Question
« Reply #12 on: January 06, 2019, 06:52:19 pm »
the immigration website seems to be down now, but I also got a letter informing me of the change.  It's my understanding that you have 12 years from the day you were issued the F5 to get it changed.  Can anyone else confirm that?


  • KoreaBoo
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    • 565

    • May 25, 2014, 04:00:42 pm
    • Korealand
Re: F-5 Visa Question
« Reply #13 on: January 06, 2019, 08:12:14 pm »
That is correct. 

You have to renew your card every 10 years. 

You are provided 2 years to do this.

I suspect the reason for the 2 year period is for those who are outside the country who possess an F-5 visa.

You must return to Korea for at least one day every 2 years in order to keep your visa status.  Hence the 10 years + 2 years to update the photo.