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  • Lazio
  • Super Waygook

    • 346

    • January 27, 2018, 03:56:10 pm
    • Gyeongi-do
Re: Government gave us 800,000won to spend
« Reply #60 on: May 26, 2020, 06:37:56 pm »
Do you live in Seoul, or Gyeonggi? I got into an argument with my wife last night because she only got 380,000 from the federal government and 220,000 from our local government, and she insisted foreigners don't count, even if they're married, and also that we get less from the federal government because we got money from our local government, too.
Okay - I'm trying to figure this out. Wife said we received 380,000 from the federal support money and 150,000 from our local Gyeonggi government. Married, two person household. This seems incorrect, right?

Yeah, that doesn't seem right. Are you properly registered, like some posters mentioned here earlier? The amount sounds like they didn't take you into account, only your wife.
A friend of mine living in Gyeonggi with his wife got 530k (the 600k got slightly reduced because of the provincial and city level aid)
We got 700k for our family of 3 (instead of 800k)
So that 380k could very well be a slightly reduced 400k which is for a single person household.
« Last Edit: May 26, 2020, 06:41:14 pm by Lazio »


Re: Government gave us 800,000won to spend
« Reply #61 on: May 27, 2020, 07:47:29 am »
Yeah, that doesn't seem right. Are you properly registered, like some posters mentioned here earlier? The amount sounds like they didn't take you into account, only your wife.
A friend of mine living in Gyeonggi with his wife got 530k (the 600k got slightly reduced because of the provincial and city level aid)
We got 700k for our family of 3 (instead of 800k)
So that 380k could very well be a slightly reduced 400k which is for a single person household.

Yeah, that's exactly what happened. Glad I convinced her to check into it, because she thought that was just all we got.

We got it figured out. It wasn't automatic because I don't have a marriage visa. But I went in and gave them some forms and they said we'll be getting the extra person's worth in about ten days.


  • Lazio
  • Super Waygook

    • 346

    • January 27, 2018, 03:56:10 pm
    • Gyeongi-do
Re: Government gave us 800,000won to spend
« Reply #62 on: May 28, 2020, 09:12:53 am »
Yeah, that's exactly what happened. Glad I convinced her to check into it, because she thought that was just all we got.

We got it figured out. It wasn't automatic because I don't have a marriage visa. But I went in and gave them some forms and they said we'll be getting the extra person's worth in about ten days.

Glad to hear that. None of my business but why wouldn't you get the marriage visa. Isn't it better than the one you are on? Like not tied to an employer and such?

Btw: My friend just told me he received a text message from the authorities saying that permanent residents and marriage immigrants will receive the 100k from Gyeonggi + they will also get the 100k that his city gave out to each of its citizens. So most likely other cities will be the same in Gyeonggi-do. F-5 and F-6 visa holders are eligible for both the provincial and the city level aid. Application will start from next week, only in person at the local 주민센터.


Re: Government gave us 800,000won to spend
« Reply #63 on: May 28, 2020, 09:22:01 am »
I got the same text message. It is 100,000 plus 100,000 for the most part. Only at the 주민센터, starting next week, ON YOUR MASK DAY, for the following visas: F-5, F-6, F-2-1


Re: Government gave us 800,000won to spend
« Reply #64 on: May 28, 2020, 09:36:37 am »
Glad to hear that. None of my business but why wouldn't you get the marriage visa. Isn't it better than the one you are on? Like not tied to an employer and such?

Btw: My friend just told me he received a text message from the authorities saying that permanent residents and marriage immigrants will receive the 100k from Gyeonggi + they will also get the 100k that his city gave out to each of its citizens. So most likely other cities will be the same in Gyeonggi-do. F-5 and F-6 visa holders are eligible for both the provincial and the city level aid. Application will start from next week, only in person at the local 주민센터.

I still have a few years remaining on my current visa and the marriage one doesn't offer any immediate benefits over my current visa, so I figured I'd save myself the time, effort, and fees of having to go change my visa until it was closer to time to renew mine.


  • oglop
  • The Legend

    • 3825

    • August 25, 2011, 07:24:54 pm
    • Seoul
Re: Government gave us 800,000won to spend
« Reply #65 on: May 28, 2020, 09:56:42 am »
I still have a few years remaining on my current visa and the marriage one doesn't offer any immediate benefits over my current visa, so I figured I'd save myself the time, effort, and fees of having to go change my visa until it was closer to time to renew mine.
yep. also, i end up renewing every year with the marriage visa. think i'm just unlucky not to get multiple years, but it's a pain in the arse going to immigration every year


  • shostager
  • Super Waygook

    • 307

    • November 06, 2012, 06:08:10 am
Re: Government gave us 800,000won to spend
« Reply #66 on: May 28, 2020, 10:06:05 am »
yep. also, i end up renewing every year with the marriage visa. think i'm just unlucky not to get multiple years, but it's a pain in the arse going to immigration every year

Same here. My visa was good for five years, and is still good for about a year and a half now. A marriage visa, for me, would likely require yearly renewal (not married for long and no kids). I won't go that route until I have to.


  • oglop
  • The Legend

    • 3825

    • August 25, 2011, 07:24:54 pm
    • Seoul
Re: Government gave us 800,000won to spend
« Reply #67 on: May 28, 2020, 10:10:32 am »
i think i've had 5 one-years in a row now. going for the world record


  • Lazio
  • Super Waygook

    • 346

    • January 27, 2018, 03:56:10 pm
    • Gyeongi-do
Re: Government gave us 800,000won to spend
« Reply #68 on: May 28, 2020, 10:48:23 am »
i think i've had 5 one-years in a row now. going for the world record

You could try and kindly ask for a longer period. It worked for me. I got one year at the first renewal only. 2 years at the second time and 3 years from the third time. Didn't even have a child back then.


  • oglop
  • The Legend

    • 3825

    • August 25, 2011, 07:24:54 pm
    • Seoul
Re: Government gave us 800,000won to spend
« Reply #69 on: May 28, 2020, 11:17:23 am »
You could try and kindly ask for a longer period. It worked for me. I got one year at the first renewal only. 2 years at the second time and 3 years from the third time. Didn't even have a child back then.
wear a suit, have all documents neatly prepared, speak korean to them, ask politely for a longer period, bring my wife along: always 1 year


  • Lazio
  • Super Waygook

    • 346

    • January 27, 2018, 03:56:10 pm
    • Gyeongi-do
Re: Government gave us 800,000won to spend
« Reply #70 on: May 28, 2020, 11:28:32 am »
wear a suit, have all documents neatly prepared, speak korean to them, ask politely for a longer period, bring my wife along: always 1 year

Maybe they just don't like your face for some reason.  :P
On a more serious note, they could've changed their policy and guidelines since then. It was nearly 9 years ago when I got the 2 years. I dunno.
You could go for the F-5 and the problem is solved.


Re: Government gave us 800,000won to spend
« Reply #71 on: May 28, 2020, 11:30:33 am »
wear a suit, have all documents neatly prepared, speak korean to them, ask politely for a longer period, bring my wife along: always 1 year

You wear a suit when you visit the immigration office? Is there any special reason for this?


Re: Government gave us 800,000won to spend
« Reply #72 on: May 28, 2020, 11:33:40 am »
I got two years on my first F2 visa, and then got three years when I renewed it. Maybe I'm just lucky. But the other two people I know who have marriage visas each got three years on them from the get-go.