The F series Long Term Visa

by wavepoint

Dec. 1, 2022, 4 p.m.


Short rundown of all Long Term Visas available in South Korea

If the E series visas are all about short term visas that allow you to work, then the F series visas are all about long term stay with the ability to live, work, and run a business with little to no limitations.  Most expats who work in Korea who want to stay longer or even live here long term dream about the various F visas.


The usual pathway to long term visas basically starts on the sponsored E visas to a F series visa.  The most common pathway is usually E2 → F2-7→ F5.  Some people fall in love with a Korean and go for the F6.  While others are born with the right parents and get the F4.  


F series long term visas:


 F-1 Visiting or joining family (방문동거)

This is basically a short term visa for parents or children of other long term visa holders.

 F-2 Resident (거주)

This visa is for long term residency and is subdivided into several different categories:


F-2-1: Spouse of Korean

F-2-2: Single-entry visa valid up to 90 days to an underage child of Korean national holding foreign citizenship

F-2-3: Single-entry visa valid up to one year issued to spouse of F-5 permanent resident visa holder

F-2-4: Refugee

F-2-7: Points-based system ********

F-2-99: 5 years on an E-2 visa w/conditions

 F-3 Accompanying spouse / child (동반)

This is basically a long term visa for long term visa holders.

 F-4 Overseas Korean (재외동포)

The almighty Gyopo visa. This is basically for descendents of Korean nationals who are not citizens of South Korea.

 F-5 Permanent resident (영주)

This visa (along with the F2-7) is the dream for foreigners who want to live in Korea long term.


F-5-1: General Permanent Resident

F-5-2: Spouse of Korean citizen

F-5-3: Minor children of Korean citizen

F-5-4: Spouse or minor child of permanent resident

F-5-5: Investors

F-5-6: Overseas Koreans who stayed more than 2 years

F-5-7: Those who could acquire nationality

F-5-8: Overseas Taiwanese born in Korea

F-5-9: Ph.D. holder with certain major and employed

F-5-10: BA in technology, MA in general field

F-5-11: Special talent

F-5-12: Special merit

F-5-13: Pension beneficiaries

F-5-14: 4 years on H-2

F-5-15: Ph.D. from Korea and employed

F-5-16: 3 years on F-2-7

F-5-17: 5 years real estate investors

F-5-18: Spouse of child f F-5-16 holder

F-5-19: Spouse or child of F-5-17 holder

F-5-20: Those born in Korea with permanent resident parents

F-5-21: 5 years investors

F-5-22: Spouse of F-5-21 or F-5-23 holder or unmarried children

F-5-23: Specific retired investors

F-5-24: Specific technology startup investors

F-5-25: Potential large-scale investor

F-5-26: Essential R&D professionals

F-5-27: Refugee who stayed more than 2 years

 F-6 Marriage to Korean Citizen (결혼이민)

The marriage visa. This visa is another popular pathway to long term residence. You just need to marry a Korean national.


F-6-1: Spouse of Korean national

F-6-2: Child raising

 ***F2-7 Long-Term Residency Visa (Point System)

This visa is the gateway for the F-5 visas and is is a long-term residency visa which does not rely on the employment sponsorship.

This visa does not have a legal work limitation which is given for E2 visa in terms of place of work and subject of teaching.

With this visa, you can also establish your own business without the minimum requirement of how much you are supposed to invest.

Eligible to apply for a permanent residency visa (F-5) after 3 years of having an F-2-7 visa. Getting enough points to qualify is a challenge.



In another post I will talk about the grueling path to the F2-7 Long-Term Residency Visa and the various ways to get the 75 points necessary.

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