The Differences in a Korean F4 & F1 Visa

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The Differences in a Korean F4 & F1 Visa
South Korea's visas involve different requirements. (south korea flag icon. (with clipping path) image by Andrey Zyk from

The state of South Korea has a number of requirements for people to travel to, live in and work in the country. Criteria that affect the type of visa a person can apply for include their nationality, ethnicity, how long they intend to stay and what they intend to do when they are in Korea. The F1 "Korean Family Visa" and the F4 "Overseas Adopted Koreans" Visa have a number of differences.

Work Permit

A person in Korea under an F1 visa cannot work legally in the country. The F4 visa allows you to live and work in Korea.

Time Period

The F1 visa must be renewed after one year, and you must leave the country to have a new visa issued. The F4 visa allows you to live and work in Korea indefinitely. It lasts two years but can be renewed without leaving the country.


The F1 visa requires you to have a sponsor inside Korea. The sponsor can be biological family, a native Korean spouse or a native Korean friend who assumes responsibility for your actions in Korea. The F4 visa does not require a sponsor and allows the holder to purchase land, property, housing or open up a business in Korea.

Who Can Obtain the Visa

The F1 visa is a Korean family visa issued to people who have a Korean sponsor such as a family member, native Korean spouse or native Korean friend. The F4 visa can only be issued to people of Korean descent residing overseas that immigrated after 1948, overseas Korean nationals, foreign Korean nations, Koreans born overseas with another citizenship and Koreans who have changed their citizenship.

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