South Korea Family Visa Types, Requirements & Application Process


South Korean family visas are not very diverse and extensive. In most cases, their application process is similar to other South Korean visas. Note that for most family visas, family members only mean a spouse and young children.

South Korea Family Visa Application Process

The application process is as follows;

  1.  To apply for a South Korean family visa, you must first visit the nearest South Korean embassy.
  2. Then apply for your intended visa.
  3. You need to wait a while for your visa application to be processed.
  4. Then you should go to the Diplomatic Repentance office to find out the result of the visa. If your visa application is approved, the visa will be stamped in your passport.

South Korea Family Visa Requirements

All applicants for a South Korea family visa must provide the following documents:

  • Visa application form
  • A valid Passport: Your passport should have two blank pages and be valid for at least six months from the time you arrive in South Korea.
  • Applicant photo: The dimensions of the photo must be the passport photo’s dimensions, and its size is 3.5 cm x 4.5 cm.
  • Return ticket
  • Evidence that you can cover your expenditures while staying in South Korea (such as the bank statement and income tax return)
  • Receipts of payments you have made
  • Any other documents that the embassy may ask you depending on the purpose of your trip

You can access the visa application form through one of the following ways:

  • You can download the visa application form through the embassy website where you are applying.
  • You can also receive this form at the embassy.
  • If you are applying for a South Korean visa through a private company, you can refer to a visa application agency.

Remember that the questions in this form must be answered using a black or blue pen.

South Korea Family Visa Fees

If you want to apply for a South Korean family visa, consider the following table:

The type of VisaFees ( Based on US dollars)
Multiple entry visa$90
Double-entry visa$70
Single-entry visa, more than 90 days$60
Single-entry visa, for 90 days or more$40

Types of South Korea Family Visa

Cohabitee of diplomat/foreign government official (F-1-3)

This visa is issued to:

  • Dependents of holders of diplomatic visas,
  • Foreign Government Official, or Agreement visas.

Also, it should be noted that this visa does not include family members of holders of these visas.

Spouse/underage children of F-4 overseas Korean (F-1-9)

Spouse and young children of those who have an F4 visa can join their family in South Korea with this visa.

Parents of the international student (F-1-13)

Parents of international students studying in Korea can apply for this visa, provided the student is studying in less than high school grade.

Underage children of Korean national (F-2-2)

A minor child born from a marriage in which either of the parents is Korean can enter South Korea through this visa.

Spouse of a permanent resident (F-2-3)

Family members of F-5 visa holders can apply for this visa. Remember, family members are spouses and young children.

Dependent family (F-3-1)

Dependent Family members of some South Korean visa holders can use this visa to enter the country.

Spouse of a Korean national (F-6-1)

This visa is issued for the spouse of a Korean National with marital status who wants to reside in this country to continue the marriage.

Child raising (F-6-2)

People who are not eligible for an F-6-1 visa and want to raise their child in South Korea can use this visa.

What is South Korea F-1-5 visa?

South Korea F-1-5 visa is a category of Korean family visa. It is for parents of married migrants for the purpose of child care support.

The requirements for an F-1- 5 visa is as follows:

  • Application form. You need to fill it with your personal information.
  • Photos. Two colored photos with clear white background.
  • A copy of the first page of your passport.
  • A Passport first page copy or ID card copy of the person who invited you to Korea is required.
  • Invitation letter. The invitor needs to write and send it to the applicant.
  • Letter of Pledge on Illegal stay and Unemployment. The Invitor in Korea needs to complete this form.
  •  Invitor’s Letter of Guarantee
  • Invitor’s residential status requirements
  •  Letter of Pledge on Unemployment
  • TB test result certificate. It must be from the certified hospitals in that home country by the Korean embassy.
  • Invitor’s Korean Basic Certificate
  • Invitor’s Korean Family Certificate
  • Invitor’s Korean Marriage History
  • Korean Resident Registration Certificate
  • Korean Family Certificate under Korean’s child
  • Korean’s Child’s School Certificate
  • Consent for Isolation
  • Original PSA Marriage certification or Cenomar

※ All documents submitted must be original copies

Let’s sum up…

In the previous sections, we described the types of South Korean family visas, the application process, the requirements, and the fees that must be paid. In other sections of the Visa Library website, you can find other types of South Korean visas as well as immigration and non-immigrant visas from other countries.

If you have experience in obtaining South Korea visas, write it in the comments section so that other readers can make better decisions in the visa application process. If you have a question or suggestion, you can put it below, and we will respond as soon as possible.


Who can I bring through a family visa?

You can bring your spouse and children under 18.

How should I bring my family to South Korea?

Gather the supporting documents and submit to officials.

Is the list of requirements different for each applicant?

It’s unlikely, but you can get familiar with the list in the article.

How should I prove a family relationship?

Through a marriage and birth certificate or a Family Relations Certificate issued from Korea.

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  1. Sonu says:

    Hey my wife living in south Korea on d2 visa I applied two times but my visa denied just only 11others . M confused can apply visa again

    • Visa Library says:

      Dear Sonu
      We are truly sorry that your visa was rejected. There seems to be no problem applying again and we do not know the reason you were rejected. You would better find out the reason and try to eliminate it and apply with a strong case so the Korean officials can deny your application this time.
      Read the instructions and details carefully and ensure everything is according to the rules.

  2. Anam says:

    Hello I am anam my husband lived in Korea I submitted my application for 1 month ago but my visa do not approve it’s only prossesing why they can’t approved my visa

    • Visa Library says:

      Dear Anam
      You are kindly informed that the processing time depends on different factors. You would better send an email to the embassy or visa center you have applied to and ask them about the delay.

      • Eva says:

        What ia F1-5 visa? What type of document or processes needed for this category visa?

        • Visalibrary-team says:

          Dear Eva
          Thank you for your question.
          The F-1-5 is for parents of marriage migrants for the purpose of child care support.
          You can see the list of requirements in the article as we added a new section for it.


    I’m a PhD student invited by Korean Government. And I have been to Korea since 2 years and 3 months ago. Imy wife and 2 little daughters applied to acompyning family Visa last month and. I prepared their tickets bank statement balance certificate everything.unfortionatly the denyed their visa. Now I came back to Korea without them and I can’t even focus on my study and research. Any help?

    • Visalibrary-team says:

      we are truly sorry that your family’s visa was rejected.
      Often the officials send a letter and explain the reason for rejection. Is there any?
      If yes, see what it was and apply again by removing that reason (obstacle)
      You can also appeal to the court with a lawyer’s help so your family can join you.

  4. Ahmed says:

    I am studying language in South Korea now I have a D4 visa and I want to change it. Can I do that? and how’s that? What legal procedures should I take?

    • Visalibrary-team says:

      Dear Ahmed
      Thank you for your question.
      I suppose you are in South Korea under a student visa. If so, It’s a bit hard to change your visa, but you need to meet the eligibility principles of the visa you want to change to.
      You would better read the rules of each one and see if you can change it or not.
      Good luck.

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