F-3-1 dependent family visa, which is issued as a single entry, is for the spouses and children of people who have some South Korean visas. The conditions defined for this visa are similar to those set for the primary visa holder. In other words, if the E-2 visa holder extends his permit for another year, the F-3-1 visa of his dependent will be renewed for another year.
In this blog, we will review essential details regarding this visa, including the requirements, application process, renewal procedure, and validity.
What is an F-3-1 dependent family visa?
The visa helps foreigners living, working, and studying in South Korea to reunite their families. With this visa, spouses and children under the age of 18 can join their families in South Korea.
Who is eligible for an F-3-1 visa?
Spouse and minor child under the age of 18 who hold the following visas can apply for an F-3-1 visa:
- Korean Arts and Culture (D-1)
- Student (D-2)
- General Trainee (D-4)
- Long-term News Coverage (D-5)
- Religious Worker (D-6)
- Intra-company Transferee (D-7)
- Corporate/Foreign Investor (D-8)
- International Trade (D-9)
- Job Seeker (D-10)
- Professor (E-1)
- Foreign Language Instructor (E-2)
- Researcher (E-3)
- Technology Instructor / Technician (E-4)
- Professional (E-5)
- Artist/Athlete (E-6)
- Foreign National of Special Ability (E-7)
What are the requirements for an F-3-1 visa?
Applicants for an F-3-1 dependent family visa must provide the following documents:
- Visa application form
- Photo of the applicant, which should be in color and white background
- A valid passport and a copy of it: the passport must be valid for at least six months and have a blank sheet.
- Application fee
The inviter must provide the following documents:
- Tax payment certificate
- Certificate of employment
- Bank statement proving the inviter can financially support his/her family
- Marriage certificate for spouse (in English)
- Birth certificate for a minor child (in English)
- Alien Registration Card of the primary visa holders
- Health Condition Report Form
Tuberculosis test result (applicable to certain applicants)
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The above list has some exceptions
- Children below the age of 6
- Pregnant applicants
- Applicants who apply for:
- A-1 (Diplomatic),
- A-2 (Official)
- A-3 (Treaties) visas.
If you are from the above list of countries, you need the following documents:
- Chest X-ray report / radiology report
- Certificate of Health
The above documents can not be older than three months from the date of issuance.
Applicants from countries listed in the following table must provide a health certificate:
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Applicants from the listed countries are required to submit an invitation letter and a letter of guarantee from Korea. The notary public must notarize both letters in Korea.
What is the application process for an F-3-1 dependent family visa?
The South Korean family visa application process is as follows:
- Step 1: First, the application form (or e-Form) on the Korean visa portal must be completed.
- Step 2: When you have completed the form, sign it, and submit it to the South Korean Embassy along with the other documents mentioned.
The embassy may ask you for more documents, if necessary.
The ARC card
When you get to South Korea, you need to apply for the ARC or Alien Registration Card at a local immigration office. Bear in mind that you have to do it within 90 days of arriving in the country. It takes 2-3 weeks to issue the ARC for the officials. Everyone who wants to stay in Korea for longer than 90 days has to apply for the ARC and receive a card from the authorities.
The requirements for the ARC card are:
- Completed Application Form, download or receive it from the Immigration office in the city you live in.
- Passport (Original & Copy, including the visa page)
- A passport photo (3.5 cm x 4.5 cm)
- A fee of 30,000 KRW in Cash
- Proof of residency
The application process is as follows:
- Visit the official immigration website of Korea named “HiKorea.”
- Make an online reservation at the center.
- Visit the center on the exact date and provide your fingerprints and digital photo.
- The authorities complete the bureaucracy and issue the card in 2-3 weeks.
Changes to the ARC and report to the officials
If you experience any of the following changes, you need to report them to the local immigration office in two weeks:
- date of birth
Any change in your passport:
- Passport number
- Date of issuance
- Expiration date
Any change in the place you live or the palace you work in Korea.
If you don’t inform the officials of the changes, you have breached the Immigration Act Article 35, and you will be fined. There might come heavy consequences as well.
Leaving South Korea
When you want to leave Korea, you have to submit the ARC card to the immigration office or immigration officer at the departure airport. Not doing so leads to a fine. In the process of receiving the ARC, the embassy can not help you, and you need to complete it on your own.
How long can a visa holder stay in South Korea?
The validity of your visa is determined based on the length of stay of the primary visa holder. Keep in mind that the terms of the F-3-1 dependent family visa are tied to the terms of the primary visa holder.
Can a dependent family visa be extended?
Yes. If the holder of the primary visa extends his/her stay, you are allowed to renew your visa. You will need the following documents when renewing your visa:
- Visa application form
- Alien Registration Card
- Application Fee
- Proof of residency
Can F-3-1 visa holders change the status of their visa to another one?
Yes. If you can find a proper job opportunity, you can qualify for the following visas:
How long is the F-3-1 dependent family visa valid for?
The validity of the F-3-1 dependent family visa is up to the person residing in Korea. You can stay with your spouse or parents as long as they are allowed to stay in the country. In case they have to leave South Korea, the companions also need to leave the country unless they have received eligibility for another type of visa and applied for it. For example, they have been able to find a job offer and apply for a work visa and convert their family visa to a work visa.
Can you apply from inside the country?
Yes. An F-3-1 dependent family permits you to apply from inside the country. However, your stay must be legal. For example, you can stay under a tourist visa and then apply for a family visa. You could also be from visa-free countries and stay with your passport or legal travel document.
Family visa processing time
The average processing time for a family visa is about 14 days. However, it could take longer due to some reasons. First, your case might be complete if you haven’t provided the full list of requirements by authorities. Then, the officials could ask for further supporting documents. Second, after the COVID-19 vaccination, the country is open to foreigners, and the government is issuing more visas. So it would be normal to expect a longer processing time.
Remember that there is no urgent or express service with the family visa.
Status update on your application
Some applicants prefer to follow updates on their applications during the processing stage. This feature is up to the Korean embassy or consulate you apply to. For instance, the Korean embassy in Singapore doesn’t provide such a service, and they announce the final decision on the scheduled collection date.
If you need such a service, ask the embassy if they provide a status update service or not.
Can you extend your family visa?
Yes, the authorities permit you to extend your Korean family visa and stay longer if you are eligible. Your spouse must be allowed to stay in the country so you can stay with him or her. You need the following requirements to extend your visa:
- Application form
- ARC (Alien Registration Card)
- Application fee
- Proof of Residency
- Contact of house rental or ownership
- The mail received from Immigration
- Paid utility bills with your name
Let’s sum up …
This article explained the details of a South Korea F-3-1 dependent family visa, including the application process, requirements, costs, and validity. On the Visa Library website, you can learn about other South Korean visas as well as ways to immigrate to other countries. In case you have some experience, please write it down in the comment section. Your comments let the readers choose better and avoid mistakes. Conveying your experiences in comments is a great help for applicants.