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Korean F6-1 Spouse Visa Requirements

Taguig City, Philippines —

As of the 1st of April 2014, the Korean Embassy in the Philippines implemented the revised requirements of spouse visa. These are .hwp files taken from their website, and not all computers can view them. So, I posted these for you. I hope it’ll be of great help. Before asking questions,

PLEASE MAKE READING A HABIT!!!

(MAGBASA BAGO MAGTANONG)

Thank you 🙂

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In our case, both of us can communicate in English pretty well. I didn’t go to any Korean language institution or apply for TOPIK. Instead, my husband got interviewed by the Korean consul in plain English.

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Korean Exam Sample:

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Guarantee Letter (use specific format as required by embassy):

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My Korean F6-1 Visa Journey

I’ve received several emails inquiring about how long the process took, from our wedding to migration here in Korea. Please note that this may not be applicable to everyone. It would depend on the pace of the couple and of the government.

First and foremost, one of the reasons why Danny and I decided to settle down is because we can stand on our own feet. Meaning, we did not just rely on one source. We did LOTS of research on our own, called the embassy quite a few times to verify our concerns and asked help from some of our dear friends on how to process this and that. But, not to the extent that we annoyed the heck out of them or compared our experiences and situation to them. So what if you got your documents and visa faster than I did? Pft. C’mon. Then, does that make you a better person? Just saying.

I couldn’t find any recent blogs about processing F6-1 visa and other related documents when I was researching online a year ago, that was when I decided that one of my blog’s purposes should impart as much knowledge as I can on how to marry a Korean legally. So, I made this timeline as a reference and I hope this will be of great help to you:

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We got married last January 2015 and requested our officiating church and the Local Civil Registry Office (LCR) to have our marriage contract endorsed electronically to the National Statistics Office (NSO). Six (6) weeks after, around the last week of February, we got our marriage certificate on NSO security paper. For the whole month of March, Danny stayed in Korea to work and assist my father-in-law. He also registered our marriage at the local government office and obtained and notarized all pertinent documents we needed. It was really a busy month completing the requirements. However, it could have been quicker if Danny neglected his job and came back as soon as he got all the documents. But, he isn’t that type of person. ♥

My final advice is to always check for the completeness of the requirements before submitting them. But more importantly, it’s not necessary to be in a hurry. I suggest you spend some more time with your family and friends as much as you can or until your mindset is finally ready to start a whole new life. Got it?

I also compiled ALL the requirements needed for your convenience. If you want a more detailed story, just click ” Title (CLICK HERE) “.

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How to Apply for Legal Capacity Certificate or Certificate of Singleness from the Korean Embassy in the Philippines – (CLICK HERE)

Fee: Php 90

Source Link HERE

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 How to Apply for the Philippine Marriage License – (CLICK HERE)

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The medical certificate must be computerized or typewritten and include the following:

  • Hospital letter head
  • Address
  • Contact Number
  • Physician’s signature, license number and contact number

Note: The Korean embassy does not accept medical certificates from GOD’S WAY DIAGNOSTIC CENTER (486 United Nation Avenue, Ermita, Manila) and SOUTH SUPERHI-WAY MEDICAL CENTER (Km. 17, West Service Rd., Bgry Marcelo, Paranaque City).

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How to Apply for National Bureau of Investigation (NBI) Certificate – (CLICK HERE)

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How to Get the Commission on Filipinos Overseas (CFO) Certificate and Sticker – (CLICK HERE)

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Once you arrive in Korea, apply for the Alien Registration Card – (CLICK HERE)

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Effective June 1, 2015 the new schedule of visa application and releasing time will be implemented:

  • 8:30 am to 11:00 am   –  Visa Application (personal appearance)
  • 1:30 pm to 4:00 pm    –  Releasing of Passports (after 15 workings days or more)

Starting September 1, 2016, Consulate of the Republic of Korea in Cebu will be processing all types of visa applications including Korean’s Spouse visa (F-6), Entertainer’s Visa (E-6), and Non-professional Employment Visa (E-9).

NSO Website: https://www.ecensus.com.ph/

Embassy of Korea in the Philippines Website: http://embassy_philippines.mofa.go.kr/

CFO Website: http://www.cfo.gov.ph/

NBI Website: http://clearance.nbi.gov.ph/

As always, questions, clarifications and/or suggestions are highly encouraged and greatly appreciated. If you have any, please feel free to comment below and I’ll do my best to answer them. But,

PLEASE MAKE READING A HABIT!

(MAGBASA BAGO MAGTANONG)

You may also ask directly to the Korean embassy or the respective offices. Thank you!

Aja fighting~ All the best!

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Embassy of the Republic of Korea in the Republic of the Philippines

  • Address: 122 Upper McKinley Road, McKinley Town Center, Fort Bonifacio, Taguig City 1634, Philippines
  • Telephone Number: (63-2) 856-9210
  • Website: http://embassy_philippines.mofa.go.kr/
  • E-mail: philippines@mofa.go.kr
  • Office Hours: Monday to Friday 8:30am-5:30pm
  • Directions: 
    • The Korean Embassy is located at the corner of Upper Mckinley Rd. and C5 Rd, right beside the British Embassy.
    • From Guadalupe MRT Station or Market-Market, take the FTI-C5 jeepney. It will take 20 minutes from Guadalupe MRT Station and 7 minutes from Market-Market.
    • From the Venice Piazza at Mckinley Hill, there is a free shuttle bus that will take you to Upper McKinely Rd. The ride will take about 10 minutes. The Embassy is within walking distance from the last Bust Stop at Mckinley Rd.
    • When you take a cab/taxi, ask the driver to drop you off at the Korean Embassy at Mckinley Hill along C5 road, beside the British Embassy.

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Consulate of the Republic of Korea in Cebu, Philippines

  • Address: 12th Floor Chinabank Corporate Center, Lot 2, Samar Loop Cor. Road 5, Cebu Business Park, Mabolo, Cebu City
  • Telephone Number: (63-32) 231-1516(-9)
  • Fax: (63-32) 231-2950
  • E-Mail: phi_cebu2015@mofa.go.kr

 

Last Updated: September 2016

Cover photo ©gwangjuguide.or.kr

80 thoughts on “Korean F6-1 Spouse Visa Requirements

  1. Hello mga sis ask lang any idea naman please mag aapply na kasi ako for spouse visa natatakot ako bak matagalan kasi yung iba kung classmate na nag apply dami daw hinihinge sa kanila ung iba naman na psado naman sa school pinageexam ulit ano pong magandang gawin

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  2. Hello! Good day to you. We’ve just married this february 2017 and we are planning to apply for spouse visa and hopefully we can process it before nov. or dec. I have my concerned regarding my passport if its okey to use my maiden name in all visa processing. My passport will expired on 2020. Actually im planning to renew my passport to change my status/ lastname but as i checked in dfa website they need CFO certificate as one of requirements but I think my husband didn’t registred yet our marriage in their country since its still early. Please inlightened me what do i need to do first. Thank you.

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    1. Hi. Yes it’s still okay to use your maiden name. If you wish to use your married name, you have to attend CFO first then renew your passport then apply for the visa. Maybe too early to have your papers ready since the requirements state no more than 3 months but, I don’t think there’s no “too early” to REPORT the marriage. Just saying. 🙂

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    2. Thank you for answering my questions regarding my passport.. and now im planning to renew my passport. But my problem is the cfo requirements in CFO part 2. #5 the certificate of marriage relation. So, in other words, my husband needs to register first our marriage in their country in other for me to attend and get CFO certificate?

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    3. Yes, he is. Anyway, i already read your post on how to apply for cfo and its very informative and i noticed that you also included the address and contact number of the cfo office here in cebu so, i decided to contact them and luckyly the one that i talked to was friendly and nice. he answered all my questons right away.. thank you so much and may the GOD bless you more for sharing your thoughts and experience to others…

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  3. Hi po mai tanong po ako kasal na po ako sa korea umowi po ako kasi dito na mag asikaso E6visa po ako non.. Nong nasa airport po ako hinarang ako nang immigration kasi baklas daw visa ko na deport ako nang dalawang araw natatakan po passport ko nang 46-1 dito ko nlng nalaman sa pinas na buntis na pala ako ngayun 6months na tiyan ko dec 13,2016 po ako umowi. Tanong ko po makakabalik papo ba ako…

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  4. Ska pwedi po bang ndi n ako magtake ng exam pareho po kmi mag asawa english ang gamit at hangeukmal..marunong po ako konti..

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  5. Hello po..magandang araw..wife din po ako ng korean..at ngayon po wala akong mga details kung pano po ung mga pagkakasunod sunod ng mga gagawin para po sa pag aapply ng visa..pde nio po bang ilagay sa list..start po pag nakuha n ung marriage contract..ano po first step..xncia n po..

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  6. Hello! I have a 2 part question.
    1. My husband and I speak 99% in english and i am currently taking up marriage class.. he is thibking of doing the english interview. May i ask for sample questions or what went on during th english interview of your husband? How hard is it. He speaks clear, simple english. Nothing high faluting or whatsoever.
    2. Can i apply for a tourist visa just incase i cant make the language requirement needed for F6?

    Hope to hear from you… thank you!

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    1. Hello! The questions are purely personal. As long as your husband can comprehend the questions and answers truthfully, I fairly think he’ll pass the interview. But if your application is denied, you may reapply after 6 months.

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  7. Hi po!! Tanong ko lang po, sa interview kailangan po ba talaga grammar kasi interview po kami this com9ng october po. Tsaka ano ano po ba yung mga questions??

    Thanx po!

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  8. good morning po ulit..kahit po may certificate of schooling na po ako…may tendency parin po bang bumagsak ako sa topik exam ng embassy?.nangangamba po ksi ako baka po sobrang hirap ng exam nila.

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  9. Hello! Would like to ask lang po if you’re husband communicate well in english? Kasi my bf and I communicate in English but sometimes he forgot some words or di niya ma-express in english. But we always talk. May konting knowledge din po ako sa mga basic Korean language. Possible na po kaya yun na hindi na ako mag take ng EPS TOPIK exam if we both understand each other naman? Para kasing ang hirap ng EPS TOPIK exam.. Many Thanks!^__^

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    1. hi po ulit kung magtatake po ng exam.pagka apply din po kaya agad ng visa, sa hapon po makapag exam na,o mag bibigay pa uli cla ng panibagong schedule.ang interview po ba at exam magkaiba?

      On Fri, Aug 26, 2016 at 5:25 PM, A Sweet Chili Love wrote:

      > Dalnim commented: “Ah okey. Very helpful po ng blog niyo. Thanks :)” >

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    1. hi mam good afternoon po..ok lang po ba na walang certificate na galing po sejong hakdang ok lang po ba dumiretso na ng embassy.kahit hindi po nag school…

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    2. ok po maraming salamat..ang laki po ng tulong ng blog nato sa akin…kung hindi ko po nabasa lahat ng mga comments dito hindi ko po alam ano ang gagawin…maraming salamat po.

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  10. Mam s mga requirements po frm 1-21…alin po ang dapat iprovide ng spouse/soon to be spouse po…?we’re planning to get married po kc at nag aalangan kmi n mhrap ang proseso…

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  11. Hello i just wanna ask, mahirap ba yung english interview? I’m planning to get an F6 visa andnag hehesitate ako if mag tatake ako ng korea language test or english interview. Please give me some feedback. Thank you! Marunong namang mag english husband ko. Just a few ideas about the english interview is much appreciated.

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    1. Hi mykeesite. Yung Korean husband niyo po ang iinterviewhin ng consul in English. Kung confident po siya sa kanyang English, hindi po mahirap. Mga basic lang po yung mga tanong.

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    2. Hello po, tanong ko lang ulit gaano katagal ma process yung korean marriage certificate and family registry sa korea? Para po sana ma schedule ko yung cfo appointment ko as soon as possible.

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    3. Nakapag attend na ako before may 31 2016 kaso di nila ako binigyan ng sched kasi humingi pa sila ng iba pang requirements like marriage cert (SK) and family registry (SK) marriage license and proof of relationship, passport of my husband.

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    4. Nope. Natapos ko yung first orientation pero di nila ako binigyan ng schedule for 2 day cultural program. Sabi nila kailangan ko muna i complete yung mga reqs. Btw, kailangan ko ba ipa authenticate yung mga marriage cert and registry sa korean embassy sa taguig or pwedi na dn sa korea i pa authenticate ng asawa ko?

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    5. Last one Miss, pasensya na if madami ako tanong 😭 Kasi we just wanna make sure sa mga requirements. Naghahabol kami ng days, just want to ask something how many days that marriage guidance program will take sa korea? And after that they automaticaly give the certificate regarding to that program? Hopefully somebody can ans.to my questions p

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  12. Hello. Ask ko lang sana kasi may marriage contract na ako na receive ko a week after our wedding in church.. But the requirements for spouse visa is the NSO marriage certificate original. Will i get a marriage certificate in NSO a month after my wedding? And about the family relation and marriage relation certificate from korea. What documents did your husband showed to the cityhall in korea?? Is the marriage contract ok? Pls reply..

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    1. Hi. itanong niyo po yung officiating church niyo kung na endorse na ba ng LCR sa NSO. Electronic endorsement will take at least 6 weeks. Ibig sabihin po, after 6 weeks namin nakuha ang NSO marriage certificate kasi nag request po kami sa church and LCR to have it endorse sa NSO electronically. Kung hindi po, pwede po aabutin ng 6 months. NSO marriage certificate po dinala ng Korean husband ko sa Korea. Hope that helps.

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    2. If its not endorsed electronically.. Ill just go to LCR. about the endorsement kasi i got married in cebu city. And processed our marriage license in province LCR. Where will i endorsed it? In the lcr cebu city where the church registered pur marriage or in the province where i applied for marriage license.?

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  13. Saan ko makukuha yung marriage guidance program certificate?? Kasi i asked my husband wala din syang alam kung san yan kukunin.. Pls reply po. And about sa NBI i have nbi pero yung green color. Pang traval na nbi. Pwede ba to??

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    1. Hello. Yung Korean husband niyo po kukuha ng marriage guidance program certificate sa Korea. iTanong niya po sa local immigration office nila.

      2 choices lang po yung PURPOSE ng nbi online application: local or abroad. At sa PURPOSE DETAIL: Visa Application po. Ano po pinili niyo?

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    2. Travel po.. Ay no need na pala yung marriage guidance program kasi may baby na kami. Tsaka ask ko lang po. Kasi may marriage contract ako. At hindi pa ako nakakuha ng marriage certificate galing nso. How long did u wait for the nso marriag ecertificate?? Im hesitant to go to nso kasi ang sabi saking 6 months to 1 year daw bago makuha yung copy. What i have here is the original copy ng marriage certificate hindi yung kulay green na yellowish sa nso.

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  14. Hi miss, i just wanna ask san ka nag pamedical exam if you dont mind? and ok lng ba if iba iba ng doctor ang mgtest kasi wala akong makitang package na ei. Sana matulungan mo ako Thank you!

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  15. Hi po kakasal lang po namin nung may 6. Ngayong june 21 ang schedule ko sa sa CFO. Tanung ko lang po saab po ba kukunin yung requirement na #16 yung ORIGINAL COPYBOF CERTIFICATE OG MARRAIGE FOR GUIDANCE PROGRAM?
    actually may penalty kasi ako ng 1 year. Kaya medyo matagalan visa ko alam ko yun. Pero kung buntis ako panu ko po iinform sa kanila na buntis ako at need namin ng visa asap kasi doon manganganak sa korea. Thanks po

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    1. Hi Hazel. Yung Korean spouse mo po mag proprovide niyang Certificate for Marriage Guidance Program. Tawag nalang din po kayo sa Korean embassy kung makakabigay sila ng visa asap kahit may penalty po kayo.

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  16. Hello sis ,pano yung ginawa mo sa medical u ,anong klaseng physical test un? Kac ngpunta ako sa isang hospital dto and they dont offer package test so ang manyayari magiindividual ako bwat test ,pano un bawat doctor na ngtest sakin my letter nila at iatouch ko .? Tyaka cno ung mgfill out ng exam na binigay u na kailangan ifillout?sensya na sis naguguluhan kc ako sa medical n need nila .

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  17. Hi Sis,
    Hope all is well! Thank you for putting up a very detailed blog 🙂 It feels good to read your first hand experience with the required process. My husband and I just got married on 7th May and we plan to apply for the spouse visa as soon as I get the CFO GCP certificate (which I assume a requirment for the spouse visa ?) I just wanted to ask if it would be possible for me to personally submit our requirements in Korean Embassy without him and schedule an English interview for us a day or week after (he has to fly then to Manila in that matter). I believe the application time is in the morning, hence can we get interviewed by the Consul right away in the afternoon as scheduled? Thanks a lot in advance Sis!

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    1. Hi Polli. First of all, congratulations on your wedding.

      Yes, you have to get the CFO certificate first before applying for the F6 visa. In our case, right after we submitted the requirements at the embassy, my husband got interviewed. I hope I answered your questions. 😊

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    2. Thanks a lot Sis! Just a follow up question about the CFO, I saw that you had to submit the certificate of marriage relation and family relation during the CFO seminar (We’ll get this and have it translated in English and make the notarization in which embassy? Is it the Korean Embassy in Taguig?)

      Thanks again Sis for your prompt response. Means a lot 😊 Heard that it’s getting warmer these days, wishing you guys a great season ahead!

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    3. You’re welcome. Right, those documents should be translated in English and notarized by the Korean embassy in Taguig. Anyway, your CFO counselor will tell you more about those additional requirements during your interview.

      Yup, summer has begun here.

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  18. hi ~ thanks for this information. im planning to apply for a spouse visa. ask lang po sana ako about sa medical certificate.you posted something about physical examination, kumuha kasi ako today ng med cert pero hindi kasing detailed ng pinost mo 😦 ganyan ba yung sinumbmit mo? thanks

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    1. Hello Jineh. Yes po, finollow ko ang format nito. pinapirma ko rin po sa attending physician at inattached ko yung mga results ng lab tests at yung original medical certificate ng hospital. 😊

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    2. hi again and thank you so much for replying. ibig sabihin po ikaw ang nagprepare ng ganitong format? kayo po ang naglagay ng letterhead ng hospital? sorry po.naffrustrate ako sa format nila kasi yung hospital na pinuntahan ko hindi po nila alam yung ganito.

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    3. Hello. Nagprepare po ako ng empty na certificate na ganitong format without po hospital letter head but kasali personal info eg: name, address, age etc. Yung medical certificate with hospital letter head galing mismo po sa hospital at kanya-kanyang format nila kaya niattached ko rin po yun. Tapos, nag request po ako kung pwede itypewritten nalang po yung mga results at doctor’s name at pinapirma na rin po. Ganito po kasi yung format ng Korean medical certificate. ^^

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  19. Hi i am about to get a spouse visa this coming April.. Do i need to have a ticket going to korea already or just a tentative date of entry? Also, what if i cannot speak Korean. We communicate in English but my husband is in Korea so he wont be able to get interviewed in English, work conflicts.. Do I need to take the topik exam? We already have a 2yr old son though… Do they offer spouse visa issuance in Cebu branch?

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    1. Hi Rem. Nope, you don’t need the plane ticket yet. Visa processing is at least 15 working days and after you get the visa, you have to go back to CFO for the registration and sticker. So, your tentative date of entry should be at least a month after visa application. I applied personally in Manila. I don’t have adequate information about the services in Cebu. Please contact them for verification. 🙂

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  20. Hello sis mahirap ba makakuha ng spouse visa? Im pregnant na kc gusto kc namin if manganganak ako dun na sa korea. May alam ka ba n ngpoprocess ? Ung babayadan nlng sya para sya mglakad.thank u.

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  21. Hi! What about Korean Profeciency Exam? Did you take a test? ^^
    BTW, your posts make me feel more excited than I already am. I am just waiting for my CFO (Part 2) seminar, my sched will be on the first week of March~ ^^

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    1. Glad to hear! You’re close to getting that visa. hehe No, I didn’t take the exam. Instead, we scheduled for an English interview at the Korean embassy right after submitting the requirements. So, the Korean consul interviewed him in purely English since both of us communicate in English, too. 🙂

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    1. Hi. Thanks for dropping by. No it’s not possible. The F6-1 visa is valid for 90days starting the date of issue. I suggest you apply at least a month before your desired date of entry. 🙂

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    2. oh no! i read your reply after i applied for the visa.. =( i wrote a date of entry past 90 days from the date of application. will this be a cause for denial.. =(
      application febb11, date of entry may 15 release marchxxx

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    3. Good to hear! Just wondering, wasn’t it mentioned during your CFO cultural that you must apply for your alien registration card at your local immigration office within the 90days allowance? Please take a look at this post for the requirements. Thanks! 🙂

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  22. Thank you for the post! Although I am not engaged my boyfriend and I have spoken about marriage and I have researched a lot about immigration + marriage (I plan on moving to Korea, obtain dual citizenship between Canada + South Korea, and get married in South Korea.)

    That being said you going through the process of getting a visa I feel will be of great resource to me. Thanks for posting!

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