1. A person whose father or mother is a citizen of the Republic of Korea.
    • – However, those adopted after reaching the age of majority under the Civil Code of the Republic of Korea as adopted children are excluded.
  2. Adoption who was a minor at the time of adoption
  3. A person who was adopted when he was a minor and wants to obtain permission for naturalization after reaching the age of majority.
  4. Persons born before June 13, 1998 in a legal marriage between a father and a Korean mother under patrilineal descent
  5. An adult child born in a common-law relationship between a Korean father and a foreign mother and recognized by the father
  6. Children of 2nd generation Sakhalin compatriots who have been judged to hold nationality (3rd generation Sakhalin compatriots)
  7. Children of North Korean nationality judges
  1. Application for naturalization permit
  2. Family Relations Notice
  3. passport
  4. A copy of your home country ID (with the original)
  5. Certificate of Criminal History in Home Country (notarized certification)
  6. Documents proving that you are a child of a Korean
  7. Birth certificate in your home country, certificate of kinship (consular confirmation), verdict confirming the existence of paternity relationship, etc. (with a translated copy)
  8. Childhood photos and photos taken together (can be omitted)
  9. Genetic appraisal (in case of adoption, adoption history)
  10. In the case of China, other official documents that can prove family relationship (Hogubu, etc.)
  11. Basic, marriage and family relations certificate of Korean father or mother (including adoption certificate in case of adoption), copy of resident registration, copy of resident registration card
  12. If you are Korean-Chinese in China, data about the Korean-Chinese epithet (resident ID card, hogubu, etc.)
  13. A certificate issued by the embassy or consulate of the country of origin stating that the naturalization applicant newly specifies the date of birth
  14. Fee of 300,000 won

∗ When applying for naturalization on behalf of a child under the age of 15, submit explanatory data regarding the child’s parental authority (divorce judgment, civil agreement, etc.)

Nationality check It is the normal period from the date of application to the date of final approval (or disapproval), and may vary from person to person. The main contents of the evaluation include comprehensive evaluation of social integration program, interview screening related matters, fact-finding (re-investigation), supplementary documents, and opinion inquiry of related organizations (criminal/investigation history, background inquiry), etc.


Examination period

When to apply

marriage naturalization

A person who applied for naturalization on the ground of marriage

※However, taking into account the period of marriage, family type, child rearing status, etc. Simplified fact-finding if about 9 month

about 18 months

(9 months)

Before March 2020

(2020 year 12 month before )

special naturalization

interview target

Nationality Restoration/Child of Naturalized Person

minor adoption

about 18 months

Before March 2020

interview waiver

a person under the age of 15

about 8 months

Before January 2021

simple naturalization

A person whose father or mother was a citizen of the Republic of Korea

about 18 months

Before March 2020

People born in Korea

about 12 months

Before September 2020

Adopted person of adulthood

about 18 months

Before March 2020

general naturalization

A person who has lived in Korea for more than 5 years and has a permanent resident status

about 18 months

Before March 2020

nationality recovery

Applicants for restoration of nationality

about 6 months

Before March 2021

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