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How to Renounce Korean Citizenship in 2024 | Guide

South Korea citizenship renunciation

Renouncing your South Korean citizenship is a significant and complex decision.

Whether you're looking to permanently settle in another country or avoid mandatory military service, knowing the steps and requirements is crucial.

This comprehensive guide aims to simplify the process, providing you with all the information you need to make an informed decision.

3 Steps to Renounce Korean Citizenship

Renouncing your Korean citizenship involves several administrative steps. Here's a simplified breakdown of the process:

Gather Required Documents

  • Loss of nationality application form.

  • Information on the effects of renouncing Korean nationality.

  • Certificate of foreign residence.

  • Certificate of identity (if applicable).

  • Original and copy of your birth certificate.

  • Original and copy of your valid passport.

  • Basic certificate (detailed) and family relationship certificate (detailed).

  • Parent(s)'s foreign permanent residence proof document.

  • Return envelope and stamp.

Gather Required Documents

  • Loss of nationality application form.

  • Information on the effects of renouncing Korean nationality.

  • Certificate of foreign residence.

  • Certificate of identity (if applicable).

  • Original and copy of your birth certificate.

  • Original and copy of your valid passport.

  • Basic certificate (detailed) and family relationship certificate (detailed).

  • Parent(s)'s foreign permanent residence proof document.

  • Return envelope and stamp.

Gather Required Documents

  • Loss of nationality application form.

  • Information on the effects of renouncing Korean nationality.

  • Certificate of foreign residence.

  • Certificate of identity (if applicable).

  • Original and copy of your birth certificate.

  • Original and copy of your valid passport.

  • Basic certificate (detailed) and family relationship certificate (detailed).

  • Parent(s)'s foreign permanent residence proof document.

  • Return envelope and stamp.

Visit the Consulate

You must visit the overseas diplomatic mission in person to submit your application. For applicants under 15, a legal representative must visit. Note that mail applications are not accepted.

Make a reservation in advance to ensure a smooth process.

Visit the Consulate

You must visit the overseas diplomatic mission in person to submit your application. For applicants under 15, a legal representative must visit. Note that mail applications are not accepted.

Make a reservation in advance to ensure a smooth process.

Visit the Consulate

You must visit the overseas diplomatic mission in person to submit your application. For applicants under 15, a legal representative must visit. Note that mail applications are not accepted.

Make a reservation in advance to ensure a smooth process.

Await Processing

The expected processing time is around 18 months, but it may vary depending on the Ministry of Justice's progress.

Ensure you meet all deadlines to prevent delays, especially for males who must apply before March 31 of the year they turn 18.

Await Processing

The expected processing time is around 18 months, but it may vary depending on the Ministry of Justice's progress.

Ensure you meet all deadlines to prevent delays, especially for males who must apply before March 31 of the year they turn 18.

Await Processing

The expected processing time is around 18 months, but it may vary depending on the Ministry of Justice's progress.

Ensure you meet all deadlines to prevent delays, especially for males who must apply before March 31 of the year they turn 18.

5 Reasons for Renouncing Korean Citizenship

People renounce their Korean citizenship for various reasons. Here are five common motivations:

  1. Permanent Residency in Another Country: Many dual nationals choose to renounce their Korean citizenship to fully commit to their new country of permanent residence.

  2. Avoiding Mandatory Military Service: Male citizens might renounce their citizenship to avoid mandatory military service, especially if they have commitments or career plans abroad.

  3. Simplified Legal Status: Holding a single citizenship can simplify legal matters, travel, and bureaucratic processes.

  4. Tax Considerations: Some countries impose different tax obligations on their citizens. Renouncing Korean citizenship could potentially reduce your tax burden.

  5. Personal or Family Reasons: Some may wish to align their citizenship status with family members or personal beliefs.

Eligibility Criteria for Renouncing Korean Citizenship

Before you proceed, it's essential to understand if you meet the eligibility criteria:

You must be a dual national who acquired Korean and foreign nationality at birth.

Males born abroad must have performed or been exempted from military service.

A person aged 15 or older must apply in person; those under 15 must have a legal representative apply.

Costs Associated with Renouncing Korean Citizenship

Renouncing your citizenship involves certain fees:

  • The application fee is $18.00, payable by cash or money order.

  • Additional costs may include obtaining necessary documents and certificates, which vary in price.

Timeframe for Renouncing Korean Citizenship

The process typically takes about 18 months but can vary. Key deadlines include:

Males must apply before March 31 of the year they turn 18.

Those applying after April 1 of the year they turn 18 must provide proof of military service or exemption.

Consequences of Renouncing Korean Citizenship

Renouncing your citizenship comes with several consequences:

  1. Loss of Korean National Rights: You will lose the right to vote and access social services reserved for Korean nationals.

  2. Impact on Dual Nationality: You will solely hold the nationality of your other country, which may affect your legal status in Korea.

  3. Travel and Residency Restrictions: You may need a visa to visit or reside in Korea.

Staying in Korea After Renouncing Citizenship

If you wish to remain in Korea after renouncing your citizenship, you should be aware of the following:

  • Visa Requirements: You will need to apply for a visa appropriate for your situation, such as a long-term stay visa or work visa.

  • Residency Permits: Obtain a residency permit if you plan to stay for an extended period.

  • Legal Implications: Be prepared for changes in your legal status and rights as a former citizen.

Reacquiring Korean Citizenship After Renouncing

Reacquiring Korean citizenship is possible but involves a different process:

Eligibility: Your eligibility may depend on your current nationality, residency status, and other factors.

Application Process: You will need to follow the Ministry of Justice's guidelines and submit the necessary documents.

Timeframe: The process can be lengthy, so plan accordingly.

Renouncing your South Korean citizenship is a major decision that requires careful consideration and a thorough understanding of the process. Our goal is to make this complex process feel manageable by providing clear, concise, and accurate information.

If you have any questions or need further assistance, don't hesitate to reach out to the Consulate General or visit our website for more details.

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  • Naval Ravikant

    Naval Ravikant · Angel investor

    The single most important decision you make is where you live.

  • Ray Dalio

    Ray Dalio · Investor

    Location, the physical place where you live and work, can be a risk. Flexiblity is key.

  • Balaji Srinivasan

    Balaji Srinivasan · Investor in CitizenX

    Money is king. But passport is queen.

  • Tim Draper

    Tim Draper · Investor in CitizenX

    I am a member of this new country.

Saint Kitts and Nevis

Join the future of citizenship.

Apply to become a citizen in your next homeland.

The Network State Company AG
CHE-385.997.597


Bahnhofstrasse 20
6300 Zug, Switzerland

CitizenX is a technology service providing legal information and access to self-service tools. We are not a law firm and do not provide legal, tax, or accounting advice. If you have unique considerations, please talk with a lawyer in your jurisdiction before proceeding.

© 2024

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  • Naval Ravikant

    Naval Ravikant · Angel investor

    The single most important decision you make is where you live.

  • Ray Dalio

    Ray Dalio · Investor

    Location, the physical place where you live and work, can be a risk. Flexiblity is key.

  • Balaji Srinivasan

    Balaji Srinivasan · Investor in CitizenX

    Money is king. But passport is queen.

  • Tim Draper

    Tim Draper · Investor in CitizenX

    I am a member of this new country.

Saint Kitts and Nevis

Join the future of citizenship.

Apply to become a citizen in your next homeland.

The Network State Company AG
CHE-385.997.597


Bahnhofstrasse 20
6300 Zug, Switzerland

CitizenX is a technology service providing legal information and access to self-service tools. We are not a law firm and do not provide legal, tax, or accounting advice. If you have unique considerations, please talk with a lawyer in your jurisdiction before proceeding.

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