Korean Dual Citizenship

Aside from all the questions about getting a tourist visa to Korea or letters of invitations. I’ve also been receiving many questions about the “Korean Dual Citizenship Law”. This law will take effect on January 1, 2011. Now the question that I’ve been receiving is if this is also applicable for those foreigners (Filipinas) married to Koreans who have acquired Korean citizenship.
If you’ve acquired Korean citizenship before July 2, 2010, then you won’t be eligible for the dual citizenship. As an example, if you’ve acquired Korean citizenship on May 30 this year then you can’t apply for the dual citizenship next year. If you acquired Korean citizenship on August 5, 2010 for example, you can reapply for the dual citizenship.
Those who would get their citizenships next year would have to either renounce their Filipino nationality or pledge as a dual citizen. As a dual citizen, they should not exercise their rights as a Filipino while in South Korea though. In short, they should prioritize their South Korean nationality while in the country.
If you have more information about this, please don’t hesitate to comment. Thanks!


  1. Hi Ms. Betchay! Pag dalaga po na gustong tumira diyan pwede din po kayang mag-apply for dual citizenship? Thanks.

  2. hello po…
    I have been wondering if which is better, opting for a dual citizenship or solely korean citizenship? what are the benefits can we get out from each of these?

    1. Hi 4evrloyl! They have just introduced the dual citizenship this year and I’m not a dual citizen so I really don’t know, apart from the fact that you can retain your original citizenship.

      1. I see.. thank you po ms. betchay for the reply and thank you din for having this blogsite. Nkakagaan ng loob na nailalabas ko mga hinaing at opinion ko sa mga bagay-bagay sa pmamagitan ng blogsite na ‘to. Npka informative.. from ka-kikayans to serious issues. Parang mall, one-stop shop.. 🙂

  3. To whom it may concern,
    My name is Louis Park, Korean
    married Filipina
    If you don’t mind, I have a question for you regarding Korean Dual Citizenship
    i’ve read the information wrriten by you about Korean Dual Citizenship for Filipinas who marired Koran can aquire dual citizenship.
    I just wonder where you got the info? because i called a borough office here in KOREA in order to inquire about that.
    According to them, it’s still impossible for foreigners to get Dual citizenship
    If there is any chance for my wife to acquire the privilege, i’m willing to help her
    I look forward to hearing from you soon

  4. I have a question regarding dual citizenship.
    I was born in Korea but immigrated to US when I was 6.
    Later when I turned 21, I obtained a US Citizenship and gave up my Korean citizenship. At the time there was no dual citizenship option.
    I would like have dual citizenship and wonder if it is possible for me to regain my Korean citizenship?

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