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How to lose an F5 visa?
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Suwon Fish



Joined: 11 Nov 2008
Location: Hongdae

PostPosted: Thu Sep 29, 2011 7:40 pm    Post subject: How to lose an F5 visa? Reply with quote

I was told by a friend recently that it was possible to lose an F5 visa.

He wasn't sure how but he'd heard of someone who had. Yes, it sounds pretty lame to me too...

Is it possible to lose an F5?
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r122925



Joined: 02 Jun 2011

PostPosted: Thu Sep 29, 2011 8:23 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Only things that would cause you to lose any type of visa.

Obtaining the visa through fraud (providing a false document during the application process, or bribing an immigration official, etc)

Committing a serious crime is ground for the visa to be cancelled and for you to be deported. "serious" is vague and up to the discretion of immigration.

The only other thing I can think of is that it says on the immigration website that if an F5 holder leaves Korea for more than one year they must apply for a re-entry permit before leaving. However, it doesn't say what happens if you come back after a year and don't have the re-entry permit. It could mean that your visa is no longer valid, but I don't know anyone who has ever been in this situation.
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Suwon Fish



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PostPosted: Thu Sep 29, 2011 8:51 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

I'd guessed a serious crime would cause it to be cancelled. I hadn't heard about the 1 year absence. Definately something to remember ^^

Thanks.
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ttompatz



Joined: 05 Sep 2005
Location: Kwangju, South Korea

PostPosted: Fri Sep 30, 2011 1:59 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

Suwon Fish wrote:
I'd guessed a serious crime would cause it to be cancelled. I hadn't heard about the 1 year absence. Definately something to remember ^^

Thanks.


Actually, F5 holders are, since Dec. 2010, allowed to be out for up to 2 calendar years before they lose their permanent residence status. It is no different than the residence rules in Canada for PR status or the rules for green card holders in the US.

F5 is a residence visa / status of sojourn and NOT citizenship.

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The Cosmic Hum



Joined: 09 May 2003
Location: Sonic Space

PostPosted: Fri Sep 30, 2011 7:44 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

ttompatz wrote:
Suwon Fish wrote:
I'd guessed a serious crime would cause it to be cancelled. I hadn't heard about the 1 year absence. Definately something to remember ^^

Thanks.


Actually, F5 holders are, since Dec. 1020, allowed to be out for up to 2 calendar years before they lose their permanent residence status. It is no different than the residence rules in Canada for PR status or the rules for green card holders in the US.

F5 is a residence visa / status of sojourn and NOT citizenship.

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...is that Dec 2010?
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Koreadays



Joined: 20 May 2008

PostPosted: Sat Oct 01, 2011 11:19 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

ttompatz wrote:
Suwon Fish wrote:
I'd guessed a serious crime would cause it to be cancelled. I hadn't heard about the 1 year absence. Definately something to remember ^^

Thanks.


Actually, F5 holders are, since Dec. 2010, allowed to be out for up to 2 calendar years before they lose their permanent residence status. It is no different than the residence rules in Canada for PR status or the rules for green card holders in the US.

F5 is a residence visa / status of sojourn and NOT citizenship.

.


but this would not be true if one was married to a local right?
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ttompatz



Joined: 05 Sep 2005
Location: Kwangju, South Korea

PostPosted: Sat Oct 01, 2011 11:42 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Koreadays wrote:
ttompatz wrote:
Suwon Fish wrote:
I'd guessed a serious crime would cause it to be cancelled. I hadn't heard about the 1 year absence. Definately something to remember ^^

Thanks.


Actually, F5 holders are, since Dec. 2010, allowed to be out for up to 2 calendar years before they lose their permanent residence status. It is no different than the residence rules in Canada for PR status or the rules for green card holders in the US.

F5 is a residence visa / status of sojourn and NOT citizenship.

.


but this would not be true if one was married to a local right?


F5 is F5 (permanent resident). It has no bearing on your marital status.

As to losing it, again, marital status has no bearing on it.

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Mr Crowley



Joined: 23 Mar 2006
Location: Suwon

PostPosted: Sun Oct 02, 2011 1:53 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

What happens to your F 5 visa if you stay out of Korea for more than 2 years ?
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Mr. Peabody



Joined: 24 Sep 2010
Location: here

PostPosted: Sun Oct 02, 2011 2:02 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

Mr Crowley wrote:
What happens to your F 5 visa if you stay out of Korea for more than 2 years ?

According to tompatz it becomes null and void, as in cancelled.
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Koreadays



Joined: 20 May 2008

PostPosted: Sun Oct 02, 2011 3:36 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

ttompatz wrote:
Koreadays wrote:
ttompatz wrote:
Suwon Fish wrote:
I'd guessed a serious crime would cause it to be cancelled. I hadn't heard about the 1 year absence. Definately something to remember ^^

Thanks.


Actually, F5 holders are, since Dec. 2010, allowed to be out for up to 2 calendar years before they lose their permanent residence status. It is no different than the residence rules in Canada for PR status or the rules for green card holders in the US.

F5 is a residence visa / status of sojourn and NOT citizenship.

.


but this would not be true if one was married to a local right?


F5 is F5 (permanent resident). It has no bearing on your marital status.

As to losing it, again, marital status has no bearing on it.

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so someone who was F2-1 (married to a korean) decided to change his visa to F5, leaves the country for 2.5 years.. what happens to his visa?
is he put back on a f2?
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Drew10



Joined: 31 Mar 2009

PostPosted: Sun Oct 02, 2011 3:45 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

As long as he's still married then yes. The clock starts ticking all over again for the F5, so he would have to wait his time in order to be eligible for another F5.
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Koreadays



Joined: 20 May 2008

PostPosted: Sun Oct 02, 2011 4:41 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Drew10 wrote:
As long as he's still married then yes. The clock starts ticking all over again for the F5, so he would have to wait his time in order to be eligible for another F5.


so whats the big advantage of an F5 over an f2-1?
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hellofaniceguy



Joined: 10 Jan 2003
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PostPosted: Sun Oct 02, 2011 5:03 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

In all reality....anyone can "lose" a visa at any time for whatever reason immigration wants. The same can be said for any country as well as korea. But for the most part...you'd have to violate one of the rules...
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Drew10



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PostPosted: Sun Oct 02, 2011 5:39 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Koreadays wrote:
Drew10 wrote:
As long as he's still married then yes. The clock starts ticking all over again for the F5, so he would have to wait his time in order to be eligible for another F5.


so whats the big advantage of an F5 over an f2-1?


Not having to deal with immigration seems to be the major benefit. Since it's "permanent" you never have to renew it, and it doesn't expire. There are probably more, but I can't tell you since I'm not on a F5.
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r122925



Joined: 02 Jun 2011

PostPosted: Sun Oct 02, 2011 5:46 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Koreadays wrote:
Drew10 wrote:
As long as he's still married then yes. The clock starts ticking all over again for the F5, so he would have to wait his time in order to be eligible for another F5.


so whats the big advantage of an F5 over an f2-1?


It depends on what you consider to be a big advantage, but here are some of them...

F5 is permanent. You never need to renew. (unless you leave the country for more than 2 years as noted above)

If you acquired an F2 through marriage you'll be unable to renew if you get divorced. With an F5 you can keep it.

F5 holders can vote in local elections (can't vote for president or national assembly though).

F5 holders can sponsor a foreign spouse for an F2.

F5 holders can enter the country at the airport through the Korean line, don't have to go through the line for foreigners.
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