Sokor's revised immigration law allows dual citizenship

May 1, 2010 12:10 pm 

By Gloria Jane Baylon

MANILA, April 30 —Qualified foreigners could now avail of dual citizenship under South Korea’s newly revised immigration law, aimed at staving off brain drain and attracting talented foreigners into the country, the Philippine embassy in Seoul reported to the Department of Foreign Affairs (DFA).

The South Korean National Assembly passed the revisions recently.

Filipinos who meet certain conditions under the South Korea's nationality and immigrations laws are eligible to avail of the dual citizenship.

The revised immigration law requires foreigners entering the country to be fingerprinted and photographed, particularly those 17 years old and older, to bolster South Korea’s anti-terrorism laws.

Exempted are officials of foreign governments and international organizations, as well as others exempted under a presidential decree, DFA said.

Dual citizenship applies to exceptionally talented foreigners; foreigners married to South Koreans; Koreans adopted overseas as minors; Koreans who gained foreign nationality through marriage; overseas Koreans who are over 65 years old; and Koreans who gained dual citizenship at birth, if they apply for dual citizenship and take the oath of allegiance before turning 22 years old.

South Korea has allowed naturalization only for foreigners who lived in the country for five years or longer and those who married Korean nationals and have stayed in the country for over two years.(PNA)

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