Korea to offer F-2-S visa points for ‘cultural based activites’

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It looks like English teachers may have a shot after all. A recent announcement by Immigration offers a number of bonus points for ‘cultural-based activities’ – things that Koreans do that should also be done by foreign residents.

“After a number of calls and e-mails, we’ve decided to offer bonus points for getting a residency-based visa”, an official from Korean Immigration said.

The F-2-S visa offers foreign workers in Korea the chance to become a Korean resident – if you gather enough points. The system offers points for education, income, Korean language ability, and so on. Unfortunately, even long-term English teachers with Master’s degrees and advanced Korean language skills don’t have the points necessary to qualify for the visa. This announcement includes the possibility for bonus points – the list includes the following:

It looks like English teachers may have a shot after all. A recent announcement by Immigration offers a number of bonus points for ‘cultural-based activities’ – things that Koreans do that should also be done by foreign residents.

“After a number of calls and e-mails, we’ve decided to offer bonus points for getting a residency-based visa”, an official from Korean Immigration said.

The F-2-S visa offers foreign workers in Korea the chance to become a Korean resident – if you gather enough points. The system offers points for education, income, Korean language ability, and so on. Unfortunately, even long-term English teachers with Master’s degrees and advanced Korean language skills don’t have the points necessary to qualify for the visa. This announcement includes the possibility for bonus points – the list includes the following:

  • 10 points for eating a full plate of kimchi, Korea’s national dish of fermented cabbage and red pepper paste
  • 5 points for singing at the noraebang with Korean co-workers or at least 3 Korean friends
  • 5 points for walking on a barefoot path
  • 10 points for screaming ‘Dokdo is Ours!’ repeatedly while in downtown Seoul
  • 5 points for watching Kim Yu-na’s gold medal figure skating performance over and over again.
  • 5 points for drinking at least 1 bottle of soju or several cups of somaek in one sitting.
  • 5 points for wandering around Gyeongbokgung temple like a tourist

These points can only be issued in the presence of a Korean immigration officer or other qualified national, a Korean immigration officer was quoted as saying.

The F-2-S visa is real, but the added points mentioned above aren’t. Don’t drink and surf satirical blogposts. That is all.

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