Many foreigners in Korea are probably aware by now of the recent changes made to the point system of the F-2-7 visa. The Immigration Office is now giving significantly fewer points in such categories as education or age, while the number of points assigned based on the level of income has in some instances increased as much as tenfold. And while benefitting certain groups of foreigners, the new system has inevitably made it harder for some expats to accumulate the necessary 80 points.
The new rules have made the already quite intricate F-2-7 visa even more complicated due to the introduction of numerous additional eligibility conditions and exemptions.
For this reason, we would like to draw everyone’s attention to a small exemption that may be crucial for those who cannot get enough points under the new system. While keeping the minimum threshold of 80 points, the Immigration Office has provided a more lenient standard for those who already had their F-2-7 visa as of December 1, 2020. Thus, foreigners who got their F-2-7 status before the abovementioned date can extend their F-2-7 visa even if they only have as little as 75 points. This rule will be valid until November 30, 2021, so we hope that those who plan on renewing their status before that will be able to make use of this temporary exemption.