James asked in TravelAsia PacificKorea · 2 months ago

How to move to South Korea as an American?

I'm a Korean-American that was born and raised in Korea and was a Korean citizen for 10 years (1986-1996). I came to Hawaii and have been living here since 1996 but I'm interested in moving back to South Korea to live there. I no longer have Korean citizenship anymore so I'm interested in getting the dual citizenship. But what concerns me is the job. What kind of jobs can Korean-Americans find there? Everyone says teaching English is the only thing but is that true? I'm not into teaching and I want to do something else than teaching English. I also heard that Koreans don't like Korean-Americans because they don't speak Korean or understand Korean culture. I can still speak Korean and understand most of it. What are my options? Any help would be appreciated. Thanks

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  • 1 month ago

    If you have finances or if you could get a job there then at that time you could move whether to South Korea or North Korea. Just the way you want it to be..

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  • 1 month ago

    Buy a business...maybe a bar.

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  • Nicey8
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    1 month ago

    hi. only go if you can secure a dual citizenship. Assimilating into Korea can be tricky. Also, if you do not teach English, can you use your Korean for business jobs? Is your Korean up to it? or you wanna work in a MNC?

    Hawaii maybe attacked by North Korea missiles. So it maybe safer to migrate to Korea but North Korea's political move is highly controversial.

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  • 2 months ago

    If you no longer hold Korean citizenship, you cannot just move to SK.

    You'd first need to qualify for a visa enabling you to move back; so you need to research the job opportunities that would meet the requirements to do so.

    Citizenship would take several years (you have to establish residency and live there for years before you can apply for this).

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    • Andrew
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      2 months agoReport

      Not even remotely close to being accurate. Maybe that's how things work in your country, but not here. 

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  • Andrew
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    2 months ago

    You can apply for an F series Overseas Korean Visa, so you won't need to apply for work as a foreigner, but as a Korean permanent resident. Look into that. If you have proficiency with Korean, check government websites for more information. 

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  • 2 months ago

    Relocating to South Korea

    When moving to South Korea, you will get to experience a country with a rich cultural heritage and historical background. The independent state of Korea has existed for several millennia. Following the Korean War in the 1950s, the nation was divided. Unlike its northern neighbor, South Korea saw rapid economic growth in the years that followed. Although tensions between the North and the South still keep resurfacing, South Korea is a modern democracy in every way.

    The South Korean Government

    South Korea has nine provinces, six metropolitan cities, as well as one special city (Seoul) and one self-governing city (Sejong). Its legal system combines European civil law and Anglo-American law with Chinese classical thought. South Korea’s president is elected by popular vote for a five-year term. The State Council, completing the executive branch of the government, is appointed based on the prime minister’s recommendations.

    The legislative branch is made up of the National Assembly or Kukhoe with 300 seats. The judicial branch, on the other hand, consists of the Supreme Court and the Constitutional Court. Supreme Court justices are appointed by the president and with the consent of the National Assembly. Justices of the Constitutional Court are nominated by the National Assembly and by the Chief Justice of the court.

    An Economy of Opportunities and Challenges

    Expats moving to South Korea will be happy to learn that this country does not only show a record high in growth and global integration. The government also continues to take measures to push the high-tech industrialized economy. Its system of close government and business ties as well as its directed credit and import restrictions have allowed South Korea to become one of the world’s largest economies.

    Even after the brief financial crisis towards the end of the 20th century, moving to South Korea remains a good idea. The crisis led to greater openness towards foreign investments and imports. However, like any other country, South Korea faces various long-term challenges. These include a rapidly aging society, an inflexible labor market, and an overdependence on manufacturing exports.

    Summer and Winter in South Korea — The Ultimate Extremes

    Upon moving to South Korea, you will soon find that temperatures vary considerably between midsummer and midwinter. You should prepare yourself for very hot and sticky weather in August and freezing cold weather in January and December. In addition, many expats who are used to a more moderate climate will be surprised by the heavy rainfalls during monsoon season in June and July.

    Spring and fall are probably the best seasons for moving to South Korea, with sunny and warm days and mild temperatures. Winters are quite dry but often bitterly cold. Indeed, Siberian winds will drag temperatures below zero. Should you move to South Korea during winter, you will quickly begin to appreciate ondol (underfloor heating) and oncheon (hot spring spas). Peak summer, on the other hand, starts off with monsoon season during which South Korea receives 60% of its annual rainfall. Hot and humid weather is the norm, and there’s a chance of typhoons.

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