I'm wondering whether you absolutely need to be married in order to get an F2 visa in Korea, or whether being a common-law partner can do the job. I am a Canadian citizen, have been living with my partner for nearly 5 years, and we are legally recognized as common-law but we are not married.
Considering my situation, is there any way I could get an F2 visa (or a similar visa) in Korea? Or is my only option to actually marry in Korea (or Canada) and then go through the process of applying to the local Gu and Canadian embassy to complete the process?
Additionally, I am also wondering in regard to getting an F2 visa, is it only possible to do so while in Korea? For example, could I apply for such a visa here from Canada, through the Korean consulate? My last question is what is the difference between F-2-1, F-2, and F-5?
I tried searching the net for answers to these questions but the Korea Immigration website does not seem to be extremely useful in regard to visa inquires, unless I just couldn't find the right link on their webpage.
I would love to hear especially from some people who went through the application process rather recently, say within the past 2 years. Many thanks for your help!