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ladyboss
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F3 Visa with hopes to work
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This is partly question and partly venting.

I'm with F3 visa i.e spousal visa. I understand that with this visa, one CANNOT work at all (now I know). Its quite frustrating because job posts that mention looking for F visa make it as if though ALL F visas are ok. Its pointless that we have that code at all. Then, employers rather people with no visa to begin with or already with the right ones.  If I need to change visa, I need to have an appointment letter first. Its a mad cycle for us F3 visas.

I actually found a non teaching job I like and I can't work because of my visa and the employer can't get the right papers because its complicated (dont wanna get into details).

Anyone with same experience? I don't mind staying a stay at home mom but a job on the side while the kids go to school won't hurt, you know?

 

 

Chilli
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Re: F3 Visa with hopes to work

http://www.teacheslkorea.com/e2_process/f3_visa_information.html

Didn't you know the rules before coming to SK? That's what they said to a guy that was caught working illegally at a Hakwan in Ulsan yesterday, allegedly! On the plane tomorrow, too.

expatwife
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Re: F3 Visa with hopes to work

I am a stay at home mum with an F3 visa (I think!). Wouldn't know really! Got my ARC as do my children which hubbys company sorted out. It was never my intention to look for a job here whist I raised my 2 very young children (both now teens). I can't speak the language! I don't have a degree! I don't have particular skill that would set me apart and have a company sponser me a work visa! & as the company (& trade / business) my husband works for pays sufficient I have enjoyed the priviledges of being a stay at home mum.

Now if you do have a degree and a set of skills that would set you apart / bring something to Korea then I would certainly investigate the possibility of a work visa. My husband does not have a degree but his foriegn company sponsers his work visa, as the contract his company signed with the Koreans stipulates they must employ so many expats.

Maybe apply via foreign companys (agencys) already based in Korea?

But if you are talking about a job just to give you something to do during the day? Then why should they employ you and not a local??

ladyboss
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Re: F3 Visa with hopes to work

thanks for the input!

 

 

 

ladyboss
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Re: F3 Visa with hopes to work

Ahhh....the life of an expat mom..work on the side illegaly - not something I wish to do ok!

Its not like other countries where you can just apply a permit and look for a job. Here, an employer have to hire based on a highly professional sought of skill, not offered by Koreans.  Which btw, I don't have either. Even if I have a degree and speak a little Korean, employers still prefer Koreans.

Teaching English...ehhhh...they don't take part times either.  I can't work fulltime either because of the kids.

So, it means back to homemaking, pilates and cooking :)

 

 

 

Chilli
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Re: F3 Visa with hopes to work

You could just do it for free,to keep yourself amused, and just make true Korean friends in your free time, I do. No harm in that.

expatwife
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Re: F3 Visa with hopes to work

Yep, that was my first reaction to the above! Volunteer work!

I don't think anyone suggested you should "work on the side illegaly."

As for "Its not like other countries where you can just apply a permit and look for a job." What countries would they be?!

I have limited experience but Korea seems pretty on par with the rest of the developed world with regards visa regulations / work permits / immigration status?? ie. you can't just walk into a foreign country, fill out a form and look for work!?

Enjoy your time with your children, your cooking, your home making and your pilates. & perhaps adding some volunteer work would help eleveate some of your frustration?

 

 

ladyboss
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Re: F3 Visa with hopes to work

Expatmom,

That not out of the question. Would surely look where i could do that!

Maybe I'm naive (really, still learning all these visa thing) but I got a work permit in US while there also as a spouse to business visa. I worked in a nursery.

 

expatwife
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Re: F3 Visa with hopes to work

Well, I am sure if you legally worked in a US nursery there will be ample opportunities for you to do volunteer work here.

I suggest you contact the Busan International Womans Association (google it / facebook) and they will be able to give you information on how and where to volunteer.

Although I am fascinated at the ease you obtained a 'work permit' in the US?!

Best of luck with your time here!

 

 

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