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Helpful Phone Numbers to Know

Here are a few helpful numbers to have in case you need help, have a specific question, or looking for information on events

1345 for immigration information in English

1330 for general Korea tourism information in English

1588-5644 BBB free interpretation service - choose your language of choice

120 (then press 9 for English) for Seoul city information, including transportation and festival info

02-390-2000 for National Health Insurance consultation in English


InKAS Winter Cultural Classes

InKAS will be offering 3 different cultural classes for Korean adoptees during the months of November and December! The class location will be in Yonhui-dong (near Hongdae Station) close to the InKAS guesthouse. All classes are free of charge, but small renting/textbook fees will be required.

Conversational Korean Language Class: Anyone can join this class, it will focus primarily on conversational speaking. Class will be taught by an accredited Korean instructor. Textbook will be used. 
Course days: M
ondays and Wednesdays 4pm-6pm
Course dates: November 5th - December 28th (no class 12/24)
Course fees: Textbook fee 30,000 won

Korean Traditional Paper Doll-Making Class: Learn how to make the traditional Korean dolls (닥종이 인형) as seen in the event picture. 
Course days: Tuesdays 4pm-6pm
Course dates: November 6th - December 18th
Course fees: Materials fee 30,000 won

Gayageum Class: Learn how to play the Gayageum (가야금), traditional Korean instrument similar to the zither, with 12 strings. 
Course days: Thursdays 4pm-6pm
Course dates: November 8th - December 20th
Course fees: Gayageum renting fee 30,000 won

TO REGISTER FOR ANY OF THE CLASSES PLEASE FILL OUT AN ONLINE APPLICATION THROUGH THE INKAS WEBSITE. 
Login --> My Applications --> 2012 InKAS Winter Cultural Classes
Deadline is Friday, November 2nd

If you have any questions please email to: Inkas21@yahoo.co.kr


Fall and Winter InKAS Event Dates!

Hello Everyone!

We have finalized our event dates for the remaining events this year, so please mark your calendars!!  As each event approaches, we will send out official event information, invitations, and schedule details.  This notice is only meant to notify you of each event's date, thanks for your interest!!

November 16th and 17th: Bukchon hanok experience camp - a 1 night, 2 day stay at the hanok village in Jongro district.

December 1st and 2nd: InKAS winter trip 1 night, 2 day stay at the Yongpyung Resort.  Will include informational seminars on various topics and skiing!

December 21st: InKAS Christmas Party - will also include informational seminars prior to the party in the afternoon.

Please look out for more information and hope to see you all at our events!


Online Scholarship Program Temporarily Closed

Our online Korean language program is temporarily closed, we apologize for any inconvenience and will make an announcement once our program is fixed and running once again.


InKAS office will be closed on October 1st, 3rd

Event date: 2012-09-28

InKAS office will be closed on October 1st due to the Chuseok holiday, as well as October 3rd due to Korean National Foundation Day. 

We will be open on the 2nd of October, normal office hours. 


Chuseok Message from InKAS

Event date: 2012-09-24


Planning a Trip to Korea?


Frequently Asked Questions

Q: How do I apply for an InKAS Korean language scholarship?

A: Please check our notice board located at the bottom of our website: inkas.org.  We will post a notice at the beginning of each application period, along with detailed instructions on how to apply.  If you intend to apply for a scholarship you should check our notice board regularly as we accept applications based on a first-come, first-serve basis.  Some things to remember – you must be a paid InKAS member - please visit our website to sign up and pay if you are a new member.  During the application process you will be required to submit copies of the following a) copy of passport that will not expire before or during the scholarship period b) copy of any adoption document proving you were adopted c) copy of high school diploma or higher

Q: How can I apply for the NIIED scholarship?

A: InKAS is no longer affiliated with the NIIED/KGSP application process.  Please visit their website or contact them directly with any questions.  We can provide you with NIIED’s information from the previous year; please email us if you would like a copy of the information. 

Q: Can you help me find a job or internship in Korea?

A: Occasionally InKAS receives information regarding job positions; you may contact us to inquire.  If you are interested in finding an English teaching position, there are many websites such as WorknPlay, HiExpat, and Dave’s ESL café that have daily postings for job positions.  If you wish to work for a Korean company, often a high level of Korean language fluency is necessary, so it may be important to attend a Korean language institute first. 

Q: Can you help me find my biological family in Korea?

A: InKAS unfortunately no longer provides birth family searches due to government changes.  We suggest that you first contact your social worker or post-adoption department at your Korean adoption agency.  Another alternative is the organization Korean Adoption Services, a post-adoption organization in Korea that provides birth family searches.  You can find more information about them here http://www.kadoption.or.kr.  For those with little or no information regarding their biological family, another option is going on TV.  The Korean channel KBS has a program that specializes in searching for family members; please email us for contact information.  If you have already found your birth family, InKAS can provide an interpreter to ease the language barrier difficulties– please fill out an application under “My Pages” - "Ask A Volunteer”.

Q: What is the F-4 visa?

A: Korean overseas adoptees are eligible to apply for the F-4 visa upon arrival in Korea.  This visa is beneficial in that it provides legal status for three years in Korea, renewable without having to leave the country.  The F-4 is unique because it is not a working, student, or family visa, and does not require a sponsor.  As an F-4 visa holder, you can buy property, start a business, conduct private tutoring and open a banking and phone account.  In order to obtain the visa we recommend that you do not attempt to apply in your adoptive country; you should wait until you arrive in Korea and go to the Seoul Immigration Office located in Omokyo-dong.  Please email us for a list of necessary documents and instructions on how to apply for the F-4 visa. InKAS can also provide an interpreter to go with you to the Immigration Office– please fill out an application under “My Pages” - "Ask A Volunteer”.

Q: What are the required documents for the F-4 visa?

A: Here are the required documents for applying the visa:

1.     Valid Passport and a copy of passport

2.     Original and a copy of certificate of citizenship from your country

-You may also request at your embassy in Korea

3.     F4 Visa Application form

4.      Domestic Resident Report of Foreign National Korean Form

5.     Certificate of adoption document

-Please request document from your adoption agency in Korea

-Depending on the agency it may take several business days to process.

6.     2 Photos (35mm x 45mm)

-Photo booths are located in the Immigration Office and many subway stations costing around 10,000 won

7.     Basic Registry

-Can be picked up at the Town Office next to the Immigration Office

8.      Loss of Korean Nationality Form (If you never renounced your Korean nationality)

9.     Fee: 60,000 KW

-Stamps can be bought in basement of the Immigration Office

Q: How can I stay at the InKAS guesthouse?

A: Our InKAS guesthouse is mainly for Korean adoptees studying in the Korean language program or those who have relocated to Korea and are searching for employment.  Most of our residents stay from 3 months to 1 year long.  We offer rooms for 2 to 4 people with shared bathrooms and have a kitchen, living room, garden, and study areas.  To apply for our guesthouse please sign into your InKAS account and fill out an application under “My Pages”.  If you have any questions about living at the guesthouse please email us for more information.

Q: Can I apply for dual citizenship?

A: As an overseas Korean adoptee, you may be eligible to apply for dual citizenship depending on if your adoptive country allows dual citizenship.  Dual citizenship allows you to maintain your adoptive country's citizenship while regaining your Korean citizenship back.  This has several advantages and disadvantages, so you should do a thorough research before making the decision to apply.  

Some advantages may include:

-Unrestricted period of residency in Korea

-Accessibility to social programs including education, healthcare, and pension

-Ability to apply for a bank loan, credit cards, and other financial services 

-Employment opportunities

-Sense of belonging to both your adoptive country and country of birth/heritage

Some disadvantages may include:

-Subjective to certain laws that would not apply to a foreigner but would affect you as a citizen of Korea

-Possible employment difficulties, especially positions hired based upon visa status (Ex: English teaching)

-Ineligibility for certain scholarships, such as the NIIED/KGSP or other scholarships directed towards foreigners

-Tax regulations between countries differ, so consulting with a financial adviser is suggested to avoid being double-taxed

After researching dual citizenship between Korea and your adoptive country, if you decide to begin the application process, please contact InKAS if you would like a list of necessary documents and application instructions.

Q: I need to rent a cellphone since I'm only staying in Korea short-term

A: If you don't wish to buy a cellphone through the standard 2-year contract required by most mobile carriers, you can rent a cellphone through InKAS.  InKAS provides pre-paid mobile phones with chargers for a low renting fee and returnable deposit fee.  Minutes can be added to the phone easily, instructions will be given upon rental of phone.  


InKAS office will be closed temporarily today

Event date: 2012-08-28

InKAS office will be closed temporarily today because of the state of dangerous weather satus. Thanks.

We have regular work tomorrow.


2012 InKAS Korean Language Scholarships for Winter Semester

Event date: 2012-08-27

2012 InKAS Korean Language Scholarships for Winter Semester

This is a great opportunity to learn Korean language at a prestigious university in South Korea. InKAS provides Korean language scholarships to overseas Korean adoptees. In association with a grant from the Ministry for Health, Welfare and Family Affairs, scholarship grantees can study at any of these language Institutes: Ewha Womans, Korea, Kyunghee, Seoul National, Sogang, Sookmyung women’s and Yonsei University.

1. Required Documents and Terms

A. Documents

- One on-line Application form

- One photocopy of adoption document with your Korean name

- One photocopy of your passport with valid passport number

- One photocopy of your high school diploma or higher

- One photo (3x4cm)

B. Terms

 - For students applying for a second semester, only an application form needs to be resubmitted, but some documents might be requested by InKAS or the university.

 - If you have any problems or issues from previous semesters in Korean language school, your application can be rejected or your acceptance can be cancelled by personal notification.

 - An applicant must be over 18 years old

 - Only fully-completed applications along with all the required documents will be accepted.

 - Selections will be made entirely on a first-come first-served basis. 

2. Application Deadline

 - For Seoul National University/ Sogang University : Noon, September 14th (Korean time)

 - For all other universities: Noon, October 12th(Korean time)

3. How to apply

- Sign up or log into InKAS website▷ Log in ▷ Our service▷ Scholarship ▷ click on ‘Apply for scholarship’

- Fill out application form for 2012 winter scholarship▷ Submit the completed form with all proper required documents

4. University information for language scholarships available through InKAS

Website  

Course Period                      

Course available through InKAS                

Ewha Uni.

http://elc.ewha.ac.kr/korean/en/index.asp

2012. 12. 12 - 2013. 02. 27

Intensive Program

Korea Uni.

http://klcc.korea.ac.kr/main.mainList.action?langDiv=2

2012. 12. 10 - 2013. 02. 26

Regular Program

Kyunghee Uni.

http://eng.iie.ac.kr/

2012. 12. 17 ~ 2013. 02. 28

Regular Course

Seoul National Uni.

http://language.snu.ac.kr/site/en/klec/main/main.jsp

2012. 12. 03 - 2013. 02. 08

Regular Program

Sogang Uni.

http://klec.sogang.ac.kr/

2012. 12. 03 - 2013. 02. 21

Regular Course(20hrs/wk)

Sookmyung Uni.

http://www.lingua-express.com/main.jsp?idx=070101

2012. 12. 17 - 2013. 02. 27

Regular Morning

Yonsei Uni.

http://www.yskli.com/index.asp

2012. 01. 10 - 2013. 03. 22

Regular Morning

* Most Classes run from 9a.m to 1p.m Monday through Friday

* The university information above can be changeable by university’s decision

5.   Fee

- InKAS Application fee: 82,000KW(77.00 USD) : It's not refundable. Don't pay it before receiving announcement e-mail

- University registration fee: Different terms can be applied for each university.

- Tuition fee: 50% covered for 6 of the universities.

                    Only 30% covered for Yonsei University

** If you are a recipient of a scholarship for the 2012 winter semester, you will receive payment instructions and more information about this course by email.

** For further inquiries regarding InKAS Korean Language Scholarships, please email or contact InKAS.


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