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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.


2012 FALL TESOL Orientation

Event date: 2012-08-04

All Korean Adoptees currently living in Korea are invited to attend our InKAS TESOL orientation. 

The TESOL course is offered through the University of California Riverside program for a 120 hours Certificate. 

the class location will be between Gangnam station Exit 10. Class days and hours are to be determined at the orientation according to attendees' schedules. Costs will also be discussed, but the course will be heavily discounte through InKAS.

If you would like to attend the TESOL orientation this Saturday, August 4th at 11 am,

Please RESERVE to inkas21@yahoo.co.kr 

Thanks for your interest! 


InKAS 2012 Events

Reflecting back on some of our 2012 InKAS events...

Celebrating the New Year by dressing in Korean traditional clothes and learning Korean customs!

Our InKAS Garden Party in May to celebrate Family month with our "InKAS Family" including the  Korean adoptee community, friends, family members both biological and adoptive, volunteers, and InKAS staff.  We also celebrated the publishing of Dutch adoptee, Yoo Ri Lee's book "For a Mother Far Away"

2012 GK Summer Camp!

Our summer camp "We Came Back" lasted from May 25th to June 2nd.  Forty overseas Korean adoptees and our InKAS summer camp staff traveled through Seoul, Busan, Yeosu Expo, Ulsan, and Jeonju by bus.  

We experienced both traditional and modern Korea, from sleeping in a traditional Korean style room called "hanok" and trying on hanbok (Korean traditional clothing), to relaxing on the beaches of Busan and great shopping!

This year was special because it was our first time having a summer camp staff mainly composed of Korean adoptees!  


통역봉사자 요청

Event date: 2012-06-16

6/16 오넌 10시~11시

We need a volunteer to translate for a cultural activity next Saturday morning - 문화체험 (서당) 

장소: 북촌한옥마을


2012 InKAS Korean Language Scholarships for Fall Semester

Event date: 2012-06-05

"2012 InKAS Korean Language Scholarships for Fall Semester"

Please notice that application for Seoul National University and Sogang University will be closed on June 26th and for the other schools you can apply by July 10th.

*This semester, full scholarships are provided by InKAS, except Yonsei University (only 80% covered).

(Please refer to the Fee section below) 

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 and Yonsei University. Any overseas Korean adoptee over the age of *18 can invest in a semester or more of studying Korean is qualified for the scholarships.

*Please refer 1 - 4)

1.      Application – Required documents

1) Application form

2) One photocopy of adoption document with your Korean name

3) One photocopy of your passport with passport number

4) One photocopy of your high school graduation certificate

*In case you had any problems academically or in any other ways in your school in any previous semesters, your application can be rejected or your acceptance can be canceled.

5) One photo (3x4cm)

6) One page of self-introduction

* In case this is your second term, you could submit only the application and all other documents are not necessary, but sometimes needs to be sent by InKAS’s request.

* If you submit documents that are not qualified, the scholarship will be deprived at anytime.

2.      Application Dates

Starting from June 6th, first-come, first-served basis

*Only fully-completed applications along with all the required documents after June 6th in Korean time will be accepted. Selections will be made entirely on a first-come, first-served basis.

3.      How to Apply

1) Sign-up through the InKAS website and go to the Korean Language Scholarship section:

Services → Scholarship  → InKAS Scholarship Program Request  (http://www.inkas.or.kr/eng/programs/programs02.asp)

2) Submit an application form on the page and upload all the required documents on “Mypage” 

* MyPage is on your right top after you log in.

4.      Korean Language Schools

No.

Schools

Website

1

Kyunghee Univ.

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

2

Korea Univ.

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

3

Ewha Woman’s Univ.

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

4

Yonsei Univ.

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

5

Sogang Univ.

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

6

Sookmyung Univ.

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

7

Seoul National Univ.

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

Course period for each university

1)      Kyunghee Uni. – 2012.10.08~2012.12.14

2)      Korea Univ. – 2012.09.19~2012.11.30

3)      Ewha Womem’s Univ. – 2012.09.13~2012.11.23

4)      Yonsei Univ.- 2012.09.27~2012.12.07

5)      Sogang Univ.- 2012.09.04~2012.11.15

6)      Sookmyung Univ. – 2012.09.17~2012.11.27

7)      Seoul National Univ. – 2012.09.03~2012.11.09

Basically all classes at the universities run from 9a.m. to 1p.m. from Monday through Friday. *Unlike last semester, unfortunately, we can’t afford to grant scholarship for any evening classes due to reduced fund. However, even though you have to cover the whole tuition on your own, if you still want to attend an evening class, you yourself can apply for it directly at the school that you want to attend.

5.   Fee

1) Application fee to InKAS : $77 US dollar or 82,000won (You can make the payment through Paypal on the website or directly at the office)

** Do not pay your registration fee till you are sure of being recipient of this semester scholarship. Because It’s not refundable.

2)  Tuition fee is 100 % covered by InKAS Korean Language Scholarship. (excluding the  registration fee to a school)  In case this is your second term on the same university, you don’t need to pay the registration fee. 

* Yonsei University students need to pay 20% of the tuition fee (only 80% of tuition fee covered for Yonsei)

All notices related to any fees will be given individually after your being acceptance as a scholarship beneficiary. And you will get the results after the application period has ended by email. 

If you have further inquiries regarding the InKAS Korean Language scholarships, please visit the InKAS website to check out the information or leave a message in the Q&A section.


InKAS Garden Party

Event date: 2012-05-19

InKAS is having a Garden Party to recognize Family Month, the month of May, and also to celebrate the book publishing of Eva Yoo Ri Brussaard, an adoptee from the Netherlands who wrote a book of poems about birth mothers.

We would like to invite all Korean overseas adoptees, birth families of adoptees, InKAS supporters and volunteers, and any friends to our Garden Party on Saturday, May 19th at 4pm.

The Garden Party will be held at the InKAS guesthouse "Woorijip": Seoul, Soedaemungu, Yeonhuidong 95-20. There will be a 10,000won fee that includes the food buffet, a copy of Eva's book. 

PLEASE RSVP IF YOU WANT TO ATTEND: Inkas21@yahoo.co.kr by May 16th, 5pm. PUT "5/19 OPEN HOME RSVP" IN THE HEADING. Provide your full name, and how many people you will bring. We will accept RSVPs for the first 100 people.

5월 가정의 달을 맞아 한국을 방문한 해외 입양인 들에게 관심과 사랑을 보여주신 친 가족, 지인, 인카스 자원봉사자와 친구분들과 함께 하는 시간을 갖고자 합니다.

또한 네덜란드 입양인 Eva Yoo Ri Brussaard 의 시집 "멀리 있는 어머니를 위하여" 의 한국 출판 기념회를 함께 갖습니다.

행사 일시: 2012년 5월 19일 토요일 오후 4:30
행사 장소: 인카스: 인카스 게스트 하우스 "우리집" 서울 서대문구 연희동 95-20
참가비: 10,000원 (시집/뷔페 식사포함)

예약: 5월 16일 수요일 오후 5시까지 이메일 예약 선착순 100명에 한하여 행사에 동참하실 수 있습니다. inkas21@yahoo.co.kr. 이메일 예약 시 "5/19 오픈 홈 예약"으로 제목을 하여 보내주세요. 예약문의: 0203148-0258.



Office Closed April 11th

Event date: 2012-04-11

NOTICE: 
The InKAS office will be closed on Wednesday, April 11th due to election day.  We will respond to any emails the following day.

If you are a Korean citizen or dual citizen with Korean citizenship, we encourage you to vote this Wednesday!!


2012 InKAS Korean Language Scholarships for summer semester

Event date: 2012-03-13

"2012 InKAS Korean Language Scholarships for summer semester"

Please notice that application for Seoul National University and Sogan Univerity will be closed on March 28th and for the other schools you can apply by April 15th.

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 Woman’s, Korea, Kyunghee, Seoul National, Sogang, Sookmyung and Yonsei University. Any overseas Korean adoptee over the age of 18 can invest a semester or more of studying Korean is qualified for the scholarships.

1.      Application – Required documents

- Application form

- One photocopy of adoption document with your Korean name

- One photocopy of your passport with passport number

- One photocopy of your high school graduation certificate

- One photo (3x4cm)

- One page of self-introduction

* In case this is your second term, you could submit only application and all the other documents are not necessary but sometimes needs to be sent by InKAS’s request.

2.      Application Dates

Starting from March 13th, first-come, first-served basis

*Only fully-completed application along with all the required documents after March 13th in Korean time will be accepted. Selections will be made entirely on a first-come, first-served basis.

*In case you had any problems academically or in any other ways in your school in any previous semesters, your application can be rejected or your acceptance can be cancelled.   

3.      How to Apply

① Sign-up through the InKAS website and go to the Korean Language Scholarship section:

Services -> Scholarship  -> InKAS Scholarship Program Request  (http://www.inkas.or.kr/eng/programs/programs02.asp)

② Submit an application form on the page and upload all the required documents on “Mypage” 

*MyPage is on your right top after you log in.

 4.      Korean Language Schools

No.

Schools

Website

1

Kyunghee Univ.

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

2

Korea Univ.

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

3

Ewha Woman’s Univ.

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

4

Yonsei Univ.

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

5

Sogang Univ.

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

6

Sookmyung Univ.

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

7

Seoul National Univ.

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

Course period for each university

1)      Kyunghee Uni. – 2012.6.20~2012.8.29

2)      Korea Univ. – 2012.6.28~2012.9.06

3)      Ewha Womem’s Univ. –2012.6.13 (Wed)~2012.8.22 (Wed)

4)      Yonsei Univ.- 2012.6.25~2012.9.04

5)      Sogang Univ.- 2012.6.04~2012.8.21

6)      Sookmyung Univ. –2012.6.25~2012.9.07

7)      Seoul National Univ. – 2012.6.04~2012.8.10

Basically classes of all the universities run at 9a.m. to 1p.m.from Monday through Friday. *Unlike last semester, unfortunately, we can’t afford to grant scholarship for any evening classes due to reduced fund. However, even though you have to cover the whole tuition on your own, if you still want to attend an evening class, you yourself can apply for it directly to the school that you want to go.

5.   Fee

- Application fee to InKAS : $77 US dollar or 82,000won (You can make the payment through Paypal on the website or directly at the office)

- Tuition fee is 50% covered by InKAS Korean Language Scholarship. (excluding the  registration fee to a school)  In case this is your second term on the same university, you don’t need to pay the registration fee. 

*Except Yonsei University, students need to pay 70% of the tuition fee.

All the notice related any fees will be notified individually after your being chosen as a scholarship beneficiary. And you will get to know the results after the application period is ended by email. 

If you have further inquiries regarding the InKAS Korean Language scholarships, please visit the InKAS website to check out the information or leave a message in the Q&A section.


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