Since the 2010s, the nationality of women marrying Korean men has been the highest in Vietnam, surpassing China, almost every year. Since the early 1990s, international marriages have been encouraged as part of the ‘Getting Rural Bachelors Married’ project, and since 2006, some local governments have enacted ‘Old Bachelor Marriage Project Support Ordinance’ to support international marriages by providing millions of won per person.
As a result of investigating the current status of international marriage brokerage by the Ministry of Gender Equality and Family in 2020, the period from the meeting of an international married couple to the wedding ceremony was only 5.7 days. The average marriage brokerage fee paid by Korean spouses reached 13.72 million won, but the fee paid by foreign spouses was only 690,000 won. The age of Korean spouses was mostly in their 40s and 50s (81.9%), but the majority of foreign spouses were in their 20s (79.5%).
There are cases where they are really in love, but since there are many actual marriages in rural areas where brides with an age gap of more than 30 years old send 250,000 to 300,000 won per month to their Vietnamese parents, experienced women say that there are many women who come to Korea for the purpose of marriage and then disappear after acquiring nationality.
Recently, a story has been posted online saying ‘I married a Vietnamese woman and escaped from being an old bachelor, but after 3 months, her wife left the house’.
Mr. A, who lived with a Vietnamese bride for just one week, posted an article on the Internet cafe of the International Marriage Victim Center, saying, “Money is spent as money, and only the family register has become messy. When I inquired about it, I heard that they are living well after having children with a Vietnamese man. “I heard that most brides who marry internationally run away within a month, but reporting to the police is useless. In Vietnam, a Korean bachelor is called a hugu among hugu. The system needs to be improved to stop mass production of illegal immigrant brides.” Last year, the number of counseling cases received at the International Marriage Victim Center reached 300.
It is possible to apply for permanent residency even if divorced
Foreigners who are married to Koreans will receive a 토토사이트Marriage Immigration (F-6) visa. There are no restrictions on employment activities. If you stay in Korea for more than 2 years, you can apply for a change to permanent residency (F-5). Foreign women can apply for permanent residency even if they are divorced.
If a Vietnamese woman marries a Korean man and acquires Korean nationality, then divorces and remarries a Vietnamese man, the man can also have Korean nationality. According to data from the National Statistical Office, out of 3,319 marriage reports between Korean men and Vietnamese women last year, 2,250 were first marriages and 1,069 were remarriages. Conversely, the number of marriages between Korean women and Vietnamese men in the same year was 586, of which 556, or about 95%, were remarriages. There were only 30 first marriages.
When a Vietnamese bride in her 20s, married through an international marriage agency, ran away from home within a month of entering the country, her husband, a Korean in his 40s, who filed an annulment lawsuit, lost the case in the Supreme Court.
In February of last year, the third division of the Supreme Court (presiding judge Kim Jae-hyung) saw that there was a possibility that a woman gave up on marriage due to language barriers, cultural maladjustment, and a gap between expectations and reality, and broke the lower court ruling that ‘marriage is invalid’ and sent the case back to the Changwon District Court.
According to the appellate court, which ruled that the marriage was invalid, the Vietnamese bride had not had marital relations with her since the beginning of her married life, and left her house with her alien registration card and passport.
Although there are many cases of actual damage, some claim that they are using the method of recording their husband’s swearing and reporting it as domestic violence without having a family life at all by arranging with a broker for divorce. If divorced due to domestic violence, the reason for the blame is because the husband can remarry a new foreigner after two years. In this case, a Korean man has to spend another five years before marrying again. For this reason, there is an opinion that when a divorced naturalized foreigner remarries a foreigner, a limitation period of at least five years should be set.Along with Korea, Taiwan, which was considered one of the leading destinations for marriage immigrants, tried to reduce the harmful effects of buying and selling marriages by regulating the commerciality of international marriage brokers. Taiwan amended the Immigration Control Law in December 2007 to restrict commercial intermarriage brokerage and implemented a policy from 2009 to allow only international marriage brokerages such as non-profit associations.