Law Revision Passes Offering Dual Citizenship to Korean Adoptees

I am pleased to announce that The Nationality Law Revision was passed by the Korean National Assembly yesterday.  What does this mean?  Korean adoptees will be allowed dual citizenship in both their adoptive country and in Korea.

The will go legally go into effect January of 2011.  However, there is some gray area.  Korean males must serve in the Korean military.  By granting Korean adoptees Korean citizenship, males would be subject to this very rule.  However, due to the language barrier for most Korean Adoptees, there has been some talk about lobbying for an alternative to military service which might include public service of some kind in Korea.

Please see a letter posted by Daewon Wenger from the Global Overseas Adoptees’ Link (GOA’L) website for a full statement.

UPDATE::Hi folks just a few updates that I got from a friend.  Here is a link to an article explaining the Citizenship stipulations.  It’s not as easy as you might think.


The Nationality Law Revision was passed on 2010/04/21 by the Korean National Assembly. It will give Korean adoptees the right to re-gain their Korean nationality in addition to the adoptive nationality. The revised law will go into effect as per 1st January 2011.

After the launch in fall 2007 this campaign comes to a successful end by having the law revision passed. G.O.A.’L is grateful to all those who participated from the very beginning and supported this campaign by joining our worldwide signature collection, by donating money or by participating in our surveys and by giving important advice.

G.O.A.’L would like to especially thank Professor Lee Chul-Woo from Yonsei University who served as a special advisor to our campaign. Myriam Cransac who spent much of her time designing the entire campaign, the Ministry of Justice who always supported our cause and to all the congressmen who approved this bill.

Now that our campaign was successfully ended, much work remains to be done. We still need to negotiate with the government the problem with Military Service that may affect around 20% of the Korean adoptee community. We will also discuss all regulations and procedures with the Ministry of Justice in order to get all the answers before the law goes into effect. We are certain many among you will have questions. Please keep following the information either on our G.O.A.’L Facebook group or also on our homepage at

Giving Korean adoptees dual citizenship is a fundamental step in the improvement of adoptee rights. This step will certainly have an global impact on international adoptees from other countries.

What started as just a dream has finally materialized!

G.O.A.’L will certainly continue to report on the development on dual citizenship and adoptee rights. If you’d like to contribute to our cause, please visit our homepage.

In case you have questions please contact our office.

Best regards

Dae-won Wenger
Board of Directors


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