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South Korea – Giving Birth and Registration of Birth / Nationality


Among expatriates some young couples happen to give birth to a child during their assignment in South Korea. That implies not only immigration issues for the new baby but also certain cultural issues including health aspects.

Most South Korean women, especially those who live in Seoul, go to a special institution called “Post natal care center” after the baby is born and in this institution, care for the newly born baby, care for the mother is offered for 2 weeks up to 1 month. The cost for giving birth to a child in South Korea is much cheaper than the US, for example, due to the national insurance system and some expatriates’ wives enjoy such benefit. Also, the post natal care center will give some relaxing time to the mother for at least 2 weeks after the delivery.


For immigration, the new baby will need to obtain first the passport from the country of origin of the parents (or a parent if different nationality) and then the Alien registration will have to be applied for with the new passport. When this is completed the new baby will be registered as a dependent of the assigned parent.

So, depending on what you are looking for, the experience of having a baby in South Korea will be a totally different experience for a non-Korean woman.

Last update: 26 February 2020