Interested in Immigrating to the US from the South Korea?
South Korean Community in the United States
As of 2015, 31% of Korean-American immigrants resided in California, 9% in New York, and 7% in New Jersey, making up almost half of the United States’ Korean migrant population. Many have also settled in Washington DC and Illinois. Korean immigrants have a much higher naturalization rate than that of the overall immigrant population, with a 61% naturalization rate versus 48%.
Useful Resources for South Koreans in the US
- The National Association of Korean Americans (NAKA) was founded in 1994 “as a non-profit, civil and human rights organization of concerned Korean Americans.” Its goal is to help protect the civil rights of Korean Americans along with others in the US, to promote cooperation and understanding between the Korean American community and other racial and ethnic groups in the US, and to develop and articulate the culture and shared values of the Korean American community.
- The Council of Korean Americans is a non-profit organization whose members include successful leaders in business, the arts and sciences, law, academia, and government in the Korean American community. Their goal is to give back to and advance opportunity for Korean Americans, increasing their voice, visibility, and influence as a community.
- The Korean American Historical Society is a non-profit organization that was founded in 1985 with the goal of “enriching the collective memory of Korean Americans through collecting, maintaining, and transmitting the heritage and achievements of Koreans living in the United States and abroad.”
- The Korean American Coalition is a non-profit organization that works to promote the civic and civil rights interests of the Korean American community “through education, community organizing, leadership development, and coalition-building with diverse communities.” The coalition has various chapters throughout the US, including Los Angeles (the earliest established), Atlanta, Washington, Oregon, Chicago, and Texas.
- The US Embassy and Consulate in South Korea provides helpful information regarding immigration and the visa application process.