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  • “If it passed 14 days after your vaccination in the country, you are waived from quarantine when you reenter after departure.”
    Foreign residents are getting more interested in whether they could be waived from quarantine when they reenter Korea once they are vaccinated in Korea and then visited their mother country.   Quarantine exemption for the foreign residents vaccinated in the country The people who completed vaccination are the people who passed 14 days after the 2ndvaccination that requires 2 shots or after the 1st vaccination that requires 1 shot. In order to be recognized as a complete vaccination, it applies only to those who are vaccinated in the same country and enter Korea after two weeks have passed. This is according to the new standard applied from August 30. Thus, you are waived from quarantine if you reenter Korea on September 16 after you completed the whole vaccination by September 1 and then visited your mother country. However, if you reenter before September 15, you should go through quarantine.   How to prove you completed the whole vaccination? There are 3 ways to prove:▲online ▲mobile ▲ID sticker Online: Log in the KDCA homepage (https://nip.kdca.go.kr/irgd/civil.do?MnLv1=1), self-authentication, and print the certificate. Mobile: Use KDCA apps, ‘COOV’ ID sticker: Visit the nearest Community Service Center and receive the ID sticker and paper certificate.   Requirement for the PCR test? Even though you completed the whole vaccination, you are required to take the PCR test total 3 times when you reenter after departure. The number of the test increased from the past 2 to 3 now as a measure to prevent the spread of subclinical infection.   Therefore foreigners who want to enter Korea need to take the 1stPCR test before entry and submit the test certificate upon entry, the 2ndtest at the public health center in your resident area, and the 3rdtest within 6 or 7 days after entry.   You need to stay in your residence and should not delete the self-quarantine app until the negative test result is confirmed. Although you submitted the negative PCR test result upon entry, if your 2ndand 3rdtest results turn out positive, you become a confirmed case immediately.   If medical observations are found negative through all 3 times and 14 days passed after entry, you are discharged from medical observation after 12 pm next day.   JunWook Kwon, the director of the National Institute of Health, mentioned on August 27, “The standard change for quarantine exemption has been made to 2 weeks after entry and complete vaccination is for entrants’ convenience and to increase administrative efficiency. To screen out breakthrough infections early among vaccinated entrants from overseas, we are adding the within 1day PCR test after entry and will reinforce the prevention of spread by subclinical infection in local communities.” Darren Kim
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    2021-09-02

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  • The Ministry of Justice implements a special voluntary departure program for unregistered foreigners
    The Ministry of Justice announced that it will implement the ‘a special voluntary departure program for unregistered foreigners’, which exempts unregistered foreigners who voluntarily depart from the country from November 7 to February 28, 2023, exempting them from fines and suspending entry restrictions. The Ministry of Justice implements the voluntary departure program for unregistered foreigners almost every year. It has been implemented again in almost six months since it was implemented earlier this year. Although the number of voluntary departures has been increasing since the joint government crackdown on illegal aliens started on October 11, this system is being implemented in special consideration of the circumstances of foreigners who cannot return to their home countries because flight operations have not been normalized due to the influence of the corona virus. The main contents of the ‘special voluntary departure program for unregistered foreigners’ are as follows. ◆ (Period) 2022. 11. 7. (Mon) - 2023. 2. 28.(Tue) ◆ (Target) All unregistered foreigners who voluntarily leave the country   -Excludes smuggled immigrants, forged passport users, criminal offenders, violators of infectious disease prevention and control rules, and non-compliance with departure orders ◆ (Benefit) Exemption from fines and suspension of entry restrictions in case of voluntary departure The Ministry of Justice strongly recommends using this system to voluntarily leave the country because, as unregistered foreigners who are caught not leaving the country voluntarily during the above period will be fined up to 30 million won and strengthened the entry ban. However, one thing to note for unregistered foreigners who voluntarily depart from the country under this system is that the suspension of entry ban does not guarantee entry into Korea after departure. If you want to enter Korea after leaving the country, you still have to go through visa screening, and even if it is a legitimate and normal visa application, there is a possibility that it will be rejected at the discretion of the Korean embassy. Papaya Story
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    2022-11-11
  • Semi-skilled Immigrant Workers (E-7-4) Point System, the secret receiving high scores!
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    2022-10-27
  • Foreigners holding Visa E-9 and E-10, new ‘visa extension regulations’ in case of disaster happens
    The Ministry of Justice decided to ease restrictions on foreign employment if an infectious disease such as Corona 19 spreads. On October 13, the Ministry of Justice announced a legislative notice of amendments to the 'Enforcement Decree and Enforcement Rules of the Immigration Control Act', including easing restrictions on the issuance of visa issuance certificates for foreigners. Legislative notice is a notice in advance that the law will change like this in the future. According to the notice, the Ministry of Justice will ease the restrictions on issuing visa issuance certificates to foreigners with non-professional employment (E-9) and seafarer employment (E-10) qualifications in case of an epidemic. In the past, visa extension (issuance of visa issuance certificate) for foreigners with E-9 or E-10 qualifications was not provided for foreigners who have stayed in Korea for more than 5 years, but this will be extended in case of the spread of infectious diseases such as Corona 19 or natural disasters. For foreigners eligible for visiting employment (H-2), it was decided to expand the number of workable industries so that they can work in industries with a shortage of manpower. In the future, it will be possible to find employment in all industries except for ‘employment-restricted industries’. Institutionalization of regional specialized visas For local governments with a declining population, a “regional specialized visa” system will be established to issue visas in consideration of population demand. A pilot project is currently in progress, but it will definitely institutionalizing. For regional specialized visas, when a local government comprehensively analyzes the △ region’s industrial structure, △ job status, and △ linkage with local universities, and submits to the Ministry of Justice the size of foreigners required in the region and suitable conditions for foreign resources, the Ministry of Justice provides visas to foreigners through an examination.  In addition, it was decided to establish a new regulation to recognize a person who made a special contribution to Korea or contributed to the promotion of the public interest as a ‘special contributor’ and grants permanent residency status. Reporter Hasung Song
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    2022-10-20
  • In the first half of 2023, children of illegal immigrants will also be registered
    The Korean government has announced that it will implement a birth registration system for foreign children. The Ministry of Justice reported on five key tasks, including the implementation of the foreign child birth registration system, in the presidential business report on July 26. According to this report, during the first half of 2023, all babies born in Korea can be registered with the government, regardless of whether their parents are registered as foreigners. If the birth is registered, difficulties in attending school or kindergarten will be eliminated, and the right to learn can be guaranteed and health insurance benefits can be obtained. Nowadays, going to school is possible, but since health insurance is not able to be insured, it is hard to go to the hospital. In addition, it is difficult to participate in school trips, etc., because they cannot take out a travel insurance while attending school. If the birth registration system for foreign children is implemented in the first half of 2023, it is expected that it will also be applied to children of illegal immigrants living in Korea. Is the status of residence granted as well? The implementation of the birth registration system for foreign children does not mean that visas are granted to illegal immigrants’ children. The birth registration system is nothing more than registering the birth of a child with the Korean administrative office. However, since the birth registration system is an advanced policy implemented by the Korean government for illegal immigrants, there is a possibility of implementing a forward-looking policy on the issue of status of residence. An official from the Foreign Welfare Center in Gyeonggi Province said, “As the specific details of the foreign child birth registration system have not been announced, it is difficult to determine what to say, but the status of residence may not be granted at the initial stage of implementation. In this case, the effect of the implementation of the birth registration system will be halved because the parents will not be granted a visa and the child may also be subject to deportation after graduating from high school.” He added, “However, as the government’s attitude toward foreigners is expected to change in favor because of the low birth rate in Korean society, we can also expect of granting status of residence to illegal immigrant children and their families after the implementation of the birth registration system.”  Reporter Hasung Song
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    2022-08-17
  • “Korea implements new regional-based visa policy… New opportunities for immigrants”
    The Korean government is starting a policy of accepting foreign residents into areas with a declining population in preparation for the local extinction because of declining population. If this policy is activated, it is expected that the region will have an opportunity to take a new leap by securing the population, and foreign residents will get a stable status of residence and jobs in Korea.  The Ministry of Justice is starting the ‘regional- specialized visa’ system, which issues visas reflecting the characteristics and needs of local governments. This is to respond to the decrease in the local population due to the low birth rate and aging population and the concentration of population in the metropolitan area by promoting visa policies that reflect local demand. The Ministry of Justice is accepting an open call for selecting local governments participating in the pilot project prior to the establishment of a regional-specialized visa. The pilot project targets are 89 population-decreasing areas designated by the Ministry of the Interior and Safety of last year and the application deadline is July 19th. The purpose of this pilot project is to encourage foreigners to settle in the region suitable for industries, universities, and jobs in population-decreased areas, to expand the living population of local governments, to promote economic activities, and to suppress population outflow. It will be operated for one year from October in preparation for the Special Act on Support for Depopulated Areas, which will be implemented on January 1st next year. The pilot project is first targeted at excellent local talents and compatriots' families. Foreigners who meet regional specialization requirements are given residence (F-2) and compatriots (F-4) visas on condition of compulsory residence and employment for a certain period of time in the region, and their visas are canceled if they violate the compulsory residence requirements. In the case of excellent local talents, they basically must have Korean proficiency and have an income of 70% or more of per capita GNI (Gross National Income) (28.33 million won in 2021) or have a bachelor's degree or higher. The visa is issued on condition that they have confirmed employment at a job in a population-decreased area and a condition of living in the area for at least 5 years. Resident requirements required by the region, such as job group and nationality, are added to this. Compatriot family members include foreign nationals who have been living in a declining population area for more than two years, or compatriot family members who have immigrated to a declining population area, or compatriot family members who are new to the Republic of Korea and want to settle in a population decreasing area. According to the Overseas Koreans Act, a foreign national is a person who has Korean nationality and acquired foreign nationality or a person who acquired foreign nationality as a direct descendant of the national. For those, F-4 visas are issued in a condition of living in the area for at least two years, and they are also able to work in areas with a declining population. Local governments should come up with policies to support the settlement of compatriot families, such as housing, starting a business, or educating children. Expectations are high for the new foreigner visa policy based on the region. Reporter Hasung Song
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    2022-07-27
  • I have an F-1 visa, can my husband force me to leave the country?
    I have an F-1 visa and my husband has an F-4 visa. We have one elementary school child. But these days, our relationship has deteriorated. If my husband reports me, will my visa be revoked and will I be forced to leave the country? If my husband and I get divorced, is there any way for me to live in Korea? Can my husband really force me to leave the country? Simply the husband reporting the wife does not cancel the F-1 visa. Making a report is to inform the Korean government of a criminal act, and he would not be able to report it if his wife had not committed any wrongdoing. Therefore, there is no way for a husband to force his wife to leave the country. The questioner can freely reside in Korea within the period of stay of the F-1 visa she has. Unfortunately, the F-1 visa that the questioner has is for the purpose of visiting and living together. Because your husband had an F-4 Korean visa, you were able to come to Korea as a member of the family. These visas are called dependent visas. Therefore, if the husband's F-4 visa is canceled, the dependent F-1 visa is also canceled. If a couple divorces, there is no way to extend the visa after the F-1 visa period has expired. If you want to live in Korea after divorce, you must have a separate visa, not an F-1 visa. You would have to obtain F-2 or E-7 visa, but that is difficult. The dependent visa the questioner has is actually causing various problems in Korea. Because even if a wife suffer from domestic violence, she cannot report her husband. If a wife reports her husband for domestic violence, her husband will be punished. Then, her husband would be forced to leave Korea or not able to extend the visa, and the wife with her dependent visa will also have to leave Korea. Legal Consultation for Foreign Residents ‘Papaya Story Living Legal Visa Support Center’ English 031-8001-0211 / Law Firm (Limited) Min ‘Immigration Legal Support Team’ 02-3477-5550, email beobil2002@lawmin.net
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    2022-06-22
  • Are there any disadvantages for visa services, if foreign residents did not pay various fees?
    If I do not pay the national pension and mobile phone bills, what are the disadvantages in examining the documents for acquiring nationality? When I was an international student in 2019, there was a time when I didn't pay about 200,000 won for my phone bill. Later I met and married my husband while living in Korea as an illegal immigrant. I am going to return to Vietnam and apply for a marriage visa. Would it be difficult to apply for a marriage visa because of the phone bill that was not paid in 2019? I want to pay my unpaid bill even now, what should I do? There are many immigrants who have difficulties in living in Korea because they do not pay various fees, including telecommunication fees. In Korea, if you do not pay a fee, it is recorded in the credit management system managed by the government about 3 months from the date of non-payment. Particularly, from around 2020, non-payment records for foreigners can be checked at the Immigration Office as they are. Therefore, you should not think that you can live in Korea as it is after unpaid fees. As for the first question, in the case of the national pension, non-payment may not be a problem. In accordance with the national pension reciprocity, some countries do not have a national pension at all, so non-payment of the national pension is not an important criterion in immigration visa work. However, cell phone fees are different. The citizenship test will be suspended until you pay your mobile phone fee. In addition, it is highly likely that the questioner is recorded as having bad credit. Even after payment of the fee, the nationality screening process will be delayed for at least two months until the record is deleted. In the case of the second question, since marriage immigrants marry Korean nationals, they have less impact on immigration visa work than other cases. However, in the same way, the visa issuance process will proceed only after payment of the telecommunication fee. Therefore, please pay your cell phone fee as soon as possible. Legal Consultation for Foreign Residents ‘Papaya Story Living Legal Visa Support Center’ English 031-8001-0211 / Law Firm (Limited) Min ‘Immigration Legal Support Team’ 02-3477-5550, email beobil2002@lawmin.net
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    2022-05-30
  • Remarriage Multicultural Families, Invitation of Adult Children to Korea
    I am a remarried immigrant with an F-6 visa. I have a 22-year-old daughter who was born in Thailand before remarriage, and I would like to live with her in Korea. What visas can she apply for? Is it difficult to obtain a visa if she is old? If your child is a minor in your home country, it is not difficult to invite them to Korea. Based on the family relationship certificate issued by the Thai government, marriage immigrants can invite their children directly, or if the husband invites them instead, they can come to Korea more quickly. At this time, your child will receive an F-1 Visitor Living Visa. However, it is difficult to obtain a long-term visa if your child has become an adult. But, she can still apply for an F-1 Visiting Living Visa. If the mother (the questioner) has a reason, such as undergoing surgery due to illness, the possibility of issuing a visa increases. If it is difficult to obtain an F-1 visa, she can apply for a language training visa or a student visa. Otherwise, the only way is to visit the family with a short-term visa within 3 months.  Legal Consultation for Foreign Residents ‘Papaya Story Living Legal Visa Support Center’ English 031-8001-0211 / Law Firm (Limited) Min ‘Immigration Legal Support Team’ 02-3477-5550, email beobil2002@lawmin.net
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    2022-05-25
  • Resume issuance of short-term visits (C-3)such as tourism and e-visas!
    The Ministry of Justice will resume the issuance of short-term visits (C-3) and electronic visas for foreign tourists, etc.from June 1, which were suspended on April 13, 2020, in order to block the influx of Covid from overseas. The C-3 visa is mainly granted to those who intend to visit Korea for less than 90 days for the purpose of commercial activitiessuch as,tourism, medical treatment, visits to relatives, participation in conferences,market research, and consultation. The e-visa is an online visa application and issuance system for outstanding talents and group tourists. In implementing this measure, the government decided to improve the visa issuance restriction standards by classifying them into precautionary countries (Level 2) and general countries (Level 1) according to each country's infectious disease prevention and contol risk. Foreigners from countries classified as a general country (Level 1) can resumeshort-term visit (C-3) visa issuance and online electronic visa issuance in all fields, including group and individual tours, visits to relatives, and commercial activities.  In addition, e-visa issuance for outstanding talents, foreign patients, and group tourists, which was suspended on April 6, 2020, will also be resumed. As before, foreigners from countries classified as precautionary countries (Level 2) by the disease control authorities can apply for visas only for essential visitors such as humanitarian reasons. However, as of May, there is no country classified as a precautionary countries (Level 2). This mitigation measure may change depending on Korea Covid situation in the future. In addition, the Ministry of Justice revives the effect of the short-term multiple visa, which was temporarily suspended. The short-term multiple-visa is a multiple-visit visa that was issued before April 5, 2020.If the validity period remains, it can be used without any additional measures. The Ministry of Justice expects that this measure will help create jobs for the people and attract excellent foreign talent by boosting domestic demand through the influx of foreign tourists and revitalizing related industries. Reporter Hasung Song
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    2022-05-23
  • How do foreign residents maintain their Korean visas for long-term stay abroad?
    I am a marriage immigrant with an F-6 visa. Currently I am living in Korea with my family, but soon to return to Thailand. I may stay in Thailand for a long time. In this case, how can I maintain my visa? Do I must have to come back to Korea to extend my visa, or can I extend my visa abroad as well? When a foreign resident returns to their home country after living in Korea, it is important to maintain the status of stay in case they return to Korea. If you wish to stay abroad while maintaining your status of stay, you must return to Korea within the period of stay and within one year from the date of departure. If you have 6 months left in your stay, you must return within 6 months. If you have 16 months left in your stay, you must return to Korea within one year from the date of departure. If you do not return within one year from the date of departure, the visa granted by the Korean government will be automatically revoked. Extending your visa abroad without returning to Korea is only for very special cases. Only circumstances that prevent anyone from returning to Korea will be acknowledged, such as those who cannot return due to Corona or cannot go because they are hospitalized. In this case as well, they must go to the Korean Embassy and apply for an extension. Legal Consultation for Foreign Residents ‘Papaya Story Living Legal Visa Support Center’ English 031-8001-0211 / Law Firm (Limited) Min ‘Immigration Legal Support Team’ 02-3477-5550, email beobil2002@lawmin.net
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    2022-05-20
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