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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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  • 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
  • Can illegal immigrant’s children obtain legal status of residence?
    I am a foreign worker from Bangladesh. I am living illegally with my wife, who is from the same country. But in 2017 and 2019, children were born. The cost of raising these children is so high that I can't afford it. It's very sad that even though our children are growing up, we can't even send them to daycare. Are there any legal ways for children born in Korea to stay? It would be nice if they could receive aid for daycare fees, etc. Earlier this year, the Ministry of Justice announced that it would implement a plan to grant temporary status of residence to children in an illegal state by March 31, 2025 in order to broadly guarantee the education rights of foreign children. The status of residence is granted to children ▲who were born in Korea or entered infancy (under 6 years of age) ▲children who have stayed in Korea for more than 6 years ▲and children who are currently enrolled in elementary, middle or high school or graduated high school in Korea as of the application date. However, even if the children are not attending school at the time of the enforcement date or do not meet the requirements for the period of stay in Korea, they can apply in advance if they meet the residency requirements for more than 6 years within the enforcement period (until March 31, 2025). These children are granted a status of residence for study (D-4), and even after graduating from high school, a status of residence that matches their career path, such as going to college or employment, is granted. Foreign parents are also subject to penalties for breaking the law, but they are able to legally stay with a G-1 visa. However, when the child becomes an adult, the parent must leave the country. According to this system, the questioner and your children can obtain legal status of residence, so please make sure to apply. However, if the children obtain a legal status of residence, they may receive benefits from Korean health insurance and some benefits in education, but may not be able to receive childcare fees at daycare centers. In Korea, some cities aid childcare for foreign children, while others do not. Therefore, please check the policies of your region. 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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    2022-05-10
  • Regarding the extension of the status of residence of foreign residents who have been drunk driving
    I am a foreign worker. I was caught drunk driving with an alcohol concentration of 0.045%. At the time of, the police did not verify my fingerprints and did not retrieve my driver's license. The policeman said the fine would come later. How much will the fine be in my case? And will I be penalized for changing my visa later? In the case of drunk driving, if the alcohol concentration is 0.03% or more and less than 0.08%, the license will be suspended, and if the alcohol concentration is 0.08% or more, the license will be revoked. In the course of the case after being caught drunk driving, the police contact the person who was caught first by phone or text message and order them to appear at the police station to be investigated. When you arrive at the police station, the police officer will retrieve your driver's license. The questioner will be subject to a disposition equivalent to 100 days of license suspension. Accordingly, you will discuss when to implement the license suspension. You can defer your license suspension for up to 40 days. Temporary driver's license is issued for within 40 days. After that you will be subject to summary trial. A summary trial refers to a trial conducted only on paper without appearing in court. The questioner was found to have an alcohol concentration of 0.045%, so at this trial, you are sentenced to imprisonment for not more than one year or a fine not exceeding five million won. If it is a first-time offender, there is a high possibility of being punished by a fine of not more than 5 million won. The court's decision is immediately notified to the Immigration Policy Headquarters of the Ministry of Justice. The disadvantages for staying in Korea are slightly different depending on the type of visa the questioner has. If you have an F-5 permanent resident card, it will have little effect. If you have an F-4 overseas Korean visa, when you go to the Immigration Office to extend your visa, you are likely to be subject to examination with an instructor and receive a strong warning. It is possible to extend the visa after receiving the warning. However, if you have an E-9 or H-2 visa, your status of residence is no longer extended. Under no circumstances should you ever drunk drive. 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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    2022-05-04
  • 10 Most Frequently Asked Questions by Foreigners on Immigration Visas in Korea
    We have compiled a list of frequently asked questions by foreign residents regarding entry and exit visas. Based on data from the Seoul Immigration Office. Q. Who needs to do an alien registration and when? A. Foreigners wishing to stay longer than 91 days must register as an alien within 90 days from the date of entry. Failure to do so will result in a fine for negligence. Q. I need to apply for extension of the period of stay, do I have to visit the office? A. The status of residence that can be applied online through the electronic civil complaint is as follows. Short-term residents are B-1, B-2, C-3, C-4 (within 90 days from the date of entry), and registered foreigners who are long-term residents are D-1, D-2, D-4, D-5, D -6, D-7, D-9, D-10, E-1, E-2, E-3, E-4, E-5, E-6, E-9, E-10, F-1 (with some restrictions), F-3, H-1, H-2, F-4 visa, etc., can apply online. Q. When can I apply for extension of the period of stay? A. Foreigners who need to extend the period of stay can apply from 4 months before the expiration of the period of stay, and must apply by the day of expiration (in the case of electronic civil complaint, the day before the expiration date). Q. Please tell me what documents are required when applying for extension of period of stay. A. As common documents, an integrated application form, passport, alien registration card, and documents proving the place of stay (lease agreement, etc.) are required. Other documents according to the status of residence can be checked through the information manual for each status of residence on the Hi Korea website or by calling the 1345 Information Center for Foreigners. Q. How can I check my immigration records? A. You can apply for a ‘Certificate of Facts Regarding Immigration’ at the Immigration Office, Si, Gun, Gu office, or Community Center, and through this, you can check your immigration record. For Korean nationals, online issuance is also possible through the ‘Government 24’ website. Q. Do I have to acquire permanent resident status first to apply for naturalization? A. From December 20, 2018, if you are applying for general naturalization in accordance with Article 5 of the Nationality Act, you must first obtain permanent resident (F-5) status. Q. Do permanent residents need to apply for extension? A. The validity period of the alien registration card (permanent residence card) issued to a foreigner with permanent resident status is 10 years, and the permanent residence card must be reissued before the expiration date. Q. If I move, do I have to report it? A. When a registered foreigner or a person who reports a residence (F-4) moves, he or she must report it to the immigration office or the Si, Gun, Gu officeor community center within 15 days from the date of moving in (within 14 days for F-4). Especially, even if a foreigner is married and belongs to a household, he/she does not automatically change with the head of the household, so the foreigner must individually report the change of place of residence. Q. Do I need a criminal record certificate when applying for a change of status for overseas Koreans (F-4)? A. Applicants for overseas Korean (F-4) status must submit anoverseas criminal record certificate. It must be issued within 3 months from the date of application, and generally, the original criminal record certificate and a notarized translation must be submitted. A notarized translation means entering the translator's personal information and contact information and attaching a copy of the translator's identification card. Q. Can a person who has received an extension of the departure period or a postponement of the departure period receive a work permit? A. A person who has received an extension of the departure period or a postponement of the departure period afterward will no longer be able to work, even if he or she has previously obtained qualifications for employment. Reporter Jieun Lee
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    2022-04-18
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