Illegal Migrant Workers to Get Help Receiving Pay

Korea Times Kang Shin-who The Ministry of Labor plans to help migrant workers who have overstayed their visas due to delayed salaries. The ministry Tuesday announced that it will visit immigrant detention centers and help those who have had difficulties in getting their salaries from companies they worked for. The ministry said it will provide legal counselors to help retrieve the money in cooperation with the Ministry of Justice. If the ministry finds foreigners who have overstayed their visas due to such circumstances, it will put priority in retrieving the unpaid salary and then take action on the overstayed visa, as according to a policy “first pay, second overstay notice.” In cases where the companies are unable to pay the migrant workers, the ministry said it will guarantee the payment will be made via an online bank account even after they leave Korea. In addition, the ministry plans to regularly

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Warrant for Guards Sought for Immigration Fire

March 07, 2007 Joongang ilbo South Jeolla police said yesterday that a detainee at the Yeosu Immigration Office set the fire that killed 10 and injured 17 others last month, and sought arrest warrants for four security guards on charges of neglecting their duties.Police are investigating eight guards at the center who were on duty that night, Kim Jan-wan, chief of Yeosu Police, said yesterday in a briefing. The guards at the immigration center, operated by the Justice Ministry, did not properly watch the rooms and initially tried to keep the detainees inside the building, causing more deaths and injuries, police said. One of the guards, 43, was sleeping at the time and had asked a substitute to watch a room through a security camera, police said. Another guard, 35, was reading a book at the time of the fire and initially kept the detainees from leaving the building, police

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Visa rules to be eased for ethnic Koreans

Korea Herald March 6, 2007 Ethnic Koreans who have overstayed their visa by up to one year will be saved from deportation as the government is planning to issue a newly introduced visa that would extend their legal stay. The government yesterday began receiving applications for the new H-2 visa, which will allow ethnic Koreans from China, Russia and the former Soviet Union states to stay and work in Korea for up to three years on a single-entry basis or five years on a multiple-entry basis. The Justice Ministry said the new visa rule will apply to an estimated 4,500 illegal ethnic Koreans. Those who have overstayed their visa by less than a year and hold an F-1-4 visa or an E-9 visa, will be allowed to switch to the new H-2 visa. For most ethnic Koreans from the regions, two visas have been issued; one-year F-1-4 visa, which requires

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How to Keep . . . Competitive (Bill Gates)

An article by Bill Gates on how the U.S. has remained competitive is a lesson for all nations. His simple advice to the U.S. should be followed by all nations. [Bill Gates]How to keep U.S. competitive For centuries people assumed that economic growth resulted from the interplay between capital and labor. Today we know that these elements are outweighed by a single critical factor: innovation. Innovation is the source of U.S. economic leadership and the foundation for our competitiveness in the global economy. Government investment in research, strong intellectual property laws and efficient capital markets are among the reasons that America has for decades been best at transforming new ideas into successful businesses. The most important factor is our workforce. Scientists and engineers trained in U.S. universities – the world’s best – have pioneered key technologies such as the microprocessor, creating industries and generating millions of high-paying jobs. But our

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