Deportation after Criminal Conviction in Korea: Korea Immigration Law Basics

Korea’s Immigration Services has increased enforcement/deportation actions against foreigners convicted of crimes.  Upon exit from Korea, the Immigration Service has been instructing individuals to report to Immigration with the written judgment and confirmation that the fine (if any) was paid in full.  These records may be obtained from the Prosecutor’s Office. We advise reporting to Immigration, only, after an attorney reviews the matter and, potentially, writes a legal opinion to the Immigration Services of Korea.  If you live in the majority of the areas of Seoul, you should report to the Enforcement Unit on the 6th Floor of the Mokdong Immigration Office. When choosing to plead guilty to a crime, please be aware that the choice may subject you to deportation.  Immigration has, frequently, deported for fines over KRW 2million and crimes that lead to suspended jail sentences or a greater sentence.  If you attorney advises you to plead guilty

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Korea Immigration Service’s Immigration Logic: Appeared in the Korea Times by Sean Hayes

The following article appeared in the Korea Times on January 4, 2007 and was entitled Immigration Logic. The article was part of a column written by Sean Hayes. Immigration Logic An article entitled “Misunderstanding of the New E-2 Visa” appeared in The Korea Times on Dec. 27. An Immigration official, seemingly speaking for the Ministry of Justice, wrote the article.  He said that articles by “E-2 visa holding English teachers were shocking to my colleagues and myself who work in the Korea Immigration Service, the Ministry of Justice.” The article notes that Mr. David Louis Quick, and others, made “incorrect claims” in articles written and that “When one makes arguments, it is very easy for people to fall into the trap of emotional feelings and become very illogical, unless he is well trained in logical reasoning.”  The article continues, in this condescending tone, by stating that the author is “a

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