Korea to Allow Visas for Foreign Restaurant Workers: Korean E-9 Visa Updates

The major Korean and English-language vernaculars announced that non-skilled (e.g. not chefs) foreign workers wishing to work in restaurants shall be allowed to be sponsored for E-9 visas by restaurant employers. Restaurants in Korea with less than five workers shall be allowed one visa and restaurants with five or more workers shall be allowed a maximum of two E-9 visas. Additionally, Korea extended, also, the E-9 visa to those working in the Korean forestry and the Korean mining industries. The

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Korean Exit Bans for Not Paying Taxes, Custom Duties and Violations of Korean Law

The Korean Immigration Control Act and related acts allow the potential to permanently impose an exit ban from Korea on foreigners for nearly all acts that are determined by the Korean Ministry of Justice as “harming the interest, public safety or order in the economy of the Republic of Korea” until the reason for the exit ban ceases to exist. (Immigration Control Act of Korea Article 4(1)5.) However, IPG Legal has successfully challenged these exit bans in Korea and is

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Renunciation of Korean Nationality Bill Passes the Korean National Assembly

The Korean National Assembly passed, in September of 2022, a bill to clarify and revise the procedures for the renunciation of Korean citizenship. The revised Korean Renunciation of Korean Nationality law shall allow some additional men to not have to serve in the Korean Military. However, a newly inserted clause shall allow nearly unfettered discretion to Korean Immigration Services to determine who may renounce Korean citizenship. Requirements to Renounce Korean Citizenship In order to renounce your Korean citizenship you either

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South Korea Offers a Variety of Business Visas for those Wishing to Conduct Business in Korea

South Korea offers several types of business visas for foreign nationals who want to conduct business activities in the country. These include the D-7 (Investor/Business Manager) Visa, D-8 (Corporate Investment) Visa, and D-9 (International Trade and Investment) Visa, among others. Each type of visa has its own eligibility requirements and conditions, and applicants must provide proof of their business plans and financial ability in order to obtain the specific visa. Korea’s visa laws are, often, changing. For an article quoting

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Korean Electronic Travel Application (K- ETA) Explained

K-ETA (Korea Electronic Travel Authorization) is an online electronic travel authorization for travelers without a visa to Korea that can be obtained prior to entering the Republic of Korea (ROK) for leisure, business, or to visit family (except for profit-making projects). If you are planning to visit South Korea and want to apply for the K-ETA, you can visit the official K-ETA website or its mobile application and submit an application on your own behalf or on behalf of another

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IPG Legal’s Immigration Law Practice in Korea

Korean Immigration Law is an evolving area of law in South Korea that often changes with the change of governments. IPG legal assists many business and individual clients that run afoul or wish not to run afoul of Korea’s Immigration Laws. In worst-case scenarios, you can be deported from Korea, have an entry ban imposed, or be sent to a detention center or even receive a jail sentence. But, please know, for most individuals pathways exist to secure your visa

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Immigration updates for Foreigners In Korea: Expiration of Visas

The Korean Ministry for Justice (“MOJ”) announced it is relaxing passport restrictions for foreign residents in South Korea. Under the new guidelines from the MOJ, long-term foreign residents shall be allowed to stay in the country after their passport expires. The MOJ announced it was giving foreign nationals in Korea an amnesty period until June 2022. Foreign nationals shall be allowed to stay in Korea for up to 12 months, even if their passport has expired. Once the amnesty period has expired,

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Deportation after COVID-19 Quarantine Violations in Korea

This week a bill was submitted by Korean politicians to make the deportation process easier for the Korean government to deport foreign nationals accused of submitting false testing information for COVID-19. The COVID pandemic remains an emotive issue in Korea as cases have been steadily rising domestically over this Winter season. Political leaders, within Korea, have had a long history of using the foreign population as an easy target to win the hearts and minds of the public when times

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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

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Fleeing Korea while under Police/Prosecutor Investigation: International Hold in Korea

From changes a couple of years ago in the computer system and policy of the Korean Immigration Services, even if the Korean prosecution/police have not requested that an accused be placed on an International Hold, some records of police investigations, indictments, and proposed fines and sentences by the prosecution/police are being reported to the Korean Immigration Service at airports and ports of departure. An International Hold, in Korea, is an official procedure that flags passports and fingerprints & prevents one,

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