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Free Legal Help Available for All Foreigners in Korea

The Ministry of Justice now offers free Legal help will be available for foreign residents in South Korea.

The Ministry of Justice now offers free Legal help will be available for foreign residents in South Korea. (Image: Yonhap)

SEOUL, March 13 (Korea Bizwire) – A new helpline (1345) offering free legal advice and counseling is now available for any foreign resident of South Korea, regardless of their visa type, starting today, the Ministry of Justice (MOJ) said yesterday.

The MOJ teamed up with the Korean Bar Association and the Ministry of the Interior to offer help with common legal issues such as lease contracts or criminal cases, in a bid to ensure the legal rights of foreign nationals living in South Korea are respected.

When an appointment is made, the Immigration Contact Center will arrange a date for a three-way phone call between a foreign resident, a translator, and a lawyer. Face to face legal counseling is also available on request.

According to the MOJ, there are currently 57 lawyers offering free legal help in fifteen immigration offices around the country, with plans to hire a further 144 lawyers.

The MOJ’s move to offer legal help to foreigners is the latest addition to the ‘Village Lawyer’ initiative, a free service originally intended to help those who can’t afford lawyers by offering them legal advice and counseling.

Those wishing to book an appointment can dial 1345 without an area code.

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5 thoughts on “Free Legal Help Available for All Foreigners in Korea

  1. Yongsang Park (박용상)

    I am a former hagwon English teacher in Sejong and ended my contract a few months early due to having to return back to the United States to continue my education (I had originally taken a leave of absence from my school to come teach in Korea). I forfeited my severance pay and was told by the director’s husband, who took care of finances for the hagwon, that once they could find a new occupant for my apartment, my last paycheck would be wired to me; I left him my American bank account information before leaving. After returning home, I called to check on the situation, and was told that they were still looking for a tenant. Afterwards I never heard back. I reached out to my director a few days ago via Kakao Talk but received no response even though the message was marked as read. I am currently in Korea for vacation until 12/30/17 and would like to know what my options are regarding receiving my last paycheck. I can supply a copy of my contract and/or my director’s contact information if necessary. Any advice would be appreciated. Thank you.


    Have you resolve your issues? Can I see a redacted contract? In your contraxt they are legally obligated to pay your salary unless signed it that early termination then they still have to pay minimum wage. Contact me ASAP because I think you maybeare maybe near the verge of the statue of limitations.

  3. Aubrey Laine Nodado

    Hi, good day!
    I am from the Philippines and I want to seek some advice regarding our salary and severance pay.

    I am an online AutoCAD operator. Our employer is Korean which is in Korea right now. We don’t have any contracts. Our salary is very late every month. Since it’s so late, there are months that we don’t receive our salary anymore but our employer is still asking us to work.

    Starting in 2020, we didn’t receive any salary but we work until February 2020. And now, we didn’t hear anything from our employer. No contact and communication at all.
    So, please help us out. Thank you.

  4. Jenny

    안녕하세여 19살 제니입니다.
    여기한국에서 6~7년 살앗는데여 근데 그동안 부모님이랑 안살고 왜냐 저희 엄마가 한 15살쯤 집나가라구 해가지구 사이도안좋구 그렇지만 이 글쓰는이유가 혹시 20살되면 혼자비자라도 만들수잇는지 궁금해서…..저 지금 어떻게해야되는지 잘모르구…만약에도 이민국가면…저희부모님 불법이면 어떻하죠…저까지 피해를주는거자누 규래서…제 비자 혼자라도 만들수잇어여?


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