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Unmarried Foreigners Raising a Child of Korean Nationality Alone to Benefit from State Subsidies

Unmarried Foreigners Raising a Child of Korean Nationality Alone to Benefit from State Subsidies

SEOUL, April 7 (Korea Bizwire) – Low-income foreigners raising a child of Korean nationality alone will be eligible for the government’s monthly childcare support of 200,000 won (US$180) per month. The Ministry of Gender Equality and Family said that the Cabinet passed the revision of the enforcement ordinance of the Single-parent Family Support Act on [...]

Gov’t Announces Plan to Unregister Foreigners’ Smartphones Immediately After Their Departure

Gov’t Announces Plan to Unregister Foreigners’ Smartphones Immediately After Their Departure

SEOUL, April 5 (Korea Bizwire) – The Ministry of Justice is strengthening information sharing with related agencies to prevent smartphones registered in foreigners’ names from being used as cloned phones for crimes like voice phishing. The ministry announced that starting from this month, it will provide information regarding the departure of foreign nationals who have [...]

Seoul Backtracks on Mandatory Virus Testing for Foreigners amid Strong Backlash

Seoul Backtracks on Mandatory Virus Testing for Foreigners amid Strong Backlash

SEOUL, March 19 (Korea Bizwire) — The Seoul city government said late Friday that it retracted its administrative order requiring all foreign nationals to be tested for COVID-19, amid strong protest. The city said it has switched the policy to a recommendation for foreign workers at high-risk business establishments to get tested for the coronavirus [...]

Foreign COVID-19 Patients on Steep Rise in S. Korea This Year

Foreign COVID-19 Patients on Steep Rise in S. Korea This Year

SEOUL, Feb. 27 (Korea Bizwire) – The number of foreigners diagnosed with COVID-19 in South Korea has soared this year due mainly to the steady outbreaks of cluster infections at industrial workplaces, a government agency said Saturday. According to the Central Disease Control Headquarters, 1,747 foreign nationals have tested positive for the coronavirus here since [...]

Coronavirus Field Inspections Due at Foreigner-dense Workplaces

Coronavirus Field Inspections Due at Foreigner-dense Workplaces

SEOUL, Feb. 19 (Korea Bizwire) — Quarantine authorities are to conduct intensive coronavirus field inspections at foreigner-dense areas and workplaces and other places deemed highly vulnerable to the pandemic, a government agency said Friday, after recent outbreaks of virus clusters at factories. According to the Central Disaster and Safety Countermeasure Headquarters, about 1,000 places nationwide, [...]

Coronavirus Leads to Growing Number of Unregistered Foreigners

Coronavirus Leads to Growing Number of Unregistered Foreigners

SEOUL, Feb. 18 (Korea Bizwire) — The proportion of unregistered foreigners in South Korea is nearing the 20 percent milestone, setting an unprecedented record. The Ministry of Justice reported that 19.3 percent of all foreigners in South Korea last year were unregistered, up by 3.8 percentage points since the previous year (15.5 percent). The proportion [...]

Gov’t Seeking to Allow Foreigners Subject to Deportation to Extend Stay in Return for Donation

Gov’t Seeking to Allow Foreigners Subject to Deportation to Extend Stay in Return for Donation

SEOUL, Feb. 13 (Korea Bizwire) – South Korea’s government is pushing for a program in which foreign nationals subject to deportation due to minor offenses could extend their stay legally in return for a donation, the justice ministry said Saturday. According to a research paper commissioned by the ministry on the subject, convicted foreign nationals [...]

Justice Ministry Starts Deposit Program for Foreigners Subject to Deportation

Justice Ministry Starts Deposit Program for Foreigners Subject to Deportation

SEOUL, Jan. 30 (Korea Bizwire) — The Ministry of Justice said Saturday that it has introduced a deposit program to encourage foreigners subject to deportation to voluntarily leave the country as part of efforts to ease crowding in temporary detention centers amid the coronavirus pandemic. Under the new policy, foreigners who are ordered to leave [...]