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S. Korea to Restrict Foreigners’ Visa Extensions for Defaulting on Health Insurance Fees

S. Korea to Restrict Foreigners’ Visa Extensions for Defaulting on Health Insurance Fees

SEOUL, Jul. 16 (Korea Bizwire) — South Korea will restrict visa extensions for foreigners and Korean nationals residing overseas, starting next month, in case they default on state health insurance fees, government officials said Tuesday. The measure comes as a new rule went into force the same day that requires all foreigners staying in the [...]

Foreigners Defaulting on State Health Insurance Fees Required to Cover full Medical Cost

Foreigners Defaulting on State Health Insurance Fees Required to Cover full Medical Cost

SEOUL, Jul. 9 (Korea Bizwire) — Foreign residents in South Korea who default on state health insurance fees will be required to personally pay for all medical costs, the health ministry said Tuesday. Under changes made to the National Health Insurance Act that will go into effect on July 16, foreign nationals who reside in [...]

Foreigners Residing Over 6 months Must Subscribe to State Health Insurance from July

Foreigners Residing Over 6 months Must Subscribe to State Health Insurance from July

SEOUL, Jun. 13 (Korea Bizwire) — All foreigners who stay in South Korea for six months or longer will be required to sign up for the country’s health insurance program to prevent them from receiving medical treatment and leaving without paying insurance fees, the operator of the state medical insurance scheme said Thursday. Under the [...]

S. Korea to Ban Foreigners with Criminal Records from Care Services Jobs

S. Korea to Ban Foreigners with Criminal Records from Care Services Jobs

SEOUL, Jun. 11 (Korea Bizwire) — Foreigners with criminal records will be barred from work as domestic helpers and five other jobs in South Korea, beginning in the second half of this year, the Ministry of Justice said Tuesday. The policy change will come as the government is pushing to introduce a pre-registration system for [...]

About 1 mln Foreigners Join Seoul’s State Health Insurance

About 1 mln Foreigners Join Seoul’s State Health Insurance

SEOUL, May 31 (Korea Bizwire) — Foreign subscribers to South Korea’s state health insurance program numbered about 1 million in 2018 as more foreigners are staying here, data showed Friday. The number of foreign subscribers, including South Koreans living abroad, stood at 971,199 as of end-December last year, or 1.9 percent of the total subscribers [...]

Foreigners Use Forged Licenses to Receive Driving Permits in S. Korea

Foreigners Use Forged Licenses to Receive Driving Permits in S. Korea

BUSAN, May 30 (Korea Bizwire) — Programs designed to replace foreigners’ driver’s licenses with local ones were found to be full of loopholes after a recent case in which Vietnamese individuals used a forged driver’s license to obtain a South Korean license. The Road Traffic Authority Driver’s License Examination Office could not distinguish a forged [...]

Number of Foreign Residents in S. Korea Up 8.6 pct Last Year

Number of Foreign Residents in S. Korea Up 8.6 pct Last Year

SEOUL, May 28 (Korea Bizwire) — The number of foreigners staying in South Korea increased by nearly 9 percent last year, with the rate of illegal foreign workers also rising 15 percent, government data showed Tuesday. According to data released by the Ministry of Justice, 2,367,607 foreigners were residing in the country as of the [...]