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Seoul City Gives Korean Names to Foreigners

Seoul City Gives Korean Names to Foreigners

SEOUL, Nov. 28 (Korea Bizwire) — Having a localized name or nickname can be fun for some. Take Dutch football coach Guus Hiddink or Thor actor Chris Hemsworth. Fans here affectionately call them by Korean-sounding nicknames “Hidonggu” and “Hemsiki.” The Seoul Metropolitan Government said Thursday it recently gave honorary Korean names to 11 people from [...]

Visa Procedures Simplified for Foreign Material and Parts Specialists

Visa Procedures Simplified for Foreign Material and Parts Specialists

SEOUL, Nov. 19 (Korea Bizwire) — Recruiting foreign specialists and academics in the materials, parts, and equipment sectors will become easier. The Ministry of Justice announced on Monday that it will introduce a new electronic visa program for foreign specialists, following concerns that previous visa and administrative procedures related to recruiting foreign specialists in the [...]

No. of Foreign Residents in S. Korea Hits Record 2.05 mln in 2018

No. of Foreign Residents in S. Korea Hits Record 2.05 mln in 2018

SEJONG, Oct. 31 (Korea Bizwire) — More than 2 million foreigners were registered as residents in South Korea as of November last year, bolstered by a growing number of those with permanent residency, government data showed Thursday. The number of foreign residents totaled 2,054,621 as of Nov. 1, 2018, up 10.4 percent from a year [...]

3 in 10 Foreign Patients Visit S. Korea for Plastic Surgery

3 in 10 Foreign Patients Visit S. Korea for Plastic Surgery

SEOUL, Oct. 17 (Korea Bizwire) — A significant number of foreigners visited South Korea last year to undergo plastic surgery. The Korea Health Industry Development Institute reported that 464,452 foreigners came to South Korea in 2018 to receive medical treatment, up by 16.7 percent since the previous year. Most of the foreigners received treatment from [...]

500,000 Foreigners Sign Up for State Health Insurance After New Rules Take Effect

500,000 Foreigners Sign Up for State Health Insurance After New Rules Take Effect

SEOUL, Oct. 15 (Korea Bizwire) — Only one month has passed after the mandatory subscription to state health insurance for foreigners, and the number of subscribers has increased smoothly. However, the insurance premium collection rate for these foreigners was not high. According to the data received by Rep. Ki Dong-min from the National Health Insurance [...]

Illegally Abandoned Vehicles of Foreign Workers a Headache for Local Gov’ts

Illegally Abandoned Vehicles of Foreign Workers a Headache for Local Gov’ts

ANSAN, Oct. 10 (Korea Bizwire) — Local governments have been suffering from long-term, unauthorized vehicles that foreign workers have used and then abandoned when they were deported. In Danwon District, Ansan, Gyeonggi Province, 299 cars were found in the first half of this year alone. All the vehicles were either voluntarily disposed of or scrapped. [...]