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Korea moves to limit E-9 visa extensions for foreign workers

Posted by jaypee 132 days ago Republic of Korea
http://www.koreatimes.co.kr —

Foreign workers who hold the E-9 non-professional employment visa will no longer be able to have unlimited extensions under new Korean government rules.

Applicants will only be able to extend the visa once, with a maximum stay of four years and 10 months, the Ministry of Justice said, according to Yonhap news agency Thursday. The ministry is working with the Ministry of Employment and Labor to shape the policy. No date was given for its introduction.

The existing rules allow foreign workers to live in Korea for up to four years and 10 months on their first E-9 visa. They could then return to their home country and do a Korean ability test. If they passed, they received a work permit and could renew the visa for another four years and 10 months. There was no limit to the number of renewals.

The new policy is designed to stop foreign workers taking the jobs of Koreans. Officials also considered there could be possible human rights violations when family members of E-9 applicants were refused entry to Korea.