Extra! Korea

March 27, 2009

More proof that immigration “laws” are really mild suggestions

Filed under: expatriates — extrakorea @ 12:56 pm

Any expatriate who’s dealt with Korean immigration knows that how you are treated depends upon which officer you are dealing with, what kind of mood they are in, whether or not they are tired, the quality of the lunch they ate, etc. A little more than a year ago, a colleague and I extended our visas literally within minutes of each other. We had completely different experiences because we were seen to by two different officers. Here’s more proof:

Foreign Teacher Renews Visa With No Health Checks

The Korea Immigration Service (KIS) allegedly extended an E-2 visa to an American teacher who refused to submit mandatory health checks.

Andrea Vandom, an English instructor at Chung-Ang University, visited the Suwon Immigration Office, Wednesday, to renew her status under the terms of the English-teaching visa rules.

But Vandom told The Korea Times that she had her visa extended ― even though she refused to submit papers on health checks, which are demanded under the regulations that govern the E2 visa. She only handed over criminal record documents to the authorities, she said.

This case appears to suggest that the immigration rules are being bent ― not applicable to those who complain strongly, she said.

Instead of producing documents showing HIV/AIDS and drug test results, she gave an immigration officer a letter.

It reads: “Unfortunately, I will not be submitting the HIV/ AIDS test results or the tuberculosis drug test results that you have requested. These tests unreasonably discriminate against me as a foreigner living in Korea and are a violation of my human rights.”

[ snip ]

According to Vandom, after reading the letter, the immigration official showed the letter to one of his colleagues, and then his colleague came back and said, “Last year, the law changed and you need HIV and drug tests.”

Vandom, 30, said she then replied, “I understand what you are saying,” and again directed his attention to the letter. At this point, she said, the immigration officer completed the sojourn application form and handed over her alien registration card saying “visa extension, one year.”

(source)

1 Comment »

  1. […] that certainly sounds like the Immigration that we all know and “love”. Possibly related posts: (automatically generated)National Human Rights […]

    Pingback by Immigration criticized by Human Rights Commission over negligence « Extra! Korea — December 18, 2009 @ 1:16 pm


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