Extra! Korea

December 18, 2009

Immigration criticized by Human Rights Commission over negligence

Filed under: douche of the week — extrakorea @ 1:14 pm

It’s been quite a while since I last gave a “Douche of the Week” award, but after a long drought, we have a worthy winner: the Suwon Immigration office.

They have been criticized by the National Human Rights Commission for their negligence.

[A] worker in Paju, Gyeonggi Province, applied to change his visa type in September at the immigration office in Suwon and contacted them many times to confirm the approval.

Since no information on the visa extension was available for months, the 40-year-old, identified only by “K,” visited the office in April and found out that he had already overstayed his visa by three months and his status was now illegal, making any reentry impossible as a result.

He filed a complaint with the commission, arguing the office’s delay was to blame and urged the office to return him to his previous status.

The commission found that the office decided to reject the worker’s request on Jan. 9 and sent a letter, including the result, to his previous address.

With no recipient there, the letter was returned to the office, but it did not send the letter to his new address, the commission said.

The immigration office said “There is no evidence that the foreigner actually visited the office. Also, he provided insufficient evidence for us to believe that he was actually living in the new address.”

[ snip ]

The commission called the office’s allegations “groundless,” saying, “We have a witness who can confirm his visit to the office. Also, it doesn’t make sense that the office didn’t know where he lived.”

Yes, that certainly sounds like the Immigration that we all know and “love”.


  1. They pulled something similar with me. My ex-employer wouldn’t cancel the rest of my visa after I changed jobs. My new employer called Immigration to ask what we should do. They told us to wait it out until the visa expired and then call them back. We did just that, called them back, and they said, “Oh, he’s now illegal. He needs to leave the country.”

    Comment by ZenKimchi — December 19, 2009 @ 6:06 am

    • Maybe you just caught them in a bad mood. As we all know, how you’re treated depends upon whether or not the immigration officer had a good breakfast or not, etc.

      Comment by extrakorea — December 22, 2009 @ 2:14 pm

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