Does the Korean government actually arrest illegal tutors? Here’s an excerpt of the article on Korea Times:
According to the Korea Immigration Office, Friday, the number of “illegal” foreign private tutors arrested rose to 226 last year, compared to 211 in 2008, 172 in 2007 and 143 in 2006.
Among those arrested in 2009, Americans made up the largest portion with 79, followed by 36 Canadians and 31 Filipinos.
Of those caught, 144 were illegally hired, while 45 violated employment regulations. Also, 93 were E-2 visa holders, while 68 came here on D-2 or student visas and the rest were on tourist visas.
Eleven illegal teachers were deported and 42 were ordered to leave the country, while 68 were reported to the police. However, the immigration authorities say that the statistics show only a small number of the total illegal language teachers.
“We crack down from time to time on illegal foreigner teachers on tips from citizens, but it is very difficult to search out the large number of foreigners involved in irregularities,” an immigration office told The Korea Times.
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Even E-2 visa holders can be arrested for tutoring! If one is tutoring privately, it would be better to register with the District Education Office and the Tax Office. It would only take an hour or two at most including the time to commute to those offices. One doesn’t need to work illegally to buy gifts for her especially this Valentine’s.