Voluntary exit program for illegal immigrants

Good news for those who are here illegally and would like to go back to their home countries.

The government will launch an incentive program aimed at encouraging foreign workers who overstayed their visa to leave the country “voluntarily,” the Ministry of Justice said Monday.

Under the program, those who exit will be exempt from fines and will not be regulated on a possible revisit to the country.

The authorities are aiming to reduce the number of illegal sojourners here ― estimated at 180,000 ― before the G-20 Summit slated for November.

The program will run from May 6 to September 31.

Employers who come clean with such workers will also be granted exemptions from fines and be given priority in recruiting substitute workers.

The workers will have to report to immigration offices at airports with their employer, passport and flight ticket to confirm departure.

Source: Voluntary exit program launched for illegal aliens

AFAIK, those who voluntarily exits Korea are not fined (I could be wrong) but they are not allowed to come back for a period of time.

14 thoughts on “Voluntary exit program for illegal immigrants

  • May 6, 2010 at 5:01 pm
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    thanks betchay for this info. i’ll tell to my kakilala if she wants to go home.

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  • May 29, 2010 at 9:50 am
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    pano po pag ung tnt na ayaw umuwi hanggang sa katapusan ng Aug.,at saka lng sya uuwi next year(d nman po nahuli) me tendency ba na dina mkabalik dito pag mag-apply pbalik?

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  • July 10, 2010 at 6:43 pm
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    How long are the volunteers banned from coming? a month, or after the summit?

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    • February 1, 2011 at 9:51 am
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      I was an illegal stayer who took advantage of this voluntary exit program. I am an American citizen and held an E-2 teaching visa. I overlooked paying for a visa extension and overstayed for 18 days. This amnesty program was extended through October 2010. If the “illegal stayer” surrenders at the Incheon Airport immigration office and flies out of the country voluntarily, they are fully forgiven and face no return bans.

      I was frustrated by many aspects of Korea, including how they treat foreigners, but I am willing to give teaching English there a second chance and plan on returning to teach for the March 2011 school year.

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  • July 19, 2010 at 12:33 pm
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    isa po akong eps na nagbakasyon sa pinas.nabigyan po ako ng reentry pero naglaps na ang date ng reentry pero di pa rin ako nakabalik dahil nakunan asawa ko.may paraan pa ba para maayos ito. thank

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  • April 7, 2011 at 5:12 pm
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    hello sa inyong lahat,tanong ko lang po sana kung may posibilidad ba na makabalik ako ng korea,ilegal ako diyan dati at nagvoluntary exit ako last 2009,may posibilidad ba na makabalik ako diyan at mabibigyan ba nila ako ulit ng visa,,,,gusto ko kc bumalik pero diko alam ang way kung pano,…..salamat sana matulungan nyo ako!

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  • April 9, 2011 at 1:25 pm
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    tanong ko po sana kung meron na bang mga nagvolunteer umuwi during amnesty period na nakabalik na? thanks po hope to hear from you soon

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  • February 12, 2012 at 12:11 am
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    hi po! nag overstay po ako sa Korea for almost 3 years,.but nag voluntary exit ako ng magbigay sila ng amnesty last Oct. 2011.
    I marry my Korean bf before ako umuwi ng PInas actually mgksma kmi umuwi. Tinatkan ng 68-(1) ung passport ko sa Airport Immigration.Ask ko lang po kung posibleng maapruban ba yung spouse visa application ko? Complete na po yung requirements ko pra sa spouse visa. mag aapply na po ako sa Monday.
    Sna po matulungan nyo q.
    Thank you!!!!

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  • May 26, 2016 at 8:32 am
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    Magandang araw.. Gusto ko sna magtanong tungkol sa trabaho ng asawa ko. Nag tarbaho siya sa korea noong 2003- 2006 tapos ng TNT sya umuwi ng 2009 voluntary exit. Nag appy uli at nkabalik ng Korea 2011-2016 naissuahan sya ng bagong contrata ng knyang emplyer pra s mga sincere worker.. Hinintay nlng nya ung kanyang CCVI sabi daw ng employer may problema sa immigration hindi na daw sya pwede bumalik kasi meron daw sya record na offense the law.. Bakit po kaya ung pangalawa nya balik wala nmn naging problema ngayon lumitaw na may problema s mga papers nya kaya d sya mabigyan ng CCVI.. san po matulungan nyo kmi.. salamat po in advance..

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    • May 26, 2016 at 11:36 am
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      Hi Connie! Isa talaga sa requirements sa EPS na walang record na nag-TNT. Nadi-disqualify talaga pag nakita na may record. Sorry po pero nagkataon siguro na hindi nakita noong 2011.

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