A reader is asking whether she could still come back to Korea without a re-entry permit. She went home to the Philippines in September and the immigration officer took back her ARC. She said that her E-9 visa is still valid for a year. Here’s the information on “Exemption from Re-entry Permit” from the Hi-Korea website:
ANNOUNCEMENT OF EXEMPTION FROM RE-ENTRY PERMITS
Exemption from re-entry permits will take effect for the convenience of registered foreigners in Korea from 1 Dec 2010.
□ Eligible Sojourn Status
o Diplomacy(A-1), Official Business(A-2), Convention/Agreements(A-3)
o Cultural Arts(D-1), Student(D-2), Industrial training(D-3), General training(D-4), Journalism(D-5), Religious Affairs(D-6), Supervisory Intra-company transfer(D-7), Corporate Investment(D-8), Trade Management(D-9), Job Seeking(D-10), Professorship(E-1), Foreign language instructor(E-2), Research(E-3), Technological Transfer(E-4), Professional Employment(E-5), Arts & Performance(E-6), Special Occupation(E-7), Non-professional Employment(E-9), Vessel Crew(E-10), Family Visitation(F-1), Residential(F-2), Dependent Family(F-3)
o Miscellaneous(G-1), Working Holiday(H-1), Working visit(H-2) status
o The re-entry permit will be exempt for registered foreigners seeking to depart Korea and re-enter within one year.
※ If the period of stay is less than one year, the exemption is valid for the duration of the period of stay.
o Exemption for the permanent residents(F-5) re-entering Korea will remain valid for two years after their departure date.
o This exemption may not be applied to the people who are in the prohibited category.
□ Effective Date
o From 1. Dec. 2010
Got this from HiKorea’s Announcement section.