It has been reported that the Immigration Office in South Korea is holding a “crackdown” on illegal immigrants from March to May. An illegal immigrant who is caught and deported will not be able to return to Korea until after 5 years.
However, Korea Times reported yesterday, March 27, that the Ministry of Justice (MOJ) announced that there will be a temporary exemption on the entry ban on illegal immigrants who will voluntarily exit Korea from April 1 to September 30. They only need to have a valid passport and airline ticket and report to the Immigration Office at the airport during the period stated.
The MOJ said that there are currently 1,899,000 foreigners staying in Korea. Of this number, it is estimated that about 214,000 are illegally residing in the country.
In Korean news though, it was also stated that illegal immigrants who committed heavy crimes will not benefit from this exemption. In the future, the MOJ will file criminal chargers for employers of illegal immigrants and a five-year entry ban for the worker.
Noong isang linggo ay naiulat ng mga kababayan natin sa Korea na merong crackdown ang Immigration Office sa mga illegal o TNT. Pag nahuli at napa-deport, hindi pwedeng bumalik sa Korea sa loob ng limang taon.
Kahapon sa Korea Times, nai-report na ang Ministry of Justice o MOJ ay nag-announce na ang mga TNT na boluntaryong aalis ng bansa mula April 1 hangang September 30 ay hindi kasali sa “entry ban” ~ at maaari silang bumalik ng Korea ng hindi kailangan maghintay ng limang taon. Basta boluntaryo ang pag-uwi.
Kung balak umuwi mula April 1 hangang September 30, dalhin ang passport (na hindi expired!) at airline ticket at pumunta sa Immigration Office ng airport sa araw na uuwi.
Ang hindi nabanggit sa Korea Times pero nakalagay sa ibang news site sa Korean ~ na hindi kasama sa exemption ang mga may criminal record. Ang NO ENTRY BAN ay para lamang sa mga uuwi sa pagitan ng Abril 1 hangang Setyembre 30. Patuloy pa rin ang crackdown ng MOJ sa mga TNT. Kung nahuli at na-deport, may ban pa rin ng limang taon.
UPDATE: This is the official notice from the Immigration Office dated March 30th.
Exemption from a re-entry ban for voluntary departure
❑ Duration : 2016. 4. 1. ~ 9. 30. (6 months)
❑ Place : Immigration offices at all ports of entry
❑ Benefits for voluntary departure
❍ Exemption from the re-entry bans which were imposed due to the period of overstaying.
※ Previously, there was an exclusion period for up to 2 years depending on the length of overstaying
❍ Exemption from the penalty for illegal migrants and their employers.
❍ Leaving the country freely without detention.
❍ Entering the ROK after receiving the re-entry visa from the diplomatic mission abroad.
▸ If you were deported as you were caught by the authorities, you would be banned from returning for up to 5 years regardless of the period of overstaying.
▸ There would be enhanced criminal penalty including accusation, etc., and increased fines would be imposed as well.
❑ Procedure for voluntary departure
❍ If you choose to return to your home country voluntarily, you should come with a flight ticket and valid passport or travel document and report your voluntary return status to immigration offices at all ports of entry on your departure date.
※ If you entered this country using a forged passport or any other abnormal ways, there will be more time needed for verification of identity. In these cases, you should contact and visit Immigration offices at ports of entry at least 3 days in advance of your departure date.
❑ Contact details
❍ If you have any further inquiries, please contact the Immigration Contact Centre(☎ 1345) or Immigration offices at ports of entry.
– Incheon Airport : ☎ 032-740-7391~2 – Gimhae : ☎ 051-979-1300
UPDATE: The Philippine Embassy released a notice on April 4, 2016 ~