SERVICE HI-TECH International Child Abduction


1 Foreigners' Grievance Handling


The Ministry of Justice is redressing people's grievances in daily lives more effectively by listening to their voices

How to Register?

Customer Support & Service Center
Immigration Contact Center: immigration, nationality, visa, sojourn

※ official: Kwon O Duk (+82-2-2110-4273) Customers Support & Service Center at the Planning & Coordination Bureau

2 Regulatory Reform


  • The Ministry of Justice monitors·improves·abolishes inappropriate or unnecessary regulations
  • The official will respond and handle any minor or major inconveniences in people's daily lives within 14 days

How to Register?

  • website:
  • Registration Procedure step1(apply), step2(register), step3(review & discussion), step4(response), step5(vindication), step6(recommendation for improvement )
    1. Apply : apply through the official website
    2. Register : registered by the Office for Government Policy Coordination, transfer the case to the institution
    3. Review : review, confirm fact relation
    4. Response : response within 14 days, open official's name
    5. Vindication : In case of reasonable complaints, review will be done within 3 months
    6. Recommendation : The Regulatory Reform Committee recommends to improve after reviewing feasibility and effect of vindication

official: Shin Min Chul, Customers Service Center at the Planning & Coordination Bureau

3 Korea Information Criminal Justice Services (foreign language)


The official website of the KICS (Korea Information Criminal Justice Services, provides its major services in criminal justice to the foreigners in foreign language

How to Use?

  • website:
  • Overview :
    1. Introduction of the KICS : overview, system, major works, performances
    2. Introduction of Criminal Justice Portal : overview, criminal justice case process, digitalization of criminal justice case, introduction of each division's work
    3. Case Inquiry Service : inquiry for case, court records, notice, penalty, fine, return/apply for the deposit
    4. Online Customers Service : complaints application service (Prosecution Service, the Ministry of Justice, Court), authenticity of documents, civil format inquiry
    5. Q&A and Information : How to report crime, customers' opinion, FAQ, apply for opening of information
    6. Crime Victim Support
    7. guide for relevant websites

※ official: Park Soo Ho, Criminal Justice Portal Operation, Planning & Coordination Bureau (+82-2-2110-3945)

4 Overseas Experience for Korean Young Lawyers Project(O.K. Project)


  • Strengthens global competitiveness of Korean legal service and increases more job opportunities for Korean young lawyers

    ※ O.K. Project : Overseas Experience for Korean Young Lawyers Project
Qualification and Requirement for Applicants
  • long-term program (3 months ~ 1 year): young lawyers who completed Judicial Research and Training Institute or passed the bar exam
  • short-term (2 weeks ~ 1 month): trainees at Judicial Research and Training Institute or students at law school
Internship Program
  • Long-term Internship Program (3 months ~ 1 year) Train young lawyers by establishing O.K Academy jointly collaborating with the MOJ, KBA and IAKL > Provide lectures with trainees by lawyers with global experiences. Send trainees after completing program to overseas branches of Korean law firms.
  • Short-term internship Program (2 weeks to 1 month) Select qualified college or law school graduate students 2 times a year > Send students to overseas law firms or overseas branch of Korean law firms or intermational organizations(IBA, UNHCR) as intern.

Internship Procedure

Long-term Internship Program
  1. Select trainees
  2. O.K. Academy training
  3. Select long-term interns
  4. Send them overseas
Short-term Internship Program
  1. Mobilize applicants for short-term internship
  2. Apply for short-term intern
  3. Select short-term intern
  4. Send them overseas

Results and Expected Performance

Long-term Internship (2015)
  • Under the name of the O.K. Academy, in total 150 young lawyers were trained in 19 sessions of lectures (from Sept. 2014 to Jul. 2015)
  • Among 27 applicants, 10 trainees passed job interview and were sent to overseas law firms
  • In total 47 trainees were sent to diverse institutions such as overseas Korean law firm branches, US law firms, IBA Asia Head quarter, UNHCR Korea office, etc.

※official: Min Soo Kim (+82-2-2110-3331), International Legal Affairs Division, Legal Affairs Office

5 Foreign Legal Consultant Act (FLC Act)

Legal Service Market Opening and FLC Act in Korea

  • Korea opens its legal service market by concluding FTA with partner countries
      Partner Countries
    (Date of Effectuation)
    Scope of Opening
    Phase 1
    (right after coming into effect)
    • EFTA(Sept, 2006)
    • India (Jan. 2010)
    • China (Dec. 10, 2015)
    • Approved FLC can advise on the law of his/her original countries or international law
    • Can establish foreign legal consultant office (FLCO)
    Phase 2
    (within 2 years from coming into effect)
    • ASEAN(May, 2009)
    • Peru (Aug. 2011)
    • New Zealand (Dec. 20, 2015)
    • FLCO and Korean law firm can jointly collaborate on a specific case and distribute profit
    Phase 3
    (within 5 years after coming into effect)
    • EU(Jul. 2011)
    • US (Mar. 2012)
    • Australia (Dec. 2014)
    • Canada (Jan. 2015)
    • Vietnam (Dec. 20, 2015)
    • Korean and foreign law firms can establish Joint Venture Law Firm (JVLF)
    • JVLF can hire Korean lawyers
  • The FLC Act stipulates about requirement and procedure for lawyers of the FTA counterpart who wants to enter Korean market

About the FLC

Requirement and Scope of Work for FLC
  • (Requirement) 3 years of work experiences at his/her home country

    ※ 3 years of work experiences in other foreign country can be recognized
  • (Scope of Work) Legal advices on the Act and treaty, etc. of their home countries
Requirement for the Establishment of the FLCO
  • Head office of the foreign law firm shall being normally operated for more than 5 years / shall guarantee civil?commercial responsibility
  • (Procedure) The MOJ's Preliminary Deliberation → The MOJ's Official Deliberation
Current status of the approval of the FLC or the FLCO can be confirmed real time on the Ministry of Justice's official web page

Official: Eunyoung Shin (+82-2-2110-3740), International Legal Affairs Division, Legal Affairs Office

6 Hague Convention on the Civil Aspects of International Child Abduction

About the Hague Convention on the Civil Aspects of International Child Abduction

  • The Hague Child Abduction Convention is a multilateral treaty to ensure the prompt return of a child and to secure a parent's access rights in case where one side of parents took children to foreign countries without a consent from the other side due to family dispute. etc.
  • As of today, 29 partner countries have accepted Republic of Korea’s accession to the Hague Child Abduction Convention since the Treaty and implementation act took effect on March 1, 2013.
29 Countries Accepted Korea's Accession

Serbia, Armenia, Uruguay, Seychelles, Ireland, the Czech Republic, Andorra, El Salvador, Nicaragua, Uzbekistan, New Zealand, Argentina, Montenegro, Russia, the United States,Mexico, Lithuania, Ecuador, China (Hong Kong and Macao only), Dominica, Bosnia and Herzegovina, Gabon, Paraguay, Japan, Belarus, Venezuela, Peru, Switzerland and Australia, Switzerland (as of March, 2016)

Major Role and Support of the MOJ (Central Authority)

Child Abduction to the ROK
  • Provide legal information about domestic law related with the application of the Treaty and children's whereabout
Child Abduction to Other Treaty Partner Countries
  • Connect other Treaty Partner Countries' authority related with the case as the central authority of the ROK

※Official: Eunyoung Shin (+82-2-2110-3740), International Legal Affairs Division, Legal Affairs Office

7 Legal Technical Cooperation Program


  • As Korea has achieved democratization and economic development simultaneously, the developing nations are increasingly getting interests and demanding over transferring Korea's know-hows in legislation.
  • In response to these demands, the Ministry of Justice works in cooperation with partner countries in modernizing their legal framework, supported by Korea's ODA* fund.

    * Official Development Assistance(ODA) : the flow of financial resources from the central and/or local governments of donor countries to developing countries or to multilateral development institutions, which are administered to promote economic development and welfare of developing countries.
  • This program aims to promote the rule of law of partner countries which would stabilize their society and support economic development and establishes a trustworthy partnership between the Republic of Korea and the partner country.

Legal technical cooperation activities

  • provide advice in drafting or revising laws and regulations by analyzing the legal systems of partner countries and identifying the areas of improvement
  • organize capacity building seminars for legal professionals

Major Achievements

  • Lao People’s Democratic Republic : 「Securities Act Enactment Project」 in cooperation with the KRX* (2011) * KRX(Korea Exchange) is the sole securities and derivatives exchange operator of the Republic of Korea. - This was the first K-Law Project. Securities Act was enacted in 2013 in Laos. The follow-up supports such as holding a seminar to strengthen the capacities of securities related officials were conducted.
  • Republic of Belarus : 「Securities Act Modernization Project」 in cooperation with the KRX(2012-2013)
  • Republic of Uzbekistan : 「Securities Act Modernization Project」 in cooperation with the KRX(2013-2014)
  • Republic of the Union of Myanmar : 「Arbitration Legislation Modernization Project」 in cooperation with UNCITRAL-RCAP*(2012) * UNCITRAL(United Nations Commission on International Trade Law) is the core legal body of the United Nations system in the field of international trade law. UNCITRAL-RCAP is its Regional Centre for Asia and the Pacific, located in Incheon, the Republic of Korea.
  • Mongolia : 「Arbitration Legislation Modernization Project」 in cooperation with UNCITRAL-RCAP(2013)
  • Republic of Paraguay : 「Investment Legislation Modernization Project」(2015~)

official: Rywon Yang, International Legal Affairs Division, Legal Affairs office (+82-2-2110-4242)

8Headquarters Council of State Compensation


  • The Ministry of Justice is conducting the Headquarter Council of State Compensation based on the State Compensation Act.

About Headquarters Council of State Compensation

Matter for Deliberation
  • A case which was filed for a re-trial
  • A case which its rough compensation amount in the district council is more than KRW 50 million
  • Any case which the district council judged that it should be deliberated in the headquarter council
Procedure of State Compensation
Procedure of State Compensation Flow chart
  • step1) File an application in the district council
  • Requeat for compensation
  • step2) Investigation of fact
  • Prepare for report
  • step3) Council's decision · deliberation
  • step4) Notice or compensation
  • step5-1)Applicant's consent
    stpe5-1-1)Pay compensation
    stpe5-1-2)claim for indemnity
    step5-2)Applicant's consent
    step5-2-1)apply for retrial
    step5-2-2)transfer to headquaarters council

official: Park Sanghoon (+82-2-2110-3254), Litigation Division, Legal Affairs Office

9Ease of Doing Business (EoDB) Project


  • The World Bank assesses 189 countries annually in terms of ease of doing business index and presents their rankings. Against this backdrop, Korea needs to put efforts on improving and promoting business environment.

    ※EoDB index: The index analyzes and assesses 10 areas of each economy's doing business environment such as minor investor protection, resolving contract dispute, solving insolvency, etc.
  • Korea's ranking went up exponentially from 30th in 2007 to 4th in 2015 among 189 assessment areas thanks to the government's continuous efforts.

    ※Especially in 2015, several areas such as investor protection (52th→8th), solving insolvency (15th→ 4th) and starting a business (34th → 23rd) ranking went up comparing to 2014 thanks to the active improvement projects by the Ministry of Justice

Promotion Plan

  • Promote Korea's Ease of Doing Business on the official website of the Ministry of Justice for foreign investors

※ official: Heeman Chae (+82-2-2110-3630), Commercial Legal Affairs Division, Legal Affairs Office

10Legal Home Doctor


About Legal Home Doctor
  • Basic information about Legal Home Doctor system and its major recipient and scope of work

Introduction of Legal Home Doctor

  • Provide preliminary legal advice services with low income people by visiting them directly
Current Status of Legal Home Doctor
  • The Ministry of Justice appointed lawyers and they stay permanently in 60 local governments and social welfare associations around the nation
Major Recipient
  • TPeople live with basic livelihood, lone elderly and disabled, etc.
Major Service
  • Preliminary Legal Advisory Service: legal counselling, legal education, guide to prepare legal documents and litigation
  • tailored legal welfare service : connect recipients with diverse welfare services
Expected Effect and Result
  • eradicate blind spot of accessing legal service by helping minorities in the society

※official: Ahn Dongchan (+82-2-2110-3743), Human Rights Support Division, Human Rights Bureau

11Legal Aid Service

Policy Overview

  • Provide legal supports such as legal counselling, representation of litigation or criminal offense counselling with the people who need help or neglected from social protection.
  • Korea Legal Aid Corporation has been established and operated under the Ministry of Justice since September 1, 1987 to support people in need. Now in total 72 branch offices, 40 local offices in 18 regional offices are being operated around the nation.

Qualification for Beneficiaries

  • Beneficiaries of the service and criminal counselling are limited to the people with economic difficulties (Korean or foreigner residing in Korea whose income, status and case are qualified)


  • For more detailed information, visit official website of Korea Legal Aid Corporation ( or contact 132

※ official: Choi Hyuntae (+82-2-2110-3643) Human Rights Support Division, Human Rights Bureau

12Correction Order for Discrimination Against Disabled Persons


  • According to the Act on the Prohibition of Discrimination Against Disabled Persons and implementation of its enforcement ordinance, the MOJ monitors implementation of recommendation from the National Human Rights Commission of Korea and conducts correction orders for discrimination against disabled persons

    -The Inquiry Commission of Discrimination Against Disabled Persons (Head of Commission: Vice Minister of Justice, Deputy Minister for Legal Affairs, Director General of Human Rights Bureau, 5 commissioners from the outside) deliberates whether to give correction orders


  1. File a Petition for Any Discrimination Against Disabled Persons (both Korean, foreigners)
  2. Investigation of Cases by the National Human Rights Commission of Korea
  3. Notification of Decision for Correction Order
  4. Submit to the Inquiry Commission of Discrimination Against Disabled Persons
  5. Deliberation
  6. Correction Order from the Minister of Justice

※ official: Kim Jong-il (+82-2-2110-3677) Human Rights Policy Division, Human Rights Bureau

13Human Rights Violation Report Center


Report and Redeem of Human Rights Violation
  • Operates Human Rights Violation Report Center to investigate any violation happened during conducting legal administration

About the Center

How to Use
  • Report : Any human rights violation happened during conducting legal administration
  • How to report : by phone (080-503-0022), mail, visiting, fax, website (of the MOJ or Human Rights Bureau)

    ※ free postal service is available for inmates in confinement?probation facilities
Redeem Process
  • Redeem process will be conducted after confirming human rights violation through direct investigation
Video conference & meeting system between an investigator and an inmate in distant place
  • installed the system in 21 confinement and probation facilities (as of 2015)

※official: Seo Jae Sung (+82-2-2110-3219) Human Rights Investigation Division, Human Rights Bureau

14Law-Abiding Public Campaign


  • The Ministry staged nation-wide campaign to create a society where the value of caring for others and fundamental law and order are respected in order to maintain an environment safe from crimes (CPTED)

Promotion Plan

The rule of law related campaigns will be promoted in the official website of the MOJ
  • Various promotion activities such as slogan, logo, SNS, advertisement to encourage law-abiding culture in our society (e.g. prohibition of road rage, reduce noise pollution, etc.)
  • Regional campaign for keeping basic law and order (traffic rule, waste disposal, etc.) in cooperation with civil and local government agencies
  • Crime Prevention Environmental Design (CPTED): to resolve public anxiety over security and crime, improve environment by installing surveillance camera, security light, emergency bell, etc.

official: Heoh Taeku (+82-2-2110-3103), Law & Order Advancement Division, Crime Prevention Policy Bureau

15Automated Immigration Clearance Service


Smart Entry Service (SES)
  • An automated immigration clearance service in Korea, which allows pre-registered trusted travelers to process the immigration clearance by themselves, using SES auto-gates
  • Nationals
    1. Korean nationals over 17 years old with a Residence ID Card and passport (multiple)
    2. Registered Korean nationals between ages 14 and 17 who have received their parents’ consent
  • Nationals
    1. D-7 (Intra-Corporate Transferee), D-8 (Corporate Investor), D-9 (Business Trader), E-1 (Professor), E-3 (Researcher), E-4 (Technical Trainer), E-5 (Professional) and F-3 (accompanying family members)
    2. F-6 (Spouse of a Korean citizen), F-5 (Permanent Residence)
    3. F-2 (Residence) and family members
    4. F-4 (Overseas Koreans) who have reported domestic residence
    5. Foreign nationals whose home country signed a MOU with Korea on the mutual automated immigration clearance
    6. Foreign crews with multiple landing permit
    7. Korea Priority Card holders

Enrollment and Use

Enrollment Centers
  • Incheon Airport, Immigration Offices (Seoul, Southern Seoul, Incheon, Suwon, Jeju, Gimhae, Daegu, Daejeon, Gwangju, Cheongju, Gimpo), Seoul Station, City Airport Terminal
  • Visit enrollment center in person → apply for use of SES (application form not required if registering through the device installed at enrollment centers)
  • Participants should provide fingerprints of both index fingers and a facial image taken in full-face view directly facing the camera
Guidelines for Use
  • SES auto-gates can be used directly after completion of enrollment
  • All participants can use both SES auto-gate and the traditional inspection booth
  • Re-enrollment is necessary in cases of change of name, nationality, date of birth, gender, extension of passport validity or renewal of passport

※ Person in Charge : Korea Immigration Service, Border Control Division, Song, Bang Hyuk(02-2110-4039)

16Visa-free Entry for Jeju Transfer Passengers


  • A visa-free entry policy to Chinese group tourists who intend to travel Jeju and other nearby regions in order to promote the tourism industry through vitalizing areas of local airports.

Eligibility and Requirements

  • Chinese (including Hong Kong and Macao) group tourists who were admitted at the Incheon, Gimpo, Gimhae, Yangyang, Cheongju, Muan, or Daegu airport and who intend to travel to Jeju within 120 hours
    Airport of Entry Possible Travel Regions
    Incheon, Gimpo International Airport Metropolitan area (Seoul, Incheon, Gyeonggi Province), Gangwon Province
    Gimhae, Daegu International Airport Busan, Daegu, Ulsan, Gyeongsang Province, Metropolitan area
    Yangyang International Airport Gangwon Province, Metropolitan area
    Cheongju International Airport Daejeon, Sejong, Chungcheong Province, Metropolitan area
    Muan International Airport Gwangju, Jeonlla Province, Metropolitan area
  • Travelers must be organized by travel agencies approved by the Ministry of Culture, Sports, and Tourism of the Republic of Korea and must hold domestic airline tickets for Jeju or other regions that are scheduled to depart within 120 hours

    (※ Entrants from Yangyang airport are allowed travel for 10 days)

※ Person in Charge : Korea Immigration Service, Border Control Division, Song, Bang Hyuk(02-2110-4039)

17Overview of the KIIP

(KIIP : Korea Immigration and Integration Program)

Background & Introduction

The KIIP offers immigrants with education for social integration (Article 39, 40 of Immigration Act) aimed at helping foreigners to have a systematic understanding of basic requirements (Korean language & culture, Understanding Korean society, and others) to adapt to life in Korea and stand on their own foot as a sound member of the Korean society

- Internationally, the immigration authorities are increasingly away from the passive attitude of evaluating eligibility of a foreigner as a member of society when granting a visa or nationality toward the strengthening of immigrants’ social integration through language training and education for promoting their understanding of the society.

※ Integration education of major advanced countries such as Germany(Federal Office for Migration and Refugees), Canada (Citizenship and Immigration Canada),Australia (Department of Immigration and Citizenship), and France (French Office for Immigration and Integration) is administered by the immigration authorities in charge of selecting immigrants and granting visa and nationality.

Eligible Participants

All foreigners who hold an alien registration card or domestic residence card and legally reside in Korea, and naturalized Koreans who have acquired Korea national within the past 3 years

Benefits of completing KIIP

  • Benefits in naturalization

    Exemption from the written and oral tests when applying for the acquisition of nationality, reduction in the waiting time for naturalization screening

  • Benefits in visa & residence
    1. Granting additional points
      • when applies for a F-2 visa given to points-based high-skilled foreign professionals (up to 28 points)
    2. Exemption from the requirement to prove Korean language competence
      • When a long-term foreign resident (D1, D5~D9, F1, F3, E1~E5, E7) applies for an F-2 visa
      • When a long-term foreign resident applies for an F-5 visa, when a marriage migrant(F6) applies for an F52 visa, when an underage foreign-born child of a Korean national(F22) applies for a F53 visa, when an ethnic Korean with a foreign nationality eligible for general naturalization applies for an F5 visa
      • When a non-professional visa holder(E9), a maritime crew visa holder(E10), or a work & visit visa holder(H2) applies for a foreign national of special ability visa(E7)

Educational Institution

Operational institute designated by the Ministry of Justice (including local municipalities, public organizations, universities, multi-cultural family support centers, agricultural cooperatives, and private organizations)


  • Korean Language and Korean Culture (Level 0 ~ Level 4) : Exempted ~ Maximum 415 hours
    - Depending on their understanding of Korean language and culture, participants are assigned to an appropriate level
  • Understanding Korean Society (Level 5) : 50 hours
    - Social, cultural, political, economic, historical, legal, and geographic education such as constitutional values and basic system of Korea that a member of Korean society should be aware of
<Program Outline>
Program Outline
Level / Classification Level 0 Level 1 Level 2 Level 3 Level 4 Level 5
Course Korean Language and Korean Culture Understanding Korean Society
Basic Elementary 1 Elementary 2 Intermediate 1 Intermediate2
Hours 15 hours 100 hours 100 hours 100 hours 100 hours 50 hours
Preliminary test score (TOPIK level) below 3 points
3~20 points
21~40 points (TOPIK Level 1) 41~60 points (TOPIK Level 2) 61~80 points (TOPIK Level 3) 81~100 points (TOPIK Level 4~6)

※ Every participant is placed in the level he or she qualify for according to the results of preliminary test administered by the Ministry of Justice or the level of TOPIK administered by the National Institute for International Education (Level 5 is excluded in placement of those who take the preliminary test administered by upper-level educational institutes managing other educational institutes)

Evaluation process

Preliminary test
  • designed to measure how knowledgeable a foreigner is about Korean society and to place him or her in a proper level
Level test (1~3)
  • test for evaluating the achievement of those who have completed Level 1 to 3
  • those who receive 60 or more in test scores progress to the next level (those who fail to pass should re-take the level)
Mid-term test
  • test for evaluating the achievement of those who have completed Level 4
  • those who receive 60 or more in test scores progress to Level 5, which is the final level of the KIIP (those who fail to pass should re-take the Level 4)

    ※ Participants who pass the exam are presented with the certificate of the Korean Language and Culture Test
Final test
  • test for evaluating the achievement of those who have completed Level 5
  • for the completion of the KIIP, participants should receive 60 or more in test scores (those who fail to pass the exam can re-take the Level 5 up to two times)

    ※ Participants who pass the exam are presented with the certificate of the Korean Immigration and Naturalization Aptitude Test
<Test outline>
Test / Classification Preliminary test Level test (1~3) Mid-term test Final test
eligibility those who are willing to take the KIIP those who have completed Level 1 to 3 those who have completed Level 4 those who have completed Level 5
Number of questions /time limit 55 / 60 mins 25 / 40 mins 35 / 55 mins 45 / 70 mins

Step-by-step procedures

  1. Applying for program
    Immigration & Social Integration Network
  2. Preliminary test
    Designated place
  3. Assigning level and class
    Local immigration office
  4. Confirming pre-test result, classes, and level
    Immigration & Social Integration Network
  5. Applying for an operational institution
    Immigration & Social Integration Network
  6. Korean Language and Korean Culture progresses
    Level test is conducted by operational institution after each course finishes
  7. Mid-term test (KLCT)
    Designated place
  8. Understanding Korean Society progresses
    Operational institution
  9. Consultation for nationality·sojourn*
    Local immigration office
  10. Final test (KINAT)
    Designated place
  11. Issuance of a program completion certificate
    Local immigration office
  12. Applying for naturalization
    Local immigration office

※ Consultation for nationality·sojourn : Level 5 participants can receive a private in-depth counseling regarding any difficulties they face in Korea as to whether their human rights are violated, authenticity of their marriage, and their eligibility of naturalization

Character of the KIIP

  1. The KIIP is a system for social integration education reflecting the Korean immigration policy, providing standardized and specialized curriculum, course books, instructors, and evaluation tools.
  2. The program encourages participation and raises efficiency of education by granting a wide range of benefits in immigration policy to KIIP participants when applying for visa and naturalization in the context of changing national and international policy environment.
  3. Immigrants support centers and organizations are designated as an education institution of the KIIP and only tuition fee is supported by the government, ensuring the effectiveness in public expenditure.
  4. The establishment of the online Immigration & Social Integration Network ( linked with the ICRM guarantees a transparent management of education and reduces administrative burden.

※ 1345 Immigration Contact Center ☎1345

18Initial Adjustment Support Program for Immigrants

Initial Adjustment Support Program for Immigrants offers education on knowledge and information necessary to adjust to life in Korea to any foreigners arriving in Korea for the first time. It is aimed at minimizing difficulties in settlement arising from institutional and cultural differences.


Participants Educational contents Note
International students
  • Tips on successful study in Korea
  • Advice for career building

※Common education courses

  • Essential information for life in Korea
  • Culture and basic rules of law and order
  • Introduction on Visa and Residence
Marriage migrants
  • Mutual understanding between spouses and family members
  • Mentoring by marriage migrants who have gotten married to Korean nationals ahead of them
Newly arrived youth
  • Introduction of education system in Korea
  • Information on cultural and welfare facilities for youth
Ethnic Koreans with foreign nationality (China, CIS)
  • Respect for the law, legal information essential for daily life
  • Temporary and permanent residence permit, acquisition of nationality
People living in ethnic enclaves
  • Rights and responsibilities of foreigners
  • Respect for the law

※ Hours of education : 3 hours (Please note that it is 2 hours for those who live in ethnic enclaves)

Available languages

13 languages including Korean, Chinese, Vietnamese, English, Russian, Mongolian language, Tagalog, Japanese, Cambodian language, Thai language, Indonesian, French, Nepali

How to apply

  1. Apply for participation through Immigration & Social Integration Network (
  2. Find a center for Initial Adjustment Support Program near you and take the class on your desired date

※ 1345 Immigration Contact Center ☎1345

19Promotion of HiKorea e-applications


  • Instructional videos were made to help applicants better understand how to file electronic applications (e-applications) on HiKorea and thereby encourage more people to use online application services.
    1. The videos are available in Korean, English and Chinese, and
    2. provide instructions on each stage by application types: how to sign up for HiKorea, log in, file e-applications, prepare and attach supporting documents, pay fees, and check the status of the filed applications.

Promotion Plan

  • Use the instructional videos as promotion materials to help the understanding of the policy, its aims and procedures
    1. Uploading the videos on HiKorea to widen the use of e-applications

※ Person in Charge: Park Jeong-seok, Visa & Residence Division of the Korea Immigration Service (Tel: 02-2110-4058)

20Expanded Visit Reservation System


  • As of February 1, 2016, the visit reservation system was expanded to prevent applicants from waiting for a long time at an immigration office and to create a more pleasant environment for application and consultation services.
    1. Under the “visit reservation system“, applicants are required to arrange a date and time on-line before visiting an immigration office to file an application.
    2. If a reservation is not made before a visit to an immigration office, the applicant may have to wait for a long time or, for the worse, may not be able to apply.

To Whom and Where It Applies and the Effective Date

  • Whom: international students (language trainees included), Korean-Chinese (of all statuses) and Non-professional (E-9) status holders
    1. A representative applying on a foreigner‘s behalf (administrative agent or employee of a company hiring a foreign worker) is also required to make a reservation before visiting an immigration office. Note: However, Alien Registration Card pickup or certificate issuance does not require online reservation.
  • Where: immigration offices (Seoul, Incheon, Suwon and Southern Seoul) and branch offices (Sejong-ro and Ansan)
  • Effective Date: February 1, 2016

How the System Works

  • When applicants reserve a visit on HiKorea ( and visit the immigration office with the receipt, they can file an application with the designated counter at the arranged time on the receipt (no need to take a waiting number).

※ Person in Charge: Yong Chang-sig, Visa & Residence Division of the Korea Immigration Service (Tel.: 02-2110-4057)

21Nationality acquisition and multiple nationality


  • A special naturalization scheme which grants Korean nationality to a foreigner or foreign national Korean who has excellent ability in a specific field such as science, economy, culture and sport that would contribute to the national interest of the Republic of Korea

    ※ Nationality Deliberation Committee is established under the Ministry of Justice to determine whether the applicants are qualified in terms of excellent ability.
  • Qualified foreign talents (foreigners with excellent ability) may hold both the nationality of the Republic of Korea and that of a foreign country without renouncing the foreign nationality if he/she vows his/her intention not to exercise the foreign nationality*.

    * Vow to the Minister of Justice not to exercise his/her foreign nationality in the Republic of Korea

Candidates for deliberation

  • Those who are recommended by the Secretary General of the National Assembly, the Minister of National Court Administration, the Secretary General of the Constitutional Court, or the head of a central administrative agency
  • Those who are referred by the Minister of Justice to the Committee for deliberation upon recommendation by: the head of a diplomatic mission abroad, the head of a local government (Special Metropolitan City, Metropolitan City, Do, Special Self-Governing Province), the president of a four-year course university or college, or the head of an agency or organization prescribed by the Minister of Justice
  • Those whose credential is internationally acknowledged in view of awards, research results, or career and who is referred by the Minister of Justice to the Committee for deliberation

    ※ The Ministry of Justice officially announces the evaluation criteria and the list of those authorized to recommend the candidates on the website,

Naturalization procedure for foreign talents

  1. Consultation·Receipt of application
    • Consultation and receipt of application
  2. Review for referral
    • Review for referral to Nationality Deliberation Committee
  3. Review by Nationality Deliberation Committee
    • Review and determination on application at Committee meeting
  4. Interview
    • Evaluation of requirements for naturalization
  5. Public announcement and notification
    • Public announcement in official gazette
    • Notification to applicants
  6. Vow not to excercise foreign nationality
    • Vow not to exercise foreign nationality
    • Resident registration

※ Person in Charge: Yong Chang-sig, Visa & Residence Division of the Korea Immigration Service (Tel.: 02-2110-4057)

22Ma-eul Lawyers


  • Free legal advisory service for people living in small town (Eup and Myeon) through phone call, fax and e-mail
  • As a pro bono service, Ma-eul lawyers are sharing their talents by offering free legal counselling to people

Current Status of Ma-eul Lawyers

  • In total 1,510 lawyers are dispatched to 1,413 small towns (Eup and Myeon) around the nation (as of March, 2016)

How to Meet with the Ma-eul lawyers?

  • Eup and Myeon Office
    • - Contact near Eup and Myeon office to meet lawyers
  • Ministry of Justice and the Korean Bar Association
    • - Korean Bar Association (Planning Division): +82-2-2-87-7852
    • - The MOJ (Legal Affairs Division): +82-2-2110-3500
  • Website
    • - put "마을변호사“ in search bar
    • - visit official website of Ma-eul lawyers and find your town (

※ official: Cho Hyun Kwon (+82-2-2110-3163), Legal Affairs Division of the Legal Affairs Office