South Korea expats unhappy with visa changes

South Korean visa rule changes are resulting in expat dismay.

Many expatriates now living and working in South Korea are devastated by reports of rule changes to their visas due to the possible introduction of a different points system. A recent government proposal is still under consideration as opinions are still being sought as to its workability, but long-term expats who’re looking to become Korean nationals will be hard hit, as will those who’re volunteering or working for low salaries.

The major change is that high numbers of points will now be allocated to those on high salaries. For example, the present rules allocate just 10 points for expats earning 100 million Korean won, but the new rules would allocate 60 points. Applicants’ levels of education, age, proficiency in the Korean language and other requirements make up the present criteria but, in the new system, these points would be recalculated in order to leave more available points for high earners and the wealthy.

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