Q) I was deported from Korea in 2015. I was given a five year entry ban for domestic violence against my then ex South Korean wife. The sentence I received was 3 years probation. However, I have a young child in Korea, who is taken care of by my ex-wife, but I have been paying the child supports. I would like to visit Korea to see my child but I am very worried that my visa application or entry would be denied by the past record and the entry ban. My ex wife and I are now in a good relationship and she would provide a supportive letter for me. What is the likelihood that the Korean immigration will allow me to see my son?
A) In principle, a foreigner listed on the entry ban of Korean immigration office is prohibited to enter Korea for some period of time. There is, however, a special entry permit which can be made during the period of entry ban for some humanitarian reason. Most common cases are for the family unity purposes. For example, there was a case where (more…)
Q) I want to know how to get a Korean Criminal Investigation Records Check Reply. For my immigration application purpose, I need to submit this to the Canadian authority (CIC Canada). They said this document must include the “lapsed records”, i.e. all the criminal records database search. I contacted the Korean embassy in Toronto and they only issue normal Police Record which is not accepted by the CIC. They told me I had to get it from the local police station in South Korea. However, it is not feasible for me to visit Korea just in order to get this document. I’m wondering whether your law firm deals with this type of case. If so, I would like to know the details of the process.
A) Yes, we’ve been dealing with this kind of case quite often. The Canadian immigration office is requesting a Police Certificate. The official title of this document in Korea is a Korean Criminal Investigation Records Check Reply(범죄수사경력회보서). There are many people wondering how to get this Korean criminal background check and it also seems that there is conflicting information about this.
Q) Recently, the Ministry of Justice(MOJ) had revoked my Korean citizenship. I came from Pakistan, lived in Korea for 12 years without any problem and duly acquired my Korean citizenship 3 years ago. The MOJ’s decision was made on the ground that my passport had been forged. But that is not true. It has a different name on it but it was a newly issued one which can be authorized by the local government. Can I get my Korean citizenship back?
A) First of all, the MOJ’ decision to revoke your Korean citizenship is under the judicial review of Korean Administrative court. There are cases where the court overturned the MOJ’s citizenship revocation on the ground that either (i) there is no legal ground for revocation and/or (ii) the decision causes too much personal harm rather than serving a public cause.
There are many fake/newly-issued foreign passport cases in Korea. Some courts held that the revocation made against a person who had submitted a fake/newly-issued foreign passport while (more…)