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SOUTH KOREA: Visa Invitations and Extensions Limited for Companies with Unpaid Tax

Effective immediately, the Korean immigration authorities have introduced a new regulation rejecting applications for visa issuance confirmation numbers (VICN) and Alien Registration Card (ARC) extensions if the inviting company has any amount of arrears for any type of tax.

Previously, if a host company had any unpaid tax, immigration officers would verbally warn the host company to complete tax payments and submit an additional tax payment certificate as soon as possible.

Now, applications for new VICN and/or ARC extension will not be accepted at any immigration office until all unpaid tax is fully paid, and certified with the relevant tax payment certificates.

The immigration authorities now also require that a ‘local tax clearance certificate’ is submitted in support of the VICN (or ARC extension) application, in addition to the ‘tax clearance certificate, ‘tax payment certificate’ and ‘VAT certificate’ which were previously required.

Our Advice

Employers who may be affected are encouraged to contact a Newland Chase immigration specialist for case-specific advice.

This alert was prepared with information provided by Apex Relocation and People First Relocation.

DISCLAIMER: The information contained in this immigration alert has been abridged from laws, court decisions, and administrative rulings and should not be construed or relied upon as legal advice. If you have specific questions regarding the applicability of this information, please contact Peregrine © 2021 Peregrine Immigration Management Ltd.