Korea to bolster protection for foreigners on ‘entertainment visas’

By Kim Arin
  • Published : Dec 10, 2019 - 15:52
  • Updated : Dec 10, 2019 - 17:54

South Korea will introduce measures to protect foreign workers in the entertainment industry starting next year, the Ministry of Justice said Tuesday.

The ministry said the new measures will apply to foreigners holding the E-6 visa, a long-term work visa for the culture and entertainment sectors, effective from Jan. 1, 2020.

(Ministry of Justice)

Proxy applications will no longer be allowed for stay permit evaluations, the duration of visits will be shortened from a year to six months, and confirmation of health insurance subscriptions will be mandatory. Also, there will now be workplace site surveys.

In a press release, the ministry pointed out that E-6 visa employees are vulnerable to human trafficking, coerced prostitution and other human rights violations.

The ministry said it had decided to hold off abolishing the visa altogether due to the large number of individuals working in the field.

According to government data, E-6 visa holders are currently employed at around 1,400 businesses, about one-third of which are foreigner-only entertainment restaurants (446), another third amusement and recreation facilities (434) and the other third tourist hotels (411).

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