“A person who has applied for refugee status”(hereinafter referred to as a “refugee status applicant”) refers to an alien who has filed a refugee status application and to whom any of the following applies:
A. The person’s refugee status application is being examined under the refugee status determination procedure;
B. The person’s refugee status application was rejected or the person’s appeal against the denial of refugee status was dismissed, and the filing period for an appeal, administrative appeal or administrative litigation concerning the decision has not expired; or
C. The person’s administrative appeal or administrative litigation concerning the denial of refugee status is ongoing.
1. You have the right to receive the assistance of an attorney
2. You have the right to bring and be seated with a trusted individual during your refugee interview provided that the presence of this person does not interfere with the fairness of the interview.
3. You have the right to request interpretation services from a professional refugee interpreter of the same sex or other qualified individuals.
4. You have the right to confirm your refugee interview record in a language you understand.
5. You have the right to request access to or copy of your refugee record and the relevant materials submitted by you.
Treatment during Stay
1. Permission to stay in Korea until the determination procedure for your refugee application is over.
• If you submit a written application for refugee status to the immigration office with jurisdiction over your place of stay, you will be allowed to stay in Korea for 6 months on a G-1 visa. Once the extension of stay is granted, you will be allowed to stay in Korea until the Refugee Status Determination (RSD) procedures on your case are completed.
2. Support for living expenses, etc
• If you wish to receive financial aids for your living expenses and others, you need to submit a written Application for Living Expenses, etc., to the head of an immigration office or branch office with jurisdiction over your place of stay, or where you filed refugee status application. Once you are found eligible, you will receive the financial support for 6 months from the date you submitted your refugee status application (the payment will start after you apply for living expenses support. It will not apply retroactively).
3. Permission to work (Pre-permission required)
• If the RSD procedures on your case have not been completed even after 6 months of your application, you may work during your authorized stay. To this end, you need to find a workplace first, and then apply for permission for activities beyond your given status. However, when you change your workplace, you need to apply for permission before the change takes place.
4. Residential support
• If eligible, you may be provided with a place to stay within a refugee support center for the maximum period of 6 months.Financial support for a health check-up required for the refugee status application
5. Access to Medical Care Services under the “Medical Care Support Project for Marginalized People including Migrant Workers”
• If you are unable to receive medical benefits, such as health insurance, medical aids, and others, under the current healthcare system, you may receive the financial support for your medical care expenses for hospitalization and surgery regardless of the number of support requests you have made in the past.
6. Elementary and secondary education
• If you and/or your children are less than 19 years old, you and/or your children can receive the same level of primary and secondary educations as Korean citizens.