Permission for Employment of Refugee Status Applicants

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(1) Who can apply?

If a refugee status applicant falls under the category below, he/she may work in the ROK as he/she wishes. To this end, the person shall find a workplace first within the permitted period of stay and then apply for permission for activities beyond his/her given status at the immigration office or branch office with jurisdiction over his/her place of stay (for up to maximum 6 months).

(2) Required documents

A written application (Annex. No. 34), passport, alien registration card, written employment contract, a copy of the business license, no fee.

(3) Matters regarding permission

When you obtained permission for activities beyond the given status of stay, the immigration officer will provide you with a permission stamp (contains permitted activity and duration) on your passport. If necessary, you may receive permission in writing.

(4) Permitted areas of employment

You may work in areas for unskilled workers where your employment activity is not prohibited. However, if you wish to work in an area which requires professional skills, you must meet the criteria regulated by the Immigration Control Act and its regulations, and obtain permission for activities beyond your given status of stay.

When your workplace is changed, you must re-obtain permission to activities beyond your given status of stay prior to the start of the work.

(5) Punishments for those who violated the conditions for permission of employment

If you who obtained permission to stay as a refugee status applicant are exposed while working illegally within the permitted period of stay, punishments/penalties may be imposed as stated in the following.

  • First count: permission to stay after an exempted notification disposition(submit ‘Certificate of Legal Compliance’)
  • Second count: permission to stay after a notification disposition – Third count: a criminal charge
Permission for Employment of Refugee Status Applicants

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