Afghan ‘special contributors’ are granted long-term residency for five years without restriction on employment

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The 45th Cabinet meeting held by Prime Minister Kim Boo-kyum. Photo=NEWSIS
The Cabinet has approved the revision of immigration law to grant long-term residency for five years to Afghan special contributors and their family, who escaped from the Taliban’s threat and entered Korea under the military mission called ‘Operation Miracle’ by Korean government, on the 19th.

At the 45th Cabinet meeting held by Prime Minister Kim Boo-kyum at the Sejong Government Complex on the 19th, the government deliberate and passed on six legal agendas including the revision of immigration law, six presidential decrees agendas, four general agendas, and two report agendas.

According to the revised law, a person recognized by the Minister of Justice as having made a special contribution to Korea or contributed to the promotion of the public interest, his/her spouse, and children could be granted long-term residency visa (F-2).

The F-2 visa is issued for those who want to stay in Korea for a long time to be granted permanent residency, and it can stay up to five years when issued once. Also, there is no restriction on employment.

391 Afghan local workers and their family, who entered Korea from August to September, have stayed at the National Human Resources Development Institute located in Jincheon-gun, Chungcheongbuk-do, for two months to prepare for settlement in Korea.

There are total 79 households and seven people are pregnant women. Also, 238 are minors, accounting for 60%.

The Ministry of Justice first issued a short-term visit visa (C-3) when Afghan contributors entered Korea, and then changed their visa to long-term residency visa (F-1).

They will stay at the National Human Resources Development Institute until the end of October, and there is reportedly no one who wants to go to a third country yet.


By Global Economic Reporter Tae-jun Lee ; translate by Gounee Yang