South Korea: Visa Restrictions for Foreign Nationals Who Default on Payments to National Health Insurance Service

Expat Academy South Korea: Visa Restrictions for Foreign Nationals Who Default on Payments to National Health Insurance Service

At A Glance

  • The Korean Immigration Service has been restricting the grant of visa extensions and some work/residence permits to foreign nationals who have defaulted on payments to the Korean national health insurance service.
  • This measure seeks to combat the abuse of the national health insurance system by those who leave Korea after undergoing expensive medical treatment under the national health insurance system.
  • Employers with foreign nationals who have defaulted on national health insurance system payments will encounter difficulties and limitations in extending their foreign workers’ visas.

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