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  • How do youth with immigrant background enter university in Korea
    As the number of foreign residents residing in Korea increases, the number of youths from immigrant backgrounds is also increasing. When these children grow up and go to university, mothers or fathers from abroad immediately fall into great confusion. Because they have not experienced the Korean curriculum, they do not know what preparations are needed to prepare for the child's college entrance. With the help of the Suwon Global Youth Dream Center, a support organization for youth with immigrant backgrounds, we have compiled the necessary advice for foreign students preparing for university entrance in Korea. (Question 1)I am a youth of foreign nationality. I want to go to university in Korea. What should I do? (Answer 1)Foreign students can also enter Korean universities. This is the ‘foreigner screening’.Foreigner screeningcan only be applied by foreign students with foreign nationality, and they compete with each other to enter the university. Unlike the entrance exam for Korean students, the foreigner screening does not determine how many students will be selected, so all students can enter as long as they meet the qualifications. However, not all universities have aforeigner screening, so the options are narrow. (Question 2)Exactly what qualifications do I need to meet? (Answer 2)First, you need to check the nationality of yourself and your parents. In the case of foreigner screening, both the guardians (mom and dad) and the applicant must be foreign nationals to apply. If the mother has acquired Korean citizenship after she came to Korea, you cannot apply for the foreigner screening. In this case, you must apply through the Korean screening. If you are a Korean and have studied all elementary, middle, and high school courses abroad, you can apply through the Overseas Citizenship Screening. However, the recruiting amount is small for the Overseas Koreans. (Question 3)What documents are required to apply for the foreigner screening? (Answer 3)First of all, you need a ▲high school diploma and transcript. Students who have graduated from high school in Korea can apply with their Korean high school diploma and transcript. If you graduated from high school in a foreign country, you must notarize the diploma and transcript of the school you graduated from. For notarization, you must prepare an apostille confirmation or a confirmation issued by the Korean consulate in the area where you graduated. In addition, diplomas and transcripts must be certified for translation into Korean or English. Students who have not completed high school in a foreign country or have difficulty notarizing can take the Korean GED and submit their transcripts instead. There are not many schools where you can apply only for the GED. ▲ Test scores of TOPIK level 4 or higher are also required. Korean language proficiency of level 3 or higher is required, but there are many schools that usually require a score of level 4 or higher, and some schools offer scholarships based on the results of the TOPIK, so be sure to prepare. ▲Certificate of family relations or if you are from China, you need a Hogubu ▲Guardian’s passport ▲Student alien registration card, etc. A notarized English or Korean translation is also required for the Family Relations Certificate and Hogubu. ▲A bank statement is also required.  Most universities in Korea require a bankbook balance of US$20,000 or more from the student or guardian (parent) in order to know whether if it’s possible for a stable study environment for foreign students. The bankbook balance can be either from your home country bank or at the Korean bank. (Question 4)Does the status of residence matter? (Answer 4)If it is necessary to change to a student visa (D-2) depending on the type of visa the student currently has, it must be done. If you have permanent residency, you do not need to change it. To change it to your student visa, you can visit the Immigration Office in your area before the classesstart. For visa change documents, you need the integrated application form given by the university, a copy of your passport, alien registration card, one passport photo, and a standard admission permit. *Counseling for college admissions for youth with immigrant backgrounds Suwon Global Youth Dream Center 031-247-1324 Ansan Global Youth Center 031-599-1770
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    2022-06-20
  • Is it possible to have multiple citizenships for children of multicultural families in Korea?
    Marriage immigrant women who came to Korea through an international marriage cannot but think about their children's nationality. In Korea, the nationality of children is granted based on the nationality of the parents, so if either parent is Korean, they can have Korean citizenship. In addition, Korea recognizes multiple citizenship if a child is born through an international marriage. Therefore, children of multicultural families can have multiple citizenships if the other country also accepts multiple citizenships. One problem is that South Korea has military service obligations. In the case of mid-immigrant teenager males, even if they were born abroad and acquired nationality after coming to Korea, they must also be required to serve in the military. The Military Service Act, amended in 2010, stipulates that “all mixed-race Koreans born on or after January 1, 1992, regardless of appearance, race or skin color, must fulfill their military service obligations through active service.” According to this military service obligation, Korean men over the age of 18 must serve in the military for about two years. A person with multiple nationalities must use a Korean passport when leaving Korea or entering Korea, and can use only one passport abroad. Reporter Song Hasung
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    2022-04-12
  • Gyeonggi-do expands high school admission information session for multicultural families
    Gyeonggi-do has decided to significantly increase the number of 'admission briefing sessions' this year for parents of multicultural families who are having difficulties due to a lack of information on entering advanced schools. In addition, it was decided to expand the middle school admission briefing sessions held last year to high school this year. Gyeonggi-do, city gun, and Gyeonggi Provincial Office of Education participate in the ‘Multicultural Family Admission Process Briefing’, where local supervisors and teachers participate as instructors to explain the middle and high school system, curriculum, and preparation for admission, and answer questions. In addition, multilingual guide materials are distributed and interpretation is provided in advance to help participants understand. Last year, Gyeonggi Province held 15 middle school admission process briefing sessions for multicultural families in 11 cities and guns, including Suwon and Goyang. 95% of participating parents (guardians) hoped to re-participate, and evaluated that it was helpful for their child's admission. As a result, Gyeonggi Province decided to expand to high school course from this year and hold an school admission briefing session in consideration of the fact that children of multicultural families are entering high school in earnest. This year, the middle school course will be held 26 times in 21 cities and guns including Suwon and Yongin, and the high school course will be held 14 times in 14 cities and guns including Bucheon and Namyangju. The period runs sequentially from April to November. Any parent of a multicultural family with school-age children (including some non-multicultural families) can apply through the city, gun, or multicultural family support center. The application period differs depending on each education schedule, so for inquiries, please contact the Gyeonggi Family Multicultural Division (031-8008-4427). Choi Young-mook, head of the Gyeonggi-do Family and Multicultural Division, said, “I hope that the briefing session will be helpful for multicultural families who are interested in their children’s education but are having difficulties due to lack of information. We will actively support multicultural families to overcome the difficulties they face in the process of raising children.”  Reporter Jieun Lee
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    2022-04-04
  • Can foreign children enter daycare or kindergarten?
    It is important for registered or undocumented foreign children aged 0-7 to attend day care centers or kindergartens. This is because parents need someone to look after them while they are economically active. We looked at what kind of support the Korean government and local governments are providing to foreign children aged 0-7. Kindergarten Kindergarten is a place for children between the ages of 5 and 7 attend for educational purposes. Currently, kindergartens are managed by each provincial office of education. For this reason, each local government differs in the contents of the kindergarten tuition support for foreign children. Six education offices across the country (Seoul, Incheon, Gwangju, Gyeonggi, Jeonbuk, and Gyeongbuk) will provide 150,000 won per month for public and 350,000 won per month as childhood tuition (Nuri course fee) for private education for infants with foreign nationality starting March this year. In the case of city A, if it is a national or public kindergarten, foreign children only have to pay 33,000 won per month for tuition and field trips. As of 2021, private kindergartens have to pay 330,000 won for infant tuition and 281,000 won for parents, but you can pay the remaining amount because you will receive 350,000 won in support. However, as undocumented foreign children are not eligible for support, you have to pay 611,000 won in full for private kindergartens. A city education office official said, “Originally, national and public kindergartens are a place that many children want to attend because tuition is low, but recently, due to the low birth rate, there are enough seats for foreign children to enter. "Call me first to see if the slot is available," he said. The official also said, "I know that there are very few cases of refusal of admission for undocumented foreign children. It is recommended that kindergartens allow admission even if they inquire about the admission of undocumented foreign children. However, it will be burdensome because there is little support for tuition," he said. Day care center A daycare center is a place where children aged 0-7 attend, and the purpose of daycare is more than education. Unlike kindergartens, there are not many local governments that support childcare fees at daycare centers. Currently, the amount that foreign children have to pay when attending daycare ranges from 499,000 won to 280,000 won for national and public daycare centers. The younger children are, the more expensive childcare is. Private daycare centers cost 499,000 won to 451,000 won. Only some local governments, such as Guro-gu and Geumcheon-gu, Seoul, have been supporting 20% of the parental burden since March of this year. Ansan, the city with the largest number of foreign residents, has been providing 220,000 won for 0-2 years old and 240,000 won for 3-5 years old since March of this year. Siheung City will provide 260,000 won to children aged 0-5 this year, and Bucheon City will provide 280,000 won to children aged 3-5 this year. Gunpo City has been providing 100,000 won per child aged 0-5 since January last year. However, the bigger problem is that daycare centers can refuse admission itself. A city official said, "Since the director of the daycare center has the authority to decide on admission to the daycare center, although the city hall encourages directors of the daycare centers to grant admission as much as possible, but we do not have the authority to legally enforce it just because they refuse." Currently discussing support for foreign children In May 2019, the National Human Rights Commission of Korea recommended that the Minister of Health and Welfare come up with a support plan as stipulated in the UN Convention on the Rights of the Child in relation to the Korean government's failure to subsidize childcare fees for foreign children. However, the Ministry of Health and Welfare announced in August 2021 that it could not accept this recommendation, saying that “the target of the social security system is the national citizen.” However, in Korean society, efforts to expand childcare support for foreign children to daycare centers are continuing. In July 2021, National Assembly member Ko Young-in of the Democratic Party of Korea (Ansan Danwon-gap, Gyeonggi-do) proposed the ‘Partial Amendment to the Infant and Toddler Childcare Act’ to allow foreign children to receive childcare subsidies. However, this law has not been passed and is pending. In addition, the Seoul City Council, Gyeonggi-do Council, and Chungcheongbuk-do Council continue to urge support for childcare fees for foreign children. With the efforts of many local governments and conscientious Koreans, it is expected that foreign children will soon be able to receive childcare support just like Korean children. However, it is unfortunate that there is hardly any discussion about support for undocumented foreign children. Reporter Song Hasung
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    2022-03-29
  • What should I do when my child is denied admission to a Korean school?
    <사진=안산시글로벌청소년센터 다문화 위탁형대안학교 꿈빛학교수료식> High school There are still cases in the school field where the principal refuses to admit or transfer foreign (multicultural) students to high school. In the future, the standards and procedures for high school admission, transfer, and transfer of foreign students will be decided by the superintendent of education, not the principal, so this seems to disappear. The Ministry of Education decided to amend some of the Enforcement Decrees of the Elementary and Secondary Education Act with the same content at the State Council meeting on March 15th. In the meantime, in front-line schools, the principal decided on the admission of foreign (multicultural) students according to school regulations. As a result, it is true that the admission of foreign students was refused due to the lack of Korean. An official from the Ministry of Education said, "Children who were denied admission due to lack of clear standards for admission were heartbroken and gave up their studies or visited alternative schools," adding, "The superintendent will come up with guidelines such as 'providing education to students with poor Korean'.". Due to the new standard, it is expected that the rejection of foreign (multicultural) students in high schools will disappear. However, even if this new standard does not apply, there is a plan to first accept foreign students from high schools and then send them to a consignment-type multicultural alternative school for entrusted education. A consignment-type multicultural alternative school is a school operated by an institution related to migrants, with students enrolled in school A, which is a general high school. In this alternative school, foreign (multicultural) students gather and receive education, so there is little difficulty in adjusting to the school. When you graduate, you receive a diploma from A school. Even if you are admitted to School A, but do not adapt well, you can go to a consignment-type multicultural alternative school and receive education. There are many foreigners or Koreans who are unaware that such a system exists, so parents need to actively inform the school of this. If it is difficult to explain directly, it is better to seek help from the nearest migrant support agency or Papaya Story Life Legal Visa Support Center. Middle School In Korea, elementary and middle school education is compulsory. Therefore, even a foreigner cannot be declined to enter middle school. However, in the case of mid-immigrant youth, etc., if the documents are not ready when they want to enter or transfer to a domestic middle school, admission or transfer may be refused. Admission is denied because it cannot be recognized that you have the academic background equivalent to middle school. Therefore, it is important to obtain documents such as a certificate of enrollment or graduation certificate proving that they attended school in their home country before coming to Korea. However, there is a way even if you cannot obtain these documents. The ‘Multicultural Preparatory School’ operated by the Gyeonggi Provincial Office of Education, etc., focuses on Korean language education and Korean culture education before entering a regular school, and promotes academic improvement. Since the Gyeonggi Provincial Office of Education has designated preparatory schools for some elementary schools, middle schools, and high schools, you can attend these schools. Then, six months to a year later, the Office of Education holds an academic background review committee and makes a decision saying, “The student has the academic background to be transferred to the second year of middle school.” Then, the student will be eligible to enter the second year of middle school even if there are no other documents issued by the home country. Elementary School As mentioned earlier, since elementary school education in Korea is compulsory education, admission or transfer admission cannot be refused under any circumstances. As a country that has ratified the UN Convention on the Rights of the Child, Korea has recognized the right to education for all people, regardless of state or nationality. However, it is a problem that some elementary schools still refuse the transfer of the children of foreigners who are illegally residing. However, in this case, the elementary school in question knew a wrong information or made a wrong decision. Papaya Story actually visited an elementary school that refused the transfer the children of illegal immigrants two years ago. We calmly explained to the school that the measures were wrong and recommended that he ask the multicultural supervisor of the Office of Education. As a result, the student was able to enter the elementary school the next day without any problems. It is a great misfortune that school-age students cannot attend school. In Korea, even a foreign (multicultural) student has a way to attend school, so if you are denied school admission, be sure to inquire at the immigration-related organization or the Papaya Story Life Legal Visa Support Center (031-8001-0211). Reporter Lee Jieun
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    2022-03-17
  • Recruiting global talent donation mentoring group that unites through learning.
    This program, which runs from March to December, is a one-on-one meeting between mentors and mentees once or twice a month ▲Support for emotional stability through Korean language education and learning motivation, and counseling for concerns ▲We carry out customized activities that reflect the area of residence, age, and needs. Accordingly, Suwon City will recruit 30 mentors and mentees from February 24 to March 31. Those who can speak foreign languages, those who have experience in mentoring, and those who have experience interacting with multicultural students are prioritized. Suwon City's global multicultural specialization schools include Jidong Elementary School, Seryu Elementary School, Namsuwon Elementary School, Maesan Elementary School, Hwahong Elementary School, and Suwon Elementary School. It closes when the number of applicants is exceeded, but if not, additional applications can be made at any time outside of the recruitment period. For inquiries, please contact the Multicultural Policy Team of Suwon City Multicultural Policy Division (   
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    2022-02-25
  • To respond to Omicron, free rapid antigen test tools (self-test kits) will be distributed to schools from the end of February.
    In order to respond to Omicron, the Ministry of Education and each provincial and provincial education office will be converted to an emergency response system, and a total of 60.5 million rapid antigen testing tools (kits) will be provided free of charge to elementary, middle and high school students and faculty. In addition, each provincial and provincial education office will organize and operate an emergency response team (tentative name), including on-site mobile PCR inspection stations. The Ministry of Education announced on the 16th the 'additional support plan for school quarantine' in response to Omicron. First, the Ministry of Education decided to prepare for the new semester by switching to the 'Omicron response Ministry of Education - Metropolitan Office of Education emergency system'. Starting this month, the ‘New Semester Omicron Response Emergency Inspection Team’ will be operated at all times, headed by Yoo Eun-hye, Deputy Prime Minister and Minister of Education. In particular, the period from February 14 to March 11 is designated as an intensive quarantine period, and the Ministry of Education and the provincial and provincial offices of education jointly check the preparation status of the school site and make up for any deficiencies. In addition, the rapid antigen test tool is provided free of charge to 6.92 million elementary, middle, and high school students and faculty members nationwide through consultation with the relevant ministries to reduce the burden of purchasing the test tool for schools and parents, and make school quarantine more stable for the new semester. From the 4th week of February to the 5th week of March, 60.5 million rapid antigen test tools will be supported, and a total budget of 146.4 billion won will be invested. Accordingly, in the 4th week of February, 2 each will be provided to kindergarten and elementary school students, and in March, 9 per student and 4 per staff will be provided for a total of 60.5 million. In the event of an infection within the school, it was decided to separately stockpile and support the rapid antigen testing tool equivalent to 10% of all students and faculty to be used for the testing of students, faculty, and staff who had come into contact through the school's self-inspection. The rapid antigen tool that supports school quarantine in the new semester is applied to students (parents) and faculty through the school and allows students and faculty to receive preemptive testing at home one day before school. It is recommended that the preemptive inspection be conducted twice a week starting from the 2nd week of March (available from the evening inspection on Sundays and Wednesdays). The test result shares information with the school through the self-diagnosis application, and if the test result is 'positive', it guides them to undergo a PCR test to prevent asymptomatic infection early. In addition, the on-site mobile PCR test station, which can be used when there is a concern about infection due to the occurrence of a confirmed person in the school, will also be operated from March by each si and do provincial education office.     Reporter Lee Jieun 
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    2022-02-18
  • Asia Development Foundation Recruits Multicultural Families Scholarship Students.
    The Asian Development Foundation (ADF) is recruiting scholarship students for children of multicultural families and North Korean refugees who are expected to enter college this year. The children of multicultural families are those who have mothers of Asian nationality, except for China and Japan, and the children of North Korean refugees are those who were born in third countries. The Asian Development Foundation planned this scholarship program for children of multicultural families who were born in Korea, who are currently living in their mother country and who are planning to study in Korea or receive exchange student training. In Korea, there are marriage migrant women from many countries, but the bilingualism of their children is not greatly activated, so this is to encourage them. Therefore, languages such as Chinese and Japanese, where there are many people who study and use them, are excluded from this project. If selected as a scholarship student, a scholarship of 2.5 million won per year and a total of 10 million won for 4 years for 4 years will be provided for college admission, and an exchange student will receive a scholarship of 2.5 million won a year. Students wishing to apply should prepare a personal statement, letter of recommendation, high school transcript, identification card, and a copy of bankbook by February 11 and send it to adf@asiadf.org. However, this does not apply to those who have received scholarships from other institutions or organizations. A spokesperson for the Asian Development Foundation said, "We will support college admissions and education so that the children of marriage migrants can grow into global talents that connect Korea and mother country." The results will be announced on February 25th after document  and interview screening. For inquiries, please call 02-355-9811, 070-7718-3853.     Reporter Song Hasung
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    2022-01-14
  • Educational counseling for multicultural families and immigrant children is now ‘Da-Gachi Educall’
    A very special counseling center was opened for multicultural families suffering from a lack of information about Korea's education system. Siheung City Family Center (Centre Director Kang Eun-i) held the opening ceremony of ‘Da-Gachi Educall’ with Siheung City on the afternoon of December 6th to provide educational counseling for multicultural families and children of foreign residents. There are several counseling centers for foreign residents across the country, but Da-Gachi Educall' is the first institution to provide counseling for children's education. The opening ceremony was attended by guests including Hong Sa-ok, director of Siheung City Welfare Bureau, Oh Eul-geun, head of Jeongwang Bon-dong, and Do Ki-ok, director of Siheung Daoullim Children's Center. Sa-ok Hong, director of the Welfare Bureau, said on the same day, "In keeping with Siheung, an educational city, we will support stable school life through educational counseling tailored to the individual circumstances of multicultural families and children of foreign residents living in Siheung." Kang Eun-yi, director of the center, said, “It is meaningful as it is the first educational counseling service among healthy multicultural family support centers in the country, and I will work hard for the education of multicultural families and children of foreign residents.” Da-Gachi Educall is an educational counseling call center for multicultural families and children of foreign residents residing in Siheung, with Chinese and Vietnamese counselors stationed there. You can answer questions about the elementary, middle and high school education system and school life in Korea.   Phone consultations (Chinese: 031-319-7870, Vietnamese: 031-319-7871) are available on weekdays from 9:00 to 18:00 (lunch from 12:00 to 13:00). Reporter Song Hasung
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    2021-12-15
  • Promoting the introduction of the birth registration system for ‘undocumented immigrant children’, will this guarantee human rights?
    The introduction of a 'birth registration system' for foreign children born in Korea is being promoted, and a plan to grant temporary identification numbers to children of foreign nationals staying in Korea without a residence permit is promoted.   “Undocumented immigrant children” are children of foreigners residing in Korea without obtaining a residence permit, and have been in the blind spot of guaranteeing the right to study and human rights. The guarantee of the right to learn is also strengthened. Support for high school admissions, transfers, and transfers will be strengthened by adding the content of ‘guaranteeing educational opportunities for undocumented immigrant children’ in the high school admissions basic plan, and education expenses will be supported according to income level by using the school principal’s recommended education cost support system. The service that allows the identification of undocumented immigrant children through temporary identification numbers or student ID/certificate of enrollment will also be expanded. The government plans to revise the enforcement ordinance of the Immigration Control Act in the first half of next year after suspending the notification obligation.    
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    2021-11-26
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