This is being discussed at Dave's ESL Cafe.
I won't have time to translate this for a few days, I imagine, but NoCut News is reporting as of July 15, the Justice Ministry will strengthen E-2 visa regulations (again), and that perhaps marijuana tests and strengthened criminal record checks are on the way (AES should be thrilled, having petitioned the Justice ministry for years to do pot tests). The article mentions the recent Daegu molestation case, recent drug busts, and the fact that a Korean American wanted for murder taught here. Problem is, how do changes to E-2 visa issuance apply to Korean citizens?
After Interpol located R in Korea, U.S. investigators asked the Korean government to extradite him. However, because R has dual citizenship, he had been able to change his name in a Korean court and couldn’t be traced.This isn't much different than changing E-2 visa rules in response to the Christopher Paul Neil case, even though he wasn't on an E-2 visa. The article also mentions the stats that Lee Gun-hyeon released last September, but says they were released by the Education Ministry. Odd. This Korea Times article about Choi Young-hee pushing to pass her foreign English teacher bills says the stats came from the National Police Agency:
Referring to data from the National Policy Agency, Choi said the number of foreign English teachers, caught for theft, drug, violence and rape, reached 274 over the past three years.They were arrested for other crimes as well, but its best just to mention the most sensational ones. Not sure if it's Choi or Kang Shin-who who's responsible for that. And why not compare the crime rates of Koreans and foreign English teachers these stats provide? Perhaps because pointing out the foreign English teacher crime rate is 5 times less than the Korean crime rate might not help make a case against them? Choi has been calling for her bills to be passed for some time. The things she's calling for in Kang's article, however, don't seem all that related to her bills (criminal record checks issued within one month of applying for a job, for example).
As for the upcoming changes, we'll just have to wait and see. It seems the No Cut News article is the only article about it so far.