The government will ease regulations to exempt foreign language instructors from having to submit documents and update their visas every time they change employers, the Prime Minister’s Office said yesterday. Foreigners with E-2 teaching visas will also be allowed to stay longer than allowed at present, the office said.I'm not sure if the Prime Minister's Office and the Justice Ministry are all that great at communicating. It's not all sunshine, lollipops and rainbows though:
However, the government decided to retain the current system obligating foreign language instructors to get an HIV test, citing a public survey in which the test was supported by 80.7 percent of ordinary citizens.Well, the propaganda campaign is working, then.
I'm sure Anti-English Spectrum, who are responsible for the negative articles in the media equating foreign English teachers with AIDS, and the Chosun Ilbo family (Sports Chosun, Chosun Ilbo, Chosun.com [1, 2, 3, 4, 5], and Weekly Chosun), as well as other journalists happy to support them, must be thrilled. The article continues:
The measures were decided to help eliminate inconveniences experienced by foreigners while living in South Korea, the office said.Well, that's nice. Or it will be. Once it happens. This sounds interesting:
Under the measures expected to go into effect next year, foreigners can join domestic Internet sites by using their foreigner registration number or passport number, it said. [...] Other changes include making more space on government documents for foreigners with long names.
[ATEK] will serve as official advisors to the Seoul Metropolitan Police Agency by providing policy and procedure recommendations as part of the newly established “Foreign Affairs Advisory Committee.”Perhaps they'll help teach the police force more phrases for dealing with English speakers in Korea. And not for things like we see in the article, such as "I am here to protect you," but important stuff, like, "please give me a urine sample."