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US Embassy information for Expats in the Republic of Korea April 2009

U.S. State Department, U.S. Embassy Seoul
Consular Section, American Citizen Services (ACS) Newsletter
April 2009

The U.S. Embassy is transmitting the following monthly newsletter via its warden system as a public service to U.S. citizens in the Republic of Korea. Please feel free to disseminate this message to U.S. citizens in your organizations or to other Americans you know.

In this issue:

1. IRS Information for Overseas Taxpayers
2. Additional U.S. Tax Information Resources
3. Association for Teachers of English in Korea
4. Access to Korean Websites for Foreigners
5. A Message to American Communities and Organizations in Korea
6. Recent Travel Warnings and Alerts
7. Upcoming Holidays
8. Embassy Contact Information Continue reading

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US Embassy information for Expats in the Republic of Korea March 2009

Here’s the latest news from the US Diplomatic core here in Korea for us U.S. Citizens around the country.  By the way, don’t forget to file your taxes before the April 15th deadline! :

U.S. State Department, U.S. Embassy Seoul
Consular Section, American Citizen Services (ACS) Newsletter
March 2009

The U.S. Embassy is transmitting the following monthly newsletter via its warden system as a public service to U.S. citizens in the Republic of Korea.  Please feel free to disseminate this message to U.S. citizens in your organizations or to other Americans you know.

In this issue:

1. U.S. Tax Information Resources
2. New IRS Brochure for Overseas Taxpayers
3. New IRS Regulation: Disclosure of Tax Information by Preparers
4. Next Consular Services Visit to Busan, March 17-18
5. A Message to American Communities and Organizations in Korea
6. Foreigners to Get Unified Identification
7. Recent Travel Warnings and Alerts
8. Upcoming Holidays
9. Embassy Contact Information
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US Embassy information for Expats in the Republic of Korea February 2009

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U.S. State Department, U.S. Embassy Seoul
Consular Section, American Citizen Services (ACS) Newsletter
February 2009

The U.S. Embassy is transmitting the following monthly newsletter via its warden system as a public service to U.S. citizens in the Republic of Korea.  Please feel free to disseminate this message to U.S. citizens in your organizations or to other Americans you know.

In this issue:

1. U.S. Tax Information Resources
2. New IRS Regulation: Disclosure of Tax Information by Preparers
3. New Law Makes Escape Tougher For Tax Exiles
4. Foreigners to Get Unified Identification
5. Korea Launches English-Language Legal Information Website
6. Recent Travel Warnings and Alerts
7. Upcoming Holiday: February 16
8. Embassy Contact Information Continue reading

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An Indian’s perspective on “Working in Korea”

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Working in Korea – How different is it from India

Are you planning to explore South Korea for work? If your answer is in the affirmative, you might want to spend sometime understanding the rising Korean economy and its unique, traditional culture, to make your life a tad easier. Continue reading

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Just short of 600 views…

Like I said “porcupines,” “Korean women” and many others like “how to say hello (or thank you) in Korean” are dominating the traffic on the blog these days.  For a snippet of the rest of the popular posts, check out the following WordPress stats for The Real “South” Korea: Continue reading

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(another) AMERICAN CITIZEN SERVICES NEWSLETTER JULY 2008

These can be useful for the expats in Korea…

U.S. State Department, U.S. Embassy Seoul
Consular Section, American Citizen Services (ACS) Newsletter
July 2008

The U.S. Embassy is transmitting the following monthly newsletter via its warden system as a public service to U.S. citizens in the Republic of Korea.  Please feel free to disseminate this message to U.S. citizens in your organizations or to other Americans you know. Continue reading

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Expats Beware: the IRS may take half of your offshore bank account

It’s been said that ignorance can’t be an excuse for violating the law, but after I read this, I thought to myself “How in the heck would I know something like this?” Fortunately, I don’t have more than $10,000 (US) in my bank account in Korea, but if I did, I think I would be a little angry that it’s always assumed the consumer MUST know every bit of code or law that exists. We should be lawyers without the law degree or know all the different aspects of the law that aren’t intuitive? I think it’s unfair… Continue reading

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Seoul Schools May Hire Asian English Teachers

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http://www.koreatimes.co.kr/www/news/special/2008/01/181_17379.html

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Kong Jeong-taek, superintendent of Seoul Metropolitan Office of Education, says the Seoul education office is strengthening ties with foreign universities to pick qualified teachers. / Korea Times Photo by Shim Hyun-chul

By Kang Shin-who

Staff Reporter

Seoul’s top educator said he will take diverse steps to upgrade English classes at schools. Kong Jeong-taek, superintendent of Seoul Metropolitan Office of Education (SMOE), said primary and secondary schools in Seoul will have at least an assistant teacher specialized in helping students improve English communication in two or three years. Continue reading

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Oops she did it again

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Two sites that I check out regularly are http://news.google.com and http://news.yahoo.com to keep up with the news on top of my daily reading of my day old Int’l Herald Tribune and periodic checks of the New York Times Online.  While I detest the obviously overdone and extremely overweighted focus on the Entertainment industry, I just can’t help but look at and even read articles like this:

Police: Intoxicated Spears hands over children  Continue reading

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More specifics behind the new immigration rules for E2 visa holders

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From the Immigration website of the South Korean Gov’t. The following is from a document in the Korean Word Processing software Hangul.

December 10th, 2007
Residence Policy Division, Korea Immigration Service
New Changes on the E2 Teaching Visa Holders in Korea Continue reading

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Most embassies are NOT willing to help with the new Visa regulations for the E-2 in Korea

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So, I’m publishing everything possible about this topic here, but just a quick before posting the latest news story about the new E-2 issues is some good news which I already posted 2 posts ago: there was a release today from Immigration that the extension of current Visas will be allowed through March 15, 2008 for current E-2 visa holders withOUT having a criminal background check and medical affidavit which will occur starting at that point next year. Continue reading

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165 of the estimated 175,000 foreign residents in Seoul speak up

160 foreigners attend Seoul town meeting

Published in the Korea Herald on 2007.12.01 (http://koreaherald.co.kr)

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Some 160 foreign residents attended the Seoul town meeting yesterday to discuss schooling for expat children, access to public services, policies for immigrants married to Koreans and cross-cultural programs. Continue reading

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Advice to English Teachers in Korea regarding the new Immigration Changes

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So, I sent my 50+ teachers today the following as advice for them if they were considering renewing for a 2nd year or so. However, this serves as I guess decent advice for people considering coming in for the first time and also people who are wanting to renew:

“Well, the Korean government in response to a couple felonies this year decided to do something they probably should of done a long time ago. However, since we’re used to the current standards, the new way of doing things may be somewhat painful or at least a bit of a hassle. Regardless, we wanted to get into your hands the information about how to deal with it, if needed. Continue reading

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New visa rules may force some to return home

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English teachers to be required to furnish their criminal record

originally found here: http://joongangdaily.joins.com/article/view.asp?aid=2883449

December 03, 2007

Spurred by the arrest on child molestation charges of a Canadian who taught here, the Justice Ministry has announced that starting in less than two weeks foreigners who teach English will be required to provide their criminal record and undergo a medical checkup to renew or receive a visa. Continue reading

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Be careful what you name your teddy bears — in class, that is…

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Teacher convicted in teddy bear case

original here: http://news.yahoo.com/s/ap/20071129/ap_on_re_mi_ea/sudan_british_teacher;_ylt=AuK7WEyx3j7WJVmXuotNwPCs0NUE

By ALFRED de MONTESQUIOU, Associated Press Writer, 11/30/07

KHARTOUM, Sudan – A Sudanese court convicted a British teacher Thursday of insulting Islam for letting her students name a teddy bear Muhammad and sentenced her to 15 days in prison, avoiding a heavier punishment of 40 lashes. The teacher wept in court, insisting she never meant to offend. Continue reading

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