BUSAN, South Korea – Have you ever wondered how to start your own business? How your taxes are affected in Korea? Or just want to have some free Korean lessons?
The Busan Foundation for International Activities (BFIA) is ready to help you however they can.
From today, the Busan Global Center will open to provide support for foreigners. The lounge will be located on the 13th floor of the National Pension Service (NPS) Building, in Yeonje-gu, across from City Hall. Similar to the Seoul Global Center, they will have a plethora of information to help whatever help you many need. The BFIA is currently located on the first floor of the City Hall Building.
With the success of the Seoul Global Center, which recently celebrated its third anniversary, a center for comprehensive services for expats in Busan to help deal with everyday inconveniences will be greatly welcomed. It will offer expert services to foreigners, advising them on everything from business activities, to having a comfortable living experience, as well as helping them to learn and enjoy the local culture. More than 336,000 foreigners in Seoul have used the service over the past three years, and as Busan grows and becomes more international, the need for such services and help are necessary to make life just a little more easier.
“Busan needs a dedicated center commensurate with the increase in the number of resident foreigners. Busan also needs a place for interchange between Busan's Korean and non-Korean citizens to take place, to further the internationalization of local citizens,” said Chief Coordinator Sean Hong.
Other services such as free language classes, information on taxes, jobs, cultural activities, immigration and medical tips are also available. There is also a one-stop service for mobile phone registration, and issuing credit cards. Additionally, a call center will also be available in seven languages: Korean, English, Chinese, Vietnamese, Indonesian, Russian and Uzbek.
The BFIA carries out a variety of activities to globalize the city by promoting international exchanges, and supporting Busan’s 50,000 foreign residents.
Business hours: Mon-Fri. 9 a.m.- 8:30 p.m / Sat. 9 a.m. – 6:30 p.m.
Call Center : Mon-Sat. 9:30 a.m – 6:30 p.m.
You can check out their website here for more information, or you can call 051-865-0133