BUSAN, South Korea – Life for expats living in Busan City is expected to become more comfortable as a married immigrant’s meeting has kicked off, scholarships are available for foreign students and there are free consulting services now available for foreign employees.
On March 29, Busan City launched a special meeting for foreign spouses who have married Koreans to listen to and resolve any issues they face living here by drawing up practical and detailed policies. As international marriages are increasing, the city is planning to reflect the difficulties and opinions of the foreign spouses in city policy. The committee consists of 16 foreign spouses from five countries: China, Vietnam, the Philippines, Thailand and Uzbekistan.
Meanwhile, in a bid to motivate foreign students studying in Busan, 14 schools including Pusan National University selected 18 students and delivered scholarship certificates to them on March 28. The move was aimed at helping foreign students achieve their potential, as well as fostering closer relations with the city and its collective foreign student body.
The city also participated in the 2012 Vietnam International Education Fair that took place in Ho Chi Minh City from April 8 to attract more foreign students there and actively promote its foreign resident support projects.
Busan City lawyers have also started a free law consulting service for foreign residents.
The Busan Bar Association and BS Busan Bank signed on an agreement for free legal consulting support for foreign employees on March 26. According to the agreement, they can meet with a lawyer from the Busan Bar Associati on and receive free law consulting on the first Sunday of every month from 2 p.m. to 4 p.m. These meetings will take place at the Busan Bank Cultural Center for For eign Workers, which is located on the second floor of the Sinpyeong-dong branch of Busan Bank.
Also at Haeundae District Office and Seo District Office, windows exclusively for foreigners have opened, providing explanations on the 29 kinds of documents in various languages.
Source: Busan City News