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S Korea to ease visa rules to attract native English speakers
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13:52, January 23, 2008

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South Korea plans to ease visa rules and issue more English teaching or E-2 visas to foreigners whose countries adopt English as an official language, the Korea Times reported on Wednesday.

"We've already decided to expand the recipients (of E-2 visas)," Choo Kyu-ho, commissioner of Korea Immigration Service, told The Korea Times. "I think the supply of (foreign English teachers) should increase to meet growing demand in a reasonable way."

Choo said he plans to discuss the issue at a meeting with related ministries before June.

The official said South Korea needs to open its market not only in English education but also in many other areas in order to attract talented professionals from overseas.

According to the immigration office, there are about 1.1 million foreigners currently living in South Korea.

Source: Xinhua

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