Reporter: Elyan Nadian Zahara
Editor : M. Fijar Sulistyo
JAKARTA – The Korean Immigration Service (KIS) Attaché, Park Jae Sung, discussed the possibility of South Korea-Indonesia cooperation on capacity building for immigration officers and the strengthening of their immigration functions. This was discussed in a meeting between the Attaché and the Director of Immigration Cooperation, Heru Tjondro, on Friday, 25 May 2022, in the Bilateral Cooperation Room of the Directorate General Immigration in Kuningan, South Jakarta. The meeting was also attended by Lee Sungyong, a KIS Attaché/Consul.
In the meeting, Park Jae Sung expressed his intention to pay a visit to the TPI Soekarno Hatta Class I Special Immigration Office on 21 June 2022 for a comparative study on immigration inspection procedures at the Immigration Checkpoints (TPI). The procedures include a fraudulent travel document detection, passenger identification, detection tools utilization, and detection process. During the visit, Lee Sungyong will attend the entire series of activities.
“Directorate General of Immigration welcomes the plan for comparative study. We will facilitate the event and provide assistance for the arrival of 2 KIS officers through the Soekarno Hatta International Airport,” said Heru Tjondro, the Director of Immigration Cooperation.
Furthermore, Park Jae Sung also offers training programs for Indonesian immigration officers. The first training program is co-organized by Korea International Cooperation Agency (KOICA) and the Ministry of Justice of South Korea. The training will be conducted in South Korea for two weeks and includes the detection of fraudulent document and the use of advanced passenger information systems.
The second program is Korean language training that will be conducted in the University of Seoul for three months and attended by immigration officers from Asian countries. This language training program is prioritized for immigration officers who already have basic skills in English and Korean.
“With Mr. Park Jae Sung, we are also exploring the possibility of South Korean Government granting visa-free access (visa exemption) to Indonesian citizen with electronic passport for a short visit to South Korea. As we know, this policy has been implemented by the Japanese government,” Heru Tjondro ended.