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November 22, 2022

Press Release: Using VoA for Work, Immigration Secures 8 South Koreans

JAKARTA – 7 South Korean (South Korean) citizens are suspected of misusing Visas on Arrival (VoA) to work. Immigration officers secured the South Korean citizen on Monday (21/11) after holding a talent search event at a shopping center in Jakarta.

Acting Director General of Immigration Widodo Ekatjahjana revealed that the foreigners who abused VoA for work were a creative team from a production house. They were employed in Indonesia to work in a talent search event broadcast live on KBS Korea television station.

"The six creative team members are using VoA. They were hired by two South Korean citizens, one a VoA holder and the other a temporary stay permit holder (KITAS). In total, we have secured eight South Korean passports," said Widodo in Jakarta on Tuesday (22/11/2022).

Widodo's statement was in response to a video circulating in the community showing officers taking the four South Korean citizens forcibly. After further investigation, they admitted that they were instructed by the agent who brought them to Indonesia to pretend they didn't know about their visa condition when immigration officers took them.

"So far, the officers' actions have been according to the procedure because there was resistance from the foreigners. However, I still ordered the Immigration Law Enforcement Director to review and inspect the immigration officers who were on duty then," Widodo explained.

Widodo added, "If in the future elements of abuse of authority are found by officials, we will impose sanctions on them in accordance with the applicable laws and regulations."

Widodo also ordered the Director of Immigration Supervision and Enforcement to take firm steps by examining the agents/administrators who sponsored the four South Korean citizens according to the law.



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