F-1 visas are issued to those visiting and joining their families. The immigration agency’s internal regulation states that only female family members of such immigrants can be issued F-1 visas.
A male Vietnamese immigrant challenged the agency’s directive at the trial court, which sided with the agency.
But, on appeal, the Seoul High Court reversed the ruling, saying the immigration law does not discriminate against gender in issuing F-1 visas.
The immigration service argued that immigrants may take advantage of the new change, but the appeals court said the agency’s claims are not reasonable.
By Choi Si-young (firstname.lastname@example.org)