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Acquitted foreigners should not be denied residency permit: gov't

All Headlines 18:16 March 04, 2016

SEOUL, March 4 (Yonhap) -- The country's civil rights panel said Friday that the decision by a local immigration office not to allow permanent residency to a foreigner, who was probed and later acquitted by prosecutors, was not fair.

The Anti-Corruption and Civil Rights Commission of Korea said the southern branch of the Seoul Immigration Office abused its discretionary authority by rejecting the residence application by an ethnic Korean holding Chinese nationality. Her identity was withheld for privacy reasons.

The woman was under investigation by prosecutors' in 2014 on charges of forging documents but was later cleared of all wrongdoings.

When she requested permanent residency from the immigration office, the office said she failed to meet a good behavior requirement, citing the prosecutors' probe.

The civil rights panel said it was inappropriate to reject the application when the immigration office did not have any proof to dispute the prosecutors' decision. The office was ordered to nullify the rejection, the commission said.

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