Seoul High Court Rules Against Ban Of Yoo Seung Jun’s Korean Visa
The Seoul High Court has taken Yoo Seung Jun’s side in the case between him and the Consulate General of the Republic of Korea in Los Angeles, opening up even more potential for him to return to Korea after being away for 17 years.
On November 15, the Seoul High Court stated their final ruling on the case that Yoo Seung Jun filed against the Los Angeles Korean Consulate General about their rejection of his visa application from 2015. The court ruled, “We dismiss the ruling of the original trial. The Republic of Korea in Los Angeles shall cancel the decision that rejected [Yoo Seung Jun’s] visa application.”
In October 2015, Yoo Seung Jun filed a lawsuit against the Consulate General after his application for an F-4 visa to enter Korea was rejected the previous month. The lower court ruled in favor of the Consulate General in both the original trial in September 2016 and the first appeal in February 2017, but things turned around when the Supreme Court ruled in favor of Yoo Seung Jun and sent the case to be reassessed in July 2019. As a result, on September 20, the Seoul High Court heard the first arguments from representatives of Yoo Seung Jun and the Consulate General to determine the validity of the original ruling.
Kim Hyung Soo, a legal representative of Yoo Seung Jun, stated, “We respect the court’s latest ruling, and we would like to express our gratitude. We will announce our stance on the ruling and plans for the future in an official statement after discussing it with Yoo Seung Jun.” The lawyer continued, “We hope that both the Military Manpower Administration and the Ministry of Justice take the main point of the ruling into consideration. We will have to assess the situation further before deciding to file a second appeal or filing for the visa again.”
The Ministry of Foreign Affairs responded, “We will file an appeal to the Supreme Court for the final ruling. We will continue to work closely with associated organizations such as the Ministry of Justice and Military Manpower Administration in the future process of filing for an appeal.”
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