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Foreign residents of Seoul to get COVID-19 relief funds
Foreign residents in Seoul who meet the requirements can receive emergency disaster relief funds from the city.

The Seoul Metropolitan Government on Aug. 26 said it will provide the aid to expats. Back in March, the first payment was made only to Korean nationals and foreign residents with certain visas to stabilize their livelihoods and stimulate regional economies amid the COVID-19 pandemic.

Foreign nationals eligible for the assistance must be registered as city residents as of Aug. 27 and have lived in Seoul for at least 90 days, as well as possessing visas making them legally eligible for employment and for-profit activities. 

Those eligible can apply from Aug. 31 on the city government's website ( through Sept. 25. Offline applications will also be accepted from Sept. 14-25 at an applicant's nearest district office or community service center.

The city will run an integrated call center for foreign applicants of the funds in 17 languages including English, Chinese, Vietnamese and Thai.

The relief funds will be paid in the form of a prepaid card. Successful applicants can receive it about two weeks after applying for use anywhere in Seoul until Dec 15, 2020. Data shows there are an estimated 95,000 foreign households in Seoul.


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