Birth records get a day in courtThe Supreme Court yesterday decided to record the birth date and time of Korean nationals born in a foreign country by using the local date and time, not the Korean date and time. The new measure takes effect on May 1.
The decision came after the court received floods of complaints from dual nationals that they are sometimes mistaken for being illegal immigrants when they travel back and forth to other countries.
The former procedure meant some Koreans with dual citizenship have two different birth dates on their passports and their identification cards.
For instance, if a Korean couple gave birth to a baby in London at 6 p.m. on Dec. 31, it would be recorded in Korea as 3 a.m. on Jan. 1, because of the nine-hour time difference.
The different birth dates on the countries’ passports and registration cards forces dual-nationality Koreans to submit documentation overseas to prove that the difference was caused by Korean law.
The United States, France and England already record dates of birth based on overseas time.
The Supreme Court said it will accept applications from those who wish to change their or their children’s birth dates to overseas time.
By Jeon Jin-bae, Kim Mi-ju [email@example.com]
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