Steve Yoo's case to be heard on appeal from September 22
Steve Yoo’s visa case will be heard on appeal from Sept. 22, according to the Seoul High Court on Monday.
The High Court set the first date for pleading and notified both sides: Yoo and the Korean Consulate General in Los Angeles.
Yoo, whose Korean name is Yoo Seung-jun, renounced his Korean citizenship and became a U.S. citizen in 2002. He was a pop star for several years in Korea and renounced his citizenship shortly before he was scheduled to be drafted.
The Korean Department of Justice imposed an entry ban on Yoo that year.
In 2015, Yoo attempted to enter Korea by applying for a visa for overseas Koreans, but the Korean Consulate General in Los Angeles denied his application citing the entry ban. He filed for administrative litigation against the Consulate General, and the Korean Supreme Court ruled in favor of Yoo in 2020, ruling that the denial was procedurally flawed.
Yoo was turned down again when he applied for a visa afterward and filed for another round of administrative litigation in October 2020. A Korean court ruled in April that the past Supreme Court decision was only related to the procedural flaw. According to the court, the 2020 ruling did not mean Yoo was entitled to a visa, and that afterwards the Consulate General appears to have followed the correct procedures to deny his visa.
BY HALEY YANG [email@example.com]