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FOREIGN SERVICE OFFICIALS ACT

Wholly Amended by Act No. 6306, Dec. 29, 2000

Amended by Act No. 7187, Mar. 11, 2004

Act No. 7690, Nov. 8, 2005

Act No. 8417, May 11, 2007

Act No. 8852, Feb. 29, 2008

Act No. 8857, Feb. 29, 2008

Act No. 10525, Apr. 4, 2011

Act No. 10920, Jul. 25, 2011

Act No. 11530, Dec. 11, 2012

Act No. 11690, Mar. 23, 2013

Act No. 12182, Jan. 7, 2014

Act No. 12844, Nov. 19, 2014

Act No. 14839, Jul. 26, 2017

Act No. 15334, Dec. 30, 2017

 Article 1 (Purpose)
The purpose of this Act is to prescribe exceptions to the State Public Officials Act regarding the qualifications, appointment, education and training, service, remuneration for, guarantee of the status, etc. of foreign service officers in light of the importance of their duties and responsibilities and the unique characteristics of their status and working conditions.
[This Article Wholly Amended by Act No. 10525, Apr. 4, 2011]
 Article 2 (Classification of Functional Category of Foreign Service Officers)
(1) Positions equal to or higher than the class of councilor prescribed by Presidential Decree, among foreign service officers, shall not be classified by functional category, and the functional category of the other positions shall be classified according to kinds of duties, as set forth in the following subparagraphs:
1. Functional category of foreign affairs and trade;
2. Functional category of foreign affairs and consulate;
3. Functional category of foreign service information and technology.
(2) The kinds of the principal duties by functional category under subparagraphs of paragraph (1) shall be as follows:
1. Functional category of foreign affairs and trade: Foreign affairs and trade;
2. Functional category of foreign affairs and consulate: Consular affairs;
3. Functional category of foreign service information and technology: Foreign service information management and communications.
(3) Matters necessary concerning duties other than kinds of the principal duties by functional category under paragraph (2) shall be prescribed by Presidential Decree.
[This Article Wholly Amended by Act No. 10525, Apr. 4, 2011]
 Article 2-2 (Foreign Service Officers Belonging to Senior Civil Service Corps)
(1) Foreign service officers who have been appointed to positions equal to or higher than the class of minister (hereinafter referred to as "Senior Civil Service Corps positions") prescribed by Presidential Decree in the Ministry of Foreign Affairs or its affiliated organizations and are holding office, or who are under personnel management, such as dispatch or temporary retirement from office, shall belong to the Senior Civil Service Corps referred to in Article 2-2 (2) of the State Public Officials Act: Provided, That some positions prescribed by Presidential Decree on the grounds of the importance, peculiarities, etc. of the relevant duties shall not be included in the Senior Civil Service Corps positions. <Amended by Act No. 11690, Mar. 23, 2013>
(2) The Minister of Foreign Affairs may establish and assess the ability and quality that a public official to be appointed to a Senior Civil Service Corps position has to possess, and may utilize the results of the assessment in the personnel management, such as new appointment or the first assignment to a Senior Civil Service Corps position. <Amended by Act No. 11690, Mar. 23, 2013>
(3) For the first assignment to a Senior Civil Service Corps position, the Minister of Foreign Affairs shall select those who have qualifications, career, etc. prescribed by Presidential Decree and recommend their appointment following a qualification examination under Article 13-2 (1) and an examination under Article 28-6 (3) of the State Public Officials Act. <Amended by Act No. 11690, Mar. 23, 2013>
(4) Necessary matters concerning the specific scope of personnel management pursuant to paragraph (1) and the details of the ability and quality, scope of those subject to assessment, methods of assessment, and utilization of the results of assessment pursuant to paragraph (2) shall be prescribed by Presidential Decree in consideration of the unique characteristics of foreign service officers.
(5) Except as otherwise prescribed by this Act, when applying the provisions concerning the Senior Civil Service Corps of the State Public Officials Act to foreign service officers, the term "promotion and appointment to a Senior Civil Service Corps position" shall be construed as "first assignment to a Senior Civil Service Corps position".
[This Article Wholly Amended by Act No. 10525, Apr. 4, 2011]
 Article 3 (Persons with Authority for Appointment)
(1) The Minister of Foreign Affairs has the authority to conduct new appointment, assignment to a position, transfer, holding concurrent offices, dispatch, temporary retirement from office, removal from office, suspension from office, demotion, reinstatement, dismissal from office, release from office, and discharge from office (hereinafter referred to as "appointment") of foreign service officers in the Ministry of Foreign Affairs or its affiliated organizations: Provided, That in any of the following cases, the President shall conduct such appointment, etc. upon recommendation of the Minister of Foreign Affairs: <Amended by Act No. 10920, Jul. 25, 2011; Act No. 11690, Mar. 23, 2013>
1. New appointment, discharge from office, dismissal from office, and release from office of foreign service officers in positions equal to or higher than the class of councilor prescribed by Presidential Decree in the Ministry of Foreign Affairs or its affiliated organizations;
2. Assignment to a position of ambassador extraordinary and plenipotentiary and to positions equal to or higher than the class of Assistant Minister of the Ministry of Foreign Affairs or its affiliated organizations (excluding overseas diplomatic missions) as prescribed by Presidential Decree (including an act that causes the holder of such position to be released from his/her duties), and temporary retirement from office, removal from office, suspension from office, demotion, and reinstatement therefrom of persons who hold such positions;
3. Appointment of specially appointed chiefs of overseas diplomatic missions;
4. The first assignment to Senior Civil Service Corps positions.
(2) The Minister of Foreign Affairs may delegate part of his/her authority for appointment, to the heads of organizations affiliated with the Ministry of Foreign Affairs, as prescribed by Presidential Decree. <Amended by Act No. 11690, Mar. 23, 2013>
[This Article Wholly Amended by Act No. 10525, Apr. 4, 2011]
 Article 4 (Specially Appointed Chief of Overseas Diplomatic Missions)
(1) If necessary to perform foreign affairs, the President may appoint a person with qualifications and ability to be a diplomat, as specially appointed chief of such overseas diplomatic mission, in order to specially assign a person to a position of the chief of an overseas diplomatic mission.
(2) The provisions concerning foreign service officers shall apply mutatis mutandis to those who are appointed to specially appointed chiefs of overseas diplomatic missions: Provided, That Articles 10 through 13, 13-2 through 13-4, 14 through 16, 23, 24, 26 (2), (4) and (7), and 27 of this Act and Article 28-6 (3) of the State Public Officials Act shall not apply.
(3) A specially appointed chief of an overseas diplomatic mission shall be ordered to serve as the chief of an overseas diplomatic mission, simultaneously with his/her appointment to such post.
(4) The specially appointed chief of an overseas diplomatic mission shall retire from office on the 60th day after he/she is released from his/her post as chief of an overseas diplomatic mission.
[This Article Wholly Amended by Act No. 10525, Apr. 4, 2011]
 Article 5 (Duties of Foreign Service Officers)
The duties of foreign service officers are to externally protect and increase national interests, to enhance amicable, economic, and cultural relations with foreign countries, and to protect and support overseas Koreans.
[This Article Wholly Amended by Act No. 10525, Apr. 4, 2011]
 Article 6 (External Official Titles of Foreign Service Officers)
The official titles to be used by foreign service officers who are assigned to positions in overseas diplomatic missions or perform external activities or specific duties shall be ambassador extraordinary and plenipotentiary, ambassador, minister, minister councilor, councilor, first secretary, second secretary, third secretary, consul general, deputy consul general, consul, deputy consul, etc. (no foreign service officers performing specific duties can use the title of ambassador extraordinary and plenipotentiary as their external official titles), and the Minister of Foreign Affairs shall have the authority to grant such external official titles, excluding ambassador extraordinary and plenipotentiary, as prescribed by Presidential Decree. <Amended by Act No. 11690, Mar. 23, 2013>
[This Article Wholly Amended by Act No. 10525, Apr. 4, 2011]
 Article 7 (Establishment of Foreign Affairs Personnel Committee)
(1) The Foreign Affairs Personnel Committee shall be established in the Ministry of Foreign Affairs to deliberate on important matters concerning personnel management of foreign service officers. <Amended by Act No. 11690, Mar. 23, 2013>
(2) The Foreign Affairs Personnel Committee shall consist of the First Foreign Affairs Personnel Committee and the Second Foreign Affairs Personal Committee, and each of the Committees shall be comprised of at least seven members. <Amended by Act No. 10920, Jul. 25, 2011>
(3) Necessary matters concerning the composition, operation, etc. of the Foreign Affairs Personnel Committees shall be prescribed by Presidential Decree.
[This Article Wholly Amended by Act No. 10525, Apr. 4, 2011]
 Article 8 (Functions of Foreign Affairs Personnel Committee)
(1) The First Foreign Affairs Personnel Committee shall deliberate on the following matters and make a proposal therefor or recommendation thereon to the Minister of Foreign Affairs, as prescribed by Presidential Decree: <Amended by Act No. 10920, Jul. 25, 2011; Act No. 11690, Mar. 23, 2013>
1. Policies, standards, and a master plan for personnel administration of foreign service officers;
2. Matters concerning the enactment, amendment, or repeal of statutes related to personnel affairs of foreign service officers;
3. New appointment, transfer, and assignment to positions of foreign service officers, and grant of awards and decorations to them;
4. Other matters referred to the Foreign Affairs Personnel Committee by the Minister of Foreign Affairs.
(2) The Second Foreign Affairs Personnel Committee shall deliberate on matters commissioned by the First Foreign Affairs Personnel Committee, among the matters on the personnel affairs of positions below the class of councilor prescribed by Presidential Decree, and make any proposal therefor or recommendation thereon to the Minister of Foreign Affairs. <Newly Inserted by Act No. 10920, Jul. 25, 2011; Act No. 11690, Mar. 23, 2013>
(3) The Minister of Foreign Affairs shall respect opinions of the Foreign Affairs Personnel Committees unless there is a compelling reason not to do so. <Amended by Act No. 11690, Mar. 23, 2013>
[This Article Wholly Amended by Act No. 10525, Apr. 4, 2011]
 Article 9 (Qualifications and Disqualifications for Appointment)
(1) Foreign service officers shall be appointed, from among persons who have clear sprit of nationalism and a sense of duty and have the quality and aptitude necessary to perform their duties.
(2) None of the following persons shall be appointed as a foreign service officer:
1. Any person who falls under any subparagraph of Article 33 of the State Public Officials Act;
2. Any person who does not have the nationality of the Republic of Korea.
[This Article Wholly Amended by Act No. 10525, Apr. 4, 2011]
 Article 9-2 (Foreign Service Officers Appointed for Fixed Period)
(1) Persons with authority for appointment may appoint a foreign service officer who works for a fixed period (hereinafter referred to as "foreign service officer in a fixed term position") for performance of duties requiring specialized knowledge and skills, or specialties in managing appointment.
(2) Articles 12 and 27 shall not apply to foreign service officers in a fixed term position.
(3) Requirements and procedures for appointment, and maximum working age of foreign service officers in a fixed term position, and other necessary matters shall be prescribed by Presidential Decree.
[This Article Newly Inserted by Act No. 12182, Jan. 7, 2014]
 Article 10 (New Appointment)
(1) Foreign service officers shall be newly appointed through open competitive examinations for employment: Provided, that foreign service officers in the classes of duties prescribed by Presidential Decree shall be appointed, from among those selected through open competitive examinations (hereinafter referred to as "diplomat candidates"), who have completed the regular courses prescribed in Article 6 (1) of the Korea National Diplomatic Academy Act and have gained comprehensive educational grades in the regular course, which comprehensively evaluated achievements in education, attitudes in serving in public office, values, etc., above the standard prescribed by the Minister of Foreign Affairs. <Amended by Act No. 15334, Dec. 30, 2017>
(2) The number of diplomat candidates shall be the number of persons to be appointed pursuant to the proviso to paragraph (1), which is determined by the Minister of Foreign Affairs in consultation with the Minister of Personnel Management. <Amended by Act No. 11690, Mar. 23, 2013; Act No. 12844, Nov. 19, 2014; Act No. 15334, Dec. 30, 2017>
(3) Notwithstanding paragraph (1), foreign service officers may be appointed through examinations for employment by means of competition among many persons who are eligible on the same grounds, after setting requirements for application such as professional career (hereinafter referred to as "career-based competitive examinations for employment") in any of the following cases: Provided, That where it is prescribed by Presidential Decree as not appropriate to conduct examinations on many persons, foreign service officers may be appointed through examinations which are not aimed at many persons: <Amended by Act No. 12182, Jan. 7, 2014>
1. Where a retired foreign service officer is reappointed as a foreign service officer within three years from the date of his/her retirement (in cases of a foreign service officer who have retired from a position below the class of councilor prescribed by Presidential Decree, referring to being reappointed to a position in the same functional category in which he/she was in service at the time of his/her retirement);
2. Where a person (excluding a public official in general service belonging to the Senior Civil Service Corps) with experience of no less than three years in service or research corresponding to a position to which he/she is to be appointed is appointed;
3. Where a person who holds a certificate of qualification related to duties of a position to which he/she is to be appointed, or who has special foreign language proficiency, is appointed.
(4) For the purpose of a new appointment of foreign service officers, matters necessary for the qualifications for taking examinations for employment, such as the ability, educational background, career, and age, and the criteria for selection of diplomat candidates and appointment of foreign service officers prescribed in the proviso to paragraph (1), and the functional category, positions, etc. subject to career-based competitive examinations for employment pursuant to paragraph (3) shall be prescribed by Presidential Decree. <Amended by Act No. 12182, Jan. 7, 2014>
(5) Open competitive examinations for employment of foreign service officers under the main sentence of paragraph (1) and examinations for selection of diplomat candidates under the proviso to paragraph (1) shall be conducted by the Minister of Personnel Management at the request of the Minister of Foreign Affairs. <Amended by Act No. 11690, Mar. 23, 2013; Act No. 12844, Nov. 19, 2014>
(6) The Minister of Foreign Affairs may commission the Minister of Personnel Management to wholly or partially conduct career-based competitive examinations for employment under paragraph (3), as prescribed by Presidential Decree, and if a person is appointed as a foreign service officer through career-based competitive examinations for employment pursuant to paragraph (3) 2, he/she may be wholly or partially exempt from the relevant examination, as prescribed by Presidential Decree. <Amended by Act No. 11690, Mar. 23, 2013; Act No. 12182, Jan. 7, 2014; Act No. 12844, Nov. 19, 2014>
[This Article Wholly Amended by Act No. 10920, Jul. 25, 2011]
 Article 11 (Appointment of Probationers and List of Eligible Candidates for Appointment)
(1) Where foreign service officers (excluding those assigned to positions equal to or higher than the positions referred to in Article 3 (1) 1; hereafter the same shall apply in this Article) are newly appointed, a foreign service officer in the functional category of foreign affairs and trade (hereinafter referred to as "foreign affairs and trade officer") shall be appointed as a probationer for one year, and a foreign service officer in the functional category of foreign affairs and consulate (hereinafter referred to as "consulate officer") and a foreign service officer in the functional category of foreign service information and technology (hereinafter referred to as "foreign service information and technology officer") shall be appointed as a probationer for six months, and where his/her service record is acceptable during that period, he/she shall be appointed as a regular public official: Provided, That appointment as a probationer may be exempted or such probation period may be reduced in cases prescribed by Presidential Decree. <Amended by Act No. 10920, Jul. 25, 2011>
(2) The period for temporary retirement from office, removal from office, or suspension from office or wage reduction as a disciplinary punishment shall not be included in calculating the period of appointment as a probationer under paragraph (1). <Newly Inserted by Act No. 10920, Jul. 25, 2011>
(3) If a foreign service officer appointed as a probationer makes poor performance or obtains poor grades in education or training, he/she may be dismissed from office or a recommendation for his/her dismissal may be made, notwithstanding Article 23 of this Act and Article 70 of the State Public Officials Act. <Newly Inserted by Act No. 10920, Jul. 25, 2011>
(4) The term of validity of a list of eligible candidates for appointment as foreign affairs and trade officers shall be five years, and that of each list of eligible candidates for appointment as consulate officers or foreign service information and technology officers shall be three years, respectively.
[This Article Wholly Amended by Act No. 10525, Apr. 4, 2011]
 Article 12 (Transfer)
(1) Foreign affairs and trade officers, consulate officers, and foreign service information and technology officers may be transferred, as prescribed by Presidential Decree.
(2) Transfer pursuant to paragraph (1) shall be subject to examination, and eligibility requirements to take such examination and other necessary matters shall be prescribed by Presidential Decree.
[This Article Wholly Amended by Act No. 10525, Apr. 4, 2011]
 Article 13 (Principles of Management for Assignment to Positions)
(1) A position of a foreign service officer shall be granted in overall consideration of the result of performance assessment, work experience in a related field, foreign language proficiency, etc.
(2) A position of a foreign service officer, except those prescribed by Presidential Decree, shall be granted by means of public job posting (hereinafter referred to as "public job posting system") aimed at public officials of the Ministry of Foreign Affairs and its affiliated organizations. <Amended by Act No. 11690, Mar. 23, 2013>
(3) In implementing a public job posting system, the Foreign Affairs Personnel Committee under Article 7 shall recommend eligible candidates for assignment to a position to the Minister of Foreign Affairs, as prescribed by Presidential Decree, and the Minister of Foreign Affairs shall select the best qualified person, from among those so recommended, and grant him/her the relevant position: Provided, That the Minister of Foreign Affairs may assign a person he/she deems well-qualified to a position for which there is no eligible candidate or recommendee. <Amended by Act No. 11690, Mar. 23, 2013>
(4) Except as otherwise provided for in paragraphs (2) and (3), matters necessary for the standards, procedures, etc. for management of the public job posting system shall be prescribed by Presidential Decree.
[This Article Wholly Amended by Act No. 10525, Apr. 4, 2011]
 Article 13-2 (Examination of Qualifications for Foreign Service Officers)
(1) Any person who is to be first appointed to a position equal to or higher than the class of councilor, as prescribed by Presidential Decree, or a Senior Civil Service Corps position of the Ministry of Foreign Affairs or its affiliated organization shall undergo an examination of qualifications before the appointment, and any person who is determined disqualified as a result of such examination may not be appointed to the relevant position. <Amended by Act No. 11690, Mar. 23, 2013>
(2) The Foreign Service Qualification Screening Committee which is comprised of not less than seven but not more than 15 members shall be established in the Ministry of Foreign Affairs to examine qualifications pursuant to paragraph (1). <Amended by Act No. 11690, Mar. 23, 2013>
(3) The Foreign Service Qualification Screening Committee shall examine whether a person subject to examination is qualified in overall consideration of his/her negotiating ability, ability to perform his/her duties, leadership, etc.
(4) The number of times that a person is allowed to apply for an examination of qualifications prescribed in paragraph (1) may be limited up to five times. <Newly Inserted by Act No. 10920, Jul. 25, 2011>
(5) An applicant whose number of application for an examination of qualifications is limited under paragraph (4) may reapply for such examination after the lapse of a certain period of up to ten years. <Newly Inserted by Act No. 10920, Jul. 25, 2011>
(6) Necessary matters concerning items, timing and methods of qualification examinations, and composition, operation, etc. of the Foreign Service Qualification Screening Committee, limitation on the number of times a person can apply for an examination of qualifications, and the period for limitation on re-application under paragraphs (1) through (5) shall be prescribed by Presidential Decree. <Amended by Act No. 10920, Jul. 25, 2011>
[This Article Wholly Amended by Act No. 10525, Apr. 4, 2011]
 Article 13-3 (Open Positions)
(1) The Minister of Foreign Affairs may designate and manage a position as an open position, among the positions (excluding chiefs of overseas diplomatic missions) of the Ministry of Foreign Affairs and its affiliated organizations, to which the best-qualified person from inside or outside the public service needs to be appointed because it is deemed that expertise is specifically required or it is necessary to efficiently perform foreign affairs: Provided, That a position to which a public official in a fixed term position under Article 26-5 of the State Public Officials Act may be assigned, from among the Senior Civil Service Corps positions, pursuant to statutes related to organization, such as the Government Organization Act, shall be deemed an open position. <Amended by Act No. 10920, Jul. 25, 2011; Act No. 11530, Dec. 11, 2012; Act No. 11690, Mar. 23, 2013>
(2) Necessary matters concerning management, etc. of open positions shall be prescribed by Presidential Decree.
[This Article Wholly Amended by Act No. 10525, Apr. 4, 2011]
 Article 13-4 (Personnel Exchanges)
(1) Notwithstanding Article 32-2 of the State Public Officials Act, the Minister of Foreign Affairs shall conduct a personnel exchange with other central administrative agencies regarding the Senior Civil Service Corps positions (excluding the chiefs of overseas diplomatic missions) of the Ministry of Foreign Affairs and its affiliated organizations, in consideration of demand for foreign affairs, the necessity for the efficient formulation and implementation of foreign policies, etc. <Amended by Act No. 11690, Mar. 23, 2013>
(2) Necessary matters concerning management of personnel exchanges, such as the scope of, and procedures for personnel exchanges, shall be prescribed by Presidential Decree.
[This Article Wholly Amended by Act No. 10525, Apr. 4, 2011]
 Article 14 (Service at Overseas Diplomatic Missions)
(1) A foreign service officer shall serve at an overseas diplomatic mission in accordance with the standards prescribed by Presidential Decree.
(2) If necessary for performing duties at an overseas diplomatic mission, the Minister of Foreign Affairs may require a foreign affairs and trade officer or foreign service information and technology officer to take charge of consular affairs, or a consulate officer to take charge of foreign service information management and communications. <Amended by Act No. 11690, Mar. 23, 2013>
[This Article Wholly Amended by Act No. 10525, Apr. 4, 2011]
 Article 15 (Secondment to International Organizations or Foreign Organizations)
(1) A foreign service officer may be seconded to an international organization or a foreign organization, as prescribed by Presidential Decree.
(2) No foreign service officer shall suffer unfavorable treatment in personnel affairs due to secondment to an international organization or a foreign organization.
[This Article Wholly Amended by Act No. 10525, Apr. 4, 2011]
 Article 16 (Education and Training)
(1) A foreign service officer shall undergo education and training to cultivate his/her sprit of nationalism and sense of duty and to develop his/her knowledge and ability necessary to perform his/her duties.
(2) The Minister of Foreign Affairs shall provide all foreign service officers with equal opportunities to receive education and training, develop and carry out a comprehensive education and training plan appropriate for each position, and provide necessary education in the Republic of Korea or overseas to accelerate professionalism of foreign service officers by type of function or region. <Amended by Act No. 11690, Mar. 23, 2013>
(3) The Minister of Foreign Affairs shall reflect the result of education and training in personnel management. <Amended by Act No. 11690, Mar. 23, 2013>
[This Article Wholly Amended by Act No. 10525, Apr. 4, 2011]
 Article 17 (Performance Appraisal)
(1) The performance appraisal of foreign service officers shall be conducted regularly or occasionally in accordance with objective and strict standards and procedures.
(2) Deleted. <by Act No. 10920, Jul. 25, 2011>
(3) The result of performance appraisal shall be reflected in all personnel management, such as assignment to a position, screening, etc.
(4) Necessary matters concerning methods of, procedures, etc. for performance appraisal shall be prescribed by Presidential Decree.
(5) Notwithstanding paragraphs (1), (3), and (4), the methods of conducting performance appraisal of foreign service officers belonging to the Senior Civil Service Corps shall be as prescribed by Presidential Decree. <Amended by Act No. 10920, Jul. 25, 2011>
[This Article Wholly Amended by Act No. 10525, Apr. 4, 2011]
 Article 18 (Oath)
Where a foreign service officer is ordered to serve at an overseas diplomatic mission or to be seconded for overseas service, he/she shall take the following oath before the Minister of Foreign Affairs: "I, as a foreign service officer of the Republic of Korea, solemnly take an oath that I will sincerely observe the Constitution, statutes of the Republic of Korea, and instructions of the Government during my service at an overseas diplomatic mission (secondment for overseas service) with my fidelity to my mother country, enhance national prestige by promoting international friendship and cooperation in accordance with international law and international practices, and fulfill my mission and responsibilities by protecting and expanding national interests." <Amended by Act No. 11690, Mar. 23, 2013>
[This Article Wholly Amended by Act No. 10525, Apr. 4, 2011]
 Article 19 (Service)
(1) A foreign service officer shall, in particular, observe the following matters while he/she serves overseas:
1. Strictly observing classified information concerning foreign affairs;
2. Keeping his/her dignity;
3. Observing international law and prohibiting the abuse of privilege and immunity.
(2) Necessary matters concerning service while foreign service officers serve overseas shall be prescribed by Presidential Decree.
(3) No foreign service officer shall hold or obtain the right of permanent residence of a foreign country, and where his/her spouse or child has acquired the citizenship of a foreign country, he/she shall report thereon to the Minister of Foreign Affairs. <Amended by Act No. 10920, Jul. 25, 2011; Act No. 11690, Mar. 23, 2013>
[This Article Wholly Amended by Act No. 10525, Apr. 4, 2011]
 Article 20 (Remuneration)
Remuneration for a foreign service officer shall be prescribed by Presidential Decree in consideration of the relative importance, level of responsibility, and level of difficulty of his/her duties, ability to perform his/her duties, performance, working conditions, etc.
[This Article Wholly Amended by Act No. 10525, Apr. 4, 2011]
 Article 20-2 (Assignment of Position to Class)
(1) The Minister of Foreign Affairs shall assign all positions governed by the position classification system of the Ministry of Foreign Affairs and its affiliated organizations to any one class of duties, after consultation with the Minister of the Interior and Safety and the Minister of Personnel Management. <Amended by Act No. 11690, Mar. 23, 2013; Act No. 12844, Nov. 19, 2014; Act No. 14839, Jul. 26, 2017>
(2) Necessary matters concerning assignment of positions to any of classes of duties pursuant to paragraph (1) shall be prescribed by Presidential Decree.
[This Article Wholly Amended by Act No. 10525, Apr. 4, 2011]
 Article 21 (Reimbursement of Actual Expenses, etc.)
(1) In addition to remuneration, foreign service officers may receive reimbursement of actual expenses incurred in performing their duties and overseas service, as prescribed by Presidential Decree.
(2) A foreign service officer who serves overseas and his/her accompanying family members are entitled to receive necessary support, such as medical expenses, as determined by the Minister of Foreign Affairs. <Newly Inserted by Act No. 10920, Jul. 25, 2011; Act No. 11690, Mar. 23, 2013>
[This Article Wholly Amended by Act No. 10525, Apr. 4, 2011]
 Article 22 (Accident Compensation)
Where a foreign service officer or his/her family member dies or goes missing, or is physically or mentally harmed or damaged in property distinctly, due to a natural disaster, war, incident, civil war, riot, kidnapping, or any other unforeseen accident while the foreign service officer serves overseas, or where a foreign service officer or his/her family member dies of or becomes disabled by a disease which has occurred due to specific climatic conditions, natural characteristics, or other living conditions of the area in which the foreign service officer serves, the relevant foreign service officer or his/her family member is entitled to receive accident compensation, as prescribed by Presidential Decree.
[This Article Wholly Amended by Act No. 10525, Apr. 4, 2011]
 Article 23 (Measures Relating to Status against One's Will)
No foreign service officer shall be subject to dismissal or temporary retirement from office against his/her will, except by a criminal sentence, a disciplinary action, or any other ground prescribed by this Act.
[This Article Wholly Amended by Act No. 10525, Apr. 4, 2011]
 Article 24 (Screening Tests for Foreign Service Officers)
(1) Any foreign service officer (excluding those determined qualified as a result of an examination of qualifications for foreign service officers conducted for appointment to a Senior Civil Service Corps position pursuant to Article 13-2) shall undergo a screening test to examine whether he/she is qualified for such position (hereinafter referred to as "screening test for foreign service officer"), when he/she falls under any of the following cases while in office. In such cases, a screening test for foreign service officers shall be conducted within six months from the date of occurrence of a ground for the screening testing, and a specific timing of and period for such screening test shall be prescribed by Presidential Decree: <Amended by Act No. 10920, Jul. 25, 2011; Act No. 11690, Mar. 23, 2013>
1. Where he/she receives the lowest ratings a total of three times in performance appraisals;
2. Where a period during which he/she is not assigned to any position without a justifiable ground prescribed by Presidential Decree reaches three years in total;
3. Where the highest score he/she has acquired in foreign language examinations during the period prescribed by Presidential Decree does not reach the standard prescribed by Presidential Decree;
4. Where he/she is summoned on two occasions by the Minister of Foreign Affairs, as prescribed by Presidential Decree.
(2) Deleted. <by Act No. 10920, Jul. 25, 2011>
(3) The Ministry of Foreign Affairs shall have the Foreign Service Screening Committee to conduct screening tests for foreign service officers. <Amended by Act No. 11690, Mar. 23, 2013>
(4) The Foreign Service Screening Committee shall be comprised of no less than seven but up to 15 members, including foreign service officers equal to or higher than the class of minister prescribed by Presidential Decree, outsiders, etc. commissioned by the Minister of Foreign Affairs (at least one person among such outsiders shall be recommended by the Minister of Personnel Management), and the Vice Minister of Foreign Affairs shall be the chairperson. <Amended by Act No. 11690, Mar. 23, 2013; Act No. 12844, Nov. 19, 2014>
(5) The Foreign Service Screening Committee shall determine any person, who falls under any of paragraph (1) 1 through 4 and is deemed impractical to continue his/her performance of duties as a foreign service officer, as disqualified, as prescribed by Presidential Decree. <Amended by Act No. 10920, Jul. 25, 2011>
(6) A person who has the authority to appoint foreign service officers may choose not to grant a position to a person determined as disqualified under paragraph (5). In such cases, he/she shall order the person removed from his/her office to wait to be assigned for up to three months, and take necessary measures, such as providing educational training or assigning a special research task, etc. to recover his/her competence or improve his/her service record. <Amended by Act No. 10920, Jul. 25, 2011>
(7) Where a person who has the authority to appoint foreign service officers deems that it is difficult to improve the competence or service performance of a person ordered to wait to be assigned pursuant to paragraph (6) within the waiting period, he/she may ex officio dismiss such person from office after obtaining the consent of the Foreign Service Disciplinary Committee. <Amended by Act No. 10920, Jul. 25, 2011>
(8) Necessary matters concerning the composition and operation of the Foreign Service Screening Committee shall be prescribed by Presidential Decree.
[This Article Wholly Amended by Act No. 10525, Apr. 4, 2011]
 Article 25 (Examination of Qualifications for Chiefs of Overseas Diplomatic Missions)
(1) Any person to be appointed as the chief of an overseas diplomatic mission shall undergo an examination of qualifications (hereinafter referred to as "examination of qualifications for chiefs of overseas diplomatic missions") before the appointment, and any person determined as disqualified as a result of such examination of qualifications shall not be appointed as the chief of an overseas diplomatic mission.
(2) A Committee on Examination of Qualifications for the Chiefs of Overseas Diplomatic Missions shall be established in the Ministry of Foreign Affairs for examination of qualifications for the chiefs of overseas diplomatic missions. <Amended by Act No. 11690, Mar. 23, 2013>
(3) The Committee on Examination of Qualifications for Chiefs of Overseas Diplomatic Missions shall be comprised of no less than seven but no more than 15 members.
(4) Matters necessary for the composition and operation of the Committee on Examination of Qualifications for Chiefs of Overseas Diplomatic Missions, the standards, timing of and procedures for examination of qualifications for chiefs of overseas diplomatic missions, and other related matters shall be prescribed by Presidential Decree.
[This Article Wholly Amended by Act No. 10525, Apr. 4, 2011]
 Article 26 (Ipso Facto Retirement, etc.)
(1) Where a foreign service officer falls under any of the following cases, he/she shall duly retire from office: <Amended by Act No. 12182, Jan. 7, 2014>
1. In cases falling under any subparagraph of Article 9 (2): Provided, That the proviso to subparagraph 1 of Article 69 of the State Public Officials Act shall apply to cases falling under subparagraph 5 of Article 33 of the same Act;
2. Where the period for serving as a public official in a fixed term position has expired.
(2) Where a foreign service officer has served as the chief of an overseas diplomatic mission for ten years in total, he/she shall duly retire from office. In such cases, the period for which he/she has served as the chief of an overseas diplomatic mission located in a special area prescribed by Presidential Decree shall not be included in his/her term of office as the chief of an overseas diplomatic mission. <Amended by Act No. 10525, Apr. 4, 2011>
(3) Deleted. <by Act No. 8417, May 11, 2007>
(4) Where a foreign service officer who has served in a position prescribed by Presidential Decree under the proviso to Article 2-2 (1) fails to be assigned to a position (excluding cases where the procedure for appointment is in progress and where he/she is on temporary retirement from office, as prescribed by Presidential Decree), he/she shall duly retire from office on the date of dismissal from office he/she has served: Provided, That in cases of a person who was assigned to and has served in a position in an overseas diplomatic mission, he/she shall duly retire from office on the date 120 days pass from the date he/she is dismissed from such office. <Amended by Act No. 10525, Apr. 4, 2011; Act No. 10920, Jul. 25, 2011>
(5) and (6) Deleted. <by Act No. 8417, May 11, 2007>
(7) Where a person who serves in excess of his/her age of retirement because he/she was assigned to a position permitted to serve in excess of the age of retirement (hereinafter referred to as "position permitted to serve in excess of the age of retirement") pursuant to Article 27 (3) fails to be assigned to another position permitted to serve in excess of the age of retirement without an interruption of service, he/she shall duly retire from office on the date he/she is dismissed from such office he/she serves: Provided, That in cases of a person who was assigned to and has served in a position in an overseas diplomatic mission, he/she shall duly retire from office on the date 60 days pass from the date he/she is dismissed from such office. <Amended by Act No. 10525, Apr. 4, 2011>
 Article 26-2 (Ex Officio Dismissal of Foreign Service Officers Belonging to Senior Civil Service Corps)
(1) A person who has the authority to appoint foreign service officers shall ex officio dismiss a foreign service officer belonging to the Senior Civil Service Corps from his/her office when the foreign service officer fails to be assigned to any position (where the procedure for appointment is in progress and where he/she is on temporary retirement from office, as prescribed by Presidential Decree, the relevant period shall be excluded) for one year and six months, consecutively.
(2) When a person who has the authority to appoint foreign service officers dismisses a foreign service officer from his/her office as prescribed in paragraph (1), such dismissal shall undergo deliberation by the Foreign Affairs Personnel Committee.
(3) Matters concerning procedures for, criteria of, etc. deliberation by the Foreign Affairs Personnel Committee under paragraph (2) shall be prescribed by Presidential Decree.
[This Article Newly Inserted by Act No. 10920, Jul. 25, 2011]
 Article 26-3 (Screening Test for Senior Civil Service Corps)
(1) A foreign service officer who belongs to the Senior Civil Service Corps shall undergo a screening test pursuant to Article 70-2 of the State Public Officials Act.
(2) The Senior Civil Service Corps Appointment Screening Committee under Article 28-6 (1) of the State Public Officials Act shall conduct a screening test pursuant to paragraph (1) at the request of the Minister of Foreign Affairs. <Amended by Act No. 11690, Mar. 23, 2013>
[This Article Wholly Amended by Act No. 10525, Apr. 4, 2011]
 Article 27 (Age of Retirement)
(1) The age of retirement for a foreign service officer shall be 60 years of age.
(2) A foreign service officer who reaches the age of retirement pursuant to paragraph (1) shall retire from office on June 30 if the date he/she reaches the age of retirement falls within the period from January to June of the year, or on December 31 if such date belongs to the period from July to December of the year.
(3) Notwithstanding paragraph (1), any person who is in a position prescribed by Presidential Decree (including a person who has been informally decided as the chief of an overseas diplomatic mission and for whom the procedure for appointment is in progress) among the positions of the Ministry of Foreign Affairs and its affiliated organizations may be permitted to serve in excess of the age of retirement: Provided, That even in such cases, he/she shall not serve in excess of 64 years of age. <Amended by Act No. 11690, Mar. 23, 2013>
[This Article Wholly Amended by Act No. 10525, Apr. 4, 2011]
 Article 28 (Disciplinary Action)
(1) Where a foreign service officer falls under any of the following subparagraphs, the Minister of Foreign Affairs may request a decision of disciplinary action: <Amended by Act No. 11690, Mar. 23, 2013>
1. Where he/she violates this Act or the State Public Officials Act, or any order issued under this Act or the State Public Officials Act;
2. Where he/she violates his/her official duties or neglects his/her duties;
3. Where he/she commits a conduct detrimental to his/her dignity or prestige as a foreign service officer, regardless of the connection with his/her duties.
(2) The Disciplinary Committee established under the Prime Minister pursuant to the State Public Officials Act shall make a decision on disciplinary action against a foreign service officer who is or was in a position equal to or higher than the class of minister prescribed by Presidential Decree.
(3) The Foreign Service Disciplinary Committee shall be established in the Ministry of Foreign Affairs, as prescribed by Presidential Decree, for resolutions on disciplinary actions against a foreign service officer who is not in a position set forth under paragraph (2). <Amended by Act No. 11690, Mar. 23, 2013>
(4) The kinds, composition, authority of, and procedures for deliberation by the Foreign Service Disciplinary Committee, and other necessary matters shall be prescribed by Presidential Decree.
[This Article Wholly Amended by Act No. 10525, Apr. 4, 2011]
 Article 29 (Procedures, etc. for Disciplinary Action)
A person who has the authority for appointment under Article 3 shall take a disciplinary action against a foreign service officer following a resolution of the Foreign Service Disciplinary Committee.
[This Article Wholly Amended by Act No. 10525, Apr. 4, 2011]
 Article 30 (Application, etc. of the State Public Officials Act)
Except as otherwise expressly provided for in this Act, the State Public Officials Act and the Act on the Education and Training of Public Officials shall apply to foreign service officers: Provided, That Article 28-5 of the State Public Officials Act shall not apply to foreign service officers. <Amended by Act No. 7690, Nov. 8, 2005; Act No. 8417, May 11, 2007>
 Article 31 (Other Public Officials Assigned to Overseas Diplomatic Missions)
Except as otherwise expressly provided for in this Act or other Acts, the provisions of Articles 5, 6, 9, 18, 19, 21, and 22 shall apply mutatis mutandis to other State public officials and local public officials working at overseas diplomatic missions, and procedures for dispatch, education, service regulations, and other necessary matters shall be prescribed by Presidential Decree. <Amended by Act No. 10920, Jul. 25, 2011>
[This Article Wholly Amended by Act No. 10525, Apr. 4, 2011]
 Article 32 (Administrative Staff in Overseas Diplomatic Missions)
(1) Where necessary for performing duties of an overseas diplomatic mission, the overseas diplomatic mission may employ administrative staff. <Amended by Act No. 10920, Jul. 25, 2011>
(2) Types of occupation, methods of employment, remuneration, and working conditions of administrative staff employed in overseas diplomatic missions, and other necessary matters shall be determined by the Minister of Foreign Affairs. <Amended by Act No. 10920, Jul. 25, 2011; Act No. 11690, Mar. 23, 2013>
[This Article Wholly Amended by Act No. 10525, Apr. 4, 2011]
ADDENDA
Article 1 (Enforcement Date)
This Act shall enter into force on July 1, 2001.
Article 2 (Transitional Measures concerning Examination for Transfer of Administrative Officers Belonging to Ministry of Foreign Affairs)
Where any administrative officer equal to or lower than Class 6 belonging to the Ministry for Trade of the Ministry of Foreign Affairs intends to be transferred as a foreign service administrative officer, or intends to be transferred as a foreign affairs and trade officer within one year from the date he/she is promoted and appointed to a administrative officer in Class 5 as at the time the amended Foreign Service Officers Act, Act No. 5991, enters into force, he/she shall be exempt from an examination for transfer, respectively, notwithstanding the amended provisions of Article 12.
Article 3 (Transitional Measures concerning Appointment of Foreign Service Officers)
(1) Any foreign affairs and trade officer in Special Class 1 through Class 5, any specially appointed chief of an overseas diplomatic mission, any foreign service administrative officer in Class 3 through Class 7 and any foreign service information management officer in Class 3 through Class 8 who is in office of the Ministry of Foreign Affairs or its affiliated organizations as at the time this Act enters into force shall be deemed appointed as a foreign affairs and trade officer, specially appointed chief of overseas diplomatic mission, foreign service administrative officer or foreign service information management officer, respectively.
(2) Where the procedure for appointment is in progress in accordance with the previous provisions at the time this Act enters into force, the procedure for appointment already made shall be deemed to have been made in accordance with this Act.
Article 4 (Transitional Measures concerning Remuneration of Foreign Service Officers)
Remuneration of foreign service officers shall be paid in accordance with classes pursuant to the previous provisions until Presidential Decree pursuant to Article 20 is enacted.
Article 5 (Applicability to Time of Conduct of Screening of Foreign Service Officers)
The screening of foreign service officers pursuant to Article 24 shall be conducted from the year to which the date three years have passed from the enforcement date of this Act belongs.
Article 6 (Applicability to Screening of Chief of Overseas Diplomatic Mission)
The screening of the chief of an overseas diplomatic mission pursuant to Article 25 shall be conducted beginning with a person who is assigned to a position of the chief of an overseas diplomatic mission as the first appointment after this Act enters into force.
Article 7 (Transitional Measures concerning Calculation of Period for Awaiting Orders)
A period which a foreign service officer who was in office as the chief of an overseas diplomatic mission at the time this Act enters into force holds office continuously without being assigned to a position pursuant to the previous provisions shall be deemed a period for awaiting orders pursuant to Article 26 (3).
Article 8 (Transitional Measures concerning Age limit of Public Officials in Occupational Group of Foreign Affairs in Previous Special Class 1 and Special Class 2)
(1) Any person who is a foreign affairs and trade officer in Special Class 1 among foreign service officers in service as at the time this Act enters into force and exceeds the age limit under Article 27 (1) shall be deemed to reach the age limit on the date two years have passed from the enforcement date of this Act, notwithstanding the same Article and same paragraph: Provided, That such age limit shall not exceed 64 years of age.
(2) The age limit of any person who is a foreign affairs and trade officer in Special Class 1 among foreign service officers in service as at the time this Act enters into force and does not exceed the age limit under Article 27 (1) shall be deemed 62 years of age, notwithstanding the same Article and same paragraph.
(3) Any person who is a foreign affairs and trade officer in Special Class 2 among foreign service officers in service as at the time this Act enters into force and exceeds the age limit under Article 27 (1) shall be deemed to reach the age limit on the date one year has passed from the enforcement date of this Act, notwithstanding the same Article and same paragraph: Provided, That such age limit shall not exceed 62 years of age.
(4) The age limit of any person who is a foreign affairs and trade officer in Special Class 2 among foreign service officers in service as at the time this Act enters into force and does not exceed the age limit under Article 27 (1) shall be deemed 61 years of age, notwithstanding the same Article and same paragraph.
Article 9 (Special Cases concerning Age Limit of Foreign Service Officers Equal to or Lower than Previous Class 2)
(1) Any person who falls under any of the following subparagraphs among foreign service officers in service as at the time this Act enters into force shall be deemed to have reached the age limit on the date one year has passed from the date he/she reaches the age limit pursuant to the previous provisions, notwithstanding Article 27 (1):
1. Any person who is a foreign affairs and trade officer in Class 2 and reaches the age limit pursuant to the previous provisions within one year from the enforcement date of this Act;
2. Any person who is a foreign affairs and trade officer in Class 2 and whose remaining period to the age limit pursuant to the previous provisions from the enforcement date of this Act is less than the remaining period of the number of minimum years of service for promotion to higher class pursuant to the previous provisions;
3. Any person who is a foreign affairs and trade officer in Class 3 and reaches the age limit pursuant to the previous provisions within three years from the enforcement date of this Act;
4. Any person who is a foreign service administrative officer or foreign service information management officer in Class 4 and reaches the age limit pursuant to the previous provisions within one year from the enforcement date of this Act;
5. Any person who is a foreign service administrative officer or foreign service information management officer in Class 4 and whose remaining period to the age limit pursuant to the previous provisions from the enforcement date of this Act is less than the remaining period of the number of minimum years of service for promotion to higher class pursuant to the previous provisions;
6. Any person who is a foreign service administrative officer or foreign service information management officer in Class 5 and reaches the age limit pursuant to the previous provisions within five years from the enforcement date of this Act;
(2) Any person who falls under any of the following subparagraphs among foreign service officers in service as at the time this Act enters into force shall be deemed to reach the age limit on the date one and half year pass from the date he/she reaches the age limit pursuant to the previous provisions, notwithstanding Article 27 (1):
1. Any person who is a foreign service administrative officer or foreign service information management officer in Class 6 and reaches the age limit pursuant to the previous provisions within one year from the enforcement date of this Act;
2. Any person who is a foreign service administrative officer or foreign service information management officer in Class 6 and whose remaining period to the age limit pursuant to the previous provisions from the enforcement date of this Act is less than the remaining period of the number of minimum years of service for promotion to higher class pursuant to the previous provisions;
3. Any person who is a foreign service administrative officer or foreign service information management officer in Class 7 and reaches the age limit pursuant to the previous provisions within four years from the enforcement date of this Act.
(3) Any person who falls under any of the following subparagraphs among foreign service officers in service as at the time this Act enters into force shall be deemed to reach the age limit on the date two and half years have passed from the date he/she reaches the age limit pursuant to the previous provisions, notwithstanding Article 27 (1):
1. Any person who is a foreign affairs and trade officer in Class 4 and reaches the age limit pursuant to the previous provisions within one year from the enforcement date of this Act;
2. Any person who is a foreign affairs and trade officer in Class 4 and whose remaining period to the age limit pursuant to the previous provisions from the enforcement date of this Act is less than the remaining period of the number of minimum years of service for promotion to higher class pursuant to the previous provisions;
3. Any person who is a foreign affairs and trade officer in Class 5 and reaches the age limit pursuant to the previous provisions within five years from the enforcement date of this Act.
Article 10 (Transitional Measures concerning Disciplinary Action)
Where disciplinary action is in progress as at the time this Act enters into force, notwithstanding the amended provisions of Articles 28 and 29, the previous provisions shall apply.
Article 11 Omitted.
Article 12 (Transitional Measures in Accordance with Amendment of Other Acts)
Until Presidential Decree is amended in accordance with the amendment of Articles 3 (1) 4 and 10 (1) 4 of the Public Service Ethics Act pursuant to Article 11 (3) of Addenda, the previous relevant provisions shall apply mutatis mutandis, respectively.
ADDENDA <Act No. 7187, Mar. 11, 2004>
Article 1 (Enforcement Date)
This Act shall enter into force three months after the date of its promulgation. (Proviso Omitted.)
Articles 2 through 5 Omitted.
ADDENDA <Act No. 7690, Nov. 8, 2005>
Article 1 (Enforcement Date)
This Act shall enter into force on January 1, 2006.
Article 2 (Transitional Measures concerning Change in Functional Category of Foreign Service Officers)
(1) Foreign affairs and trade officer, foreign service administrative officer, and foreign service information management officer as at the time this Act enters into force shall be deemed to have been appointed as public officials in the functional category of foreign affairs and trade, public officials in the functional category of foreign affairs and consulate, and public officials in the functional category of foreign service information and technology respectively in accordance with this Act.
(2) Where the appointment pursuant to the previous provisions is in progress as at the time this Act enters into force, the procedure for appointment already made shall be deemed to have been made in accordance with this Act.
Article 3 (Transitional Measures concerning Transfer of Foreign Service Officers)
(1) Where any foreign affairs and trade officer as at the time this Act enters into force is transferred as a consulate officer within five years from the enforcement date of this Act, he/she may be exempted from an examination of transfer, notwithstanding the amended provisions of Article 12.
(2) Where any foreign service information management officer as at the time this Act enters into force is transferred as a consulate officer within five years from the enforcement date of this Act, he/she may be exempted from all or part of an examination of transfer, notwithstanding the amended provisions of Article 12.
Article 4 (Transitional Measures concerning Period for Awaiting Orders)
A period which any foreign service officer who was in position higher than a position pursuant to Article 4 (1) 1 as at the time this Act enters into force holds office continuously without being assigned to a position pursuant to the previous provisions shall be deemed a period for awaiting orders pursuant to the amended provisions of Article 26 (3) through (5).
Article 5 (Transitional Measures concerning Deserved Retirement)
(1) Where any foreign service officer who was in position prescribed by Presidential Decree pursuant to the amended provisions of Article 26 (4) before this Act enters into force is dismissed from the position within six months from the enforcement date of this Act, he/she shall retire from office when the time six months have passed from the date he/she is dismissed from the position unless he/she is assigned to another position.
(2) Where any foreign service officer who was in position prescribed by Presidential Decree pursuant to the amended provisions of Article 26 (4) before this Act enters into force holds office without being assigned to a position at the time this Act enters into force, he/she shall retire from office at the time a period for awaiting orders comes to consecutive one year after adding up the period for awaiting orders pursuant to the previous provisions.
Article 6 Omitted.
ADDENDA <Act No. 8417, May 11, 2007>
Article 1 (Enforcement Date)
This Act shall enter into force six months after the date of its promulgation.
Article 2 (Applicability to Due Retirement)
The amended provisions of Article 26 (4) shall apply beginning with a person who is in position prescribed by Presidential Decree in the amended provisions of the proviso to Article 2 (1) at the time this Act enters into force.
Article 3 (Transitional Measures concerning Foreign Service Officers Belonging to Senior Civil Service Corps)
(1) Any foreign service officer, appointed to a position pursuant to the amended provisions of the main body of Article 2-2 (1) as at the time this Act enters into force and holds office or is under personnel management, such as dispatch, temporary retirement from office shall be deemed to belong to the Senior Civil Service Corps pursuant to this Act from the enforcement date of this Act.
(2) Where the procedure for appointment pursuant to the previous provisions is in progress as at the time this Act enters into force, the procedure for appointment already made shall be deemed to have been made in accordance with this Act.
Article 4 (Transitional Measures concerning Screening)
In applying the main body of Article 70-2 (1) 1 of the State Public Officials Act to a person under Article 3 (1) of Addenda, the enforcement date of this Act shall be deemed the date he/she is appointed.
Article 5 Omitted.
ADDENDA <Act No. 8852, Feb. 29, 2008>
Article 1 (Enforcement Date)
This Act shall enter into force on the date of its promulgation. (Proviso Omitted.)
Articles 2 through 7 Omitted.
ADDENDA <Act No. 8857. Feb. 29, 2008>
Article 1 (Enforcement Date)
This Act shall enter into force on the date of its promulgation.
Articles 2 through 5 Omitted.
ADDENDUM <Act No. 10525, Apr. 4, 2011>
This Act shall enter into force on the date of its promulgation.
ADDENDA <Act No. 10920, Jul. 25, 2011>
Article 1 (Enforcement Date)
This Act shall enter into force three months after the date of its promulgation: Provided, That the amended provisions of Articles 26 (4) and 26-2 shall enter into force six months after the date of its promulgation, and the amended provisions of Article 24 (1) 3 shall enter into force two years after the date of its promulgation.
Articles 2 (Applicability to Screening Tests for Foreign Service Officers)
The amended provisions of Article 24 (1) shall apply to persons who fall under any subparagraph of Article 24 (1)on or after the date this Act enters into force.
Articles 3 (Transitional Measures concerning Open Competitive Examinations for Employment of Foreign Service Officers)
Notwithstanding the amended provisions of Article 10 (1), foreign service officers in the classes of duties prescribed by Presidential Decree to be appointed by the method prescribed in the proviso to Article 10 (1)until December 31, 2013 shall be appointed through open competitive examinations for employment pursuant to the previous provisions.
Articles 4 (Transitional Measures concerning Ex Officio Dismissal, etc.)
When applying the amended provisions of Article 26-2 to any foreign service officer belonging to the Senior Civil Service Corps who has failed to be assigned to a position as at the time such provisions enter into force pursuant to the proviso to Article 1 of the Addenda, the period during which he/she has failed to be assigned to a position shall be calculated from the date such provisions enter into force.
ADDENDA <Act No. 11530, Dec. 11, 2012>
Article 1 (Enforcement Date)
This Act shall enter into force one year after the date of its promulgation. (Proviso Omitted.)
Articles 2 through 7 Omitted.
ADDENDA <Act No. 11690, Mar. 23, 2013>
Article 1 (Enforcement Date)
(1) This Act shall enter into force on the date of its promulgation.
(2) Omitted.
Articles 2 through 7 Omitted.
ADDENDA <Act No. 12182, Jan. 7, 2014>
Article 1 (Enforcement Date)
This Act shall enter into force on the date of its promulgation.
Articles 2 (Applicability)
The amended provisions of Article 10 shall apply, beginning with the first examination for employment publicly announced after this Act enters into force.
Articles 3 (Special Cases concerning Public Officials in Extraordinary Civil Service Who Work for the Ministry of Foreign Affairs or its Affiliated Organizations)
(1) Public officials in extraordinary civil service, who have worked for the Ministry of Foreign Affairs or its affiliated organizations as at the time this Act enters into force, shall be deemed appointed as foreign service officers on the date of the enforcement of this Act, according to the provisions related to personnel affairs, such as functional group, functional category, grade, and class to which they are appointed as prescribed by Presidential Decree.
(2) Public officials in a fixed term position (excluding the Director for Emergency and Security and professors who work for the Korea National Diplomatic Academy), from among public officials in general service who have worked for the Ministry of Foreign Affairs or its affiliated organizations as at the time this Act enters into force, shall be deemed appointed as foreign service officers in a fixed term position on the date of the enforcement of this Act. In such cases, the period for serving as a foreign service officer in a fixed term position shall be the remainder of the contract period set as at the time he/she was appointed as a public official in contractual service, and the remuneration for the relevant period shall be as prescribed by the contract made as at the time he/she was appointed.
ADDENDA <Act No. 12844, Nov. 19, 2014>
Article 1 (Enforcement Date)
This Act shall enter into force on the date of its promulgation: Provided, That the amended part of an Act which has been promulgated before this Act enters into force, but the date on which it enters into force has not arrived yet, among the Acts amended by Article 6 of the Addenda, shall enter into force on the enforcement date of the relevant Act, respectively.
Articles 2 through 7 Omitted.
ADDENDA <Act No. 14839, Jul. 26, 2017>
Article 1 (Enforcement Date)
(1) This Act shall enter into force on the date of its promulgation: Provided, That the amended part of an Act which was promulgated before the enforcement of this Act, but the date on which it enters into force has not yet arrived, among the Acts amended by Article 6 of the Addenda, shall enter into force on the enforcement date of the relevant Act, respectively.
Articles 2 through 6 Omitted.
ADDENDA <Act No. 15334, Dec. 30, 2017>
Article 1 (Enforcement Date)
This Act shall enter into force on the date of its promulgation.
Article 2 (Applicability to Diplomat Candidates who Fail to Complete Regular Courses)
Notwithstanding the previous provisions, any diplomat candidate who has been appointed before this Act enters into force but fails to complete the regular courses under Article 6 (1) of the Korea National Diplomatic Academy Act shall be employed as a foreign service official if he/she satisfies the standard for the comprehensive educational grades in the regular courses prescribed by the Minister of Foreign Affairs in accordance with the amended provisions of the proviso to Article 10 (1) and paragraph (2) of the same Article.