Yoo Seung Joon has been entangled in a prolonged legal struggle to reclaim his right to enter South Korea since his banishment in 2002 for evading mandatory military service. Despite his attempts to return using an overseas Korean entry visa, he faced continuous struggles as the Korean government refused to issue his visa.
On November 30, the 3rd Division of the Supreme Court ruled in favor of Yoo Seung Joon in his appeal against the Los Angeles Consul General's denial of a passport and visa. Despite a previous Supreme Court victory, the LA Consulate General continued to reject his visa, leading to a second lawsuit. The subsequent trial overturned the initial ruling blocking Yoo Seung Joon's entry into Korea. However, the South Korean government contested the decision and swiftly filed an appeal.
Nevertheless, the Supreme Court dismissed the appeal, securing a victory for Yoo Seung Joon. With the court's affirmation of the ruling in his favor, the government is now compelled to adhere to the court's decision and may issue a visa to him accordingly. If granted, it will signify Yoo Seung Joon's return to South Korea for the first time in 21 years.
In response to the latest update on Yoo Seung Joon, K-netizens gathered in a popular online community to share their thoughts.
They commented, "Yeah... no thanks," "He can come and just don't promote in Korea forever, or don't come to Korea," "Ugh he's so persistent," "He can come to Korea on a tour visa. He wants a visa that will permit him to work and make money," "He was allowed to come to Korea on a tour visa. He wants a visa that will allow him to 'make money' in Korea. He's fighting for that," "Reject him again," "He came to Korea when his father-in-law or something passed away," "Steve Yoo wants to come to Korea to make money. He can come on a tour visa but he is doing this lawsuit so he can get a visa that will allow him to work," and "I thought he could come to Korea on a tour visa. So he's doing this for a visa to make money?"