Screenshot from Seungri's "WHERE R U FROM" MV. (Courtesy: BIGBANG Youtube channel)

HK denies receiving visa application from ex-K-pop star Seungri

Authorities clarified it has yet to receive any application from the fallen star.

The government has set the record straight amidst reports that former South Korean artist Seungri has applied for a visa to settle in Hong Kong.

Without naming names, a spokesman for the government said it “has not received any visa application by the said person for any talent admission schemes.”

“The relevant government departments will, in accordance with the established mechanism, play a robust gatekeeping role when processing applications of talent admission schemes to ensure only applications of eligible persons will be approved,” the spokesman added.

The government noted that South Koreans can visit Hong Kong visa free for 90 days.

Seungri, whose real name is Lee Seung-hyun, was released from jail last year after his 18-month sentence for his involvement in the “Burning Sun” scandal. He was convicted on nine charges, including sex trafficking and embezzlement.

He was a member of K-pop supergroup BIGBANG until his departure in 2019.

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