Contributed by ManilaxSeoul
Filipinos who wish to work in South Korea have two options to pursue their dream: apply as a direct-hire employee or undergo the Employment Permit System (EPS). This article will cover the basic steps of the EPS, so if you’re interested to apply as a professional or a semi-skilled worker, you can read this article instead: How to Work in South Korea as a Direct Hire Worker (No Agency)
What is EPS?
EPS stands for Employment Permit System. It is a program that allows eligible foreigners to work in South Korea’s industries, such as contruction, manufacturing, agriculture, etc. Most common jobs here include factory workers, laborers, farmers, and the like, and the minimum wage offered is around ₱77,000 per month or ₱924,000 per year.
Which countries participate in Korea’s EPS?
EPS is open to citizens the following countries: Laos, Cambodia, China, Philippines, Mongolia, East Timor, Vietnam, Thailand, Indonesia, Nepal, Pakistan, Sri Lanka, Bangladesh, Myanmar, Uzbekistan, Kyrgyzstan.
What are the criteria for EPS Korea?
To work in Korea under the EPS, you must first meet the following criteria:
- Be at least 18 years old and not older than 39 years old.
- Have a valid passport.
- Must have passed the EPS-TOPIK or the Korean language examination.
- Physically fit or be in good medical condition.
- Have no criminal record in relation to serious offense punishable by imprisonment.
- No past records of deportation or departure under a departure order from South Korea.
- Not subject to travel ban in your home country.
- Fulfill other eligibility requirements decided by your country and South Korea.
How do I become an EPS worker in South Korea?
Here are the basic steps to note if you’d like to be an EPS worker in Korea:
1. Pass the EPS-TOPIK
If you want to work in Korea, it is important that you know the Korean language. You do not need to be fluent, but you’re expected to learn the words that will mostly be used in the workplace. If you would like to learn more about the EPS-TOPIK, read: TOPIK for Filipinos: A Guide for Future EPS Workers in Korea
2. Job application
After you passed the EPS-TOPIK, you’ll be able to apply to job openings that are related to your skills or interests. Your EPS-TOPIK certificate has a validity period of 2 years, so make sure to apply before it expires.
In the Philippines, EPS jobs are posted on the POEA website, and they are provided by accredited manpower or recruitment agencies. (Before you apply for a job, make sure that the agency is active and verified by POEA. Applying as an EPS worker entails money, so you should be careful not to transact with fake agencies that are known to scam people.)
3/4. Roster making and registration / Introducing of foreign workers
Steps 3 and 4 will vary depending on your POEA-accredited employment or manpower agency, but this involves the following procedures:
- Being pooled for the job
- Preparation of forms and submission of your documents
- Discussion and signing of contract
- Visa issuance
- Seminars that will help you understand work and life in South Korea.
5. Entry to Korea / Employment
Once you have your visa, contract, and work permit, you may then start your work in South Korea. After you arrival, you may have to undergo a short Employment Training before you can formally start your work.
When you’re finally in Korea, you can use your days off to explore Seoul, Busan, Jeju Island, and more! To save money, you can use the WAUG app to book restaurants and attractions. Click here to see the things you can book!
Learn more about working in Korea
In the next few weeks, I’ll release more guides to work in Korea under EPS. They will cover the EPS-TOPIK, POEA procedure, and more. If you haven’t signed up yet, do so below so you can stay updated! 👇
Contributed by ManilaxSeoul.com