What is the Korean Foreign Employment Permit System?

According to statistics, there are more than 800,000 foreign workers in Korea, and more than 1.2 million if you include illegal immigrants. According to the “November Labor Market Trends from Employment Administration Statistics” released by the Ministry of Employment and Labor, 41.2 percent of the new enrollees in employment insurance are foreign workers who entered the country under the employment permit system with a work visa. Many foreign workers are employed in many domestic industries through the foreign employment permit system.

In particular, about 90% of foreign workers working under the employment permit system work in the manufacturing industry, while the number of domestic workers employed in the manufacturing industry continues to decline.

With the declining birthrate and industrial sophistication, the number of foreign workers in manufacturing is expected to increase. In this post, we will continue our series on managing foreign employment. First, let’s take a look at what the foreign employment permit system is.

What is the Foreign Employment Permit System?

  1. A system that allows “small and medium-sized enterprises that cannot find domestic labor” to legally hire “non-professional foreign labor” with permission from the government.
  2. A system for introducing and managing foreign workers who have been issued or intend to be issued non-specialist (E-9) and visitor (H-2) visas in accordance with Article 18 (Restrictions on Employment of Foreigners), paragraph 1 of the Immigration Control Act (“In order for a foreigner to work in the Republic of Korea, he or she must have a status of residence that allows him or her to engage in employment activities as prescribed by presidential decree“).
  3. Utilization of foreign labor while prioritizing domestic employment opportunities

In other words, the foreign employment authorization system,

It is a system that allows workers from certain countries with which Korea has signed agreements to be employed in specified industries and business sizes (small and medium-sized enterprises) for a limited period of time (3 years by default) at the national level with the qualifications required by Korea (residence status, Korean language proficiency test, etc.).

Korean Foreign Employment Permit System

What should I keep in mind when applying for foreign employment authorization?

There are a few things to keep in mind when hiring employees through the foreign employment authorization system, including

  1. Designated recruitment is prohibited: a company cannot personally sign a labor contract with a foreign worker or hire a workplace changer without going through a competent employment center.
  2. Foreign workers must be from designated countries (16 countries): Indonesia, Nepal, Cambodia, Uzbekistan, Kyrgyzstan, Sri Lanka, Bangladesh, Philippines, Pakistan, Myanmar, East Timor, Vietnam, Thailand, Mongolia, China, and Laos.
  3. Limited to 3 years of initial employment
  4. However, extensions for reconsideration, good faith, and special re-entry are possible, but if you leave the country after working in Korea, you must wait for a certain period of time before you can re-enter and work.
  5. Since it is a short-term job, you cannot bring your family with you
  6. Restriction on the number of changes of workplace (3 times in the first 3 years of stay, 2 times in case of extension for reconsideration)

Korean : https://www.newploy.net/%ec%99%b8%ea%b5%ad%ec%9d%b8-%ea%b3%a0%ec%9a%a9-%ed%97%88%ea%b0%80-%ec%a0%9c%eb%8f%84-%eb%9e%80/

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