Wednesday, April 20, 2016

Procedure of Immigration Process for Factory Worker Applicants (EPS) to South Korea Explained

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The recently concluded 13th Korean Language Test has opened opportunity and ignited the hope to those who want to come to Korea and work as a Factory Worker. However, as per disclaimer is concerned, passing the Korean language test does not guarantee employment. You have bigger chance to be selected but if odds are against your favor, it is possible that you can’t get an employer.

But..but…but… let’s try to shake off that negativities. Let’s be positive and look forward for the opportunity that rightfully belongs to you. So if you are one of the smart ones(naks!!) who passed the Korean Language Test, don’t waste any single second. Go on, comply all the requirements and submit it as soon as possible to POEA. I have to stress this out because based on experience, the earlier you submit your requirements, the better. Also, please make sure that you have included all the required documents like medical result, scanned copy of passport id pictures, etc. Your medical result should have a mark “FIT TO WORK” from a medical clinic approved by POEA. Also, make sure that you submit the scanned copy of your passport, not colored photocopy. HRD Korea will return your documents if it is not clear or you did not comply to the requirements.

Anyways, HRD Korea was kind enough to provide a monitoring system for your immigration status. It’s convenient and efficient and I like the idea of just logging online to check what’s going on with the application. If you don’t know about it yet, go check it at eps.go.kr and register if you are one of the passers of the recent exam. You may need to use Internet Explorer browser to properly use the website. I am not yet sure if it is already fully working on other browsers, but just to make sure, use IE.

What is inside the EPS website? Well, if you login, you will see a form where you can check the update of your status. In the image below, you can find a completed form starting from the date of examination up to the designation to work. I will explain each column in the form below so you will know what it means.




When you Sign up and when you login for the first time, you’ll probably see a “No data” message. In order to obtain a “DATA” (basically the form itself), you must send the requirements first. I already mentioned above that you must do it as soon as possible. So when can you see the form in your EPS account? Once POEA received your requirements, they will review it and see to it that it’s complete, then they will send it to HRD KOREA. In the HRD KOREA office, they will again check the documents you submitted, if everything is OK, they will approve it and then you will get the form or the DATA in your EPS account. If for example you’re still seeing “NO DATA” message after one month of submission of required documents, you may need to contact POEA as there might some problems in the documents you submitted.

EPS-TOPIK

After the POEA reviewed your documents, they will then send this to HRD KOREA. If for example, HRD KOREA approved your documents, the dates on the first column (EPS-TOPIK ) will appear. Once you see it, you can now breath easily because that means, your submitted documents have been approved by HRD KOREA.

Job Seekers Roster Forwarding Date

This column will immediately show the date of sending your name to the list of job seekers. Before you will be listed, the documents that you have submitted will be reviewed again. It may take time before you will be listed, but patience is a virtue, so wait a little more.

Job Seekers Roster Approval Date

After thorough check up of your documents, and with thorough I mean HRD Korea will check if the information on a job application does not match the information (e.g. name, date of birth, gender, photo) on the passport), you will get the approval from HRD Korea and the date in the form for the third column will appear. This is a very important part because this means you have been listed already. What does that mean? The process of selection is actually random. An employer will select random people from the list of job seeker. That means if you are already in the list, you have better chance to be selected (Of course!).

Employment Permit Issuance

The fourth column is one of the most exciting parts because once you have this EPI, you are 50 percent on your journey to Korea. It’s good news to get listed, but it’s better news if you have been issued an Employment Permit. Why great news? Because that means you have been selected. A manager of the factory somewhere in Korea has picked your name amongst thousands of names in the roster. However, they can back out anytime. Having an EPI is still not a guarantee, you can be happy but don’t celebrate just yet.

Standard Labor Contract Forwarding

The fifth column is somehow the shed of the light at the end of the tunnel. If the date appears on this column, that means the sajangnim who selected you is pretty serious of hiring you. If you see the date in this column, check the POEA website because you need to know when the contract will arrive and when you need to sign it. You need to go to POEA Manila to see the contract and sign it if you like what’s written on it.

Standard Labor Contract Signing

The sixth column is in your control already. This is the date when you signed the contract. If you decide to sign it next month, then the date on this column will appear next month. If next year, then next year. If not, then nothing will happen. This is your decision making column. But don’t be too complacent because they can still withdraw your employment even at this stage. So go on!!! Sign it immediately, as soon as possible!!! If you have current job, don’t resign yet. You need to be really sure.

CCVI Issuance

CCVI or Certificate for Confirmation of Visa Issuance or VISA for short is a very important column. Once the date appears on this column, VOILA!!! You’re almost at the end of the tunnel. You can almost see it, the dream you’re dreaming, but there’s a voice inside you’re head saying.. oh wait, am I singing? LOL

But yeah, if you have a VISA already, you are 90 percent sure now to go to Korea. If you have work in the Philippines, it’s time to resign!!! Say goodbye to your boss, to your workmates and give them a fake cry (just joking)….. because pretty soon, you’ll be in Korea!!!

Scheduled Entry Date

Probably the most bitter-sweet column. Once you have the date, CONGRATULATIONS!!!! It’s time to organize your send off party because you know the exact date of leaving Philippines. But hey, don’t drink too much, don’t eat too much, take care of your health because once you arrivde in Korea, you will go through series of medical exam.

Employment Training

You are already in Korea by the time the date stamp on this column appears. The moment you arrived, you will go directly to the training centers and learn about the culture, the expected work, the rules, regulations, laws, language, etc… all in 3 days. So good luck!

Assigned To Work
The last column is the day that the sajangnim who selected you in the roster will finally meet you and takes you out of the boring training center.

That’s it!


Complicated? I think it is rather exciting and this one takes a lot of patience and prayer. So I am crossing my fingers to all of you hopefuls. I hope to see you soon here in Korea.

49 comments:

  1. sir dba tumaas po quota this year do you think mas malaki na chance ng girls this coming issuance may2016?thanks po---klt 12 passer waiting :)

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    1. hi ms kaye. possible naman po. may mga nakikita akong gma girls nagpopost ng account nila sa eps. ibig sbhn patuloy pa rn naman ang hiring. keep praying po

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  2. Totoo ba na kapag late registered ang birth certificate..hindi na allow magtrabaho sa Korea??

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    1. I am not sure about that. And I can't find any reason why a late registered birth certificate is not allowed to work in Korea.

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  3. Sir waiting na lang po ako for EPI.. ask lang po if may factor ba yung work experience? Kasi po nung nagpasa ako sa POEA di ko nilagay yung work experiences ko.. May kasabay ako klasmyt ko paalis na sya this June, nilagay niya daw job experiences nya.. Please give me some fighting spirit

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    1. Hi Olive. No, it won't matter. Whether you put work experience or not, it won't matter kasi random selection po yan. Nagkataon lang siguro na naselect yong friend mo randomnly. Just keep praying, your time will come.

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  4. Hello po. Usually po, anong work po jan sa korea?

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    1. machine operator yan usually.. pero minsan janitor, construction worker, etc. basta nasa gongjang ka, kung anong pianpagawa sayo,dapat gawin mo

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  5. Sir ask ko lang po hanggang anung age po pwd mag apply sa Korea? Thanks po

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  6. gud day po...ask ko lang po kung may advantage po ba talaga yung mga eps passers who will join the skills test, nka pag register na po kasi ako para sa incoming skills test scheduled this July 21 but sabi ng mga kakilala ko na its not true daw mas Malaki yung chance na mapili for employment kahit nag skills test..kung sakali po that I will not attend yung schedule na ibibigay sa akin,will it affect po yung application ku po..tnx so much..

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    1. no, hindi naman nagmamatter kung may skilled test ka or wala.

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  7. Good day po, I just want to ask po if paano mag-renew para sa approval? yung roster validity po kasi na nakalagay sa EPS Account is hanggang July 21, 2016 nalang po, kelangan po bang pumuntang POEA para pa-renew or pwede pong itawag nalang po kasi po taga Isabela pa po ako. please need a response. God bless us all.

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    1. hi jamie, sad to say that there's no such thing as renewal pag na expire na ang roster. Ibig sabihin nun, you were not chosen during the whole duration na nasa roster ang name mo. You might need to take another exam para mailagay ka ulit sa roster

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  8. (1st timer here) ask ko lng, base sa date sa example dyan he passed eps-topik in 03-18-2012 and waited over 9 months sa Standard Labor Contract Forwarding ?? and successfully went to korea in 2013 right? so ung process po ba mga 10months after u take the KLT?

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    1. depende po. yong iba, a month after passing klt nakalipad na agad agad sa Korea, yong iba naman 5 months, and in this case mga 10 months, yong iba inabot din po ng taon. Paswerte swerte lang po talaga

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  9. Gusto ko po sana malaman kung mababanned na ba sa korea ang isang eps passer once na nacancel ang ccvi dahil naexpire kasi di nya naasikaso within ung 3 months ng visa issuance nya. Bale ang reason ng cancellation na nilagay sa eps account nya eh "certificate of confirmation of visa expired"?

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    1. banned? hindi naman siguro. Siguro matatagalan lang ulit kasi balik ka sa first step pag ka nagkan ganun. ilalagay ka ulit sa roster which means baka matatagalan bago maselect ulit. Best to clarify with POEA para hindi ka maguluhan.

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  10. Good day po! Tanong ko lang po sana.. aug.8 po epi ko,waiting pa po sa contract forwading. Tumatagal po ba minsan bago dumating yung cf? Maraming salamat po. .

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    1. depende yan sa kumuha sayong employer. pag kelangan nila tao, within weeks meron. pero pag busy, hndi maasikaso, kaya medyo matatagalan

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  11. Salamat po Saranghae Korea! 1 month na po ngayon pero wala pa po contract forwading. Normal pa po ba ang ganito? Kailangan po ba mag report sa POEA o maghintay lang po iforward ang contract? Maraming Salamat po..

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    1. yes, it's normal na minsan aabot ng one month or even two months. But it won't hurt if you call POEA for any updates.

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  12. Maraming salamat po Saranghae Korea! Tumawag na po ako POEA basta hintay lang daw po ako. Sana wag kayo magsawa sumagot sa mga tanong namin at marami pa po kayong matulungan.

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  13. Good day po saranghae korea ask ko lang po kung kelan po yung susunod na eps topik exam kasi po kaka register ko lang po. Pls need ko po ng help. Kaka try ko lang po ngayon.thanks po.

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    1. Hi Jena, wala pa pong sched ngayon po. hindi pa po alam kung kelan

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  14. Usually gaano po ba katagal bago makapunta sa Korea?

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    1. after mo po makapasa ng exam, dyan na po ang mahabang hintayan. Passing the exam doesn't mean na may work ka na kaagad, you have to wait until an employer selected you. gaano katagal? kung maswerte ka, one month, pero kung hindi, taon din po ang hihintayin.

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  15. Hi, saranghae korea! may tanong lang din ako, kunyari meron na akong employer, pero may biglang nangyari na hindi ko muna kailangan umalis, puwede ko naman icancel yung contract at maghihintay nalang uli ako ng employer na darating.. mga ilang months po ba bago puwede magkaron ng employer uli? dapat ba magkaron ng employer bago matapos yung validity ng pagka pasa ko sa eps topik exam? salamat!

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    1. hi po. pag napirmahan mo na po ang contract, mukhang mahirap na po atrasan yan. pag binigay sayo ang cntract, you have all the time to decide kung pipirmahan mo hindi. nakasaad dun kung anong klaseng work, magkano sahod, etc. kung gusto mo yong terms, saka ka pipirma. kung ayaw mo, pwede ka umatras. Ngayon ang tanong mo is if pwede umatras pag nakapirma na, hindi ko po sure ang ganyang case. at saka kapag umatras ka po, baka matatagalan ulit kasi marami pa pong nakapila na maselect

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  16. hindi pa po napirmahan..bale signing of contract palang sana.. kaso kailangan muna icancel dahil sa nangyari,, kaya waiting nalang uli sa next employer. prayer uli.. salamat

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  17. Hello po. Pwede po ba ako mag-follow up sa POEA. more than one year na po ako naghihintay na magkaroon ng EPI. Thanks in advance.

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    1. hindi pa po ba expired ang account nyo sa eps website? Yes po, you can always follow up with them. Ako nga noon halos araw araw ako tumatawag sa kanila. haha

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  18. Hi there im waiting for the job seekers roster approval just want to know hows my application was going ....i am an exkorean eps worker and passed the recent pbt exam sept 24...before i went home i signed a leave contract with my sajangnim last year and promise him that i am willing to go back and work again with him...since i am going back and i have already an employer or sajangnim .....but why still waiting for.....i already contact my sajangnim and i am confident that he will pick me up right away but i need a good explanation about this....yes patience is a virtue ....

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    1. hello. better contact your sajangnim because it is up to them when they want to pick you up. I believe this is for a SINCERE status, so that means your boss must do something to get you there. Did you follow up with your sajangnim?

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  19. Good evening po, Ask ko Lang po kung ilang percent ng female factory workers Ang nahihired yearly. Gusto ko po Sana magtake ng exam kaso nabasa ko po 2000 female pa ung waiting. Salamat po sa tutugon..

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    1. hello there... siguro mga 3 out of 10..pero depende pa din po sa pangangailangan ng Korea, it could be lower or higher this year. we don't know

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  20. Hello po.. may kilala po ako, malapit na po mag expired validity nag pagka pasa nya sa eps pro d pa po sya nase select, ok lang po ba mag exam sya this coming march 2017 para incase po naabutan sya ng expiration may panibago nmn syang application if ever po makapasa ulit sya..ok lang po ba yun?

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    1. yes, it's ok. since expired naman na sya.

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  21. good afternoon po. nadeport po ako ng pilipinas noong june 18, 2012. posible na po ba ko makapasok ng korea sa june 19, 2017? pasado na po ako ng klt 13. wala pa lang po job seeker approval, feb 24, na po kasi ko nagpamedical. may idea po ba kayo kung ilang years ang ban ng nagtnt?

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    1. 5 years po kelangan hintayin bago malift and pag ka ban ninyo, so june 2017, ok po kau!

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  22. maraming salamat po.

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  23. pwede po kaya ulit ako kuhanin dati ko sadjang? di po kasi ko umalis sa dati ko company dun rin po ako nagtnt.

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    1. kung qualified ka for sincere worker, pwede p yan

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  24. good evening po. ako po yung nagtanong sa inyo kung kung ilan yrs ban ng nag tnt. Job Seekers Roster Approval Date ko po may nakalagay na approved na. pero sa june 2017 pa po ako ang ika 5 yrs ko. di na po kaya ako madenied nito? salamat po.

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    1. hmmm.. you still need 2 more months bago ma lift ang ban mo, best to consult it with POEA or HRD Korea if they will consider it.

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  25. baka po kasi ipahold pa ko ng poea kapag nalaman nagtnt ko kaya di po ako nagtatanong sa kanila. pero nung unang sign-up ko ng account sa eps.go.kr nadetect po dun nagwork ako nung june 2012. tapos gumawa ulit ako bago account, dun pumasok ang result ng eps tapos po yung ginawa ko unang account nabago name ko. pero same parin po ang id at password kaya nabubuksan ko pa. maraming salamat saranghe korea
    po wait ko na lang kung anu maging result.

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  26. good evening saranghe korea. medyo naguguluhan po ako. Person with no past records of deportation or departure under a departure order from the Republic of Korea. eto nakalagay sa eps. kasama pa po ba ko dito after 5 yrs ban ko?

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  27. share ko lng po. may epi na po ako. june pa tapos ban ko sa south korea. wait ko pa rin po kung mabigyan ako ccvi. share ko lang po sa mga katulad kong nag tnt. update ko po kayo kung mabigyan ako ccvi.

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  28. rejected ccvi po ang result. posible pa po ba ko malagay sa rooster after mareject. sa june pa po tapos ng ban ko.

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