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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.
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 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.
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.
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.