Friday, February 17, 2012

New relaxed rules for Korean foreign workers

The Korean Parliament reduced the waiting period of foreign workers who wish to return to South Korea after finishing their contracts. It also exempted them from taking another Korean language proficiency test or employment training, a POEA news release reports.

At present, a returning foreign worker who wants to be re-employed under Employment Permit System (EPS) after completing 4 years and 10 months employment in Korea can apply after a waiting period of at least six (6) months and is still required to go through yet another Korean language test and employment training.

POEA Administrator Hans Leo Cacdac said the new law, which will take effect on July 2, 2012, reduced the waiting period of foreign workers who have finished their contracts and who wish to return to South Korea from six months to three months.

It also allowed the return of the foreign worker to the same employer where they used to work before departure without having to undergo a Korean language proficiency test or employment training.

The POEA administrator clarified that the new policy applies to foreign workers whose employment period of 4 years and 10 months expires after July 2, 2012.

Cacdac also emphasized that EPS workers can return to their former jobs if they meet all of these criteria:
(1) a new contract prior to reentry to South Korea;
(2) no record of transfer during the employment period except for justifiable causes such as revocation of employment permit issued to an employer, or any violation of the required working conditions;
(3) the sector they were engaged in is still experiencing labor shortage.


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