Filipinos who are thinking of working in South Korea are sure to encounter the term EPS-KLT. This is a major requirement for anyone seeking employment in South Korea and applicants sure have many inquiries about it.

What is EPS-KLT?
The Employment Permit System (EPS) requires all foreigners who want to work in Korea to undergo the Korean Language Training and passed the Korean Language Proficiency Test. This is an electronic system where Korean employers can recruit employees. The implementation of EPS-KLT is part of the Memorandum of Understanding (MOU) between the Department of Labor and Employment (DOLE) and the Korea Ministry of Labor.

Aside from passing the KLT, there are other requirements to be registered with the EPS.

The requirements are listed below:
  • Comprehensive Resume
  • Male/Female from 18 to 38 years old
  • High school graduate with two years work experience
  • College graduate with 1 year work experience
  • Physically and mentally fit
  • Birth Certificate from NSO/Passport
  • NBI Clearance
  • Transcript of Records
  • Employment Certificates
  • 2 x 2 picture (red background w/ full name tag)
  • Transcript of Records
  • Application Form from POEA
  • No illegal record in Korea (record of illegal entry, stay, overstaying, run-away)

Available jobs in Korea for male workers are under the construction, manufacturing, and agriculture sectors. The industry of garments and microchips assembly are open to female workers.

Steps to Be Able to Work in Korea
Register with the Employment Permit Registration (POEA-EPS).

Register with the Korean Language Test Registration. There is a non-refundable fee of USD 30 or Php 1,500.

Note: Registration is on a first come first served basis. Please check with POEA regarding the schedule of registration.

Take and pass the KLT.

Upon passing the exam, submit your medical certificate to POEA.

Wait for the Results from Korea-HRD.

Chosen applicants will receive a call from GPB-POEA and will be offered a working contract from three to five years.

The hired applicant should apply for a working visa at the Korean Embassy in Makati City and will undergo the Pre-departure Training of POEA, Technical Education and Skills Development Authority (TESDA), Occupational Health Safety and Health Center (OSHC), and Overseas Workers Welfare Administration (OWWA).

The worker will shoulder airfares/airplane ticket. However, POEA offers a special airfare rates for OFWs so the total fees will only amount to Php 30,000.

All submitted documents will be strictly checked and screened by POEA personnel. Papers of applicants with incomplete requirements will not be processed.

Applicants with complete profiles will be included in the electronic or online system of Korea-HRD, This is the list where Korean employers choose among the roster of applicants. Employers are allowed only to view five to ten profiles per vacant position. The viewing of profiles is based on the application number and profile. 

The chosen applicant will be sent to the Korea-HRD will inform GBP-POEA

Passing the EPS-KLT will give you a chance to be included in the Profile List and be chosen by Korean employers. However it does not guarantee 100% employment. There is a waiting period from one month to one year after passing the exam. However, there are also some KLT passers who never got hired.

The results for the May 6 KLT was announced last May 25. The results came from the International Korean language Foundation. Successful applicants will receive a certificate that is valid for two years. The names are posted at the POEA website.

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