How to work in Korea?

Filipinos with a working visa in Korea is under EPS (Employment Permit System).
Here’s the guideline on how to work in Korea:


  1. Person born between Feb 1, 1978 ~ Jan 31, 1999 (18-39 yrs old)
  2. Person with no criminal record and past records of deportation
  3. Person who is not subject to travel ban
  4. Person who fulfills the eligibility requirements decided by both country
  5. Person who has no color blindness or color weakness
  6. Person who is not physically handicapped

(Source: EPS and POEA)

1. Study Korean Language

  • You don’t have to spend a lot of money in a formal school. Some EPS workers just studied using Youtube tutorials, online reviewers, and books.
  • Certificate of Korean Language is not a requirement.

2. Take the EPS-TOPIK and Skill Test

  • The schedule of the exam is posted on POEA website. It only happens once or twice a year. The schedule of examination is announced by HRD Korea, then the POEA will disseminate the information.
  • To register: You need to have a valid passport or valid government issued ID, 2pcs Passport size picture (taken not more than 6 months before registration), and a registration fee ($24).
  • FIRST ROUND: The exam has two parts: Listening (25 items) and reading (25 items). You have to finish the multiple choice exam in 70 minutes.
  • SECOND ROUND: The skill test has three parts: Physical Strength (30pts), Interview (30pts), and Basic Skills (40pts). In the basic skills, you can choose between assembling, measuring, and joining. You’ll be asked to insert pins, hang items, assemble of bolts and nuts.

3. Submit the requirements to POEA

  • If you pass, submit your medical cert, ID’s, and scanned copy of passport to POEA
  • The POEA will submit all the applications to HRD Korea.
  • There’s no agency for EPS. All the transactions must be done in the premise of POEA Manila.

4. Register to EPS (

  • Wait for your Employment Permit Issuance.
  • Check the POEA website if your are listed for a one week training and contract signing in POEA Manila.
  • Wait for your scheduled flight to Korea.

(Sources: Buhay Korea & Saranghae Korea)