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)

30 Replies to “How to work in Korea?”

  1. […] other people who underwent the process of applying as an EPS worker, I had a different method in obtaining my job in Korea. I applied for a missionary visa instead of […]

  2. Miss Karla what are the churches that the Korea typically hire a teacher?

    1. Methodist and Presbyterian

  3. Matthew papa says: Reply

    pag missionary po kahit anong religion?

  4. Matthew papa says: Reply

    pag nag. missionary visa kht anong religion.

    1. Yup, as long as you have the recommendation from a church.

  5. Hi, Miss Karla. I’ve been reading your blogs for quite a while now and I’m glad to have learned that you are a teacher in South Korea. I just finished taking up methods of teaching and I’m planning on working there as well, hopefully soon. 🙏 But I just have one question in mind. Did you take up any masteral or doctoral degree to be able to teach in South Korea? I just thought it would be necessary. Wouldn’t it? I’m looking forward to getting your response. Thank you po! God bless. 😊

  6. Hello Ms. Karla. I’m planning to get e7 visa in the future. Please give me some advice. Thank you

  7. pag ganun po ba kasi di working visa okay lang ? kung inasign nmn ng pastor para maging misonary pero pg ganun po ba need pdin mag exam ?

    1. Are you talking about missionary visa? Taking the exam is not required but you have to pass a diploma, and certificate proving that you studied in a bible school

  8. Hi Ms. Karla, is it okay if you are wearing eyeglasses,? I don’t have a color blindness or weakness.

  9. Ms. karla may heights requirement po ba? lalo na pag babae po? thank you

  10. ruby cantago says: Reply

    Hai miss karla qualified po ba ang HRM graduate?

  11. I am a student here, if I would like to work here in future in korea so need to visa type so is it easy process ? Can I change visa type before getting job ? and can you provide some consultants information which they can help us for getting job?

  12. This was very informative. Thanks so much for sharing!

  13. Ms Karla, if you have an idea kamusta naman po yung wages ng factory workers?

    1. 40,000 pesos and above

  14. belenOntech says: Reply

    ehh..kung malabo ang mata?? :/ 🙁

    1. Malalaman po nila yun sa skill test.

  15. Hi po Ate Karla! Ano pong madalas na available work diyan sa korea?

    1. Factory workers 🙂

      1. Anong kalseng mga factories ang avail sis…

  16. hello po, pag travel po sya need pa po ba ng visa? thanks po 🙂

  17. 안녕하 서요 Ms. Karla ask ko lang kayo po nagundergo din po ba kayo ng EPS ano pong entry nyo noon dyan sa South Korea bago po kayo naging 선생 님? Thank you po kung rereply kayo…

    1. Hi Angel. EPS is for factory workers.
      I am an English teacher in a church. In my case, I applied directly in the church so I have a *Religious Visa* instead of *Working Visa*.

      1. how to apply po sa churches? if apply po ng tutor pde po ba kahit na ndi educ grad? thanks Ms. Karla!

        1. Ask a recommendation from you church pastor. The dispatch letter should indicate that your church is assigning you to be a missionary worker.

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