October 06, 2017
Nepali job aspirants willing to pursue employment in Korea are all set to start leaving for the latter country beginning from the last week of November 2017.
The Department of Foreign Employment (DoFE) made an official announcement in this regard, recently.
According to the department, all the Nepali migrants approved for foreign employment in Korea have passed the Korean Language Test (KLT) conducted by the Government of South Korea under the Employment Permit System (EPS).
“We are planning to complete the medical tests of all the eligible job aspirants and fill their job application forms within two weeks after Tihar festival,” said Baburam Khatiwada, Director of EPS Korea Section.
Baburam further informed that the approved list of applicants (after medical tests) will be sent to the South Korean Government, which will then issue the Certificate for Confirmation of Visa Issuance (CCVI) for the Nepali migrants.
“If everything goes as planned, job-seekers who have passed the KLT will start leaving for South Korea from the end of November,” Baburam added.
This selection is part of the Human Resources Development Service of Korea’s process, under which, the KLT-passed candidates are given an opportunity to apply for jobs in Korea on a roster basis.
However, the validity of KLT is only for two years and those who clear the test cannot apply for jobs in Korea after two years.
Nepali Migrants to Korea for Work on Rise
There has been an upward trend in the number of Nepalis seeking employment in South Korea, in the recent years.
According to the official data, the number of Nepali KLT applicants has increased from 61,637 in 2016 to 68,000 by 2017.
Meanwhile, the labor demand in South Korea for 2018 has been projected at a three-fold rise to 10,200 against 3,100 of 2017, says the EPS Korea Section.
In line with the growing Nepali job-seekers, the Government of South Korea has also been boosting the labor quota for Nepal, every year.
So far, a total of 43,000 Nepali migrant workers were allowed to work in Korea under EPS, while 11,000 workers have already returned post the completion of their 58-month job placement.
A Nepali labor in Korea earns 1,236,000 won (around USD 1,075) per month.