E-9 is the visa given to EPS workers in Korea. Filipinos who want to work in the manufacturing industry in Korea can come here through the EPS system. Read this post if you want to know how to work in Korea.
The E-9 visa has a lot of limitation. The visa is dependent on the employer, so it is not easy to change jobs and the worker cannot stay in Korea once his visa has expired. There is no chance of residency, whether temporary or permanent. If the E-9 worker wants to be a resident of Korea, the way is to obtain the E-7 (Skilled Professional) visa first. Then it will be possible to acquire the F-2 or temporary resident visa and after that the F-5 or permanent resident visa. One advantage of the E-7 visa over the E-9 visa is that the immediate family is allowed to be dependents in Korea of the E-7 visa holder whereas the E-9 visa holder can’t even invite the spouse to visit Korea.
Change E9 to E7 Visa
What are the first steps in acquiring the E-7 visa? The requirements are quite difficult, according to one who asked during the EPS Forum with Jasmine Lee. Until that forum, only 43 people have successfully changed their visa from E-9 to E-7.
~ The applicant must have 4 years experience in manufacturing (basic industries)
~ Age limit: 35 years old or less (or less than 40 for Basic Industries ~ ë¿Œë¦¬ì‚°ì—…)
~ College education (or High School graduate for Basic Industries applicant)
~ TOPIK Level 3 or KIIP Completion (or Level 2 for Basic Industries)
~ Monthly salary that is higher than the Korean average in the same field for the past year OR holder of a National Technical Qualification Certificate (HRD Korea offers free skills training for EPS workers, also private institutions offer training and assistance for a fee)
(Based on MOEL survey, the average salary of a regular worker in manufacturing is 2.54 million won per month)
E9Â> E7ë¹„ìž ë³€ê²½ì˜ ì£¼ìš” ë‚´ìš©ì€ ë‹¤ìŒê³¼ ê°™ìŠµë‹ˆë‹¤.
1. 4ë…„ì´ìƒ ì œì¡°ì—…ì— ê·¼ë¬´í• ê²ƒ
2. 34ì„¸ ê¹Œì§€
3. ë³¸ì¸ì˜ êµê°€ì—ì„œ ì „ë¬¸ëŒ€ ì´ìƒì˜ í•™ë ¥
4. í•œêµì–´ 3ê¸‰ ì´ìƒ
5. 1ë…„ ì›”ê¸‰ì´ í•œêµì¸ ê·¼ë¡œìž í‰ê· ë³´ìˆ˜ ì´ìƒì¼ ê²ƒ(ì§ì¢…ë³„) ë˜ëŠ” ê¸°ëŠ¥ì‚¬ ì´ìƒì˜ êµê°€ê¸°ìˆ ìžê²©ì¦ ì·¨ë“ìž
Now the number of applicants for E-7 visa at a company also depends on its size. This is the allowed number for manufacturing companies:
10-49 employees ~ 1
50-149 employees ~ 2
150-299 employees ~ 3
300-499 employees ~ 4
500 and over ~ 5
Ready to change E9 to E-7 visa? Bring your documents to the Immigration Office and complete the form “ì²´ë¥˜í—ˆê°€ ì‹ ì²í™•ì¸ì„œ” or Application for Change of Sojourn. And these documents ~
ì‹ ì²ì„œ(ë³„ì§€ 34í˜¸ ì„œì‹), ì—¬ê¶Œ ë° ì™¸êµì¸ë“±ë¡ì¦, í‘œì¤€ê·œê²©ì‚¬ì§„ 1ìž¥, ìˆ˜ìˆ˜ë£Œ
(appliation, passport and ARC, photo, fee)
â‘¡ í•™ìœ„ì¦ëª…ì„œ(ë‹¨, ë¿Œë¦¬ì‚°ì—…ë²• ì‹œí–‰ë ¹ ì œ2ì¡°ì˜ ë¿Œë¦¬ì‚°ì—…ì— ì¢…ì‚¬í•˜ëŠ” ìžëŠ”
ê³ ë“±í•™êµ ì¡¸ì—…ì¦ëª…ì„œ), ìž¬ì§ì¦ëª…ì„œ (Certificate of Employment), ê¸°ìˆ ìžê²©ì¦ (National Technical Qualification Certificate) ë˜ëŠ” ìµœê·¼ 1ë…„ ê°„
ì†Œë“ìž…ì¦ì„œë¥˜ OR 1 year proof of income , í•œêµì–´ëŠ¥ë ¥ì‹œí—˜ ì„±ì í‘œ (TOPIK Certificate) ë˜ëŠ” ì‚¬íšŒí†µí•©í”„ë¡œê·¸ëž¨ ì´ìˆ˜ì¦ OR KIIP Certificate of Completion,
ê³ ìš©ê³„ì•½ì„œ History of Employment ë“±
â‘¢ ì‚¬ì—…ìžë“±ë¡ì¦ ì‚¬ë³¸ Company Tax Certificate ë“± ê³ ìš©ì—…ì²´ ê´€ë ¨ ì„œë¥˜ (ì—…ì²´ë³€ê²½ ì‹œ)
Be prepared for the interview and good luck!
Also check the “Korea Ppuri Industries Center” website (Basic Industries)