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)
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4. í•œêµì–´ 3ê¸‰ ì´ìƒ
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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)
Thanks for the info
Gustong gusto ko tlg toh kaso topik level 1 pa lsng ako …..noon ko pa gusto toh…..im very interested having an e7 visa
Sikapin po ang topik level 3 🙂
Papano po ito
Pede po ba less than 35yrs old…? 1 1/2 yrs pa lang po ako dito at bago ko maabot ang 4 yrs stay dito di pa rin ako 35yrs old… thanks po in advance sa reply… 😀
Yes po age limit ang 35
Mam 8yrs nkong eps kiip level 2 kya lng mag 40yrs old nko sa july
i want change visa E-9 to E-7 but i dont have application in hight shcool so can i change it ?
It’s a requirement and Korea is not very flexible when it comes to requirements.
My hubby’s annual income is 27000000man..is it enoughf??
There are 9 employees in our company . If I can apply to the E-7 visa
the posibility payment for changing visa from e9 to e7 visa???
What is minimum income requirement of one year
Tnx for the imformation
Can a ‘E9 visa worker’ who have changed a company, apply for E7 visa?
Is it possible for me to get e7 visa while in 4 years has been changed company few times ?
May Korean friend ako ng gusto ko ihire na magmanage sa private academy nya pero hindi English teacher. Possible kaya un?Thanks.
Hi Maceh! Hindi kasi kasali sa E-7 visa ang managerial position sa isang hagwon (private academy). Hindi ka naman pwedeng E-2 dahil Philippine passport holder. Ang best na pwede niyang gawin ay magtanong sa immigration kung posible. Tawag siya sa 1345.
mam pano po b malaman kng eps level topik 3?nid pba kmuha ng exam pra dun?cbt passer po ako s pinas at tngin kone meron ako nung ibng requirements n nid nila..slamat
Hi Loren! Pag nasa Korea po binibigay ang TOPIK 6 times a year. Mag-apply lang po online sa http://www.topik.go.kr
Anu po ung college graduate or high school graduate for basic industries? Need pa po magaral ng basic industries?
Hi Jefferson! Root industry po gaya ng welding, heavy equipment, etc.
D vah pwede magchange e9 visa to e7 visa…ang below 35 years old maam..,,,,?my experience na po aq sa manufacturing pero hindi d2 sa korea..pede vah aq mka apply maam?,,,,
Hi Loreto! Pwede po kung below 35. Age limit po ang 35 ~ will edit po
Hi ma’am…sa mga root industry po ksma b doon ang kagu or furniture po…ty
Mam 8yrs npo akong eps at kiip level 2 kya lng mag 40yrs old nko sa july
Actually i havent completed my intermidiate education of 2 years, and i came korea, so Is there any chances to change to e9 visa to e7 except it could fullfill all the requirements for e7, can i apply for it, or it just worthless?
Do E7 visa holders can multiple entry as a choice? Like 6 months satay in s.korea and 6 months stay in our country? Is it possible?
is the interview gonna be in english or in pure hangeul? and as per other blog they’re saying that you have to have at least 30million savings/show money?
Recently i quite my job but i have a still 4 years and 8 month can i apply for E7 visa when i will complete my job duration ……..?