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Tuesday, January 8, 2013

Returning OFWs in Korea: Check Out Registration for EPS-TOPIK

According to the MOU on the Sending of Workers between the Ministry of Employment and Labor of the Republic of Korea (MOEL) and Department of Labor and Employment of the Philippines (DOLE), Special EPS-TOPIK for those who voluntarily returned home before within their permitted sojourn period and want to come back for work in Korea will be conducted  as follows:
All job seekers who want to work in Korea under the Employment Permit System should pass the EPS-TOPIK, implemented by the Human Resources Development Service of Korea(HRD Korea) authorized by the MOEL, and only those who passed the test are allowed to submit the job application  form for EPS.
Registration Period
Announcement of Test Date
Test Period
Announcement of Test Result
Age Requirement
January 14 – January 18
February 7
February 19
March 29
Persons aged between 18 and 38
Birthday is from January 14, 1975 – January 14, 1995
* The schedule can be changed according to EPS circumstances and number of applicants.
1st session (35 persons)
Orientation: 8:30am -9:30am, - Test time: 9:30am - 10:40am
2nd session (35 persons)
Orientation: 10:50am - 11:50am, - Test time: 11:50am - 1:00pm
Test Place and Date Announcement
Test Place : CBT (Computer Based Test) Examination Room
* Address:  6th Floor POEA,  BFO  Building, Ortigas Avenue corner EDSA, Mandaluyong City
Announcement Method
website of EPS-TOPIK (
the bulletin board and website of  POEA (
5. Qualifications (Eligibility)
·         Re-employed workers who voluntarily leave  within their permitted sojourn period
·         (Time of returning: Not before January 1st, 2010)
·         Persons aged between 18 and 38
·         Persons born between Jan 14, 1975 and Jan 14, 1995
·         Persons who have not been convicted of imprisonment or heavier punishment
·         Persons who have no record of deportation or departure orders from Korea
·         Persons who are not restricted from departure of home country
The Designated POEA Registration Sites are as follows:
1.    National Capital Region and South Luzon
Occupational Safety and Health Center (OSHC)
North Avenue corner Agham Road
Diliman, Quezon City
2.    North and Central Luzon
POEA Regional Center for Luzon
2nd Floor, LZK Zambrano Bldg.
Quezon Avenue, San Fernando City, La Union
3.    Visayas Regions
POEA Regional Center for Visayas
DOLE Bldg. (Insular) Gorordo corner General Maxilom
Avenues, Cebu City
4.    Mindanao Regions
POEA Regional Center for Mindanao
2nd Floor, AMYA II Bldg. Quimpo Boulevard corner Tulip Drive
Ecoland, Davao City
Required Documents:
·         Copy of passport on their returning home (for proving he/she is a voluntary returnee)
·         Application form (Free distribution at the registration place, only to the applicants who paid the test fee)
·         Registration numbers are written on each application form, and one applicant can receive and submit one application form. If there is any error in an application form, correct it with correction fluid or tape and submit it.
·         A copy of passport (or ID card)
·         A copy of passport (or ID card) is required to be attached on the application form
·         It is preferable to attach a copy of passport (or ID card) written in English (especially name)
·         2 photographs of 3.5 cm x 4.5 cm (taken within 6 months)
·         The Test fee is 24 USD or Php996. If an applicant has valid reasons to cancel his/her registration during registration period, a full refund may be given. However, re-application after cancellation is not allowed.
Items to prepare on the test day.
Admission Ticket
Passport (or ID card)
All applicants are required to bring his/her passport (ID card) of which is the same with
the one posted on his/her application form.
No applicant is allowed to take the test without passport (or ID card).5
Validity period of test result is 2 years (effective on the date of result)
Other Information
If an applicant is confirmed as a non-voluntary returnee, his/her test result will be
considered invalid even if he/she passes the test and the applicant  should take full
responsibility on that.
Those who pass the test will benefit from a shortened re-entry procedures including
faster job registration and placement, and exemption from pre-departure training.
On the test day, mobile phones, cassette players, PDA, MP3 player, electronic
dictionaries, and other electronic devices which can possibly be used in cheating
during the test are highly prohibited.
Test will be void, and examinees will NOT be eligible for taking the test for 2 years in
case of cheating during the test.
If an applicant's personal information on the passport is not exactly the same as the
one on the application form (name, date of birth, and gender), their registration to the
EPS job seekers' roster and entry to Korea is not permitted in any case, and the
applicant is fully responsible for any problem caused by the differences in their
personal information.
Passing the special EPS-TOPIK only guarantees the qualification for job application for EPS,
and does not guarantee the employment in Korea.
Moreover, persons who are restricted from the employment in Korea, such as those who do
not pass the medical examination or who have the record of illegal stay in Korea, cannot be
employed in Korea.
According to MOU between the Ministry of Employment and Labor of the Republic of
Korea and Department of Labor and Employment of the Philippines (DOLE), only Philippine
Overseas Employment Administration (POEA) has the legal authority to send Filipino workers to the Republic of Korea. Only the job seekers who passed the EPS-TOPIK and registered on the roster by POEA can be hired by Korean Employers. Involvement of any other private sector in the procedure for sending workforce is strictly prohibited.


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