Ministry of Employment and Labor website : www.moel.go.kr (Available in English) ☏1350
Foreigners may gain employment according to their received visa type which is determined by their purpose for entering Korea. Foreigners who enter Korea with a Spouse Visa (F6) acquired through marriage with a Korean national are legally permitted to work in Korea.
Employment Permit System for Foreign Workers
The employment permit system enables small and medium enterprises (SMEs) that have failed to hire local workforce to legally hire non-professional foreign labor by obtaining an employment permit from the government.
Businesses intending to employ foreign workers must correspond to 'a business type authorized to employ foreign labor' and 'a business or workplace eligible to employ foreign labor.' Also, they must meet certain requirements such as 'make efforts for 14 days or more to recruit locals' etc. before they may employ foreign workers on a Non-professional Employment Visa (E-9) or a Working Visit Visa (H-2) within the range of employment visas.
※ For more information on the types of businesses permitted to employ foreign workers and the
number of employed workers permitted for each business type (limits on new employment), visit
the Ministry of Employment and Labor website, Employment Permit System (www.eps.go.kr) →
Information on Employment Permit System
General Employment Procedures for Foreign Workers
Test of Proficiency in Korean (TOPIK)
⇨ Creation and submission of job seekers' roster (Human Resources Development Service of Korea)
⇨ Signing of standard labor contract
⇨ Preliminary training
⇨ Entry to Korea and employment training
⇨ Assignment of foreign workers to workplace
※ Source : Guidebook for foreigners, daily living information in Incheon