South Korea not far off for job aspirants

Kathmandu, July 31:

Good news for job aspirants bound for Korea. Their wish to fly to South Korea to work under EPS is likely to come true within 15 days.

“We have received 118 visas,” said Laxmi Sharan Ghimire, Employment Permit System (EPS) unit chief at the Department of Labour and Employment Promotion (DoLEP).

“We are waiting for HRD-Korea’s final letter with the names of the job aspirants before we fly them to Korea,” he added. “Though we have received 118 visas, they will fly according to the name list HRD-Korea sends us that will be according to the certificate of conformation of visa issuance (CCVI) list,” Ghimire said.

The job aspirants will fly by Korean Air. “The department called the airline companies for a bid asking which airline could fly the selected ones at a cheaper rate to Korea,” he said adding that Universal Tours and Travels, the GSA of Korean Air, offered the lowest bid. “Korean Air will fly all the job aspirants starting from the last week of Shrawan.”

Earlier, the job aspirants underwent a 15-day training after they completed the second stage — medical test — for employment in South Korea under the EPS. As per EPS rules, candidates who have passed the EPS-Korean Language Test need to take the medical test before they go to Korea.

The first step for employment in South Korea under EPS is Korean Language Test (KLT). Of the total 31,511 examinees, 6,768 applicants passed the KLT exam. Successful applicants were then required to undergo a stringent medical test.

The majority of the candidates have met the criteria set by the Korean government to be employed by Korean companies. The medical tests were carried out in four major public health institutions — TU Teaching Hospital, Bir Hospital, Patan Hospital and Central Laboratory, Teku.

Only after the medical check-up and investigation of criminal records as well as other details, a roster of the selected applicants was created and circulated among Korean employers.

The Korean employers then selected the workers from the roster and contacted HRD-Korea for the final process of recruitment. The selected candidates underwent a 15-day training on various practical aspects of Korean society and values.