January 27, 2010 – Workers with immigration violation in Korea are ineligible under the Employment Permit System of Korea, the Philippine Overseas Employment Administration (POEA) warned Wednesday.
The POEA, which is in-charge of implementing the EPS in partnership with the Human Resource Development Service-Korea, advised applicants that they should provide truthful information on their previous record of travel to Korea.
“Those who may have misinterpreted that they have not entered Korea before, in order to escape sanctions could be disqualified later on and not be entitled to an entry visa, even though they may have passed the preliminary stages of application,” POEA said in a statement.
The agency stressed that former applicants, who may have committed immigration violation in the past, should not apply anymore so that they can be spared from spending time, money and effort only to be disqualified later on.
POEA said it has also adopted measures to ensure that only those qualified and not restricted to enter Korea should be able to take the EPS-Korean Language Test.
“With the cooperation of the Korean Embassy, applicants who are on active registration status as of Jan. 22, 2010 shall still be pre-screened for any record of immigration violation in Korea,” POEA said.
The registration period and other details for EPS-KLT and actual date of examination are being finalized by the POEA and HRD-Korea.
By JC BELLO RUIZ