The ministry has announced a plan to find workers for the Employment Permit System (EPS) programme which has been agreed by the South Korean and Vietnamese governments.

According to the plan, South Korea will employ over 12,000 Vietnamese guest workers including 6,344 people for the manufacturing sector, 4,035 for the fishery sector, 901 for construction and 841 for agriculture.

Workers aged between 18 and 39 who have no criminal record and no previous deportation from South Korea are eligible for employment under the programme.

In addition, they must not be prohibited from exiting Vietnam and have no family members living illegally in South Korea. If the worker had previously resided in South Korea under E9 or E10 visas, his/her residency period should not exceed five years.

Workers who have worked in South Korea under EPS must leave on time according to the contract. If they had previously resided illegally in South Korea but returned voluntarily during a period when the government exempted penalties, they are eligible to participate in this programme.

Nearly 28,500 Vietnamese went to work abroad in the first two months of this year, a 20-fold increase compared to the same period last year.

The country set a target to send 110,000 workers abroad this year, a slight fall compared to the figure of 142,800 abroad in 2022.

Last year Vietnam sent around 9,900 Vietnamese workers to South Korea, with over 8,900 people under the EPS programme.

Source: Dtinews