Kathmandu, Jan. 24 The South Korean government has begun preparations to provide e-9 visas to foreign students studying here. E-9 visa is a visa (entry permit) issued to migrant workers who come to Korea for employment through the EPS process after passing the Korean language test.
Uday Rai, president of the Migrant Workers’ Union, said that the visa was being issued for the purpose of providing employment to foreign students graduating in science and engineering subjects.
Work has started to implement the new law within this year in coordination with the Ministry of Law on the concept prepared by the Ministry of Employment and Labor. Before implementing this concept, the Ministry of Law will conduct a survey and take the necessary decisions.
Migrant workers who come to Korea for employment through the EPS process receive a visa for the first time for four years and 10 months, and after the expiration of that period, the worker is required to return home. It is unknown at this time what he will do after leaving the post. The Ministry of Law and the Ministry of Employment will jointly decide and implement this issue.
Currently, Nepalis on E-9 visas through EPS are working in the industrial and agricultural sectors. Visas for students will also be issued in the same area. If this concept is implemented, 1,500 Nepali graduates in South Korea will get employment opportunities like the workers coming to Korea through the EPS process.
Some students here have said that the concept is not welcome. He said that the concept of issuing labor visas to students who have become proficient in their studies should be given opportunities in their field of study.