The Philippine Overseas Labor Office in Korea (POLO Korea) is one of thirty-seven (37) POLOs in various countries in Asia, Middle East, the Americas and Europe, representing the Department of Labor and Employment (DOLE).

Its primary functions are:
  1. To ensure adequate protection for Filipino workers through verification of employment documents and job orders, and policy recommendations, especially with respect to the Employment Permit System;
  2. To provide on site assistance to OFWs with labor and welfare cases;
  3. To seek new employment opportunities for Filipino job seekers by regularly gathering information and conducting labor market research on overseas manpower requirements.
  4. To promote the over-all welfare of Filipino workers through socio-cultural activities and programs that will help them re-integrate to Philippine society.

In the discharge of the aforesaid functions, POLO Korea collaborates with relevant agencies of the Philippine government and the host country, the Filipino communities, church groups and NGOs.

Its other functions include:

OEC Issuance at the Philippine Embassy - All vacationing OFWs (Balik Manggagawa) can obtain their OEC at the Philippine Overseas Labor Office (POLO).

Tel.: (02) 3785 3634 to 35
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I . Vocational competency development training for employed foreign workers.

  1. Vocational training provided for legally employed foreign workers to help them to attain/improve their work performance required for the job.

Plan to be implemented:

Target Trainees.

  1. Non-professional (E-9) foreign workers who are legally staying in Korea.
  2. Foreign workers (E-9) who are referred by companies or want to receive vocational competency development training.

Training Course : 10 types of occupation including basic duties (manufacturing), etc.

  1. Basic duties (manufacturing), basic duties (construction), welding, automobile maintenance, car driving, forklift driving, computer repair, computer utilization, cooking (Korean food), beauty (hair).

Training Institutions : designated 65 professional training institutes.

Training period : June - end of November 2010

  1. Total training hours is 48 hrs (4 to 6 hours every Sunday)

How to apply

  1. Any foreign worker who wants to participate in vocational competency development training will complete an application form for vocational competency development training for employed foreign workers and send it with a copy of his/her Alien Registration Card to a training institute via fax or submit it in person.
  2. For more information on detailed training course by different training institutes and number of trainees to be accepted and application forms, please visit HRDSK’s homepage and find “Notice”.
  3. Website address is

Privileges after completing courses.

  1. Given priority to be considered for employment by Korean companies residing in their home countries.

II. Skill / business establishment training for returning workers.

  1. It refers to education and training for foreign workers whose expiry dates are close to 6 months or less to assist them to establish/found a small business or to get a job in a Korean company in their home country with a view to promote their voluntary return.

Plan to be implemented:

Training recipients

  1. Foreign workers (E-9) whose visas will expire by the end of March 2011.

Training period

  1. July to late November 2010.

Training hours

  1. 40 hours.
  2. As for occupations that require additional training, expert opinion will be reflected.

Training institute

  1. Designate a professional education and training institute to operate the relevant courses.

Training course

  1. Training to get a job in a Korean company in a source country - Select occupations required by Korean companies in source country (interpretation, computer utilization, automobile driving, etc.)
  2. Skill/business establishment training - reflecting the survey of source countries’ demand for foreign worker preference, select training course by different countries (automobile driving, automobile maintenance, welding, computer repair, etc.)

Privileges after completing a course.

  1. Given priority to be considered for employment by Korean companies residing in their home countries.

III. Employment adjustment education for workplace switchers.

  1. Education for workplace switchers to raise foreign worker’ s domestic employment adjustment capability by informing and consulting them on corporate culture, interpersonal relationship tips, relevant laws, and difficulties, etc. necessary for workplace in Korea.

Plan to be implemented:

Training period

  1. June 18 - December 31, 2010 (8 months)

Training hours

  1. 4 hours (50 min. lecture/10 min break)

Training recipients

  1. Foreign workers who have changed their workplace - workers whose workplace transfer application date is no more than 3 months.

Where to submit

  1. Employment Security Center of the Ministry of Labor, industrial complex offices/branches. Mainly accepted by the Ministry of Labor’s Employment Security Center, when submitting a "workplace transfer application form".

Application procedure

  1. Complete and submit workplace transfer education application - When completing the application form, select the desired training center.

Education courses

  1. 4 courses - understanding of employment permit system, Happy and jolly career, Designing successful life, Interpersonal relationship and problem solving.



Summary Features

  • Eligible returnees are those whose sojourn will expire after 02 July 2012.
  • Continuous employment with only one (1) employer without workplace transfer for either 4 years and 10 months or 6 years as an E-9 visa holder.
  • Those with workplace transfer may be considered if reasons are not attributable to the worker. (MOEL to determine/decide on acceptable reasons).  If workplace transfer occured, the employment duration with the last employer should be more than one (1) year.
  • Workplaces covered by the amended Act are those in the Agriculture, Fisheries and Manufacturing sectors with 30 or less workers.
  • There will be no age limitation for eligible returnees covered under the Act.
  • Eligible employers should submit its application for re-entry and the necessary documents of its eligible foreign worker one (1) month before or at least seven (7) days prior to the expiration of the worker's employment contract/visa at local Employment Centers.
  • Foreign workers who are eligible for the new measures:
    • Do not need to take the Korean Language Test;
    • Exempted from employment education before and after coming to Korea;
    • Can return to Korea three (3) months after having returned to their home countries;
    • Will work in their previous workplaces;
    • Must coordinate with the Sending Agency in their country of origin (POEA for Philippines) within 7 days from his departure from Korea. 

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For inquiries, please get in touch with:

Human Resources Development Service of Korea
Telephone Nos. - (02) 3271-9443 to 49
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