Reminder: Stay tuned for the requirements/score system when the MOJ releases it.
Good news for E-9 visa holders and other foreign laborers whose visa expires frequently. They can continue working to provide a stable supply of skilled workforce to the country.
The Ministry of Justice announced on July 19 that it will establish a points-based visa for foreign skilled workers from August 1st to secure skilled manpower in industries such as root industry, agriculture, forestry, livestock and fishing. The “root industry” refers to the industry that uses six technologies such as casting, molding, welding, plastic processing, surface treatment and heat treatment based on the Act on Promotion of Root Industry.
According to the Ministry of Justice, foreign workers have to return to their home countries due to visa expiration. As a result, it has been pointed out that the visa system should be improved in order to secure skilled workers in the industrial field.
The MOJ plans to introduce a skilled workforce score system that scores proficiency, age, career, and Korean ability. Foreigners who have worked normally for 4 years or more with the E-9, E-10 and H-2 visa may apply for the E-7-4 visa.
Foreign workers who have received E-7-4 can extend their stay after two years’ examination if they keep the visa requirements. The “Skilled skill workforce score” consists of major items such as industrial skill, education, age, Korean ability and other items such as domestic assets, domestic work experience in relevant field, education related to related occupation and training experience.
The score is 180 points, including a maximum of 80 required items and a maximum of 100 selected items. Korean proficiency will be replaced by an official score sheet or a social integration program (KIIP) official certificate or TOPIK.
The MOJ said that they plan to run the pilot project with a maximum of 300 people by December 31st and plan to implement it in earnest starting from next year, depending on the results. It is expected that this will contribute greatly to the development of industrial sectors suffering from difficulties in workforce.