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Korea to ease visa rules for migrant workers (latest update)

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Korea to ease visa rules for migrant workers (latest update)

Post by boybalot on Tue Jan 03, 2012 4:52 am

Korea to ease visa rules for migrant workers

http://koreatimes.co.kr/www/news/nation/2012/01/116_102082.html

By Lee Tae-hoon

The government will allow migrant workers, most likely from June this year, to change their workplaces without restrictions if they experienced discrimination at work or employers violated labor laws, a ruling party lawmaker said Monday.

Rep. Kang Sung-chun of the governing Grand National Party (GNP) noted that migrant workers with an E-9 visa will also need only to stay in their home countries for three months to renew their work visa, instead of the current six months, from the time their work permit expires.

The labor-activist-turned politician submitted a bill that would ease restrictions on work visas for migrants in October and the legislation passed the National Assembly in a floor vote of 163-0 with one abstention last Thursday.

The bill will take effect five months after promulgation which is expected to take place within days.

“I proposed the bill in hopes of preventing diligent migrant workers from receiving unfair treatment during their stay here and encouraging them to return to Korea,” Kang said.

The workers have been permitted to change their workplaces only up to three times during their first-three year work permit here and twice more if they extend their visa for another two years.

This left room for employers to infringe on the rights of migrant workers, who are vulnerable to salary gouging, harassment and overtime work without due financial compensation.

Once the new legislation enters into force, they will be able to switch their jobs as much as they need if their employer breaches regulations to be set by the Ministry of Employment and Labor (MOEL).

A considerable number of foreigners have been expelled from the country as a result of circumstances where they had no choice but to walk out of their workplaces.

The number of E-9 visas, a non-professional work permit granted mostly for jobs that most Koreans avoid, issued in 2008 stood at 75,024, followed by 63,323 in 2009 and 40,457 in 2010.

The MOEL estimates that the number of migrant workers whose E-9 visa expires this year will reach 67,117, up from 33,941 in 2011.

Kim Jin-seon, a researcher at the National Assembly Research Service, said that Kang’s legislation will help reduce the number of illegal migrant workers among E-9 visa holders as it offers greater flexibility in employment.

Data shows that more than 25 percent of E-9 visa holders overstay in Korea after their work permit expires.

The revision bill states that migrant workers can switch jobs without any penalty or disadvantage if “the employer breached work conditions or if migrant workers cannot continue to work in their workplace due to reasons that they are not responsible for.”

The move came amid pro-immigrant activists’ growing demand to scrap the regulation that infringes upon the freedom of job choice and the general pursuit of freedom guaranteed in the Constitution.

Kang’s bill also stipulates, migrant workers can return to Korea after three months if the previous employer expresses his or her willingness to rehire departing E-9 visa holders for a minimum of one year. Once the bill takes effect, those returning to Korea upon the employer’s request would be exempt from a Korean language test and job training course that migrant workers had to undergo again even if they had extensive work experience here.

Under the current law, migrant workers have to leave Korea for at least half a year once their five-year maximum allowable work stay ends.

Kang proposed to shorten the period to one month, but the MOEL demanded three months to adhere to the government’s policy of rotating workers and preventing their permanent stay.


http://koreatimes.co.kr/www/news/nation/2012/01/116_102082.html

sana effective asap kaso nakalagay after 5 months maybe june or july huhuhu panu na yung mga umuwi at matatapos before effective date nito



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Re: Korea to ease visa rules for migrant workers (latest update)

Post by kingjames on Tue Jan 03, 2012 1:46 pm

Good news nga e2 kabayan...sna nga ma implement immediately...my pangamba din sa mga uuwi before the implementation period kng kasama pa..but base on the approved bill,wla nmang snabi na ung uuwi ng pinas b4 the implmntation period ay d ksma d2..so better hingi n lng cgro ng documents from our employer na willing tau irehire..tnx for sharing..

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Post by godspeed1415 on Tue Jan 03, 2012 2:21 pm

Eto na yun matagal na hinihintay..natupad na rin. Sana lang kasama dito yun mga umuwi na at uuwi pa before ma- implement by June 2012.

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Post by reycute21 on Tue Jan 03, 2012 7:17 pm

uu pasama kami....

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Post by karey2010 on Tue Jan 03, 2012 9:48 pm

mga kabayan ,wala bayan age limit ,wala kasi nakalagay ,?salamat..
Very Happy

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Post by angel kim on Wed Jan 04, 2012 8:51 pm

kababayan ask ko lng, sakop po ba sa bill na yan yong nakauwi na at pauwi pa lng.salamat..

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Post by lonzky on Wed Jan 04, 2012 9:28 pm

pano kaya un eh uuwi na ako next habol pa kaya

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Post by dhenzky1974 on Wed Jan 04, 2012 9:31 pm

nalilito na ang isip ko hehe,1 month na lng ako!sana may linaw na ito!para makapagdesisyon ng tama!nasa huli ang pagsisisi!

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Post by reycute21 on Thu Jan 05, 2012 10:31 am

hahahahaha uu nga

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Re: Korea to ease visa rules for migrant workers (latest update)

Post by warlock on Fri Jan 06, 2012 11:12 am

Very Happy Goodluck sa mga hindi uuwi...& goodbye sa mga umuwi...sana mag implement pa ng mga batas na kung ano ano para mabawasan ang mga tnt sa korea hehhehehe...

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Post by karpo on Fri Jan 06, 2012 8:04 pm

may balita dto samin lugar sa pusan,d rin daw kasama jan ang mga pinoy,,hehe balita lang nman dto mga kbyan

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Post by angel kim on Fri Jan 06, 2012 8:39 pm

kabayan karpo pwede wag ka na lng mag comment......nakakapanghina ng loob comment mo!!!!

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Post by dhenzky1974 on Fri Jan 06, 2012 10:26 pm

warlock wrote: Very Happy Goodluck sa mga hindi uuwi...& goodbye sa mga umuwi...sana mag implement pa ng mga batas na kung ano ano para mabawasan ang mga tnt sa korea hehhehehe...
oo nga hehe!

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Post by hajie23 on Sun Jan 08, 2012 12:51 pm

siraulo talaga ang ministry of labor bakit sila pa ang kumontra na gawing 3 months imbes na 1 month lang ang hihintayin bago makabalik kalokohan talaga ng labor!!!! ang tanong parin paano ang proseso? uuwi ka nga ng pinas di mo naman alam ang gagawin mo para makabalik? nonsense parin!!!! mga koreano talaga bobo kakabwisit di mo alam kung bakit umunlad bansang to eh

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Re: Korea to ease visa rules for migrant workers (latest update)

Post by larz on Sun Jan 08, 2012 7:44 pm

dhenzky1974 wrote:
warlock wrote: Very Happy Goodluck sa mga hindi uuwi...& goodbye sa mga umuwi...sana mag implement pa ng mga batas na kung ano ano para mabawasan ang mga tnt sa korea hehhehehe...
oo nga hehe!
sana nga kc parang ang mag t tnt ay ung mga over age eh, kc di malinaw kung paano ung mga over age na...

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Post by verguia66 on Sun Jan 08, 2012 9:22 pm

oo nga....

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Post by james1980 on Mon Jan 09, 2012 10:48 am

pano naman ung uuwi before june kasama parin ba???

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Post by raven on Mon Jan 09, 2012 1:00 pm

anu requirements na dadalhin kapag umuwi para mapabalik ng amo?

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