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Ho Chi Minh City to send interns, laborers to Japan, S. Korea this year

Ho Chi Minh City to send interns, laborers to Japan, S. Korea this year

Thursday, January 11, 2024, 08:12 GMT+7
Ho Chi Minh City to send interns, laborers to Japan, S. Korea this year
Vietnamese candidates of South Korea’s Employment Permit System (EPS) program are seen getting in line for a Korean language test in Vietnam. Photo: Gia Giao / Tuoi Tre

Labor authorities in Ho Chi Minh City are preparing to select workers and interns to be sent to South Korea and Japan, respectively, as per the admission plans of these countries for 2024.

The municipal Department of Labor, War Invalids, and Social Affairs (DOLISA) has recently asked its units in every district to prepare for recruiting workers to be sent to South Korea under a memorandum of understanding between Vietnam’s Ministry of Labor, War Invalids, and Social Affairs (MOLISA) and the South Korean Ministry of Employment and Labor, on the basis of the latter’s Employment Permit System (EPS).

Accordingly, South Korea is expected to receive a total of 15,374 workers from Vietnam this year, including 11,246 workers for the manufacturing sector, 200 for construction, 895 for agriculture, and 3,033 people for fishery.

Candidates are required to be from 18 to 39 years old, are in good health, have no criminal records, have never been deported from South Korea, and are not banned from leaving Vietnam.

If candidates have previously lived in South Korea on an E9 visa for guest workers under the EPS or an E10 visa for maritime crew, their duration of stay should not exceed five years.

They must have no relatives who are illegally dwelling in South Korea, the department emphasized.

Candidates participating in the EPS must have fulfilled their contractual obligations and returned home on time.

Applicants with a history of residing unlawfully in South Korea should be individuals who voluntarily repatriated within the specified time limits set by the host authorities, and without incurring any penalties.

Registration procedures for taking part in the recruitment are required to be made at the department’s office from January 26 to 30.

Eligible candidates will later have to experience a Korean language test expected to take place between March 5 and June 14, and those who pass the test will enter a competency assessment organized later.

The DOLISA has also launched a selection of male interns to be sent to Japan this year, based on a notice of the MOLISA’s Center of Overseas Labor (COLAB).  

Accordingly, Japan will receive an unlimited number of Vietnamese male interns who will practice in the manufacturing and construction industries for a term of three to five years, under a program of the International Manpower Development Organization, Japan (IM Japan). 

Applicants must be between 18 and 30 years old, have a minimum height of 1.58 meters, hold a high school diploma or its equivalent, and should not have any deformities or tattoos.

Applicants must not have previously participated in any Japanese internship program, and they should not have a history of illegal residence or work abroad, or any criminal records.

The total cost of participating in the program is expected to be VND28-38 million (US$1,150-1,570).

A monthly salary of up to 170 million yen ($1,170) and 200,000 yen ($1,380) will be paid to qualified interns who work in manufacturing and construction, respectively.

Interns who return home on time upon completion of the program will be granted 600,000-1 million yen ($4,140-6,910) by IM Japan as support for starting up their business.

Applicants must submit their applications to the COLAB or local DOLISA offices by March 31, and details regarding the timing of selection exams will be communicated to them at a later date.

Upon successfully passing the exam, candidates will undergo a six-month Japanese language course organized by the COLAB.

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