KATHMANDU, July 28: Ambassador of the Republic of Korea to Nepal, Park Chong-suk, on Wednesday said that the Korean government will resume the process of taking Nepali workers who have passed the Korean language test and are looking to migrate to South Korea for jobs.
In a meeting with Finance Minister Janardan Sharma, the Korean envoy assured to consider the migrant workers eligible under the Employment Permit System (EPS) who have been waiting for their turns to go to South Korea. Citing the spread of the coronavirus, the South Korean government since February 2020 has stopped accepting Nepali workers for employment.
Due to this reason, more than 6,700 individuals who have cleared the Test of Proficiency in Korean, a mandatory Korean language test and the skill test, have been unable to go to Korea for job placement. These individuals were set for the jobs there for 2020.
Many of them had even received their contracts from the employers and the Certificate for Confirmation of Visa Issuance, the authorized document, which during normal time allows the candidates to go to Korea within 90 days. Although the government has already opened a number of countries for migrant workers, it is still unclear when these long waiting job seekers can make their way to Korea, which is one of the most lucrative destinations for migrant workers.
The assurance from the Korean envoy has created some hope for these job-seekers who have remained unemployed for over a year. “I hope this problem will be solved soon,” Finance Minister Sharma said.
Meanwhile, Park urged the government to expedite the construction of Upper Trishuli -1 Hydropower Project, which is being carried out under Korean investment. He expressed his woes on the soaring costs of the project due to delays in its construction.